Blake, in training for some 100 mile mountain bike races, challenged me a few weeks ago, after I said I could ride all day, to join him in the Rattlesnake to do just that. He was intent on riding 100 miles, my goal was to see as many of the 'Snake's smooth mountain biking trails in a day as possible.
We met near campus at Blake's place at 0430 and were riding by 0500, dawn. We picked up Nick in the Rattlesnake and Ben as well and proceeded up to the Sheep Mountain Trail where Blake and I were left alone as the others had daytime obligations.
After about a 45 minute break we headed back up to Sawmill Gulch and pedaled back up to the top of Drop Out Trail and then descended to Grant Creek via the Ravine Trail. Once in the valley we headed upcanyon until the no trespassing signs were too intimidating and we turned around and reascended the Ravine trail to the Snow Bowl Overlook. We descended to the Stuart Peak Trail and then continued up to within a couple miles of the W boundary after crossing the creek up high.
Blake did make it over to Marshall Mountain and rode a couple laps there, and then joined by Ben pedaled back up to make the final laps on Three Larch trail to end the 100 mile challenge at about 105 miles with probably about 16,000' vertical uphill and 18 hours. What an amazing performance by this incredible young endurance athlete. I might be ready for the 100 mile challenge in a couple more weeks! Until then having ridden most of the trails in the Rattlesnake in a day surely feels great.