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History of the early days of Mountain Biking and Racing in Utah

This article appeared in Utah Adventure Journal and shares narrative history from my pal and backlands mentor Ron Lindley, who taught me and others about how to organize races, events, rides, and participate in a scene. Also Martin Stenger who was the fastest rider and hardest toker and fcking coolest guy around, Cindy who was a badass lady on a Klein and Charlie who ran a ski/bike shop in Park City. All these folks were important influence on a 17 year old renegade.

Utah Mtn Bike Variety

I added some comments and may yet do a follow up piece but, in the meanwhile, here’s a chunk from Ron, Martin and some snaps of Utah Mountain Biking and Hot Springs circa 1987-9.

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The Scene: An Oral History of the early days of Mountain Biking and Racing in Utah….

Ron Lindley
Racer, promoter, trail builder, etc. Park City

After purchasing my first mountain bike back in 1985, I immediately started dreaming about racing. Not having any bike racing experience, I had grandiose delusions about how I would just get out there and set the World on fire. I started asking around about mountain bike race opportunities but there were virtually none at that time. One exception was a thing called “Bike and Tie” that I believe was produced by someone out of Park City. They had one scheduled for the Provo area in the summer of 1986, but it fell on the same weekend that I was immersed in studying for Physics and a Chemistry final and decided to give the competition a break by postponing my racing debut. Later that summer, I found out about a mountain bike race that was scheduled for the Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway and attended it with my riding buddy Brad Sorenson. Brad was literally the only other person I knew who owned a “mountain bike” at the time. I figured out early on during this race that I was not only a beginner at the sport, but that there were a whole bunch of really fast guys who were well equipped to leave me way, way back in the dust. I finished second-to-last in that first race (much thanks to my buddy Brad).

Even with that first dismal finish, I was hooked. I was also determined to get to a level where I could compete with all those aforementioned “fast guys”. My path to glory was made much easier the following summer as some really awesome people decided to promote some really awesome mountain bike races: most notably Tim Metos, Bruce Ewert, Charlie Sturgis and Brock (Hansen?). Tim started running the local Salt Lake City classic “Wild Rose” series, Bruce was responsible for promoting the unbelievably cool “Rustler Run” at Alta and Charlie and Brock put together Utah’s first really big-time mountain bike race Park City’s “Bonanza Bonzai”. These events really represent the starting point for the “golden years” of mountain bike racing in Utah.

Since I was a Utah County native, I naturally felt like there should be at least one race somewhere in the Utah Valley area that could draw the best Utah racers that these other events did. Working with Brad, I started looking for a good place to conduct a race. After lots of searching we found the perfect spot: a Boy Scout camp in Payson Canyon. Hence the “Bike-o-Rama” was born in 1988.

This Bike-o-Rama enjoyed a 4-year run and was a real turning point for mountain bike racing in Utah. After a so-so first year, the race just exploded in its second year and with that success a new partnership was formed. This partnership was between me and an opportunistic mountain bike enthusiast named Bob Walker. Bob’s vision was to develop and series of races in Utah that would rival the old C.O.R.P.s Series in Colorado. He got me excited about the idea and I joined Bob to help him create the “Utah Fat Tire Festivals” series. This was the first N.O.R.B.A. sanctioned, state-wide mountain bike series (which has eventually evolved into Ed Chauner’s very successful Intermountain Cup series). Bob and I promoted a few races ourselves but also formed a coalition of promoters from Logan to Cedar City to broaden the scope of the series. We even persuaded the Canyon Country Cyclists (mainly Bill and Robin Groff) to promote Moab’s first big time mountain bike race, “Moab Rocks,” and add it to the series. Things eventually fell apart with Bob and myself and Ed stepped in and saved the day…the rest is history.

My recollection of the “golden years” of mountain bike racing would not be complete without mentioning a few names of some really special racers who earned my respect and admiration for there incredible talent and strength. The top of the list would have to include the following: Martin Stenger, Glenn Adams, Mark Smedley and Jeff Murray. These four guys were the first super stars of Utah mountain bike racing. Other truly notable racers included Rich Perrier, Cyndi Schwandt, Todd Henneman, Tom Noaker, Scott Lung and Jeff Osguthorpe. I’m thinking of many others but they’re too numerous to mention here. These were the people who were making the podium not only at local races, but national races back when they involved thousands of athletes.

I hope this brief look back sparks some fond recollection for those who were there to witness the proud beginnings Utah’s mountain bike racing heritage. For those who weren’t there but love to race, just take pride in the fact that Utah has hosted some of the best local racing anywhere in the World, and it still does today!

