12:16:2018 WBL and LCFTF Holiday Party

Finally a nice sunny, non-miserably rainy day in Charleston which gave everyone a chance to ride their bikes. The Winter BIke League had 35 people and the Low Country Fat Tire Freaks had about 35 people turn out for their poker ride and holiday party too. I was lucky enough to ride the WBL and go to the LCFTF party.

Winter Bike League is a no drop group ride ridden at a controlled speed limit of 21.9 mph. This is a friendly way to gain long base miles during the cold weather and also make some new riding buddies.

The poker ride consisted of different feats of strength at 5 breweries plus a bonus spot. The breweries were Tradesman (sling shot), Fattys (10 push ups), Munkl (hula hooping), Cooper River (wheel toss), and Revelry (balloon walk), the bonus spot was at the wastelands (skinny ride). Participants got a card at each spot for completing the feat of strength, best hand won.

Started the day by checking in on the pizza shop.

Rolling deep out of Park Circle.

One of the iconic cycling roads in Charleston, Chisolm Road on John’s Island.

Adam Kidd was there.

Adam Kidd was there.

Mark Hendey made an appearance.

Jason Layne has his sock game on point.

We had to sit in traffic on Maybank just like the cars.

I made to Tradesman Brewing for the planning of the poker ride just in time.

I was stationed at Fatty’s Beer Works during the poker ride, making people do 10 push ups to get a card. This was the first contestant, he was successful.

Jeff won best bike.

Jeff won best bike.

The Cream Ale at Tradesman is tastey!

The Cream Ale at Tradesman is tastey!

Chef Bannister made phenomenal Shrimp and Grits.

Chef Bannister made phenomenal Shrimp and Grits.

Taylor won the poker ride, I hope he got some cool stuff.

Taylor won the poker ride, I hope he got some cool stuff.

Sam won best outfit.

Sam won best outfit.

That was a fun day of playing bikes, I ate a few slices of pizza and ate a couple serving of Shrimp and Grits and Chris’ Low Country Boil. The bike community in Charleston is small but close knit, I’m fortunate to get to ride with so many cool people.

Ride Details:

Boyd Cycling Gravelution 12/1/2018

The first time I rode with Boyd I learned he definitely knows gravel so when I heard he was hosting a GRAVELUTION at the Boyd Cycling HQ in Greenville I had to be there.  The rain dampened the festivities a bit, but everyone there was happy about bikes and gravel riding.  This was a great excuse to check in on our store in Greenville.

I made 10 pizzas at the Greenville D'Allesandro's Pizza and delivered them to Boyd Cycling HQ.

I made 10 pizzas at the Greenville D'Allesandro's Pizza and delivered them to Boyd Cycling HQ.

Mmmmm pizza.

Mmmmm pizza.

I had to try the world famous popcorn, it was great.

I had to try the world famous popcorn, it was great.

I hope I win the raffle, I really want that tubeless kit or tires. Photo: Andy Donnan

I hope I win the raffle, I really want that tubeless kit or tires. Photo: Andy Donnan

Andy Donnan and Spicy Benny, the pizza.

Andy Donnan and Spicy Benny, the pizza.

Met Geoffrey Fryer finally, pretty awesome dude!  Photo: Andy Donnan.

Met Geoffrey Fryer finally, pretty awesome dude! Photo: Andy Donnan.

The guys with the matching blue shoes showed up to race, so Andy and Ben held a racers meeting.

The guys with the matching blue shoes showed up to race, so Andy and Ben held a racers meeting.

These racers love gravel.

These racers love gravel.

1st lap was neutral so everyone could figure out the course.

1st lap was neutral so everyone could figure out the course.

I prepared beer hand ups. Props to Boyd for being the only racer to successfully take the hand up.

I prepared beer hand ups. Props to Boyd for being the only racer to successfully take the hand up.

Andy Baker got dirty but I think he liked it.

Andy Baker got dirty but I think he liked it.

Post race hand ups and hand downs, as long as the beer gets drank it's all good.

Post race hand ups and hand downs, as long as the beer gets drank it's all good.

Andy Donnan is all smiles and dirt after the race.

Andy Donnan is all smiles and dirt after the race.

Unknown brewing makes good beer.  Photo: Andy Donnan

Unknown brewing makes good beer. Photo: Andy Donnan

Hincapie Fondo 2018 Pizza Perspective

I usually ride the rides and eat the food after.  Today was different.  I watched the ride start and worked the pizza tent feeding the finishers, I enjoyed this perspective. 

