Category Archives: Group Rides

Milk It With Us at the MLK2 Ride

It’s here, ladies and gentlemen.  After a full year of anticipation, the second annual Martin Luther King Ride (MLK2) is THIS SATURDAY!  Last year we simply had way too much fun (thanks to the Hoosier Daddies), so we’re doing it again.  I can’t even tell you how awesome this ride/party was last year.  I’m not kidding.  It was amazing.  Just go read the report linked above.

Grilling Cookies at the MLK Ride

There will be cookies, thanks to Kage, and yes, we will grill them. Seriously.

We’re meeting at the Berryman Campground Trailhead (Google Map Here) at 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 19th.  We’ll probably roll out at 8:30-ish.  Last year, there were some wickedly fast dudes who rode the entire 25-26 mile loop, but there were also fat, slow guys (Me) that only did part of the trail.  So don’t be shy.  It doesn’t matter if you ride 2 miles, 25 miles or no miles at all.  It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or slow.  It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, veteran or newby, blue-eyed or brown-eyed.  All that matters is you aren’t a douche bag and you want to ride and have fun with like-minded people.

Courtesy of the Hoosier Daddies

Mmm… Beer… Courtesy of the Hoosier Daddies

The Hoosier Daddies made the first annual MLK Ride one helluva party, and they’re planning on doing it again.  They’re bringing beer, brats, buns, plates, a grill, some tunes, and the oh-so-delicious blackberry whiskey.  If you’re so inclined, bring a dish to share.  That would be swell.

The weather looks like it’s going to be nearly perfect, so make sure you’re there.  Leave us a comment to let us know you’re coming, or head over to the facebook event page to do so and get any last minute updates.  While you’re there, be sure to like our team page as well.  And leave a comment here or on the facebook page if you want to carpool with anyone.  I know some people are looking for a ride to split the gas in the Jeff City area, so again, don’t be shy.  Speak up!

First MLK Ride

If you weren’t here last year, make sure you are this year.

We’ll have riders from St. Louis, Mid-Mo, Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield, and who knows where else.  There is even talk of some people camping the night before and/or after.  Single track, food, beer, cookies, camping, whiskey, tons of laughs…  There will be something for everyone!  C’mon.  You know you want to be there.

Lastly, Here is a link to some trail info including a pdf of a trail map of the Berryman Trail: Click Me!  So if you don’t want to miss the best ride of the year (so far), then we’ll see you on Saturday!

 

The Monster Ride is this Weekend!!

Jim Smith’s MKT endurance cruise to St. Charles is nearly upon us. Below is the link from monster-bicycles.com, (proud sponsor of the Cedar Cross).  Team TOG will be in attendance, and rumor has it they’ve pledged to pay for the first 7 rounds of beers. Kudos to those guys!

And now a word from this weekend’s Master of Ceremonies:

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It’s October, which means beautiful weather, changing leaves, and a celebration of booze across Missouri vineyards. What better way to enjoy these than a weekend of riding and camping on the KatyTrail through Missouri wine country with old and new friends? Answer: There isn’t one. 

So pump up your tires, knock the dust off of that tent, and join us for what promises to be a good time. This ride is open to anyone reading this, those not reading this, or anyone else that may hear anything about this….and those that don’t.

Details…

What: A ride on the KatyTrail with camping and merryment

When: Saturday Oct. 20-21

Where: The KatyTrail between Columbia, MO and St. Charles, MO.

Day 1, Oct 20: Columbia to Herman: 80ish miles (can be made shorter by meeting any point along the route)

I will roll out of FlatBranchPark in Columbia, MO around 7am and head to the KatyTrail via the MKT Nature Trail. I’ll head East on the KatyTrail to the North Jefferson City trailhead where I’ll pick up more riders around 10am. Anyone wanting to meet at any other trail head should just let me know. We’ll then continue east on the trail to Herman where we will camp and be merry.

Day 2, Oct 21: Herman to St. Charles: 65ish miles

In the morning after we break camp, those riders wishing to return to Jefferson City or Columbia will head back West on the trail, while I and anyone else wishing to continue onto St. Charles will head East.

Logistics: Though this is a group ride, it should be approached as a fully self supported ride. This means you should make plans on getting your own camping gear to Herman, as well as finding your own way home from your destination. There will be no sag support, bike shuttle, or aid stations. I’m sure we will be stopping at local businesses along the route to eat and refill water as needed, so bring some cash.

