2013 Palm Canyon Trail Epic!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Mikie, Nov 30, 2013.



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  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    2013 Palm Canyon Trail (aka, the Palm Canyon Epic)
    This is another "Tom the Bomb" Bomb Squad Production...

    Proof: <a class="postlink" href="http://app.strava.com/activities/97775935" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://app.strava.com/activities/97775935</a>

    Last Years Ride Report: <a class="postlink" href="http://imtbtrails.com/magazine/?p=63" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://imtbtrails.com/magazine/?p=63</a>

    Damn I'm lucky to know some key people in my life that like to put Epics together like this. This one however was over the top!

    Having completed Chantry Flats with Rossage, T-2, Hill^billy, and Tom the Bomb; naturally the conversation quickly turned to the annual Palm Canyon Trail (The Epic) as the next big ride. Well first it was on, then it was off, then it was on Saturday, then on Friday, then back to Saturday due to rain, then off because we had too many riders, then the shuttle dumped our reservation . . . . .aaaaaghhhhh!

    Then I get a phone call from Tom the Bomb and he says, "Dude! I got us the ultimate shuttle!" Over the phone, he sounded JACKED UP!
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    So it was settled, the ride was on Friday and I had to meet everyone at the Ontario Mills Mall at 5:30am. Ughhh. Living in Lebec, over an hour and 45 minutes away that meant a leave time of 3:30am. But wait! I was meeting Joe Mac at the "Park and Ride" off the 14 freeway and Newhall Avenue. That meant 3:00am....yeah.

    So out the door I went, a little behind schedule to meet Joe Mac. Thank goodness for the time machine. Not only did we make it on time (5:27am) we even had time to stop at Carl's Jr. to get some breakfast...

    When we got to the meet point, there it was . . . the Shuttle of all Mountain Biking Shuttles. I thought, WOW!
    So with that . . . here we go:

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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower


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  4. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Despite the large group (I think 15 in total), numerous flats, and a few minor spills; as always, it was a group of great guys who stayed laughing the entire day.

    Although towards the end there was "some" talk of mutiny as Tom the Bomb drug us all over some extra curriculum, (I "may" have had something to do with that, "Guys, wait for my signal". ha ha!) Even a bad day of mountain biking is better than your best day at work. But this was a great day!

    There is something different about MTB'ers. The sense of exploration, the challenge of tough trails that test our metal, the crazy camaraderie that comes with suffering on wheels powered by humans, as we crash and torture our bikes, we laugh at each other and ourselves. It's a special breed.

    By the time I dropped Joe Mac back off at our meet point, got some gas, an iced tea, and some extra crunchy cheetos, I was home just after 9:00pm. If I have said it once . . . then I've said it at least 50 times, I'm going to regret the day I can no longer do this....

    Bike On!

    ~Mikie

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  7. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Right on Mikie you said it all.
    Pics to come.
     
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  8. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Mikey I don't think tan in a can would help those legs.
    Another epic ride. Thanks for posting!
     
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  9. hill^billy

    hill^billy iMTB Rockstah

    SWEET! :mrgreen:
     
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  10. MTBHotRod

    MTBHotRod Member

    Location:
    Santa Clarita
    Name:
    Rodney Thompson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    Sounds awesome.
     
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  11. hill^billy

    hill^billy iMTB Rockstah

    Glad there were no killer tree claw incidences!
     
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  12. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Great ride report. Wish I was there.....uh....oh yeah! I was there and it was awesome! Here is one pic to sum up the day.

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  13. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Pat attack!

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  14. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
  15. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    more

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  16. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
  17. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Thanks to all for making this such a great day!
    Xavier is awesome! Music , mtb videos a nap . So cool!
    You guys are the best.
    I can still hear Ross and Mikey's B.S. banter :lol: I am still laughing.
    Great riders make great rides.
    Wish you were there Rick.
    Till next time .
    THE BOMB SQUAD RIDES AGAIN!
     
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  18. sxc70

    sxc70 Newbie

    Name:
    Richard Burroughs
    looks like i missed out on a great day of riding

    thanks for the pics and write up.
     
