Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule January 2 & 3

Happy New Year, trust everyone had a great holiday and ready for the new year.

The weather forecast for this weekend is cold, temperatures in the high 30's - low 40's at ride time.

Jacksonville Beach weather forecast (observed at Mayport Naval Air Field)

There will be a group meeting to ride mountain bikes at Hanna Park on Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 AM. Meet in the front parking lot. There will be all skill level of riders. Come out and try your mountain bike out. We will regroup at the trail head/intersections so no one is left alone.


There is no schedule Lodge Group Bike ride on Friday, January 1st.

For the hard core road bikers if you enjoy the cold temperatures there could be a small group that meets at the Lodge at 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hanna Park Sunday 12/20

It's forecast to be a very cold start to the day again on Sunday. That means most people will seek the refuge of the woods. Hanna Park on mountain bikes is the plan. We had about 12 riders turn up this morning for lots of thrills for most and lots of spills for some. Meet up at the front parking lot at 9:00 am.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Rides - December 19 & 20

The weather forecast for Saturday is for a 15/20 MPH WNW wind and temperature around 49/50F. And Sunday forecast is for around 45F and 15/20 MPH WNW wind. The rain is supposed to end late Friday night.

Jacksonville Beach Weather (observed at the Mayport Naval Air Field)

With the cool and windy weather forecasted for this weekend, and with all the rain Hanna Park trails are in great shape. There is a group mountain biking at Hanna on Saturday. Meet at the front parking lot at 9:00 AM. On Sunday with the cool temperature and wind there should be a group that goes mountain biking. We will try to post on the blog early Sunday morning if there is a group going mountain biking or check Clint Burbridge or Robert Buck Facebook page status.

Come and try out your mountain bike. There will be all level of riders. During the mountain bike ride we will regroup at the trail heads/intersections and regroup.

There should be a group that meets at the Lodge that will brave the cool and windy weather for a road bike ride. In the past there has been a small number of riders that show up.

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 35 to 40 miles = Traditional Saturday ride.
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH
Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.
See link for the Map on the right.
Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway.
Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 50 to 60 miles
Group Ride Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Renegade Christmas Ride, Wed. Dec. 23, 6:10 p.m

Renegade Klunker Christmas Ride and Pub Party!!!
Wed. Dec. 23, 6:10 p.m. roll-out!
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Ride from: The tennis courts. Bring your KLUNKER or Cruiser. Decorate your bike and bring lots of bells. Decorate yourself as well.
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This will be a social event. We will take a short ride to either Fion MacCools, Jax Bch or down to the Sundog Diner, Neptune Bch for drinks, food, fun and frivolity and did I say DRINKS!
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Merry Christmas,
David Groover

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday Morning Mountain Biking

A group of us are meeting at the front parking lot of Hanna Park to go mountain biking this morning (Dec. 13). All are welcome to join. The trails should be in great condition.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Rides - December 12 & 13

The weather forecast for this weekend calls for rain on Saturday with a morning temperature of 49/51F and clearing on Sunday with a morning temperature in the high 60'sF.

Jacksonville Beach weather (observed at Mayport Naval Station Air Field)

If there is no rain Saturday the plan is for the traditional Lodge road bike ride.

If we receive the the forecasted rain, Hanna Park's trails should be in good shape on Sunday. Their has been some discussion about a group mountain bike ride at Hanna on Sunday. If so, meet at the front parking lot at 9:00 AM. On Sunday if there is no rain there will also be a road bike group that does not go mountain biking at the Lodge.

We will try to post on the blog early Sunday morning if there is a group going mountain biking or check Clint Burbridge or Robert Buck Facebook page status.

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 35 to 40 miles = Traditional Saturday ride.
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH
Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.
See link for the Map on the right.

Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway.
Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway



Sunday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 50 to 60 miles
Group Ride Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Offseason Training


Active.com has a great article about training in the offseason. From weightlifting to core strength to endurance miles, the author gives advice about maintaining your fitness level and improving your weaknesses during the winter.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Beaches Velo Sport - 2010

The Beaches Velo Sport Cycling Team has been revived for 2010! Open to all racers and riders who believe in the concept of 'Ride Hard & Have FUN!'

If you're interested in being a part of Beaches Velo Sport - feel free to contact me (seancrichton@gmail.com) for more info. I'm currently working on the design of the custom kits by Louis Garneau -- they're not finalized yet, but they are going to look GOOD!!

Updates will be posted here on the Beaches Lodge Ride blog..... as well as on our Facebook page.

See ya out on the road!


Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - December 5 & 6

This weekend's weather temperature forecast. You can check the morning temperature on Comcast Channel 30. Check the bottom of the TV screen for the scrolling area town’s “Now”, “Tonight”, & “Tomorrow” temperature bar. Look for Jacksonville Beach, Mayport, and St Augustine. Check the blog weather forecast on the right side of the blog page.
Or check these web pages.

Jacksonville Beach (observed at Mayport Naval Station)

St Augustine Airport

In the past, when the morning temperature is below 50F we have had very few road bike riders to show up at the Lodge. Last winter we started an optional mountain bike ride at Hanna Park at 9:00 AM on those cold days.


Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 35 to 40 miles = Traditional Saturday ride.
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH
Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.
See link for the Map on the right.
Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway.
Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 50 to 60 miles = Group Ride
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Rides - Thanksgiving Weekend - November 26, 27, 28

This weekend’s weather temperature forecast. Check the blog weather forecast on the right side of the blog page. Or check these web pages.

Weather.com - Ponte Vedra Beach

Weather.com - Jacksonville Beach

The Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning temperature forecast is in the low 40’s. In the past when the morning temperature is below 50F we have very few road bike riders to show up at the Lodge. Last winter we started an optional mountain bike ride at Hanna Park at 9:00 AM on those cold days.

If the morning temperature is below 50F there will be a group that will meet at Hanna Park front parking lot to ride at 9:00 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Dust off you mountain bike, lube your chain, pump up your tires and come an join us. There will be different skill levels of riders. We regroup at the trail heads/intersections so that everyone can ride at their level and enjoy the group mountain bike ride. This will be a good time to try your mountain bike out at Hanna and learn the trails.

You can also check the morning temperature on Comcast Channel 30 and check the bottom of the TV screen for the scrolling area town’s “Now”, “Tonight”, & “Tomorrow” temperature bar. Look for Jacksonville Beach, Mayport, and St Augustine.


Thursday – Thanksgiving Day – No organized bike ride. You could show up at 8:00 and see if there are any other riders going for a ride. You may also check the area bike shops to see if they have an organized road bike ride.

If the morning temperature is 50F and above there will be a Lodge Group Bike ride. If below 50F there could be several road bike riders braving the cold temperatures.

Friday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 mile Nocatee Loops – we will ride a different route. We will try to have some type of group ride.

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 35 to 40 miles = Traditional Saturday ride.

Sunday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 50 to 60 miles = Group Ride

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - November 21 & 22

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH
Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.
See link for the Map on the right.
Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway.
Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 50 - 60 miles.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.

Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.
Ride Safe

Great Image From The Tour


Click on picture for a larger image.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday Night Urban Assault Ride


The weekly Renegade Urban Assault Ride starts at 6:10pm tonight (Wednesday)! We meet at the tennis courts at 16th St S in Jax Beach. Hopefully it will be a dryer ride than last week. Show up on your mtn bike or hybrid decked out with lights. The turn-out has been good the past several weeks with as many as 18 riders rolling through the neighborhoods. Keep up your core fitness level during the winter months and join us. Click here for the Renegade Blog.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

20 Questions Every Cyclist Should Ask


Here is a link to a great article on Active.com about general information that any serious cyclist should know. From crank arm length to how many tubes you bring on a ride, this article covers it all and more. For those with inquiring minds.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - November 14 & 15

Bike 26.2 with Donna Sunday, November 15, 2009 Nocatee, Florida

The Saturday & Sunday morning temperatures at the beach are forecasted to be in the mid to high 50's at 8:00 AM.

Click here for Saturday Temps in Ponte Vedra

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH
Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge. See link for the Map on the right. Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway.
Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 50 - 60 miles.

Due to the Ride with Donna bike ride at Nocatee on Sunday, the Lodge Group will go south on A1A and return back up US1. By the time we come through Nocatee most of the Donna riders will have completed their ride and we will be riding in the opposite direction.

Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Race Across the Sky Movie Encore On Thursday November 12




Lance Armstrong's movie about his mountain bike race The Leadville 100 has an encore movie presentation on Thursday, November 12. See link to www.ncm.com/Fathom about for movie theaters showing.

