Thursday, July 17, 2014

RJ Rockers Spartanburg Metric Century/ 9 August 2014

RJ Rockers Spartanburg Metric Century/ August 9 2014

Parking at Grain District lot (same as July 4 ride) corner of Daniel Morgan and Broad St
Sign in at RJ Rockers (not where noted in image above, but at RJR, as noted on map). RJR will be open after the ride for their Saturday beer tasting and please plan to join! Visit RJR's web site

RJ Rockers Brewing Company
226-A West Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Phone: (864) 585-BEER

Ride time 8:30. Please sign in between 7:30-8:15. We hope to raffle off items at 8:15 and roll promptly at 8:30.

Metric century 63.8 mis (see Ride with GPS for cue sheet):

Route rolls through downtown Spartanburg and then out Union St toward Camp Croft. Then we head out Southport Rd through Whitestone to West Springs, where we head to Buffalo. After the store stop in Buffalo (on Hwy 215), we return parallel to the outbound roads to Pacolet before turning onto Hwy 150 and then retracing the course back in on Whitestone, Southport, Dairy Ridge, and into town on Union St.

Preliminary plan:

A/B group with 3 open zones:

  1. Z1 - Whitestone outbound - 3 +/- mis
  2. Z2 - West Springs climb/LEFT ACROSS TRAFFIC [obey traffic laws and safety; do NOT blast left if oncoming traffic because this is an open zone and not a race]/Mudbridge Rd (roll easy to store for regroup) - 7.5 +/- mis
  3. Z3 - Whitestone inbound - 3 +/- mis

B group, no zones, no drop [RIDE LEADER(S): Rick Rowe] - Please email ME ONLY if you can help lead this ride

• C group? [RIDE LEADER(S) NEEDED; email ME ONLY]

• Short route? [RIDE LEADER(S) NEEDED; email ME ONLY]

Family/children's ride - Karl Johnson will lead this (similar to July 4)

• If you have questions, concerns, ideas, please email ME ONLY ASAP.

*** This will be great preparation for the Tour de Paws September 6, 2014 ***

Sponsorship and support:

RJ Rockers (

globalbike (

Spartanburg Club Chapter (

The Freewheelers of Spartanburg (

Boyd Cycling (


BikeStreet USA Spartanburg (
106 Franklin Avenue, Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29301

NO entry fee. (We may secure a SAG, and then may ask for donations for the SAG's time and effort. As well, we will offer information for ways to donate to globalbike [], but this is purely voluntary.)

GOALS: (1) Promote good stewardship of the roads in greater Spartanburg, (2) increase the strong relationship between the cycling and Spartanburg communities, (3) promote awareness of cycling and the growing downtown in Spartanburg, and (4) encourage cyclists to support local businesses and organizations.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

ANNOUNCING: Two Spartanburg Metric Centuries (July 4 and August 9, 2014)

Please mark your cycling calendars for TWO first-annual METRIC centuries from downtown Spartanburg.

Parking, staging area:

These rides, we hope, will become annual events, and will share the following:
RJ Rockers August 9 Metric Century
We will announce better details and confirm everything closer to the events. Of course, everything is dependent on weather, etc. If you have suggestions or feedback, email ME ONLY ASAP.

The events:

