Come Ride the Annual New Year’s Day Squaw Peak Hill Climb With Me

12.29.2008 | 4:41 pm

Every year, Kenny puts on a couple of non-official events that are every bit as important to me — and to lots of other people, evidently — as the big-time official events.

One of them is RAWROD (Ride Around White Rim in One Day). The other is Kenny’s New Year’s Day Squaw Peak Hill Climb.

Obviously, RAWROD’s months away, but the Hill Climb is coming right up. Below is the invitation email Kenny sent around. If you’re in the area, why don’t you come join us?

2009 New Year’s Day Squaw Peak Hill Climb: 10:00AM
Benefitting the Lance Armstrong Foundation


Cost: There is no entry fee because this is a non-official event. There is no waiver because you are responsible for your own well being. For this ride and also for RAWROD, I will be asking everyone to log onto my livestrong page and make a donation for any amount that you can.

Where and When: We will be starting at 10:00 at the base of the Squaw Peak Road. We will have an alternate route planned if the road proves unrideable.

Who: If you read this, you’re invited. Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested and feel free to post it on your respective blogs. And ask them to make a donation at Kenny’s LiveStrong Page, too. It’s the right thing to do.

Post ride Coffee and Hot Chocolate, My Treat!!

We will be having Coffee and Hot Chocolate at the “Borders” on University immediately following the ride.

Come Ride with Elden.. I’ve heard he’s faster and leaner than ever. [Editor's Note: Ha.]


Clothing is optional:


See you there!


  1. Comment by aussie kev | 12.29.2008 | 4:49 pm

    clothing optional riding is always the best !!!

    you have snow, i have just had one of the hottest christmas’s ever !!!!


  2. Comment by Don | 12.29.2008 | 5:15 pm

    I wanna come to Utah so badly..

  3. Comment by Woody | 12.29.2008 | 5:16 pm

    Hope you have a fantastic ride!!

  4. Comment by Hilslug | 12.29.2008 | 5:30 pm

    I won’t be riding, but may be snowshoeing up there at that time. We snowhoe up there a lot. I will try not to pass you Fatty. :P

  5. Comment by cheapie | 12.29.2008 | 6:43 pm

    if you send out the same email for rawrod, i’ll come out from MI and donate!

  6. Comment by Sara | 12.29.2008 | 7:00 pm

    Are Girls Allowed?! That looks like a total blast!

  7. Comment by fatty | 12.29.2008 | 7:19 pm

    sara – girls are allowed, encouraged, and frequently envied..

  8. Comment by justrun | 12.29.2008 | 7:28 pm

    I will be running that day at that time, but I went ahead and “registered” anyway. Have fun!

  9. Comment by WheelDancer | 12.29.2008 | 8:30 pm

    I’ll be riding this event in the MN Flat Country division where clothing isn’t optional but there will be plenty of snow and ice.

  10. Comment by Jeff | 12.29.2008 | 8:32 pm

    Once again, I have that darn problem that I don’t live in (or near) Utah…

  11. Comment by sansauto | 12.29.2008 | 9:20 pm

    I just took a job in Kentucky. In deciding to take the job, this ride was one of the considerations I made. I knew that I would miss it and that it’s a great ride. I’m sorry I won’t be there.

    Does anyone in the Lexington area want to go for a new year’s day ride?

  12. Comment by Kathleen | 12.29.2008 | 9:27 pm

    So not fair that you guys live near each other and get to do these super cool cycling outings.

    I protest.

    oh, and have fun. harrumph.

  13. Comment by GenghisKhan | 12.29.2008 | 9:56 pm

    Clothing optional, eh? From last year’s pics, looks like riding is optional, too! ;o)

  14. Comment by Di | 12.29.2008 | 9:56 pm

    Man, I would love to come. Someone threw the idea at me of visiting CO and UT next Thanksgiving. We did it last year – Fruita and Moab, but I’d be willing to explore other areas. :-) Of course, it is a really, really long drive.

  15. Comment by courtney | 12.29.2008 | 11:50 pm

    holy crap, you do that on a bike??? Eek!

