Training Camp, Adventure Camp-Jake’s Blog

IMG_8070Our Winter 2015 Team training camp was an awesome way to officially start the 2015 season. Our first ever trip to Death Valley made the training awesome, I really enjoyed it more because even though we were training, riding in Death Valley made it more of an adventure.

 

Even though the name of the park is Death Valley, it is really, full of Life and Adventure.

ADVENTURE

Our first ride was one of the best. We rode for the first time our new Marin Stelvio Elite Road Bikes. The Artists Loop was a beautiful ride with a very unique geographical phenomenon, the Artists Pallet.  With numerous colors like green, orange, pink, beige and grey.IMG_8178 It was so cool! The best part though was having a one way road to enjoy a peaceful ride.

 

 

 

 

Two days later we rode to Badwater, the lowest place in North America at 282ft below sea level. It was cool because Badwater salt flat was perfectly flat, but right across the road was a sheer cliff, and 282 feet above us on the side of the Clif was a sign that said elevation SEA LEVEL!

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Our next ride was Dantes View, the climb was awesome because for the last 4 miles the road wound up a canyon, until the last 1/4 mile where the road changed into a 15 percent grade climb, which I thought was super fun because I love a challenge!IMG_8214

It was Awesome, but my favorite Ride/Adventure had to be Titus Canyon.

The first three miles of the Titus Canyon ride was a gravel road, but things started getting interesting once we entered the canyon!IMG_8251  The Titus Canyon Road (one way motorized traffic) was an awesome adventure.  While riding up to the canyon you could never guess that there was a canyon, until you get within a 1/4 mile of it. There you could see the mouth of the canyon which was maybe 40ft wide.  The first 1.5 miles were the best, the park named it the narrows, and you can see why. The average width was probably 25ft with sheer 500ft cliff walls on each side ( hence the one way traffic ) and it was so fun. Especially coming down as we were catching and passing all the Jeeps and SUV’s ahead of us, it was a blast!  As we rode up cars passed us going down, as we went up, they shouted encouragements like, “Your doing awesome”, and  “You guys are amazing, that looks hard”!  People cheered for us when we rode past through the whole ride. IMG_8252Halfway up the canyon we saw some Indian petroglyphs of Big Horn Sheep and other carvings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another three miles was an abandoned mine shaft, which was cool to check out and look at. There was also a tailings pile which was exciting to ride down becease of the steepness and scree!IMG_8254  After that we rode past an abandoned mining camp, ghost town which we passed by because the highest point of our ride was getting near.  The highest point on our ride was Red Pass at around 5,5000ft high.  With a 5,5000ft decent you can imagine we were flying down the road.  It was perfect for our new Marin Attack Trail C-XT9 Enduro Mountain Bike!  It took us 3:30 to climb time Titus Canyon and we descended it in 1:00. That was awesome!

LIFE

In the short amount of time we were off our bikes we continued our awesome adventure. On our very first day in Death Valley we had just walked out of the visitor center and saw a Coyote taking a stroll through the parking lot, apparently he forgot where he parked his car!!! The next morning just after we ate breakfast the morning maid service (aka Blackbirds) came to clean up our camp of crumbs we dropped, they came each morning at 8:15 to clean up our camp.  One morning Dad was cooking eggs and accidentally spilled the eggs and later when we came back from our early morning run they were gone!IMG_8227  They acted like they hadn’t eaten in months, even though they came through everyone’s camp, scavenged and ate food each morning!

At night we heard numerous Coyotes  howlin’ at the Moon, one night one was only 20 -30ft away from our tent, Nye was so tired he didn’t even here it, amazingly! It was amazing how many Coyotes there were, on one ride we saw some walking down the side of the road only about 5ft away from us!IMG_8238  When we were leaving we stopped at Scotty’s Castle, a Mansion at the north end of the park we saw two more Coyotes beggin’ or more likely stealin’ someone lunch! It just goes to prove that Death Valley is REALLY full if life!

 

If you or your family is going on a vacation or looking for a place to ride or train don’t go somewhere you’ve been before, go somewhere where you can find an adventure, you won’t regret It!

Bike Racing Paar’tee-Nye’s Blog


IMG_8178 We are very motivated to show our Team’s vast talents.  Few, if any race teams will do this, but, we’ll be attacking Enduro this Season, while staying the course in Road and Cross Country Racing!  Our Team Director is having us focus on things a little differently for the 2015 season like:  focusing more on physiological skills (lhaving good coordination, flexibility and having a solid body structure to excel in any sport or activity), rekindling and building on our technical skill talents by putting them towards a priority of Enduro racing, and helping new and old Sponsors bring exciting new products to the market in the 2015 season, all while keeping a watchful eye on our specific racing goals.

