Monday, April 26, 2010

Weedeatin comin up

The race is in less than 2 weeks out. The weeds are growing like, well, weeds. Holy crap! Corby north is almost already grown shut and krug is gaining. Is anyone up for some noxious vegetation extermination...weedeating for you simple folk...this weekend if it's not raining too hard? We have to be done in 10 days and it's supposed to rain most of those. I know being there while your greatgreat aunt 4 times removed has a hairy mole burned off her tongue SEEMS like the right thing to do, but getting the course spiffed up in an expedient timeframe may take precedence. Post or call if you can help. Thanx, the trail hippie

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Krug "Optional" Bridges

Krug bridges are finally done! Randy and I completed the last two tonight. They are the optional "slower route" bypasses for the two main water crossings that I have been pestering Randy about for some time now. This means that for the most part we can now stay out of the water while riding at Krug. I know alot of you like the water crossings and they are still there to ride if you choose to but for those of us that ride up there on a regular basis it will be much better for the drivetrain and bike clean up (not to mention dry feet!)
Anyway, by my count that makes 13 bridges in a 6.7 mile loop... Bet you won't find too many trails out there that can say they average a bridge every half mile!

Bonbender pics/results

6 Hour Team
6:17:00 Chambers / Donn Duo Open 7 Laps
6:04:02 Stamper / Waller Duo Open 6 Laps
6:09:20 Douglas / Hoppe Duo Open 6 Laps
6:18:36 Mapes / Shores Duo Open 6 Laps

6:32:00 Doss / Wood Duo Open 6 Laps
6:44:55 Trout / Fettin Duo Open 6 Laps
6:46:16 Tracy / Crook Duo Open 6 Laps
6:50:38 Arnaud / Myers-Arenth Duo Open 6 Laps
6:53:33 Mayfield / Coffman Duo Open 6 Laps
6:57:11 Jones / Lacy Duo Open 6 Laps
7:16:22 Lueckert / Yeary Duo Open 6 Laps
6:02:30 Carstensen / Carstensen Duo Open 5 Laps
6:03:55 Gaulter / Reade Duo Open 5 Laps
6:05:09 Overstreet / Trammell Duo Open 5 Laps

First pic is of Larry, cuz its effen AWESOME!!!!

Podium... Hoppe and I taking 3rd.

JP coming in after lap 1.

Hippy looking sexy as always!

Lemans start. Jim there I am sure somewhere near the rear! (Jim don't like to run)

Hoppe and GMapes waiting for JP and I to come in from the first lap.

Nick won a raffle on his first damn race! Can you believe it!I am sure you can trade that in down at the shop for some break pads or something....

Thats it for now, I am sure there are more pics to come......

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bonebender/ Smithville

What a great race on Sunday.. I woke up this morning and felt like I was hit by a truck!! Just maybe if I can quit going over my handlebars, might help.. Hoppe, Randy, Crook, Jimbo, JP and I all made the venture to Smithville to race Bonebender. JP brought some more shores sports fellas with him, Jason, G-mapes. We all raced (minus jim who did three hour solo) duo six hour races.
Click on this to check out the start of the race

Even saw a couple of joetown folks down losing their racing virginity down there. Larry and Nick. (T-Garv you’re a pussy for not showing up)Anyway, I think they had a good time of it… Seem to have smiles on their faces anyway…

All in all, it was a great time, we all were pushing it so hard we were cramping like crazy. Hoppe and I battled it out with JP and GMapes for 3rd…. We got it, and they came up with 4th place.. 1st went to Cameron and Travis D, put in another lap on us for that matter, them boys are smoken fast.. Probably about 25 min from lapping us...
We missed out of 2nd by I think about 5-8 min…

All of the results, etc… Are not posted yet, so I will get back to post some more stuff later..

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bone Bender 3/6 Hour MTB Race

From the Dirt Dobbler:

The big weekend has arrived. It is time to hit those wicked fast Smithville Lake MTB trails. Time for some Bone Bender fun in Paradise.

Awards are in. Thanks to John Williams from Pot Pie for making them. I just wish I was racing so I could have a chance to win one.

The final course is 11.5 miles in length. Lap times should be between 55 min and 1:15 min. I am sure there are few guys that can get close to 50 min laps but the most will be in the above range. To view the course go to Bone Bender Course.

