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So the big J4th ride was laid out with designs on Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's. As mentioned earlier, I've been working a lot lately. And stressing a lot. I started this ride feeling a tad off. Low energy. But hey, it's Crested Butte. Ya gotta ride no matter what.





Idyllic conditions, and hardly anyone else out on the trails.







Bear was so enjoyable that we decided to head down further, to the base of Rosebud gulch, and climb up to Deadman's from there.





One is all you need.



















There it is, that's the climb that unbuckled me. I could come up with all sorts of great excuses. Overworked, stressed out, exhausted. But in deference to my riding companions, all of whom suffered up the same climb with much more aplomb, I can't deny the fact that I may very well suck. I had already been in the preliminary stages of bonking, then the leg cramps started. Then I got off balance and took a silly little low speed tumble, wherein I wasn't able to clip out of the pedal in time, which allowed me to twist my ankle. Luckily I had several more miles of climbing to walk up. I haven't been in that much agony in a while. Ankles do not seem to be made for walking. And every step seemed to land on a root or a rock that wrenched it again and sent pain molecules coursing through my system.

Oh and it raained on me. And i got chewed on by mosquitoes. Aggressive high altitude mosquitoes with nothing to lose. <snivel>

Finally, after about 3,000 years of climbing, and limping, I reached the top:



I can't tell you how good it felt to spin that ankle out on the bike. Maybe I've trained my ankles to ride. It still hurt, but not nearly as bad.



11,200.





No pictures exist of the descent down Deadman's. The rain started apace, it was wet. My ankle hurt. Here's the aftermath:



The post-ride was particularly enjoyable. I felt a tad more human, and a lot more humble. Maybe it is a good thing to go out and get spanked every now and again. I know that Icegeek seemed particularly pleased to see me in the gutter.

Despite my whinging, this was awesome, spectaculous riding, and I shall be back. (but maybe not to Rosebud...)
 

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Awesome shots as always, Anthony. There's only one CB.

I've done Flag/Bear/Deadman's three times, and every time has ended with a downpour mudfest along the Deadman's switchbacks. I sensed that might happen as I was scrolling down your post and noticed the mounting clouds along Flag and Bear.

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Hope your ankle heals quickly.
 

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EPIC!!!....Thanks much cause this otta get me through the rest of the week. When I need a small dose I always click on your site for some temporary relief. :)


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My most favoritest CB ride. Big ups for adding Rosebud -- heaping more epic onto already epic.
 

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well captured

I was there over the 4th also, my big ride involved Snodgrass, Wash. gultch,403 and 401, never made it to Bear/Flag/Reno this time. THX
 

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Damn fine stuff Anthony as always.

There it is, that's the climb that unbuckled me. I could come up with all sorts of great excuses. Overworked, stressed out, exhausted. But in deference to my riding companions, all of whom suffered up the same climb with much more aplomb, I can't deny the fact that I may very well suck. I had already been in the preliminary stages of bonking, then the leg cramps started.
Dude! You're the cameraman, you're doing WAY more work than those slackers who climb with a plum. I know, I've been there done that.

Awesome job and my chant is...one more week, one more week, one more week, one more week....and I'll be in CB.

Thanks for the hit.

Ed E
 

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Cubicle?Schmubicle!

anthonys said:


One is all you need.
You're killin' me anthony! Have you thought about getting a lighter camera, or sneaking it in someone else's camelback to make your climbing easier??:rolleyes:

Seriously, as always, thanks for the passion hit.
 

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JMac47 said:
You're killin' me anthony! Have you thought about getting a lighter camera, or sneaking it in someone else's camelback to make your climbing easier??:rolleyes:

Seriously, as always, thanks for the passion hit.
There ain't no way he's sneaking that into someone else's pack...it's focking huge. Big old DigiSLR thingamabob.
 

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My snowglobe dropped on the hard cold floor when I heard you added Rosebud.

I'll be happy to add that variation... Next time!
 

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aloha anthonys,

Great post. I ride there about every 5 years or so. It's so nice to see those trails and know what you're riding on. I'm jealous but oh well. Thanks so much for sharing.

aloha,

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Felt like I was there

Gorgeous. Plus I love the part about it opening up on you. Got caught there myself. Weather turned from heaven to hell in 20 seconds. Torrental cold rain. Jumped into my sleeping bag muddy, shivering and blue.
 

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Now I have a new goal in life... ride this these trails. Beautiful pictures! It makes me want to pack my bags and head for the hills. After looking at these photos I had to go downstairs and look at my bike so I could dream of taking it to such a glorious place.
 
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HEY thats me!

The guy bombing down in the pick KRob reposted is me!

The wife and I started out by climbing all the way up Cement Creek, and started the descent a little before anthonys and co. The weather was PERFECT. The wife took a bunch of photos and goes a bit slower so anthonys group passed us up, i stopped a little way down the trail after that pic to wait for the wife and never saw them again.

Thanks for the pic!

Hope you guys enjoyed that trail as much as I did, it was my favorite one of our stay in CB.

Happy Trails!
 

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Great pictures, as usual. I'll be there, myself, in just about one month! I know how the weather can change fast up there. One year, I saw some lightning strikes near the top of Deadman's just before I started my climb up it. I anxiously await part 4. Perhaps Peru?
 

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Nice pictures. I was one of the guys from Wisco that you talked to for a while in the Deadman's parking lot after the ride. We opted to take a rest day after the Reno ride and rode Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass as an out and back. The Kenosha ride was unbelievable, probably only second to Monarch Crest for the entire trip.
 

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damn!

Makes me drooooool!

So damn hot and dry down here in so cal, makes riding almost sucky.
 
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