Mountain Bike Reviews Forum banner
1 - 20 of 220 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,135 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Anyone interested in attempting the Skeggs Everything ride?

[update: details posted below - http://forums.mtbr.com/8573370-post18.html]]

Biking Brazilian came up with the route in 2007 and a couple of us (me and the dearly missed mudworm) managed to complete it last year.


It's about a 42 mile ride, 10,000' of climbing. Last year, it took about 7 hours all up.

The biggest challenge is navigation: miss a turn and you likely won't achieve the "everything" goal. And you have to really want the goal, as you'll do some things you'd never otherwise consider, like climbing to the top of a fireroad just to turnaround and descend it again.

I'd like to give it a go again on Oct 29, starting 9am at gate CM-08.
 

·
I like mtn biking, too
Joined
·
3,231 Posts
I would be up for that... At least to see how far I can make it. Not sure what our schedule is though. Yeah, I miss seeing mudworm around at Skeggs, too! I am sure she's on to even bigger and better things. :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: pmarshall

·
Registered
Joined
·
668 Posts
I strongly recommend this ride:

- the route is a work of pure topological beauty and elegance
- upon completion, you'll know everything you need to know about Skeggs, which trails, gates, parking lots, trees etc to prefer
- in the unlikely case you're not up for the entire 40+ miles, you can at any point on the route bail out or take shortcuts, and keep encouraging/taunting/heckling ratpick while easily cruising around

As for me, I'd be in but my manager says I shouldn't do strenuous exercise, to let my bruised ribs heal up properly... (and I was originally thinking of doing an attempt to clean Bear Mtn)
 

·
Master of '80s BMX tricks
Joined
·
1,075 Posts
i just wanted to chime in and say

that, track log. could, be...the most beautiful thing, I've ever seen in my life. :eekster:
I'm not worthy this year but will but now consider doing this ride a future goal.
i'm going to print this out and paste it to my bathroom floor so i can study it more.
is that down the last leg of Fir down or up?
please say down?
 

·
Mtbr Founder
Joined
·
35,044 Posts
Tragically, I have to be in Bend, Oregon to tour all the breweries for a good cause.

fc
 

·
Life is strange
Joined
·
1,991 Posts
Gonna be in L.A. for work then. If not working then flying back to the bay area.
Not happy about that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
456 Posts
awesome !!!

This is awesome !!!! I'll need couple of weeks of preparation to achieve this :skep:.

Aside from the navigation challenge, how do you manage food and water (stash them someplace or lug it) :confused:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,135 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
This is awesome !!!! I'll need couple of weeks of preparation to achieve this :skep:.

Aside from the navigation challenge, how do you manage food and water (stash them someplace or lug it) :confused:
You have two weeks then :)

There are some logistics with this ride since you need a water refill at some point. The original plan said to stash water and some food at the next "gate" down from CM-08, just off South Leaf Trail. It's a spot you hit about 16 miles into the ride, so not quite half-way, but after the toughest climbs. I did this the first time and it worked really well. Being just before half-way, my experience suggests to consume water freely for the first half and conserve after lunch. If it was going to be really hot, I might even stash some water up the top somewhere.

If I get some definite signups, I'll make sure there's enough water, but you'll probably want to stash some food unless you'd prefer to carry it all day.

Biker_Scout_Sparky said:
is that down the last leg of Fir down or up?
please say down?
We are on Fir twice - the first, right at the beginning of the ride, is lower Fir, the really, really steep part which we both climb and descend. It works well because 1. you get it overwith when you're fresh and 2. you can drop everything you don't need at the bottom of Fir and climb light, then pick it up on the return.

The second time, we do upper Fir descending down to Resolution.

If you've never attempted to climb lower Fir, you're in for a real treat :eek:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,832 Posts
Anyone interested in attempting the Skeggs Everything ride?

Biking Brazilian came up with the route in 2007 and a couple of us (me and the dearly missed mudworm) managed to complete it last year.
Actually, I merely re-posted the ride originally designed by Biking Viking back in the day. I tried it three times, finished once. Be sure to get the Fir climb out of the way as soon as possible.

