It is with a sense of deep, dark dread that I inform you the Super Century is once again taking place next week on Super Bowl Sunday. I’ve waited as long as I could to post this, hoping that I would come to my senses and stop this madness. But alas, we are all going to suffer together apart once again for the 5th annual Super Century.
For those of you who’ve no idea what I’m talking about, let me just say that it might be the worst idea we’ve ever come up with. Actually, my stupid brother, Casey, came up with it, and then all of us took it and ran (or rode) with it. If you want to read about how the very first Super Century got started, you can do so here.
Here’s the basic info:
Who: You and your stupid, sadistic friends if you’re stupid gluttons for punishment like us
What: A metric century (62 miles) on the trainer
When: Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, anytime you want really, but most of us will be starting around 8:30 AM
Where: Wherever the hell you want to suffer
Why: Because we’re stupid and also so we can eat whatever we want guilt-free during the Super Bowl
If you are dumb enough to join us in this terrible idea, be sure to hit us up on the book of faces and the twitterverse. And don’t forget to use #SuperCentury and #MyTaintHurts in your posts so we’ll see them. That way we can all suffer together apart virtually. It’s fun… Sort of… But not really…
And for those of you who are certifiably insane, you can also take part in the Tour of Sufferlandria 2015 which starts Saturday the 6th. It will add a lot of pain and sufferng to your whole week, and it will make the Super Century even worse, if that’s even possible.
Robby, Adam, and I took part in the Tour of Sufferlandria last year, and you can read about the first of nine stages right here. And if you don’t want to read about all nine stages, you should at least take a look at my sweet bloody elbow from crashing on my trainer.
Last year, the Tour of Sufferlandria ended on Super Bowl Sunday. This year, however, the Tour starts the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday, so the Super Century coincides with the second stage of the ToS. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse, but I’m sure it’s not good either way.
So let us know if you want to join us, you psycohpaths. Let’s suffer together.
“All good things come to an end.”
Why start the post with a 1374 Chaucer quote? Two reasons: Because the first SHART has ended. And because, it was a ‘good thing’ judging from the big cheesy smiles plastered all over the faces of these finishers!
Bob F’n Jenkins
Lo Mattson, Alice Butler, Ted and Sandy Weiss (with a great photobomb!)
Sean Ross and Melanie Bateman
David Beattie, Kevin Minton, Amanda Lappe, Scott Shaw, John Nass, Hunter Nass
Hope you guys had a great time playing in our SHART! If anyone was missed in the finisher list let one of us know and we’ll get you added.
btw, Chaucer was full of shit with his “All good things come to an end”. There is only a temporary pause and then the good things keep right on coming. So don’t forget to follow the Virtus Blog and Facebook page for info on the next SHART to come splattering into the woods near you.
The 5th annual MLK Ride is indeed happening again. It seems impossible, but every year this thing just keeps getting bigger and better.
Date: Saturday, Jan 16th
Time: Meet at the Berry-Man Campground Trailhead (Google Map here) at 8:00 AM and roll out as a group at 8:30 AM. Faster riders wanting to do two laps (or more) might leave earlier. I am not one of those riders.
What to Bring:
- Your bike
- Any and all gear, food, and water you’ll need (this is a self-supported ride on a fairly rough trail – you’re on your own for the most part)
- Some food to share
- Something to drink (beer and/or whiskey is almost always the right choice, but homemade wine is also a good choice)
- Dry, warm clothes for hanging out after the ride (possibly the best part)
- Camping gear if you plan on camping the night before and/or after
What Not to Bring:
- A shitty attitude
Team Virtus will bring stuff to fire up the grill along with some meat and Kate’s cookies (right, Kate?) to throw on the grill – yes, they’re super delicious that way. And maybe even Chuck will bring his super secret Chili (right, Chuck?) with Cheeze-Its thrown in.
We probably won’t have enough meat for everyone, so please bring enough food for your group. Bringing a side dish or dessert to share would be super cool. And of course bring your own beverages.
Some of us will be camping Friday and/or Saturday night. And some of us will also be riding the totally rad Joe Dirt Ride at 12:00 pm on Sunday to round out a great weekend on bikes with friends.
It works out perfectly, really:
Camp, drink, and laugh our asses off Friday night. Get up and ride Berryman with a big group. Eat, drink, and laugh some more after the ride. Camp, eat, drink some more. Get up and get a good breakfast at the Spare Rib Inn, and then go ride bikes some more on Sunday.
So let us know if you’d like to join us. You can comment below or hit us up on the facebook event page.
You may have read the earlier post advertising an upcoming Team Virtus SHART. Well, it is here! Our SHART is now available for your pleasure, and just in time to brush up route planning and navigation skills for the Castlewood Adventure race. We plan to leave the course set for a couple of weeks, but don’t wait too long. There is no guarantee the points wont be removed by other folks in the area or carried away by Sasquatch.
This first edition is intended as a Mountain Bike-O, don’t worry about the picture above – that kind of stuff never happens. But feel free to do it on foot if you like that better, its short enough to do either way. The course is a combination of mostly sweet single-track and a little double-track (if you end up on pavement, you’ve made a big mistake). There are 15 checkpoints spread around the trails.
We intended the first SHART to be beginner friendly, so even though none of the CP’s are directly on a trail, all are within 50 meters. Most have distinguishing features or a handrail nearby. Depending on your navigation skills and route choice they can all be found within an 18 kilometer ride/run.
A quick reminder of how this works:
- Message one of our team members with the subject line: “I gotta SHART!”
- We’ll reply with a .pdf file of the pre-plotted 1:12000 map and a copy of the cluesheet.
- Print your map – 11×17 paper works out great, or go paperless and just scan the bar-code into your phone.
- Complete the course – remember to record the letters written in each CP to complete the secret phrase.
- Message us back with the secret phrase and a photo of you (clothing optional) near your favorite CP.
- We list you as an OFFICIAL finisher.
You already know we aren’t into making a bunch of rules, so you can use map and compass, dead reckoning, sextant, phone, or GPS. Whatever skills you want to work on, the course is available: Adventure Racing – Scavenger Hunt – Orienteering – Geocaching.