Come Ride the White Rim With Dug

05.2.2007 | 9:42 am

Dug carried his camcorder as everyone rode around the White Rim last weekend, and compiled them into a great slice-of-the ride, wish-you-were-here video for me.

It’s one of the nicest things anyone’s ever done for me.


Part I

Part II

PS: Today’s weight: 158.6. And yesterday I did my B7 time trial, with a time of 14:44 — about 4:30 faster than my first TT. My current B7 score is 92. So, for those of you who might think I’m giving up: this competition is not over; it’s just heating up.


  1. Comment by Lurch | 05.2.2007 | 10:06 am

    Good to see you are still in the thick of things in the B7. Keep up the good work, you and Susan are in all our thoughts.

  2. Comment by I. M. Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 05.2.2007 | 10:52 am

    I just finished watching the first movie, all i can say is WOW!!! Awesome. Wish I was there.


    Note to self: plan biking trip in Souther UT.

  3. Comment by Lissee | 05.2.2007 | 11:04 am

    Oops, second note to self: Learn how to spell Southern…

  4. Comment by Mocougfan | 05.2.2007 | 11:15 am

    I’ve commented in the past about my sadness at leaving Provo and it’s great rides for Missouri. I’m in near tears as I watch this video. Thanks for the painful pleasure Dug.

  5. Comment by Steve | 05.2.2007 | 11:55 am

    “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” We may not have mountains in Ohio, but we have humidity. We have this giant cloud (aka humidity) generator called Lake Erie. And you sir, no nothing about humidity. We have more gray days than Seattle. Why do you think they call it the “Rust Belt”? If you were soaked in water all day, you would rust out, too!

  6. Comment by dug | 05.2.2007 | 1:10 pm

    steve, i grew up in minneapolis. it’s not the humidity capital of the world, but 80%-90% is still pretty humid, by any measure.

    i think moab averages about 5%.

  7. Comment by Badder | 05.2.2007 | 1:32 pm

    Great job, loved the tunes

  8. Comment by MTB W | 05.2.2007 | 1:56 pm

    Dug, great videos! You had me at the first song on vid #1. Hmm, wait, I didn’t mean it that way, not that there’s anything wrong with that. OK, I’ll stop now.

    Man, what great scenery but seriously, 100+ miles? No wonder you guys looked so beat up.

    Steve, I grew up in Ohio and yes, the humidity and overcast days are worse than Seattle. It’s one of the main reasons I moved to Colorado (and the mtb is better out here since, well, there are actually mtns here). Although I do miss riding the rolling hills (w/no lung busting climbing). And Utah is even drier.

  9. Comment by Jose | 05.2.2007 | 5:54 pm

    Envy, nothing else. I grew up in the Andes, huge mountains and tropical weather. Now I live in Texas, they have something called a “hill country”. This people have not seen hills. What did I do wrong to deserve this?

  10. Comment by Dan | 05.2.2007 | 6:03 pm

    I don’t know any of these people, but I still misted up a little as I watched. What a great group! And a great video.

  11. Comment by Jsun | 05.2.2007 | 6:12 pm

    Goood schtuff dug, makes me wish you were my friend too, what if I gave you $10?
    Care to share the prefered WR SS gearing?

  12. Comment by Born4Lycra | 05.2.2007 | 7:37 pm

    Very impressive riding and holding the camera too. I could not do such a good job with either let alone at the same time. Amazing out in the middle of Utah’s nowhere looks very similar to out in the middle of Oz’s nowhere apart from the mountains of course. A very enjoyable 20 minutes. Looked like a lot of fun. FC I think they genuinely missed you.

  13. Comment by Sophia | 05.2.2007 | 9:35 pm

    Really enjoyed the stories and the videos. They made me want to get a mountain bike. And I’m glad FC was able to be there in spirit.

    P.S. Dug, do you have some kind of magic Mardi Gras dust? Every story I read from you has women sans clothing. Even though I guess one was your wife, so that’s understandable; she took oaths and all.

  14. Comment by buckythedonkey | 05.3.2007 | 2:08 am

    I think that you deserve credit for putting your life at risk in getting this footage. For crying out loud, asking all those guys “do you have a word for the camera?” at the top of that climb – I’m surprised that not one of them stopped to beat the living crap out of you.

    Also, I thought that the open sharing of pills was touching. You guys are so like the pros. ;-)

    Great footage, mate!