Riders should feel free to join in at any point along the KatyTrail to adjust the mileage for their comfort level. There are towns and trailheads nearly every 10 miles on the trail, so the possibilities are endless. Refer to www.bikekatytrail.com for details. There may also be some riders leaving from St. Charles on Sat. and returning on Sun. for anyone interested in that option.

Please leave a comment if you are interested in joining us, or with any questions or concerns. Hope to see you there!

A Monster of a Group Ride

 

I have big news, everyone: Our man Jim Smith, overlord of Monster Bicycle Company and proud sponsor of the Cedar Cross,  is organizing a long group ride on the Katy Trail.

Ride deets are as follows:

Date of departure: 10/20/2012

Point A: Columbia, MO

Point B: Hermann, MO

Distance from A-B:  Approximately 90-ish miles

Upon arrival at point B, Jim wishes for us to “camp and be merry.” I’m cool with that.

The next morning, we’ll resume travel in an Easterly direction en route to Point C 

Point C: St. Charles, MO

For anyone who has never done a long Katy Trail ride, there’s a trip planner at www.bikekatytrail.com where you can find tons of info regarding places along the trail to refill water/buy food/take a crap, etc. There are towns and trailheads about every 10 miles, so you can customize this ride to suit yourself. The possibilities are literally endless. 

Justin and Aaron at one such “kiosk”

You can bet I’ll be stopping in Treloar for delicious cheeseburgers and again in Augusta for a growler of their fabulous craft beer. This is going to be a great ride with great people, and you should be there. ALL are welcome.

Rumor has it that Jim is going to be giving away one of his custom-built titanium frames during this ride, but I might be making that up. Seriously, I’m totally lying about that.

 

Moonlight Ride

So, I know it’s VERY short notice, but I just found out about this myself.  Tonight is the Tour de Jeff City Moonlight Ride.  I guess technically the ride is tomorrow morning at 2:00 AM, but you know what I mean.  I’m not sure why this ride isn’t publicized more, because we had an absolute blast last year.

Start of the 2011 Tour de Jefferson City Moonlight Ride

I thought maybe 20 – 30 riders would be there, but there had to be over 100.

Adam and his girlfriend Michelle, Bob and his then-girlfriend-now-FIANCE!!!! Cara, and my wife, Becca, and I were all supposed to do the 15-ish mile ride together.  However, when it was time to roll out, there was no sign of Bob or Cara.  I tried sending Bob a telepathic wake-up-call, but he’s a pretty deep-sleeper.

Michelle and Becca were both very new to cycling, so they were pretty nervous about riding in front of so many other people.  They did a great job, though, and we had a really great time.

About a third of the way through the ride we saw this Tool Bag pull up in front of us:

Bob at Tour de Jeff

“What? Am I late?”

Apparently, someone (Cara) turned the alarm off before it really woke either of them up.  I guess my telepathic message must have actually worked!  Yes, we are that close.  Cara, unfortunately, just couldn’t make herself get out of bed.

So now we were riding 5-strong: Two couples and Bob on his Kona Joe.

Bob on his Kona Joe

This bike is baller and a ton of fun to ride.

We took our time and enjoyed the ride together.  It was a beautiful evening spent on our bikes with great company, so what more could you ask for?  At about the halfway point, we stopped for some refreshments at the aid station, and we took a few “couples” shots:

Adam and Michelle Moonlight Ride

Adam and Michelle

Becca and Luke Moonlight Ride

Becca and Luke

Bob and No Cara at the Moonlight Ride

Bob and… uh… Just Bob.

Group Shot Minus Cara at the Moonlight Ride

Left to Right: Luke, Becca, Michelle, Adam, Bob, and… uh… Just Bob.

We then rolled past the capitol building which is always really cool at night, and then we stopped for a photo-op by the fountains.  Look at this photo, and you’ll see why Becca is the perfect match for me:

Peeing into a fountain at the Tour de Jeff City

Becca and I are like “Pees” in a pod. See what I did there? Get it?

We all had a lot of fun, and Becca and Michelle did great on their first big group ride.  There were no crashes at all… Until the VERY end.  We made it back to the parking lot at Hyvee, and as Michelle rolled off the street and into the parking lot, she got a little cocky.  She was pretty excited to have ridden her bike so far with no crashes, and as she entered the parking lot, she raised one hand in triumph and let out a victorious, “Woo Hoo!”  And then BAM!  She crashed right there in front of us.  It was amazing.

