20150316

Death By Hills 2015 - Anyone Get A Headcount?

Greetings, lactic-acid burning Team Seagal Fans! My legs are sitting here, with symptoms of C.O.L.S. (Crushed Out Leg Syndrome) running rampant. Thankfully, the medicine I have been self-administering in the form of peanut butter snickers, milk and coffee, are slowly working some magic. Also thankfully, the weather and roads cooperated big time for this year's much-anticipated 7th Anal Annual DBH. With weather as perfect as we had it, you would believe that Energor himself was looking down upon us with favor that day.

But it wasn't all roses and sunshine. For at the moment I awoke on DBH morn, and walked to the fridge to get some milk for my cereal, I was reminded of the previous night:

Still in a bit of a daze, I had to draw inspiration from several local crushers who are well versed with the starting-big-rides-hungover plan - people like Dr. Rolland Sallinger, D. Pri0r, H.H., all great riders to have gone on to great hungover-success before me. Fortunately, even though I came up short of the morning Triple Lindy, I still managed to pull off (or squeeze out) the minimum requirement of two summit attempts. Praise be to Energor.

And so it was to be, glorious mid-march weather in StL, and a great ride set to start. I arrived, admittedly a little nervous about what I was about to make my body do, but having summitted twice, I knew I had the foundation for a great day. So all that was left to do was set my internal soundtrack to some seriously inspirational steel-drum-laden tunage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRjkqW9sIXk&t=2m20s

With the image of Arnold slaying the militia and saving Jenny with steel drums playing in the background, I couldn't be more set. So I was able to relax, and say hello to many cool people in the parking lot. A few simple words were said, and we rolled out at down Clayton Road, with a massive pack behind me:
Also, Check out Pry0r's video of the group

For what it's worth (nothing) it isn't too often a group this size gets together for a ride in this town, without some greater cause to motivate them to do so or without being charged an entry fee. But we saw everyone in this group - dudes, chicks, d00dz on gravel bikes, a 26" mtb (Nice work, Barry), at least 3 bikes in the Singlespeed Division, a couple of tri/tt bikes, CX bikes, and plenty of go-fast road bikes. Thankfully absent: recumbents. It was a diverse, eclectic group.

Anyway, as we cruised down Clayton, it was clear that it would be a little while before my legs were properly warmed up and ready for business. Shit, I was still not used to even seeing them exposed this year - my legs were more pasty white than Buddy's ass. (yeah, think about that.) So the only thing to do was to employ a Superior State of Mind, because the mind controls the legs. The first big wake-up of the day was the notorious Bartizan climb. Quickly dispatched, we were onto the next one. Unfortunately, approaching the next one, our own Harlan Banks, a.k.a. Nad Snurb, pressed the "eject" button which removed himself from the ride by way of busted-ass rear-derailleur hanger. I am fairly sure his derailleur hanger got wind of what was in store for the rest of the day, and decided to become a juggalo - also known as a failure.

Doing Strove's loop, I had to make sure to achieve retribution for last year, where I elected to not climb Starwoods in hopes of catching back onto the group. It was just how I remembered it, covered in pavement that looked like Seal's face. Stopping to help out K. "Hollywood" W. as he finished fixing a puncture, we would end up riding together for the next 80 miles. Yowza. Our other riding buddy's came and went, and we just kept the pedals turning. Climbing up Alt Road, we got E.K. in sights, but once we crested past Hidden Valley's entrance, we lost her to gnarly descending skills, and wouldn't reel her back in until the ascent up Forby, where we would form a bit of a wo-man train that would choo-choo its way all around the Allenton Loop, getting many thumbs-ups from the locals, and into the first rest stop at the Six Flags gas station. Topping off water bottles and procuring provisions for the next 45-50 miles, a small, surgical strike force departed, one that would basically stick together the rest of the day - myself, Hollywood, Dr. Sallinger, JR and crampin' Chris. Oooooweee! What a great day!

Even though we were 30 miles in, it felt as though I had sweated out most of the hangover, and the legs were doing what I pay them to do - crush shit out all day long. And climbing up Allenton past the roller coasters, I got to get a glimpse of the Greensfelder Trail surfaces, where they cross the road numerous times - and I'll tell you they were softer than Criss Angel out for an afternoon jog in Forest Park behind the WashU women's cross country team.

Of course after Allenton Road comes the Scenic Loop:
Jerkward has only one gear, and it ain't low
Exiting Scenic Loop Road, we all couldn't help but notice the completely full horse-trailer parking lot, dozens of horses ready to "aerate" the soft trails with their poo-covered hoofs. We appreciate all the hard work they put into helping build and maintain those trails by the way.

Scenic Loop, and then onto Woodland Meadows, where we would find new meaning for the term "25% grade." Down through Rockwoods Reservation on beautiful pavement gave us time to munch on snacks, and ride for a few miles in the big ring for a change. We then came to the base of Melrose, where our band of merry men had the collective wrist snapped by a dude on a tri bike in nearly his hardest gear. Getting dispatched uphill by aero bars and a sleeveless jersey was more disappointing to me than a juggalo hearing his son say that he wants to go to college. I suppose we all must learn some humility from time to time.

Melrose leads to Hwy T, which then takes us to Bassett, which then takes us to the infamous Cremin's Green, or "The Green Monster." It was here that I witnessed probably one of the most amazing performances of the day - 50 year old David F. pass my wheezing ass in a standing high cadence like I was standing still. I was reminded of a this speed comparison video:





Climbing that hill, afterwards you feel like something was cleansed from your body, and you are now stronger for it. And descending that hill, you would be able to tattoo yourself with your blazing disc rotors.

Bassett Rd, what was left of it, hurt pretty badly after Cremins. Regardless, we jammed down the backside, took a pass on visiting the monument, and continued on through some seriously beautiful scenery:

riders up the road
lone homeboy on the horizon
Bouquet certainly is a crusher, but at least you're distracted by the scenery. Once at the top of Bouquet, we cruised down Ossenfort, nearly got run over by some shit-eater on a motorcycle, and prepared for Babler Forest.

