Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Church Hill...For the Love of Bacon

It's going to be quite a scene this Sunday on Church Avenue. Top professional road racers from all over the country will be diving into corners and hurdling themselves down Dickson Street at speeds even cars aren't allowed to go. The Joe Martin Stage Race finishes up 4 days of racing with a downtown criterium. If you've never watched a bicycle race before then Sunday is the time to grab your chair, cooler, cowbells, a couple friends you like talking to and park yourself in and around downtown Fayetteville. I stumbled upon this race about 10 years ago and told myself I've gotta get a bike. That's all she wrote. 

Church Avenue

One of the best places to watch the race is on Church Avenue. The racers will climb a hill (Church Hill) every lap. It is the slowest section on the entire course. I am told the Friends of Church Hill will be out in full force along with The Bike Route to celebrate the last day of racing. According to Steve, "There will be tents, chairs, coolers full of adult bevs, 15 lbs of locally grown bacon, eggs & lunch fixins. It will be a day full of cheers, jeers, bloody's and beers."  The bacon hand ups last year were popular with racers. I invite you all out to participate in the grand spectacle that is bicycle racing. You will be amazed at the speed and skill of the professionals and perhaps even see yourself in the amateurs. Did I mention the FREE kids race. Checkout the schedule of events below.

"That's too much bacon" one EVER! Bacon hand ups.

Church Hill

Sunday Criterium Scchedule - April 27
Start Time
Race Time
Women 3,47:45 am25 minutes
Master Women 40+, 50+8:20 am25 minutes
Men Cat 48:55 am35 minutes
Master Men Group A9:40 am45 minutes
Master Men Group B10:30 am35 minutes
Men 311:15 pm45 minutes
Pro Women 1, 212:10 am50 minutes
Cruiser Parade1:15 pmParade lap
Kid's Ride (FREE) - Ages 3-121:15 pm25 yds - 1 mile
Pro Men 12:00 pm85 minutes
Men 1, 23:30 pm50 minutes
Men 54:40 pm25 minutes

Monday, April 21, 2014

Stop...and be a Sponge

I got out early on the MTB Sunday morning just ahead of Easter service. I've ridden this route countless times. Head north on the city path to Lake Fayetteville do a lap and roll home. The weather was sublime and my legs felt great. I think jamming to a little AC/DC also had me on a high. Pretty sure I had the biggest grin on my face when I hit the singletrack. As I was tooling along I had a moment of thankfulness come over me for some reason. A moment of humble appreciation. For what you say? Heart beats, breath, a body that can move & wind on my skin. I was feeling grateful to be given so much, in the same breath realizing it can all be taken away in a flash. So I stopped then rolled easy for a bit to appreciate the new life and hopefulness that spring inspires. So many divine themes to appreciate. The solo ride is good for the soul like that sometimes. A recharging the battery affect. Get outside folks & don't forget to stop...and be a sponge!

Lake Fayetteville is near perfect at the moment.

So much color. The lake trail system is where cycling all started for me, many years ago.

The new connector trail from the dam to Johnson is complete.

I've passed this wall so many times without even looking at the art. Pretty cool.

Spring = yard work. 

PRO. Okay not so much but we are trying. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Saturday Ride 4/19

This Saturday we went hunting for new pavement. We found some great connector roads. Wyman Road (WC Rd. 48) & Harvey Dowell Road  (WC Rd. 195) to a 50 yard gravel section (WC Rd. 197) which puts you on Lake Sequoyah Drive (WC Rd. 50). This is going to make for some killer loops on Tuesday nights! Check out my STRAVA link for details. 

The Saturday ride started with Friday fatigue. Great weather inspiring a little patio dining. Time to soak up every last drop of spring.

 This little gem and some other spots from poison ivy prevented me from racing Tour de Hills. Steroids makes the heart grow fonder beat faster. 

Ahhh...the Saturday ride. Perfect weather, great group, trash talking, laughs & some good old fashion hard tempo never hurt anybody.

The boyz (and girl) wanted to explore.

New a beautiful thing. Harvey Dowell Road (195).

The old one lane'r over Lake Sequoyah.

A look back.

A top Round Mountain.

More new pavement. Wyman Rd. now connects. Two really cool loop options now.


You don't see many pines in NWA.

Washington Street is bursting at the seams.

My Pops used to always point out the dogwoods blooming in spring. Guess that's why I notice & enjoy them so much. In good company.

Let's Eat! PCG went with fish tacos & I had fish & chips. The Yacht Club "food court" on college is great.  Check them out next time for lunch.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Ride Notification 4/18

Happy Good Friday! Good luck to those tackling the bergs of the Buffalo tomorrow. There is not a more challenging & beautiful route in The Natural State. May all your cogs have 28 teeth and your power meters guide you to the top of Mt. Sherman.

Tour de Hills 58 miles of Ozark glory & 5000+ feet of climbing. Yikes! A great race through the heart of the Buffalo River National Park. Click on the link for more information. There is also a tour ride as well.

WHF ride-no organized ride from me tomorrow. I'm hoping to make it over to race TDH if my poison ivy infection improves. I'm sure some folks will show up at 8 to ride. Someone else can make the call on the route.

12:30 ONYX Coffee Lab ride. About 3 hours of spirited saddle love.

Ride fast, be safe & steer clear of walking a $10,000 Colnago up a hill,