Tuesday, January 6, 2015

1.11.15 The Crunge | FREE Event #2 in the Virginia Endurance Series

  • 8am Enduro Pace 50 miles | Map | Spot Tracking | GPX 1 2 | Ride Leader: Rob Issem
  • 8am Fast / Race Pace 50 miles | Ride Leader: TBD
  • 10am Party Pace 11.5 miles | Route | Map | GPX | Ride Leader: Jerry Calvert
The Crunge 50 Details:

Description: Gorgeous and very challenging backcountry adventure mtb ride. The route includes the Iron Ore, Hoop Hole, Patterson and Price trail segments of the Great Virginia Mountain Bike Trail. Last week 3 crews put 114+ man hours into clearing, marking and improving the trail systems that comprise this route. All systems are primed and riding better than ever for you to enjoy! Join us Sunday 1.11.15 on our 2nd attempt to ride the route that's now been officially named and designated "The Crunge" by the USFS.

Start from the parking lot on Craig Creek Rd / 615 just off 220 http://goo.gl/maps/MyAIC
1-246 Craig Creek Rd, Eagle Rock, VA 24085

Maps: Full Route Map + Cue Sheet PDF (designed to be 11x17 color printed).
Area Maps: Roaring Run / Hoop Hole: MAP PDF | Patterson Creek Trail System: MAP PDF | TI #788 http://www.natgeomaps.com/ti_788

46 mile ride start location: 1-246 Craig Creek Rd, Eagle Rock, VA 24085

Some will attempt the whole 50 mile adventure, others will enjoy one of the many fantastic shorter options ...

Patterson Creek Trail System: MAP PDF

Roaring Run / Hoop Hole: MAP PDF

Roaring Run + Hoop Hole + Patterson + Price (46 miles)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VES Global 50-Day Challenge Ride

Start 2015 off with an epic 50-Day ride! Bike at least 1 hour a day for 50 consecutive days. Ride outside or indoor. Do a 1 hour ride, two 30-minute rides, whatever ... just spend at least 1 hour total per day on a bike starting January 1 and finishing February 19.

To participate simply join the Facebok Event www.facebook.com/events/1406570152918208.

Please share this event. Get your friends to join you on this adventure and ride together as often as you can.

Success Parties will be held worldwide at various locations on the night of Friday February 21st! Party dates and locations will be posted here and on the Facebook Event as they're announced.

Community Sponsors
Awesome bike shops helping cyclists in their communities participate in the VES Global 50-Day Ride Challenge. [Click here to become a community sponsor.]
Shreveport, Louisiana
Charlottesville, Virginia

Fayetteville, West Virginia

The Rule: Ride a bicycle at least 1-hour a day for 50 Consecutive Days from Jan 1 through Feb 19.

To get the most fun, benefit and sense of accomplishment out of the VES Global 50-Day Ride Challenge really try to adhere to “The Rule”. This is about overcoming the challenges and experiencing the joys and adventures of riding every day.

“Mama T” 30 minute Option: If you’re not able to carve out a full hour a day, Mama T can still get you biking! Just ride at least 30 minutes per day for 50 consecutive days. You can do this!

If riding all 50 days is not possible, then ride as many days as you reasonably and safely can, and see the following FAQs:

Frequently Asked Questions:

“Can I ride on a stationary trainer? Rollers? Spin class? The exercise bike at the hotel?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Riding outside is the most fun, and super highly recommended, but all types of outdoor and indoor bicycle riding are allowable.

“Can I ride for 2 hours the next day to make up for a missed day?”
This challenge is for you. The idea is to experience the joy and benefits of daily cycling. Try not to miss, but if you do, the most important thing is to get on the bike again the day after you miss. Don’t let missing one day derail you!

“If I’m not feeling well can I skip a day, or two?”
If you’re not feeling well try this prescription: Ride a bicycle for 1 hour, drink lots of fluids, eat plenty of vegetables, spend time with people that love you and get a good nights sleep. If that doesn’t work, try doubling the dosage. (While meant as a joke, that prescription is actually alarmingly effective. If you’re not feeling well, use your best judgement and consult a doctor to determine whether riding is in the best interest of your health.)

“I just heard about / discovered the VES Global 50-Day Ride Challenge, but it started XX days ago - can I still join?”
YES! Just add the number of days you missed to the end of the challenge. So if you missed the first 5 days, then for you the challenge will end on 2/24 instead of 2/19.

“What happens at the end of the VES Global 50-Day Ride Challenge?”

