Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Shorts 7/22

Is the TdF over? Are the Pyrenees harder then the Alps? Tejay podium? Here's what Robert Millar says, "The typical question I used to get asked at the Tour was which are harder the Alps or Pyrenees? and I always said which ever came second because for me that was more important." It only takes one bad day according to Richie Porte. 6 days to go! To suggest that The Shark's (potential) victory is somehow diminished because Froome and Contador crashed out is hogwash.

70 reasons to shave your legs...

2014 Arkansas State Road Race Championship (click below for details)

520 Bikes to Fayetteville Public Schools 
The BCO needs your help to get them assembled. Click here to find out what they are up to and how to help out. Good stuff!

Cycling Apparel Donation Drive
Ended. Thanks to all those who contributed. 3 full (bike) boxes of gear. Awesome!

Group Rides

Good Bikes ride. Leaving @ 6:30 from Good Bikes (on MLK across from Lowe's). It is intended to be a recovery pace, no-drop, skills-building/technique ride. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by University of Arkansas Cycling & Good Bikes. Click here for details.

Tuesday Night Worlds
Leaves @ 5:30 from TBR or @ 6 from Brits & Turks. Get ya some!

Summer Crit Series
Evans Events is putting on a summer crit series every Wednesday starting June 18th-Aug. 27th in Rogers. Local crits are a great way to get your feet wet if you are a first time racer. For the experienced it's about building/sharpening race fitness. Click here for more information.

Athlete Forward/The Bike Route beginner ride. Leaving @ 6:00 from Owl Creek Middle School. Pace easy-moderate. No rider left behind.

The Highroller Cyclery ride. Leaving @ 6:15 from Baum Stadium. Usually about 30 miles or so. Click here to find ride details.

Ride fast & be safe, 

Monday, July 21, 2014

BCO Needs Your Help!

Here's a great opportunity to invest in the future of cycling in Northwest Arkansas.

Over the last year, the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks has been working with the Fayetteville School District and the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation to purchase a fleet of bikes for every school in the district.  The goal was to expand the Bike ED program through the 12th grade so that students will have more time to acquire bike handling and safety skills, be encouraged to ride their bikes to school and for play, and to learn more about the great trails our area has to offer such as those on the Razorback Greenway, Mt. Kessler, Lake Fayetteville, and Mt. Sequoyah.

Thanks to funding from The Walton Family Foundation, Endeavor Foundation, and the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, the first bikes have been ordered and arrived this week.  This means that we have 520 bikes to help assemble so that P.E. programs can utilize the bikes when school starts!

We need as many people as possible to come out and help, kids are welcome too! We will be assembling bikes in multiple locations in order to get them all done on time. No bike mechanic experience is required as we need help doing everything from unboxing bikes to tightening bolts. Bring your bike stands and tools if you have them.

This week and next we will be assembling 20" wheeled, single speed Specialized bikes at the ALLPS Campus Cafeteria and 24" wheeled, 7-speed Trek bikes at Vandergriff Elementary Gym. If you can setup and adjust derailleurs and brakes we could really use your help at Vandergriff.

After we finish the elementary's bikes, we will start assembling Cannondale bikes for the Junior High's and High School and then Giant bikes  for the Middle schools.

Directions to Build Locations:

Vandergriff Elementary School
2200 N. Vandergriff Dr. Fayetteville
(off of Mission and Crossover)

ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria
2350 Old Farmington Rd. Fayetteville
(behind Tractor Supply off MLK Blvd.)

Build Dates and Locations:

Friday, July 25th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym

Saturday, July 26th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym
ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria

Monday, July 28th, 9am-2pm
ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria

Tuesday, July 29th, 9am-2pm
ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria

Wednesday, July 30th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym

Thursday, July 31st, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym

Friday, July 26th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Saturday Ride 7/19

I decided to take the bunch over to the State Road Race course. A little preview before next weekend. The weather has been nothing short of spectacular this week. It definitely contributed to the good mood everyone seemed to be in. We had a pretty big group show up. It was one of those happy that you crawled out of bed to make the 7:30 ride type of mornings. Good times in good company.

Heading west on MLK/62. The bunch was chatty for 7:30.

The fog was not expected.

Kept getting thicker...

and thicker...

and thicker.

Made for some interesting photos.

After the regroup we were officially on the race course.

At the top of the Wedington Blacktop climb. About 4-5 miles from the finish. Usually decisive in the race.

I think the funnest part of the course is the 10 mile section that runs north. Two great downhills and usually tailwind this time of year.

Oh, except this 'kicker'. Apparently this is the harder climb of the two significant climbs on the course. We took a vote...I lost.

But once on top you ride on the ridge for several miles. They say you can see all the way to the Okie State on a clear day. 


Spotted: New shoes from Pearl. P.R.O. Leader II. 


I called an audible and we took a new road (recently chip sealed). A pretty cool cut through. Watch out though. There are some game changer potholes. Take 610 Mateer Rd. and then a quick left on 612 Kinion Lake Rd. or vice versa. It drops you at the base of Weaver hill and Goose Creek Rd. Check the STRAVA map link for details.   

Spotted: Dogma F8. New aero road bike from Pinarello.

Italian curves sure look aero.

Let's Eat! Nomads Natural Plate is great recovery food. Click here to find out more.

I think I'm being replaced.

Smitty's Garage is good stuff. This is the the bacon avocado ranch burger. Legit. Click here to find out more. Yeeeessss all I do is ride bicycles and eat food. You got me figured. Let's Eat!