Monday, March 7, 2016

Coming Soon, Pedal Through the Pines

Welcome to the Pedal Thru The Pines!

This year's event will take place on Saturday, March 12th, 2016, 9AM

Season is finally starting. After Bastrop, Steam N Wheels at Abilene, Texas will be next.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fort Davis Cyclefest by Video

Fort Davis Cyclefest
September 19, 2015
Fort Davis, Texas
Fort Davis Cyclefest GoPro Videos  
Outside of Fort Davis, the road seems flat. However, the incline is 1-3% for 10 miles.

Short clip of false flat. The wind was also in our face.
Next is a short clip rolling up to the first rest stop. 

Rest stop 1. We appreciate the volunteers.

Down hill after Crows Nest. Mostly downhill for 2-3 miles. I had fun making this clip. Hope it is fun to watch.
First part of downhill, and an example of stimuli-response on my part.
There was a mix-up of the porta-potties locations. Above was not supposed to be RS 2. On down the road was a RS 3 mix-up.  
Downhill Continued 
Payback time
Uphill to Rest Stop 3
 Until this year, rest stop 3 was the "unofficial" rest stop, It was a picnic table about half way up Bear Mountain. We would stop, rest, and then finish Bear Mountain. This year, the porta-potties were dropped off at the unofficial location, so the ride directors made another adjustment and moved the rest stop down the mountain.
Bear Mountain
The two minute clip of Bear Mountain is too large to upload on Blogger. If one has the time, it is located at: (right click and open in new tab is easiest).
Should one be pressed for time, below is a short synopsis by photos.
Bear Mountain Start (6-8% grade)
 Bear Mountain Middle (6-8%)
 Christine, Jeffri, and Robbie cheering me on at the "finish line".
As the saying goes, for every uphill, there is a downhill. Below is a short clip of a 20 minute downhill ride after topping Bear Mountain.
Shortly after this clip, I ran out of batteries. Next year I think I will wait until the McDonnell Observatory and film those switchback pin turns on a nice long downhill.
This posting has been an experiment to see how it will turn out. May or may not use this style of posting in the future.   


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mount Locke Race 2015

Mount Locke Race
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Fort Davis, Texas
No, the picture is not a recycle of last year's photos. Once again, we had clouds so heavy it was hard to see. 
 In the lower areas, the cloud cover was not as heavy. One could still see the Visitors' Center area from which the 1 1/2 mile racers would start.
 Shortly after the 9 a.m. start time, we heard someone yell, "Rider Up".
I got the person in my view finder and saw Brian!! I got so excited I filmed a tree. Luckily Christine also had a camera and got a good picture of Brian coming out of the clouds.
  Brian was on cloud nine--and for good reason. Congratulations to the 2015 Mt. Locke 1 1/2 mile race WINNER.
Having finished, Brian was able to go down and cheer the remaining riders onward.
This lady was first in the women's division.
 After the 1 1/2 mi. riders finished, we heard another "Rider Up" This gentleman was the leader of the 7 1/2 mile race.
Finishing strong was Marlon Miller from San Angelo.
Rick Ogan also finished strongly. He later told me that he felt as if he could go for another mile. Me, I can't even walk up the mountain.
 As I recall, this was the lady winner of the 7 1/2 mile race. She doesn't even look out of breath.
Unlike some riders--sweat as chilly as it was? Yep. We saw a lot of perspiration that morning.

Not all could make it up that 17% grade. Good job just getting that far.
Demonstration of how some feel after the grueling race. I heard a clatter of some bikes and thought someone had fallen. Nope, just their bikes. Another rider is on the ground just to the right of the pickup.   
Three winners in my eyes: Rick Ogan, Brian Backlund, and Marlon Miller.
Brian gets recognition for his great achievement. Accomplishments were recognized down at the Visitor Center parking lot.
Entertainment (we were told he was stretching his diaphragm) by one of the riders. He told me he had studied at least 5 years, and he was good.

We pulled up beside Rick as he was going back to the Prude Ranch. The smile on his face was one of accomplishment--and thinking of the upcoming lunch at the Fort Davis Drug Store.
If one ever travels through Fort Davis, stop at the Drug Store and get one of their milk shakes.
Do you think I go back ever year to torture my body with the 75 mile ride over the Davis Mountains? No, it is for the milk shake as my reward.