Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weekend Ride Notification 8/1

Good day! Details on weekend group rides below. Have a great one. Enjoy this weather. Some helpful tips on cornering.

  

Saturday
WHF ride. Wheels Hot @ 7:30 from the parking lot adjacent to MopedU. Whats on tap? 71 to West Fork-170 to Devils Den-Water Stop-Turn Around-Left on 29- Back in on 265. 54 miles, about 3 hours of saddle love. Pace spirited. Click here for route details.

Bentonville Square Ride. Leaves from Bentonville square @ 8:00 am.  Usually 55 to 65 miles.  Hard but with regrouping. Usually 15-20 riders. Pace spirited. Route TBD.

Sunday
12:30 ONYX Coffee Lab Ride off Gregg St. Usually 50 miles or so. Pace Spirited. Route TBD.

Ride fast & be safe,
WHF

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Shorts 7/29

TdF
Well...I survived another Grand Tour. I'd like to thank my coach for helping me prepare. My computer, cyclingfans.com and wi-fi for staying consistent. My boss for allowing me to listen to it in the background at work. Also for lengthy discussions each day about the previous stage. A special thanks to my wife for acting interested. Remembering key names and asking me what happened everyday. I am exhausted. "So what will you do now?" you ask. I plan to go on holiday, probably a beach somewhere with no TV, internet access or cycling coverage of any form or fashion. I'll probably read a book, eat lots of cheeseburgers and drink some beer. Put on a few kilos. That is what my coach recommended if I want to be good for the Vuelta a Espana...Horner!  

Is this why the beard seems to be popular in the PRO peloton in 2014?

Is this the new July? Is the globe getting warmer? Probably. Let's just call it another gift. 

Group Rides. Get out there folks!

MONDAY

Fayetteville
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. See Good Bikes or Arkansas Cycling on Facebook for more info.

TUESDAY

Fayetteville
Tuesday Night World Championships leaving @ 5:30 from The Bike Route or @ 6 from Brits & Turks. Pace brutal. This is a 'try and drop you' kinda ride. Route TBD.

Rogers
Bellview Elementary
-Leaving @ 5:45 B group (average speed 17-19). Intermediate pace, plenty of of regroups.
-Leaving @ 6:00 A group (average speed 19-21). Fast pace, with a couple regroups.

WEDNESDAY

Rogers
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.

THURSDAY

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

Highroller Cyclery ride. Leaves @ 6:15 from Baum Stadium. Route TBD. About 30 miles or so. No drop. Check their Facebook page each week for details.

BCO bike build. If you were looking for another opportunity to help with getting bikes in the Fayetteville Public Schools– here is your chance! The Cannondale bikes from The Bike Route arrived today for Ramay, Woodland, and FHS! This Thursday, July 31, from 5 pm to 8 pm we will be at Fayetteville High School in the Agri Bay unboxing and beginning the assembly of these 90 bikes. If you have a few minutes to volunteer – please join us! The location is across from FPS Administration in the Engineering and Agri Area in the New Building (Parking lot off of Bulldog Blvd).

Rogers
Bellview Elementary
-Leaving @ 5:45 B group (average speed 17-19). Intermediate pace, plenty of regroups.
-Leaving @ 6:00 A group (average speed 19-21). Fast pace, with a couple regroups.

Ride fast & be safe, 
WHF

Monday, July 28, 2014

State Road Race Championship


A big thank you to the HealthSouth Race Team for promoting the State Road Race Championship. Job well done! It is also super cool that proceeds are going to the Laura Wooldridge Memorial Fund. Can't say enough about that. So proud to be a part of this great cycling community. 

The lumpy course was challenging with a stiff south wind and ├╝ber warm temps. Three Happy Cows decided to spread the boyz out over the categories hoping to win as many state jerseys as possible. I raced my age group which was the 30-44 race. It can be a little confusing because the goal is to win the overall race but also to win your age group. The color coordinated numbers helped a lot.

The bunch about to drop into the valley.

The early break started from the gun. With a AF guy taking a flyer and one of our guys Bob N in tow. The move ended up being decisive for us. It forced Walmart (the other team with numbers) to work to bring them back and that wasn't until 20 miles or so. Once the catch was made we counter attacked until finally two 3HC's (Jake B/Scott W) and one Walmart (Art H) got away. The peloton was whittled down to just a handful of guys after the attacks. Walmart and 3HC were content with the established break so we stopped working and the pace slowed. When I say slowed...I mean track stand slowed. It was painful. We all had a good laugh about it. The race was on again though once we reached the final climb (5 miles from the finish). I accelerated about halfway up and Jason E (Walmart) locked up. His leg muscle that is. You might have thought he got shot with all the hollering. Cramps are painful. It was comic relief (for the group). I looked back to see Joel R (Zest Cycling) and my teammate Michael K closing. Once we crested the top we realized Scott B (Walmart) was dropped which was significant. So we put it into time trial mode. Joel R was reluctant to work which was the right tactic when out numbered. I drove it hoping to distance Scott B and set up Michael K. On the last wrinkle before the right turn to the finish Michael K jumped and Joel R tried to follow. For a moment I thought he might close the gap but in the last 300 the gap got bigger and Michael K secured the win for our age group. Joel R did a great job given the circumstance. At the end all the guys from various teams got together and talked about the race. That's what makes the State Championship race unique and fun. It's people you see often (racing & riding together) and after the heat of competition we are all just folks who love to ride and race bikes. Good times. Thanks again HealthSouth!  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekend Ride Notification 7/25

