A Red Big trail workday is planned for this Saturday 2/2/2013 meeting at around 8:30am adjacent to the baseball fields at the trail head. Look for Ed with Trail Dynamics when you get there.
What’s happening to the Redbug Trail?
By: Chuck Goodheart
Photo Credit: John Kalin (aka Trail Gnome)
The Redbug Trail rehabilitation and enhancement project is set to begin this January. It is clear that many riders wish to increase the mileage and maintain much of the existing character of Redbug, it is the focus of this project to make the trail more sustainable yet challenging.
The goals are to increase the distance to at least 5 miles and retain the challenging character of the trail as Tallahassee’s established technical trail. The intention is to add technical difficulty by constructing advanced trail features using natural materials and design where possible. The signature “fall-line” and rooty sections will be preserved when possible by sustainable practices along with intermediate ride-a-round options where advanced level sections are added.
The rehabilitation and expansion project is set to begin during the week of January 14th. Once an exact time is scheduled it will be advertised. The project will take place over a two week period. The Trail Dynamics crew will manage the work on the Redbug. Some of the additional 2 miles of trail will be bench cut into sloped areas and some flat sections will be “rake and ride”. The bench cut will be constructed primarily by the TD team and volunteers. Flat sections will not be undertaken by the TD crew and will be the responsibility of city staff and volunteers to complete.
Many of the signature challenging features on Redbug will remain in place. Almost all of these sections have become much wider over time as a result of riders cutting corners to avoid technical lines, this in combination with environmental factors has caused significant erosion. These sections are scheduled for some treatment to add sustainability but retain or increase the challenge. The TD team has just finished some very technical trail construction in Harrisonburg, VA and the Rocky Knob Trail, in Boone NC, techniques used on these trails will be employed to maintain difficulty and character.
Now it is up to the local community to help by attending workdays and contributing time and labor. This trail belongs to the community and with everyone’s help the Redbug will remain the go to trail for challenging singletrack far into the future.
Seminole Cycling Classic
February 23-24th, 2013
Join FSU Cycling & Gulf Coast Velo for the 4th Annual Seminole Cycling Classic! Enjoy a full weekend of collegiate and category racing with racers from all over the Southeast racing to compete for glory!
The Seminole Cycling Classic takes place 20 minutes east of Tallahassee is a beautiful southern town of Monticello and pastoral scenery painting the sky. Whether you are a new racer or an experienced professional, the Seminole Cycling Classic has something for everyone. Saturday features a challenging 13.5 mile hilly road race course along Bassett Dairy Road. Last year, race fields were blown to pieces and riders came in small group. After the road races, a collegiate and open category 7 mile time-trial. After the races on Saturday, racers and spectators will gather at the Mays House B&B for a home-made style dinner, live music and podium award!
Sunday features a spectator friendly 0.5 mile downtown criterium. Racers will start on N. Jefferson St sweep around past the courthouse and up the back part of town. You can eat your lunch at the Monticello Brick House Eatery and watch the races at the same time.
Proceeds from the race goes to support the grassroots FSU Collegiate Cycling team and support them in their races in the South East Collegiate Cycling Conference.
The Foundation for Leon County Schools invites you to their annual Schools Stomping Out Type-2 Diabetes event to be held at Tom Brown Park on Saturday, February 23, 2013. They will have the following cycling-related activities plus much more:
BICYCLE RODEO @ 9 AM
A Bicycle Rodeo is a bicycle skills event which provides an opportunity for bicycle riders to practice
and develop skills that will help them to become better bicycle riders. We will go over basic bicycle
safety maintenance, such as ABCs – Air in tires, Brakes and Controls that work. We will show riders
how to balance, safely avoid obstacles, and negotiate driveways and intersections.
WORLD’S SLOWEST BICYCLE RACE @ 10 AM
Pretty self-explanatory. The last person to cross the finish line without dabbing their feet on the
ground wins. This is the ultimate test of balance and coordination!
BICYCLE BULLRING @ 10:30 AM
Very similar to the Slow Race, riders are corralled into a “Bullring” and try to outwit each other by
getting the other rider to lose their balance without physical contact.
The last person to stay upright (i.e without dabbing their feet on the ground) wins!
OBSERVED TRIALS – 9 AM TO 12 NOON
We set up a ridiculously impossible obstacle course and let expert riders ride through the course. The
last few meters of the course involve kids throwing “soft” objects (like nerf balls) at the riders. This is
going to be a hoot for both kids and riders!!!
First, Second, and Third-Place finishers are determined by our panel of judges.
THE BEST BICYCLE ADVENTURE RACE @ 11:30 AM
Brought to you by B.E.S.T. (Bike Eat Shop Tallahassee), the BEST Bicycle Adventure Race takes you
on a journey outside Tom Brown Park and around the City. This is an adventure-style, bikemessenger-inspired bicycle race, where you are given a “travel manifest”. You are to proceed to
numerous checkpoints all around Tallahassee and perform “mystery” challenges like ………………..
Well… if we tell you, they won’t be mysteries any longer. Guaranteed fun for the adventurous!
Please note that this race starts at Tom Brown Park and ends at a locally-owned restaurant. Riders
under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
MORE INFORMATION: Neil Dimacali, 850-294-9497, firstname.lastname@example.org
As some of you may have already heard long time local cyclists David Hiatt is hosting a junior winter cycling training camp here in Tallahassee. To kick off the 2013 Winter Training Camp and help promote the new Fast Freddie Foundation (which helps at risk kids through cycling), David has been able to schedule a local ride with three time National Road Race Champion Freddie Rodriguez. Ride details are as follows:
Ride is scheduled for Sunday January 13th at the Franklin County Public Library in East Point at 12:45 (see map below).
Ride Will be on flat road with very light traffic and run as a Family Style Ride with an estimated ride time of 1.5 hours
Free for junior (under 18) riders
Adults are asked to provide a donation to the Fast Freddie Foundation – top 3 donators will receive a team jersey from Fast Freddie! Donations of $20 are suggested for Adults more is Great,I Less is OK.
The full Winter Training Camp is from Jan 13-23 and will feature daily rides, Nutritional Cooking Classes, and Skype Coaching segments with cycling legend John Howard and David Guttenplan. Camp is Free plus 2 autographed books, Mastering Cycling by John Howard, will be given away to attendees.
For additional details please contact:
David Hiatt phone: 850-544-1214 email: dhcoastal
or Bicycle House 850-350-8000