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Cinco de MLK

The 5th annual MLK Ride is indeed happening again. It seems impossible, but every year this thing just keeps getting bigger and better.

If you have no idea what the MLK Ride entails, please go here for year 1, here for year 2, here for year 3, and here for last year’s ride.

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:

  • Yourself
  • 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:

  • Douchebags
  • Assholes
  • 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.

 

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Plan Accordingly – MLK 4 is Happening

In case you missed any (or all) of the Martin Luther King (MLK) rides in the past, I wanted to get this out there with plenty of time for you to do whatever you have to do to you make sure you’re there this time. This is a ride you won’t want to miss. Don’t believe me?

Start of the MLK mountain bike ride

The start of the MLK3 mountain bike ride last year.

MLK1 surpassed all our expectations and become quite a party thanks in large part to our friends The Hoosier Daddies. The second year was just as much fun if not more fun, again thanks to the Hoosier Daddies and everyone else that showed up. Then last year at the MLK3 ride, we were without the Hoosier Daddies, but we still made it a helluva good ride/party.

Here are the deets:

Date: Saturday, Jan 17th

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 dudes and dudettes wanting to do two laps might leave earlier – I am not one of those dudes).

What to Bring:

  • Yourself
  • 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 acceptable)
  • 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:

  • Douchebags
  • A shitty attitude
  • Any music by Nickelback

As mentioned above, some fast riders do two laps. Most riders only do one lap. And then there are others (myself included the last 3 years) who only do part of the trail. There are plenty of places to shorten the route so you can get back to the party earlier. Here’s some info with a link to a map of the Berryman Trail if you’re unfamiliar with it.

Team Virtus will be bringing supplies to fire up the big grill at the campground along with some meat and other food. I’m sure Kate will bring some of her delicious cookies, and if you’ve never had a freshly grilled cookie, then consider your life incomplete. We won’t have enough food for everyone, so please bring something to add to our pile of food. Also BYOB.

Grilled Cookies... Mmm....

Grilled Cookies… Mmm….

Leave a comment below if you’d like to join us. Or you can go to the event page we created on the book-of-faces and let us know if you’ll be there. Or if you’re on Attackpoint, you can see the event right here. Feel free to invite anyone you want as long as they aren’t a-holes.

Rumor has it that Bob Effin Jenkins will even be there. I have my doubts, though, since he has missed all 3 MLK rides so far. (**Edit: Bob was actually at the very first MLK Ride, but he has missed the last two).

This is one of my favorite rides of the year with some of my favorite people. Hopefully you’ll join us too.

The 3rd Annual MLK Ride

If you missed the 3rd annual Martin Luther King ride back on January 18th, I really feel sorry for you. You missed out on a great day. Below you will find a brief write up of what went down, but trust me when I tell you that it was 412% more awesome than this will show.

MLK 3 Ride at the Berryman Trail

Above is the group that stuck around for a photo at the start of the ride. There were a few people who rolled out earlier for TWO laps at Berryman and one guy who even ended up doing THREE laps! There were a few people who showed up later and did a lap as well. We probably had 20 – 25 people all together.

Since I’ve put on a serious “winter coat,” I only planned on doing 5 – 10 miles before heading back to the trail-head to fire up the grill. My friend Rhonda had only ridden single track once or twice before, so she wasn’t planning on doing a full lap either. So we decided to stick together at the back of the pack.

Rhonda on one of the climbs.

The trail was in great shape, and although it was chilly to start, the weather was pretty damn nice considering it was mid-January.

The riding was fun, but my lungs and legs hated my fat ass. So I talked Rhonda into bailing around the 5 or 6 mile mark. We cut out on a jeep road that would lead us to a gravel road leading back to the trail-head. There was one frozen puddle across the jeep road that was a bit tricky.

Icy crash on the Berryman Trail

This photo may or may not have been staged. It may or may not have actually been me who crashed.

We hopped out on the gravel road and made it back to the trailhead with no more issues. We changed into dry clothes, and I fired the grill up.