Summer nights. (photo by Maura G)

Good day folks! The Arkansas State Road Race Championship is this Saturday right here in NWA. One race for all the marbles! The proceeds are going to a great cause. See below for details.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy this video from Orica-GreenEDGE giving us a glimpse of just one day at the TdF. I promise it will make you laugh.


Saturday

WHF ride. I'm racing, so no ride from me this weekend.

Bentonville Square Ride. Leaves from Bentonville square @ 8:00 am.  Usually 55 to 65 miles.  Hard but with regrouping. Usually 15-20 riders. Pace spirited. Route TBD.

2014 Arkansas State Road Race Championship (click the flyer below for details). Online registration discount ends today 7/24 at 10 PM. 

From the HealthSouth Racing Team. "In light of the recent, tragic loss of an inspirational cyclist this past weekend we will be giving all proceeds from the Arkansas State Road Race to the Laura Wooldridge Memorial Fund. The memorial fund will be used to help support and improve on cycling infrastructure and Women's and children's cycling initiatives throughout central Arkansas. Laura was a big inspiration to many cyclists. It is the goal of the Laura Wooldridge Memorial Fund that this inspiration can continue.

To find out a bit more info about who Laura was you can read this great tribute to her on the Arkansas Outside website: http://www.arkansasoutside.com/we-lost-a-hero/

Also, Central Arkansas Velo (CARVE) is organizing a memorial ride and service for Laura this coming Thursday. More info regarding it can be found on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Arkansas-Velo-CARVE/189839401030919

If anyone would like more info regarding the Memorial Fund you can contact Scott Penrod, VP of CARVE, at spenrod@team-carve.com

Donations will also be accepted at registration as well. Thank you for your support."


Sunday

ONYX Coffee Lab Ride. Leaves @ 12:30 from ONYX Coffee Lab off Gregg Street. Usually 50 miles or so. Pace Spirited. Route TBD.

Ride fast & be safe,
WHF

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Shorts 7/22

TdF
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 flyer below for details) The proceeds are going to the Laura Wooldridge Memorial Fund. From Brad of the HealthSouth Racing Team. "In light of the recent, tragic loss of an inspirational cyclist this past weekend we will be giving all proceeds from the Arkansas State Road Race to the Laura Wooldridge Memorial Fund. The memorial fund will be used to help support and improve on cycling infrastructure and Women's and children's cycling initiatives throughout central Arkansas. Laura was a big inspiration to many cyclists. It is the goal of the Laura Wooldridge Memorial Fund that this inspiration can continue.

To find out a bit more info about who Laura was you can read this great tribute to her on the Arkansas Outside website: http://www.arkansasoutside.com/we-lost-a-hero/

Also, Central Arkansas Velo (CARVE) is organizing a memorial ride and service for Laura this coming Thursday. More info regarding it can be found on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Arkansas-Velo-CARVE/189839401030919

If anyone would like more info regarding the Memorial Fund you can contact Scott Penrod, VP of CARVE, at spenrod@team-carve.com

Donations will also be accepted at registration as well. Thank you for your support."


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

Monday
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!

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
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, 
WHF

Monday, July 21, 2014

BCO Needs Your Help!

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

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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)
http://goo.gl/vtH1a6

ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria
2350 Old Farmington Rd. Fayetteville
(behind Tractor Supply off MLK Blvd.)
http://goo.gl/FBftVJ


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. 

Regroup.

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

Water.

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!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weekend Ride Notification 7/18

Good day! The Fat Tire Festival is going on in Eureka Springs all weekend. Good luck to those competing and to those going over to Bixby for the road race. If this 3 minute video doesn't inspire you to turn the pedals then I don't know what will. Have a great weekend!


Saturday
WHF ride. Wheels Hot @ 7:30 from the parking lot adjacent to MopedU. Whats on tap? A little State Road Race course recon. 54 miles, pace spirited. About 3 hours of saddle love. Click here for route details.

