Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dead Horse Point State Park

While I was in Moab checking in the with the doctor I did a photo shoot for Dead Horse Point State Park on their new singletrack network. Some pretty amazing new trails up there that everyone should check out on their next trip to Moab.

Dr Ed likes it!

K Schappy riding some rare Moab singletrack.
Checking out the views
Kirsten with the desert and mountains behind.

Feeling better


Its been a little over three weeks since I took a digger on the infamous Black Eagle run (so extreme it was named 'groomer's choice' the day after my accident...) in Crested Butte and seriously torqued my shoulder/torso. Of course, to make things even more dramatic, the fall happened three days after leaving my job at the Bikes Belong Coalition to pursue a career in independent film-making, writing and photography. It was a dramatic week. No job, a broken body, a missed 'man trip' to Telluride that weekend, and looking at the prospect of a potentially torn rotator cuff and six months out of action. Ouch, talk about putting the brakes on the fun train.

Of course, in the grand scheme of things I'm about the luckiest guy I know, so a few bumps in the road are nothing to complain about, especially since I've got the best group of family and friends you can hope for to keep things running. I even picked a pretty good body part to hurt as my awesome step dad Fast Eddie happens to be an accomplished shoulder surgeon. I joked with him after the fall that I was just trying to help him out in the recession...

After recovering in Crested Butte for a few days under the watchful and caring eye of Sue and Graham I headed back to Boulder and then to Moab for an evaluation with the doc. Turned out I was lucky. After x-rays and an MRI, we were sure I hadn't broken or torn anything so its been simply a matter of taking it easy and letting things get back to normal.

Two weeks to the day after my crash I was back in Boulder after spending the weekend in Moab with Dr Ed and mom. The weather has been incredible on the front range of Colorado this spring so I took advantage and got back on the bike. Things were definitely pretty stiff and sore but I've been taking it super easy and managed 6 days in a row. Aside from a fair bit of lingering soreness and pain in my back and shoulders things are back on track, which is nice because I'm not that into asking my girlfriend to lift heavy objects for me, or watching streams of riders head past my window on a sunny day and not joining them.

So things are looking up, although the weather is calling for 5-8" of snow tonight in Boulder. I'm fine with it though as this spring has been DRY here. As cool as it is to ride lucious mountain singletrack in Colorado in February we need the moisture. If not, we're in for a long, dusty, hot summer.

A bit of ski porn in the morning.

Definitely a different feel to this ski vid. I like it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MIlan San Remo 2008

This weekend marks the longest bike race of the season, Milan - San Remo, or, La Classicissima. Check out last year's finish!



Milan - San Remo 2008 from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Now that's a lot of Ferraris

Check out this find from the Google.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Photos from California

It's been downtime for me lately with a shoulder injury in Crested Butte a week and half ago. In other words, not much fun stuff to report, so I figured I throw up some more 'artsy' shots from California last month. Enjoy.





Monday, March 2, 2009

Tour of California

Levi's Astana team working to bring back the break around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.Frank Schleck looked to be the strongest on the day.
Tour of California's two most well known, Lance and Levi.
Crowds around the Rose Bowl were huge. Gotta love seeing this many people cheering on a bike race in the good old USofA.
Nocentini won, the biggest of his long career.
Frank Schleck was seriously disappointing to miss out. He vowed to make up for it the next day.
The next day in Escondido Schleck arrived downtown in front of the Stone Brewery with no one but Vicenzo Nibali to beat. He didn't let us down.
Goerge Hincapie, although assuredly happy with Cavendish's two wins, was dissapointed to not take a prize home himself. Here he sprints for third against Rory Sutherland.