Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Shop Cat Bucks for Christmas

Internet Special:
Print this coupon and bring in to MBH and you will receive $5 off any MTB Dual Suspension Rental. More info here.

Mountain Bike Heaven also offers Gift Certificates and other stocking stuffers. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

NOD Fest 2007 - Great Riding!

Thanks to all the great riders who showed up for the week long NOD Fest rides. There were riders from as far away as Germany and Holland, as well as riders from Canada and the States. Quite a few of our own Sedona Gnarly Crew members came out to play. There were not many riders from Phoenix, but there was a great showing of NODs from Tucson including Stan who won the oldest NOD title at 72 years old! Way to go Stan!

We've decided to annex Tucson as part of Canada so that next year the reluctant NOD will ride with the other NODs!'

A special thanks goes out to Rim Rock Water for donating cases of their special Hi-Energy, Structure-Enhanced 100% Natural Artesian Spring Water, known as AquaX, for the all the riders. We did not go thirsty! (Click here to learn more)

And then there was Kenny, a Sedona local, who took the opportunity during NOD Fest to actually learn how to ride a mountain bike. He was so good right from the start that he got mistaken for a real NOD…. He did have several “initiations” however out on the trail with the local vegetables. But all in all, not bad for a first timer. Way to go Kenny!

Mountain Bike Heaven extends a huge thank you to all the NODs and soon to be NODs who helped create the NOD Fest, which we’ve been threatening to do for over ten years. It has finally come to fruition!

Great riding and lots of fun! See you all out there on trail heaven!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

NOD Fest 2007 Update

NOD FEST 2007 Update:

We had a great kick-off on Sunday 11/11 with an excellent turnout! The really Gnarly NOD Crew rode at 9am and was out for 4-5 hours. By the time they got back, the afternoon NOD Crew was just getting started. Their ride was laid-back and ended with a spectacular evening sunset up at Chimney Rock! Even Shop Cat got into the action, performing last-minute bike inspections before the riders left the building.

We ended the evening with a dinner BBQ. Great turn out and great riding!

Here is the RIDE schedule for the week (Sunday 11/11 thru Sunday 11/18):
Two rides daily:
Early-Bird Gnarlies RIDE at 9am
Afternoon Laid-Back Gnarlies RIDE at 2pm

If you want to ride, bring all your gear and meet at Mountain Bike Heaven located at 1695 W. Hwy 89A in Sedona, Arizona.

Call ahead to MBH (928) 282-1312 if you are going to ride.

A schedule of activities is posted on the Bulletin Board outside the back door of the shop.

There will be another BBQ on Sunday 11/18 after the rides.

Hope to see all of you out there riding!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Anniversary Mountain Bike Heaven!

Happy Anniversary Mountain Bike Heaven!

Sunday, 11/11/07 is not only the kick-off for MBH’s annual week-long NODFEST, but 11/11/07 also marks the 18th year that Mountain Bike Heaven has been in business in Sedona. Congratulations to Rama Jon and the entire Mountain Bike Heaven team for a job well done!

Rama Jon and Mountain Bike Heaven
Year One (November, 1989)

Mountain Bike Heaven extends a big thank you to all of the many patrons that have come to Sedona from around the globe. And of course HUGE THANKS goes out to all of MBH’s Gnarly Mountain Biking Crew Members!
Thanks for ALL the great RIDES!

Remember, always be excellent to each other and…
keep on Riding!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Two great MTB Chat Forums

Check out these two Mountain Bike Chat Forums. Everything to do with Mountain Biking and so much more...

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007


backflippin into jj's foam pit. 10/19/07

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Come Ride With Us on 11/11 thru 11/18!

Mountain Bike Heaven’s
World Famous International
11/11 thru 11/18, 2007 (Sunday to Sunday)
Sedona, Arizona, USA

In Sedona, it is a tradition to honor and give respect to the Elders. So every year, Mountain Bike Heaven celebrates their Elders: the NODs, or Gnarly Old Dudes, as they like to be called.
And what on earth is a GNARLY OLD DUDE you anxiously ask?

NODs are any mountain bikers who are 50 or near 50 and who are still out there being Gnarly. According to RAMA JON, founder of Mountain Bike Heaven (and the youngest NOD), being a NOD is not so much about age, but more about a State of Mind. The NOD FEST is about celebrating those who inspire us, and about expressing the wild, ageless Spirit that lives in us all.

Although Rama says its not about age, he is currently the youngest NOD among the crew. He puts a challenge out there to all mountain bikers around the globe to come ride Sedona and see what it’s all about! All those who believe themselves to be worthy of riding in Sedona's Red Rock Country with Sedona's Gnarly Crew are invited to come ride, and have their lives changed forever!

