8th Annual Death By Hills - 2016
When: Sunday, March 6th, 9AM - READ: CLICKING IN AT 9AM (or for those of you drinking the Rivendell Kool-Aid, read "Putting your tennis shoes on your traditional MKS flat pedals at 9AM")
Where: In the big parking lot across from "The Wolf" at the intersection of Kehr's Mill Road and Clayton Road.
WTF is this shit: This route will be around 90 miles if you do the entire thing, and will be extremely difficult. It is all very good pavement, so depending on what your definition of "skinny tires" is, go ahead and slap them on your bike. 23c tires will be just fine. Scroll down for the route. Some will go fast, some will go slow. Find your pace, because it will all break up by the end of the day.
ATTENTION!!! PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING!!
-This is an UNMARKED route. Bring a cue sheet (see below) or download the Garmin route! Or just ride with a friend who knows where he or she is going, and isn't so annoyed by your incessant chit-chat that they ride away from you!
-This is an UNSUPPORTED RIDE!!! No one is watching after you! So make like a kindergartner and get on the buddy system if your worried about the unforeseeable. If you engage in some major dumbassery and eat shit, I'll tell you right now that if you try to sue Team Seagal, please understand that there is no money to be had there. It would be like squeezing juice from a turnip... or like some hot chick trying to squeeze spooge from Criss Angel - it just ain't gonna work.
-There are only TWO PLACES FOR WATER AND FUEL! One is at about mile 30 (the gas station at Allenton Road and Hwy 44) the other isn't until mile 80 (the gas station at Wild Horse Creek Road and Eatherton.) - This means there will be a *50* mile stretch of no good places to get water or food - so plan your food and water consumption accordingly! (third bottle, camelback, etc...)
-Make sure your bike in decent working order PRIOR to the ride, that way you don't ruin your day AND someone else's by feeling guilty to have to stop and help your crippled ass. Support your local bike shop and have them check your bike over - I swear to Energor, they want your business right meow.
-PLEASE BE BE COURTEOUS TO DRIVERS! Remember, while West County/Wildwood DOES see a lot of bicycle traffic, it isn't often that there is a massive fucking group like this - so the less we piss them off, the greater chance we have of not getting ran over further down the line.
Garmin link to ROUTE
-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
-Left on Saddle Creek Road (immediately after the creek)
-Right on Horseshoe Ridge Road
-Left on Kehr's Mill Road 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.