Greetings Fellow Cyclists,
I’m not surprised at the low turnout for the most popular of our Banana Slug rides. The weather was threatening some serious ugliness, but we got lucky. A relatively warm wind was blowing in from the south; the riders got a good push out of town, and a great push back up Old Arcata Road at the end of the ride. Finally, the rain held off all morning, and didn’t start up in earnest until after the last rider was off the course. They also reported the wind wasn’t too bad out in the valley save for occasional strong gusts that threatened to knock them down. Some even reported a glimpse or two of sunshine as they approached the backside of Kneeland where Butler Valley Road and Fickle Hill Road intersect.
So 13 riders showed up, and twelve of them finished. The one rider who didn’t finish was having repeated failures of non-metallic rotating parts, and indicated it was time to replace them.
Without further ado here are the results:
Chris Johnson 2:52:20
Kevin Biernacki 2:53:25
Rick Beale 2:54:52
Sky McKinley 2:57:05
Andrea Achilli 3:01:37
Errin Odell 3:03:20
Michael Chapman 3:10:50
Robert East 3:10:51
Sean Robertson 3:11:38
Chris Schinke 3:30:00
Grant Lay 3:41:00
Mike Woychak 4:12:00
Rik (toasted tires) Rieder DNF
Up next month is Lonestar Junction. It’s an abbreviated version of Showers Pass but still a very challenging ride. It’s a bit shorter than Butler Valley, but has a significant amount more climbing at about 7000 feet and even more dirt. For a more detailed description of this ride, read Jim Robbins’ write ups here, and here from 2011, the last time we did this ride. We will be starting at Freshwater Park almost promptly at 9:00 a.m. As always, know your limitations, and be prepared.
See you there.
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Shamelessly copied and pasted from Rees’s e-mail…
Dear Stalwart Arcata Community Forest Volunteers,
The first workday of 2014 will be held this Saturday (January 25) beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding as late as 1 p.m. We will again convene at the upper Diamond Drive trailhead. From there we will walk nearly 20 minutes to the work site — a loop off of the northern portion of the Arcata Ridge Trail — where we will be clearing and preparing the proposed trail route for subsequent building of the trail. There will be a range of tasks so that we can accommodate a variety of physical abilities and there is much to be done. New volunteers are always welcome.
There is still no rain in the forecast (scary) but dress in layers and for work. Dennis will again provide pizza at the end. We have some work gloves but have sometimes run out (so bring your own gloves if you have them). And, we will have some water but I would also encourage you to bring some of your own.
Please let me know if you have questions.
See you on Saturday.
Slightly More Detailed Driving Directions: Drive north on L.K. Wood Blvd taking a right turn on Diamond Drive. Follow Diamond up for bout three quarters of a mile to the crest of the hill and just before the road turns sharply to the left. Park along the road.
Co-Editor, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: California
Co-Editor, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: Oregon/Washington
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The warm winter weather we’ve been experiencing may not be cause for celebration, but I’m okay with going out and enjoying some outdoor activities in it. We had 22 riders on the roster for out first Banana Slug winter training ride for 2014.
Here’s the list in finishing order:
|Errin (sidewall failure) Odell
Thank you everybody for coming out and supporting Bigfoot Bicycle Club.
Next Banana Slug is Saturday, February 15, 2014. We’ll be doing the ever so popular Butler Valley Loop (clockwise) starting and finishing at The Arcata Community Center parking lot.
See you all then.
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Greetings Fellow cyclists,
The first Banana Slug Training Series ride is this Saturday, January 18, 2013. The ride will start from the dirt lot across from Three Corners Market at the corner of Myrtle and Freshwater/Kneeland Road almost promptly at 9:00 a.m.
The route will take us north on Myrtle/Old Arcata Road, up Fickle Hill Road, and back down Kneeland Road to finish back at Three Corners. We will be keeping time.
As usual, we’ll have fresh seasonal fruit, bagels, and coffee. We’ll have membership forms if you haven’t renewed yet this year. Annual membership is still only $15 for individual memberships, and $20 for families.
Sunday, January 19 we will ride the same route for our monthly Sunday Mello ride, but it will be a socially paced, no drop ride. This ride will start almost promptly at 10:00 a.m.
See you out there.
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Bigfoot Bicycle Club, in cooperation with Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association, is happy to announce our Banana Slug Winter Training Ride Series.
The rides will start out relatively easy, and become to more challenging as the months pass. We decided to keep all the rides nearby this year, except the Dyerville Loop ride in April.
As usual, we will keep times for everybody on the ride roster, but for insurance purposes, you must be a club member to sign up. We will have club membership forms at the events.
The first ride is just a couple weeks away.
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As part of our ongoing efforts to integrate Bigfoot Bicycle Club as a new entity Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association (RCMBA) with International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) we have decided to revise our bylaws to better coincide our mission with IMBA’s. Though we were close already, there were some issues that needed to be addressed.
That being said, in accordance with our current bylaws, we are required to make available the revisions to our members for one month before a vote to adopt the new bylaws. The vote will be held at our December meeting. All members present will be allowed one vote.
The revised bylaws are posted as they will be adopted.
Thank you all very much.
BBC By-Laws 9-14-2013
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The final in our Harvest series rides was by far the most challenging. I would argue that Elk Camp Ridge is the single most challenging ride I’ve ever ridden anywhere. The loop is about 24 miles long with around 5000 feet of climbing. The scenery can’t be beat, and the gnarled single track trail offers up a challenge to the best riders among us. The ride took us five hours with a couple breaks. Errin Odell got there early and did it ahead of us. He managed to do it in a little over three hours, not counting the time it took him to rig his bicycle as a single speed after ripping off his rear derailleur.
YouTube video link The video only shows the easiest sections of trail. Really, who wants to watch a hiking video.
Look for our Banana Slug Series training rides coming in January.
And don’t forget, our end of year party is at Fiesta Grill and Cantina on December 2, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The club is buying the appetizers!
See you on the road and on the trails.
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