Tuesday, April 7, 2015

4.12.15 Terrapin Mountain Predicament | FREE Event #4 in the Virginia Endurance Series

Location: Jefferson National Forest
near Arcadia, VA

Ride Parking / Meet Up Location:

This is also RIMBA LDS (Local Destination Series) Ride #1 - ARCADIA, with guided 17, 25, 36 and 41 mile route options!

At 9am on Sunday April 12th mountain bike adventurers will embark on an attempt of "Terrapin Mountain Predicament"! The the "Full" route as crafted by living legend Kyle Inman is 41.9 miles with 9,995 feet of climbing. TripTik is below. | Link: Details & GPX file | CLICK HERE for a printable PDF

There are *loads* of ways to shorten this ride (shorter options are illustrated below) so come and enjoy as much adventure mountain biking goodness as you're up for!

This is THE map!! CLICK HERE for a printable PDF.

New is a 100+km ULTRA route 62.9 miles, +13,167 feet. This option has never been completed and is only possible for the most fit, experienced and skilled back country mountain bikers. ULTRA Route: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.

Like all Virginia Endurance Series events, this is FREE! Be well fueled, super hydrated and ready to roll at 9am. Estimated ride time 6.5+ hours.

Note: If you plan to do the full epic (to the summit of Terrapin and looping back) one stream crossing is may get your feet wet, so consider bringing an extra pair of socks.

*Top Tube Frame Sticker*
Legendary Jens Voigt quote and
Virginia Endurance Series mantra.
All riders will be handed one of
these stickers at the ride start.
TMP Full-Course Navigation: 41.9 miles | 9,995 feet
GPX File | How-To navigate with GPX Track Files using a Smartphone or Garmin 800/810

The National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #789 (Lexington / Blue Ridge Mts) shows most of the Predicaments trails. A scanned copy, with the course marked in as best as I could, is below the TripTik.

The TripTik as written by the legend:
  • Start/finish - bridge over North Creek past campground
  • Go up dirt road to apple orchard trail, which begins with a wooden bridge.
  • Sharp Right turn to stay on the trail.
  • Take Apple Orchard trail 1.2 miles turn left to go over the wood bridge across the creek leading to Parker's Gap dead end.
  • Take Parker's Gap dirt road 2.1 miles to intersection of FS 812.
  • Right on 812 3.1 miles to BRP overlook.
  • Go straight across parkway, look for trail/fire rd on left, go around gate and continue until trail opens up into a field, cross field and 
  • Bear left (NE)out of field onto singletrack 3004 
  • Singletrack opens to grassy 2 track, Salad Hill, still 3004
  • Take 2 track several miles eventually passing through a gate. You will come back through this gate after tackling Terrapin Mt.
  • Go 1 mile to Camping Gap. Terrapin Mt trail is on right, 
  • go around gate to enter Terrapin Mt Trail, up a steeep climb for a few hundred feet, then turn left onto trail marked by yellow blaze to stay on trail (do not go straight).
  • Take trail across ridge. 
  • Gorgeous, technical, very sweet and stop to take in the stunning view off of the left side of the ridge from the rocks near the summit.
  • Trail descent becomes a boulder strewn hike. I think very skilled back country rock riders could ride virtually all of this very technical descent. Classic.
  • Trail dumps onto open road. You'll pick up a lot of speed and be having a blast. Keep your eyes peeled for trail 3009 on right, it's easy to blow by. If you reach a gate you've gone too far - trail is BEFORE gate.
  • 3009 is a nice rolling contour trail around the base of Terrapin, beautiful with easily rideable stream crossings, until you reach the one before the gate. You can stay dry while crossing this one by walking from rock to rock.
  • Go thru gate and turn right to climb along creek on fire road.
  • Eventually arrive at a brisk creek that's wide (maybe 30 feet on 3/3/2013) and 1/2 wheel deep but rideable. You can walk across and stay dry on the left but it's a little tricky.
  • After creek turn right onto trail, climbing, climbing, and then climbing.
  • After a couple miles, a hard switchback right will appear. Take that, bringing you back to Camping Gap just feet from the Terrapin Mt trail from earlier.
  • Take left back up dirt road 3004.
  • Go through gate. Shortly thereafter spot fire road on right, White Oak Ridge 3011.
  • 3011 will present a right turn option shortly thereafter. Stay left.
  • Proceed upwards for about 2 miles, eventually arriving at BRP across from giant golf ball radar dome.
  • Left on BRP to Sunset Field fire road on left, ridden earlier.
  • This time, exit field to right, SW, on Onion Mt section of the horse trail.
  • Trail will climb sharply at first. Stay alert for hard right turn once climbing eases. Trail is marked.
  • Take rough singletrack about a mile to Overstreet road and falls.
  • Take right, upwards, on Overstreet dirt road. Go 1.4 miles to BRP, mostly steep climbing.
  • Take a right, north, on BRP, 2 miles back to Sunset Field overlook on left.
  • Take Apple Orchard Falls trail from overlook down sweet, tech singletrack.
  • Upon arriving at open fire road, take a left. Fire road descends for a bit, climbing abruptly near the end.
  • Stay straight at top of steep climb onto Cornelius Creek Trail. Awesome, you are almost done!
  • Go 2 miles down Cornelius Creek trail, eventually arriving back at North Creek road.
  • Go down North Creek Road to bridge. Done.
The Terrapin Mountain Predicament Route Overview: 
(Red Arrows = Out, Blue Arrows = Return)

