First, I would like to apologize for the delayed post. I got a little behind this week and then realized I still hadn’t shared results with you all!
Okay, so. Saturday, March 14, a group of RCMBA riders met at Freshwater Park for the third ride of the Banana Slug series. The turn out was it’s biggest yet for the Lonestar ride yielding 22 riders! Although it was a damp morning with a few light showers, it seemed fair weather for this challenging route.
Riders left at 9 heading straight up Kneeland rd. After the grueling climb towards the airport, riders turn off just before it and descend into Lawrence Creek. From here the ride is quite beautiful with twisty turns, some dirt road, and often a very scenic landscape to ease the pain. Eventually riders cross Lone Star Creek and reach Showers Pass rd, which they follow only briefly before turning up Mountain View rd, which features a gravel ascent with crazy steep grades that require some serious calf muscles to propel one up. Some of us slip out on our skinny road wheels and are forced to hike…and yes, I prefer to blame the wheels…
So after maybe the most accomplishing and punishing section of the ride, riders only must get back up to the airport before bombing back down Kneeland rd into Freshwater Park. If you aren’t riding for a fast time it can be fun to take a quick water/snack break on the landing strip and race your friends to the edge.
The ride covers 42.7 miles of road and climbs 7,274 ft of killer hills! And sure, its a grueling mini TUC that reminds us what pain is, but man it sure is rewarding with its gorgeous views and Humboldt flavor. Plus the endorphins at the end don’t suck.
Every Banana Slug ride so far has yielded an awesome turnout and we are excited about the final stage in just a couple of weeks! We are riding Dyerville on Saturday, April 11. Details to come, so stay posted and we hope to see you there!
Oh, and special thanks to Tim Daniels for organizing this awesome series, to Jenny Mason for timing this ride (and for playing guitar with me while we waited), and Los Bagels for the delicious post ride bagels!
Alright, so, RESULTS!