Click here for a list of theaters showing Race Across The Sky

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - November 7 & 8

Sea & Sky Spectacular - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Official Website
Jacksonville Beach, FL - Official Website - Sea & Sky Spectacular

The Blue Angle air show is this weekend. Riders riding south need to allow a little extra time to ride to the Lodge on Sat and Sun.
1st and 2nd Street between Beach Blvd and 6th Ave North will be closed.
You will need to ride down 3rd/A1A street to bypass the closed streets.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.
See link for the Map on the right.
Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 50 - 60 miles.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH. Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.
Ride Safe

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Light Up The Night


Click Here for a great article about cycling safely at night. This is especially informative for those of us doing the weekly Wednesday Night Renegade rides. Last night was a great ride with 16+ riders showing up on all types of mountain bikes and hybrids.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tuesday and Thursday Morning Bike Ride @ 6:30 AM From the PV Inn & Club to Restart Nov 3

With the time change this weekend, sunrise is an hour earlier. There is enough day light to restart the Tuesday / Thursday 6:30 AM morning bike rides. Starting tomorrow Tuesday November 3 we will leave the PV Inn and Club at 6:30 AM.

On the Saturday Lodge bike ride there were several discussions requesting the morning bike ride to restart. We should be able to ride a few more weeks before the sunrise is too late to ride safely.

This is approximately a 20 mile ride with a speed pace of 19 – 25 MPH. The route is south on PVB to Mickler’s, right at the roundabout onto 210, left on Landrum, left on Roscoe back 210 to Mickler’s to PVB.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

MARMADUKE Dirty Thirty Nov. 21 @ Santos


MARMADUKE Dirty Thirty - The DON'T, Fall Ride

Nov. 21 at SANTOS, 9 am. Meet at the main trail head. Mark your calendar! Start reserving campsites!!! Campground # 352-369-2693 PLEASE R.S.V.P.

dgroover1@comcast.net or call David Groover @ 904.463.6367

Pictures from the last event

We are going to ride the Omba Epic route that is about 42 miles

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - October 31 & Nov 1 - Sunday Ride Amelia Island - Turn your clock back on Sunday

Day Light Saving Time end this Sunday November 1.
Remember to turn your clock back 1 hour.


Sunday’s Ride is to Amelia Island.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge. See link for the Map on the right. Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday - 7:00 AM at the Lodge -
Ride to Amelia Island – 70 miles round trip from the Lodge
We will ride North on First Street. We will pass Rag Time in Atlantic Beach around 7:30 AM. Catch the 8:00 Ferry - $1.00 Each Way. This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together. Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Ride Safe

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bike 26.2 with Donna Sunday, November 15, 2009 Nocatee, Florida



Bike 26.2 with Donna Sunday, November 15, 2009 Nocatee, Florida

Schedule of Events 7 AM - 8:15 AM Pre Ride Registration and Check In, Willowcove, Nocatee, FL. 8:30 AM Start of Ride. 9 AM Post Ride Celebration, including food, drinks and live entertainment. Bike 26.2 with Donna presented by Mix 1 is a cycling event to raise funds to finish breast cancer! Everyone from beginners to advanced riders may participate. Cyclists must be a minimum of 16 years old. Helmets are mandatory. Registration Information Entry Fees: $35.00 until November 14 $40.00 Day of Race

Packet Pickup will be held in the Pre-Ride Area. The Pre-Ride Area will be located at the start/finish line of the ride at the Nocatee Community Park. Cyclists will receive complimentary fruit, snacks and water. Course: The 26.2 mile route begins and ends in Nocatee, where riders can enjoy wide, newly paved, tree-lined roads while cycling through one of the most beautiful backdrops Northeast Florida has to offer. Part of the course enters Ponte Vedra Beach, allowing riders to scenic views of coastal communities. Directions to the Start/Finish Take Nocatee Parkway (CR120) to Crosswater Parkway South, at the Crosswater Roundabout take a right onto Preservation Trail. Willowcove is approximately a mile ahead on the left. Parking will be available near the Willowcove Park.

Smooth Your Ride! Smoothie King® and Blue Competition Cycles have partnered with the 26.2 with Donna, and are giving away 5 custom-painted carbon fiber bikes valuing over $14,000. Get your fund raising card, and enter to win your new ride at your participating Jacksonville Smoothie King® from Oct. 3, 2009 - Nov. 6, 2009. Smoothie King & You can help stop breast cancer, one smoothie at a time. Use your fundraising card, and $1 from each smoothie purchase will go to 26.2 with Donna. For details, visit http://www.rideblue.com/smoothieking.

Come out for the Wednesday Night Urban Assault Ride


The RENEGADE Urban Assault Ride is every Wednesday night @ 6:10 PM through the winter. The ride will start from the Huguenot Tennis Courts at 16th st. S, Jax Beach and typically is a 30 miles+ ride. Lights are encouraged!! Mountain Bike with Slicks. No pure road bikes please, 29's and 700 cm's wheels are fine on mountain bikes. Check out the route map in the right column.>>

I Found The Perect Costume for the Halloween Ride



I must say that I love Natasha and Bat For Lashes

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - October 24 & 25

Mark the Lodge Group bike ride Blog to your favorites. Starting November 1 a group email will not be sent, except for major information update, such as a time change.