Babler  Forest.

We saw many things on the slopes of Babler Forest, all of them noteworthy. Here's a short list:
  • 50mph
  • the lead group, which was miraculously still together in a big way, leaving as we rolled up
  • a fucking dead horse being mourned by a live horse:
  • 2 door 1st-gen RAV4:
    This one's for Jerkward

Wildhorse Creek Road looks even bett0r when being ridden by a murder of Seagals:

Climbing Wildhorse Creek Road was tons of fun, and by tons of fun, I mean a demon hell-ride. But it provide us all with the chance to descend Rieger, climb Smith School, and get totally served by the Pfriedman's who were serving up PBJs and water - something that may or may not have saved several asses, and fueled our lap of Babl0r State P0rk.

I should mention, that at this point in the ride, we lost count of the dead squirrel corpses that were strewn as far as the eye can see, across nearly every road we set tire to. I had been figuring that someone in the lead group was picking them off just up the road from us.

By this time of day, it was becoming readily apparent that if you were still riding, there was no need to think about cutting short the route. Personally, I was feeling more and more confident as the day went on. And even though each hill hurt, I was able to recover sufficiently before hitting the next one, which meant that I never totally blew up on any climb, and never experienced any sign of cramping. That's not to say the hunger wasn't coming on strong. By the time we crested "Doberman Hill" the rumblings were coming on just in time to hit up the totally awesome gas station at Eatherton and WHC, where we stocked up on some loot, hour-6 style:

Resting at that gas station affords a person a great chance to people watch. Sunday, being a supremely nice day, we had the chance to watch dozens upon dozens of doctors, anesthesiologist, lawyers, bankers and financial investors playing the part of "badass Harley guy" on their $40,000 hogs rolling past. Good times.

That gas station, as far as I am concerned, marks the end of the monster hills. Sure, there are some tough ones yet (Orville and Shepard) but by this point in the ride, they almost felt like formalities. The more stand-out thing was the beautiful weather, the amazingly smooth pavement on Orville, and the good company. So what if we never caught the lead group - they're a buncha jerks anyway.

There were only a few miles left, up Shepard, over to Clayton, where we then hung a leroy onto Streucker, another Leroy on Valley, and finally a Ralphie onto Kehrs Mill. For bonus points, we hung a final larry into the Mitch's secret Kehr's Mill Bypass. Oooweee.

Rolling into the empty lot, both myself, KW and Dr. Sallinger were all commenting on how we all felt surprisingly good, considering what we had just did. Good signs for a sure-to-be-gnarly season. And 90+ miles is a great start:


It was seriously awesome to ride with so many people yesterday. I hope the rest of the season can treat us as well as this ride did (except you, Snurb). Next up, some gravel and mountain shit.

Stay tuned, sucka!

-Casey F. Ryback

20150311

Things to Keep in Mind This Sunday

Greetings, slobbering Team Seagal minions. With all the reschedules and what-have-yous, I occurred to the higher-up fat-cats in the Team Seagal management structure (Energor himself, for we all answer to him) that there may be a few things being forgotten. So if you plan on dragging your festering, bloated near-corpse up and down all the west county hills with us this sunday, these are a few reminders...

When: Clipping in a 9AM

Where: across the street from The Wolf Coffee Company at Kehr's Mill Road and Clayton Road - the parking lot for Fortel's Pizza Den.

Route:  Garmin link here *****THE ROUTE WILL NOT BE MARKED!!! NO ONE IS COMING TO GET YOU BECAUSE IN WILDWOOD NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM!*****

Scroll down for a turn-by-turn que sheet.


A few more notes:
  • Do not expect the initial group to stick together - it will break up and form cute little grouplets. If you don't know where you are going, then make sure to stick with someone who does!
  • I'm pretty sure this will be a big fucking group, so please be courteous to drivers, which means not blocking the lane on two lane roads (of which there are many!)
  • There are only 2 gas stations/refuel points on the route - one at mile ~30 (at Allenton Road and Hwy 44) and the other one is 50 miles later at mile ~80 (at Wildhorse Creek Road and Eatherton.)  PLAN YOUR WATER ACCORDINGLY!!
In life, try to keep in mind, when making decisions, "WWBD?" What Would charles Bronson Do? Here's your morning inspiration to get you super pumped:



You're Welcome,
 -Casey F. Ryback




P.S. Here is your que sheet, again:



-Start at Lone Wolf Coffee
-Head west on Clayton,
-Left on Thunderhead Canyon Dr.
-Left on Westglen Farms Dr.
-Right on "Village Plaza View Dr," toward the stripmall
-enter bike path opposite the parking lot
-left across black pedestrian bridge, crossing Hwy 100
-left after bridge
-hard right off of curb onto Old Manchester (across from the Jack in the Box)
-left onto Woods Rd. Descend and turn left up Bartizan, come back down, and continue down Woods.
-left onto bike path and ride south along Hwy 109.
-left up Old State for about .1 mile
-left onto Redtail Hawk Dr
-Then turn/veer left onto Johns Cabin Rd, which is a clockwise loop (Mitch's secret training loop) and will bring you back to Old State. (BUT not before making a quick left up and back down Starwood Rd!)
-Cross 109 at Old State, turn right up Alt Rd.
-Left on Forby.
-Right on N. Central Ave
-Cross over Hwy 44, turn right onto West Main St (in between train tracks.)
-left onto Wengler and start Allenton Loop, going CCW.
-Exit Allenton Loop to the left, go underneath Hwy 44, and climb Allenton Rd. *GAS STATION*
- right onto Scenic Loop Rd, going the RIGHT way. Let's avoid confusion, and park rangers. This is different than what the Garmin link shows.
-right back onto Allenton Rd.
-left onto Melrose
-right onto Hwy 100
-right onto Woodland Meadows Dr.
-right onto Old Manchester
-right onto Glencoe (through Rockwoods.)
-Go straight up Melrose
-Turn right (again) onto Hwy 100, cross over and turn left and continue on Melrose all the way until it descends to Hwy T.
-Left on T
-Left on Bassett
-Left onto Cremin's Green, out-and-back. Continue up Bassett.
-Left onto Old Manchester
-left onto Bouquet.
-Left onto Ossenfort (at the big white farm house)
-Cross T, and continue on Ossenfort.
-Continue straight onto Wild Horse Creek
-turn left up Babler Forest as an out-and-back.
-Come back down, and turn right onto Wild Horse Creek, climbing to Rieger.
-Turn left onto Rieger
-Right on Pond.
-left on Smith School Rd.
-Left on BA.
-left into Babler State Park. Once in Babler, turn right onto John Cochran Dr (CCW loop), turn right up Theodore Wirth Drive, and left down Guy Park Dr (past the pool). Turn right back up John Cochran Dr, climb up the first hill, and turn left at the bottom of the other side (also John Cochran Dr (be careful on the gravel!) and duck under gate to exit Babler State Park.
-Immediately turn right up Wild Horse Creek Drive (Doberman.) *GAS STATION*
-Turn right onto Old Eatherton.
-Left onto Orville.
-Right up Shephard.
-Left onto bike path alongisde 109
-Left onto Clayton
-Left on Strecker
-Right on Kehr's Mill
-(option to turn left into Saddle Creek Neighborhood and reconnect up to Kehr's Mill at top of hill)
-or take Kehr's Mill straight back to The Wolf Public House.

