Well hello old friend

No I haven't disappeared off the face of the planet. I must say, however, I do feel a little unattached from the world. Ive been doing odd projects here and there to stay busy and just to give you a little sneak peak of possible things to come....feast

lets just say I hope you've been saving $$$$

In other big news this weekend marks the official beginning of cross season for the hoff boys. I could not be more pumped! Now we haven't exactly decided which race we'll be doing but its going to be between Mud Sweat & Gears in TN or Georgia Cyclocross Series Race #1check out the course, pretty sweet I'd sayBe on the look out. The Hoff boys of cross are back!

Hoffenchard Training!

Good to see Brandon is riding so hard as of late. Josh and I also did a little riding this weekend. Call it "training". Call it "hardcore gay sex". Call it whatever you like, just don't call it training or tell Jessica. HOFFENCHARD 4EVER!

On the Road

all photos by Indigo, aka the B

Saturday was 2009 "Race Around the Lake", or for me just a continuation of Kenny Annihilation Training Plan.  72 miles of open category (from the un-licensed like myself to Cat 1/2's) road racing around Lake Tahoe with some strong riders from Reno, Carson, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, the Bay area, Lake Tahoe basin and elsewhere in the western US.  the over 200 riders entered, a few more who poached, made for a large roll out at the 7am start.

for a little background:  the former record was set at 2:59:08, just a tick under 3hrs for the 72.something mile, hilly course around Lake Tahoe.  the boys out of Truckee took the honors last year.  this year some of the south shore misfits banded together and trained when we could to figure out how to best work with each other.  the crew included myself the youngster, pete the smart-mouth originally from NH, chris the strongman Cat 2 racer, macho man jim, stephen the former pro (no lie, he rode for Telecom for a year and a half and is still a top triathlete) and Dan & Reve on the world's fastest tandem.  the tandem raced last year and couldn't break the 3hr mark so this year was time for redemption.

the start through south lake was chilly and sketchy.  being an open cat race, there were definitely some folks who wanted to run up front who had no business being up there.  staying upright and up front was the main goal in trying to reach the climbing that lay ahead.  emerald bay brought the first and steepest climbing of the day, which is where the selection was made.  i held back the urge to shoot off the front with strongest racers.  instead i stayed with the tandem and offered a hand on  the back to help push the boys up the steepest sections.  i knew they would put down a blistering pace to catch the pack on the other side and i could draft them.  and by not going with the leaders i could save myself from going into the 'red' too early.

lora and stacy practicing for water resupplies.

looking good ladies

lead pack up the last emerald bay steep

the descent was so fast that i got shot off the back and left out to dry in no mans land.  the following miles were hell - up some rollers and false flats - to catch the leaders.  so much for not going into the red too early on.  but i did catch them, thankfully.  things cooled off after that and the lead group of 25-30 riders briskly rolled along for miles and miles taking turns up front with a few folks pushing the pace from time to time.  i was freaking out finding myself in unfamiliar territory (the front of a road race), and laughing to myself taking a pull up front around 30mph.  crazy.

we knew the shit would hit the fan with about 17 miles to go as we climbed Spooner Summit pass.  what we didn't know was that jim would hit the pavement before we got to that point.  about 2/3's in jim overlaped the tandem's rear tire, over corrected and went down hard.  it all happened so fast, and directly in front of me.  somehow no one else went down and i saw jim at the end and he seemed beat up but somewhat ok.

givin'er 110% cresting the last climb

just as the last climb up the pass started the pace picked up a notch - and just at that moment i dropped my chain.  no shit.  i tried to shift up and catch it, no luck.  i had to get off and get it back on.  fuck.  trying not to panic i jumped back on an pinned it to catch the tail of the group that had dwindled to 20-25 riders.  i couldn't catch the front breakaway and ended up working with my buddy dave (rides for a team out of Santa Rosa) to the top of the 8 mile climb.  as luck would have it the tandem wasn't short behind cresting the top with chris in tow.  catching on with them for the descent pulled us past a handful of others that were shelled.

