The amazing Jeff Kendall-Weed is at it again. Hucking everything in site while spending lots of time on the rear wheel or in the air on his Ibis HD4.
In his latest video, Jeff finds some inspiration at a neighborhood garage sale with a handy guide book to riding Vancouver Island ("Get in the Van! Vancouver Island that is!" Insider tips to discover Canada's Second Most Populated Island After The Island of Montreal by Bike"). Fly in to the sunny shores, and check through the list of things to do, and best places to visit, in one of the most special places in British Columbia, Canada.
The Great North American Ibis Demo Tour is making a 4 day pit stop next week in Lake Tahoe/Truckee.
From July 27-30 (Thursday - Sunday) we'll be set up at Tahoe Donner which is adjacent to the town of Truckee. Specifically, we'll be set up at the beautiful Alder Creek Adventure Center, which serves as the nordic center in the winter and mountain bike center in the summer, AND it has a restaurant and bar on the grounds! There are plenty of fun trails of varying skill levels right from the parking lot. If you want to go try out a different trail, we'll be letting bikes out for longer periods and OVERNIGHT as well.
Alder Creek Adventure Center at Tahoe Donner
15275 Alder Creek Rd, Truckee, California, 96161
Reservations are not necessary but are encouraged if you want to be sure there's a bike available. To reserve a bike send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line with your first & last name Truckee demo 2017. In the email include your name, phone number, bike model, size, & your ride weight. We will send a confirmation email but it may take time as Kirk our demo driver is often driving or at another demo.
Each day we will have 3 time periods for demos: 10-1, 1-4, & 4p.m. checkout with next day return at 9:30a.m. Please allow time for bike setup for you & others.
Lunch is available at the ACAC, and it's
quite good excellent. There's also beer and wine for after your ride, and they open the bar on Friday from 4PM - 8PM and Saturday from 11AM - 8PM.
The demo is free, but we will be encouraging a $20 donation that will benefit the Truckee Donner Land Trust, who are doing great work preserving lands in the Truckee/Tahoe area.
A couple of weeks ago, maybe three weeks ago now, we sent young Kate, one of our intrepid Ibisians up to Mendocino to participate in the Wildwood Enduro run by Mendocino Bike Sprite. The Wildwood Enduro uses many of the same excellent loamy buff singletracks we used for the Ibis Migration back in May.
For Californians from the Bay Area, it's alwasy a special trip to drive to 'Mendo', through the picturesque Anderson Valley, and then along the Navarro River and out to the coast. The race takes place deep in the redwood forest, and it's a gem, that sells out in no time. It's part of the California Enduro Series, so competition is fierce.
Here's a couple pics and a quick story about the race. Glad you had a good time, Kate, and a huge shout out ot all the volunteers at Mendocino Coast Cyclists and Bike Sprite who worked tirelessly on this event.
Catching a break during the transfer climb to Forest History with the HD4
Threading the bars through Mendo's dense forest trails, pinning it through exposed sections on Forest History and Manly, among others. The forest will swallow you whole if your tire wanders off the narrow trails. This is, of course, what makes the Mendocino trails so dangerously fun for an enduro race.
Here is Nick from Bike Sprite during one of our Transfers. Nick and Amy did and excellent job of supporting the race, plenty of snacks, water stations, trails were well-marked. It felt more like a self-guided tour of the stunning Mendocino Trails.
Blindly traversing the unsuspectingly punchy trails on Caspar North.
The HD4 helped me over 5,000ft of climbing in 35 miles of single track and fire road, about 85% of which I rode blind. Even with its slacker wheelbase and 160mm of travel, the bike felt balanced on the switchbacks, punchy and stiff on the climbs and allowed me to focus on the trail ahead, ultimately ending in 5th overall for my Category.
Sunday, we rode to the famous Drive-Thru Tree and then descended down through Caspar North before departing Mendo.
Navarro Point, just south of Mendo. We stopped to admire the blue waves and stretch the legs, not quite ready to head home...
Last photo! Pit stop off Hwy 128, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Here is the HD4 in front of some Wild Turkey Whiskey Barrels used to brew the Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Stout.