Set up by 7am then it was time to heat the ovens and wait.

Set up by 7am then it was time to heat the ovens and wait.

I finally found the Hotel Domestique service course.

I finally found the Hotel Domestique service course.

Met up with Steve and Scottie Parker before the ride.  Photo: Andy Donnan.

Met up with Steve and Scottie Parker before the ride. Photo: Andy Donnan.

Vendor row.

Vendor row.

Nice view for the day.

Nice view for the day.

My wife made this table cloth, it's awesome!

My wife made this table cloth, it's awesome!

Scott Hellman representing LCR on the start line.

Scott Hellman representing LCR on the start line.

Definitely the biggest group ride I’ve ever seen.

Definitely the biggest group ride I’ve ever seen.

Couldn't believe I was actually watching a group bike ride on a jumbotron.

Couldn't believe I was actually watching a group bike ride on a jumbotron.

Best chef in Charleston was there.

Best chef in Charleston was there.

These young ladies were rock star pizza servers.

These young ladies were rock star pizza servers.

John and Ann working the ovens, Ilse breaking down the boxes.

John and Ann working the ovens, Ilse breaking down the boxes.

Pizza stacks.

Pizza stacks.

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David McBeath and Brad Philips.

David McBeath and Brad Philips.

Me, Christian Van de Velde, Ann and John Petrich, and my wife.

Me, Christian Van de Velde, Ann and John Petrich, and my wife.

Me, Steve Brown, Alejandra Tamayo, and Jason Layne.

Me, Steve Brown, Alejandra Tamayo, and Jason Layne.

Mark Cavendish and my wife (to make her friend jealous).

Mark Cavendish and my wife (to make her friend jealous).

Zach's bike.

Zach's bike.

Zach, Collin, and Chad having a good laugh.

Zach, Collin, and Chad having a good laugh.

The party's over, time to go home.

The party's over, time to go home.

Introduced the kids to Waffle House the next morning.

Introduced the kids to Waffle House the next morning.

Father-son bonding at the Sunrift bike park before heading back to Charleston.

Father-son bonding at the Sunrift bike park before heading back to Charleston.

I’ve always heard nice things about the Hincapie Fondo and it turns out they’re true, this is a great celebration of cycling in South Carolina and the south east. We served 250 pizzas to many old and new friends, and heard fun stories from the day.

Pisgah 10/18/2018

I've been wanting to ride the Black Mountain trail in Pisgah for a long time, so today was the day.  I started with a route suggested by a friend to ride up clawhammer to black mountain and turn left.  Follow this to buckwheat knob then Bennett Gap.  This was the gnarliest trail I've ever ridden so I decided to follow it up by riding back up clawhammer and turning right on black mountain, I didn't realize how hard my day just got.  The downhills were rewarding so I finished with Sycamore Cove trail for fun.

 

Left Charleston at 6am with the van loaded with pizza equipment for serving pizza at the Hincapie Fondo.

Left Charleston at 6am with the van loaded with pizza equipment for serving pizza at the Hincapie Fondo.

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These stairs are intimidating. 

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I found this campsite so I thought I peaked out but I was wrong.

Damn that shit was gnarly, happy to be done with black mountain time for buckwheat knob.

Damn that shit was gnarly, happy to be done with black mountain time for buckwheat knob.

Pisgah clearing at the top of Bennett Gap.

Pisgah clearing at the top of Bennett Gap.

That was fun, definitely some sketchy rock drop sections but well worth the climb.

That was fun, definitely some sketchy rock drop sections but well worth the climb.

Rode back up clawhammer to black mountain trail because I really wanted to ride this trail... too bad I hiked so much.

Rode back up clawhammer to black mountain trail because I really wanted to ride this trail... too bad I hiked so much.

Hey isn't this the rock where everyone posts Instagram photos?

Hey isn't this the rock where everyone posts Instagram photos?

Bonus trail: rode Sycamore cove since I had another hour to ride. I liked it.

Bonus trail: rode Sycamore cove since I had another hour to ride. I liked it.

Nice little waterfall.

Nice little waterfall.

Today's ride was hard.  I knew it would be hard and it was harder than I thought.  Maybe I'm just used to riding easy trails but this changes my perspective on Pisgah riding.   I would have eaten a whole pizza while out there riding it was so hard.  I drank a bunch of beer and I'm gonna fill my little belly with lots of pizza now.