Greetings, Team Seagal comrades. While C-Dubs is keeping busy watching the 2-Man Luge over and over again, we finna be plannin' a ride. Death By Hills is here again, same place, route, time of day. So dial in your rear derailleur lower limit screw, and start massaging your quads. I've installed an 11-34 cassette on my wheel, just to assist in getting my gravity-challenged ass over all the hills. Key words: *ALL* the hills.
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 2.
When: February 23rd - same days as Froze Bro's. Important to note: if the weather sucks for 90+ miles on the 23rd, maybe we'll try it again on the 2nd of March - which is the following weekend. Bad weathr could include rain, snow, and/or temps that are too cold.
Time: Clicking in at 9AM
Pace: Whatever - I'm going the only speed I know how to go - glacial. Some dudes will hammer, while others will pedal. If you're not sure where you're going, hang with someone who does know.
Route: Garmin 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
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.
- right onto Scenic Loop Rd, going "Wrong Way." (may have to skip due to park rangers or police.)
-right, continuing on 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.
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.)
-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.
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,
so plan accordingly - 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 109/Eatherton (~80 miles.) Plan your water/food consumption
This year also marks the first year for an official Fat Bike Class. After months of lobbying for their own class in the CX races, they finally have an official class. Just know that if you show up on a moped/e-bike, I will stab you with my chainrings. So there you have it, show up if you want, just don't be an:
Stay tuned, as there is more information
-Casey F. Ryback