3/29 Out Hamlin Way

The northern approach into Lincoln County

the Right Fork

of Buffalo Creek Road

starts the sketch

that is the draw

three Alpine like climbs

like the slickrock

 

of Mahone Branch

plenty of road in-between

see ya Dwayne!

everybody got some variation of this;

mapmyride

with variable home approach for most

 

3/28 Road Bikes Are Cool,

until someone hits the tarmac.

still holding air

While the trails are trying to dry up at turn to the road bikes for a planned route into Lincoln County got put off a day due to a little mix up on the first turn at the bottom of the first hill - putting two bike together, lodging my foot into the rear spokes, locking the wheel in a twenty foot skid.  I stayed up and Andy paid the price in some flesh.  So with road bike out of commission, we took to the fat bikes and changed up the route for 50 miles of road that included a little trail out at Blackjack.

 little skinnies

deposited onto route 2 at Glenwood - on to grinding up Clutts for ridges of Union, Barker and Cooper -  lined county roads that dwindled to gravel off of Gobbler Knob.

mapmyride

 

 

3/23 Prime Time

 Phillip smelling the weakness called me out for the last day of prime park action, before the rains soaked in.

 

 

3/22 More GRC Action

Heading to the start line at Lake Hope

Andy sent in some fine photos from the GRC festivities, so now you can pass some time looking at my ugly mug.

parading on the Death Loop

Wolfman Leader Jim Schulz

 

This is during the city check point scramble.  Putting a lot of faith by following a guy wearing a jock strap on the outside of his shorts.  Yeah, we are heading for a six foot fence with barb wire on the top.  I wussed out on the crossing and had to back track.  That turned out to be the gap maker.  Still trying to figure out that move. 

this is the

correct link

 for the times and recaps

I say, thanks man.

 

3/21 Gravel Rouser Classic

The Saturday morning group for the ride to the race - the largest Gravel Rouser to date.  Superb day for a day on the bike,  Dwayne made it up for the group photo. Andy rolled the single speed with all the prestige from the previous days third place finish at the Grab and Git flapping on his back .  JT had at least one JT moment before coaxing his bike back to functioning unit.  I played some heads-up (as in go the right way) racing for a solid fourth place on the day.  That was about the only place I got to catch some of the errant riders that had been joy riding out in the woods at Lake Hope.  But it was no worries, it was all it good fun, with a little of that racing, going way too fast feeling that is going to be coming up way too soon. 

 Brian Matter pro blogger lays out the action

check it out  

http://b-matter.blogspot.com/

 

hot racing action

GRC co-director MEr

Rae

 

 Andrea Matter

 

Random riders in beer jerseys

 

Marco

 

Oh! let's not forget the coveted Wolfman award was bestowed upon Andy and myself for completion of all four hairy events. 

Times and recaps are posted at Athens Bicycle

 

3/15  Time to Rouse

 

It is that time of year again, a spring passage in Appalachian hills of Ohio, I talking Athens Bicycle's Gravel Rouser.  Four solidish day of two wheeled fun.  This is the first year where it looks like all mtb.  Yeah bring that. Team bike bFAT will have our expert contingency on hand and are planning to compete in the coveted GC standings, by participating in all four days of the cycling celebration.  It kicks of Thursday with some downtown downhill action and rolls on through to Sunday.  Seems like a great way to usher in the new season.  The weather forecast looks to be spot on for four days of touring with our friends up north.

Check it out;

Athens Bicycle: Info

 

3/11 The Final Assault

i thinks he is in.

If you are on the email list you have already seen the following:

A good riding buddy and team player Tomi McMillar is bidding for a free entry in this year’s epic stage race in Colorado  - the Breck Epic

The Breck Epic is a 6-day ultra-endurance mountain bike stage race held in the sprawling backcountry of Breckenridge, Colorado. After a 10-mile time-trial on day one athletes will contest 5 subsequent stages spending 4-8 hours on course each day, most of it over 10,000 feet

if he is there - my GC standing can go up one position at the Tour de Burg.

So go here:  (if can access the link you can go again)

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2fSyN8trcRItHWo9YXQBfjg_3d_3d

and vote for;

 

Tomi McMillar, Carlisle, PA, played by: the "I've fallen and can't get up" lady

 

He will be do it on a single speed fixed gear and blogging about it.  

Time is about up!  do it now.

 

 

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3/10 Black Mt., KY

 

 

 

 

7 miles

click the profile box to see the 2K gain in 3.5 miles, up to a 17% grade.

that translates to ... 

shelled

 

2:1 gearing big fat tires, rotor dragging

the fun didn't stop at the top; going down on the light fixed gear was

scary

followed by outright futility

tho

it coulda been worse...

 

Things like this are not a big deal 'round here

 this truck has been in the Poor Branch of the Cumberland River for years

 

 

 

 

3/9 Spring Preview

 

What a gorgeous weekend !  I hope every got a chance to do a little riding.  The local tread has been pounded, cut, and packed into shape.  Felt a little selfish riding through all the work that all the groups and solo efforts that have left the trail soooooooooo ride-able.  So with a day so freakin awesome beckoning day long fun , a half day route was pulled out the old ride bag - riding from the door heading west into the wind for a couple miles in Barboursville park before turning to the southern commute to Beech Fork SP.  There are a couple sketchy bridge xings, some questionable right of ways, and just a little hiking, in between a bunch of pavement.  You know, just a normal route. 

Barboursville Park

Arriving BFSP I wanted to check out a line thru the woods from back in the day, a good connector to the upper ridge road (Camp Branch?) that was assessable by a plank-less bridge, that you could hopefully walk all the way to the other bank.  The bridge after many a year of neglect has gotten a nice face lift.  It is funny with a solid deck to roll on, how much closer to the water it now seems. 

Beech Fork SP

Some bush-wacking and some hiking, before doing the old race course that wrapped up an hour or so of dirt.  Then making the turn and heading back on the dog bone for home, put us out at a solid six single speed style. Two flats (andy) and way too many dropped chains (me), padded the fattness.

 

Overlook

 

 

steel steed

 

 

map my ride

puts it out at 47 miles 

 

 

 

3/5 Sure Happy Its Thursday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barboursville FAT Tire Brethren

Beech Fork Association of Trails

 

 

bFAT is an informal group of riders who appreciate the land and ride for a healthy well being.

 

 

Beech Fork is mostly a single track trail that follows around the lake leading into a combination of creek bed, hill climb, and fast downhill back to the lake.  Barboursville's Park has some nice runs from the top with  numerous scenic overlooks from the  sheer  cliffs and steep drops. The flat single track that follows the river and comes out behind the lake - is where the real fun can begin or end. Click on the link at top of page - above left to see a map!    The  Kanawha Trace and Adahi Trails are 32 mile and  17 mile multi user trails crossing over private land.  Check with the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for trail information and registration.

      

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