*Please take note of where to exit Babler State Park - it is not well marked, and easy to miss. It is at the bottom of the second climb, when you will pass by it at first, and then loop back around to it. It is not very well paved, and you will have to go underneath a metal gate.

20150310

Weather Looks Good For This Weekend - How About Your Legs?

Greetings, Fellow Team Seagal butthash-addicts! As I sit here developing my recumbent-cycle form lounging on the couch, and as Mona the one-headed Cerberus sits here chewing on some pizzle, I am gazing upon the weather forecast for this Sunday, which is looking very promising: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/63109:4:US

"But Crotch, I never rely on Weather.com - wunderground/accuweather/noaa/turdforecasting is way moar accurate and so I think you should ...*chokes on cock*..."   Shaddap. Arguing over which weather forecasting service to rely on, 5 days out, is more useless than a cooking segment in a morning news show.

In the meantime, assuming the weather holds out, and assuming no more events crop up and get in the way, this ride should be quite amaz0rz, and with minimal thermal clothing required. And, as per usual, will involve far-less drama than a season-opening local Cat 1/2 road race breakaway.

Also, despite the trend in cycling for tires increasing in width faster than the average 'Murican's waistline, we here at Team Seagal HQ would like to assure you that this route is very traditional, in that it doesn't require you to have any fatter of a tire than a 700x23. I'm not saying you can't ride your Salsa BlackBorrow or your Surly Ice Cream Truck if you want to get that nice floatation, compliance, and velcro-like grip at the RR track crossings in Eureka, but it won't be necessary.



In other news, a ride where some fatter-than-23c tires *will* be necessary is one put on by someone who's name may-or-may-not rhyme with "Man Sherman."  And since not everyone is a cool person on the social medias and the facebooks and the internets, it is once again up to your trusted news source, Team Seagal. He's calling it, in what can only be seen as a near-worship level of reverence to Death By Hills ride, the "Death By Gravel." Now I know what the Tropical Storm is thinking, "That sounds like the way that ole' Crazy Jim may have died in an alternate universe." He would be right, but it is also a gnarly off-pavement route that will congeal in the town of Steelville, apparently at the City Pool on March 29th at 8:30am. Here is the route, which can be uploaded as a course onto your GPS unit to ensure you go the right way:
Garmin Connect - Death by Gravel

90 miles in the Mark Twain National Forest? Hells yes. In the words of Ice Cube, I'm about to pull out the jammy and kill the punani. Only, by "jammy" I mean "bicycle" and by "kill the punani" I mean "ride the bicycle in the Ozarks with others."

In order to help get the proper motivation for all the climbing that is on the horizon, here is a video that should inspire us all to climb like a juiced-pro, i.e. in the big ring. Because it's the saying goes that is etched over the marble entryway at Team Seagal HQ:  "Big Gears Mean Big Results"




Here is another thing to keep in mind for inspiration when you're facing some hardcore pain-tunnel action - Charles Bronson being super-badass:


 "Looks like you brought two too-many..."


In the meantime, get totally short-bus'd.
-Coachward F. Crotchbak

20150222

DBH Final Reschedule. This Is The Final Date. We're Super Serious.

Greetings, patient Team Seagal Comraderinos! Due to circumstances beyond our control, our multiple attempts to plan this ride have been thwarted. It has been akin to the movie Commando, where John Matrix's daughter has been snatched from him, and he has to go through a long, arduous journey involving dropping guys off cliffs:
...ripping out car seats, breaking the neck of a man in an airplane, swinging like Tarzan through a crowded mall, ripping out phone booths, and then spearing the shit out of Bennett:


Only instead of a daughter getting taken from us, it was a scheduling date - and instead of killing lots of people in glorious fashion, we had to search and search for a proper date.

And now we have a set-in-fucking concrete date. Mar 15th, a Sunday. Moses himself went up into the clouds and had a new set of Ten Commandment tablets made that were the same in every way, except that this time there is a note at the bottom, stating that DBH will happen on that date. Then he came back down, and said us, "Ya'll a buncha bitches - be there or be square. Don't like it? Then go get mini-vanned." This goes for Scummy Skeezy too.

Of course, we would have preferred to not keep skipping days like this, but we have to make the best of a less-than-optimal situation - kinda like when you have to remind that new lot-lizard girl you met in that truckstop parking lot that at least her face can't get pregnant. It doesn't matter though, because with the weather being warmer in mid-March, we will have more fun than Criss Angel re-watching replays of the Olympic Two Man Luge competitions, in the Under-16 Category.


