Saturday, March 22, 2014

Schlumberger Education Expedition 2014

The name of the ride sounds a bit corny but it's an excellent and fast ride south of Houston, this is the 3rd time I've done it and every time end with a 21+ average since it's extremely flat. Felt very strong the entire way even with a little rain on the south section..

Hadn't met the guy on the Velokraft VK2 before and he hung with me quite a while, I like it when other fast recumbent riders are around (since it's very rare) and hope to ride with him again in the near future.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Huntsville Raven's Revenge 2014

This is a good ride in Huntsville Texas about 40 miles north of Houston. Some hills with mostly good roads. Temperatures in the mid 50's with some minor showers. A number of good riders kept me occupied most of the way. It's the 3rd time I've done it and it's a great workout.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Montgomery Great Plane Ride

I did this back in 2010 and for various stupid reasons (weather, cold etc) couldn't do it again until now, it's a pretty good ride through the Sam Houston Forest with some hills on that west finger out to Anderson.

This time it was wet, I normally don't ride in the rain but I've been wanting to do this one so bad it didn't matter. Ride started with wet roads and some mild drizzle, about halfway it started to rain then let up the last 3rd of the ride. Weather went to shit after I finished, hopefully the stragglers didn't have problems.

Not very fast since I didn't feel like wrecking again on the wet roads but still a fun ride and the first 100K+ ride of the year. Something about riding through forests always seems easier, maybe it's the extra oxygen?

My Houston friend Zak has infected me with the "Don't do rest stops" disease and like all the other rides this year I rode the entire ride straight through, might have finished 1st on the long route but you never can tell. They sponsor another at the end of the year, hopefully it'll be dry and I'll be faster

Baytown Gator Ride 2014

I've done this ride 4 times now and it's always has the potential of being a difficult ride, the first time went fine, 2nd had a flat at the beginning then a strong north headwind, 3rd time was the coldest event ride I've ever done mixed in with another strong north headwind. This time it was good temperatures with a moderate south headwind.

At the 10 mile point there's a ferry you  take and if you don't make it with the first group you get delayed for 15-20 minutes. It didn't help that I caught a rut and went down after less than a mile (3:30 into the video) but no real harm done other than a bruise and some shredded shorts which unfortunately was part of my favorite convict outfit. Still made it to the ferry with the first group where someone told me my butt was showing :)

Spent the north section dicing with the front pace group until they pulled into the 3rd rest stop. Even with the south wind that section wasn't bad (at least for me, seemed to bother a lot of other riders) and I "think" I beat everyone on the long route. Didn't stop and felt pretty good the entire ride.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Katy Spring Breakaway 2014

Katy has two rides using this exact route, the Spring Breakaway in the winter and Tour De Donut in November, If you read the Tour De Donut post last year you know I have a love/hate relationship with this one, it's always very fast from Katy through Fulshear close to Wallis, then it's a chip-seal run north to San Felipe then a run over the "hump" back to Brookshire and back to Katy.

I used to hate the chip-seal section but it's really not that bad and I don't lose much speed on it, turns out the real sucky part for some odd reason is over the hump to Brookshire. It always seems like I start running out of gas during that section. Last year's Breakaway was no different and it was a struggle to finish with a 20 mph average. It always wears me out

Today that was not the case, lots of fog and damp roads didn't slow me down at all (helped to have almost no wind) and it was fast all the way 

At least until I got to Pattison, see they have one stop sign and to get around traffic I violated my "Never ride on the shoulder" rule and went down in some gravel, no harm done other than a bruised elbow and hip (why do I always fall on the rebuilt hip???) and it sure didn't slow me down. Felt great at the end which as far as I can remember has NEVER happened at this ride.

To me the mark of a great ride is when you're driving home and find yourself smiling thinking about it over and over and over. Yet when the Tour De Donut comes along in November I'll be wondering why I want to do it again.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Waller Bulldog Ride 2014

Back in 2010 this was the first event ride I ever did in the Houston area, it's a decent 50 mile ride north of Waller. the roads are pretty good and decently fast with a few minor hills. The last couple of years I've been using it as a warm-up to Sunday's Katy Spring Breakaway just a few miles south. Can't go wrong doing this one.

Weather was in the 40's at the start, 50's at the finish. Felt pretty good the entire ride, could have been faster but I was more concerned about endurance which has been getting better with every ride.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Humble Lion's Pride Bike Ride

I did this back in 2011 and always wanted to do it again but couldn't due to weather. It's a good fairly fast ride around Lake Houston. Rider count was 500+, weather was decent with light winds

Felt pretty good, did the entire ride without stopping so the legs are getting there.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hockley Ride For Hero's Winter Edition

Winter's been tough and I'm not getting the miles I should so I never know how good the legs are this early in the year. Bought an exercise bike and have been hitting it hard but you never know until you hit the road. 

This is the same event held in November, on that one I did the 79 mile loop however that's a bit long for the legs at the moment so I did the 55. Legs seemed to come alive in the last half of the ride so the miles on the indoor bike have been worth it.

Gloomy foggy 45 degree weather but what can be expected this time of the year, rider count maybe 300.


Sunday, February 02, 2014

Clay Walker Ride for MS 2014

Started out ok but started feeling lousy about halfway through, decent ride tho

Friday, January 10, 2014

Grapevine/DFW Airport

Grapevine/DFW Airport by mleuck at Garmin Connect - Details

Yech, turns out January is just as crappy weather-wise as December was, didn't think I'd ride today but lo and behold the sun came out just as I was leaving work I go. Not a bad ride but smooth tires don't work well n damp areas :)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Got another

From Freeze Your Fanny 2010 found on Facebook. Cold cloudy but okay ride. A couple of weeks later the frame broke just forward of the steering stalk. It was a great bike that gave it's all

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I'll be damned

Made it on the website for the upcoming Texas Independence Ride early next year

That got a good laugh, you see all those people taking pictures at these things but never know where the pictures will turn if I could just find the original

Monday, December 02, 2013

Fort Smith Arkansas True Grit 100

This is another ride I forgot to post from June, actually the real reason was more embarrassment than anything else, it should have been a good ride that wasn't.

The main reason I did it was to escape the Texas heat for a day except for some odd reason I wasn't feeling well at the start so instead of a 100k it ended up just 30 miles. Nice area with great roads but just wasn't into it that morning. Maybe next year...

Did get to meet the "Duke" John Wayne (True Grit get it?). Someone said he died in 1979 but I disagree and here is the proof. He's now monochrome and kinda flat,

If the video is screwy I used another process to stitch the MOV files together, looked okay before the upload but who knows what YouTube does with it.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Marshall Texas Holiday Ride 2013

This was one of those "Hey lets go to East Texas and do a short quick ride" and since I used to live in the area almost 30 years ago I could visit the old haunts again.

Should have learned my lesson from Longview's Freeze Your Fanny in February because like that ride this one had lots and lots of hills mixed with chip-seal. I don't think it had a mile of flat road anywhere. At least I was in 'slightly' better shape and I sure was glad it was only 40 miles...

Nice people who organized it and the shirt (actually long-sleeve sweater) was one of the best I've ever received in any ride.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Katy Ram Challenge 2013

This one was from April and I kept forgetting to post it, Decent ride west of Houston.

The big trucks are carrying cotton bales.