(And yes, there are also Gnarly Old Dudettes!)

When does this FEST take place?

The 2007 NOD FEST starts Sunday 11/11 and continues thru Sunday 11/18... seven days and seven nights of raw, honest Red Rock Country mountain biking!

will be given to the OLDEST and YOUNGEST NODs.

There will be two rides each day, one in the morning for the early birders (8 or 9am-ish) and one in the afternoon for the mored layed back folks (time to be determined).

Please call ahead to let us know you will be riding. Note: there may not be a ride that day/time if no one shows up.

Wanna Ride?
Bring all your gear and meet at Mountain Bike Heaven: 1695 West Hwy 89A, Sedona, Arizona.

Click here for MBH Club Ride Info:

Contact Mountain Bike Heaven for further details:
Telephone: (928) 282-1312


Friday, September 14, 2007


The mountain bikes of today are not like they used to be. Today's rugged, all terrain mountain bikes are sophisticated pieces of machinery, and when not tuned properly, you are riding way below your maximum potential. With full front and rear suspensions, dampening springs, air shocks, hydraulic disc brakes, and more, these bikes demand precise adjustments according to each rider's height and weight, as well as to the type of terrain you are going to ride.

At Mountain Bike Heaven's full service world class MTB Pro Repair Shop, our Shop Cats know what it takes to fine tune these most incredible instruments. Services offered include: front and rear suspension tuning, tune ups and safety checks, complete overhauls, hydraulic brake service, wheel work, complete assembly, modifications and more, including packaging and shipping! "We do it all!" says mountain bike Guru, Rama Jon, founder of Mountain Bike Heaven.

For more information, please visit our website at: or contact us in Sedona, Arizona, at (928) 282-1312.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sedona Trails, Guides and Maps

Mountain Bike Heaven offers Sedona Trail Guides and Maps:
1) THE ORIGINAL SEDONA Mountain Bike Trail Map and Field Guide by Sharon Lynne with Rama Jon

2) FAT TIRE TALES AND TRAILS Arizona Mountain Bike Trail Guide by Cosmic Ray. Best of the Best Arizona Trails; Down to Earth Maps; Summer and Winter Fun; Gnarly Glossary of Bike Lingo; Steaming Heaps of Trail Nuggets. Absolutely the best!! Great maps and descriptions.

This is the Map every trail user can use... It's a guide to just about every non-wilderness trail in the area. It's a Mountain Bike Map by design but it's so full of trail info, hikers demand it too.

4) EXPERIENCE SEDONA Recreations and Activity Map Sedona Guide to trails, lodging, resturants, shopping and more. Good Town Stuff.

Here are several Sedona Mountain Biking Trails:

Contact Mountain Bike Heaven for more information: (928) 282-1312 or visit

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Check out the NEW MBH Custom Jersey Prototypes!

CHECK OUT Mountain Bike Heaven's New Custom Jersey Prototypes!
The NOD has outdone himself yet again!!
Style A:
Style B:
Style C:

Vote For Your Favorite (A, B or C):
Call Mountain Bike Heaven at (928) 282-1312

Or go to

Friday, July 20, 2007

Mountain Bike Heaven's World Class Pro Repair Shop

Mountain Bike Heaven's Full Service World Class MTB Pro Repair Shop
Mountain Bike Heaven's Experienced SHOP CATS provide top notch service, including: Complete Packing and Shipping, Front and Rear Suspension Tuning, Full Tune and Safety Check, Complete Overhaul (clean & tune incl.), Hydraulic Brake Service, Wheel Work, Complete Assembly, Custom Modifications and Much More!

"We Do It All!"
Call Today For More Information: MBH Sedona: (928) 282-1312

Visit our website for more information:

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Mountain Bike Heaven is having it's world famous international NOD (GNARLY OLD DUDE) FESTIVAL in Sedona, Arizona, USA, November 11-18, 2007.

In Sedona, it is a tradition to honor and give respect to the Elders. So every year, Mountain Bike Heaven celebrates their Elders: the NODs, or Gnarly Old Dudes, as they like to be called.

And what on earth is a GNARLY OLD DUDE you anxiously ask?

According to RAMA JON, founder of Mountain Bike Heaven (and the youngest NOD), being a NOD is not so much about age, but more about a State of Mind. The NOD FEST is about celebrating those who inspire us, and about expressing the wild, ageless Spirit that lives in us all.
Although Rama says its not about age, he is currently the youngest NOD among the crew. He puts a challenge out there to all mountain bikers around the globe to come ride Sedona and see what its all about!

NODs are any mountain bikers who are 50 or near 50 and who are still out there being Gnarly. All those who believe themselves to be worthy of riding in Sedona's Red Rock Country with Sedona's Gnarly Crew are invited to come ride, and have their lives changed forever!

