Readyforplanb.com ride review for the 100k Hamilton Hill-Aceous 2011
This ride was just one week after the Shiner GASP but with goal #1 on my journey to plant based cyclist accomplished I was feeling really strong and wanted to get out there and go for it. Year to date I had logged 1,925 miles and was down 16.1 pounds.
I did the 2 hour and 15 minute drive down to Hamilton from Dallas the morning of the ride. It was manageable but I suspect it is just far enough that it keeps some folks away. The start was at a little air strip just south of Hamilton and we were surprised to be greeted by a pretty brisk wind blowing out of the north. Brisk doesn’t happen very often in May in Texas, but we were grateful for it! Read more...(401 words)
Readyforplanb.com ride review for the 100 mile 2011 Shiner GASP (Great Austin to Shiner Pedal)
This ride was really special for me because I was able to do it with Jen, my two brothers and my riding buddy Ryan. This was also a goal that all of us had taken on at the start of the year and Goal #1 on my way to plant based cyclist! Year to date heading into the Shiner GASP I had logged 1,777 miles, I was down 15.6 pounds and I felt great.
With Austin as the backdrop we had an easy decision to turn this ride into an entire weekend of fun.
Despite the large number of riders, the roll-out was very smooth as we all had plenty of room. The rest stops were well stocked and the volunteers were a huge help. Most of the route was on very quiet country roads, rolling over gentle hills. There was only one section that was awful and that was due to some road work that was ongoing and should be cleaned up by 2012. Read more...(446 words, 2 images)
Our plans for October 23rd were getting set by our daughter after getting a good report card. We were going to go on a bike ride around White Rock Lake, go to her soccer game, and hit the State Fair of Texas later in the day. She was really excited for the bike ride because it would more than double her longest ride to date and she knew we’d stop a few times and have some yummy snacks and drinks.
We planned our ride so that we would catch the start of the Texas State Veggie Fair over at Winfrey Point right on White Rock Lake. The Veggie Fair was one day only, and we didn’t want to miss it!
When we arrived at the Veggie Fair, our first goal was to find something to drink. We cruised through a few of the food stands until we came up to the Denton Vegan Cooperative. We loved the creative names they had for their juice blends and decided to give the “Unicorn Blood” a shot. Read more...(728 words, 3 images)
Readyforplanb.com ride review for the 67 mile Tyler Bicycle Club’s 2011 Beauty and the Beast
The 2011 Beauty and the Beast provided a great way to ramp up my training for my first goal, the Shiner GASP in May, and was the first ride for me as I was going from regular guy on the couch that did a ride once in a while to plant based cyclist! As of March 26th 2011, I have logged 1,107 miles and dropped just over 12 pounds.
A group of us left Dallas around 5 AM on the morning of March 26th, fired up to get a good ride in through the rolling hills south of Tyler. With a few good cups of coffee and some bananas in us, we were glad to hit KE Bushman’s Winery with plenty of time to get ourselves ready to go. As the first road rally of the season with some good rollers and a few longer climbs the Beauty and the Beast gives you the chance to kick off the cobwebs and get out on the road! Read more...(470 words)