Over Memorial Day weekend JG (Jeremiah Gantzer) and myself had the pleasure of making a mad dash through the midwest to do dealer demos and partake in the Gravel Metric in Dekalb, IL…(which the event is a post on it’s own)…for now we’ll focus on this beautiful rig build up by Midwest regional Shimano Rep Randy Niesen that we got to see in person just before we rolled out on the Metric. This is just one of his Moots in his quiver. The build on this is second to none. He used Shimano (shocker) Di2 XTR, PRO cockpit and Shimano carbon mountain wheels. No stone left unturned here. Let’s have a look:
We have friends in the industry far and near, some of that industry happens to be right here in Steamboat. You may own something from Big Agnes and atleast surely you’ve seen one of their wonder tents or sleeping bags. Their office is just a stones throw from the Moots front door and we are big fans for sure. Their head of operations man Chris Tamucci or “Mooch” for short is one mean single speeder. This past spring he wanted to build the ultimate rig for those one gear rides he loves so much. Helping pick the parts is a pretty fun part of any Moots build, because let’s face it…spending other peoples money for them…..it’s pretty fun. Have a look at what Chris ended up with…..nothing but top shelf items from top to bottom…pure one speed fun.
Our International Sales Director Matt Alford gets around…..globe trotting and adapting to cultures that dot the world. I’ve traveled with him overseas and can say that he is unflappable….without doubt the coolest, calmest person in any situation. From “camping” at Euro Bike with only a tent and the clothes on our backs, to traveling to the furthest reaches of Indonesia…he’s a great one to have at your side. He also is up to ANY foreign food challenge hands down. He normally picks the most bizarre item on the menu. His latest adventure took him many time zones and flights to the east…or is that west? Not sure, but he got out there and made some great friends and met some of the most enthusiastic Moots Owners he’s ever met. He snapped loads of photos and wrote up this piece…..he writes….
My trip began, as most good ones do, with a careful packing up of my Routt 45 “Suitcase ‘O Courage” travel bike into its slightly battered S&S coupler hard case. Slotting and layering the bits and pieces, spare tubes, extra socks and other miscellaneous doodads away for the loooong journey to Jakarta and a date with the Moots Riders Club of Indonesia. Indonesia is the 12th country the Suitcase ‘O Courage has found itself in over the last year and assembling it in the early dawn light filtering into my hotel room I was thankfully on wrenching autopilot as severe jetlag was wrecking havoc with my fine motor skills . But after fishing the post-mount barrel nuts out from under the bed for the fourth time I was ready to go and Jakarta had kindly banned cars from the roads in the city center just for cyclist to enjoy the morning.
The good folks at Euro Cycle and Sepeda Kita expertly organized our sendoff and before I knew it I was in a pack of 50 Moots riders making hot laps among the closed banks and government buildings, passing and being passed by different cycling clubs, lone riders and teams all out early on a Sunday morning to put in some blissfully traffic-free miles.
The Indonesian Moots Riders could not have been nicer as we took photos, swapped stories and admired all sorts of Moots bikes from Campy equipped RSLs to MX mountain bikes and even a 20th Anniversary Vamoots. The enthusiasm was infectious, Euro Cycle put on a great brunch and Q&A session after the ride and we raffled off a Routt 45 frame to one lucky rider! My smiling muscles were pretty much shot for the rest of the day.
The following days involved more trips around the Jakarta area visiting Moots dealers, eating some delicious satay and dodging the ever present scooter hordes before a short flight to eastern Indonesia and some great countryside riding in Bali.
The amazing stonework, terraced rice fields, distant (but not that distant) volcanic cones and greenery were a bit overwhelming coming from a Colorado just starting to see Spring growth emerging.
The seafood wasn’t too shabby either! Best of all though was getting to see the types of roads and trails, even a bit of singletrack, that the locals are riding on. Truly great conditions for a comfortable and stable titanium Moots frame and the Suitcase ‘O Courage got it done on all surfaces, even following Ronald of Spectrum on his YBB through the rice paddies and singletracks linking the back roads around Ubud.
Big thanks to all the great riders, Dealer owners and staff, and distributors in the Moots Indonesia family for all the hospitality, enthusiasm and good cheer. It makes me proud to see the bikes we put so much time, energy and attention into being enjoyed so thoroughly half way around the world.
Matt & Ronald take a break outside a temple in Bali.
Post-ride luncheon thanks to Sepeda Kita and raffled off a Routt 45 to one lucky rider!
Jakarta at night is crazy busy.
Matt & Ronald in the rice paddies.
Moots Owners parking.
Kite fighting in Bali.