On February 19th most participants will be happier, stronger, more fit and physically, emotionally and mentally healthier than they were before the start of the challenge. By accepting this challenge you’re giving yourself an incredible gift ... making a commitment to do something that’s fantastic for you! Your being happier and healthier makes the world a better place for everyone your life touches. Our hope for you after the 50-Day Challenge? We hope you keep riding and inspire others to join you! If backcountry adventure mountain biking is your thing - join us for one of the other 13 FREE events in the Virginia Endurance Series www.virginiaenduranceseries.com

Monday, November 10, 2014

12.14.14 Hoop Hole + Patterson Creek VES Series Finale | FREE Event #15 in the Virginia Endurance Series

  • 8am Enduro Pace 46 miles
  • 9am Fast "Get'r Done" Pace 46 miles
  • 10am Party Pace 11 to 18 miles
All three will conclude at or before 4:15pm so we can all make it to ...

5pm Dinner + Beer at the Town Center Tap House, 90 Town Center St Suite 100, Daleville, VA 24083 http://goo.gl/maps/tDB6G

10am Party Pace 11-18 miles 
Price + Patterson Route & RIMBA Rolling Open BOD Meeting

10am Start from the South Patterson Mountain Trailhead http://goo.gl/maps/89Lrz | Directions
Map: Patterson Creek Trail System MAP PDF
[Route Length Option Examples: 11.3 mile Sulfur Ridge + Price Mt + Kelly Tr Overview Map | 14.9 mile Sulfur Ridge + Price Mt + Patterson Creek Rd Overview Map | 17.8 mile Sulfur Ridge + Price Mt + Patterson Mt Tr Overview Map]
Ride Leaders: Steve Johnson & Jeff Busche
Description: A phenomenal backcountry mtb adventure ride at a friendly comfortable no-rider-left-behind pace. Trail clearing and improvements within the Patterson Creek Trail System have been a sponsored project of the Roanoke IMBA Chapter and local trail superhero Stephen Johnson. The RIMBA Board of Directors will be among those attending this ride and having an informal open rolling board meeting!
10-20 Mile Price + Patterson Ride Start Location
8am Enduro Pace & 9am Fast "Get'r Done" Pace 46 miles
Roaring Run + Hoop Hole + Patterson + Price Epic
(This 46 mile route has loads of bail out options!)
8am = Enduro Pace Group (solid, steady pace, brief stops / regroups) Leader: Rob Issem
9am = Fast "Get'r Done" Pace Leader: Mark Smith smittymobile@gmail.com 

Description: Gorgeous and very challenging backcountry adventure mtb ride. This route (combining the Roaring Run / Hoop Hole and Patterson / Price trail systems) has never been attempted before. Pioneering this route will be an incredible finale to a fantastic season of VES rides!

Start from the parking lot on Craig Creek Rd / 615 just off 220 http://goo.gl/maps/MyAIC
1-246 Craig Creek Rd, Eagle Rock, VA 24085

Maps: Full Route Map + Cue Sheet PDF (designed to be 11x17 color printed).
Area Maps: Roaring Run / Hoop Hole: MAP PDF | Patterson Creek Trail System: MAP PDF | TI #788 http://www.natgeomaps.com/ti_788

46 mile ride start location: 1-246 Craig Creek Rd, Eagle Rock, VA 24085

Some will attempt the whole 46 mile adventure, others will enjoy one of the many fantastic shorter options ... the key is to be back to the parking area by no later than 4:15pm so we're all eating and drinking beers at the Town Center Tap House by 5pm!

Patterson Creek Trail System: MAP PDF

Roaring Run / Hoop Hole: MAP PDF

Roaring Run + Hoop Hole + Patterson + Price (46 miles)

Even more details coming soon ...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

11.2.14 Torture on Torry Ridge | FREE Event #11 in Virginia's Mountain Biking Endurance Series

What is the Virginia Endurance Series?
Start Time: 9am, Sunday November 2, 2014
Start Location: Sherando Lake
Start Location Map / Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/OCK30

FOLDER containing all Full Resolution Route Images: LINK
Drawn GPX File: LINK
Distance: ~41 miles
Climbing: ~7,100 feet

Route Overview: Courtesy of Bill Hazlegrove of the Hazlegrove Agency www.hazlegroveagency.com
For a high-resolution JPG and an easy printing PDF CLICK HERE

Cue Sheet: (Thank you Mark Smith!)
1. From parking lot at the back of Sherando lake camp ground near upper lake dam, take a right at gate to field.

2. Follow Slacks Run trail all the way up to a right on Torry Ridge.  There will be a couple lefts along the way. If you take either of these by accident, you’ll end up in a parking lot along the Parkway.

3. Ride Torry Ridge ~4.5 miles then descend taking a left (~9.7 miles into the ride).  Very steep and narrow here.  At the bottom of the descent there is a no-name trail to the right, stay left through a dry creek with a steep climb out.  Fun little section with some small jumps.

