Wherein I Stand On the Brink of Middle Age

06.15.2006 | 7:37 pm

This Sunday (which is, coincidentally, Fathers’ Day), I turn 40.

Unfortunately, I’ll be on a plane to NY that day. Even more unfortunately, the silver lining for being on a plane that day just evaporated (or did whatever silver linings do to disappear).

For anyone who’s interested, though, I’m reintroducing my very favorite tradition in the whole world: riding Tibble Fork on my birthday. It’ll just have to be a day early.

Anyone who’s interested in coming along, email me. I’d love to have company.

It’ll be in the morning, but I haven’t figured out what time. I’m guessing it’ll be early-ish.


PS: Kenny Jones, the fastest, nicest guy in the world, will be doing the ride, too. This will be a good opportunity for you to ride with him and (possibly) even keep up with him. You see, yesterday Kenny fractured his spine while mountain biking. He coaches up-and-coming MTB-ers in Park City, and while doing so yesterday, hit a kicker and turfed it.

Compression fracture.

Kenny can still ride, but it hurts. A lot. I plan to use his pain to my advantage. I recommend you do the same.


  1. Comment by Unknown | 06.15.2006 | 7:53 pm

    turns out while you’ve been off in gay san francisco, i went out and rode tibble today with esteemed FC troll Tim, from New Zealand (caps used out of respect for Tim, who rocks, and his friend Niel (or is it Neil?), who also rocks).
    Tibble, and its accompanying Pine Hollow and Ridge and Mud Springs, are in as good a shape as they are likely to be all year. I’ll be there Saturday (but it probably won’t be as good).
    On the upside, I crashed in the final mile right in front of Tim from New Zealand, cracked my helmet, rashed up my lower back, left leg, and have a deeeeeeep bone bruise on my left shoulder. So I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.

  2. Comment by Unknown | 06.15.2006 | 7:58 pm

    Count me in. No, wait, I have to work Saturday. And I don’t live in Utah. Also, no injuries to report.

  3. Comment by Stephanie | 06.15.2006 | 8:28 pm

    i LOVE Monty Python and the search for the Holy Grail.  I could go on about Shrubbery for hours and hours and hours.. or as long as the sketch lasts. 

  4. Comment by craig | 06.15.2006 | 9:06 pm

    Hey Fatty,
    bring the Dahon and we can hit some NY singletrack.  Maybe an hour or so from the city. 

  5. Comment by Sue | 06.15.2006 | 10:54 pm

    dug, how did you guys do in the race at Sundance? 
    Fatty, I might be able to make it Saturday morning. I’ll email (as instructed. I’m nothing if not obedient).
    P.S. I herewith challenge dug and Kenny to a ‘no-holds-barred descend-off’ down pine hollow on Saturday (if they are still REALLY sore from their crashes).

  6. Comment by Sue | 06.15.2006 | 11:06 pm

    I think we should name this event "The Fat 40 Tibble Ride."
    May I remind you of the ‘Kenny and the broken crank’ incident? Which is more detrimental to riding, having 1 crank or having a bad back?  My bet is that Kenny crushes us all and then after the ride mentions that he wasn’t able to feel his legs during the ride and his back hurt so bad that he had to stop and puke 3 times.

  7. Comment by Unknown | 06.16.2006 | 12:04 am

    botched, kim’s grandma died, so i failed to get to sundance. and kenny broke his back.
    you’ve got to admit, those are good excuses.

  8. Comment by James | 06.16.2006 | 12:56 am

    Elden – bummer about Spamalot. Keep trying, it’s worth it. It’s playing in Boston, too, if you ever get up that way…

  9. Comment by Zed | 06.16.2006 | 3:13 am

    Relatives in town this weekend. That, and my wife said ‘no.’ Besides, I’d hate to get my rear kicked by someone with a cracked backbone. That’d just be embarrassing


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