    If you print the TripTik and the above map you have a good chance of staying on course.

    Map of Ride Parking / Meet Up Location: 37.54274,-79.585101, http://goo.gl/maps/k6hVT

    This ~36 mile route is what most riders were able to complete in the 2013 TMP:

    North Creek and Cornelius Option Overview:

    North Creek, Sunset Field, Onion Mt, Hereformost Mt, Apple Orchard & Cornelius Trail Option Overview:

    North Creek, Sunset Field, White Oak Ridge, Apple Orchard & Cornelius Trail Option Overview:

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Get Virginia Endurance Series / VES Factory Team clothing at dealer cost! $5 is donated to RIMBA for every item purchased!

    It'd be fantastic if you'd support the completely free and volunteer organized Virginia Endurance Series and RIMBA by purchasing a premium VES clothing item **at dealer cost**.

    Starlight Custom Cycling Apparel will donate $5 to the Virginia IMBA chapter, RIMBA, for every item purchased!

    To order, visit http://www.starlightapparel.com/category-s/1879.htm

    Ordering deadline is 3/16/15!

    Thanks so much for your support!

    The Virginia Endurance Series Mission:
    Reveal and celebrate the very best backcountry mountain biking destinations in Virginia | Offer FREE monthly ride events in these destinations, with volunteer ride leaders and various distance options (something for everyone) | GIVE riders the maps and information they need to explore these areas | Help create, enhance and preserve Virginia’s great mountain biking experiences.

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    3.14.15 Richmond Baja | Virginia Endurance Series

    Richmond Baja​
    Route information and all details:
    Facebook Event
    3.14.15 | 7am | Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream
    3600 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23225
    ​Choose your pleasure: Race (45-90mi) / Party Pace (25-30mi)

    "Races like the Richmond Baja are what keep me involved in cycling. The Baja is one part mountain bike race, one part alleycat, and one part weird mexican navigational nightmare. It's awesome. I like the Baja for a lot of reasons. First, it's put together by friends of mine, and it's always cool to see your friends doing awesome things. Secondly, it's a pretty inclusive event, with an encouraging and fun community, and a strong DIY ethic. Most importantly, the Baja embodies a lot of what cycling is about to me, both from a racer's perspective, and that of someone who sees the community behind the bike.
    The Broad Street Hooligans do a lot for the Richmond mountain bike scene. Between the trails, and the Baja itself, the Hooligans are out almost every weekend investing their time and resources in our trail system, with no recompense or payment.They do it because they love riding bikes. I look up to that. It's a clear and simply motivation, and because of it, the Hooligans do a lot of awesome things, and generally don't receive the thanks they deserve. They make an effort not to include their names anywhere, and are all known instead as friends of Steve Justice. The Baja specifically is the only race of its kind in Richmond, and is a fairly unique event nationally, which makes it that much cooler.