From Martin Stenger (now a brewmaster in Sun Valley i heard)

Martin Stenger
Slingshot team rider, Salt Lake City, Moab, Boise…

On what was attractive about mountain biking early on:
“A lot of the community spirit and grass roots; racing was what you get, it was part of mountain biking. There was a lot of community spirit. Coming from a road racing community, where people were competitive and didn’t hang out much, there was a kind of camaraderie among good-natured people that attracted me.”

“There was no exclusiveness. Everybody was there together; the accomplishment was finishing.”

“That was part of the motivation, to get to the top before the beer was gone.”

My Comments: 

Really enjoyed this article. Scanned a few flashbacks from that era to share from various excursions around Utah circa 1987:

* Canyonlands Fat Tire Festival (1987, Moab)
* Ride to Diamond Fork hotspring
* Rustler Run (Alta)
* Time trial races in Park City
* Moab’s Slickrock trail before suspension (incl poker run at Fat Tire Fest)

Featuring:

Team White Salamander representing featuring Ron Legend Lindley, Gabe Alps W. and a young hippie named Weed with cameos by Brad Sorenson and Pyper.

The Way Home (Forever will i see you more) ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #10

With scant days to go, Uncle Weed reflects on expectations, better realized – plus shares affection for kind people, the important of finding authenticity and supporting local economy– all while embarking on final steps before leaving, including: visiting Mr. Lawrence, the lifeguard; packing up jerk spice and mango chutney; detailing the geometric woodwork in the Queen’s Cottage’s roof; plus mops up a few stories, chats about PM Michael Manley’s Canadian ties, and dives into the sea… before saying good-bye to the Jamaican people by celebrating optimism about the free island’s place in the world.

Last time for everything in The Way Home (Forever will i see you more) ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #10 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 28:18)

The Way Home (Forever will i see you more)

Music Snippets:

Pressure Drop, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Love Fever, Roy Rayon
Bam Bam, Toots Hibbert
Sun is Shining, Bob Marley and the Wailers

Bonus: 

Map of Little Bay

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Cultural Field Notes For Ramblers ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #9

After more banter about lobsters, reggae and food, Uncle Weed offers observations about music industry, taxi drivers, civic pride, pothole filling, corrupt government and cynicism, devalued currency, human potential, news of the day, Patois remix, ninja squirrel mongoose, Rasta culture, fireflies, coconuts, kids doing homework, bats catching mosquitos, meaning of goats, donkeys strolling, swimming (or lack thereof), varieties of crabs, Prime Minsterial hijinks, calling elections, cruise ships, markets, churches, and Jamaica-Canada connections.

Notebooks and pencils ready for Cultural Field Notes For Ramblers ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #9 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 42:00)

“Mongooses are like ninja squirrels – stealth, rat-eating machines. They kinda look like squirrels but squirrels are gentle, nut-eating creatures and mongooses (mongeese) are feared sniper killers.”

Cultural Field Notes For Ramblers

Music Snippets: 

Dance Dis Ya Festival by Freddie McKay

Boom Shaka Laka by Hopeton Lewis

Give Thanks and Praises, by Ray Rayon

Play Di Music by Tinga Stewart

Proud to Be Jamaican by Eric Donaldson

Stop and Go by Unknown

Cherry Oh Baby by Eric Donaldson

Land of my Birth by Eric Donaldson

Come Sing with Me by Stanley and the Turbine

Sweet Jamaica by Eric Donaldson

Jump in the Line by Marvin Brooks

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Map of Little Bay

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Fresh Washington State Cannabis Education – Choogle On #120

Visiting pal Hemp Ed in Pe Ell, Washington, Uncle Weed gets up to date on the emerging and ambiguous regulatory framework for production, distribution and retailing of cannabis in the aftermath of Washington Initiative 502. Plus conversation on the state of industrial hemp, small scale growing operations, the impact of state-imported weed, and the role of the Liquor Control Board as arbiter – while smoking a joint in his medical experiment facility next to a cedar sauna.

Change the Law with Fresh Washington State Cannabis Education – Choogle On #120

Fresh Washington State Cannabis Education

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Jerk Grilling Master Class ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #8

Friend Nadine banters with Uncle Weed about Jamaica’s national dishes and alias nicknames before gamely sharing her techniques for the unofficial people’s favourite “jerk” along with a real-time example of a pork shoulder sizzling on a – ubiquitous and rugged – gas-can grill while sharing her tips for choosing the right cut and combinations of dry and wet spice concoctions.

