Saturday, January 31, 2009

I love this :-)

A pretty good representation of this crazy election? I think so.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cyclocross World Championships this weekend

I made this video last year in Treviso, Italy. This weekend's rainbow jersey race in Hoogerheid, Belgium should be a bit sloppier and truer to cross' roots. Enjoy.

2008 Cyclocross World Championships Treviso Italy from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.


Before I graduated to two wheels, I once rode a big-wheel on the Slickrock Trail in Moab. However, I'm pretty sure I never went inverted. Wow.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Winter Wonderland

This morning was cold. Like 5 degrees F cold with two inches of fresh snow on the ground. But it was also sunny, and after breaking the 20 day skiing/riding streak yesterday because of work and blizzard conditions I knew today had to be good. Before work I headed out to Marshall Mesa for some superb snow covered single track.

Fresh tracks were mine for most of the ride.
Looking up toward Eldorado State ParkThree layers on the legs, five on my torso, and a full balaclava made my ride nice and toasty despite the wintery conditions.

Dowdy Draw downhill.

Monday, January 26, 2009

An amazing start to 2009

2009 is off to an amazing start thanks to some spectacularly well timed weather here in Colorado, as well as a certain inauguration thingy. We've been experiencing one of those dream scenarios where things are super warm on the front range while staying cool and snowy in the mountains. As a result I've now been able to either ride bikes or ski for 20 days in a row. Today looks to be a challenge to keep the streak alive as its currently 16 degrees and snowing out, but you never know. Some shots from the past 20 days:

Mike D on Flagstaff.
Days later in Beaver Creek with the Bikes Belong crew.
And back to Boulder for some more beautiful riding.
Next up, Steamboat for some snowcat skiing.
Abby dropping in on another beautiful pow field.
I skied the K2 Pontoons, my first time on powder only skis. They were pretty darn amazing.Pretty darn lucky. We'll see if I can make it out today, I'm thinking singlespeed on Marshall Mesa...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ridiculous Rigs

Spotted this on BikesnobNYC and just had to share, being that two of my favorite things in the world are nice bikes and nice cars. Naturally, I also have quite a soft spot for unlikely bike-carrying-cars, as many times I find myself drooling over some sleek sports car and wondering how to mount a rack. Of the three pictures below, only the F40 setup looks somewhat legit, although I imagine the lateral g's you could produce in this car could rip any bike off any rack. In terms of the other two, as just about everyone knows, trunk racks that you hang bikes from are pretty crappy. Their flimsy nature can only be exaggerated when they're hanging off the back of a car that can hit 60mph in under 5 seconds, but I imagine these owners can always afford another should they end their journey with 4 wheels instead of 6.

This Ferrari F40, with what appears to be the LM wing on it, is a pretty impressive rig, especially since he used the 80's style standard rain gutters to achieve a rack setup that is actually useful and strong. Can't quite tell what the bike is, but I think it may be a Cannondale. Any points he won with the rack setup are surely lost by mounting a mass produced aluminum bike to a super limited edition Italian throughourbred.This owner gets points for at least having bought a similarly bling bike to match his bling car. However, the hanging trunk rack pretty much ruins things. Its also intersting to note that his rack appears to be bolted directly to his license plate holder while the enormous exhausts are primed to superheat his bike tires and blow them out.
I see this type of thing all the time around Boulder, only reversed. This setup in Colorado, inversed, would be a rusted out 83 Subaru Loyale with a Calfee Bamboo custom dressed in Campy Super Record on the roof. (Junker owners with fancy bikes always use good roof racks, whereas this Ferrari owner may be secretly hoping the bike falls off and stops letting everyone know he's cheap when it comes to bikes) Once again, the exhaust seems like it could be a problem. I wonder if there is a forum out there discussing bike placement on the back of exotic cars.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

January Wildfire in Boulder

The wind in Boulder has been intense this week, building each day to its crescendo yesterday when numerous electrical wires and poles were knocked over, sparking a gigantic wildfire north of town. Much of the farmland north of town around Boulder Valley Ranch and the hills around Olde Stage and Lee Hill roads have been torched. The entire community watched as the red glow crept closer to the north end of town, and this morning the blackened earth ended literally on the doorsteps of the Dakota Ridge subdivision.

I headed out around 7pm last night to take some pictures.

For an idea of the wind that started this disaster, check out this video I shot on top of Flagstaff yesterday. Mike Dahl and I headed out on our road bikes at lunch and the sinuous switchbacks of Boulder's most famous climb offered protection from the wind. Until the top that is.