(And yes, there are also Gnarly Old Dudettes!)

When does this FEST take place?

The 2007 NOD FEST will be held NOVEMBER 11 - 18, Sunday thru Sunday... seven days and seven nights of raw, honest Red Rock Country mountain biking!

PRIZES will be given to the OLDEST and YOUNGEST NODs.

Wanna Ride? Just show up at Mountain Bike Heaven: 1695 West Hwy 89A, Sedona, Arizona.

Contact Mountain Bike Heaven for further details. Phone: (928) 282-1312. Visit our website at:

Monday, June 18, 2007

World Famous MBH Club Rides

Club Rides have been a tradition at Mountain Bike Heaven for more then 18 years and are World Famous!

Every week, sometimes 2 or 3 times a week, Mountain Bike Riders get together from all over to have a wild and crazy adventure out on the trail.

The Club Rides are held on Wednesday and Sunday Mornings with everyone meeting at the MBH Store located at 1695 West Hwy 89A in Sedona, Arizona. Ride times are always posted at the Store and vary depending on the season.

These rides are free, and all are welcome. Some rides are more technical than others. MBH also offers MTB Skills Classes. Call MBH at (928) 282-1312 for Current information.

A visit to Sedona is not complete without an Adventure with the gnarly crew.
Come On Along...

For more information visit the MBH Website at:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Get Your Mountain Bike Heaven Gear Here!

Mountain Bike Heaven has Tee Shirts, Custom Jerseys, Trail Maps, Shop Cat Socks and Coffee Mugs, MTB Videos, Iron Horse and Devinci Bikes, Accessories, Shoes, Tools, Parts, Supplies and so much more.

Stop by our Store located at 1695 West Hwy 89A in Sedona, Arizona, for all your Mountain Biking needs, or call us at (928) 282-1312.

Visit our Website at:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

MTB Rentals: Dual Suspension Headquarters

Mountain Bike Heaven now offers
Iron Horse dw-link and Rocky Mountain MTB Dual Suspension Demo Rentals!

IronHorse Demo Rentals include: 6Point4, MKIII Sport, Yakuza Aniki, and Warrior 4.0. Also available are Rocky Mountain Slayer 30's.

These Rentals are fully equipped for Sedona riding! You also get slimed tubes, Helmet, Pump and a Trail Map.

Some things to bring when you come to Sedona: Gloves, Glasses, Camelpack, Extra Tools, etc. and for the Clippless folks...don't forget your shoes and pedals!

Definitely do not forget your Camelpack! Sedona is the high desert after all. Hot and Dry is the standard fare. Hydration is the key to a long and enjoyable ride.

Contact Mountain Bike Heaven at (928) 282-1312 or visit (print the coupon on the Rental Page and bring in to MBH to get a discount on any MTB Rental!)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sedona MTB Homegrown Videos

Mountain Bike Heaven Video:
Sedona Gnarly Crew Vol. 1

This hour long video has it all. Extreme Action, Incredible Sedona Scenery and Sedona MTB Information.

You'll meet the Sedona Gnarly Crew: Simon who loves steep, rocky, insane lines, Dangerous Dave who knows no fear and rides anything and everything, Crazy Steve who says "technically, everything's rideable." There's Amp, Hard Time, Terrapin Hound, Trouble, Bogus Dude, Bullish Dude, Caffinated, DR, The Matster, Frankasaurous, Johnny, the NOD, and of course Rama, the founder of Mountain Bike Heaven.

So if you're planning a trip to Sedona or just crave juicy MTB Action in the Red Rocks of Sedona, this video is for you...

Order Info: Contact Mountain Bike Heaven at (928) 282-1312, or go to

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bikapelli Sedona MTB Adventures

Mountain Bike Heaven has the inside track to Sedona, Arizona Red Rock Mountain Bike Riding.

Come ride Sedona, Arizona. The endless miles of tight, twisty, cactus-ridden Red Rock single tracks in unbelievable natural beauty are GUARANTEED to thrill all levels of riders.

The high Arizona desert environment, technical terrain, and maze of trails can be hard on riders and equipment if unprepared. A Sedona Bikapelli Mountain Bike Adventure will give you the support and info you need to make your Sedona Mountain Bike Experience an inspiration.

Mountain Bike Heaven offers many Guided Adventures to choose from. Visit for more details, or call MBH at (928) 282-1312.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

#1 Source for Sedona Arizona Mountain Biking!

Mountain Bike Heaven
is the #1 Source for
Mountain Biking Action
in Sedona, Arizona!

