Tag Archives: Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder With Fatty

23 Apr

If you haven’t been down Jacob’s Ladder yet maybe this video will get you excited to give it a go. Or, maybe not. Regardless, it’s one of my fave’s.

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Fast Fatness WTF

22 Apr

Me and Fatty did Jacob’s Ladder from the equestrian center yesterday and it was spectacular.  Just the right amount of mud to make it a mountain bike ride, lots of painful climbing and what I’ve declared to be the finest downhill in the valley, the Jacob’s Ladder trail.

While Elden is a very good mountain biker,  above average even, and has more endurance than just about anyone I know I have always been faster than him uphill and downhill.  I’m sure he’d agree with me on this.  Pretty sure. I think.

Not yesterday.  Naturally, I jumped on the lead for the downhill section when we got to the top of Jacob’s Ladder.   That’s what I do.  I’m usually waiting for Elden for a while at the bottom.  Part way down my pedal came unclipped right in the middle of a hairy, rocky section and I thought I was a goner and then I heard a voice behind me ask, “did what I think happen just happen?”  WTF?

Uh, “Elden?” Yep, it was  him right on my tail.  He continued there, on my wheel until the bottom of Jacob’s.  Towards the end of the ride just when you think it’s over the “Last Dance” single track appears and spits you out back at the bottom at  the equestrian center.  I decided to let him lead.

I’d put my head down for second and look up and he wouldn’t be there.  I knew for sure he must be off the side of the trail turtled in the scrub oak.  That’s what Elden does, he crashes when he goes too fast.  Not today,  Nope.  I’d see him around a switchback and have to pedal hard to keep him in sight.

What was different yesterday?  New bike, the SS Superfly?  Perfect weather and trail? Who knows for sure but “that fat guy” as someone called him mid ride is on fire.  Maybe he was pissed for being called “that fat guy.”

I promise I’m not making any of this up nor lauding his downhill skills just because he gave me a super cool twinsix wool cycling cap yesterday.  Seriously, I’m not.

Corner Canyon Time Trials

14 May

Time Trials with an s.

I think Tony P. started the madness last year setting the start and finish points but Rick S. was the first to blog about it. Well, Clark’s Trail TT now has its own official website thanks to UtRider.

I couldn’t remember my time from last year but I’m pretty sure it was under 11 minutes. Looks like I need to give it another crack.

I don’t know if downhills are referred to as time trials or not but thats what I’m going with for Jacob’s Ladder.

At the top of Jacob’s Ladder there is a small island of weeds and rocks right where you start rolling the downhill. Start your time just as your front tire passes the western edge of the island. I built a little cairn there with a green rock but don’t know how long it will last. Stop your time as your front tire hits the wooden fence at the bottom before the trail spits you out on the upper Corner Canyon road.

3:45 is my time on the dork bike.

I’m expecting great things from Sleepy, Jamie P and dug.

Don’t forget that the Sundance/Soldier Hollow weekly series starts tonight and I’ll be there conducting a Bohemian/CarboRocket seminar.

Who Beat Me?

22 Apr

Clark’s Trail is still closed but Jacob’s Ladder is wide open. If you’ve never ridden Jacob’s Ladder you’ve missed what just may be the best downhill trail in Northern Utah. It’s my fave and one of the reasons Draper City has the best mountain biking trail network of any suburban area in the State.

I’m a a little disappointed as I was really hoping to be the first one down Jacob’s this year but there was one other set of tracks up there. Who was it?

I only rode through a few patches of mud near the top and only had to get off my bike once to push through a 10 yard section of snow, other than that it was all ridable and I’m still grinning. Have fun!