    The Baja is a pretty inclusive event, and that mentality of inclusivity is what drew me to cycling in the first place. The Hooligans are friendly dudes. The people that race the Baja are friendly people. More so, the race is set up in a way that encourages everyone from beginners to pros. There's a full length, and half length course, and while neither is a walk in the park, they are both definitely do-able. Between that, the proximity of the race to the city, and the overall 'vibe' the event puts offs, it really is meant for everyone. I can say after working as a volunteer and riding a lot of the course this year, that there were no negative experiences. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and all of the racers, riders, tourists, promoters, and Hooligans were just out to have a good time, and it showed.
    The best thing about the Baja, and the Hooligans is the DIY ethic that oozes from everything they do. To me, more than anything this is what cycling is about. Want to ride 20 miles? Go do it. Want to learn how to mountain bike? Go fall until you get it right. Cycling for me was and still is a school of hard knocks. I was super fat when I starting riding, and it was only through dragging myself around for an hour or so every day that I got to where I am today. Cycling forces you to rely on yourself. No one can log the miles but you. An adventure race like the Baja really brings this mentality to the forefront. 100 miles is long on a road bike. It's daunting on single track. That combined with the fact that you are responsible for all nutrition, water, and navigation, along with any mechanical failures that may occur make the Baja a tough and unique event. The Hooligans doing a great job not making seem impossible though. With volunteers like myself, and other Hooligans stretched out across the course, there are just enough checkpoints to reassure the riders that they're going the right way.
    While working my checkpoints during the last race, I found myself oscillating between encouraging riders who were hurting, and having lighthearted conversations with the guys and gals that were doing just fine and had stopped to grab a beer. It was a blast, and felt like exactly what a bike race should feel like. The Baja reminded me that they're exactly that, bikes, a means to have fun, and get outside. It's easy to get sucked up in gear talk, and racing and numbers, and the Baja sort of throws a lot of that out the window, and brings back the awesome.
    -Friend of Steve Justice"

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    VES 3-Lap Zwift RACE | Start = 5:30am EST February 20, 2015

    All riders, worldwide, are welcome and encouraged to participate.

    We will do 1 warm-up lap, I will pace it (C.Insane_O) and keep it under 200w for the whole lap. The warm-up lap will start promptly at 5:30am and our race group will stay together for the whole lap. As soon as we cross the finish line the 3-Lap race is on! Go after it!

    If you're participating comment on the VES 3-Lap Zwift Race post on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/virginiaenduranceseries to let me know AND post your finishing time in EST. We will all have an identical start time so the EST finish time will be used to calculate the results, which I will post here, on Facebook and on the Virginia Endurance Series website by 9am tomorrow / Friday / following the race. If you don't use Facebook just comment here.

    The Virginia Endurance Series www.virginiaenduranceseries.com is a FREE year-round series of primarily backcountry adventure mountain bike rides. VES kicks off every year with a Global 50-day Ride Challenge (ride at least an hour a day, every day, from Jan 1 thru Feb 19). Everyone is finishing the 50-Day challenge today Feb 19 so this RACE is a chance to show everyone what you've got!

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    **POSTPONED** The Stamstad Ride | FREE Event #2 (Plan B) in the Virginia Endurance Series

    The forecasted temps have dropped significantly (from what were their already low predictions) AND this mtb route is absolutely kick ass incredible, you've gotta ride it, yes that good. So, we're postponing it, and we will announce a new date ASAP. 

    Yes it's going to be cold, awesome cold, and this is going to be an awesome backcountry adventure ride.

    We will be climbing immediately from the parking lot on singletrack, and the killer DH at the end of the ride brings us right back to the cars. This is an ideal cold weather route!

    Start Location: Day Creek Recreation Area
    Incredibly easy to get to!

    Start Time: 10am

    Full Route = 35 miles / 6730 feet (roughly 4-5 hours) and there are tons of ride shortening options.
    Start / Finish
    Spec Mines / Bobblets Gap
    Mine Shaft

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    2.15.15 The Pantani Ride **POSTPONED** | FREE Event #2 in the Virginia Endurance Series

    **POSTPONED** 2.15.15 Pantani X or XI 2015

    Map & Cue Sheet: LINK (11x17 PDF)
    GPX File: LINK


    Please visit the following sites for all event details:
    Facebook: LINK

    When: 11 AM Sunday 2/15/15
    Where: 551 Allen Rd Earlysville VA 22936

    Not a backcountry mountain biking event, but it is a FREE, epic, mettle challenging ride to celebrate all that is suffering on big climbs in honor of Marco.