  16. Comment by Mike Roadie | 12.30.2008 | 6:36 am

    I rode with my wife for the first time in over a year yesterday. It was 78 degrees and sunny. Come do New Years in Florida!!!!!!

    Have a great time…..and raise lots of dough!


    All the best wishes from us for a happy and healthy 2009 to you and all of yours!!!!

  17. Comment by David B. | 12.30.2008 | 10:02 am

    I can’t make the ride in Utah, so instead I’ll see who I can talk into joining me for the Priest Rock trail hell-climb, and make a point of treating everyone to coffee and hot chocolate at the Borders on University here in Los Gatos (95033).

  18. Comment by buckythedonkey | 12.30.2008 | 10:43 am

    I’ll be out on the road on New Years Day as well. Being several timezones East of you I’ll be into the hot chocolate while you’re still pondering the weather…

    I hope you enjoy your ride and may I wish you all a Happy New Year!

  19. Comment by The Other Jared | 12.30.2008 | 12:21 pm

    Hmmm I’ve never done a clothing optional ride before…… I once did a clothing optional hike though when it was below freezing. Too bad I live in Oregon and have plans :(

  20. Comment by Kendra | 12.30.2008 | 4:53 pm

    I’ve ridden that road when there isn’t snow and it is a fast fun downhill. What is it like in the snow? And plan on this chick coming, maybe I can recruit some others to come.

  21. Comment by oilcanracer | 12.30.2008 | 9:16 pm

    can we race to the top or is it a contest to see who can fall the most with the least amount of clothes on?

  22. Comment by Julie | 12.31.2008 | 7:48 am

    sansauto –

    No riding for me new year’s but welcome to Lexington!

  23. Comment by Bluenoser | 12.31.2008 | 2:20 pm

    Happy New Year Fatty.


  24. Comment by HobbleCreek Possee | 12.31.2008 | 6:03 pm

    last year was a blast, bummed out to miss it this year (sick) my best to your fam for this new year fatty.

  25. Comment by Carl | 12.31.2008 | 6:32 pm


    I will be leading my 18th annual “Heal That Hangover Ride” here in Youngstown, OH. And my fellow club members, who I’ve introduced to your blog have begged me to please make it clear that “clothing is MANDATORY on my ride”. Happy New Year!!!


  26. Comment by ron | 01.1.2009 | 1:53 am

    Happy New Year to you, and fam. Go Susan!

  27. Comment by Bill | 01.2.2009 | 6:22 pm

    It pains me to see the utah county mountains. I’ve moved away to Oregon, and love the riding out here, but I will always miss all those rides that were 10 minutes from my doorstep. Have a good time.

  28. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.5.2009 | 11:56 am

    My guess is Fatty will post his own entertaining report about the snow ride, but if you’re anxious to see some photos and read my rather bland description:

  29. Comment by CoolScreenNametoCome | 01.5.2009 | 2:12 pm

    Based on last year’s post about this ride I decided to do my own NYD ride. It’s been snowing like crazy here in the Roaring Fork Valley for a month, so I figured I test my snow biking chops. Turn’s out that I don’t have any snow biking chops. The ride I chose was an unimproved road that is normally just an access to great single track. It has only seen snowmobile and snowshoe traffic since the snows began. Snow biking was much harder than I anticipated. My 2.25″ tires lost traction anytime the road was greater than a 2-3% grade. On the plus side, the scenery was beautiful, and the silence was only broken twice by gasps and subsequent sniggering of snowshoers as they watched me flail away. Snow biking hasn’t caught on here in CO as it seems to have done in UT and Alaska.

    I guess the obvious question is, did you guys hike-a-bike most of the way, or is there a secret to doing that that I missed (and doesn’t require me to purchase a whole new bike – I know, sounds like a great excuse, but between work and skiing, one day of snow biking is probably it for the year)

  30. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.5.2009 | 2:23 pm

    Tips or tricks to riding on snow? Hmm. Low tire pressure helps. 2.25″ wide tires should be OK, but wider is better. The snow makes a huge difference – last year it was mostly walking, this year with hard-packed snow we mostly rode. It’s important to pedal in circles and not mash the pedals to maintain traction. That’s all I got.


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