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH
Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.
See link for the Map on the right.
Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway.
Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 50 - 60 miles.
Note Ride Time is back to 8:00 on Sunday.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Monday, October 19, 2009

Race Across The Sky- Leadville Trail 100 Movie



This one night event will be at 8:00pm at Tinseltown USA, 4535 Southside Blvd on Thursday night, October 22nd only. Don't miss the debut of the never before seen documentary chronicling the grueling 2009 Leadville Trail 100 bike race, and listen to candid and inspirational conversations with Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael, Dave Wiens, and other elite and amateur cyclists. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.FathomEvents.com/raceacrossthesky.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - October 17 & 18 - Sunday Ride Time is 8:00 AM

Mark the Lodge Group bike ride Blog to your favorites. Starting November 1 a group email will not be sent, except for major information update, such as a time change.

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip

Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge. See link for the Map on the right. Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 50 - 60 miles.

Note Ride Time is back to 8:00 on Sunday. This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together. We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group. Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH. Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

The Perfect Ride for the Next Renegade Pub Crawl


For more info on this cool two kegger, Click Here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hellyer Park Velodrome - San Jose, California

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to ride the Hellyer Park Velodrome in San Jose, California, with my cousin Ben Burbridge who lives in Berekley. They have “Saturday Mornings Beginner Training Sessions”, where you can rent a track bike for $5 and ride the track for $5. We commented that it was the most fun we’ve had for $10 in a long time. The best part was the instruction. We were taught the rules of the track; the purpose of “the rail”, “the stayers line” and “the sprinters lane”. Once you understand the rules, you have much more confidence on the track. The only goals were 1. don’t get hurt, and 2. don’t embarrass yourself. We did fine on #1, but #2 was debatable.





The track bikes that we rented took a lot to get used to. They were fixed gear, so you had to constantly pedal and could not coast. At the end of a race, they’d yell at us, “keep pedaling, keep pedaling!” They knew our instinct was to coast after the line and that would send us over the handlebars. Also, the bikes had no brakes, which truly added to the nervous factor.





The first part of the session was devoted to the rules and getting acquainted with the track and track bikes. After that, we went through some drills that included sprinting for a short distance against two other riders. Next, we did “Kirin Races”. A “pacer” leads out 6 to 7 racers. They can jockey for position, but can not pass the pacer. At lap 4 ½ the pacer exits the track, and the racers sprint for 1 ½ laps. It’s very exciting and nerve racking at the same time. We competed in several of these races until the end of the morning session.





In a brochure on the park it states “A velodrome was built in 1962 as a training site for cyclists wishing to compete in the 1962 Pan American Games. San Jose had once been considered the bicycling capital of the United States. In the early 1900’s, bicycling was the most popular recreation activity in the valley and enthusiasm has lasted for decades. The existing … velodrome is the fifth in a succession built in San Jose”. Click here to get more information about the Hellyer Park Velodrome.







If you are ever out in the San Jose area, I’d recommend checking out the velodrome. You need to be at the park at 8:30 am and bring your helmet, cycling shoes, pedals, pedal wrench, warm clothing, water, allen wrenches and sunscreen. I’m looking forward to riding the track again in the future.



Friday, October 9, 2009

KONA 2009


We want to say "Good Luck" to those racing in the "big one" this weekend over in Kona, Hawaii for the Ironman World Championship Triathlon. This is a HUGE race with the best in the world facing off for 140.6 miles of combined swimming, biking, and running. The super hot temperatures combined with the wind and hills make this one of the toughest races on the circuit - not to mention that every athlete competing has qualified as one of the top competitors in their age group.

From our area we have Shawn Burke (#849), JC Hanley-Pinto (#1640), Kevin Neal (#654), and Walter Arnold (#369). Coverage will be on-line at http://www.ironman.com/ if you’re interested. Use their race number to track progress throughout the day.


Shawn Burke will also be carrying a prototype GPS and you can track him “live” (updated every 4 minutes) at
http://trackthetrail.dyndns.biz/gmap.aspx?name=053459&gpasswd=
or http://trackthetrail.dyndns.biz/veMap.aspx?name=053459&gpasswd= Make sure you click on “Breadcrumbs” to see the history – it is way COOL!!!
Also, check out this article about JC on Jacksonville.com .....