Some of you may be "over" the DBH ride, since it keeps getting moved around. For this reason, TS HQ declared a new promotion we'll be running on the day of - in order to drum up numbers and help meet our quota (set by the higher ups in management) we will give you a free race entry if you provide us with the scalped Euro-mullett from a wannabe-pro amateur roadie's head, or the scalped head of the now-disgraced former Penrose Track Director, Kacey. That jerk has been doing nothing but driving potential trackies away from Penrose, and into the arms of another mistress - recumbent touring. A little known secret is that he has been a closet 'bent rider for years - but as of late, his constant rants to people about how much faster recumbents are than upright bikes seems to be taking hold. In fact, some sources surmise that the recent surge in sales of Keen SPD sandals, tall orange safety flags, 16x1" tires, large wind fairings and pocket-on-the-front jerseys can be mostly attributed to his efforts of steering people away from the velodrome, and onto Creve Coeur Lake path in a more reclined position.  This is real damage to the future of Penrose that will take years to undo.

With the new date being a couple weeks away yet, you have time to develop a proper two-man-luge mustache, as modeled here on Hörst vön Wëinërhölën, the top luge-man from the town of Hügënbönërstëin, Germany that defected to the good ole' US of A:

"Ja, I'm alvays on top!"
That photo has been cropped to protect the minds of any young children browsing our site.

So prepare your taints.

-Casey F. Ryback

20150220

A Stay of Your Hill-Induced Execution

*EDIT* Date below will be rescheduled, once again - this time due to the Team Noah Charity Ride, formerly known as Peat's Hip Ride. We don't want to conflict or draw away from that, being for such an admirable cause. Stay tuned in the next day or two for the final date.

Greetings, Frozen Team Seagal Fans! As you probably hoped guessed, we are going to have to put the "poo" into "postpone" and postpone the Death By Hills ride due to shitty weather. The weather this Sunday is calling for high chances for shittyness, with 3-4" of bullshit expected. And the last thing that you want to be doing is attempting to ride up Babler Forest when your rear tire is spinning, unable to get traction in that slippery bullshit that is sure to be coating the pavement. For many of your, this will most likely make you happier than Criss Angel as he coaches his favorite Swiss soccer team: BSC Young Boys.  (Yeah, that's a real team. "Go Young Boys!")

While this is some supremely terrible news, especially for a one-track-minded Rainman-of-a-cyclist like yourself, it isn't necessarily the worst news for the rest of us who have other things we could be doing on a weekend day with bad weather. Some of those things that we, you, or I could be doing other than riding our bikes all day:
  • researching expensive German carbon bike components to make your fatbike even lighter
  • researching of there is a Chinese knockoff of that same German bike part that works 70% as well, but costs 80% less, and looks 95% as good
  • posting photos to social media that make you look way more interesting than you actually are in hopes of making your loser friends jealous
  • find a new trend in cycling that is just barely budding, and then jump on it early on, in hopes that you can be able to tell everyone that you were in on it first
  • go drink expensive beer with your friends who also think that the Krampus is too mainstream, and not niche enough
  • post on some loser internet forum about how the first generation Di2, 7970 series, was the best because it was the most "hackable"
  • devote time to thinking about how you can make your mustache unique, in a sea of hipster style
  • have a chocolate mold of your butthole made
  • As an actual suggestion, you could visit our friends down at Spoked StL Bike Shop on Cherokee, as they are some scrappy and crunk muh' fugguh's. Check out their site and blorg. Coffee is available their, though no word yet on how they plan to brew/ferment their Zambian Streets Blend.

To those of you who will be unable to make the reschedule date, we at Team Seagal HQ, from deep within a Nevada mountain bunker, do sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. We will be issuing refund checks  as soon as the funds become released from our Cayman Island account.

Speaking of reschedule date, here is the date we're shooting for: Sunday, March 8th. Same time of day, same place. Next weekend would actually conflict with a meeting for the OT100 mountain bike race, which was such a massive success the first time around. I don't need to publish the time and date, but if you are interested in being a part of that event, and not just showing up to race, then throw us a line, or check the Facebook event page. Besides, March 8th is the weekend of Daylight Shavings Time, and it should be a little warmer. Hopefully it won't rain down bullshit on our parade.



In other news, since this site is primarily about education, the rumor mill has been hard at work recently, regarding the track-director drama currently unfolding before our t'aints. The last rumor was particularly disturbing, as the worst was that the jerk Kacey S was involved with the previous track director, who will be known as "Stefan," in a militaristic ku to overthrow the sprawling Penrose Track bureaucratic complex in a blood-soaked orgy of ultra-violence. Pony tails and cycling caps would be used in ways they were never intended: for political gains. The word was that they even had a secret weapon - a pudgy cycling official whose name rhymes with "Muddy" - and that this official, once activated, would be hell-bent on disqualifying anyone in his path.



Please note the reschedule date, as it is TWO weeks away, not the previous surmised one week reschedule date.

In the meantime, check out this kid shredding the push bike - he's just lucky his little boy-nuts haven't dropped yet:




Don't be a douche,
-Casey Fucking Ryback

20150216

Rocheport Roubaix is in the Books - the Icy Cold Books

Greetings, Team Seagal Fans! We seem to be on a roll lately, so what better way to keep the party train rolling than to bring you another update involving some assholes riding their bikes. "But Crotch, you poo-particle-spewing puke, why do you insist on crapping on your friends all the time?" Hey, shut the hell up!

When we first heard about the Rocheport Roubaix, the stoke-itude was uber-high. Riding around the outskirts of Columbia, MO on gravel/paved roads sounded pretty radly-like-Nadly. 70 miles? Totally crush-able. But as the day loomed closer and closer, the weather reports would be more and more focused and dialed in. And it wasn't looking good. Not rainy or snowy, but cold - like high of 19 degrees cold. I was already doing the frightened-turtle.