just a few rollers left and the sprint to the finish.  dan and reve worked flawlessly on the tandem - followed by chris, myself and micah (younger Cat 2 out of carson valley).  the lead out to the finish was insanely fast.  then chris broke for the sprint, he was able to hold off micah and i.  i'm not sure who took it between to the two of us, too close to call.

moving out for the final sprint

dave coming across just behind us

i do know that we crossed the line at 2:58:17 - almost a minute below last year's record! - i was in 16th-17th place out of 200+.  holy shit.  still we were 2 minutes behind the winning group that broke away, but i had beat last years record which really was my goal.  so stoked.

big thanks to the B for photos and support.  and thanks to the other ladies - lora, steak, jana, kim, jan, etc - for help and support as well.

*not sure who won because the timing and organization at the finish was horrible.  i can't believe a race like this, with money on the line, would be left to some kid with a clipboard who was asking people for their numbers and where they finished.  fine for a small local thursday  night race but for this, you've got to be kidding me.  i was pissed that i even payed the very steep entry fee.

First come first served

Ok everyone, here is the deal. The Tree Shaker is the 10th of October and it sounds like plenty of Hoffens will be attending. Since I live close to the race site, I am opening my arms and house to any of you who want to come up (or over in the B's case) to have a crash site. The day before or after is fine.

Be aware that I have just completed a most kick ass tree house. It would sleep two with ease, four people like Kenny. Just sayin'. But really who wants to sleep with Kenny anyway, 'cept Spanky. Better get that shit booked early, its the prized spot.

Let me know what all your plans are so I can hide the valuables and put ear plugs on the the kids.

Here Kenny Kenny


Quit Creepin

(from "Commando")

Goodbye old friend

Recently in the offices of Hoffenchard West (East West) the discussion came up that if i were to sell my beloved DR650 it would open up quite the new bike treasure trove. After 5 minutes of furious debating the decision was made, pictures were taken, forum posts were posted, and 12 hours later the deal was done. In the end i had put over 8000 miles on it and still made $50 on the sale.

Approximately 2.3 hours after the cash was in my hand i was on the phone with Jack, a salesman at Lynskey, ordering my new Ti 29'er. Jack flagged my order with "industry guy" to expedite the process and put the frame in hands as quickly as possible ("industry guy" actually means last on the list of importance for EP's etc. Jack however was seriously on it...) One week later a box landed on our dock. 3 hours later it was done. Then 2 days of rain. Shit. Nothing is worse than watching it rain when your new bike is sitting in the garage.

Finally got out for a shakedown ride on Friday followed by a good day in Dupont on Sunday.

I know the masses are chomping at the bit for more pics so i will try and get a few more from tonight's ride.

Rim Job: a Tahoe Rim Trail story (and photodump)

last saturday found me in the saddle for a few miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail.  this trail actually makes a loop around the entire Lake Tahoe basin, a total of 165 miles, but only certain sections are open to bikes (no ridin' them bikes on the PCT or in them wilderness places).  with tons of other spur trails leading to and away from the TRT one can choose from tons of riding options.  i chose a healthy dose of mileage (since i'm trying to keep on schedule for my Kenny Annihilation Training Plan) that started from Spooner Lake - 7000ft -(located on the Nevada side of the lake, north of where i live) heading north on a forest service road, climbing up to the TRT.  the B was kind enough to drop me off near the trail since she had to drive up and over the pass anyways to meets some clients in the carson valley.

i found myself climbing out of this meadow a little before 7am

seems i wasn't the only one up early saturday morn

climbing, climbing, climbing.  finally got up to the TRT singletrack and continued north.  this section of trail peaked out around 8700ft.  sweet views of the valley to the east of the lake and great views of the lake west once you crested out.  all singletrack winding in and out of forests and scrub and rocks.

looking east into the valley

once i reached Tunnel Rd - 7700ft -(dirt road that intersects the TRT) i turned down it to catch the north end of the famous Flume Trail and start heading back in a southern direction.  the TRT continues north from this point to Mt Rose but its closed on odd numbers days of the month to bikes.  my original plan was to ride from Mt Rose but with the closure i figured out a loop to make up the mileage.  the Flume is super fast and flowy with sick views and a few places with serious consequences.  a sometimes crowded but classic tahoe ride.  since i was out early, no worries.

view looking west from the Flume Trail down on Sand Harbor and a very calm lake

Flume Trail

the start of the Flume trail is at Marlett Lake, which is where i ended up since i was riding it in reverse.  no rope swing swimming this time.  just busting ass around the lake to get back to Spooner and continue south this time.