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - October 10 & 11 - Sunday Ride Amelia Island

Mark the Lodge Group bike ride Blog to your favorites.
Starting November 1 a group email will not be sent, except for major information updates, such as a time change.

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.

The Saturday ride will be the standard Nocatee route. Splitting into two groups at the Palm Valley Bridge. Group A remember to look back for riders slower coming over the bridge and wait up so that we can all regroup.

See the Nocatee Map link on the right.

Sunday - 7:00 AM at the Lodge
Ride to Amelia Island – 70 miles round trip from the Lodge
We will ride North on First Street
We will pass Rag Time in Atlantic Beach around 7:30 AM
Catch the 8:00 Ferry - $1.00 Each Way

This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Ride Safe

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Yeah, Fine... But Can They Finish the County Line Ride?

Recent Article on Cycling and Its Different Cultures


Our Aussie friend and fellow rider, Robert Hudson, passed along this interesting article about how different segments of our culture are experiencing cycling from their own unique point of view. Click here for a link to the entire article.

If you come across anything that might interest our cycling community, please pass it along to one of the contributors.

P.S. Walter Campbell handles the complaint department

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Urban Assault Ride - Weds at 6:10 pm - Huguenot Tennis Courts

The RENEGADE Urban Assault Ride 3rd. season began last Wednesday Sept 30.
The ride will be every Wednesday night @ 6:10 PM through the winter.
The ride will start from the Huguenot Tennis Courts at 16th st. S, Jax Beach and typically is a 30 miles+ ride.The route includes South to Ponte Vedra and then north through through neighborhoods west of 3rd.to Atl./Seminole road and further north to the Seminole cul-DE-sac. Then we backtrack to the tennis courts!
Lights are encouraged!!
Mountain Bike with Slicks.
No pure road bikes please, 29's and 700 cm's wheels are fine on mountain bikes.

Tuesday and Thursday Morning Bike Rides @ 6:30 AM Have Stopped

The Tuesday and Thursday morning bike rides @ 6:30 AM leaving from the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club has stopped due to darkness.
This ride will start back up next year when the Day Light Saving Times starts.

We decided to meet at 7:30 AM @ the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club for those that can.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - October 3 & 4 - Sunday Ride Time is 8:00 AM

Mark the Lodge Group bike ride Blog to your favorites.
Starting November 1 a group email will not be sent, except for a major information update, such as a time change.

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.


Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip (See Map Attached)
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.

The Group will leave the Lodge South down PVB out to 210 though the roundabout and out 210 over the PV Bridge and make a Right at Old Palm Valley Road (the first Traffic Light) to compete the Nocatee loops.

Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway (at the traffic Light at the end of Old Palm Valley Road) and complete Spoke 1, 2, 3, 1 and 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway.

Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway and complete Spoke 2, Spoke 3, Spoke 1, and Spoke 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway. We try to make Group A a fast group ride. We will regroup at Old Palm Valley Road after the bridge. Turn around and look to see if we are all together.



Sunday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 50 - 60 miles.

Note Ride Time is back to 8:00 on Sunday.
This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tuesday/Thursday Evening Ride Schedule - Time Change

The Tuesday/Thursday Evening bike rides will have a new start time this Tuesday, September 29 due to darkness coming earlier now.

New Start Time is 6:00 PM at the County Line - PV Boulevard and Duval Drive.

Last Tuesday, the 5-6 Riders that completed the ride together decided, that due to darkness and safety, to start tomorrow’s (Tuesday, September 29) ride at 6:00pm from the county line. So Walter, Tom, Juan, myself and a few others hope you can make the new time.
Dave Gottschalk

Lodge Group Ride Schedule Email Issue

Did you check the blog for the Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule for this past weekend.
The Sunday ride time changed to 8:00 AM.

I had issues with sending group email with Comcast.
That is why you may have not received the last two weeks ride schedule email.
The ride schedule was posted on the Blog.

I have had to split the Lodge Group email distribution list in to two list due to a Comcast distribution limit of 99 names, so that it is not considered spam.

Remember to add to your favorite or bookmark the blog web address.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - September 26 & 27 - Sunday Ride Time is 8:00 AM

Sunday Ride Time is now 8:00 starting this Sunday. New Route on Sunday.

Have a safe and fun ride for those riding 6 Gap this weekend in Georgia.

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.

The Group will leave the Lodge South down PVB out to 210 though the roundabout and out 210 over the PV Bridge and make a Right at Old Palm Valley Road (the first Traffic Light) to compete the Nocatee loops.


Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway (at the traffic Light at the end of Old Palm Valley Road) and complete Spoke 1, 2, 3, 1 and 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway.

Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway and complete Spoke 2, Spoke 3, Spoke 1, and Spoke 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway. We try to make Group A a fast group ride. We will regroup at Old Palm Valley Road after the bridge. Turn around and look to see if we are all together.

Sunday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 60 - 65 miles.

Note Ride Time goes back to 8:00 this Sunday.
New Route this Sunday.
This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Urban Assault Ride - Weds at 6:10 pm - Huguenot Tennis Courts

The RENEGADE Urban Assault Ride
3rd. season begins Weds Sept 30 at 6:10 pm
Starting from the Huguenot Tennis Courts
at 16th st. S, Jax Bch and typically is a 30 miles+ ride.

The route includes South to Ponte Vedra and then north through through neighborhoods west of 3rd.
to Atl./Seminole road and further north to the Seminole cul-de-sac. Then we backtrack to the tennis courts!

Lights are encouraged!!
Mountain Bike with Slicks.
No pure road bikes please, 700 cm's are fine though.

NOTE!
Our ride on the 30th will be aprox. a 20 mile ride with a beer-stop/meet-and-greet
to celebrate the beginning of our winter ride season.
So bring a little cash and bike locks

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - September 19 & 20

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.


Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.

The Group will leave the Lodge South down PVB out to 210 though the roundabout and out 210 over the PV Bridge and make a Right at Old Palm Valley Road (the first Traffic Light) to compete the Nocatee loops.


Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway (at the traffic Light at the end of Old Palm Valley Road) and complete Spoke 1, 2, 3, 1 and 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway.

Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway and complete Spoke 2, Spoke 3, Spoke 1, and Spoke 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway. We try to make Group A a fast group ride. We will regroup at Old Palm Valley Road after the bridge. Turn around and look to see if we are all together.



Sunday - 7:30 AM at the Lodge – 55 - 65 miles.

It has been requested that this Sunday ride be a long one to train for the 6 Gap ride next weekend.

This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

6 Gap Lodging

I’ve got a 2 night reservation (Sept. 25th and 26th) for the Cedar House Inn that I don’t need. I know it can be hard to find lodging for Six Gap so I thought I would see if you knew of anyone who would like to pick up this reservation.

The room is the Chickadee room (http://www.georgiamountaininn.com/chickadee.htm) and the rate is $95-$105 per night.

If someone would like to pick up this reservation, e-mail me at kj@jonesland.net and I will contact the B&B owner’s to let them know you are going to call with your credit card info and switch the reservation.

Thanks,
Ken Jones

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tara Joseph's French Alps Trip

Clients and friends of KONA Human Performance recently visited the French Alps in Haute-Savoie, France, to enjoy a vigorous 10-day cycling vacation. Many of the daily rides, based out of Vanilla Ski Chalet in Bourg-Saint Maurice, included the most difficult 1st Category and Hors Category climbs of the Tour de France, including La Plagne, Cormet De Roselend, Col Du Petite St. Bernard, Col Du Telegraphe and the famed Col Du Galibier, with side trips to La Thuille and Courmayeur, Italy. Our hosts, Sam and Andy Maiklem, (www.vanillaski.com/alpine_etape/) were most gracious. Andy an avid cyclist would ride with us daily giving us the history and translating the french language throughout our day. We would certainly look forward to our evenings, as that's when Andy's wife, Sam would present us with her daily "Extraordinary Culinary Creation". Sam prepares only organic foods; duck, lamb, chicken, lovely green salads and vegetables, to name a few. Local wine and cheese from nearby villages were also enjoyed with our evening meal. I must say, dream of her creations even to this day.

Participants were Leslie Smith, Atlantic Beach; Charlie Fry, Ponte Vedra Beach; Rick Ricart, Palm Bay; Florida; Ben Moore, Jacksonville; and Tara and John Josephs, Jacksonville.
If you are interested in a future trip, please contact Tara Josephs - tarajosephs@mac.com


Chamonix, France

Ice climbers at the top of Aiguille du Midi - Mont Blanc (Charlie Fry in Photo)

Ski Training to the Rosiere (5 to 6% Grade)

La Plagne (Tara and John Josephs, Rick Ricart, Charlie Fry)

The Grand Galibier 2645 meters (that equals 8677 feet)

View from the top of Galibier

Vanilla Ski Chalet
(Rick Ricart, Charlie Fry, John and Tara Josephs, Leslie Smith and Ben Moore)

Andy Mailkem, Leslie Smith, Tara Josephs, Rick Ricart, Ben Moore, Charlie Fry

Friday, September 11, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - September 12 & 13

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip

(See Map Link)
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.