1st globalbike Spartanburg chapter July 4 Metric Century / 2014

PLEASE plan to join us Friday July 4, 2014 for our 1st globalbike Spartanburg chapter Metric Century. The ride has no entry free but we encourage you to visit globalbike ( and consider making a donation soon ( The event details:
  • Sponsorship and support provided by globalbike (, globalbike Spartanburg chapter (, RJ Rockers (, The Freewheelers of Spartanburg ( and PAL (
  • NO entry fee. (We may secure a SAG, and then ask for donations for the SAG's time and effort.)
  • GOALS: (1) Promote good stewardship of the roads in greater Spartanburg, (2) increase the strong relationship between the cycling and Spartanburg communities, (3) promote awareness of cycling and the growing downtown in Spartanburg, and (4) encourage cyclists to support local businesses and organizations.
  • 8:30 am start
  • Park in Grain District lot across from RJ Rockers (near W Main Street and S Daniel Morgan Ave)
  • Metric century route (62 +/- mis): may be marked by ride day, BUT come prepared to know the course!
  • Group ride modeled on our usual eride format (we encourage and request B and C group ride leaders; please email ME ONLY).
  • After the main ride leaves, Karl Johnson will lead a FAMILY/CHILDREN'S ride to Duncan Park.
This event is NOT A RACE, and we will be riding OPEN ROADS. All laws must be obeyed, including stopping at stop signs/red lights, remaining 2-abreast, not crossing the yellow line, and above all else, riding safely and with due respect for the local roads and motorists.

PLEASE register at the sign-in table between 7:45 - 8:15. The Freewheelers and PAL will monitor sign-in and we hope to have some goodies at the table (stay tuned).

PLAN to visit our great downtown Spartanburg after the ride! We are working on securing some incentives for you to patron local restaurants, etc.!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Assault Results

Can't find everything, and my artifacts (patches, t-shirts, Freewheeler links to past results) are contradictory, but here is what I have cobbled together:

Assault on Mt. Mitchell

Year, Time, Place

1988, 7:11, 342

1989, 6:57, 352

1990, DNF

1992, Finished, but no time recorded (7:15?)

1993, ?

1994, 6:34, 107

2004, 7:58

2005, 7:34, 88 (117-mile edition)

2006, 6:09, 59

2007, 5:57 (best time), 62

2008, DNF

2009, 6:25, 93

2010, 6:10, 75

2011, 6:22, 123

2012, DNF

2013, 6:16, 86

2014, 6:23, 58 (best place)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

FOR SALE: HED wheels, SRAM Red TdF edition partial group

HED Bastogne 2010 wheel set 9/10 sp Shimano/SRAM hub
23 mm width rim
1480+/- g set
Excellent condition, never wrecked, never out of true or a broken spoke

[This set has been replaced by a new name at HED, and my set falls between the Ardennes SL and LT here: ]

$575 OBO


SRAM Red Tour de France (Yellow) Special Edition group
Pre-2010 version of Red 10 sp

Red shifters, rear der, brakes, BB, crank (172.5 mm with 52/36 CR installed and 50/34 incl), 2010 Force front der; lightly used chain, and used cassette available

$595 OBO

Monday, March 24, 2014

Respect the Road. Respect the Ride.

Respect the Road.

Please read the following and note that all posted rides (and any time a cyclist is riding on open roads) are bound by the need for cyclists to respect the laws that govern the use of those roads, to consider how cyclists present themselves to motorists and the public, and to honor the safety of fellow cyclists:

Changing Group Road Ride Behavior, Richard Fries

Respect the Ride.

As noted in Cycle Safe and Civil: A Statement of Joining Posted Group Rides, any cyclist who joins a posted group ride is accepting the ride as posted and is expected to conduct him/herself within the guidelines of that ride. Every cyclist at a posted ride should seek to help ride leaders maintain a safe ride that fulfills the parameters of the ride posted.

Cyclists with individual training needs may not wish to join structured group rides, and are asked not to seek ways to turn structured group rides into his/her own training event. Anyone is free to post his/her own ride, as well, if the structure of existing rides is not suitable.

Joining group rides also requires more than fitness from any cyclist: know how to handle safely your bicycle in a group setting, be properly fit on your bicycle and have the bicycle in proper working condition, be self--sufficient (spare tube, CO2, cell phone, etc.), and know appropriate group and fast-paced cycling etiquette (do not ride more than 2 abreast, do not cross the yellow line, do not make sudden movements, etc.).

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday Zone Rides 2014 during DST

Tuesday Zone Rides 2014 during DST

Standing 6 pm start time throughout DST -- WEATHER PERMITTING 

Respect the Road. Respect the Ride.