Mountain Bike Heaven offers Southwest United States Trail and Travel info, Bikapelli Mountain Bike Adventure Rides, Dual Suspension Rentals, Full Service Sales and Pro Repair Shop, Bikes, Accessories, Clothing, Shoes, and is the home of Shop Cat and NOD.
The store is located at 1695 West Hwy 89A in Sedona, Arizona 86336. Phone: (928) 282-1312. Website:

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mountain Bike News with Rama Jon - Josh 2

Mountain Bike News
with Rama Jon 12/99


Miracles happen and even in Sedona where we expect miracles to happen, when they do happen it is way special. Combined with the Holiday spirit, this miracle is what stories are made of. Last week Josh Smith returned home after nearly four months in the hospital recovering from a serious mountain bike neck injury. Josh was determined to walk out of neuro rehab, and as we watched his progress, no one but Josh himself and perhaps his mom and dad believed he would accomplish this goal.

Well, surpise, surprise, Josh has accomplished his goal. Several days after returning home, Josh walked into the bike shop on his own power. Sure, he’s walking a little slow compared to his old self, but he is walking, and that feat alone will make this Holiday season one that will always be remembered as special.

Josh’s road to recovery has not been a bowl of cherries. His ups and downs have made all of us wonder whether he would walk again. Perseverance, a little luck and a lot of prayer by Josh, his family and his friends have brought Josh back to us. Presently, his playful nature has been replaced by a philosophical seriousness that will be called upon in the next steps of his healing.

For all the trials and tribulations, Josh’s spirit is way strong and it is clear that being home will excelerate his recovery. Of course, the first thing we did for Josh when he got home was to set up a bicycle on a wind trainer so that he could have an adjunct to his physical therapy routine. It did my heart good to know that Josh is back on a bike again. At this point, getting some meat back on Josh’s bones is of top priority. After nearly four months on IV and then on cafeteria style hospital food, Josh’s taste buds are ready for a workout again.

As we reflect back on the year and the last decade of the millenium, Josh’s accident certainly is an event that has changed us all. A once carefree attitude has been replaced by a masked cautiousness. With any luck, the next millenium will be an injury free one.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mountain Bike News with Rama Jon - Josh 1

Mountain Bike News
with Rama Jon 9/99


Mountain biking is a dangerous game and accidents do happen. Sometimes these accidents can be quite tragic. Several weeks ago, four Sedona mountain bikers headed to Page for a road trip. As the first ride began, Joshua Smith, an expert mountain biker, was dealt a hand of fate that has landed him in critical care. Through a miscalculation, Josh took a header into slick rock and was knocked unconscious. Fortunately, his friends were near and his breathing was restored almost instantly. Through the use of technology, in this case a cellular phone and a GPS unit, we were able to contact Page Search and Rescue, and Josh was airlifted out within 30 minutes of the accident from the middle of nowhere.

Josh’s blow to the head caused a great deal of trauma in his neck and currently Josh has been in a struggle for recovery. His friends and family have shown tremendous support, and this combined with Josh’s spirit and drive is helping him make huge strides. It’s shocking to see your friend in the hospital, much more so in critical care. It makes the simple things in life so much more important, like breathing on your own. A lesser man might give up, but Josh is not like that. The changes his friends have seen from the first night to the present are so remarkable, that there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that Josh will be back riding his mountain bike before too long.

Josh’s road to recovery has already taken him through some of the biggest battles of his life. He has come through in shining colors and seems to make progress on a daily basis. As Josh recovers, the rest of us mountain bikers have to deal with continuing our sport knowing how easy it is to get hurt. There probably aren’t too many mountain bikers out there who don’t have some injury story or lingering pain. These injuries all seem so insignificant compared to critical care, but just like all of us, I’m sure Josh can’t wait to get back on his mountain bike. Josh, we’re waiting for you, and it just won’t be the same until your back out riding with us again.

Josh’s accident was a freak occurrence, but in mountain biking freak accidents can occur in the parking lot just as easily as on the trail. I find it’s best to start off on rides at an easy pace simply to get the feel for the terrain and to see how in tune you are today. This is especially true if you are on a road trip and have been cooped up in a car for any length of time. It’s normal to be amped in this situation, and it may require self control to be sure you're all warmed up before you get radical on the trail. And then, there are the mountain bikers like Josh, who seem to thrive on those moments of death defying situations. As one noted mountain bike daredevil says, "Cautiously dangerous out on the trail."

Josh, keep up the good work. Our prayers are with you!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Volcano Boyz

Hard Time and Tim are two crazy MTB Boyz. They like to do one thing on their MTB's, ride sick, steep, out of control lines anywhere they can find 'em. On this particular adventure they found themselves on the Volcano fields outside Flagstaff, AZ. This place is a free for all... You got dune buggy's, motocrossers, sand rails, and now mountain bikes. The motorized locals thought these boyz were Crazy, hiking their bikes up these cinder cones... "What's an hour up for these kind of downhills anyway!" sayz HT.