Bentonville Square Ride. Leaves from Bentonville square @ 8:00 am.  Usually 55 to 65 miles.  Hard but with regrouping. Usually 15-20 riders. Pace spirited. Route TBD.

Sunday
12:30 ONYX Coffee Lab Ride off Gregg St. Usually 50 miles or so. Pace Spirited. Route TBD.

Fat Tire XC. Click here for a link to the website. 

Ride fast, be safe & may the road rise up to meet you!
WHF

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Shorts 7/15

TdF
The 2014 TdF has certainly lived up to the hype. Stage 2 & 5 might as well be Spring Classics. While Peter Sagan's bicycle skills are put on display often with bunny hops, wheelies and sizzling down hill antics, The Shark quietly possesses his own set of skills. We already know he is a great descender but the cobbles of stage 5 proved his skill set is even broader. After 10 stages the rider with the most well rounded skills is deservedly wearing yellow.


The tech coming out of France has been pretty awesome.

Nibali's dropper seatpost. Since they are adding weight to bikes these days why not add something useful. On a long technical descent being lower to the frame would be a benefit. (photo by BikeRadar)

Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

Almost finished with Phil's book. Easy read & very entertaining. Phil manages to keep a sense of humor after so many setbacks while chasing his dream of making it in a cruel sport. Worth a read.

Here's a snapshot and this is just the dedication.

Get outside folks!

Cycling Apparel Drive
Don't forget the cycling apparel drive ends this Wednesday 7/16. Thanks for participating! Click here for details on how to donate.

Monday
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!

Wednesday
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.

Evans Events, Zest approved. 

Thursday
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, 
WHF

Friday, July 11, 2014

Product Review: Cervelo R3 (Long Term)



Okay so I've been on the Cervelo R3 long enough. It's review time. To keep it simple I've broken this review into three sections. Handling, components & final thoughts.

Quick note: stock wheels (Fulcrum Racing 5.5) were not part of the review. I had to put the Mavic's on!

Handling
The R3 is race handling inspired. Super responsive but not in the twitchy sense. Well balanced comes to mind. I am really impressed with the stiffness of the front end. I like to climb out of the saddle and noticed this immediately. The stiff front end is also great for steering and sprinting. Whether stomping up a short punchy climb or bombing a technical descent I feel comfortable on the R3. This makes me want to push the limits even more. I've been testing cornering characteristics at the local crit series. The R3 corners on rails. Total confidence. The short wheelbase and stiff front end allows me to make micro corrections in the blink of an eye. Keep in mind all my talk of stiffness and responsiveness is married to a incredibly smooth ride. How smooth? How about 3 victories at Paris-Roubaix (six podiums). Opinion: Fantastic all around performance.

Components
The bike is spec'd out nicely but let's get this out of the way. I have had a lot of questions about Ultegra Di2 (electronic) shifting. The ups: shifting is precise. Soooo precise. You will never need new cables and housing. Holding down the shift button allows you to scroll up and down the rear cogs. The brake hoods are really comfortable. Adjusting the derailleur while riding has never been easier. Oh, super cool sound effect when shifting the front mech. The downs: Weight. About a 90 +/- grams compared to Ultegra mechanical. Electronic is more expensive. Final say: Ultegra Di2 is nice but more of a luxury than substantial performance gain in road cycling. I see electronic shifting being more advantageous in cyclocross or mountain biking.

Ultegra brakes are far more powerful then SRAM Rival (previous set up). I mean FAR.

Shallow reach FSA bars. I did not think I would like them. But they are great. A nice transition between bar and brake hoods. The drops are really comfortable. Making for an easy reach to the levers.

 The flat(ish) anatomic uppers are great. They might be the most comfortable bars I have ever used. The Lizard Skins bar tape is excellent. Especially for a heavy sweater in July. The tape continues to be tacky even with sweat drenched gloves. 

Aesthetic appeal. The gloss black, trimmed out blue paint scheme has garnered more compliments then anything I've ridden. Dear Cervelo, more of this please. Danka!

Subtle blue trim.

I particularly like the blue on the inside of the fork.

Can't really say much about the ROTOR cranks. It works. The weight is standard. I don't like the graphics. A little too busy for me. No issues with the mid-compact gearing.

Size doesn't matter, BBright? This might make you believe otherwise.

