Daily Archives: 04/03/2018

Joanthan Maunsell takes the win at the first round of the Grassroots Enduro in Ireland

The Grassroots Enduro is a local five race series based in the south of Ireland. It has a one day format of blind racing with riders able to do any of the three stages twice with the best times counting.

In this, Jonathan’s first race after a winter of snowboarding in the French Alps, he managed to ride his brand new Process 153 CR to a win solid win!

“It’s always nice to start the season off with a win, I love the blind racing format of this series. But I’m  really looking forward to the first round of our National Series in two weeks time.”

Photo: @cahirmedia

Imaginary Domination Under the Eye of Stravaman

After suffering a mishap 15-miles in to a 54-mile day, Adventure Team rider Spencer Paxson shares his experience of what possessed him to keep riding real hard through the forests of the Black Hills.  

On the penultimate day of March, spring seemed preterm in the Black Hills (Capitol Forest) outside of Bordeaux, WA. Just shy of 200 bike riders gathered in the chilly, misty fields of the Evergreen Sportmen’s Club, set at the edge of the forest. Named for its border with the Black River, which is named for the “dark water” of Black Lake, the woods of the Black Hills did not hide their sinister nature. Indeed, the Eye of Stravaman loomed over all who pedaled through.

Spooky woods

Bordeaux, WA circa March 1903. Not much has changed except that there are bicycle races here on the weekends.

This was the sophomore year of the Cascadia Super G, put on by the Race Cascadia crew, which is best known for its regionally popular Cascadia Dirt Cup Series. This event was intended as a blend of enduro-meets-road-racing, or what these days we popularize as “gravel racing”.  At 9:30am we set out on a 54-mile course (shortened by 1 mile due to logging activity) to see just how we would fare. Unfortunately, the enduro timing system (which was supposed to record special downhill segments along the way) had been stuck in customs, so aside from the clock ticking at the finish line, we were all left with the Eye of Stravaman to decide the (unofficial) champion of the “race within the race”.

They say few can endure its terrible gaze, but for better or worse, with the Eye staring down, it didn’t matter so much when I suffered a nasty gash in my sidewall just 15 miles in, which I proceeded to have trouble fixing. After a few false starts of plugs, CO2s, boots, pumps, and even a nice helping hand who pulled over to see that I was alright (thank you, kind Sir!) I had lost around 18min. The race was rightly over, so it was time to go in to TT mode and let the Eye see what I was made of.

Blazing through moody clearcut vistas and spooky woods, I got to say hello again to most of my fellow bike racers who had passed me while I dealt with my mishap. For the next two hours I carried on with the Computer of Power weighing ever heavier on my handlebar. Lured by the Eye, I saw just how fast I could sustain.

With cracks beginning to show at the seams, I crossed the finish line a bit over 3 hours since I’d left it. According to the the clock I was 5th, but according to the Eye, I’d logged the fastest times on the major climb and descent segments. Be that as it may, the Eye grants no real dominion, only imaginary domination. And thus the ride was done and we left the Black Hills behind for another go some other day.

Chris Mcfarland

Racing against myself after getting rolling again…flat-out from mile 15 to 54.

Relive ‘Morning Ride’

 

Spring petals and pastels. Super Jake dressed pre-race like it was ready for an Easter egg hunt (it was Easter Weekend).

Super Jake with CX/MTB gearing combo (46/36 front, 11-40 rear) was the ride of choice for the 2018 Cascadia Super G

Super Jake, super gravel style. It was just an unlucky matter of physics and statistics (okay, and probably rider error!) that got the better of an otherwise burly tire setup.

The Computer of Power, displaying some heavy numbers from the day. It was “flat out” despite “flatting out”.

Crown Town

Three Wheels Around the World – Hear Hirsch about his six year long cycle tour

Hey Atlanta friends! If you’re in the area on May 23rd, consider swinging by REI to hear Hirsch about his six-year bike ride that took him all around the world.

“Hirsch graduated from Furman University with a biochemistry degree and then decided to take a year “on” which included his first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He received his master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Utah and took another year “on” which included a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Having been accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he served in Vanuatu for three years. Then, for almost six years, he rode his bicycle around the world. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail again and then moved to Guatemala for a year as a volunteer at an orphanage, after which he again hiked the Appalachian Trail. He went to Japan to volunteer on an organic farm and to hike an extensive Buddhist pilgrimage, and followed that as a volunteer teacher in India. Having returned to the States, he spent nine months cycling around North America, after which he began his current stint as a volunteer caretaker for Mountain Conservation Trust in Talking Rock, Georgia. Hirsch’s talk will focus on his six year bike ride which began and ended in Canada, with a little Cambodia and Kazakhstan (and many other countries) in between.”

Register here if you’re keen to attend.