Michelle's crash at the Tour de Jeff

No one was hurt in the making of this hilarious moment.

It was fantastic, and we all had a good laugh (once we knew she was okay, of course).  My kids heard this story and to this day whenever they see Michelle, they say, “Woo Hoo! Bam!”  And that cracks me up every time.

After loading the bikes back up, we headed over to Country Kitchen for some grub.  This was probably my favorite part of the event.  We sat around talking, laughing, telling stories, and making fun of Michelle.  We even found out some disturbing info from Bob’s childhood, but you had to be there.  We were sworn to secrecy.

Bob without Cara

Bob and… uh… Still no Cara.

As you can see, this ride is really great.  With this crazy heat we’ve had for the last couple of weeks, there is no better time to ride than 2:00 AM, right?  And we all have the day off tomorrow to catch up on sleep, so there is no excuse for missing this ride.  Let us know if you’ll be there so we can all ride together or at least meet up after the ride for breakfast.

And be sure to go here for the map and other info.  We are starting and ending at St. Peter’s Church on Broadway by the Capitol this year instead of at Hyvee.  You don’t want to be like Cara and miss all the fun do you?  We might even have another “Woo Hoo! BAM!” moment.  You don’t want to miss that, do you?  Anyway, we really hope to see you there.

Follow the Dirty Half-Dozen at the Dirty Kanza 200 THIS WEEKEND!

We will be sending 5 of our finest Virtusans and Adam to Emporia Kansas this weekend for the 2012 version of The Dirty Kanza 200.  Robby “The Darkness” Brown, Kate “Rage Kage” Geisen, Bob “BLD” Jenkins, Casey “The Anchorman / Pace Center” Lamb, Adam “The Prospector” Laffoon, and me, Luke Lamb will take on 200+ miles of gravel this weekend.

Robby and I teamed up last year, and Robby completed his half of the ride.  However, I was not man enough to thwart Mother Nature (read about it here), and we got a big, fat DNF.  Bob has attempted this race twice, in 2010 and again in 2011, and both times he pulled out at the second checkpoint at roughly 100 miles.  The rest of our rag-tag group of riders has never attempted the DK200 before.

We’re as ready as we’re going to be at this point, but can you really ever be ready for this event?  We’ve trained much more this year than we have for anything before, as evidenced by the video below, but will it be enough?

At least watch this video at the 5:20 mark for a good laugh:

At the Dirty Kanza, the heat, wind, and (God-forbid) rain can end even the strongest rider’s day.  Roughly only 20% of the riders finished the race last two years, so the odds are definitely stacked against.

One thing going for us, though, is our awesome support crew.  Austin Lamb (Casey’s son), Michell Hughey (Adam’s common-law wife), and Becca Lamb (my amazing wife) will be helping us at every checkpoint, and we can’t thank them enough.  They’ll have their work cut out for them, but we have the utmost confidence in them.

If you want to check in on the race, you have a few options.  First, you can check out our Facebook page and/or our Twitter page.  We’ll try to update it as often as possible.  You can also go to www.dirtykanzalive.com to see live coverage of the starting line, commentary, and other great stuff with a concentration on the final 40 miles of the race.  This should be very cool, so be sure to check it out.  Also, an Emporia radio station will be broadcasting live from the Checkpoints throughout the race, and you can listen to it live online by going to http://kiss1031.net/.

You should also keep an eye out for lots of our friends riding the Dirty Kanza on Saturday: Jim Smith from Monster Bicycle Co., the Orange Lederhosen Boys, Justin Nemeth, Travis Hammons, Jim and Wendy Davis, the Team Red Wheel crew, and I’m sure there are others that I’m forgetting.

We’re pretty damn excited.  Let’s just hope we have good weather.  Wish us luck!  We’ll definitely need it.

P.S. – For those of you new to this blog, I’d like to point out that we really like to have a good time at Adam’s expense.  We fire him from the team constantly, and he is the butt of many of our jokes.  I would like to make it known publicly that he is an asset to our team, and we really do love the guy.  It’s just too much fun busting his balls.  So he’s fired again for asking me to write this disclaimer.

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