The Group will leave the Lodge South down PVB out to 210 though the roundabout and out 210 over the PV Bridge and make a Right at Old Palm Valley Road (the first Traffic Light) to compete the Nocatee loops.


See Map Link @ the Right for Group AA and Group A

Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway (at the traffic Light at the end of Old Palm Valley Road) and complete Spoke 1, 2, 3, 1 and 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway.

Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway and complete Spoke 2, Spoke 3, Spoke 1, and Spoke 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway. We try to make Group A a fast group ride. We will regroup at Old Palm Valley Road after the bridge. Turn around and look to see if we are all together.

Sunday - 7:30 AM at the Lodge – 55 - 60 miles.

This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Support Your Local Racing Scene - VOLUNTEER!!

If you plan on checking out the racing going on in St. Augustine this weekend - consider lending a hand and volunteering. The guys at VeloBrew are in DESPERATE NEED of some volunteers (mainly on Sunday).......

If you can help out - please contact Drew Miller (drew@velobrew.com) You can go to http://www.velobrew.com/JAxRacing.asp to see what times are available and respond to Drew by TONIGHT (Thursday 9/10/09).

Information regarding registration for race can be found at http://www.floridacycling.com/ .

There is also quite a bit more going on than just racing in conjunction with the St Augustine Cycling Festival - all the details are at http://www.staugustinecyclingfestival.com/ All of this supports the Boy Scouts.
- There will be an expo going on at the St. Augustine Ampitheater with displays from many of the shops, and demos from Zipp, Jamis, and other brands.- There is a bike raffle going on - you can have the chance to win a bike witha value of up to $3,500. Tickets are $20 and there are only a limited number being sold. You can purchase those at the expo, and don't have to be present to win.- There will be a movie night at the Ampithater on Sautrday after the racing is over- The Watermelon Ride is goign to start from the Ampitheater on Sunday.

Hope to see you out there!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

St. Augustine Cycling Festival


Hi all. Picked up a flyer in my local sandwich shop in town and thought there may be some interest. Seems that the NFBC has teamed up with a few others to put on a Cycling Festival based around St Augustine next weekend, 12/13 Sep. There s a Crit on Sat at the St John County complex, and TT and Road Race at Batram Trail on Sunday. Also a Bike Expo at the St Augustine Amphitheater both days (I was there recently for a performance and it is a hidden gem). Check it all out on www.staugustinecyclingfestival.com

Cheers,
Robert Hudson

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tour of Asturias

Photos from Walter & Lea Anne Campbell's visit with Cesar and Madie Garcia in Candas, Spain.

We met with a small group of locals nearly every morning to ride the rural roads in northern Spain. The local terrain (coastal) consists of rolling hills with a few small climbs. But there are some steep/narrow roads (18-20%) for those that choose to ride them (me). Further inland is mountainous terrain that consists of climbs over 20 kilometers.







Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - Labor Day Weekend September 5, 6 & 7 - Amelia Island on Sunday

This is Labor Day Weekend so 3 days of scheduled rides from the Lodge. Sunday is Amelia Island.

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Note: Pat Riley was riding Spoke 1 in Nocatee last week and was stopped by a Security Guard. They said the road was closed past Twenty Mile Road due to construction.
Please beware that our ride down Spoke 1 maybe interrupted. Please do not give the Security Guard a hard time if we are stopped. We will make a U-Turn where the road is closed.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.

The Group will leave the Lodge South down PVB out to 210 though the roundabout and out 210 over the PV Bridge and make a Right at Old Palm Valley Road (the first Traffic Light) to compete the Nocatee loops.


See Map Link for Nocatee Ride Route Group AA and Group A

Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway (at the traffic Light at the end of Old Palm Valley Road) and complete Spoke 1, 2, 3, 1 and 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway.

Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway and complete Spoke 2, Spoke 3, Spoke 1, and Spoke 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway. We try to make Group A a fast group ride. We will regroup at Old Palm Valley Road after the bridge. Turn around and look to see if we are all together.


