Saturday, September 5, 2009

anywhere from easy going to f'ing rediculous...

S.Mills->Mullinax->Squirrel->S.Mills->BuckhornGap->BlackMtn.->TurkeyPen w/DjD

Thanks to everyone for the trailwork. Squirrel and Black are in AMAZING shape right now.

I was having a great climbing day today. The climb to Buckhorn Gap went by quickly, I cleaned more of the switchbacks up to Clawhammer Mountain than in a long while, and I was on my bike for all of Turkey Pen except for those two dreaded mountains. No, I don't have a powermeter or a training regiment or anything of the sort to tell me definitely that I was going faster or staying on my bike longer on the climbs, but I was just having a blast and enjoying the slow uphill battle that gears bring back to the ride experience. I was cleaning everything man!

Hey! It's John and Leanne!

Hey! It's the Youngblood's crew!
Holy shit! It's Scott from Indy!!!

Richmond Hill

Last night Mike B. and I went out for the Friday night Richmond Hill ride.... but it ended up just being the two of us. We rode the pavement to BioWheels then over to Richmond Hill. Mike didn't have a real light with him and the sun was going down quickly so we skipped the school trails and a couple of turns later were headed up the big paved hill to the parking lot. I'm not sure for how long or how many times we looped around and around in the woods out there but it was dark enough to fire-up my lights for the last 15 minutes or so of trail. Richmond Hill is a ton of fun. Tight, Twisty, did I mention fun?, and fast. Once all the trailnames are established, and signs are in place, it'll be a perfect city park trail network.

I feel like I'm getting a sneak-peek at Asheville's next big beginners/after-workers place to ride. In a few years, when the greenway and a few other additions are in place, you won't be able to say Asheville's infrastructure isn't cycling friendly. Next: figuring out how to make the non-cycling public more cycling friendly....