  15. Comment by John | 05.3.2007 | 2:16 am

    Great video, amazing visuals. You guys in Utah have some seriously vertical geography there! B4L, we’ve got nothing like that here. The ground might be the same colour, but it’s a lot flatter.

    Dug, what a great gift for Fatty. Fatty, thanks for sharing it with all of us.

    John, in central west NSW

  16. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 05.3.2007 | 2:22 am

    John I could see a lot of similarity between the middle of Utah’s nowhere and the Flinders Ranges and Woomera further north here in SA. I mentioned that we don’t have the mountains but they don’t have the rockets. So I guess that I stretched the middle a bit as neither the Flinders or Woomera or anywhere near the middle.
    I’m looking forward to the video for next year’s ride where they will all be in FC tops!

  17. Comment by John | 05.3.2007 | 2:54 am

    B4L, I haven’t been to SA, just flown over it, so I won’t argue with you. I reckon both the Flinders Ranges and Woomera count as the middle: the middle of Australia’s a big place!

  18. Comment by Steve | 05.3.2007 | 7:35 am

    5% humidity… I don’t even think the humdity in my freezer is that low!

  19. Comment by dug | 05.3.2007 | 7:36 am

    bucky, i must mention that it was brad holding the camera on that last big climb, and everybody just looked away because, well, when you’re 3/4 of the way up a climb like that after 11 hours, you’re in no condition to beat the crap out of anybody, much less brad.

    also, as much as we’d like to be like the pros, the pills were Tums. as in, gigantic antacid tablets, taken for the calcium carbonate. theory is it helps prevent cramping in the legs.

    didn’t work out so well for rick s. it was brad’s idea. he’s always coming up with wacky stuff like that.

  20. Comment by cheapie | 05.3.2007 | 8:57 am

    so when are we going to have fat cyclist blog readers’ ride? i’m sure that if we scheduled one 6 months in advance a bunch of us could make our way to moab. of course, most of us would be suffering like dogs while you natives rode circles around us on cruisers or something. =)

  21. Comment by bikemike | 05.3.2007 | 10:37 am

    Awesome Dug!

    Fatty, you’ve got great friends. Great storytelling. Everyone should be so lucky.

    We still miss you , man. Lots of love your way.

  22. Comment by the weak link | 05.3.2007 | 1:24 pm

    If you look very closely at the final ten seconds of video one, you can see a vulture circling overhead. I think that’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on a mountain biking video.

  23. Comment by Lurch | 05.3.2007 | 1:50 pm

    Weak Link,
    Dang! Buzzard? I thought it was a space ship! I also thought I was the only one who saw it.

  24. Comment by nathanv | 05.3.2007 | 4:15 pm

    I’ve never met dug. I’ve only emailed Elden. dig obviously loves elden and vice versa.
    I, having watched this, video now love them both. seriously.

  25. Comment by Rider34 | 05.3.2007 | 5:20 pm

    Man that looked awesome! Such a change from the flatlands here in FL. Makes me long for painful assents…….okay maybe not, but then again we have worse humidity than any of the rest of you so we’ll call it even.

    FC, well wishes to your wife from Florida.


  26. Comment by axel | 05.3.2007 | 6:12 pm

    hey Jose, don’t mess with Central Texas! (I have to be specific here)
    A good hill country road ride in the springtime/wildfliower season with a lunch stop at a BBQ joint and a finish at a swimming hole… superb!
    The mountain biking around Austin is not bad. No long climbs, but plenty of 5 minute climbs however hard you need it. No flat spots… decent riding. Ok, it ain’t Utah…

  27. Comment by buckythedonkey | 05.4.2007 | 12:53 am

    Did anybody benefit from the Tums-to-combat-cramp idea? I’m interested…

    Shame you didn’t get any footage of Rick’s quads.

  28. Comment by cheapie | 05.4.2007 | 5:22 am

    man…i can’t wait to get back out there. it’s always so hard but well worth the effort.

    speaking of hard riding, i did a lap last night pre-riding for a race here in michigan and watched my HR jump to 211 on a couple of the hills! yeah…exactly. =)

  29. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 05.4.2007 | 6:27 am

    Cheapie, it’s not the high HR numbers you really have to worry about, but when you look at your HR monitor and is says 0, that’s when you really have to worry.

  30. Comment by cheapie | 05.4.2007 | 7:11 am

    heh. exactly.


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