Fire up the charcoal for Jerk Grilling Master Class ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #8 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 11:16)

Jerk Grilling Master Class ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #8

Music Snippets: 

“Sweet and Dandy ” by Toots Hibbert

Bonus: 

Map of Little Bay

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Market Day and Lobster Man ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #7

Sparking a morning joint, Uncle Weed recounts a skiff boat reef trip with Harold, acquiring lobster from John Wesley – member of The Silverlights – house band of Leroy’s bar, breaks down lobster physiology, discusses geo-cultural differences between parishes & regions, reviews of recent meals of skipjack and coconut chicken lobster, and takes a stereo sound-seeing tour deep into a hectic farmer’s and bric brac market in Falmouth complete with machine gun teenagers and butchers with hatchets, hacksaws and hammers.

Fill your belly with Market Day and Lobster Man  ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #7 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 26:02)

Market Day and Lobster Man  ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #7

Music Snippets: 

“I’ll Never you Leave You Again” by Ras Karbi

“Jamaica, Land We Love” by Unknown

Bonus: 

Map of Little Bay

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Little Bay Cabins Facebook 

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Zimbali Retreat

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Wasp Bite Feverish Dreams ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #6

Recollections from a wasp poison haze including fleeting messages delivered by film strip, endless fortune cookies and fuzzy memories from forgotten incidents. Plus the backstory about Leo of Little Bay and details of his colourful cabins, banter and rum on the tiny store’s porch with Brodie, plus tales of bonfire ganja mechanics, fortified brownies, chillcuzi soak, cut foot and aloe vera, amidst the chirps and croaks of frogs and crickets.

Sit upon a pedestal for Cabin Dreams in Little Bay ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #5 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 27:52)

Wasp Bite Feverish Dreams

Music Snippet: Toots Hibbert “Pomps and Pride” & Sma Carty “No Wey No Betta Dan Yard”

Bonus: 

Map of Little Bay

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Cabin Dreams on Little Bay ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #5

Now from the north side of Jamaica at Queen’s Cottage, Uncle Weed recounts the aftermath of a wasp bite with recollections from 3 days in a daze including time with Leo of Little Bay, ganja trips with Fire and Foot, kayak to Bob Marley’s swimming hole, and waking dreams with crickets and frogs soundtrack whilst surviving minor storms, enjoying aloe vera rubdowns, grabbing gossamer plotlines, and notes about food callioou, aki and salt fish, plantains, jerk chicken plus various observations of renegades catching the dream, growing roots and sharing adventures.

Dive into the hole for Cabin Dreams in Little Bay ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #5 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 42:45)

Cabin Dreams in Little Bay

Music Snippet: Bob Marley “Keep on Moving” and Desmond Dekker “Intensified”

Bonus: 

Map of Little Bay

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Fire on Canaan Mountain ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #4

On a hike to a mountain top ganja patch, a new pal called Foot shares his curing technique to make the chocolate weed, plus opinions on Jamaica cannabis strains, and effects on his stamina. Then, a Rasta bushman called Fire gleefully explains Ital food traditions while grating coconut for a hearty natural stew cooked on a fire before exploring his forest garden of plantains, pimentos, soursop and more bounty – before reaching ganja mountain to squeeze skunk buds with Uncle Weed in the hot sun.

“If you worry, it’s a problem, if you don’t worry, it’s a problem – so stop worrying and start living”

Scramble up the rock for Fire on Canaan Mountain ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #4 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 26:09)

jamaicascheme#4

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Lion Claw Drum Wisdom ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #3

Nyabinghi Order Rastafarian called Lion Claw testifies to Uncle Weed about defending against evil, liberation, redemption and freewill and recounts days-long sessions on his hand-carved drums en route to Zimbali bush retreat. Marko at the wheel passing through Old Hope (down the road from New Hope), he and Uncle Weed banter about his life on his evolving bush farm retreat plus local motorcycles, small beer shops, slowing humans down, traditional bush medicine, seasonal pineapples and avocados, and rasta bush culture while rollicking up a bumpy roll in a Japanese 4WD.

“My momma bless me Lloyd but jah people call me Lion Claw”

Bang the Drum for Lion Claw Drum Wisdom  ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #3 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 20:03)

jamaicascheme#3

Music Snippet: Baba Boom Boom by The Jamaicans

Bonus: 

Map of Little Bay

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Zimbali Retreat

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