Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fuzzy's CA Bike Odyssey.


Backbone Adventure Cycling, not only do we race but we ride for
different reasons. For enjoyment, personal goals, the soul, and most
importantly the sponsors. I was really lucky enough to get some epic
bicycle tours in this summer. From San Francisco all the way down to
San Diego. The eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas. Exploring the Santa
Ynez Wine country. The views were amazing, the people friendly, and the
food great. Getting to see this great state from the seat of the
bicycle was amazing and the lifestyle of camping and eating local
produce was even more fulfilling.

Total mileage :  1576 miles

This couldn't have happened without the sponsors.

Amino Vital was with me for every mile of the way. Without it I don't
think I could have gone the distance. During and after the long days in
the saddle. Many other touring folks tried it and loved it.

Sigma Rox 9.0 gave me accurate reading on each day. This is very
important because getting to the destination is important but the
journey is even better when you know how far and how long.

Ken from Xpedo who quickly shipped me brand new pedals and cleats. The
new 3 bearing system is working great right now.

Ryder Sunglasses kept my eyes safe and sound. From shady areas to

scorching hot sun, the sunglasses were flawless.

Royal mountain bike apparel are comfortable on the bike and off the
bike which makes them perfect for bicycle touring. Ride alittle bit
then relax in a brewery, repeat 10 times.

Kenda Tires Quick Tendrils 700X32 rode well in every condition. Had
only one puncture in all the miles ridden.

Thank you to Mr. Cripps for joining me on the San Francisco leg of the
trip. Great to ride with somebody that is positive and enthusiastic
about riding.

Backbone ADVENTURE cycling!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tookie's Black Bear Beat Down.

Back to back brutal race weekends, that started with the Blackbear 40K in West Virginia, noted to be one of the most dangerous XC courses here in the East. The race is easy to describe... You climb rock you descend rock, you climb rock, descend rock, repeat for the next 40K and add in a little rain just before the race and two more showers during the race, makes for a long day.
So then the next weekend should be no problem..... Yeah right. Lets drive the twelfth pin in the coffin with a 8 hour adventure race at Greenbo State park in Kentucky (this is in my backyard) and they had me trekking around to places I'd never seen before. The race started out great on the bike leg which  

Only took a little over a hour to complete the first leg, my teammate and I were in 3rd place heading into second leg which was a combination of kayaking and trekking.. Very long story short, we got turned around on one check point and lost 40 minutes, ran out of amino vital because the leg was so long, stung by a yellow jacket, cramping from dehydration. So 6 hours later we returned to the transition to get back on the bikes to try to pick up our last 3 CP in less then an hour. No such luck two miles into the leg my teammate snaps his chain (not a KMC) so we fix that leaving very little time to make the 8 hour cut off, only picking up one CP on the leg and leaving two open. We roll in 7 hr 52 minutes totally trashed, can't think of a better way to spend the weekend.
Talk later