Whatever though, my cohort, B-Rett and the R.O.D. (Raleigh Of Doom) joined forces with me, Casey "The Hairy Glacier" Ryback, to launch a covert strike upon the banks of the Missouri River, at the Port of Roche. There appeared to be few like-minded StL compatriots that I could tell, but that was no matter. I had prepared a special butthash mixture for this ride, specially blended with a Southern Missouri specialty, just a hint of the meth. That way, the euphoria would hit that much harder, and the climbs would melt underneath me. Ooooo-fucking-weee! B-Rett and I had decided to leave the Team Noah clan, Peat, E.K., D-wayne, at peace with their 6am start for the Big Ride, which they were going to do on this very same frigid day. That sounded gnarlier than climbing the staircase at Chubb Trail on a CX bike - and then proceeding to turn around and launch the Staircase drop on that same bike, brah.

Anywho, I had set aside a number of provisions the night before, and with the Kona in tip-top shape, the only thing to do was get my bloated-carcass of an ass up early enough to get up and meet my travelin' buddy.

Crotch-mobile (A.K.A. rusty Nissan) loaded, I looked at the amb' temperature:
10 degrees.

I gave myself just enough time for a quick stop at Donut Drive-In for some Mardi-Gras donuts:


Landing in Rocheport after seeing the biggest flock of birds I'd ever seen, we assaulted the inside-the-car changing session in town hardcore, and mounted our steeds, lock-stock and ready to rock. The good people at UltraMax were huddled together like Emporer Penguins in a blizzard trying to retain all possible heat they had left inside their tent, and running an efficient operation.

As we lined up for the 9:30 start of the 70 mile group, we were all secretly hoping that Mayor UltraMax would keep his comments short and sweet so we could get on with the ride, and get the blood flowing on the first hill, which would start about 50 yards out of the starting gate. I was able to get in a quick greeting from a trusted, and well-endowed Team Virtus emissary Lukas L., and was then in the proper state of mind for the looming endeavor.


A group formed that proceed to rocket away from my top-heavy, needing-a-haircut-ass, and we nevar saw them again. B-Rett and I settled into a talking pace, with a few bro-chacho's yo-yo-ing back and forth with us. We found the effort required to pedal at like 13 mph was similar to that required to pedal 20 mph. However, it wasn't long before that effort became the norm, and there were no more thoughts about it as we formed a loose, fleece-lined man-train choo-choo-ing down the road.

The gravel road surfaces were generally quite nice, rarely was there deep and loose gravel section that sucked the life out of me like Criss Angel upon finding a fresh glory hole in the boys room. It was pretty hard packed, and I *could* often stand to pedal up climbs, that same of which can't always be said about those hills surrounding Hermann.

Over hill and dale we traveled, unable to get a proper lock on the direction of the headwind. Regardless, it was clear within the first hour that my feet were not having any of this bullshit cold weather.  In fact, they were the ones reminding me that last weekend at this same time, it was nearly 70 degrees and the Jerkward and I were getting totally served by King Pathlete on the Grant's Trail. Today though, B-Rett and I found ourselves dreading the descents and craving the ascents, with hopes of building moar warmth. I was continuously channeling Jens by yelling "Shut up feet!" That wind pierced right through my feet, much like Criss Angel using his harpoon gun to reel in the boys after they start running away upon his arrival at the playground. No matter though, because I was reminded of an old Team Seagal saying that goes back generations: "Don't be a pussy."

B-Rett and I crush out any and all hills in front of us, lickity-split, no shit. However, approximately 25 miles, we hit aids-station #2 and had decided to turn around and cut outrlosses - my nerve damage losses, and his lower-back-damage losses. Instead of continuing onto the extended 70 mile route, for which we had signed up, we turned around right there, which would give us 50. So after having buried out heads into another bullshit headwind on some river flats, we turned around and enjoyed a short-lived tailwind. Not, however, before getting some photo-evidence of what I am sure is some kind of code for...something:
I know it's rural MO, but holy shit.

Man-training our way back, our spirits were higher than the spirits that my parents kept on the top shelf of the pantry as a child. I could never get that sweet nectar... So like I was saying, we were, at this point of playing beat-the-cock clock. We started passing many other riders, and I think many of them thought we were in first place, judging by their encouragements. We even briefly encountered one Mr. Borb Jenkems with some Team Virtus mates. However, I was not able to commandeer his tricked-out wheel utilizing one-a-them' fancy NuVinci Hubs, as their train had a full head of steam, like it were straight outta Cleveland. Bob did leave some evidence on my beard though, which is odd because I didn't even notice his exposed member:


Chugging right along, B-Rett and I agreed that our bodies and appendages were actually doing very well, heat-retention wise, however the feet and backs were another issue. That being said, we were still able to full appreciate the beauty of the roads, some fresh scenery, including us passing by what must have been the local fireworks tree, and the near total lack of cars. So our return trip wasn't without discomfort, but all in all we enjoyed the trip back, save for the nut-shrinking descent back into Rocheport. Back at the car, we chronicled one of BH's secret weapons, the best looking gloves of the ride - courtesy of one PBR-Dave:

After changing back into dry clothing, and finding it difficult to put socks onto non-functioning feet, and then finding it even moar difficult to walk on those same feet, I felt kinda like Neil Patrick Harris's character in the 1994 made-for-TV movie, Snowbound:




Fortunately, The Rocheport General Store provided some tickets for free ice-cold beers that would help warm us up:
The Steak Taters And Gravy filled me up right, and along with some Schlafly, we were happier than Criss Angel on the day he became Director of Altar Boy Orientation and Training for the entire metro area diocese. As fellow racers filed into the bar, their frozen bodies were starting to drop the temperature indoors, like ice cubs in a drink. So we put our hats back on, and headed outside for some special UltraMax Chili, being prepared by the hardy workers in the tent. Unfortunately, the crockpots did not seem to be up to the challenge of providing adequate heat, so we decided to continue onto our next rendezvous point - 44 Stone in Columbia, where we would join forces with the one and only Professor - yes, THAT Professor - for beers, food, and comradery:

Alas, the discussions of USAC rules, regs and decisions could only last so long before we started lashing out at people around us. So we parted ways, having injured numerous bar patrons, glad to have personally verified that he is still alive and kickin'. From there, BH and I were glad to have made it onto the road to make out way back home before the snowstorm hit. Otherwise, we'd be wishing we would have been in T-Tocs Tahoe blastin' nips and blastin' snowdrifts on Hwy 70.

