I went up and rode Tamarack Sunday and it was absolutely epic
They run the Tamarack Express chair from 10:00am until 4:00pm for $39 for the day or you can do a half day from 1:00pm until 4:00pm for $29. The full day lift ticket was absolutely worth it. Tamarack did a top notch operation from start to finish. There are plenty of trails at every skill level and they are still building more that are not on the map yet. Tamarack and the guys from Kore North Cycles in Meridian have been working very hard on building and maintaining the trails and it shows. Ryan, in particular, deserves major props for this as it certainly gives back to the cycling comunity. My favorites were Super-G, Smoke Jumper, and Hybernator. The jumps on Show Low were really fun too.
I got in 9 runs at 1,700 vertical feet making a total of 15,300 vertical feet for the day. They have the XC trails completely seperate from the downhill trails and so I never came across any uphill traffic on the trails what so ever. This is absolutely how it should be done. The other ski areas could seriously take note here.
For downhill riding, Tamarack is absolutely worth the drive and the lift ticket. It’s a must for at least a trip or 2 a season.
Yesterday was opening day at Bogus Basin for lift assisted mountain biking. This is a HUGE step forward for Bogus. I’ve raced DH there in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and have wandered why they haven’t done this for over 20 years now.
There is obviously a big demand for this and so Bogus running a lift for us truly is great news. They had the lower lodge open with food and drink, 10 Barrel Brewing was there selling beer, and there was live music too. They really did a lot to bring people in for this and quite a lot of people came. I’d say it was a success in general. My wife hung out watching the show with the music and all while I rode all day. I got in 15 runs and had a great day for sure.
Bogus ran chair 1 and this is good because it gives the best access to Deer Point and Shindig trails along with giving people a good access to hitting the Ridge Road to ride Hard Guy or Dry Creek back down to Boise at the end of the day.
There are really 2 easily accessible trails in the ski area to ride from chair 1, and a 3rd that you have to take the Brewers Byway trail across to the upper lodge to hit and this does involve some climbing in a longer traverse.
Deer Point trail is the easiest trail to ride, but had just so much uphill traffic that it’s not a good choice to be riding down. I’ll probably not go down it again for this very reason. There needs to be a separation of up and down hill trails for the lift assisted riding to really work. It’s the same as in the winter, they do not put the XC ski trails in the DH ski area because accidents will happen that way and it really takes away from the experience for both groups. This is a place where Bogus can and probably will improve.
Shindig was just as easy to access and because it is steeper and harder to go up, it had far less uphill traffic and foot traffic making it a better choice to ride down. It was much shorter and still had it’s share of uphill and foot traffic making it hard to get in good DH runs. It is a good and fun trail, but just far too short to want to spend an entire day riding down. One would get bored of that very fast.
From there, if a person was to traverse across to the upper lodge by route of Brewers Byway and hit the Morningstar Trail, it was even less populated and very fun to ride. A definite beginners flowy trail. It was long enough to be worth the chair ride and really a great place to get started in the world of DH, but not nearly hard enough to keep an advanced riders interest or to justify the traverse across from chair 1 more than about twice.
I’m told by several people that there is a non-sanctioned DH trail somewhere off of the Sunshine cat track, but since it’s non-sanctioned, they couldn’t/wouldn’t tell me exactly where is. To access that, you get 2 choices, take Shindig to the bottom and go up Sunshine to find it, or traverse across Brewers Byway and then double back across Sunshine to find it. Either way, since we are buying a lift ticket, we should not have to traverse all the way across the mountain with climbing involved or have to climb up from the bottom to ride a suitable DH course that we evidently are not supposed to be riding in the first place.
All in all this was a great way to spend the day and was worth the $25 lift ticket. This is a great first step in the right direction for Bogus Basin and I’d like to personally thank them for offering lift assisted mountain biking. This is a great addition for our local mountain biking community. Now to make this a great destination to bring riders in would be the addition of downhill only bike trails for various skill levels. 3 trails would be a great start, 1 beginner, 1 intermediate, and 1 expert. From there, adding a couple trails a year would be a reasonable request until we have a good local mountain bike park with lift assistance. This would keep me and I’m certain most other riders coming back for years to come and it would also offer better competition to Tamarack for the DH riders business. Running chair 3 or chair 2 along with chair 1 would open up a lot more of the mountain. This would also take care of the over crowding on the trails and help make a better experience for all who ride up here. Chair 2 with chair 1 would certainly open up the rest of the front side of the mountain, or chair 3 with chair 1 would open up the entire mountain including the back side.
I had the opportunity to test out the KTM Lycan 274. This is the absolute first KTM to the Treasure Valley of what most certainly will be many. The Boise Bike Wrench is the dealer bringing these KTMs in and Dave was good enough to let me be there for the first bike unboxing, build, and initial rides.
On their dirt bike side, KTM is very good about having their bikes race ready just as they come from the factory and this mountain bike is obviously the same way. This is the base model and Dave has these for $1,700 and change. You really get a lot of bike for that price. It is a 27.5 / 650B. Bike came packaged / protected really well, better than most any I’ve seen. The frame has some of the best looking / cleanest welds I’ve ever seen on a mountain bike.