No the title is not misspelled; ROUTT refers to our county we live in and also is the name of the National Forest that surrounds our area. So these are notes from the sidelines of Steamboat as we see the riders pass through our little section of the bigger picture. We are at the halfway point of the 2,745 mile odyssey that is the TOUR DIVIDE so we have a steady stream of riders hitting Steamboat. Last night we (our Tuesday night road ride) ventured north to circle Steamboat Lake, this route takes us up a dirt climb to the west of the lake and past a point where the Tour Divide riders come out of the forest and have about 25 miles into town. As we made our way up the dirt in the late evening we began to encounter TD riders. One here, one there, a pair…all got a shout out from our 6 rider group, thumbs up and hi-fives. As we inched closer to the road that connect them to the road we were on, I told the group about Alice Drobna who is on our GrassMoots Team and was on course again this year.
Last year she won the women’s division….single speed style. This year she is going for the triple of the Arizona Trail (which she won in April), The Tour Divide and then the Colorado Trail Race. She means business is an understatement. Serious stuff but always with a smile…..Anyway, back to last night….I had just finished telling the bunch that if we see her I was turning and riding with her….30 seconds later we rounded a corner and there she was….with a smile. I 180′ed and rode for a bit and chatted with her, snapped a photo or two and then let her be on her way to Steamboat. She was excited for a long nights rest in a warm place. She has been having knee pain so she “said” she was riding at 60%….she also had ridden through 300 miles of Wyoming with a broken saddle rail. I don’t know her very well, and have only met her while she was doing the Tour Divide last year and this year, but she really seems unflappable no matter what.
We passed her once more last night as our group rolled back towards Steamboat, giving her more words of encouragement and a “see you in the morning” shout. She always stops at Moots when passing through…it’s now a tradition of two years running. I can almost mark the calendar and day she will grace our front door at Moots.
So this morning we brought donuts and made coffee early at the HQ and waited for her arrival. Sure enough at 8:00am she rolled into the Moots parking lot…smiling….We offered donuts and coffee, but knew she would decline knowing she’s on a mission and has her food dialed. Conversation, photos and a quick call to our local dealer for service and she was once again pedaling down the road. 8 more days until rest.
She had really been hoping to be in the lead at this point and was excited this year that the competition would be better than last year when she rode away with the win easily. I think that is a mark of a true competitor…..they don’t want to run away with it…they want to be pushed, but due to the sore knee and broken saddle, she is resigned to finish and recover for her next adventure on the Colorado Trail.
The rest of the meat of the field has yet to pass, we’ll keep an eye out for them and wish them luck and safe travels as they pass us on The Routt.
The dust has settled and we are just about done with the cleanup of the 2nd Annual Moots-Colorado Ranch Rally. This past Saturday over 150 riders took to the course and they were treated to dirt road conditions that left almost everyone with a giant smile in the end. By participating in the event these riders helped raise $5,000.00 dollars for our local Community Ag Alliance. Ranching in our valley dates back to the first settlers and this group (the CAA) strives to educate, preserve and grow agriculture for generations to come. Plus, we all like to know where our food comes from right?
The Ranch Rally went off without a hitch… (Pardon the pun) other than a small re-route off a b road due to the wet spring we can all attest to.
Riders were treated to lunch (post ride) at the Rocking C Bar Ranch and then an evening social at Moots, for beers, food, factory tours and raffle where we got to give away a ROUTT frame, Mavic Shoes, Veloscapes 2 day Pro Tour Challenge trip, CAA gift basket, Moots Rocket Bag and Moots belt buckle. But most important as the title says, we raised $5,000.00 for the CAA and that is a great thing.
Photos only tell part of the story. Have a look at our FLICKR account and make plans to be at the 3rd Annual Moots-Colorado Ranch Rally in 2016.
I’ve been trying to put down some words that would best describe the #ButterGold event that was back in late April. It really didn’t hit me until Michael Robson posted the video the other day, which this in many ways is how so many of our brother & sister cyclists are riding. It’s and event that really is not an “event”… it’s off the radar of the local permit-red-tape, rul- book swinging establishments. Not on purpose of thumbing our noses at them, but a gathering of riders that love a good challenge, a great course and company of their fellow hard working bike riding friends….., plus we aren’t out there being jerks. Ride hard, eat/drink go home.
Anyway, Mr. Robson opened up his studio and his giant sized Australian heart to his community of mainly Cyclocross racers to a day of equipment wreaking fun. 5 hours in the rain, with sand/dirt drizzled into places I can’t write about. Needless to say the sensation of riding in liquid sandpaper sounds worse than it really was….that was until you cracked open your hubs/bottom bracket/jockey wheels/pedal spindles….it was worse all right. Many a Boulder shop should be sending Robson a 750ml of premium vodka along with dancing girls. That day single handedly paid some rent at those shops for sure.
I hijacked some photos from some friends and only hope that you and your friends get out and do the same….maybe with less liquid sandpaper, but get out, go ride and have fun. I know we did. We’ll be back in 2016.
Moots prototype in aciton….left side drive train is where it’s at….always the dirty side. (photo Tim Faia)
Soiled chamios anyone? Misery loves company….rain and 50F at altitude.
That’s just the hat I wore……that chamois will never be the same.
Inside my front hub….mainly water and the grease was replaced by sand/dirt.
Mr. Robson and the pounds of dirt we left in his joint.
GrassMoots Racer Dave Gensch files this report on his 2015 18 Hours of Fruita experience. A little lighter on the clothing front, Dave battled through stomach “issues” to complete an amazing amount of miles. Read below for more…..
Dave prepares to orbit Highline Lake about 22 times.
Time to dig deep…
This years event coincided with a huge life change for me and my mind, heart, and soul were all over the place as the days inched closer to the start. Fortunately the early dry spring had left my body feeling fairly prepared to ride in a counterclockwise circle for a while. Arriving on Thursday evening, the usual suspects from the Roaring Fork valley set up camp in our annual spot right on the course in “solo row”. It never fails to amaze and impress me how quickly and creatively this space transforms into a legit Shanty town of epic proportions.
Friday morning was spent stretching and preparing for the ride. Bottles, drink mixes, lights, food, and all the bike maintenance stuff laid out to keep the tradition times tight. I put myself to sleep at 1:30 in the afternoon with the intention of sleeping until 9:30. Unfortunately, I was so hydrated and woke up at 4:00 having to pee badly and was also very hungry. After some grub, I lied back down and attempted to sleep but basically rested for 4-5 more hours. I got up at 10:00 p.m. and made some coffee and breakfast.
The temperature at the midnight start was perfect and the almost full moon was rising towards mid sky. My new Moots Pandana covered my mouth for the ensuing dust huffing fest and I started 2-3 minutes late to let the fracas settle down a bit. The first 4-5 hours went very smooth and I was almost too hydrated as I needed to pee every 30-40 minutes. Don, my crew man had 3 or 4 food bite options for me at each lap and the transition times were a minute or two. The last lap with lights always seems to hurt and I usually end up finding those first dark side moments in the ugly corners of my brain. The next lap however was brilliant as the moon set in the west under a blood red cloud line and the softer colors to the east revealed the new day. Knowing full well I would soon be hot, I enjoyed being under dressed for the next few laps as the sun started to climb. My body generally felt good but those usual trouble spots starting reminding me of their existence. There is one large dead tree that you ride under and for 4 of my morning laps there was a very large Bald Eagle that was just sitting in the tree watching the riders go by. It very cool to say hi each lap and I ended up talking him more than my crew during that time.
By noon, Don who had crewed through the night passed off the touch to Jeff and headed home. On my first lap after 12:00, I quickly realized that I might not have stuck the food/supplement/ drink mix/ water ratio. I urgently dismounted my bike mid lap and ran to the bushes unfortunately sacrificing my new Pandana for the cause. Usually I’m very fond of bibs, but the next 4 hours were a blur of both trail side and proper bathroom stops, often more then once during the average 40 minute lap. This was rough to say the least and now my nutrient and hydration levels were falling off rapidly. My stomach was cramping and all I could get down was sparkling water and 1 or 2 bites of a grilled cheese each lap. The afternoon winds had also become increasingly strong and at times was down right demoralizing.
My goal coming into the race was to ride for the full 18 hours. I finished my 22nd lap at 5:20 and there was no chance of pulling a 40 minute lap after the last 17 hours, especially the last 5 hours of G.I. issues. I ended up riding 160.6 miles and was 19 minutes out of third place. Obviously a podium would have been sweet but this was big effort for me. Other adventures have lasted much longer, but this one really sticks out as possibly having dug as deep as ever before. I had such an amazing crew and they made it all possible. Don and Jeff who werethere just to assist me and Darin, Blake, Mark, Ken, and Dan who were there supporting the lady teams in our camp made everything so smooth and positive for me. My new YBB is an absolute dream and not only was I very comfortable sitting on her for that length of time but the ride is so precise, smooth, and damn dreamy. Thanks everybody!
This week the Moots Demo Tour continues with a swing through the midwest. We have some fun stops planned and hope to get out and ride with you! Take a look below for our stops in Minnesota & Illinois.
Friday May 22nd
Demo fleet rides & talk titanium with Jon & Jerimiah
Saturday May 23rd
Demos, Ti talk & BBQ
De Kalb, IL
Come ride some super gravel with the crew from North Central Cyclery, along with Jon & Jerimiah from Moots. 100km of good times!
Ever wondered what it is like to ride a Moots? Join us at the shop Thursday May 14 to experience some of the finest hand-made titanium bicycles out there. The van will be at the store with many of their road, mountain, touring and cyclocross bikes, but select sizes will be in short supply so call ahead to make sure we can accommodate you.
For more details contact the shop at 401.789.8664.
More details: MOOTS DEMO DAY MAY 14TH