The week in tasty bike action

The trails are finally thawing, and we’re rocking like hurricanes. A few snapshots from this week:

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Left Hand Canyon OHV Area

Scott Mack races VetEx for Full Tilt Cyclery in Castle Rock, CO. I’ve been coaching him and his teammates; last Tuesday we did a fun sesh: hike, hike, hike, braaap, braaap, braaap.

The hike is brutal, but the trail at the back of Carnage Canyon is worth it. Scott rocks the mandatory splash.

Carnage Canyon: Following the water … splash splash splash, rat tat tat.

Riding in the Valley of Giants. My turn on the Enduro SL.

Considering this is a 28-something-pound trail bike, it kicked butt on this stuff. I finally got some tubeless Specialized Resolution Pro tires, and they are rocking — even on wet stones. More info to come.

Pump Clinic

On Saturday I did a little clinic with Scott and his teammate Sam Fan. Pro stunt rider/ex-pro BMXer Zach Lewis contributed his special brand of funny business, and we all stepped it up.

Ripping the S on The Fix’s new pump track, Sam benefits from Zach’s wisdom: “The goofier your face, the better you ride.”

Scott with great form and a beautiful line.

I rock it sequence style. I push hard into the first berm, unweight over the roller then drop into the second berm. Yes, the tires go BRAAAP!

XC at Heil Ranch

Zach Lewis, Matt Ripley and I did a short XC ride at our local spot. Nothing too gnarly; just some moderate climbing and pedal-intensive descending. Matt had a great day on his new SX Trail. Zach insisted on running his Addict DJ hardtail with no rear tread or front brake; he’s very quick, but every time he tried to put a move on me he crashed into a tree, a rock, some grass … Of course, I’m on a fully dialed Enduro SL — slight technological advantage!

Left Hand #2

Pushing your bike is an important part of mountain bike racing. Besides, I have no patience for shuttles. On Sunday Zach Griffith, Evan Powell and I hiked Left Hand twice. We did about 2,200 vertical feet of pushing and ripping. Very physical.

Near the top of the first hike — on a loose, rocky, steep singletrack — Zach was blown off the back and 15-year-old Evan was stomping on my heels.

“Evan, am I holding you back?”

“Yeah … Come on McCormack — pin it!”

I started running as fast as I could — bike bouncing all over — and that little puke was right on me! He finally blew up, but wow — that kid is strong. Evan is racing DS at Sea Otter, and that hiking fitness will serve him well.

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