Speaking of USAC decisions, there have been some crazy shake-ups and drama-filled excitement surrounding our prestigious and internationally-influential Penrose Velodrome and those in positions of helping to guide it along. Most notably, the recent removal/departure/public-sodomy of the track director, one Kacey S. Now the rumor mill has been hard at work churning out reasons for his sudden vacating of the position, and this blog is, if nothing else, a place of news, education, and more importantly - a place of complete and total truth, 100% of the time. Team Seagal prides itself on not fucking around or coming up with any bullshit. AT ALL. That being said, we wanted to posit a couple of potential reasons for this recent shake-up at the track. Much like one of C-Dubs air biscuits, these rumors are disturbing yet undeniable:
  • It has been rumored that our boy KS had been getting too involved with Team Seagal, and, not surprisingly, developed an addiction to the brown dragon, dat jenk. (I don't blame him.) Even worse, it wasn't long before he was cutting the jenk mixtures with bath salts, leading him to develop cannibalistic tendancies while in the midst of reminiscing about his times past.
  • Another rumor had that fucking long-haired jerk taking rental track bikes on joy rides through through St. Charles County, stopping off at select business districts to propose re-location of the 'Drome to places such as "downtown" Winghaven, "downtown" New Town, on the banks of Lake St. Louis, and even St. Peters in hopes of re-locating to the median of any St. Peters divided highway, with the new equipment building being clad in 100% vinyl siding.
  • It is no secret that homeboy is dedicated to the track. SO in dedicated, in fact, that he had been burrowing underneath Turn 2 with plans to make this burrow his new home, that way he could live AT the track, giving him convenient, easy access every day. Unfortunately, due to his complete lack of education as a structural engineer, that hole collapsed before he could install the stage for the *underground* punk shows, or even the hooks for spare cogs and chainrings.
The rumors are flying fast and furious, so we'll make sure to keep you abreast of the sitch' on this developing story. One thing is for sure, he is such a massive jerk that we can all agree that it is a good thing that he is outta that positon of great influence. Good for the track, good for the North Side, and good for the city. Fuck it - good for the nation too. I mean, that goddamned jerk doesn't even own a CAR, let alone a nice car. Pssshhh.



Don't forget, it's going to be an uphill party next Sunday - so keep an eye on the weather, and hopefully we'll be getting totally pitted on some paved waves in Wildrock.

-Casey F. Ryback


P.S. Look at this badass Ford Festiva:

20150209

70 Degrees in February Means One Thing - Getting Totally Pitted

Greetings, uber-dorked-out Team Seagal followers. Here at Team Seagal HQ, this winter has been proof that our monumental, yet secretive efforts to eliminate winter as a real, disruptive season have been going well. Unbeknownst to you, the sheeple, we have been lobbying the cattle industry to have cattle farmers feed their cattle more gaseous feeds, like White Castles, P.F. Changs, Taco Bell, and Dos Primos. Our hopes have been to increase methane emissions from cattle flatulence, ultimately leading to a sped-up warming of our atmosphere through the greenhouse effect. All this, with the grand goal of always having warm weather to ride in, always.

Of course, our long-running jenkem production facilities have been also adding to this speeding-up of the greenhouse effect - but that is really just a nice added benefit to the main goal, which is, of course, to get high as fuck off of some nasty fermented shit-gas.

Weekends like this are proving our efforts are having the desired effect, with 60+ degree temperatures on both days - A.K.A. no reason not to get out and crush some shit. While some superior sonsabitches smashed shitloads of Birthday Bash heinous-ness courtesy of one EK, my mind was not ready for such anguish and pain. And apparently neither was that of one Ward, Jerk and the Drewth. For we had plans to meet at Steinborg Ice Rornk, where we would continue on go all John-Candy-style and point our wagons eastward. Little did we know what Energor had in store for us.

As we rolled down through the super-secret route through mid-town, it wasn't long before Jerkward had to go all "Titty" on us and drain his tiny bladder. Unfortunately for him, he used the Porta-john that we found in what is essentially bum-central, and while it may have smelled like shit, it wasn't that sweet jenk-stank that we love so much, but rather just stunk like the crust that accumulates around a bum's asshole. What a poor decision.

Back on our mounts, we continued onto the Reefer-Front Trail, where DB encountered his first flat tire, which we promptly changed. No big deal - the sun was beamin', it was warm, we were as happy as a handful of turtles sunnin' themselves on a log.

Even happier though, once the first Contender for B.O.D. rolled past (that's the Booty Of the Day.) That increased our sense of urgency to get the tire changed, so we could catch back up to the B.O.D. and you know, confirm.

We laid waste to the RFT, which isn't exactly difficult, but as we approached the Chain of Rocks Bridge, we added another member to our strike force - this one on special deployment from the SCCC. We crossed both bridges into the nether regions of Illinois, but not before catching a glimpse of the newly-blown-up canal bridge:


Up until now, the Missouri side had been very friendly - I'd been jammin' to the internal soundtrack of the Jewish Elvis himself, Neil Diamond:

...and meanwhile, we'd been enjoying a tailwind of totally tubular proportions. However, that totally tubular tailwind turned into a terrible headwind, as seen here, a photo taken of some smokestack smoke going completely sideways:
Looking at that, you can almost hear me saying "FML." Leave it to Illinois to suck!

Anyway, we had traveled for at least an hour or two in Illinois without a flat tire, so we were on borrowed time. Thankfully, as we were exiting that god-forsaken land, DB got his second flat, and noticed it close enough to be able to fix it just across the state line, allowing us to be home good ole' MO soil. Errrr... bridge deck:

not a bad view - of his ass and the city

The sun still out, our adventure far from over, we had a snack, and pressed onward. Despite being stymied on Leanor K. Sullivan Blvd, we rerouted and made new plans. Drew-gonballZ has his third, count 'em third, flat of the day. Turns out, his tires were in worse shape than your average Juggalo:
Juggalicious.