We had a good response to pre-registration. I think they wanted one of those nice t-shirts that Rich Bowman designed. 122 have signed up so far. Not very many locals have signed up (maybe they are waiting to register on race day), but a surprising amount of out-of-town riders have. That is very cool. Race day registration opens opens at 0700 and closes at 0930.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hot Lap at Krug/ Bonebender

Who is going to bonebender this Sunday? Its going to be a blast.. I can't wait! The start time is 10:00 so folks are going to have to leave town pretty early... (Or if Lansen was going at least by 9:00)

On anther note, got a little text message from a little A$$hole I like to call "way to fast for an old man" with a little lap time from out at Krug....

Yep, that's fast as S**T! The bar has been set and it not even May yet.. This is going to be a good year for MTB.... And painful, now I have to try and cut more weight and get some billy goat climbing legs to get a lap time in the 30's..... Owe boy....

Friday, April 9, 2010

Anyone Up For Organizing Another MTB Race this Summer?

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2010 Tour of Missouri is trying to put together a good, firm schedule of various cycling events for 2010. As in past years, the idea is to get behind a number of activities leading into the Tour and build up momentum for the international event.

Now one might ask why this makes sense if the future of the Tour is uncertain. It's a good question but is best answered by why everyone backs the Tour in the first place. Aside from the money it generates and the tremendous advertising its gives our community and businesses, the big benefit is creating awareness in our local population that biking is fun, provides good health benefits, and offers an alternative method of transportation to replace those gas guzzlers out there for many trips. The proof is in the pudding too as I think we've all noticed more people biking in the last several years. A positive message and good promotion works.

So even if the Tour doesn't come off (we all sure hope it does though!) the LOC is wanting to coordinate with various groups that have already scheduled biking events and help promote the collective in a package. It doesn't want to take anything over, but is open to helping recruit volunteers, help with fundraising for the events, and provide the marketing/promotion assistance.

The first big effort out of the box is to help with the May 8th race already scheduled for the mountain bike race. That same day there will be a Trials event up at Krug, and the Bike Club has scheduled its picnic and ride for that same day.

I spoke to Randy after riding Corby North a week or so ago and he indicated the need for about 10 volunteers for the May 8th race. Ed hasn't come up with what he needs for the Trials competition that day, but we'll try to help with that when he does. Our volunteer guru will start trying to get volunteers together so long as somebody will be around to tell them how/where you need them to help.

Events to follow through the Summer will be rides scheduled by the Bike Club, the Kids Races Tour (several races through the Summer), and Savannah's "Andrew Co. Tour" in mid-July.

I know you guys love to race (I'm just a train whistle when I'm riding the trails) so wondered if maybe a city mountain bike race were put together sometime during the year if you think that would work? I know it wouldn't get on any of the calendars out there and might be kind of a small race for a while, but the idea of trying to build something up to promote mountain biking might be good.

So the question is many-fold: Would a race sometime this summer be workable and would there be some expert advice for us novices to help put it on? And if it's a "yes" to both, what trail should a race be on and what time of the year should we shoot for? Or is it a good idea but something we need to look at doing in 2011? Or maybe just best to get behind you guys for 2011 and help make the next version of the May race bigger and better?

Maybe it's too much too fast, but there's so much momentum out there that we hate to lose the opportunity to get things going while we have the chance. If the Tour fails this year, it will be a lot harder to get something going next year.

We're having a meeting on the 15th, 4PM, at the Convention & Visitors Bureau if you'd like to listen in on what's going on and add your two-cents.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Out of town visiter

A guy from Colorado, Josh, Is going to be in town the 15-18th. He would like to ride the trails and is thinking of doing BoneBender. I told him to post up something and we would try to play trail guide. I have his phone number. If any of you can help out let me know and we can exchange numbers.. I know the guy is cool, cause he has a Turner in his MTBR profile!
Jim Spellman

Thursday, April 1, 2010

KC Trail Conditions Are Just A Tweet Away

took this from Earthriders forum: Nice to know before you head out of Joetown for a ride..

So, you’re stuck in rush hour traffic, hoping to get out on your favorite trails before dark, and you’re wondering what the trail conditions are like?

Well, wonder no more – Earth Riders MTB Club has hooked up a Twitter feed to the trail conditions information they provide on their forums ( for all the metro area trails.

Now, when the trail status is updated on the forums, KcTrailsStatus will tweet the conditions, for example:

#SMP CLOSED: Not Rideable (ptooi)

To get connected, go to and follow KcTrailsStatus – its direct URL is As with any Twitter account, you can subscribe to an RSS feed, elect to receive SMS messages, etc.