IMG_8236Since we ended our 2014 Season in August, we took 3 months off from competitive racing and training. It was really beneficial to do other sports and activities to stay fit.  Our break has made us very motivated to start competitively cycling again!   There are a lot of things that we are ready to tackle and explore this year…  Some of the racing goals we’ve set for the 2015 race season are to be the Downieville Classic Champions, win a USA Road Championship and grap some more gold at the Mountain Bike National Championships, a California Road Race Championship and a California Enduro Series Championship.  Jake’s would also like to be a NICA League Champion, too!

IMG_8056One of the things our Team is looking forward to the most this year is racing Enduro because we love those races that go into the backcountry where it’s filled with cool animals and plants to view.  New for this year we’ll be racing on Enduro bikes, riding our new Marin Attack Trail CXT 9 Full Suspension Bikes.  I’ll be moving up to the 13-14 and Jake will be moving up to the 15-16 year old age groups this year and for Enduro Races we’ll have to compete in either U18 or U21 which will definitely offer up some big challenges!

IMG_7915We’ll be promoting a whole palate of sponsors this year both new and old.  The companies that we’ll continue to promote from the 2014 season are: Full Speed Ahead, Yakima Racks, Panaracer Tires, Primal Wear, Osprey Packs, Shimano USA, Sidi Shoes, Xpedo Pedals, Light and Motion Bike Lights and Ergon Bike Ergonomics.  Our new sponsors for 2015 are: Vision, Marin Bikes, Marzocchi Suspension, Slime, Genuine Innovations, White Lightning Lubricants and Velo Reno Bike Shop.   We’ll be riding Marin’s Attack Trail XT9 Full Suspension Enduro Bike (We’ve only ridden on the trails a few times but can tell this bike is awesome!!!!) and The Stelvio Elite Road Bike (which is as light as a newspaper in my perspective!).  We’ll be using a Dropper Post, a great addition to already fun Attack Trail Enduro Bike.  We’ll be helping FSA/Vision bring their sweet new carbon fiber MTB wheelsets to the market.  Slime/Genuine Innovations will be supporting Yackle Brothers Racing with some of their cool products.  White Lightning will be lubing up our rides and races in 2015 and Velo Reno, our local bike shop will be supporting us also this year!!!

We know our Team can make 2015 a great year, what about you, I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out?!IMG_8257

Announcing Yackle Brothers Racing 2015 Sponsors

IMG_8254Hard to believe that we’ll be entering our 8th year of Racing!!!

We have put in the hard work over the years and have also been honored and blessed to have Sponsorship from the Industry’s finest Companies.  We have endeavored and are so proud to retain the support from nearly all of our Partnered Companies, year after year.  That goes a long way to tell Us we are going about the Racing business in the right way!  Though we would love to have every Sponsor carry forward, we have enough wisdom to know that we are in a business and there are decisions that We have to make as well as Sponsors to look out for each of our well-beings.  We definitely want to graciously say “Thank You” every Sponsor from our 2014 Season and of course, on back!

Looking to 2015 we are excited to announce our line-up of Support!

Marin Bikes * Full Speed Ahead * Vision * Shimano * Panaracer * SIDI * Primal Wear * Osprey Packs * Marzocchi Suspension * Yakima Racks * Xpedo * Light And Motion Bike Lights * Ergon Bike Ergonomics * White Lightning *  Slime * Genuine Innovations * Velo Reno

We are excited to support all of the products these fine companies offer.  We will also be tasked with supporting some major initiatives of several sponsors.  Racing the same bike, the Marin Bikes Attack Trail C-XT9  used by Kyle Warner to win the Overall in the North American Enduro Tour will be a great honor for the Team, in its quest to branch out for valuable experience in the Enduro race scene.  We will also mount their Stelvio Road Bikes to carry forward with our Road Race activities.

We are also excited to saddle up with new wheels!  Vision’s Pro Tour proven road wheels will be a awesome addition to our Team.  On the MTB side, Full Speed Ahead has been developing a new Carbon Wheelsets coming this Spring.  No doubt our fantastic, long-term relationship with FSA was the reason we were chosen by FSA to be one of the select Teams to Race these well anticipate gems!  I love to go on , but there is a limitation to how much info can be passed at one time!  Without question each of our Partnered Companies has fine, new and existing product that we have found to be of excellent quality and we look forward to talk about them throughout the coming year!!!!

Stay tuned, its always and exciting ride………