All But One

^All But One from James .

This video is from our ride out to Edge Falls. We had thirteen people out for some fun. We got what we wanted. It’s great route of 53 miles and 2200 feet of hills. What made it hard, however, was the Texas heat. At the end it was 100 degrees.

What we see in this video is mile 3. I usually start at the end and move up and get everyone in the first video. It doesn’t always work out since groups can be rather large at times but with smaller groups like this, it’s usually easy.

Not this time though. My friend Sean was in front of me and I just couldn’t get in front of him before the second down hill. Sean and I have worked together in the last several rides so I may have video with him in it. I still have much video to go through, so Sean, be patient, you’re in there somewhere!

If you want to see the map click on Strava .

RWB Team Ride

^Where’s Waldo? from James . Strava

A while back I went on a ride with Team RWB out on River Road. It was a great ride of 35 miles with about 1300 ft of climbing. It took us on River Road which is always nice when there’s little traffic, and it also went on some easy rollers up by the dam. The thing about River Road is that during the summer it has very heavy traffic so it’s best to avoid it. The rest of the year, however, it’s great.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you need some climbing there are plenty of nice rollers in the area. Most of the highways have good shoulders too and if you know where to go, the quiet roads are really nice. You can click on the Strave link above if you want to see the route. Have fun out there!

 

The HEB La Vernia Ride

^Give Me Air! from James.  Strava map.

Last weekend I joined the HEB club for a 53 mile ride starting at The Den in La Vernia, Texas. A mostly flat ride, it has some great, quiet country roads that everyone enjoyed.

The video above will show you what some of the roads are like. I tried to get everyone doing the 53 miler in the video but I may have missed some. However, I still have more video to go through. Stay tuned!

Moving Pictures-The Eagle Ride

^Moving Pictures-Eagle Ride from James. Strava map.

Not one to post still pictures (thus, the name Moving Pictures) I’m posting this video to show some of the people that rode the Eagle Ride 40 miler. This was hosted by Team Red White and Blue with Cyclones, Team BGDB, 700c Club and Performance Bike pitching in to help. I’m sure there were other clubs that worked because I saw many different club jerseys. I also know that there were many folks that helped that are not members of any club but made this ride not only possible, but a great event.

I rode the 40 miler with some old and some new friends and had a blast. This area is mostly flat with mellow rollers so for the 40 miles we had about 750 feet of climbing. We also had a head wind going out on this out and back course.

It was raining at my house in the morning and my usual rule of thumb is that if it’s raining at my house I won’t go. But I really wanted to ride so I went anyway. Good thing I did. The day cleared up and there was no rain on the ride. Great people and great ride. Thanks to all that made it happen!

 

Wide Open Spaces

^Wide Open Spaces from James.  Strava map.

Perfect weather, wide open spaces and enough energy to play. It was a great day. It’s a nice route we haven’t done in a while. Not too hard, not too long. Something the three bears would like. Speaking of bears, we have the Bear Creek climb if we go in the right direction. There’s also Skyline, The Dam Climb, Kindersley and Summit Drive to name a few “stingers” in the area. Why haven’t we done this lately?

The video shows one of the roads with some nice rollers. The climbs are steady and the down hills fun. Most of us hit 40 mph several times. Maybe it’s time for a standard crank. Fifty would be nice. Anyway, for now 40 is a good rush.

And the Payments Started

^The Terminator Part II from James . Strava  map. Part one here.

We all know, cycling is about suffering. Sometime during the ride you will have to pay. What is really hard is when it comes early. We’ve all been there and we’ll be there again. I think it was Greg Lemond who said “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” How true!

This is part two of a ride on the Wild Dogs route with a club called 700c. Part one is found here. It’s mostly flat, perfect for all the tempo monsters. If you remember, we didn’t have much of a warm up that day, and in this video, at least for me, payments were due.

There are many different things that can tax you on your ride. Most people look at milage or speed. But how much climbing was there? Was it windy? Hot? What bike were you on? I remember going on a ride that I thought was just a casual gravel tour in our area. It turns out most of the people were gravel or cross country racers. At least that’s what it seemed like. It was a training ride for them and they stormed out of the gate. Anyway, it was hotter than hell and I was on my heavy cruiser. It was like I had a knife at a gun fight. Needless to say, I have never felt worse on bike in my life. At least I made it to the end. Barely.

Going on a challenging bike ride is like preparing for a fight. You do everything you can to get ready. You work on strategy and tactics, you develop your weapons and work on your weaknesses. Then you step into the ring and think on the fly. Once you’re there, whether it’s in the ring or on the start line, you hope all your preparation works, and that, at the very least, you don’t make any mistakes.  You just want to make it to the end. And not get yourself knocked out…..

 

 

The Slow Roll Bike Ride

^Dead Horses, Dead Legs from James on Vimeo.

Some of my friends wanted to know  about a route I call Dead Horses. Why that name, they asked. Well, it’s because it starts in an area where many of the roads have the word “horse” in them. There’s Iron Horse, Spirit Horse, Walking Horse, horse this, horse that, horse crap. Well, maybe not the last one. And, by the time I’m done, I’m er…..done. Dead.

Click here to see the Strava map.

I have been working on it for a while and I think I now know enough of the area to be able to make it 60 miles and 6,000 feet. Yes, it will have some repeats and I’ll have to do some of the areas twice but there are no mountains here. So there’s that…..

I’ll have more video of the area soon. With people next time! There’s plenty of double digits and some fun rollers too. It may be a while, though. I need to get over my knee pain, and hip pain….wrist pain…pain this, pain that. Pain. Crap! Oh how I love the ……rusty years.

Another nice climb video, Don’t Look Up.

 

All in a Day’s Work

 

^Runaway Train from James on Vimeo.

Recently I was asked to step in and lead a ride for someone that couldn’t make it due to an injury. I was starting at a different location so my friend The Pit Bull started the group and I dropped in a couple of miles into the ride. As usual, it broke up into two group with me taking the front and Ken working the second group. After our first stop to regroup, we took off and one of our riders missed a turn. I thought I would have to chase him down, which happens sometimes, but lucky for me, he heard our shouts and turned around. In the meantime, I made sure the others made the turn until Ken’s group came up. Now however, the first guys had a lead and didn’t know where the next turn was. It was now my job to try and catch them to show them the turn. Turns out, the chase was the best part of the ride. Check out the chase video above.

Click on Strava for the map.

If you have ever led a ride, you know you can’t be everywhere at once. You want to show everyone the way and at the same time watch out for the people who are having a bad day and falling behind. So, for those of you that pitch in and help, many thanks. And my thanks go out to those that are hammering at the front, too. After all, some in the group will be feeling great that day and they deserve company while having fun. It’s all about pitching in somewhere, at one time or another,  watching out for each other, being there if needed, because if you think about it, we’re all out there just trying to enjoy another day in paradise.