Final Thoughts
The Cervelo R3 is an all around performer. Both racer & recreational riders will appreciate the quick handling of this bicycle. You get a sense that the power transfer is direct and efficient. That sensation is married to an overall smooth ride that is most noticeable on cobbles chipseal surfaces. Both racer & recreational riders will appreciate the smooth ride quality. I really like the stiff front end and the responsiveness (jump) when romping up short punchy climbs. To sum it up, the well rounded performance is fantastic. It is safe to say that this is a great purchase for a wide range of riders and skill levels. Probably why it's been the Editors' Choice at Bicycling.com two years in a row. Ultegra Di2 adds a nice touch of luxury. I might save some coin by going with the mechanical group but if you have it go for the Ultegra Di2 and pimp your ride. I can't say enough about the aesthetic appeal. Cervelo is just one of those iconic brands always associated with the top shelf. The paint scheme is dope and like I said more compliments on that then anything else. I really appreciate when a product fulfills what they are saying about it on paper. The R3 meets and exceeds my expectations. This is true of Cervelo products in general. They stick to the numbers and mean what they say. Go test ride one at The Bike Route today!

Here is what's new for the 2014 Cervelo R3
  • sub 1000g frame (size 56)
  • 24% increase in stiffness at the head tube
  • 8%  increase in stiffness (it was already top of it's class) at the bottom bracket
  • reduced drag by 7 watts compared to previous R3
  • 63% increase in aesthetic appeal in new paint scheme (okay, that's my add) 

Price: $5000 (Ultegra Di2), $3750 (Ultegra mechanical) 
More info: The Bike Route or Cervelo. Also see my intial review click here



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Weekend Ride Notification 7/11

Good luck to those racing in the Show-Me state this weekend. Details on group rides are posted below.
Have a great one, may it be selfie free.

TdF...when riders attack...selfies.

Saturday
WHF ride. Wheels Hot @ 7:30 from the parking lot adjacent to MopedU. Whats on tap? Beaver Lake Loop. 50 miles of Ozark goodness. Pace spirited (no drop within reason). About 3 hours of saddle love. Click here for route details. 

Bentonville Square Ride. Leaves from Bentonville square @ 8:00 am.  Usually 55 to 65 miles.  Hard but with regrouping. Usually 15-20 riders. Pace spirited. Route TBD.

Sunday
12:30 ONYX Coffee Lab Ride off Gregg St. Usually 50 miles or so. Pace Spirited. Route TBD.

Ride fast, be safe & steer clear of dehydration, 
WHF

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Shorts 7/8

TdF
Shark!!! Everyone out of the water! Stage 2 was nothing short of a Spring Classic. Cav out. 1/2 Schleck out. TdF selfie in... Stage 5, cobble cobble.


Cycling Apparel Donation Drive
Don't forget next Wednesday 7/16 the the cycling apparel drive will end. Get on over to TBR to donate. There is a bike box in the fit station.  Click here to find out details.

Monday
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!

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
Happy Hour spin?

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, 
WHF

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Weekend Ride Notification 7/3

Happy 4th folks! Get out there and ride. Have a great weekend. Don't lose your cool or your water bottles...

Friday
Mellow Mushroom Freedom Ride Forty(ish) Click here for details. 

Saturday
WHF ride. Wheels Hot @ 7:30 from the parking lot adjacent to MopedU. Whats on tap? Only a little Brawl-Crawl. That's right, it's time for Crawl Hill! 52 miles of Ozark goodness. About 3 hours of saddle love. Click here for route details. 

Bentonville Square Ride. Leaves from Bentonville square @ 8:00 am.  Usually 55 to 65 miles.  Hard but with regrouping. Usually 15-20 riders. Pace spirited. Route TBD.

Sunday
12:30 ONYX Coffee Lab Ride off Gregg St. Usually 50 miles or so. Pace Spirited. Route TBD.

Ride fast & be safe,
WHF


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ozark Cycling Adventures Day 2

After a long day of dirt road glory we switched gears on Sunday turning to pavement for a little road bike action. Shuttling the group 40 minutes south to the Mulberry River. The Mulberry River loop is 58 miles of Ozark goodness and one of my favorite routes in The Natural State.

Dave T enjoying an early morning view with a cup of joe.

Let's Eat! German inspired breakfast.

Time to kit up again.

Smooth pavement was a welcome change. 

Hwy 23 a.k.a. the Pig Trail.

The bunch.

It was nice to have a flatter route on tap.

But we always knew the mountains were not far off.

Once you turn off 23 onto 352 there is hardly any traffic.

Rain clouds seemed to like us early on.

The mountains keep getting closer.

Finally we turned back to the hills on 103.

One last dash of rain.

 Time...to climb. 3 miles up, the 103 climb.

Huge sweeping switchbacks.

Challenging ramp after ramp.

Thomas U fights off a dark moment.

With some encouragement from Jake B.

Reward for conquering the climb is this 15 mile stretch on 215.

Miles of buttery smooth tarmac. With the turquoise Mulberry River on our left to keep us company.

Ozarkia.

After a quick dip in the Mulberry it was time...

to refuel. Let's Eat!

More details about Ozark Cycling Adventures to come. Excursion #2 is already brewing. Stay tuned...

Here is how STRAVA sees the route.