Pictures from the 50 Mile Ride

The 3rd annual 50 Mile Ride is going down in Orange County, California today. From what I’ve heard over 400 riders are riding the 50 mile leg that kicked off at 7am this morning. 100% off the money raised is given to Project Rwanda.

Greg Sellers from Motor Tabs is at the event, he’s the official hydration drink of the day. He donated thousands of Motor Tabs to the pull this off. Greg and Sheek will be sending me pics all day and I’ll keep updating this post.

The mighty Sheek!

Mr. Sellers

Matt Ford (Mr. Rock N Road) and Big Mike Rogan

Meredith and some Trail Angels post ride…

Special shout out to Doug Grant and crew for pulling this off again, my family (Alison, Alex and Steph) for helping 3 years in a row, Sheek, Motor Tabs and Rock N Road. Great job guys.

More pictures to come throughout the day.

Andy B

Backyard Adventures: Squirting Blood

Fun inspirational story for you weekend warriors type’s like me. Get on your mountain bike this weekend.

Backyard Adventures: Squirting Blood
March 18, 2009

I lay in bed the other night, a lot tired and a little bloodied, but smiling, thinking about the horned toad Alex and I had managed to catch earlier in the day. I’ve only seen a couple of these prehistoric-looking reptiles in the mountains of Southern California, because they’re kind of scarce and accomplished masters of camouflage. To find one was a simple treat that had made the day’s backyard adventure all the more memorable.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Andy B

Team Type 1 documentary “One Shot”

While playing on the internet this morning at 6am (Landon and Carter were up all night, Landon with the flu and Carter being a wuss) I stumbled upon the Team Type 1 Professional Cycling Team website.

They are having a documentary made about their team called “One Shot“. Vox Pop Films is documenting Team Type 1 as it pedals toward its goal of competing in the Tour de France.

Documentary info: (7 minute trailer)
More info on Team Type 1:

About Team Type 1:
Team Type 1, founded by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, both of whom were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an infant and a young child, aim to inspire people with diabetes to take a proactive approach to managing their condition by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, monitoring their blood sugar levels, taking their insulin and other diabetes medications as prescribed, and working closely with their healthcare team.

Andy B

What do you do with your old camping gear?

On Friday in the lobby of my office I met a guy named Ken, he runs a non-profit called Homeless Gear. Ken’s idea is to take the old camping, climbing, hiking gear, etc that we all have stored in our basements, garages and attics and donate it to the homeless.

Their organization is looking for:

* Backpacks
* Daypacks
* Bookpacks (School packs)
* Sleeping Bags
* Sleeping Bag Pads
* Cots
* Tents (small 1-3 person)
* Stuff Sacks
* Ground Cloths or Small Tarps
* Water Bottles (Nalgene Type)
* Flashlights or Headlamps
* Battery Powered (Small) Alarm Clocks
* Camping/Backpacking Bowls, Plates, Cups, Spoons, or Forks
* Sunglasses
* Bike Locks
* Blankets
* Coats (Winter or Rain)
* Rain Ponchos
* Sweatshirts With Hoods
* Hats, Scarves, Gloves
* Boots
* Socks
* Insect Repellent & Sunscreen
* First Aid Kits and Supplies
* Personal Hygiene Items (soap, shampoo, razors, etc)
* Bath Towels & Washcloths

This is worth supporting!

More info at:

Andy B

TransRockies 2009 Trailer

TransRockies 2009 Mountain Bike Stage Race
August 9 – 15, 2009

“The world’s most wild and rugged mountain bike stage race. Offering outstanding rider support in the intimate setting of our Rocky Mountain Camps, the is no experience like like it. Find out what’s inside…outside.”

Also, this Saturday, March 21 is the 50 Mile Ride. I’ve logged some solid miles the last 2 weeks as a merger attempt to prepare. Looking forward to seeing all of my friends and suffering on my bike for a few long hours.

Andy B

Take me to the 2009 Tour of Utah

It’s way to early to start talking about the 09′ Tour of Utah but the more I think about it the more I want to attend a stage or two. It would be a 6 – 7 hour drive and I think my Fluid Recovery and RideClean friends could hook me up with the insider access. Team RideClean will be taking a crack at a stage win!

Tour of Utah
August 18-23, 2009
More info at:
Six stages, 325 miles, $45,000 purse, America’s Toughest Stage Race is back for 2009

Now if I can only get Sellers, Sheek and Matt Smart to come out and meet me. Come on dudes, think about it! Or maybe I can convince my sweet wife it would be a great family trip, wink wink.

Speaking of Greg Sellers, have you seen the new MotorTabs kits yet? Lookin good sir, big timin as usual!

Andy B

2009 RideClean Elite Team Roster

Marten Ryerson from Team RideClean shot me a note this week with an update on the 2009 Elite Team Roster. I’ve been a big fan of these guys since last year’s Tour of Utah.

The riders are:
Rob Alvarez
Jame Carney
Kyle Colavito
Matt Cooke
Brian Forbes
David Glick
Jared Gilyard
Aaron Heun
Ron Jensen
Doug Loveday
Dan McGehee
Jake Rubelt
Jon Scholnick
Paul Thomas

Click here to see the entire team with bio’s and photos.

Our friends at Fluid Recovery Products really believe in this team, this is a squad worth getting behind. Play around on their site and see how you can get involved.

Andy B

OC Chili Winter Trail Series: Race 2 Recap

Yesterday morning in O’Neill Regional Park the second OC Chilli Winter Trail Series in a series of three trail runs was held. The skies held the rain back in the days prior to the event so we were free to use the trail system within the park for the race.

Note to self: the trails within the park include a few climbs, be sure to warm-up before the race begins, you want a warm engine for this type of start.

First off, the race was awesome. The entire race, which is a true trail race, was lead and eventually won by Joseph Gray. He was positively flying with a final time over the 4.6 mile course of 27:08. Early on he passed D. Sheek who kindly volunteered to help the runners out by leading the race on his sweet Specialized ’09 Epic. The race course had varied terrain and wide fire roads and narrow single track. It is a great course.

My race was quite different than Mr. Gray’s. I did not effortlessly fly over the course. The race began on the flats within the campground. Within a few hundred yards of the start the race hit dirt and immediately began climbing. I was in oxygen debt two minutes into the race. The climb was steep and uneven enough the park system had put in wood steps to hold the earth in place. After a solid 150 yards of climbing the trail met up with a ridge and then plunged down. The first two miles of the race include very real climbs mixed with downhill sections that allow the fast descender the ability to drop the competition. Miles three and four are much more level and include beautiful single track. The entire race is everything you want in a dirt race.

Many thanks to Book that Event for putting on an early year race series to prep all of us for our Spring races. Be sure and check out results and photos.

The next race is on April 4 so get out there and get ready for it.

Matt S.
Outside All Day