At this point, our hero decided to cash in his spent rubbers, and split ways with us so he could go find proper tires. The Jerk and I, Crotchward F. Crotchbak, had conceived a plan to head westward, with our sights on the Quicktrip at the Kirkwood terminus of the Grant's Trail, There, we would refuel. And refuel we did. We got some loot:

...and we proceeded to snatch the loot and bring it to a bench alongside the Grant's Trail where we would sit and a) judge people hardcore, and b) spy the next B.O.D.

Sitting there, watching everyone pass by, it is hard to look around and not think about how big of fucking dorks we all are. Seriously, look at me, and at all of us around you - hard to be more dorky. We all may look normal and cool to each other, but had you not ever gotten into riding in the first place, you would look at any one of us riding past and be like "Holy shit, fuck those guys - they are such massive dorks."

Aside from the flurry of flats, we also had many an amazing sight. For example, this old, busted-ass used condom was found at an intersection, where you wouldn't normally be expecting a used jimmy hat to exist:
I figured that our boy Criss Angel had been cruising past, and chucked it out from the backseat window of his blacked-out conversion van, along with any hopes that boy had of escaping.

Not long afterwards, we caught a rare glimpse of the Silver Surfer himself in the wild, helmetless, totally getting pitted on his mega-aggro bike while totally hyper-extending his legs. Probably on his way to hang ten in the Grand Basin next to some sick paddleboats, brah. If only Digiorno and The Brothers Jerk had been there to see it.

But as we rolled down the Grant's Trail, contending with the choked-nature of that trail on a sunny weekend day, we couldn't help but laugh at the King Pathalete who crushed our souls while in an aero-position on his front-suspension hybrid, loose windbreaker flappin' in the breeze.

Arriving back at the the Crotch Station, I was moar than happy to gorge on some food, all the while thinking how happy I was, not being on Emily's birthday death march, which wouldn't come to an end for another 7 or 8 hours. Yowza!


All this riding has me confident in the upcoming ride this weekend, the Rocheport Roubaix. 70 miles of the crunch. Better get YOUR soundtrack ready. I, for one, have new AA batteries in my Walkman, and a fresh copy of this mix ready for some long hours in the saddle:



Remember, don't be a douchebag!
-Casey F. Ryback


P.S. This just in from the New East Coast Syndicate - C-Dubs is hard at work doing some "cross training" as seen in this artist's rendering, as there is no electronic communication coming from the Northeast:

20150126

A Little DBH Reconnaissance

Greetings, Team Seagal tifosi. On a cold yet inspirational Monday, the task was set upon me, Casey "The Glacier" Ryback, to check the status of some roads to be found on the upcoming Death By Hills route, 2015 edition.

Departing from my South City HQ, the weather was less than inviting, but I did in fact manage to take a circuitous route that, ultimately brought me to one of my favorite StL summits:

I'm here to report that the hill is still incredibly challenging, but a little Superior Attitude and Superior State of Mind carried me to the top, lickity split, no shit. I didn't stop at the top for long - just enough time to take a rip from my E-Balloon, which had me feeling nicely euphoric for the return trip.

It is hard enough to climb those hills on a bike, so I have decided to give one of these a shot, in hopes it can make the climbing easier:

...yeah that's an E-Treadmill Cycle.

 So in the meantime, get your rear derailleur's lower-limit screw set properly, and while you're at it, GTMV'd.

-Casey F. Ryback





20150119

Even Though Blogs Are "So 2006," Here is your Death By Hills Bizness

Holy Wrinkled-Balls-On-Chin. You probably thought this team, or at least this blog, was deader than Criss Angel's weiner upon becoming the guy who finally got hired by the Bikini Team in Dumb and Dumber after Harry and Lloyd took a pass:

Well,  like a Monty Python peasant, it's not dead, yet. Until that glorious, much-anticipated day happens, when this blog and/or team passes onto the afterlife, this thing is still alive, or at least on life support. That being said, I fully expect, that upon entering the afterlife, to greet Energor, and be gifted a euphoria, the likes of which no earthy jenk can give me.

While still in *this* life, or whatever we prefer to call it, what kind of things do we have to look forward to?
- The next hit of dat jenk
- The next Schwarzenegger movie
- the next cold PBR
- the next juggalo joke
- the next visit from C-Dubs
- the next installment of Death By Hills

WHEN: Sunday, Feb 22nd (and if the weather/conditions are too shitty or too cold, then it will get pushed back 1 week, to Sunday, March 1st. What kind of weather is that? Cold as a witch's tit, or raining, or super-snow-choked.) Stay tuned for announcement if we push it back a weekend.

WHERE  Across the street from the Wolf Public House - in the big lot next to the gas station. Don't expect to get any food from the Wolf afterwards - they close at like 2pm. (Unless you skip all the fun and get back super early, like a dick.)

TIME: 9AM - That means clicking in and rolling at 9AM, not "Heeyyyyyy guys, I'm soooooo sorry I'm late, I had to stop for a quick ass-hair bleaching, can you wait just a minute while I slather some vaseline on my sack and kit up? OMG Does anyone have a buff I can borrow?"

PACE: Whatever you wanna do, Bro-me Chomsky. Fast, slow, tempo - just find a group that matches your pace. Whatever pace you go, make sure to not be a shit-head. In life.