Tuesday Zone ride will leave from behind KFC in the Cedar Springs Shopping Center at the intersection of Union St/Southport [Hwys 295/56]

(Hardee's and across that corner, McDonald's are your main landmarks)

Ride START will be out the KFC exit on Union St on the south side of the Southport/Union St intersection toward Pauline/CampCroft


Zone 1: Whitestone outbound

Zone 2: Hwy 9 

Zone 3: Whitestone inbound

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Spartanburg Winter Bike League 2014

Spartanburg Winter Bike League 2014

Weather alerts/cancellations/delays will be emailed as soon as possible each week, no later than 8 am Saturday morning.

Sign in/check in at BikeStreet USA by 9:30 am, announcements 9:45 am, roll out 10 am

February 8 -- 2 open zones, 80 mis


A Group

Zone 1 -- West Springs climb zone (+/- 3 mis)

Zone 2 -- Jerusalem Rd in-bound 6-7 mis

B Group TBD (please contact me only if you can lead

February 1 -- 3 open zones, 77 mis

A Group


Zone 1 -- Greenpond Rd

Zone 2 -- Horseshoe Falls climb from park entrance, return

Zone 3 -- Old Hills Bridge Rd to Hwy 50

B Group


January 18 -- Open Zones 

A Group

Route -- Buffalo loop (approx. 71 mis):

Open Zone 1 -- Mudbridge Rd outbound (approx. 6-7 mis); store stop after

Open Zone 2 -- Morris Bridge/Hobbysville inbound (approx. 4.5 mis)

B Group

Dietmar, ride leader

50 miles


Tentative Schedule 2013/2014:

December 7, 14, 21*; January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8

[*December 28 will be the Winter Century; see Richard White's emails and please join us.]

Sponsor: Spartanburg Globalbike club team (

Co-Sponsor/ B-ride: Spartanburg Freewheelers (

Host: BikeStreet USA Spartanburg (

106 Franklin Avenue
Spartanburg, SC 29301
M-F 10am-6pm Sa 10am-5pm

Route #2, December 21: 70+ mis, to old TdP route; store stop approx. 40-mis mark

Route #1, December 7, 2013: 60 mis with Horseshoe Falls loop; store stop approx. 37-38 mis mark

A and B groups will follow the same course above.

A group SAG has been confirmed.

B group leader: Karl Johnson, B-pace, no drops

Purpose: Base miles and training for racing and/or major events such as the Assault and other spring/early summer centuries


       No charge for these events (SAG donations recommended)
       Sign in at BikeStreet USA by 9:30 am, announcements 9:45 am, roll out 10 am (starts may be delayed for extreme cold; changes will be emailed by 8 am Saturdays)
       Open roads, obey all traffic laws, ride 2-abreast, safety FIRST
       Routes, distances TBD, varying from 60-100+  mis. Routes will be posted before each ride so be sure to have the route with you for the ride! Courses will NOT be marked. Routes will be designed to include store stops.
       December rides will be steady A-pace or B-pace (as appropriate for each group), brief regrouping as needed, possibly one open zone; ride lengths from 60-80 miles with different routes each week
•     Annual winter century (formerly "Terry's Taproom Century") falls on Saturday, December 28, thus no SWBL will be posted
       January to mid-February A-rides will have 2-4 open zones, steady A-pace between zones, regroup (within reason) as needed (similar to weekday zone rides in Spartanburg during the summer), lengths from 60-100+ mis with different routes each week
       Riders should be experienced, in shape, and willing to ride safely in large groups; not for beginners
       Ride will be "at your own risk" and you need to be self-sufficient (proper equipment, know the routes, have your cell phone, etc.) Be sure to have $$$ for the store stops.
       Sags will be sought out, but provided only as we can arrange; if we have a sag, we'll ask for voluntary $$ to support the sag
       Weather permitting; cancellations announced by EMAIL by 8 am Saturdays
       Re-schedule rides may be posted on Sunday