Last Golden Eagle Run of 2017

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Mikie, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    @Voodoo Tom and I decided to hit up Golden Eagle one last time for 2017!
    Meeting at the trailhead at 9:30am, there was already two other cars with bike racks there and on the owners already on the trail... NICE!
    G.E. needs the traffic.

    Tom and I were shooting the breeze about his new project in the garage when up pulls a familiar vehicle, with a familiar license plate and a familiar bike on the bike rack, a Santa Cruz 5010. It's Sara!

    Sara and her riding partner Connie were on the GE trail the day of the Mikie ambush! Tom and I have since got to know Sara and Connie and have actually have often hit the GE trail about the same time on the same days.

    When she got out of the car we said our hello's and we asked where Connie was. Sara said that Connie was having her rear shock worked on so she was riding solo. We told her we are just cruising and she was welcome to join us and she did. Nice!

    The weather was absolutely perfect and we headed out our usual route down N2 to the fire road climb. Sara stated she rarely if ever go that way and that she usually climbs the singletrack. We told her we do the road for the extra miles and to stay off the singletrack for potential descender's.

    So let me make something very clear. Sara is a mountain biker. That girl can climb and descend!

    Although we were in somewhat cruise mode, she was ever bit on us and sometimes in front of us... right there on the climbs and when we bombed the rollers or descents, right there! It was awesome to experience. We have a new local ride partner!
    :thumbsup:

    So today we did the extended version. Up the Liebre Mountain Fire Road all the way to our usual end point but then on the way back we did what Tom and I call the Moto section. It's all singletrack with a bit more punchy climbs. it adds about a mile and changes it up some. Linking back right before the mid section, it gives all the great descending that Golden Eagle has to offer.

    Then bombing back to the trailhead, (although loose from lack of rain), it was picture perfect!

    Sara is a formidable mountain biker and great company on the trail. She just signed up on the imtbtrails forum as @mountaingirl sara so hopefully we get to have some online banter as well!

    Welcome to imtbtrails Sara!

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    The Voodoo Tom-ster!
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    Me chasing them up the Fire Road... Hey wait for me!
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    Clipping out and getting ready for the final drop back to the trailhead.

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    Tom, finishing for the win of a great ride!
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    Sara all over a great finish for the day!

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    Truly a great day in the saddle and we made a new friend and member of imtbtrails! Great way to finish up 2017!
     
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  2. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
  3. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    G.E. needs traffic yet you never invite anyone but @Voodoo Tom. Perhaps so you can ride with Sara and Connie by yourselves? :gag:

    I need to get up there and Mt Pinos before winter hits! Oh wait, winter is already here!

    Happy New Year @Mikie!
     
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  4. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Actually...
    I never think about throwing out a ride invite as most of the time it results in Voodoo and I riding alone.

    Let's do a scientific experiment... I will do a ride invite for G.E. and let's see who actually shows...;)

    ...and YES! We want Connie and Sara all to ourselves. :whistling: Silly Mountain Biker!
     
  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    As soon as we get some rain and the place starts to turn green again.....I'm bringing @horsebikerider up.
     
  6. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
  7. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    Wait, when was this?
    Was that the last 2017 run or the first 2018?
    Is that E-bike Sara?
    Did you eat your cheerios that morning?
    Does it feel like I have more questions that answers?
     
  8. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Don't worry Berni! I remember my first beer... :rolleyes:

    Here... Let me help. Right next to my awesome mugshot is the date: December 30, 2017. So it was last year.
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    Next. Sara was NOT riding an eBike... She is a REAL Mountain Biker!

    Last, I did NOT eat my cheerios. They were both pretty much kicking my azz... ;)
    Hope this helps!

    Miss you Berni!
    Mikie
     
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Let's ride it this coming Sunday?
     
  10. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Mikie just drinks tailwind, no food ;)
     
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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    I could ride in the afternoon on Sunday. Sunday morning is Church time!
     
  12. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Well... I snort it as well...:rolleyes:
     
  13. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I was free on the 30th. I would have been there.

















    :whistling:
     
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  14. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    How late in the afternoon?
     
  15. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Yeah, how late?
     
  16. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    I am interested depending on the time. I would need to follow Mikie from the rest stop. Don't remember exactly how to get there.
     
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  17. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Once in a while, a great crowd responds to ride with you at GE...

    just sayin'
     
  18. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Our bad...Problem is about 99% of our Saturday rides are planned on Friday night about 8:00 or 9:00pm, that's just how we roll. We know we're gonna ride and usually are thinking the same thing so we don't need to over think it. Planned ahead of time you can just about guarantee more attendees and for good reason. It's a great trail for any caliber rider and lends itself to socializing.
     
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  19. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Dang it!
    I wish I would have said that!
     
  20. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    8 or 9 on a Friday night is about the time I give up waiting for someone to post a ride and accept the fact that I'll be riding alone. :cry::cry:
     
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  21. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Okay!
    I will do my very best to post up our rides no later than a half hour before we ride them! o_O
    No, seriously, I’ll get better at posting up my rides...
     
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  22. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    1/2 hour is good.....especially since it takes me 1 1/2 hours to get there. :thumbsup:o_O
     
  23. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    It's really too bad that GE is a hundred miles away. You need to move that trail closer to Anaheim. :thumbsup:
     
  24. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    You have Disneyland. The happiest place on earth! :p
     
  25. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    :eek:
     
  26. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Prescott
    Name:
    hill^billy
    That would be great, would do wonders for that trail. Too bad.:sneaky:
     
  27. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    you almost made it to Atmore Mdws turnoff, then its all the way down to Rogers Camp and Cienaga Springs. I doubt the trail is very good anymore
     
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  28. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    OR................
     
  29. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    But you and your gearless bike are fast enough to catch up to the group so in your case, I feel that this should not be a concern.
     
  30. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    SART is about 100 miles away (from me) and so is Big Bear. Distance does not over shadow willpower. :D
     
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