One of the things I love about our little sport is the relationships I have with my fellow riders. These relationships produce some incredible experiences. Last weekend my relationship with Martin Belair and Bill Hanson provided me with the most challenging and rewarding weekend I have ever had. Bill and I rode the 2015 Rocky Mountain Trials Association's Ute Cup Trial. Martin and USMontesa/Honda provided us with team and technical support and loads of encouragement. The Ute Cup has been ridden for over thirty years. It is formatted in the Scott trial format. There is only one line in the section. Everybody rides the same line. From the Nation’s best all the way down to me, we ride the same line. The loop is over 20 miles long with 20 sections along the way. Ridden twice. That is 40 miles and 40 sections. Its a two day event. So you can do it all again on Sunday. Different loop on Sunday. Same deal 20 miles and 20 sections except this day you ride the loop in one direction then ride it in the opposite direction and ride the sections in reverse (backwards) from the first loop. 40 discreet sections ridden once only. The staging area this year was at 11,000 feet of elevation and the event climbed from there to over 12,000 feet. The weather changes hourly. We had heat. cold, hail, and lots of rain. We were on the bikes from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. We carried lunch, fuel, parts and tools. The event is limited to 100 riders. There were only 71 finishers. I am quite proud to say we finished.