The boyz may have inhaled a little too much Carbon Monoxide this day from all those stinkers... Being a little confused they ended up hiking the wrong cone, a national monument or something, and got some big fines... $600 smackers. Well now they know the boundaries.

When asked what's next, the boyz replied, "Well, we're working on the permits for Everest. We figure the downhill is long enough to justify the climb..."

You heard it here.. we'll keep you updated...

Friday, April 6, 2007

Panguitch: Southern Utah's Brian Head

The Incredible Singetrack of Utah's Brian Head begs a question: Why go all the way to Moab, anyway?

by David Hard - Bike Magazine, July 1997

Aside from superb terrain, gobsmacking views, and a meticulously presented trail system, biking at Brian Head, Utah, offers some great gloating opportunities. Pull off Exit 75 just three hours north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15, and before embarking on the short drive to the resort of Brian Head, look back at the highway. Without a doubt, you'll see California- and Nevada-plated sport utes topped with bikes heading north, bound for Moab. It's hard not to laugh at these unsuspecting pilgrims. Bound for Mecca, they’re missing a miracle right under their nose, a miracle called 100 miles of convenient, easily accessible, nearly unspoiled singletrack.

In a way, Brian Head is to mountain bike resorts what Vail is to ski areas. Though neither may be the absolute last word in extreme terrain, both provide more trails for more athletes of more abilities than their competitors. In Brian Head's case, the variety can be traced to a blessed location. Situated at 9,900 feet in elevation on the edge of Utah's vast Markagunt Plateau, Brian Head can offer gently rolling terrain in one direction, steep canyon plunges in the other.

For experts, the two premier rides are the cool-sounding Dark Hollow and the cumbersome sounding Left Fork of Bunker Creek. Starting at a ridge just below 11,307-foot Brian Head Peak, the two trails were coated with a frosting of September snow during last year's Fall Colors Festival. Sticking more to the plateau, the Left Fork ride descends gently into lush high alpine meadows that gradually give way to pine forests. But before the woods swallow up the sunlight, the trail meanders along the plateau's edge, offering spectacular views. As you follow the fall-line alongside Bunker Creek, aspen groves surround you as the singletrack narrows. The riding then becomes more technical, but not confidence sapping. Roots and waterbars occur frequently, but it's still easy to keep a rhythm going until you cross Blue Spring Creek and reach Hwy. 143 after 12 miles. From there, you can ride mostly uphill back to the town of Brian Head or coast to the scenic village of Panguitch Lake and await a shuttle pickup.

Though shorter on singletrack, Dark Hollow is a more demanding ride. Dropping off Brian Head Peak, the trail traverses a slope heavy with fir trees. Soil as dark and moist as the B & M canned brown bread favored by '70's campers provides superlative traction for tight hairpin turns until the trail levels out at Cub Lake Meadow. Entering the Paradise Springs drainage, you become fully engulfed by your third ecosystem (after alpine and subalpine) of the ride. This particular realm is called the Canadian system, presumably because you'll feel like a beleaguered hockey goalie after biffing over the abundant roots. Turning onto Second Left Hand Canyon Road, you descend a jeep route past red rock formations so fantastic they look like God got bored at dinner and started playing with candle wax. After several stream crossings, you hit Hwy. 143 and can either climb the steep pavement back to Brian Head or descend to the town of Parowan for a shuttle pickup. If you take the latter option, your vertical drop will be nearly 5,280 feet - in other words, a mile-high vertical drop in 13 miles of sweet riding.

Despite the incredible scenery of those rides, Brian Head's most stunning attraction is nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument, a three-mile-wide, 2,500 foot deep natural amphitheater full of spectacularly colored pinnacles, ridges, and towers. Luckily, you can check it out from the Blowhard Mountain Trail. Beginning from a trallhead 10 miles southwest of Brian Head, the path clings close to some daunting cliff edges as it passes through bristlecone pines and the carved ramparts of Cedar Breaks.

All the best routes are meticulously described and mapped in the free Brian Head Mountain Bike Guide available throughout town. The guide lists 18 rides of varying degrees of difficulty. In addition, many of the listed routes can be abbreviated or lengthened by taking shortcuts or scenic loops. As if all these options weren't enough, there's also a six-mile system of dirt paths called the Brian Head Town Trails. Linking town offices, Brian Head Resort, and most of the businesses, these trails enable bikers a quiet way to get around the area without a car.