ROUTEGarmin link


-Start at Lone Wolf Coffee
-Head west on Clayton,
-Left on Thunderhead Canyon Dr.
-Left on Westglen Farms Dr.
-Right on "Village Plaza View Dr," toward the stripmall
-enter bike path opposite the parking lot
-left across black pedestrian bridge, crossing Hwy 100
-left after bridge
-hard right off of curb onto Old Manchester (across from the Jack in the Box)
-left onto Woods Rd. Descend and turn left up Bartizan, come back down, and continue down Woods.
-left onto bike path and ride south along Hwy 109.
-left up Old State for about .1 mile
-left onto Redtail Hawk Dr
-Then turn/veer left onto Johns Cabin Rd, which is a clockwise loop (Mitch's secret training loop) and will bring you back to Old State. (BUT not before making a quick left up and back down Starwood Rd!)
-Cross 109 at Old State, turn right up Alt Rd.
-Left on Forby.
-Right on N. Central Ave
-Cross over Hwy 44, turn right onto West Main St (in between train tracks.)
-left onto Wengler and start Allenton Loop, going CCW.
-Exit Allenton Loop to the left, go underneath Hwy 44, and climb Allenton Rd. *GAS STATION*
- right onto Scenic Loop Rd, going the RIGHT way. Let's avoid confusion, and park rangers. This is different than what the Garmin link shows.
-right back onto Allenton Rd.
-left onto Melrose
-right onto Hwy 100
-right onto Woodland Meadows Dr.
-right onto Old Manchester
-right onto Glencoe (through Rockwoods.)
-Go straight up Melrose
-Turn right (again) onto Hwy 100, cross over and turn left and continue on Melrose all the way until it descends to Hwy T.
-Left on T
-Left on Bassett
-Left onto Cremin's Green, out-and-back. Continue up Bassett.
-Left onto Old Manchester
-left onto Bouquet.
-Left onto Ossenfort (at the big white farm house)
-Cross T, and continue on Ossenfort.
-Continue straight onto Wild Horse Creek
-turn left up Babler Forest as an out-and-back.
-Come back down, and turn right onto Wild Horse Creek, climbing to Rieger.
-Turn left onto Rieger
-Right on Pond.
-left on Smith School Rd.
-Left on BA.
-left into Babler State Park. Once in Babler, turn right onto John Cochran Dr (CCW loop), turn right up Theodore Wirth Drive, and left down Guy Park Dr (past the pool). Turn right back up John Cochran Dr, climb up the first hill, and turn left at the bottom of the other side (also John Cochran Dr (be careful on the gravel!) and duck under gate to exit Babler State Park.
-Immediately turn right up Wild Horse Creek Drive (Doberman.) *GAS STATION*
-Turn right onto Old Eatherton.
-Left onto Orville.
-Right up Shephard.
-Left onto bike path alongisde 109
-Left onto Clayton
-Left on Strecker
-Right on Kehr's Mill
-(option to turn left into Saddle Creek Neighborhood and reconnect up to Kehr's Mill at top of hill)
-or take Kehr's Mill straight back to The Wolf Public House.

*Please take note of where to exit Babler State Park - it is not well marked, and easy to miss. It is at the bottom of the second climb, when you will pass by it at first, and then loop back around to it. It is not very well paved, and you will have to go underneath a metal gate.

NOTE: There are only two gas stations/refuel points on the route, and they are around 50 miles apart - so plan accordingly! The first is the MotoMart next to Six Flags (~28 miles in) and the other is at the top of Wild Horse Creek, where it intersects with Hwy 109/Eatherton (~80 miles.) Plan your water/food consumption properly!!!


If you have never taken on this ride, here are some general things to help you prepare for this sufferfest:
-Start riding every day with Peat Henry
-develop Jerk Feri-jerk-i-nella's superior attitude
-Eat moar J.O.B.S. at Shakespeare's Pizza (see glossary)
-Be moar like Fabian Cancellara:

-Listen to moar Witchery, specifically this album:


The Death By Hills full route is pretty long - long enough to have our own Titty say this about 15-20 times:

Some of the hills are so huge, that in order to descend back down them, you might need the latest in road-bike disc brake technology:
steel is fucking real, brah


Now on an unrelated note, we all know that life is now much better for those of us who have fled from St. Louis to towns such as Seattle, Prescott (soon to be Ashville), Santa Cruz, Boudler/Denver/Golden, the tip of the Florida dong, Portland etc... but all I have to say is don't you miss crap like:

...icicles on your BB?

... or chipping ice from your ice-encrusted brake calipers?


... or ice floes down your rivers?

Just so you don't fucking forget where you came from! And unless you are doing something so super-cool like an out-of-state fatbike race, in which case you are WAY too cool for me, I expect you to be there.

-Casey F. Ryback
("F" as in what-the-Fuck)

20140726

MFXC 5: Deets n Mo info Yo

Only 2 weeks remain until the magnificence that is MFXC 5 will be upon us. Or should I say MFXC 5.1 and MFXC 5.2? That's right loyal readers (Who still really reads this blog anyway? I mean if it's not on teh facebooks it didn't really happen, right?), this years MFXC consists of 2 stages:

MFXC 5.1, The Karkness

When: Saturday August 9, 2014 9:00PM
Where: Suttons Bluff Campground
What: 20ish miles of nighttime goodness on the Karkaghne section of the OT

MFXC 5.2, The Karkness of Day

When: Sunday August 10, 2014 11:00AM
Where: Suttons Bluff Campground
What: 35ish miles of goodness on the Karkaghne section of the OT

MOAR INFO

Being the jerks that we are at Team Seagal HQ, we have procured the Group Campsite at Suttons Bluff for both Friday and Saturday night. It has room for 32, and can take up to 8 cars. $3 per person to camp there should offset the costs. You might have to pay the forest service something for parking your car depending on how all of that goes. You can also probably grab your own site if you need the privacy or are feeling too euphoric while at the group site.

The campground has water, toilets (flushing ones; sorry Coach, no giant jenkem factories), and even showers. Yes, showers; so there is no need to go Tom Petty style this weekend.

You can enter one or both non-races, but for a chance to be the big winner you have to Nibali it and crush all of the stages. You can't just Froome it and quit after 1.* MFXC 5 champion will be crowned based on placings during both non-races. You must enter both races to be eligible. Bonus points might be awarded for numbers of beers consumed between the start of MFXC 5.1 and the end of MFXC 5.2.

Don't forget that you need to be fully self-sufficient during these non-races. We do plan to put water at one spot on Sunday's longer course though. If the weather forecasts to be extremely hot on Sunday, we might move the start time to earlier. The listed times are start times. Be there earlier to check-in and such. We will mark each course with paint and tape, and will have some basic maps available for those that tend to get lost.

In the meantime : GTMV'd! And don't forget to spread the word!


*mandatory end of July lame TdF reference