125mm rear travel via 4 bar link is designed perfectly to be totally isolated from both pedalling and braking forces. Rear Rock Shox air shock also locks out. The lower shock mount is on the front of the swing arm pivot and this design really helps isolate the rear suspension from braking forces keeping it fully active in all conditions.
120mm Rock Shox front has remote lock out as well, making this an absolute XC climbing beast.
It has a solid mix of mostly Deore and an XT rear derailleur. 3 x 10 gearing came stock.
180mm rotors front and rear are solid.
The way I rode the bike was totally box stock, all but the pedals. We threw on some really good platforms.
The bike rode awesome, climbed much better than me. It’s really an all mountain / XC bike as delivered and the ride I gave it was about 24 miles of mostly downhill with a few climbs. We rode from Bogus down to Hidden Springs via Eastside trail, Sweet Connie trail, and Chuckar Butte trail. This gave plenty of miles and conditions to get a solid feel for the bike and see any weeknesses it might have.
The bike rode awesome. Climed well and decended well too. It was very predictable and confidence inspiring through the sketchy rocky sections. The rear suspension package delivered exactly as it should. It just did not bob when pedalling hard and it stayed active under heavy braking conditions too. It gave a really solid feel side to side. I did “land” a jump into a steep sandy rocky spot just wrong and crash (sorry about the scratches on the bike Dave) but that was totally operator error and not the bike.
My over all impressions were extremely positive. I’d highly recomend this bike as is, especially for XC riders. It’s just a good solid performer that will take a rider to the podium and bring a smile to their face.
The only things I’d change are more for personal prefference than anything else. I am more of a DH type rider than XC too, and so my changes would be to set up the bike more for that than the XC set up it comes with. I’d go with a shorter stem and riser bars, a more DH oriented front tire, and probably a 150 or so mm travel front fork just to rake the front out a little more than the 68 degree head it currently sits at.
Brodie Jensen, in particular is really making a name for him self, both locally as well as on the NW Cup circut. He got the silver at Hood in the 15-18 year old Cat 2 men’s class and we couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s got a great future in the sport ahead of him.
The folks at Kore North really have it going on this season. Ryan has put together a killer team and they are getting great results. All this success is obviously a direct result of all of the hard work by the team riders them selves, and also from having the killer set up on the Intense bikes that Ryan is building there. They have a great thing going on both sides of that coin. Props to Kore North and their team for doing all of the hard work and making the road trips to these other bigger race series events. You guys are awesome.
Ryan checked in on FB with the results. Lets hear it in his words:
It’s getting that time of year that we are seeing more and more dogs on the trails. This brings up a few things that are really worth noting here.
The first and most obvious for us as MTB riders is to keep out eyes open for the dogs. The very last thing any of us would ever want to do is to have an accident involving or hurting some one’s best friend. To that extent it is also very important for the dog owners to keep good control of their 4 legged friends. This is really a two way street.
For those who like to take their dogs when riding to give the dog a good run, it’s important to bring water for the dog as well as for your self. They can suffer from dehydration just as we can. Be careful when riding with the dogs too for when they cut right in front of you. Falling off the bike would be bad enough, but for the dog, it can be much worse. Running over a dog’s leg for instance would probably be a broken leg and would change that dog’s life in a very negative way.
The next point is for the dog owners to be sure to pick up after their dogs so that it doesn’t become a doggie bathroom. Most are really good about this, but as with most things, it only takes the actions of a few to create a bad name for the many. Carry a bag and pick it up. It’s just the right thing to do. No one wants to step in that.
The Ridge To Rivers folks did a great jon on their maps showing where dogs are allowed off leash as well. Please observe these rules. Again, it’s just the right thing to do. Their map is accessable HERE
We do have rattle snakes in our foot hills, so getting the dogs trained up to avoid snakes is a great thing to do. Also it’s another great reason to keep good control of your pets. Most dogs do not survive rattle snake bites and personally speaking, I love my dog. We also have tics in our foot hills, and so a flea and tic collar is a great little insurance policy. One should also check the dog over for tics after a walk through the trails.
These simple guidelines should really be common sense, but as we all know, common sense just isn’t very common.
This was published in the Albany Democrat-Herald / Corvallis Gazette Times in Western Oregon South of Portland. We are getting noticed nationally for our mountainbiking and that is just huge for our biking community as well as for the tourist aspect.
I.M.B.A. has name Boise-Eagle as 1 of only 4 gold level riding centers in the entire USA. The other 3 are Park City, UT, Duluth, MN, and Oakridge, OR. The best part of all this is that we are not done building it all up yet. It will only get better from here.
Some of the guys from Kore North Cycles in Meridian made the trip to Port Angeles, WA for the NW Cup Series DH opener and really kicked some major ass over there. Great job Kore North!!! We are just SO proud of you!!!
Here is there results in Ryan’s words from Kore North: