Thursday, April 29, 2010

Berkeley Mystery Clue


Solve the puzzle, ask yourself....'where do these clues take me?' Then go there.

Good luck and we'll see you this weekend!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Not-so-urban Assaulting

When we're not rocking big wheels across the country, we bring out the fat tires. We rounded up the troops for a trip to Fruita/Moab. It was supposed to be a single day blitz of the Kokopelli trail (142 miles from Fruita to Moab), but mother nature didn't want to cooperate. Instead, we hit our favorite desert trails in a more social (i.e. alcohol-filled) setting.
The drive wasn't so long when you've got good company. We found a bow belonging to Matt's 2 year old daughter. I tried it on and I think this will officially be the last time I'm able to wear such hair accessories. RIP josh's hair.
Here's Richard (Dicky) Swords in between spells of altitude induced vertigo.
Speaking of driving, We decided to do a little 'froadin' in Matt's Tundra. Then Anut decided to follow in his TDI. Impressive.
The trails in Fruita...well you know....they rock. I don't need to say it anymore than the millions of others who love it here. This picture has been taken 1000's of times, but there's nothing like attacking this section of single track (Joe's Ridge)
Matt was the only one to clean this switchback. Chad and Anut watch on with admiration.
Moab for a big group ride: ride up to PorcRim, hit the Upper Porc trails, then ride home. Then maybe hit a night ride on the Sovereign trails

Matt getting stoic
Sol has shorts with a special 'puckered porthole' feature. Nobody knew what this was for, but we liked making fun of it.
Sol and I got separated, but that gave us plenty of time to reminisce about a long mutual history of Jerky Boys, our favorite lines from Gummo ('let me smell your wrist'), and the adventures of marriage/fatherhood.
We also got rip up some incredible single track. This was my 1st time on the LowerPorcTrail.
There was a section on the trail called the notch that didn't seem ridable to me. But as this video proves - it certainly is.

Good times indeed. Now on to the next Urban Assault Ride in BERKELEY!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tucson Mystery checkpoint clue....

Click the puzzle above to make it bigger. The answers to these clues will lead you to the 1st mystery checkpoint location. Once you get here, you'll get the clue to the next mystery checkpoint.

Good luck!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Check out what's coming together...

The good folks at Timbuk2 are putting stitches to our 2010 custom UAR bags. 1st place teams will all get a pair of these bad boys. You'll also get to be a messenger for a few minutes in the Timbuk 2 Paperboy obstacle. Pretty SWEET!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

techno-tomatoes, beatboxing hounds, rocking mummies

For your viewing pleasure, some videos with das songs from daft punk....

directed by SPike JonZe (Who I once met when I was a freestylin' fan and he was the editor of the magazine):
Da Funk

directed by Michael Gondry
Around the world

directed by Roman Coppola

Daft Punk - Revolution 909
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Friday, April 2, 2010

Public Service Announcement

I've been known, from time to time, to enjoy a beer or two. And I'm here today to make you aware of some of the potential concerns with drinking. No, I'm not talking about dangers of drunk driving or wearing a lampshade on your head after too many. I'd like to talk a bit about "drinking while typing", or DWT as it's commonly known.

You see, this is not an isolated occurance - it's sweeping the world. Many people are plagued with the inability to reason with themselves after putting back a couple and saddling up to the computer. Even Google has a product for it. I'm pretty convinced that the success of eBay is due to DWT. Did you know that most winning ebay bids are made between 10:30pm and 2am? (Actually I just made that up...but I wouldn't be surprised.)

I friend of mine, who shall remain anonymous (let's call him "lil' lawyer") has a automatic program to warn him of emails being sent after hours. This is effective at slowing down his drunken online-dating inquiries. It works well for him and keeps him out of trouble.
Too bad he doesnt live in Australia. Virgin Mobile Australia has a solution for Drunk Dialing: a service called Dialing Under the Influence (D.U.I.). Before heading out for a night of debauchery, a Virgin Mobile customer simply dials 333, then the number of someone who shouldn't be called midbender - a boss, a recent breakup, the cute girl who works two cubicles over. The number is then rendered unreachable on that handset until 6 a.m. the next morning, by which time the tongue-loosening effects of the evening's alcohol will presumably have worn off.

Good things can also come from DWT. For example, the inspiration to this post...

Last night, we received an entry into the upcoming Tucson Urban Assault Ride. There's a section of the sign up from where riders let us know how they heard about the UAR. This was his response..

"The leaves had just turned a copper-orange when the sun
began to crest over the snow peaked mountains to the west. My feet,
dangling precariously beneath the placid waters of the cool Sycamore
Creek, my golden retriever at my side, panting, smiling, when I saw the
shadow of that wandering vagabond. His voice was thunderous and it shook
me to the core, made me question my belief in humanity, in myself, in
those warm summer evenings in Tucson. He said, "have ye the courage to
partake in a test of intestinal fortitude, courage, civility, dexterity
and alcohol tolerance? Then mount your trusty iron steed and head to the
Urban Assault Ride!" As I wiped the sweat from my brow, with the
handkerchief that old man Hutchins gave to me in the cemetery fourteen
years ago to that day, I smiled as I thought of Betty and remembered the
last thing she said to me before she was eaten by cannibals in Tanzania:
"Win...that...ride...and drink a lot of beer." And that, is how I heard of
the Urban Assault Ride."

Very impressive writing, my friend. I'm not certain, but I would imagine this little ditty is a result of DWT. We will be sending this fellow some stickers for his efforts.

Personally, I enjoyed one of the benefits of DWT when emailing Prana's customer service department. I explained (after a few New Belgium's mind you) that the shirt I recently purchased from Prana had sleeves that were a tad too short. I let them know that when I lean down to pick up my kitty, my sleeves ride up to mid fore-arm. This explanation was enough for the good folks at Prana to send me a new shirt and a little something extra too. Good people over there at Prana. And now, I'm a lifelong fan of Prana and even writing about them to you all. In fact, I have to recommend a pair of shorts. If you grew up during the OP, Maui and Sons, Billabong, Spuds MacKenzie era, you probably remember OP's corduroy shorts. Well check it out - they're back and they're badder than ever!

And you'll be happy to know that this somewhat random blog post was written with a clear head. The only intoxicants involved were caffeine and some rather dry oatmeal.

In summary - I advise you to take this post simply as a Public Service Announcement. DWT can be dangerous, but it can be good too. But believe me - it does exist. Now go put on your favorite corduroy shorts and ride your bike to the bar to get a couple beers!