    Drugs, doping, overdoses aside....dude could ride a bike. Be there!
    Thank you Bill Hazlegrove www.hazlegroveagency.com for pouring
    your time and talent into yet another VES map masterpiece!
    What bike to bring?
    Gordon Wadsworth: I rode the Superfly HT (Trek Carbon Hardtail 29er MTB) last year and found it spot on. Whatever you bring, bring legs!!!
    Shawn Tevendale: I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND a full on road bike unless you have big tires and a lot of gears. Sections of the climb approach 20% and the descents can be loose and have breaking ruts, low marks, rogue animals, and wayward hunting vehicles. Gravel, Gravel, more Gravel.....so....that said.....can a road bike do it: yes, and they have and will....but you had better be a damn good rider on one and be willing to possibly hike some sections....so don't come with new speedplay cleats on unless you really want to break them in.
    fine print
    as you all know, this is not a sanctioned, official, real, anything at all. It is just a for fun ride on bikes that happens to see people trying to ride fast against each other. We can't call it a race for legal reasons, so we won't. You could die on this or any other ride....you can't sue us. this is just for fun, nothing more....Marco would go, so should you.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    POSTPONED - Linger Not will occur TBD 2015



    Here is the Berfday Ride! a two county tour, from Bland to Giles and back

    Date: March 1st. 2015
    Start Time is 7:00A.M
    Starting location directions:
    From I-...77: Near Wytheville, take the Bastian Exit (Exit 58) and go west toward Bastian. Take a left on US 52, then an immediate right on Grapefield Road (SR 614). Travel 3½ miles to the day use area on the left, just past Camp Roland.

    Web site for start: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/null/recarea/?recid=74041&actid=71

    We will be riding from the Wolf Creek Day Use Area climbing up the backside of Round Mtn. (trail Corkscrew). After a short tour of this area we will travel East towards Dismal Falls in Giles County via forest service roads and a rutty/muddy jeep ridge road known as Hogback. After a short tour of the Dismal Area we have a convenience store with a deli! The return path will parallel Hogback, but take a much easier and mostly paved path back on Kimberling Creek to route 52 and our final push back to the cars.

    Link below  (GPX File) for the route we completed last year (with a few mistaken tour turns that will not be featured this year:). The route was recorded using a Garmin device thing so uploading a copy should get you through the route if that is your thang. It's not mine and the fancy device was not on my bike so that is all I can provide for further detailed questions. Rob can help with that though if you have questions.

    The ride will start with Round Mtn. area and include my best selection of this area (Corkscrew, Goose, Meadow, Chimney, Genesis, Wheels Up, Salamander, Beauty, Goose, South Fork...in that order!). If you are not up for the full pull I hope to have some tour guides for just this area.
     After Round Mtn. we ride mostly dirt to Dismal Falls Area. A map of the area with trails can be found on the Nat Geo Map #787. We will be entering from the 'backside' of the area via Pumpkin Center (SR609 & SR677 both paved back country roads) after Hogback and proceeding towards Nobusiness Creek (SR 677 to 606, dirt). From there we make are way to the top of Sugar Run Mountain and will drop in on Ribble Trail (40 on map). This is the approximate mid point of the ride.

    Pic of my #787. Ignore the handwriting or be ready for an ADVENTURE.

    REFUEL OPPORTUNITY - SR201 will be our dirt road exit of this area and a convenience store with a deli is at the bottom of the mountain (soon as we hit pavement look left and you can't miss the store). After fueling up we ride mostly pavement on some nice backcountry roads through Kimberling Creek area (paralleling/backtracking just below Hogback).

    The original "plan" last year was to ride back the way we came from Round Mtn., climb up from Suiter and drop back down Corkscrew. Time and major storms rolling in convinced us to take the route we did (more pavement) after crossing back over I77 (i.e. drop Rt 52 and back out 614 to cars). Full route (more dirt) is an option...we'll see what happens.

    Here are some pics of previous tours/rides in the area to get the sike going!

    A view of Round Mtn. from Hogback
    Another view of Round Mtn. different day; from Hogback
    ...this could be possible--pucker up buttercup

    pleasant amenities
    Dismal Falls
    mountain signs
    this is why we shall Linger Not!
    cheers. cya out there.