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  19. T-2

    T-2 Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma
    Name:
    Tom Shaffer
    Current Bike:
    Carbon Stumpy EVO
    Mike, thanks for the write up, the ride was great. Black Friday PCE has become a tradition and never disappoints. Thanks to Tom the Bomb for arranging the trip and to Xavier, Crazy Bear Bikes, for the ride.

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  20. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Hey Tom the Bomb-reserve that bus for next year....now! Im serious, I will throw in for a down payment. That bus was the Bomb!
     
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  21. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    2nd it! That's a do-over!!! ;)
     
  22. Maddog

    Maddog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    Name:
    Greg Madison
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer 275
    Thanks for the pics and RR! What was the flat breakdown? All running tubes or did the tubeless have problems as well? Anybody running slime tubes? Don't mean to sound like Scrooge (although I am thrifty) but $45 a person and a tip on top of that? What for? Did Xavier drive an empty bus to Ontario from the San Fernando valley? Seems like a pick up in the SFV would be better next time so Mikie et al would have a shorter drive then pick up the OC/San Berdo guys at Ontario; if Xavier is based in the SFV. Any shuttle companies in the Palm Springs area? If I lived there, I'd seriously think of starting one just for the PCE.20 bucks a person, drop 'em off and go pick up another group without waiting for them to finish!
     
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  23. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Your right . . . . you sound like a scrooge. We're happy, so let go Luke Skywalker... :lol:

    Flats were almost ALL tubed tires. One was with Stans and it was a large slit in the tire. It was Flat Day!
     
  24. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Yeah, some guy was running 700X45 tires and they weren't up to the task. He had at least 6 flats.
    The shuttle was $45 and that included the tip and RT from Ontario Mills mall. Well worth the money. If you saw the set up and experienced the ride you would probably agree it was worth it. Sometimes you have to pay for quality and this was first class treatment.
     
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  25. Shinken

    Shinken Newbie

    Name:
    Jose
    great riding with you guys!! this is Jose!! the one with the hard tail 29rd!! What a great ride with cool people!! btw Jeff said sorry for all the trouble. :lol:
     
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  26. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Hey You guys I am not waiting till next year . We need a couple more this year. Keep you posted. I am gonna go out there and climb Dunn go out claire Burgess and find that damn golf course single track!
    Guess Maddog won't be joining us any time soon. :eek:
     
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  27. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    No problem Jose. Great to hook up with you again. Let me know when push a Kona is.
     
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  28. Shinken

    Shinken Newbie

    Name:
    Jose
    Yeah for sure Tom!! will get back at you soon with the details. And Thanks to all for the cool pics!! I would like to share some on my facebook if you all dont mind. Let me know about next run OK?
     
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  29. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    No problem sounds good.
     
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  30. Maddog

    Maddog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    Name:
    Greg Madison
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer 275
    Easy there fellas! I'm not trying to stifle your happiness or extinguish the afterglow of an obviously great ride. Just sticking up for us north L.A. County riders by suggesting a possible way for us to save a few bucks by driving less and burning less of our own gas money for the next time. I checked the X-Man's website and saw that the service area is the San Fernando Valley so I thought maybe a pickup could be arranged for us who live near the SFV. Looks like Xavier's main shuttle territory is in Glendora on weekends so who really knows where his shuttle operation is based. If it's not in the SFV my plan totally falls apart!

    I also noticed the high quality of the shuttle set up and that $45 including tip is more than fair. Based on the pic in the RR, I erroneously assumed that the tip was in addition to the $45. I've only used MRA and Shuttle Bob in Kernville and neither involved tips.

    Tom the Bomb I hate to disagree with you but I would love to join in with "us" anytime soon for a ride! I'm 95% sure I would have gone on this PCE had the date not been changed to Friday. I'm sorry if you perceived my post as critical of the ride and shuttle arrangements you made. That was certainly not my intent. I was just thinking of a way to save some money based on the available information.

    I'm not Luke Skywalker; more Mr. Spock. It's simply not logical to drive an empty bus to the pick-up spot forcing some participants to drive an additional and perhaps unnecessary 50+ miles one way. Heck, Mikie and Joe could have passed the bus on the freeway! I did not mean to offend, aggravate or annoy anyone or diminish your ride experience in any way. I'm only seeking to make the next one cheaper, which is better! Scrooge would agree!
     
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