Sunday - 7:00 AM at the Lodge
Ride to Amelia Island – 70 miles round trip from the Lodge
We will ride North on First Street
We will pass Rag Time in Atlantic Beach around 7:30 AM
Catch the 8:00 Ferry - $1.00 Each Way

This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH


Monday - 8:00 AM at the Lodge – 40 - 50 miles.
This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

RAP Race 1986 Jacksonville FL

Photo of Tom Hagen and Matt Rini at Riverside Avondale Preservation Socieity or RAP race, circa 1986....Last lap effort

Lodge Group Mt Pisgah Mid 1990's





Photo from the mid 1990's when the Lodge Group used to take a trip to Mt Pisgah, NC to road ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway and mountain bike around the 4th of July. Do you see some old friends or riders that look a little younger? Thanks to Tom Hagen for the photo.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - August 29 & 30

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Note: Pat Riley was riding Spoke 1 in Nocatee earlier this week and was stopped by a Security Guard. They said the road was closed past Twenty Mile Road due to construction.


Please beware that our ride down Spoke 1 maybe interrupted. Please do not give the Security Guard a hard time if we are stopped. We will make a U-Turn where the road is closed.

Saturday – 8:00AM @ the Lodge – 35 – 40 miles round trip (See Map Attached)
Group AA = 25+ MPH
Group A = 19 – 25 MPH

Remember it is a warm up ride to the Palm Valley Bridge.

The Group will leave the Lodge South down PVB out to 210 though the roundabout and out 210 over the PV Bridge and make a Right at Old Palm Valley Road (the first Traffic Light) to compete the Nocatee loops.


See Map for Group AA and Group A in sidebar to the right

Group AA will make Right at Crosswater Parkway (at the traffic Light at the end of Old Palm Valley Road) and complete Spoke 1, 2, 3, 1 and 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway.

Group A will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway and complete Spoke 2, Spoke 3, Spoke 1, and Spoke 3 before returning back by going up the ramp onto Nocatee Parkway. We try to make Group A a fast group ride. We will regroup at Old Palm Valley Road after the bridge. Turn around and look to see if we are all together.



Sunday - 7:30 AM at the Lodge – 55 - 60 miles.

This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let’s try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.

Ride Safe

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nocatee Stage Race 09

Congratulations to all our fellow riders who participated in the Nocatee Stage Race on Saturday.


Shawn Burke (vmscoaching) and Jerry Troyer (local fireman and also works at the Trek store) won 1st and 2nd place in the Cat 5 Crit.






A big thanks goes out to Shawn Francis for providing the race photos.

Friday, August 21, 2009

My two cents worth

There has been a lot of discussion the past few weeks about the crashes, group safety, etc. We engage in dangerous sport where some incidents can be avoided and others can't. We just need to do the best we can about taking care of each other out on the road. That means being the eyes and ears of the group when riding at the front and always riding in control.

I have been attending the Beaches Tues./Thurs. night ride (county line) for a long time and it has been a slugfest for as long as I can remember. Now our Beaches Saturday ride has developed into a similar style (fast) ride. As a result, we all need to be more diligent about the group ride dynamics and safety. All you young guns need to be a little more patient. Bike handling and pack riding skills take years to develop. Try to watch and learn from the more experienced riders and feel free to ask questions.

I am glad to see such a large number of cyclists showing up for the ride. We all just need to remember that you should never sacrifice safety for speed. Let's be safe out there and have a hard/fast ride.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lodge Group Bike Ride Schedule - August 22 & 23 - New Saturday Route Due to Nocatee Road Race

Hello

SAFETY NOTE: Be careful on Saturday Ride especially in Group AA. The last couple of Saturdays there have been a crash at the U-Turn in Spoke 3 and at a couple of other places like on top of the PV Bridge. Either the rider is coming in too HOT and the wrong line or there is some type of road debris - rocks or sand in the U-Turn. Ride with in your limit. Keep your head up and watch out for other riders. Stay focus!

Remember to call/point out road debris on all rides.

Saturday - 8:00AM @ the Lodge - 35 - 40 miles round trip

Group AA = 25+ MPH

Group A = 19 - 25 MPH

Due to the Nocatee Bike Road Race on Saturday we will have a different route or this Saturday's Ride.

We will ride out to 210 and right at the roundabout to Landrum and complete one figure eight. Then over the bridge, right onto old 210. Right at Crosswater Parkway and complete Spoke 1 - two times and then return back on old 210 to the bridge.

This should keep us out of the Nocatee Road Bike Race traffic.



Sunday - 7:30 AM at the Lodge - 50 - 55 miles


This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together.

We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.

Ride Pace = 19 - 22 MPH


Remember this is a GROUP ride. Let's try to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge.


Ride Safe

Robert

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ride start, Saturday morning August 15



Thanks goes out to Pablo Rivera for being the official photographer of the Beaches Lodge Ride. Click on the picture for a larger view.