Be aware that at this altitude, prime riding season takes place between June and late September. For a fun orientation to Brian Head, check out its two fat tire festivals: The Brian Head Bash in early August, or the bratwurst and beer bonanza of Fall Colors/Oktoberfest, which takes place the third weekend of September. Call Brian Head Resort at (435) 586-2478 or (435) 677-2035 for more details. A variety of ski lift and shuttle packages are available from the resort as well. Bike Shop: Mountain Bike Heaven (928) 282-1312. The best coffee is nearby in Panguitch at Buffalo Java. For lodging, try the convenient, comfortable Brian Head Hotel (435) 677-1016, or reserve a condo through Brian Head Condo Reservations (800) 845-9781.

For a remote little mountain town, Brian Head also offers some amazing culture. Wayne Newton is just three hours away in Vegas, and nearby Cedar City showcases the renowned Utah Shakespearean Festival every summer. Call (435) 586-7880 for tickets, show-times, and information on shuttles from Brian Head. Just be aware that in this part of Utah, "To be or not to be?" is not the question - it's "Why the hell would anyone drive another six hours just to go to Moab, anyway?"

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Mountain Biking Panguitch, Southern Utah!

Panguitch is the heart of Southern Utah's most scenic mountain biking. From intense single track to picturesque mountain touring, Panguitch is minutes from Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, Brian Head, Panguitch Lake, Zion, and is only four hours from Vegas, Boulder City, Salt Lake City, Moab, and Sedona, AZ.

Red Canyon - The Trails:

Casto Canyon Trail - Fat Track baby! Gentle, loving 5 mile climb straight up to Casto Springs. Pass through Red Rocks and HooDoos whose beauty is only rivaled by Bryce Canyon, the red sand sculpture oasis. Losse Canyon - 3 mile gentle single track climb. Stunning Red Rock Scenery. This one's good for the whole family.

Cassidy Trail - Connects Casto Canyon to Losse Canyon and extends into Red Canyon State Park off Hwy. 12. This trail is 16 miles of intense climbing and descending. It has its technical moments. Intermediate to advanced riders will have fun. Ride through Pine country and Red Rock HooDoos. You get it all on this one. This is one exciting trail!

Thunder Mountain Trail - Starts north of Red Canyon State Park. It’s an up and down trail across the top of Plateau. Fast, fat track switchback descent to the entrance of Red Canyon State Park. This is the one you’ll be telling everyone back home about!

Chimney Trail - Starts at the King Creek campground at Tropic Reservoir. A 2 mile fat track climb primer, then tight, steep, exposed switchback descent around Red Rock arches, chimneys and other Mars-like formations (sounds like some place else we know? Starts with an S...). This trail is for the Gnarly only.

More about Panguitch:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007



Roable Johnson, above, follows an old road along the East Rim of the Grand Canyon to Cape Solitude, where Shannon Hurley, below, enjoys lunch and a rest. Cape Solitude, a wilderness area, looks down on the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers and is off-limits to bikes, as this group learned from park rangers when it returned from its ride Saturday. A warning was issued.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Cyclists Bag Fame for Illegal Ride

by Karyn Riedell - Sedona Red Rock News 9/20/96

A group of local mountain bikers, dubbed the "Sedona 5," pedaled their way to national recognition last November when they rode their bikes into Grand Canyon National Park territory which is strictly off-limits to mountain bikers.

Their feat - and subsequent arrest - has hit the pages of national biking magazines and fired up dialogue on the Internet.

Thousands of e-mail messages sent to the group's web site express support for the group, viewing them as folk heroes of a grassroots movement seeking trail access for mountain bikers. At the same time, critics revile them for promoting a bad-boy image of mountain bikers.

On November 19, the group decided to take advantage of the five-day shutdown of the park and go for a spin on the North Kaibab trail-head, located on the Grand Canyon's North Rim.

However, they were never able to complete their ride. Fourteen miles into it, they were intercepted by park ranger Sandie Hand, who took them to Phantom Ranch to be interviewed and frisked.

THEIR RIDE out of the Grand Canyon was quite different from their ride in six hours earlier. They left in leg shackles and handcuffs aboard a National Park Service helicopter. Accompanying them were two rangers with automatic weapons and bullet-proof vests.

The five bikers - Rama (Jon Cogan), Long Tall (John Panetta), Wheeze (Mitch Obele), Forest (Forest Michaels) and "Dangerous Dave" Hart - were taken to the National Park Service holding facility.

Ten days later, they were found guilty in the U.S. Magistrate Court of violating a national park closure and bicycling in a prohibited area. Each was fined $244 for the helicopter ride and $250 for violating the closure and riding in a prohibited area.

Although the $250 was suspended, the riders were forced to turn over their bikes to the court.