The Patrick you link to on Strava is not me. :thumbsup:
 

·
I like mtn biking, too
Joined
·
3,231 Posts
Oh, this route climbs lower Fir? :p I'm out. lol!!!

Just kidding...

But seriously - there are halloween parties going on both before and after that ride that are over an hour away from Skeggs - probably a little too tight schedule for me - so definite out. :( Maybe some other day, with a more relaxed schedule.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,078 Posts
I'd like to join this but this group is shaping up to be faaaast. B group anyone? I don't know if I can get to 10k but I should be able to get close.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,135 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I'd like to join this but this group is shaping up to be faaaast. B group anyone? I don't know if I can get to 10k but I should be able to get close.
You do need to keep a reasonable pace but it won't be a hammerfest.. it took 7 hours at a reasonably fast pace last time. If we get a good group, I'd expect that to stretch out to 8 or 9 just as group rides do (regroups, stopping to lie about jumps, mechanicals, etc).

I'm more interested in completing it again than trying to break last year's time, although mudworm did beat me for overall time last year and if I end up doing this solo, I'll be gunning to beat her 6:53 hours!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
597 Posts
Oh, this route climbs lower Fir? :p I'm out. lol!!!

Just kidding...

But seriously - there are halloween parties going on both before and after that ride that are over an hour away from Skeggs - probably a little too tight schedule for me - so definite out. :( Maybe some other day, with a more relaxed schedule.
I made the mistake of going up Fir for the first and only time last Saturday. Had to walk a lot. Very steep, even going down would be a challenge for me.
 

·
I like mtn biking, too
Joined
·
3,231 Posts
I made the mistake of going up Fir for the first and only time last Saturday. Had to walk a lot. Very steep, even going down would be a challenge for me.
Yes, anyone who can clean lower fir from Meth to Resolution is a crazy monster. I really enjoyed going down it, though! I'd have to say it's way more steep and technical than any other downhill at Skeggs - and really under-appreciated.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,135 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Yes, anyone who can clean lower fir from Meth to Resolution is a crazy monster. I really enjoyed going down it, though! I'd have to say it's way more steep and technical than any other downhill at Skeggs - and really under-appreciated.
I vaguely recall a mention some time ago that Midpen plans to eliminate lower Fir. Maybe my memory is wrong. If you've ever ridden Coe, you can clean it. I've cleaned as far as the rocks, but it's too much to session for a complete clean!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
456 Posts
You have two weeks then :)

There are some logistics with this ride since you need a water refill at some point. The original plan said to stash water and some food at the next "gate" down from CM-08, just off South Leaf Trail. It's a spot you hit about 16 miles into the ride, so not quite half-way, but after the toughest climbs. I did this the first time and it worked really well. Being just before half-way, my experience suggests to consume water freely for the first half and conserve after lunch. If it was going to be really hot, I might even stash some water up the top somewhere.

If I get some definite signups, I'll make sure there's enough water, but you'll probably want to stash some food unless you'd prefer to carry it all day.

We are on Fir twice - the first, right at the beginning of the ride, is lower Fir, the really, really steep part which we both climb and descend. It works well because 1. you get it overwith when you're fresh and 2. you can drop everything you don't need at the bottom of Fir and climb light, then pick it up on the return.

The second time, we do upper Fir descending down to Resolution.

If you've never attempted to climb lower Fir, you're in for a real treat :eek:
We attempted a 30 miler @ Skeggs today but fell short (bad food and water management). Didnt realize the climb from Virginia Mill to Gordon Mill (west side) was a biatch with my gearing. I can imagine what lower fir would be like :eekster:.

Will definitely need more ride time @ Skeggs to get into this caliber .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,930 Posts
I am interested. I need to check a few things but I would like to attempt. I have done a ride on this length in demo 2 times before but about 3k less climbing I believe. I have a feeling it can be done with the right amount of food, pacing, and good company. Just like the SCMC, I felt terrific even at the end. I might cash in my good husband card to be able to go. I will let you know asap.

Paul
 
1 - 20 of 220 Posts
Top