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My crotch hurts…

By September 17, 2008March 22nd, 201724 Comments

After about 15 hours of riding in the last two days, I was pretty tired and ready for some R&R.   You probably already read Jeff’s post, but if not, you can read his take.  My Cannondale Scalpel was perfect for the ride. I never stop saying how much I love my bike.

We started at about 8:30 AM with the perfect mantra on our way to Winter Park.  🙂 Cannibal Corpse- Shredded Humans. haha  Oi ya ya!   Oi ya ya!  Listen to it, you’ll see what I mean.


We rode up Boulder Canyon to Magnolia Rd, followed by Peak to Peak Hwy to Rollins Pass.  The first day was 7000 ft of climbing which seemed like nothing after riding 9000ft  of climbing on Sunday. 😉  We rode at base mile pace…nice and easy so we didn’t miss any views.


The road up to Needles Eye Tunnel was a steady grade and not very steep.  I was easily cruising in zone 1 and 2.

The hardest part of the ride was not that my legs were tired, I felt like I could ride forever… it was my bike seat.  I don’t know what my deal was, but even after marinating in a big handful of chamois cream (and my seat was even glistening with it b/c it had seeped through), I still was missing some very precious skin and a growing large chami sore named Herman.  I was trying the best I could to alleviate the pain, but I had to stand a lot and was thankful for the hiking near the end of the ride.  I even tried to shove an arm warmer down there to stop the chafing. hahaha.  That didn’t work.   9 hours is the longest I have ridden, so it was kind of mentally taxing due to the nether region pain, but it was definitely doable and I had a great time!!!! I have been wanting to do a ride like that for a long time and oh, I will do it again.  I’ll just do it with a seat that has the center cut out!!!!  Bring it on Kerkove. 🙂


Meep!  Meep!  I felt like I was in a Looney tunes episode as the coyote and the train was going to run me over the second I stood on the train tracks.  Up, up, up we went to 11,000 ft….  I watched the number on my Suunto steadily increase.


Hiking up over the tunnel.   Weird to think we started in Boulder and were suddenly way up in the middle of the moutains, with all our things for 48 hours in our Ergon packs.  I used the BD2 . It was loaded down to full capacity, but I was able to fit lots of warm clothes for riding, nutrition products, flip flops, a 70 oz bladder, a bottle, my dignity, and some street clothes for later.


oooooo. ahhhhh…


road loot.

Yes, that is the new Ergon Outdoor BA3 pack. One of two in the US at the moment.  Some hikers were like, “ohhh. you know, it’d be way more extreme if you rode that.”  Says the hiker who won’t even HIKE up that slope.  P-shaw.


Can’t get much higher than the tundra below our feet.  It was so quiet.  All you could hear was the wind in your helmet, the rocks crunching under your feet, and your breathe.  It’s times like these that I appreciate the serenity and getting away from traffic, my cell phone, my computer, the bustling of the city, my desk at work.  Nothing quite like that feeling.


Dinner reward after our 7 hour trek… Italian and a pitcher of vino. 🙂 hee hee



Tressel.  It was kind of scary riding across b/c the boards were kind of moving around and it looked like cliffs all around you.  Heights make me nervous, so I high-tailed it across. I felt like I was in an Indian Jones movie.


Heaven…. (yeah, my seat is shining, and that is the little road loot we found that is shoved in my stem)


Epic views!  I wanted to do some backcountry skiing up there….minus avalanche risk. 🙂


Kodak moment!  A little above treeline.


I had to stand the majority of the ride back.  I now have even more respect for singlespeeders.  My arms and feet were tired today from all the standing.  It was the first thing I noticed after my much needed slumber last night.


We took Jenny Trail back which as you can see, is very rocky.  It spits you out at Eldora ski area.  It’s kind of crazy actually!  Weird to think you can just ride over the mountains like that.  It was clouding up really fast, and the trail was kind of hard to follow.  I’m glad the ride didn’t get to the point where we were huddling in our gortex under a tree while hail and lightning fell from the sky.

All that said, I’m so glad I got to do that ride and look forward to many more rides like that.  I’d love to ride the CO Trail from Denver to Durango.  It’d be really challenging and awesome.

The rest are on my flickr account.  I’m glad you all liked my title.  I am one of those sweet, yet sarcastic, yet brutally honest people who might provide excess information.  It’s like a train wreck, you can’t look away.  🙂


  • Brian Stevens says:


    It was really nice to meet you and Jeff in Boulder canyon on your way out tuesday. Glad you trip went well. Thanks for the information on getting to Gold hill. I made, went down sunshine canyon , then across boulder to Flagstaff, and all the way up to Gross res. My legs are Poo !!!

    Take care,


  • Jason says:

    Looks like a great ride, but I chalk this post up to “blog entry titles I wish I had used”. Grrrr.

