Archive | October, 2012

De Pijp SMOKE-n-SUDS

23 Oct

The next cyclocross races in AR are coming up in less than two weeks.

De Pijp Cyclocross Federation, Symond Bicycles, and the Highroller Cyclery are proud to present a another weekend of racing in a familiar venue with a totally new course.Lake Fayetteville North Shore Park has been host to many cyclocross races in the past. This year we are changing things up a little.

This is a good idea of what the course will look like. Some minor changes will possibly happen but nothing major.

We are putting on a pretty low fi event and basically hope to get 40 – 60 people. There is no online registration for this event. Register onsite. We will have some food for racers and families after each days racing. We will also have Arsaga’s on hand with caffeinated beverages.There will be a location for all the teams to set up tents near the start finish for prime area to Heckle riders as they pass (be sure to bring weights to keep them from blowing away if it is windy).

Payout in open races and women’s races race will depend on the number of riders registering. For more info regarding the race you can contact Branton Moore at Highroller Cyclery 479-442-9311.

For Non Racers the NWA Area offers lots to do. Here are a few links to things we like.

Fossil Cove Brewing
Crystal Bridges
Tanglewood Branch
Walton Arts Center

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Hazel Valley 100 Report … errr I mean ABORT

22 Oct

An often overlooked overlook

Fall in the Ozarks is my favorite time of year. Changing leaves and cooler weather signal in my mind two things. Cyclocross season and long solitary rides on rural dirt roads. I realize these two things don’t normally go together but for me they do.

In the long rides category it does not get any better than the Hazel Valley 100. Many of you may know about Hazel Valley Ranch and the fun stuff they have happening there. For those of you that don’t, check them out here on Facebook.

Only ten people showed up for the start. Billed as the hardest one day ride in AR, the HZ100 attracted some very fit individuals. I never got word on how many finished. I did not. In fact i think i may have ridden the shortest of all. Ultimately, the ride turned into something different for me.

The morning was calm and the skies overcast.

We pulled out of the ranch and immediately started climbing the road up to the top of Brannon Mtn. Kind of silly with no warm up but no complaints were heard. Once we reached the summit it was immediately back down to the dirt roads. A quick jaunt through the valley and it was back up the steep Miller Road Climb.

Once on top I ran into Nickle and Oscar and we rode along together for a good little while until the road tipped downward. Kyle and Steve had caught up to us on their mtn bikes and my 700*32 cc tires struggled to keep up with them. A little ways fro m the bottom of the Winfrey Valley I hit something hard and heard that tell tale hiss as all my air escaped.

For me this flat signaled the end of my ride. I discovered that I only had one tube and figured that turning back would be prudent. I bid farewell to my riding mates and headed back up the Climb.

The Winfrey Climb is not as steep but I’m sure it seemed like it to the guys doing the 100.

All the way up I felt like I was surrounded buy the colors. I began to feel at ease with my decision to abort.

Later that day after I was home and clean I went out to take the bike off the car and put it back together. Wouldn’t you know it the front tire was flat.

Thanks for reading.
Branton