Bailout option: If you take a right at the top to “Torry Furnace”, you can take the paved road route 664 back to Sherando lake. 
4. After crossing a small creek, take a left in the “vehicle turn around” onto Mill Creek / Turkey Pen Ridge.  Follow this trail all the way to the top of the mountain.  The local challenge is to make the switch back climb all the way up without stopping or clicking out of your pedals. The last 100 yards to the camp spot are the hardest.  Good luck.

Bailout option: turn left onto jeep road and follow direction from line 7 below
5. Turn right and follow the jeep road for ~3-3.5 miles and turn right onto Kennedy Ridge trail.  This trail starts out with some fun rock sections then a fast descent to the coal road.

Bailout option: Turn right and follow coal road all the way back to route 664
6. Turn left on the coal road.  After ~3 miles yield left onto jeep road.  You will climb for ~5-5.5 miles on the jeep road (stay on switch backs).  You will pass by the Kennedy Ridge trail head again in the opposite direction.

7. Just past the camping spot at the top of Mill Creek / Turkey Pen Ridge trail on the jeep road, you will yield left off the main jeep road.  Less than a couple hundred yards up this dirt road, turn left on Torry Ridge trail.  Along this section of Torry Ridge is a very challenging rock section.  Please be careful!

Just over a mile down Torry Ridge, take a left back onto Slacks Run.  Follow this back to car.

Route Details:
Miles 0 to 7:
Miles 7 to 14:
Miles 13 to 20:
Miles 20 to 31:
Miles 31 to End:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Iron Forge | Virginia Endurance Series and RIMBA Local Destination Ride

Two 19th Century Blast Furnaces, Two Mythic Backcountry Rides, Two Historic Counties, One Epic Day: Sunday, October 19th, 2014.

Stage One | 9AM | Roaring Run Furnace.
Start Location: http://goo.gl/maps/QQK2C
Distance: 12 miles

Stage Two | 1:30PM | Longdale Furnace
Start Location: http://goo.gl/maps/NxAeb
Distance: 16 miles
Roaring Run Furnace
Longdale Furnace
Stage One: Roaring Run Furnace.
Location: Roaring Run Furnace Recreation area parking lot. Note that parking is limited. Overflow along the roadside. Take 615 off 220 (Eagle Rock) for 6 miles, then right on 621. Go 1 mile to sign and recreation area on left.  http://bit.ly/1B3pNH9
Ride Starts: 9AM.
Distance: 12 miles.
Description: The ride leaves the rec area parking lot for a 1 mile prologue that takes us to the Roaring Run blast furnace that produced pig iron in the 1800’s, some of which was used for Civil War munitions. It stands like a stone pyramid, and it gorged itself on trees, stripping the area barren in those days. Thank goodness for Mother Nature’s superior healing abilities. Then, the singletrack winds its way to then namesake Roaring Run Falls, gorgeous and most impressive following a stout rain. A quick return past the parking area leads us to the Iron Ore Trail, a solid 3 mile ore grade climb up the flank of Rich Patch mountain. Once up, we take the lower Hoop Hole Trail for an astonishing and beautiful decent, with wild rarely used Allegheny trail lined with rhododendron and and laurel, with several creek crossings. After the eventful decent, we emerge at the Hoop Hole trailhead before descending by road on 615 to 621 and a return to the start.
Transfer: 30 Minute Drive
It’s 24 miles between stages. Lunch and supplies can be found at Kelley’s Market on 220.

Take a right out of Roaring Run Recreation area onto 621. Go one mile, then left on 615 back to US 220. take a left (north) on 220. Go just over 10 miles, then right just prior to the bridge leading before the town of Iron Gate, on McKinney Hollow Rd. Follow McKinney Hollow (it has some twists and turns, just stay on McKinney Hollow and you’re good) winding your way to Longdale Furnace road. Take a right (east) going almost 4 miles to Longdale Furnace Recreation Area on right. The dirt road has a right fork a short ways in, take the right. If the gate is open, parking is ahead through gate. If not, pick any spot you like.

