Today's ride was the combination of some of my favorite rides I have done on both my mountain bike and road/CX bike. This ride was the attempt to create a ride which could be connected to the Whiskey 50 course to create a 100 mile plus mountain bike ride for my training of next year's Leadville Series and the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. The ride had it all and I'm glad Tim Liscum rode with me to affirm it was a great ride. The ride started in Prescott Valley as usual, I don't drive to local rides if I can help it. We took the Iron King trail into Prescott and then climbed Prescott Lakes Parkway to Walker Rd. This is where the ride was different, we rode the 305 trail in its entirety, jumped back on Walker Rd and rode it to Potato Patch. We took the Senator Highway back towards Prescott, but we rode Spruce Mountain road all the way to the towers, that is one steep, long climb, it is a mini version of the Columbine climb. We stopped, ate and took some pictures and headed back down. Instead of dropping all the way back down, we jumped on the 299 and bombed down the mountain, that trail has to be one of my favorites. It is fast, has lots of whoop-tee do's and it can get crazy if you start to get confident. It will bite you hard if you don't watch it, it gets rutted and the rocks will bounce you around, the trail deserves your respect, but it rewards you for letting it go too... it is just perfect! We quickly crossed the Senator Highway and jumped on the 396. This trail is like Disneyland, it's fun, but sort like a kiddie roller-coaster. It's fun, but you don't brag to your friends that you rode it.... ha ha It is a great transfer to White Spar Road and it will serve as the connector to the Whiskey 50 course. Tim and I stopped at Ironclad and chatted it up with Tim (the other Tim) while we aired and filled our water bottles. Tim took the time to show us the new Panasonic Panaracer tire he was running, he was giving it props for cornering, I might give it a gander next purchase. After that we motored down, headed into town and headed back to the Iron King via 89 and Sun Dog Ranch Rd. Well, as usual, we started with blue skies and things had turned ugly on us, as we neared Prescott Valley, the skies darkened, the temps dropped and we got poured on. One of the cool things was that the sun was still shining through and we had a rainbow right in front of us, like 10 feet in front of us.. As usual, I ended my ride chasing rainbows and unfortunately I never caught them, I just ended up wet!

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