Monthly Archives: April 2006

Grayville

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We woke up to a beautiful morning. It was about a nice 50-60 maybe warmer, blue skies, the sun was beating down on us and we were all ready to ride, and this ride we had my friend Spencer join us for a ride. We started riding thinking that it was going to be a nice ride with no mechanical problems, but we were wrong.

We started going on the first trail and not even five minutes in Rick had already got a flat tire. As we all wait me and Arch were going around this technical rock loop that was pretty cool. Rick got his bike fixed and we went on through the technical roots and rocks of Grayville. Spencer was having some trouble with the roots and the rocks, but I have to give him a brake because his seat was too high and he was riding FLATS! So with Spencer bringing up the rear we went on. We were flying through the trails having a good time and I was following Kyle’s dad close on his tail and we came up to these trees and I misjudged and I clipped my handle bar on the tree and flipped over the bars and hurt my knee, but I got up and rode on. Spencer was cramping up so he had to leave early and go home which was understandable. After Spencer left we went on and about 30 minutes after he left once again Rick got another flat. He had to fix another tire and he almost blew the tube up. After he fixed that we went on to finish, and Kyle’s dad found out that he had cracked his frame and his whole back triangle was messed up. After talking for a while we were all off to the bike shop.

It was an awesome day to ride and everyone had fun. This is how all the rides should be, except for all the mechanical problems… lol

— Jill

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Tolland Bicycle Grand Opening

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Sunday Hunting Bill Passes Senate

Find out more here and what you can do about it, please DON’T WAIT until it’s too late!

Case Mountain

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Nerac Earth Logo Items Now Available

You can now purchase Nerac Earth logo items from our Nerac Earth store. Our club will get a portion of every sale. All items are guaranteed through cafepress.com. Check it out…buy some stuff and support our club, while getting some cool stuff, all at the same time.

Nerac Earth Flea Market Fundraiser

The dates for the Nerac Earth Fleamarket Fundraiser will be Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd. We will be collecting donated items the last 2 weeks of June so clean out your closet and basement and donate all your unwanted goods to the bike club! The selling hours are 8am to 3pm and we’ve been advised to line up at 7am to get a good spot to set up our wares. If you can help out email neracearth@nerac.com with the date and time you can be available to set up, tear down, or sell, sell, sell! Tell your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers to stop by. Stay tuned for additional information as we get closer to the event.http://www.mansfielddrivein.com/marketplace.asp

Fat Tire Classic (Winding Trails)

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Winding Trails race

Rain, more rain, raining harder, steady rain, pelting rain, non-stop rain. Mud, slop, soupy mud, puddles. You get the idea. I’ve never quite seen singletrack quite like this, there was about 6 inches of chocolate pudding mud throughout all the singletrack. No brakes, no gears, the best part was finishing and being able to clean up and change inside where it was warm. There was even a fire in the fireplace. I’m too tired too add much more except that I sincerely hope the next race is sunny and 70. — Jill

Another muddy race at Winding Trails and the rain was just coming down, keeping us cool through the long 5 mile muddy laps that all of us had to do. There wasn’t a place on the track that wasn’t wet. The downhills were caked with mud and the flats were filled with huge puddles, but the race went on. No one could even ride the downhills, but some of us managed to ride them a little, but a lot of people had to walk their bikes, because there were about 2 foot ruts running down all of downhills. Everyone in the beginning of the day finished on the team but the last riders who rode it which were the experts had to endure 3 laps of the horrible coarse after me and all the other sport riders had just trampled the coarse. I could understand if some of the experts pulled off because that coarse had seen better days. I hope next race the weather will be nice and sunny because I sure don’t want to ride another horrible muddy race. All and all the day was fun except for taking all the cold clothes off in the cold and having to freeze, but it was nice putting the warm clothes on. — Randy