Sunny skies set the tone for the 57 riders who participated in this year’s Tour de Gulch on Saturday, June 14th. Billed as the “best ride west of Castle Rock on the second Saturday in June,” TDG XI did not disappoint.
Things got rolling with three hours of guided riding on the sweet Growlers Gulch single-track. The tread was damp in spots but tacky enough to hold on the downhill runs.
Phenomenal post-ride food and libations, raffle prizes from sponsors Boone Dog Bikes and Northwest Bike Tech, and abundant bike talk stretched the party well into the afternoon hours.
Pacific Northwest mountain biking legends Vaughn Martin and Ed Strong, both 71, were in attendance and demonstrated that they aren’t ready to retire to their rockers any time soon. In fact, Vaughn said that he and Ed plan to keep the cranks turning until they hit 80.
Rob and the Anaerobics – which consisted of Rob Larsen, Bob Stanton, Dave Lendolt, Jerry de Ruyter, Aaron Altaeuser, Steve George, and Darrell Jamieson – set a blistering pace, racking up nearly 20 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain.
Ride Master Andy Crump brought several members of Portland’s semi-famed Killer Burritos. Crump and his assistant, Andy Jansky, put the Burritos through their paces, though Crump said, “With the Burritos’ pathetic fitness level, there was only so much we could do. I try to be a role model for these guys to give them something to shoot for, but they lack the skill and heart to follow my lead.”
Mark Crump, Andy’s brother and long-time Burrito member, labeled Andy’s comments as “delusional” and suggested his brother was suffering from a cranial-rectal injunction that has plagued him since childhood.
Among the riders soaking up their first TDG were Mike Van Hoose, John Gibson, Bo Marshall, Casey Cox, Aaron Althaeuser, Jade Holsan, Denise Vernon, Brandon Lockwood, Steve George, Jesse Lopez, Jon Crawford, Christian Pickens, Ian Rogers, Eric Carlson, and Andrea de Ruyter.
Thanks to everyone who attended, especially those who brought food and helped with clean-up. We’re already looking forward to 2009.
We are assembling a photo collection and hope to have it posted later this week.