"This is the most notorious thing in the world of mountain biking," said Cogan, group member and owner of the Mountain Bike Heaven shop in Sedona.

Since the November ride, admirers have praised the group for committing a daring act of civil disobedience, while detractors have condemned them for damaging the reputations of mountain bikers everywhere.

ONE SUPPORTER, writing on the Internet from Canada, praised the group's act as "a revolution of sorts," saying that "working with the system isn't going to work in this case."

"I am all for what you guys are doing," wrote another supporter from Arizona State University.
"We cannot let the developers and the 'forest circus' (U.S. Forest Service), along with ranchers and miners, the Sierra Club, and numerous overly conservative horse loving conservation groups crowd us off the land that we pay to maintain. As a climber I have seen it already happen," he continued.

This e-mail is one of more than two-thousand sent to the Sedona 5 web site address. Most of these - about 75 percent - express support, according to Cogan.

Some of those sending e-mail messages indicate that they plan to boycott Sedona if mountain-bike access will be limited.

"I am going to Sedona this winter with my family. I am very concerned that mountain-bike access to trails might be curtailed. If this takes place, we may reconsider our winter vacation plans. I speak for a family of four," wrote David Yu Greenblat, of Rutgers University in New Jersey.

BRUCE BOIKESS, a resident of High-land Park, N.J., even seemed to think that Sedona would be closing trails to mountain bikers. "I am a mountain biker. Sedona is famous for having beautiful riding areas. I was planning to go there in the future. Now I hear trails may be closed," he wrote.

Some mountain bikers fear that the Sedona 5 are damaging their reputation. Daniel Paduchowski, manager of Sedona Bike and Bean, said he is afraid that confrontations with other groups, such as hikers and equestrians, will escalate and that even more trails will be closed to mountain bikers!

About 80 to 90 percent of trails in the Sedona area are now designated as wilderness and are thus closed to mountain bikers.

Paduchowski regards the group's Grand Canyon ride with disdain. "They're not the first people to ride the Grand Canyon. They're just the first ones to get caught. They probably think it's cool that they get written about as bad boys, dope smokers and renegades," he said.

EVEN ONE of the Sedona 5 has since abandoned his fellow bikers. Obele said that he is no longer a member and regrets his participation in the group. "I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not a member of the Sedona 5 organization, and I do not support their policies or share their opinions. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, I do not support the use of controlled substances," Obele wrote in a letter to the Sedona Red Rock NEWS.

Another critic is Jennifer Burns, landscape architect and planner for the Sedona Ranger District.
"We're concerned about the Sedona 5 giving mountain bikers a bad name," Burns said, adding that Sedona 5 members have not attended U.S. Forest Service meetings or contributed to discussions.

"These guys have not really worked with us. If there is something we can do to meet their needs, then we'd like to talk to them. But I don't know what motivates them," she continued.

BURNS SAID that the U.S. Forest Service is considering opening up more trails for mountain bikers and developing more trail connections, such as one between Midgley Bridge and Schnebly Hill.

For his part, Cogan said that he will continue his efforts to increase trail access for mountain bikers by seeking grass-roots support.

One of the things Cogan wants to see changed is the 1964 U.S. Wilderness Act. "The Sierra Club was instrumental in keeping mountain bikes out of the wilderness. They weren't nearly as successful at keeping out ranchers and miners," Cogan said.

The Wilderness Act restricts all mechanical vehicles, including bicycles, from entering wilderness areas. "We're not saying we're better than cows. We just want equal rights. I have nothing against a wilderness act that would keep out cows, horses, mining equipment and rugged hiking shoes," Cogan said.

"Anyway, much of the area around Sedona is not really a wilderness - as defined in the Wilderness Act - so the trails should not be off-limits to bikers," Cogan said.

But Cogan said he has gained hope from the movement that he helped launch. "The political stuff is new and alive. It shows hope that maybe the people can impact something," he said.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Cosmic Energy - Part Four: Simon's Bike (and almost Simon) Go Over The Cliff

Channel Some New Age Singletrack with Rama and Stickums in Sedona, Arizona
by Dave Rich, Bike Magazine - April 1995

On Saturday morning we met Rama, Wheelie (Rama's shop mechanic nicknamed for his crazy stunt riding and his ability to true a wheel), and Simon for breakfast in Jerome, a former mining camp considered the oldest town in Arizona. Built on the side of a mountain, the town's roads are so steep they make the streets of San Francisco seem Iowa-flat, Some of the buildings are actually starting to spread downhill like slow-melting pats of butter.

Simon is known locally as "Stickums" because he went over the bars, landed on a prickly pear cactus, and was stuck with 300 needles. "I have nine lives," he told us between mouthfuls of pancake, "or at least I used to. I'm down to four now. The closest I came was racing motorcycles. I crashed going about 140 and hit a concrete barrier. The announcer said there was no way I could have survived."