The way through Pete's Cave

Stage Two: Longdale Furnace.
Location: Longdale Furnace Recreation area parking lot. Note that parking is limited. Overflow along the roadside.
Ride Starts: 1:30PM.
Distance: 16 miles (more available).
Singletracks.com: http://bit.ly/1x7HBmY Ride varies slightly from this outline.
Downloadable, high quality map of the loop. Ideally, 11X17 printed: Longdale 16 Loop Map
Description: The Longdale/North Mountain loop packs tremendous variety and excellence in a compact package. From the site of an 1800’s blast furnace named Lucy Selina, you’ll encounter: forest road, long dirt climb, sweet Allegheny ridgetrail, amazing views, unusual rock formations, challenging sidehill descent, and a long closed National Forest swimming lake. The ride rises through the rec area to a rolling 3 mile forest road climb. At a junction of the North Mountain trail, bear left across creek continuing on the forest road, arriving at a National Forest parking area with kiosk. Out of the parking lot, take a right up Collierstown Road for a dirt climb of 3 miles, rising over 1000,’ to the North Mountain ridge. At the intersection near a radio tower, take a right dropping down road slightly to reveal a trail, up sharply on the right. The next half mile of the North Mountain trail reveals stunning views across Rockbridge County to the east, and beyond. Stop and enjoy several viewpoints before the trail hits the hardwoods. In just over 3 miles of generally climbing singletrack, a steep hike and narrow crevasse called Pete’s Cave provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Once through, right at the top, walk right onto the boulder overlook. To the northwest is a canvas of massive views of I-64 and the Alleghenies off in the far distance towards West Virginia. Continue on trail until we drop off the ridge at a trail sign (right). The drop is classic, through a deep V hollow with several swaps from side-to-side. The trail ends at the forest road junction passed earlier, exiting the way we approached.

There are options here to extend the adventure, or, duck downhill on the dirt road to a cold refreshment waiting.

Driving Directions: Roaring Run Furnace, Kelley's Market, Longdale Furnace

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

*NEW* VES Event "Everesting" of Mill Mountain

VES Mill Mountain Everesting Attempt

What is Everesting? http://www.everesting.cc/

The elevation of Mt. Everest is 29,029 ft. Each lap up Mill Mountain's Old Road is 807 ft. Do this 36 times and you've just rode up Mt. Everest!

This Strava Segment shows the route we plan to take.

Each lap is 3.88 miles round trip so 36 laps will come to about 140 miles…but hey half of that you'll be coasting!

Attempt Date: Saturday September 27th 12:01am. Start time can vary for whatever makes the most sense for you and your goals for the day. Anticipate each lap will take 25-35 minutes plus breaks.

No one from Virginia has ever Everested a climb. Only 5 riders in the entire US have Everested. 149 worldwide. http://www.everesting.cc/hall-of-fame/ If you feel you can pull off 36 laps and want to be included in the Hall of Fame, be sure to read their rules. http://www.eversting.cc/the-rules

36 laps is crazy you say?! Don't despair only a select few elite athletes will be able to accomplish this amazing feat. But how many can you do? Just as mountaineers test their abilities and find the highest mountain to match their skills, you can do the same. That's why we are also setting several attainable mountains you can set your sights on.

The Frump Frump - 1 Lap
The Alpe d'Huez (climb equivalent)- 5 Laps
Mt. Rogers - 8 Laps
Machu Picchu - 10 Laps
The Alto de Letras (climb equivalent) - 13 Laps
Half Everesting - 18 Laps
Mont Blonc - 20 Laps
Denali - 26 Laps
Death Zone - 33 Laps
Everesting - 36 Laps

Set your goals and then exceed them!

This event is FREE! However, RSVP if possible so we can plan accordingly. Each rider will have their own paper pull tabs at the summit with information about each lap and to help celebrate each amazing accomplishment attained.

If you plan on Everesting you must use a barometric GPS to track your ride and it must be uploaded to Strava. You must also come down the same route you are going up and no changing the route as soon as you begin. I cannot stress the importance of reading the rules set by the Hells 500 group.  If you do not plan on Everesting, then you may descend the New Road if you like because we honestly don't care.

As you enter your 12th lap there will be a mountaineering role play which will help you feel as if you too are climbing Everest. Each lap you will learn about the struggles and milestones of a real climber hiking towards base camp, camps I through IV and entering the Death Zone. By the end of the day you will have a greater sense of how big this mountain, and other mountains, really are because you will have rode them all!

Food and drinks may be stored at Underdog Bike (aka Base Camp) during their operating hours. Hopefully we can keep a cooler for food and drinks at the summit as well if someone is willing to watch over it. You are responsible for bringing your own food. If you bring extra food and decide to share it, we will have a table for 'pot luck' food.

There will be a group photo at the Star at 9 am. Anyone taking pictures with Instagram is encouraged to use the hashtag #Everesting to help the Hells 500 organizers follow our progress.

The picture below provides proof directly from the City Engineering Department that the elevation at Underdog is 930 ft. and the elevation at the Star viewing platform is 1737 ft.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Star City Vicious Randonnee is 100% definitely happening!!!

For anyone unfamiliar with the Virginia Endurance Series - yes, we are 100% definitely riding tomorrow 8/10 9am.


Some will ride the complete Suiride route (all 115+ miles and 15,000+ feet of climbing), yes regardless of the weather conditions ... and yes it will absolutely be a good time.

Of all the hundreds or thousands of rides you've done in your life, if you participate in the Star City Vicious Randonnee you will very distinctly remember it. Guaranteed.