Saturday, April 19, 2014

Is Richmond Becoming A Cycling City?

Do you remember the Coors International Bicycle Classic? How about the Tour De Trump and the Tour De DuPont? This was American road stage racing back in (Coors Classic 1980-1988), (Trump 1989-1990) and (DuPont 1991-1996). The Tour De DuPont was intended to become North America's road cycling event and have the prestige to the Tour De France. In 1996 DuPont dropped its sponsorship of the race and that was the end of that.

All those races came to Richmond and other cities in Virginia. I remember as a kid watching the Coors Classic being race though William Byrd Park and I watched the last race of the Tour De DuPont in downtown Richmond and the next day the stage started off at Chesterfield Town Center Mall.

In 2015 road racing will be back in Richmond! The 2015 UCI World Championship will raced in Downtown Richmond. The Course map was released a few weeks ago. The Map of the Team Time Trial (TTT) can be found here. The Time Trial Circuit (TTC) can be found here. The Men's Elite Individual Time Trial (ITT) is here. The Road Circuit which looks like it covers some of the same routes as the Tour De DuPont can be found here and the six corner American Criterium is found here.

But the test for all of this will be the 2014 Collegiate Road Nationals being held from 2-4 May 2014. I hope to catch two days of racing. Check out all the happenings here.

I don't want to forget what is happening for the trails. Richmond Ride Center a "Ride Center" will be a official designation of the International Mountain Biking Association for collection of single track mountain bike trails that offer outstanding recreational opportunities for all skill levels. What will be cool about this Ride Center is that it will include special trails and facilities to serve disabled athletes of various abilities for adaptive recreation and rehabilitation. There is a VA Hospital a few miles away and this would be a activity that will help support wounded warriors.

The Friend of Pocahontas State Park have posted a map of the Ride Center on their site. If you asked me back in the mid 90's when we started building trails in the park would we have a Ride Center I would have said no. But I am sure glad to see it happen!

Escaping The Dreary Confines posted up a visit from the IMBA Trail Crew. Also needing some help is the trails at Powhite Park. Here at Richmond Outside talks about the project and if you would like to help then go here.

I like the bridge crowd sourcing idea. I know some people might not have the time to get out and help with a project. The only free time that they might have is to get in a ride. But I believe that if you see that your money goes to a project like building a new bridge or replacing an old one you see what your money goes to the next time you ride.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Two Nights of Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Enjoyed two nights of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. My favorite out of the two nights was North of the Sun.

Seeing the World Tour must be on your "To Do" list!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 Monster Cross Race- Post Race Report

Last Sunday was the 2014 Monster Cross Race put on by Mark Junkermann at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Va. This was the 3rd year for the event and each year the field of racers gets bigger.

This post race report is going to be a little different than I have done in the past. I have waited a week for other racers to post their race reports, pictures and videos on their sites and I am going to do my best to put them all here. So here we go

Fit Chick aka Selene Yeager has a great write-uphere

Suzie Snyder has two posts one here at Orbea and the other here. Riding Fat to a third place finish.

Local women made it to the podium from River City Women's Racing

I know you need a picture about now. How about a a birds eye view from Joe

The guy's over at Bon Secours Cycling had a great finish.

Dan's Video Love the music!

Yep! Unicyles in a monster cross race!

Looks like Ty had a great time doing 50

Johnthan trying to keep up with the cross bikes on his Superfly

A member of SBR Cycling gets his picture taken with overall winner Jeremiah Bishop.

The Dirt Diva takes on the mini monster as her first official race.

Air Force Veteran Dflat is flying high with a in the top 10 finish.

The finish area

Yours truly signed up for the mini monster this year. Because of all the crazy winter weather I had not been riding like I wanted to. I wanted to have a fun race and not be in a lot of pain later on. I did have a few issues on the bike like losing my rear brakes and could not shift off the big ring without having to stop. These were just small details. I had a great time and I had a good race finish.

Out of all the bicycles I saw, my favorite was a old school Merlin. If you don't know they are back. I did not get a picture of the bike because I never saw the dude after passing him.

Another thing we do not see at all on the East Coast is a

a big orange van! Yes it's a Sportsmoble 4x4, very cool!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bicycling Infrastructure

This week I had to take a trip to Arlington VA aka NOVA for work. Since I drove the 120 miles there I was able to drive back home before this weeks snow storm hit. I am sure the others that were at the meeting got to fly out by Friday or today.

I use to drive for a living but I hate driving in NOVA or D.C. and once I get to my hotel I am all about walking to where I need to go. Since I got there mid-afternoon the day before I was able to visit some of my personnel that work about for or five blocks from the hotel.

Leaving to hotel I notice that a Capitol Bikeshare Station had been put in. I had seen Capitol Bikeshare in D.C. but this was new seeing it in Arlington.

IMG_20140212_130300_225 by Bikewright
IMG_20140212_130300_225, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

After making my visit with my personnel, I started to leave the building and a women asked me how to get to another location.I pointed to her where she needed to go and she said she would use the Bikeshare. Since I live in the area of the country where you take your car to get to places and not public transportation much less a bike I had to ask her some questions about the Bikeshare.

After she got on her bike I came-up on a small park just outside to the trailhead of the Mt. Vernon Trail. There I saw this Fixtation or Bike Repair Station.

IMG_20140211_153652_948 by Bikewright
IMG_20140211_153652_948, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

This was cool! A QR sticker that would take you to a site on how to make repairs.

IMG_20140211_153706_087 by Bikewright
IMG_20140211_153706_087, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

You would think that Since Richmond is hosting the 2015 UCI World Championship we would start to see more bike Infrastructure in the Metro Richmond Area.. Maybe one day, but until then you can checkout the Bike Arlington website

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You Scream, I Scream, We All Want Snow Cream!

Made some snow cream today since we got a couple of inches of fresh snow. I don't think I have had any since I was a kid. Glad to share the memories of my grandmother making snow cream for me with my daughter.

1 Cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
4-6 cups of clean snow. I was always to never use the first snow of the season.

Combine the milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. Mix until dissolved, which is about 2 mins.

Stir in snow about a cup or so at a time.

eat or freeze for several mins


Monday, January 27, 2014

Learn Something New Everytime I ride

Weekend before last, we had a little break from the cold weather and it was time to get some riding in. With all the rain, snow and cold temps it has been hard to be able to get out an enjoy the trails.

The water is rolling over the Swift Creek Lake Dam

Not getting across here! I hope we get a bridge here with the new I.M.B.A. Ride Center..

Love how the pine needle cover Bright Hope Trail

One of the orienteering points. Pocahontas State Park was the site of the 1975 Orienteering Championship.

Sunday I happen to see a lot of people out on the trail. I did notice a day hiker about 50 feet up in the woods and thought is was a odd spot for him to be at. There's nothing around there... Not so! On Monday I rode the same area and figured I would see why that guy was off the trail in that area.

The first thing I notice when I got off the bike was a couple of wild grape vines were cut. Then I saw a couple of more things cut...Then I saw what it was.

It might be hard to tell from the picture but this is a home or cabin site.

This doesn't grow in the woods

I cannot tell you how many times I have ridden past this area over the last 7 years. But I guess it would be in the hundreds. Sometimes you just have to slow down to see what is around you. You might learn something.