  • Matt says:

    That looks like a brilliant adventure.

  • devin says:

    Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun.. Can’t beat those pictures.

  • Don says:

    So many of those photos are magazine worthy…awesome stuff…just awesome! 🙂

  • Matt says:

    This post will go under the category of “blog post titles that scare your mother.”

    For people who don’t cycle – the things we say might sound pretty effing funny to them.

  • Word says:

    What kind of camera do you use? Agreed, those are some awesome pics.

  • Well for God’s sake take care of your crotch!! That’s an important part of your anatomy, young lady.
    I was surprised that you were familiar with Chequamegon. Do you know Jenna Zander? She’s a Sobe Team racer and placed 2nd this year and 1st last year. I’ve raced the 40 mi course 4 years and the 16 mi once. I’m old and slow, but it’s a boatload of fun. What’s better then racing with 1700 other bikers on a Saturday morning??

  • Vito says:

    Kenny is right…He’s old. We’re both Cheq. vets and I guess I’m old too.

    I loved Jeff’s post and I’m looking forward to hearing more of your perspective besides the obvious from the post title. Although, I must say it is an attention getter.

    Great photos! I need to get out west to do some time in the saddle.

    Take care and rest up.

  • sonya says:

    Howdy!! Time to respond to your comments!!

    1) Brian! Great to meet you too. Sounds like you had a killer ride. It’s always fun to run into my readers. Love it. Hopefully I’ll see you again!

    2) Jason. haha. Yes. I was hesitant about actually using this as a post title. There are lots of things in my head I don’t usually say, but this seemed acceptable and fitting!! 🙂

    3) Yes! It was a great adventure. I recommend getting out and trying new rides to anyone. It’s worth it and good to get out of your comfort zone every now and then.

    4) I use an Olympus Stylus 730 all weather 7.1 megapixel camera. It has been dropped numerous times, and soiled in my jersey pocket. Durable as can be.

    5) Kenny – yep! I know Miss Jenna well. She is sooo awesome and one of my heroes. 🙂 Fast, sweet, laid back, and humble. In fact, you can go to her blog in my link page.

    6) Ride on! More fall riding reports to come in the next few months! Let the off season begin. Booyah.

  • D. says:

    Great entry. Heck, epic entry. You’ve inspired us; we’ve done a WP from N. metro Denver trip a few times on the road bikes. Now, I guess we need to do it the the right way, the Kerkooney way! C/Would Jeff have tolerated a hardtail on that route?

  • Sonya says:

    You could easily ride a hardtail! In fact, it’s a lot of dirt road, so a hardtail would be ideal…I don’t have the Cannondale Taurine though. 😮

  • Bill says:

    Hey Sonya,

    Which Ergon grips & bar ends are you currently using on your scalpel?
    Looking to purchase a pair soon…

    Great, Beautiful, Classic ride by the way. My crotch hurts just looking at the pics!
    My wife and I might give that one a go… Cheers!


  • Sonya says:

    Hi Bill!

    I am using the Ergon GX2 Carbon grips –

    I had the GX1s before that, but I wanted some bar ends.
    The GP1s

    are great too if you are looking to spend a little less. All VERY worth it!!!! You can get it at REI, and with their guarantee, you can return them if you don’t like them so there is no reason to not give it a go! However, I am sure you will like them!!! 🙂 No doubt! I will never do without…I even have them on my commuter bike!

  • Bill says:

    Thank You Sonya…

  • Chadd says:

    Need some advise on a pack for commuting to work in the City. It’s about a 1.5-2 hour ride. I need clothes, work boots and some blueprints/drawings. What size Ergon would work? Seems like a good pack.

  • sonya says:

    Hey Chadd!

    This is what you need:

    It will be available in October. You can get it through Competitive Cyclist, or let me know and I can get an order in for you. It is a great pack. I use mine for commuting and for training rides, but I use the BD2 b/c I don’t have too much stuff to carry. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • aham23 says:

    crotch pain aside, sounds like and looks like an awesome time. great pics.

  • Ben says:

    I see Jeffy drinking some wine, I remember when that boy drank two dog lemon from a margarita glass in college! He was so hard core then!

  • Sonya says:

    He’s all high society now…and won’t even drink a marg with me. 🙁 hahaha

  • murf says:

    Lantiseptic is what people use when they
    do Paris-Roubaix in the rain.

  • Jeni says:

    Sometimes I don’t think there’s a single freaking thing you can do to keep the crotch from hurting. Friction is friction, huh? And I’m talking about cycling stuff, for those with your mind in the gutter. 🙂

  • such a fun route! I really enjoy rollins pass and all the history on that route!

  • Mike says:

    You’re lucky, I have to drive 90 minutes to get my Alpine riding fix. Great Shots!!

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