Moab’s newest trail opened officially on March 25th, 2013 and it goes by the name of “Captain Ahab”.
Accessed via Amasa Back Trail, this ride is posted one-way traffic only and is for experienced riders. Scouted by Moab locals Tyson Swasey and Nick Badovinac, and then constructed by Moab Trail Mix. The Trail Mix site lists this just-opened section as “Lower Captain Ahab” and if you click this link you can see a map of the area trails, including the now-open Captain Ahab, and another one labeled “under construction” – you can guess this might be “Upper Captain Ahab”.
According to Tyson, the name “Captain Ahab” came about because the trail winds its way around a spot called “Whale Rock”. The original name suggestion was “Moby Dick” but…let’s just say, that name did not sit well with some.
Below is an awesome video put together by Tyson, from the construction to the riding of, Captain Ahab Trail. Thanks Tyson, Nick, Trail Mix, and everyone involved.
The time has come again to warm up and Thaw out with Poison Spider Bicycles, Yeti, Shimano, Pivot, BH Bikes, Kona, Niner, Club Ride and Osprey at our annual event. Fun events, fabulous food, and schwag flowing freely as always! Don’t miss out on this Moab spring tradition.
Noon Women’s skills clinic and group rides open to all skill levels, shuttle included meet at PSB- led by Moab Mountain Bike Instruction.
5 pm to 8:30 pm Meet and greet party at Love Muffin Café catered
10 am to 4 pm Demos, shuttles, games and fun! At the Moab brand trails
11 am Legends Ride- Ride with multiple legends of the cycling industry. Led by World Champion Greg Herbold.
1-3pm Lunch from Pasta Jays
8 pm Party, raffle, Hors d’oeuvres at the Blue Pig ——Frame Giveaway!
10 am to 4 pm Donuts and Coffee from Rim Tours, Demos, shuttles, games and fun! At the Moab brand trails
Please visit our online store to register for the event. March 1st through 3rd, 2013. Your $39.95 purchase includes
- Event pass for all three days of activities around Moab Brands trails
- Pasta lunch (provided by Pasta Jay’s)
- Various swag, event parties, etc.
- $5 per person BLM event fee included
Sign up now! The Thaw is limited to the first 300 sign-ups!
Now in it’s third year, Outerbike is a very cool, unique blend of dealer reps and regular folks who love to ride. Mountain bikers get the opportunity to dirt demo the newest bikes and components, most of which won’t be available at the local bike shop until 2013. And 2013 is looking to be an exciting year indeed. The newest wheel size, 650 B (27.5 inch), will be available in some lines, along with lots of carbon fiber frames, 1×12 drive trains and new seat dropper posts.
All of Poison Spider Bicycles’ mountain bike lines will be represented at Outerbike 2012. Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Yeti Cycles, Niner Bikes, Pivot Cycles, Trek, Kona and Fatback will have their 2013 line-ups available for demo all day Friday October 5 to Sunday October 7, on Moab’s awesome trails. Arrive early to line up for the best selection. When you’re in between demo rides, wander around the show and check out samples from cool companies like Giro helmets and Osprey packs. Technicians from Fox Racing Shox, Rock Shox, Shimano, and SRAM will be around to show off next year’s goodies, talk tech and answer questions.
The Outerbike venue, as always, is in the center of the expanded Moab Brands Trails, giving riders opportunities for maximum demo rides right from the booths on more than 25 miles of singletrack and slickrock trails. Shuttles will be going to other mountain bike trailheads every day for riders wanting to try demos on the Slickrock Trail, the Magnificent 7 Trails and the Sovereign Trail. Roadies can demo skinny tires on the adjacent Moab Canyon Paved Bike Path.
Outerbike is a full-on festival with food, beer and music in the big tent every day, hosted by the strong women and gorgeous men of Western Spirit Cycling. There will be drawings and schwag giveaways. Save some energy for the films and parties after hours in Moab, ( ask around at the booths for invitations to the “private” parties).
It is very cool to be able to see and sample the future of mountain bikes at Outerbike. Bikers who have attended Outerbike can have informed conversations with the staff at Poison Spider Bicycles or their local bike shop. They will understand the bike test results in the bike mags and blogs. Their first-hand experience will enable them to choose their perfect new 2013 bike. Bikers who come to Outerbike will know what to ask Santa for Christmas.