sunday ridegonna roll this on Sunday!  11:00 from Moore’s Springs Campground

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2012 Doubleshot – things are heating up!

Excitement is building for the upcoming Doubleshot race at Moore’s Springs. Alchemist, Cycletherapy, Clemmons Bicycle, Mock Orange Bikes, Doc Wheelies, Cane Creek, The Sufferfest, Krankies Coffee, and Bus Bier have stepped up with event sponsorship! < please visit and support these sponsors, they're literally making it happen! Doc Wheelies - the Two Wheeler Healer is a hosting sponsor, so look for the Bicycle Repair Van on race day! Race Directors, Barry and Erich have designed an exciting event that will reward your participation.

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Just enjoy!

Not much to say other than, just enjoy! its a beautiful, little film.

Trans Andes Challenge, The Film from Team Jamis on Vimeo.

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Strade Bianche! Floyd, Virginia

Wills Ridge on the horizon

Recently, I went for a really pretty bicycle ride up in Floyd, Virginia.  My 25c tires were put to the limit by the curvy and hilly, farm-to-market roads of Floyd County.  Road names like: Thunderstuck, Wild Cherry, and Gold Rush offer cues to the senses.  Can’t wait to get back out there!


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The Autodrop is coming!

The Autodrop crew (Barry Stevenson and Erich Grant), have put together a challenging checkpoint race that requires endurance, route finding, and a calculating strategy. Highlights to include peak bagging in our beloved Sauratown Range, serpentine ribbons of gravel, and even some archived cobble roads! Best of all, the start/finish is right here in the Dash.

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“two weeks!”

“you’re very clever in the mountains”

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Dropping some knowledge; crafty re-use of an old innertube

Here’s a valuable tip to help out the roadies out there: a DIY compression band made out of a section of old innertube.  Use this to enable a bundled up fix-a-flat kit that is super compact and organized for stuffing into a jersey pocket.

QED - easily stuff this in your jersey pocket

Gather your materials:
C02 cartridge
C02 cartridge inflator head
brand new, un-used innertube
tire lever
cross section of an old innertube
talc powder (baby powder)
ziploc bag or a sheet of food wrap

some of the materials you'll need

I took some left-over rim tape and used it to secure a C02 cartridge and an inflator head together.

Next sprinkle some talc powder on the new, un-used innertube.

talc powder actually helps prevent pinch flats

To protect the innertube, wrap it in food wrap or a small ziploc bag. The salt from you sweat could ruin your innertube before you ever put it into service.

wrap it up to protect it from sweat and road grit

Now let’s put an old blown-out innertube to use by re purposing a cross section of tube into a compression band.

with scissors, cut a cross section of innertube; about 2 inches

You’ll need to use an mtb innertube or a cyclocross innertube as a skinny road innertube will just be too small. Stretch the compression band so that you can fit the bundled innertube, tire lever, and C02 cartridge all into a very compact ride kit. Voila`

keep it simple

On shorter rides, you can probably leave the saddle bag behind and thus you’ll look PRO!

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The infamous ’10 hills’ ride

Dateline: Frank’s Pizza \ Rural Hall, NC \ August 16 2011
Our little Tuesday night ride is gaining in popularity as we had our biggest turnout for the latest edition of the Frank’s Ride. Is it the small drop in temperatures? Is farm-to-market roads with very few cars? Is it the eye candy offered up by the Sauratown Range? Is it having the Doc Wheelies Rolling Bicycle Service Van ready with support? Is it the beer and pizza at the start/finish? Its probably a combination of factors, but it sure is fun pace-lining these wonderful roads!

a steep pair of hairpin turns gives Edwards Road some of its character

Doc Wheelies was able to help two riders with timely service. One friend needed 2 new mountain bike tires and we were able to hook him up without him making a special trip. Another friend brought along a spare road wheel that has a broken spoke; he plans on picking up the repaired wheel on another Tuesday night Frank’s Ride.

inside the van

At the conclusion of the ride we groused about what route to ride next Tuesday. There was talk of the ‘tour de cliffs’ which rides right up under the quartzite cliffs of Sauratown Mtn and Cook’s Wall… yee haw! Well, we’ll see…

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Check this: a really creative, adventure-filled, bike race

Barry Stevenson and Erich Grant are set to deliver a much needed, new bike race format that serves up lots of adventure.  The Autodrop Invitational 2011 will challenge racers with gravel roads, route finding, scoring strategy, and bit of mystery (check their hints!).

where is this checkpoint? i'm guessing off a gravel road...

Barry and Erich have raced the famed Tour of the Battenkill, and no doubt have been inspired by its demanding course of dirt roads and hills.

From the Autodrop blog:  “The race centers on two ideas:  1). With your team of 3-5 members, ride as fast as you can to reach as many pre-determined checkpoints as possible, and 2). Get back with time to spare.

The checkpoints are scattered across the foothills of NC, within a 50-mile radius of the start/finish line.  The farthest and/or most difficult to reach checkpoints have the highest values (except for a few wildcard checkpoints with ‘unknown’ values).  This is balanced by time bonuses for an early return to the finish line.  Teams will need to carefully plot their course and assess their riders’ abilities.  Did we mention there’s a strict 7-hour time limit?   Return to the finish line in 7:00:01 and all of your points are erased.”
Aww Yeah, Dog!

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MST gets a map!

Moore’s Springs Trails now has a map, so go forth and ride like the wind!

no excuses for whining about getting lost!

The Trail Boss has been busy with all kinds of projects involving MST, including a new blog.  Check the blog early and often for announcements regarding events and the next phase of trail building days.

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