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I'm doing the Tour de Felasco 2014!

Saturday, October 5, 2013 by  
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Quick Saturday morning blog: we’ve got family coming to stay with us for the weekend, and I’ve got a lot to do this morning before everyone arrives.

I sure am missing my Madone. Well, more specifically, I’m missing being able to ride my Madone outside (it’s limited to the fluid trainer right now). I can’t wait to get the replacement rear wheel so I can get her back on the road!

I remember when I first started looking at road bikes… come to think of it, that was almost one year ago to the day! The initial idea was to simply have a road bike for use on my indoor fluid trainer. Despite what I kept telling myself and stating publicly, somehow I knew in the back of my mind that I was going to really enjoy road cycling. And I really do.

Tour de Felasco 2014

Tour de Felasco 2014

On the mountain biking side of things, I managed to score a ticket to the 2014 Tour de Felasco! I was told that this event always sells out very quickly, but this year it sold out shockingly fast: ~500 available spots were gone in less than one hour. I saw registration was open a couple hours after the fact, and by then it was long sold out. I was super disappointed, as I’ve heard great things about this ride. 🙁

Rob Ern–sick and tired of my constant slacking and stupid roadie activities–quickly put me in touch with someone who had to sell his Tour de Felasco registration. Last night I secured my entry to the event!

Of my friends and fellow Crazies (Dirt Division), it looks like it’s me, Mike Simmons, Mike Stephens, Rob Ern, Daniel Clever, Paul Lewis and Bob Porter. Jim Beyer and Mark Huff would like to do it if they can find tickets. If you’ve got a ticket and want to sell it, please let me know or contact Jim or Mark directly if you know them.

We’ll all be doing the metric century (100 kilometer) option:

The Tour de Felasco is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2014, with a rolling start time between 8:30 A.M. and 9:30 A.M.

This mountain bicycling event will challenge each rider with a tour through one of North Florida’s most diverse ecological and geological preserves. The Tour de Felasco is presented by the Friends of San Felasco, Inc., a non-profit volunteer Citizen Support Organization (CSO) dedicated to supporting the trail system and other efforts within the park, and this event is the main fundraiser for the CSO.

The Tour is not a race, but it is an endurance event through a challenging series of trails. Many people compare this ride to the difficulty level of a hilly century (100 mile) road bicycle route, and we recommend you prepare accordingly. The Tour route will test your bike skills and endurance with rolling hills, short climbs, sinkholes, creek crossings, and log bridges. Experience areas of the park open to bikes only for the Tour, while supporting the CSO’s efforts to improve this magnificent trail system.

The Tour covers either 50 miles or a metric century of 62 miles (your choice) without crossing a single paved road. There’s a time cutoff for the metric century option. Any rider who meets the cutoff time is invited to extend the ride.

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