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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.

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Missouri’s Best Kept Mountain Biking Secret – Two Rivers Bike Park

Not many people know about Two Rivers Bike Park, but let me tell you: It is incredible! This past weekend, Bob, Adam, and I met up with Travis for his 30th birthday party. We decided to ride at Two Rivers Bike Park before the party.

None of us were too motivated to ride, but we decided to go anyway. And we are all glad we did. Even with a few inches of snow on the ground, we had a ridiculous amount of fun.

Rather than bore you with words, I’ll simply show this video. Just know that photos and videos never show how truly awesome this stuff is.  Here you go:

Big thanks to Trailspring for building such an amazing park. There’s some great single track, a skills course, a pump track, a downhill course, a slopestyle course, and a cool spot to hang out between runs where you can chill by a fire or have a snack or just relax and recover. We didn’t even ride it all since we had a party to get to, and we still absolutely loved it! There is absolutely no fee (which is unbelievable), although they accept donations in a lock box. If you’ve never been there, do yourself a favor and go as soon as you get a chance.

Another big thanks to Travis and his lovely wife, Crystal, for inviting us and making us feel welcome. We had a blast at the party, and some of us may have had too much fun (ahem… me). We really enjoyed getting to meet some of Travis’s friends and family.

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.

Follies at Ray’s Indoor MTB Park

It might take me awhile to express how amazing our weekend at Ray’s Indoor MTB Park truly was.  Even when I get around to writing about it, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to describe just how much fun we had – kidnapping Bob, the laughs, the road trip, the jokes, the great food, the laughs, the new nicknames, the laughs, and of course the riding.  It was a weekend by which all other weekends will be measured, and in measuring, all other weekends will pale in comparison.

In the meantime, however, here is a video of some of our “outtakes” from Ray’s.  Just remember, this video doesn’t even compare to how it really was, but you can tell we had a blast… even when we were screwing up (which we did A LOT!).  Enjoy…

 

As you can see, there were no videos of Kage crashing her bike.  That’s because her skills are far superior to ours… Or it’s because she is a crash ninja and only crashed when no one was there to witness it.  You decide.

I’d like to thank my teammates for joining the celebration of Bob’s upcoming wedding.  It couldn’t have happened without you guys.

And I’d like to tell Bob that we really do love you, man.  Seriously.  Good luck in your new life.  Please don’t forget us.  We’ll never forget you… And we’ll never forget this weekend.

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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