But first I tapped the keg (courtesy of Dave Baettie via Team TOG – HUGE thanks to him/them). I only tapped the keg so early to make sure it would be ready for the rest of the riders when they rolled in – of course I might have had a sample or two. Besides, the keg had my name written all over it.

Blue Moon Keg at the MLK ride at the Berryman Trail

It’s mine. All mine!

After the grill was good and hot I kicked off what has become an MLK tradition: Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookies! Kate brought a bunch of cookies, and when grilled over charcoal, they taste just like they’re fresh out of the oven with just a hint of smokiness.

So.

Damn.

Good.

If you’ve never done this, do it the next time you grill and thank me later.

There was a plethora of tubed meat, beef patties, cheeses, side dishes, desserts, and ice-cold Blue Moon. Everyone brought a little something to share, and for that, I thank you all.

BBQ after the MLK bike ride at Berryman Trail

Food always tastes better after a good ride.

As the riders started to roll in, everyone gathered around the grill, eating, drinking, and making merry while trying to stay warm. Here are a few photos of the festivities:

Berryman Trail Group Ride

L to R: Becca, Steve, Dave (or Jim) Chuck, Josh, and Rhonda.

Helmet hair at Berryman

Blue Moon Dave rockin’ some serious helmet hair.

Group at Berryman Trail

L to R: Kate, Me, Becca, Phil, Chuck, Caleb, Rhonda, Dave, and Dave (Jim).

Mo and some of the other Team Red Wheel guys were there, but this is the only photo I got of any of them. I think the rest were always at the keg.

Mickey Mouth was there too! This ride was good training for the Super Century… Oh wait… Mickey never did the Super Century.

Everyone was having a grand time after the ride, but then I turned around to see a truly horrific sight. As my eyes fell upon the ghastly scene, it felt like someone kicked me in the nards and punched me in the face simultaneously.

How could anyone, especially someone I considered a close friend, do something so terrible?

Please be warned that the photo below is difficult to look at. If you are sensitive, you may want to scroll right past it. You’ve been warned.

Virtus Jersey on the ground

This poor, poor Virtus Jersey was abandoned by Kate.  She left it to die alone on the cold concrete. This is blasphemous!

Kate tried to hide the fact that she had disgraced our team, but I’m a photo-ninja. I was too quick for her, and I got the above photo. Then I snapped one of her trying to hide the evidence:

Kate with her disgraced jersey.

What’s that behind your back, Kate?

Many miles of single track were shredded, lots of stories were told, much bread (and wind) was broken, gallons of beer were consumed. It was another fantastic ride and barbeque.

Our brethren from the Hoosier Daddies  were dearly missed. They were the ones who truly made the 1st MLK and 2nd MLK rides/parties a smashing success. Hopefully, they’ll once again join us at MLK 4 next year, and hopefully so will you. And maybe someday, our very own Bob Jenkins will make it to the MLK ride… maybe.

MLK 3 is This Weekend- Oh Yeah!

You know you don’t want to be one of those people that misses out on this, so don’t do it! The third annual MLK ride is happening this Saturday, and the forecast so far looks great.  We had a blast at the inaugural MLK ride, and we had a great encore last year.

We’ll be meeting at the Berryman Campground Trailhead around 8:00 AM, and we’ll plan on rolling out around 8:30.  Ride a little or ride a lot.  Ride fast or ride slow.  I plan on riding a little and doing so slowly.  Then I’m heading back to the campground to fire up the grill.  I’m not sure if the Hoosier Daddies are returning with their smorgasbord of food and beer or not, but I’ll make sure there is a grill there.  We’d love it if you’d bring some meat to throw on the grill and/or a dish to share along with your own frosty beverages.

Whiskey on the Berryman Trail

Mid-ride whiskey break at the first MLK Ride.

Some people may camp the night before and/or the night after the ride.  Plan accordingly if that’s you.  More info can be found on the facebook event page, and if you need one, here is a good map of the Berryman Trail that shows many options to cut the ride short – courtesy of GORC.

This is a low-key, unsopported group ride.  No pressure to do anything other than have a great time.  Bring what you need, and we hope to see you there.

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!

 

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