From breakfast, it was a short hop to the top of Mingus Mountain where Rama, Stickums, and Wheelie began gearing up. Even though it was a warm day, they were all wearing tights, long sleeves, and gloves. "The brush overgrows the trail in some spots," Rama warned. Burn and I followed their lead. Doug thought he knew better.

Mingus Mountain is the toughest ride I have ever done. It took us five hours to cover 12 downhill miles. The first section is the Coleman Trail, a two-mile trials course of sharp rocks, agave, and steep, pinched switchbacks. If I had been alone, I would have said it was unrideable and turned back, but the Sedonans showed us otherwise."The trick is to go a little faster than seems safe and keep pedaling," Simon advised.

From the trials course, we hooked onto the Black Canyon Trail, which presented a new set of technical challenges, mostly organic. The trail was less rocky, but you had to pedal through stiff, sharp brush instead. The way was a jungle of scrub oak and cat's claw, with the occasional prickly pear land mine popping up and jabbing a quill in your sidewall. Within a mile, Doug's uncovered legs and arms were swelling and scribbled with long red hemorrhoidal scratches.

After three miles of brush torture, the bushes finally pulled back and gave way to fun, challenging trail, contouring the hillside, in and out of little valleys. Rounding yet another bend, I nearly rode into Rama, standing in the trail. He was looking at Wheelie, who was lying across the trail holding onto Simon, who was hanging by a tree limb over the edge of a 75 foot cliff...down to three lives.

"Get me up, man!" he was screaming at Wheelie. Just like on TV, I ran over, braced myself against a rock and held Wheelie's free arm, while he tried to pull Simon up without going over himself. Simon finally gained a foothold and we hoisted him back onto the trail. Simon explained that he had ridden the section a hundred times, but had been dicing with Wheelie, ate it, and went over the wrong way.

"I thought I was a goner for sure, man," he said, peering over the edge at his bike, lying unconscious on the rocks below. "I grabbed for the tree as I fell and by luck got hold of it. I was just worried the roots wouldn't hold." After a 20-minute downclimb, Wheelie and Rama managed to reach Simon's bike. Amazingly, the only injury was a taco'd front wheel, which Wheelie, living up to his name, fixed in a flash, and Simon was able to finish the ride.

The scariest part of the Mingus Mountain ride is that Rama says it's relatively tame compared to some other rides in the area. The trail rating "gonzo-abusive" was coined up north in Moab, but it belongs in Sedona. And the town and the locals are just as far out there as the riding. Rama said it all while we were discussing alien visitations during a rest stop on Mingus Mountain: "I wouldn't mind being abducted... as long as I could bring my mountain bike."

Cosmic Energy - Part Three: Mountain Biking To Higher Consciousness

Channel Some New Age Singletrack with Rama and Stickums in Sedona, Arizona
by Dave Rich, Bike Magazine - April 1995

After prying Burn away, we had lunch at the New Frontiers Natural Grocery Doug. recommends the Vortex Veggie Sandwich and the Astral Traveler Smoothie, while I opted for the Harmonic Convergence Veggie Burger and the Crystal Quencher. Conveniently located down the block is Mountain Bike Heaven. We were greeted at the door by Rama, who talks in a slow, stoney way, like Chong in "Up in Smoke" when he says to Cheech, "You just ate the most acid I've ever seen."

Above the door was a picture of Bagwan Shree Rashneesh, one of Rama's early spiritual teachers, flanked by posters of mountain bike gurus John Tomac and Travis Brown. Rama envisions his shop as a sort of fifth vortex. "I try and promote higher consciousness through mountain biking. It teaches lessons, principles of movement, and balance and coordination, much more than other sports.

The shop is the focal point for local riders who gather for short rides after work and weekend epics. As we rode out of the parking lot, a baker's dozen of riders moved in a pace line up over the pavement to Secret Trail, which is actually well known and appears in area guidebooks. Like most of the rides in the area, the Secret Trail is a riotous mix of Third World-class roads and singletrack.

We climbed a dirt road for a half hour until were stopped by a sinkhole wide and deep enough to swallow a mobile home. A pink jeep driver standing across the gap yelled, "Look out for the hole," much to the amusement of his passengers in the back seat. From the hole, a typically gnarly, rocky singletrack took off, snaking through a wall of scrub oak, which is essentially a tall, dry shrub. The trail careened downhill, with switchbacks and three- and four-foot drop-offs every 100 yards. As we descended, the path became smoother and faster until it became just a procession of banked turns and whoop-de-doos that led us back to the pavement just in time for sunset.