The first-ever Ride-2-Recovery Blue Diamond Mountain Bike Challenge is underway this week in Blue Diamond, a sun-drenched hamlet located in Red Rock National Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas that is also a launch pad for countless miles of desert singletrack.
The three day charitable event for wounded veterans started yesterday and will run until Feb 1.
The event is the first mountain biking event for the Ride 2 Recovery program, a national non-profit effort that uses cycling races to encourage and challenge injured soliders.
So you’re cruising along the desert singletrack of Cottonwood Valley just outside of Las Vegas, having just cleaned the first hill out of Blue Diamond and taken the low route, blasting over the first drop as you ease around the back side of the mountain.
So when you’re derailluer bolt wiggles its way out, or breaks, or just somehow manages to no longer be in the place it needs to be to hold your transmission in place, you have only a few options. Here they are:
1. Look for it on the trail
Good luck with this option, which carries with it the same odds as finding a Mensa membership card on the set of Jersey Shore.
2. Use the rear wheel skewer nut to hold it in place
This can work. The only drawback is that you’ll be deeper into the desert when your derailleur comes off again.
3. Act in control when others pedal by while still thinking you can rig it somehow
Certainly a viable option, as keeping one’s trail pride intact is valuable. No sense in letting others know you’re unprepared for the trail and about as mechanically inclined as a fruit bat. Good choice. Sleep there if you have to.
4. Rely on the kindness of more prepared fellow riders to break your chain so you can coast the downhill back to the trailhead, then head straight to the bar at Bonnie Springs Ranch for a couple of PBRs and a bloody mary.
Ask for Charity, and have her make it spicy.
Just as the proliferation of social media suggests, we love to document our lives. It’s only natural that the passion of outdoor enthusiasts would overlap well with this new, augmented reality in which we now thrive. Photographer Justin Olsen is a great example of this, having created his own chest mount for a DSLR camera.
Then, he strapped it on and went mountain biking with his friends. And did some stuff for a client. Here are the results. And the interview.