Marlett Lake - 7823ft.  look at that new helmet!  can you believe it?

once back at Spooner i crossed hwy 50 and headed south on the TRT towards my house.  the trail is mostly smooth dirt through a pine forest, climbing towards 'the bench' - 8800ft - for the first 7 miles, followed by a technical 6-7 miles section.  this part of the morning felt long after the 24 mile loop i had completed to the north.  i just put thoughts of Kenny foaming at the mouth about zeppelins, mustache wax and grandpapy's old-timey nerve tonic in my head and pushed the pedals over as hard as i could.


view from 'the bench' area.  there is an actual bench to take in the view, hench the name.

looking south.  the mountain with all the ski runs on it is Heavenly.  i live in the notch just before the ski resort.  we should be there shortly.

the trail from the bench to my house at Kingsbury (Daggett Pass - 7200ft) is super technical and rocky, but mostly fun in the direction i was riding.  i did happen to overhear a trio of hikers' conversation . . . and i quote, "were you walking with the lord before?"  wow, if one of the other guys was 'the lord' i feel bad for not stopping and introducing myself.  although it probably wouldn't have won me any points anyways, my fate is about as sealed as Kate's.  CWP!  back to riding.  shortly after my possible passing of 'the lord' i went over the bars in a rocky section.  no biggie.  except for the fact that the camera came out of my camelback unbeknownst to me.  so when i got to the house for lunch and figured out it wasn't in my pack i had to backtrack 2 miles - and there it was safely nestled in the dirt where it was ejected.

lunch time.  this one is for you Kenny!  40 miles in, 30 still to go.

heading up Heavenly ski resort.  aka - my backyard.

after lunch and such and finding the camera it was back to business.  and by business i mean climbing and pushing my bike over rocks.  suddenly it was hot out.  suddenly i was wishing i hadn't had beer at lunch.  suddenly there were tons of technical rock steps to climb everywhere.  suddenly my 32x20 felt over geared (yeah, i said 32x20 felt overgeared, who do you think i am?  the dickster?)  miles and miles went by with great views and hard riding.  and a little bit of delirium.

mott canyon area of the ski resort.  fun stuff in the snow.  Monument Peak on the left - 10,067ft

view into the carson valley - 4800ft - to the east of the lake.

a view south on the TRT.  i'm headed over the notch to the right of the bald mountain (about where that tree/bush is poking through the skyline).

Star Lake - 9100ft.  finally.  cold and refreshing.

looking back north at Heavenly.

Freel Peak, highest around the basin - 10,881 ft.  i'm also at the high point of my day - 9700ft

heading down to Armstrong Pass .

once i got to Armstrong Pass i had some choices to mull over . . .  sack up and climb 2.5 miles more to Tucker Flat and descend either Mr Toad's or Big Meadow and end up in Meyers OR start descending now on some of my favorite trails back to the town of Meyers.  fortunately i'm not one to get bogged down on a decision like this (unlike someone else i know).

descending Armstrong . . . to Upper Corral to Sidewinder to Meyers.  fuck yeah.

Sidewinder.  don't know if you can tell but there is a mile+ of swoopy switchbacks.  sick trail.

so all in all a 70 miler with tons of climbing and insane views and lakes and whatnot.  good trails all right around the house.  basically you kids need to get your asses out here and ride.  we could plan on one hell of an epic (epoch, eeeepock, tupac) adventure.

Kenny Annihilation Training Plan continued sunday as well with a road ride around the lake at somewhat of a race pace with 2 others.  73 miles with plenty of climbing and a 20+ average.  it hurt.  a lot.  and oh yeah, forgot to mention some old news . . .

Nevada Single Speed State Champ bitches:

kenny, kyle, will, and any others (jimberly?) with one gear bikes . . . its on it october.  i'll be ready.