Thursday, December 29, 2011

Things Can Change

Well as the title says "Things Can Change" but as of right now there are some lightning fast gravel roads in our area right now. Of course some roads have thicker gravel but most of the roads have some great lines that are smooth and ready for some knobby tires!!!

Stay tuned as we are working on our 2012 route, get ready to head to Jamesport for a fun day on the bike.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What Day Is It???

Oops, I should have updated this before I started hibernation but my tummy was full, my den was cozy and my eyes got get the point. I did wake up here for a short bit to let you know that our 2012 date for Chucky's Challenge is Saturday Feburary 4th. Make plans now to join us in historic Jamesport, MO for some of North Missouri's Green Hills gravel.

More details to come...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011 Chuck's

Picture courtesy of the Jamesport Tri-County Weekly

A Winter In Missouri

It's winter in Missouri
And the gentle breezes blow,
70 miles per hour at 52 below!
Oh, how I love Missouri
When the snow's up to your butt;
You take a breath of winter air
And your nose is frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful,
You may think I'm a fool.
I could never leave Missouri ,
Cause I'm frozen to the stool.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chucky's 2011 - Fun Snow Matter What

Well 15 Chuck's came out to brave what Mother Nature had thrown at us the week prior, of the 15 participants 6 of them were first time Chuck's. One of those first time Chuck's was Ben Bolin, an avid cyclist and dedicated trail steward, and he took a great picture of his rig and some of what it had to tackle (Thanks for picture Ben).

Doug did an amazing job of picking the route, he really did his homework on which roads to use. He knew which roads were rideable and which ones you could really fly on, he opted for a route a little shorter than previously expected but wanted it to be an all out good time...and from what I hear he hit the nail on the head.

A special Thank You once again goes out to Mark Dujmovic for driving the SAG vehicle and for playing pet taxi for the for the 4 legged Green Hills member that wanted to "run the route". Also a huge Thank You goes out to Doug Long for all his hard work and time that goes into this event, North Central Missouri wouldn't have the cycling it does without him.

Here is an updated All Time Chuck list:

Damon Hennen 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Doug Long 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Tim Riekena 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Mitch Bernskoetter 2008, 2009, 2010
Raymond Mulnix 2008, 2009, 2010
James Shiflett 2008, 2010, 2011

Stoney Cranmer 2009, 2010
Cale Gondringer 2009, 2010
Tim Greene 2010, 2011
Brent Kline 2009, 2011
Mark Jenkins 2008, 2009
Mike Langwell 2010, 2011
Rolfe McCoy 2009, 2010
Dan Venner 2008, 2011
John Williams 2010, 2011

Ben Bolin 2011
Michael Born 2009
Richard Bowman 2009
JP Brocket 2011
Dave Crook 2010
Jim Cummins 2009
Don Daly 2011
Mark Fiorino 2009
Addison Fuller 2010
David Hoel 2009
Mark Krause 2010
Brian Lasswell 2010
Michael Leamer 2010
Chris Locke 2010
Andy Lucas 2009
Austin Norris 2010
Doug Obershaw 2009
Jan Pyrtle 2011
Lyle Riedy 2010
Stan Saunders 2011
Brad Schrock 2008
Andy Schuete 2009
Brett Shoffner 2011
Steve Songer 2009
Randy Tracy 2010
Clay Wells 2010
Rich Willett 2009

2008 Route 40 miles (2 20 mile loops). Cloudy, temps 30-40's. Mostly Dry.
2009 Route 62 miles. Sunny, mild temps. Very hilly with some flats.
2010 Route 54 miles. Epic snow ride. Fairly flat route. Cloudy, temps in 30's.
2011 Route 43 miles. "Blizzard of 2011-Snow Epic". Hilly. Partly sunny, temps in 20's.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chucky's Route...Final Answer

Okay it's official, the 2011 Chucky's Route is marked and ready to roll. Doug and another local cycling enthusiast, Mark Dujmovic, has been out all day getting the course marked for tomorrows adventure. A big thank you in advance to Mark for driving the SAG vehicle for the ride tomorrow. Doug says that the road graders have cleared the roads to the dirt in many areas and most of the snow covered sections are hard packed and super fast. There still are a few sections of loose snow for you to test your bike handling skills!!! The course is 42 miles in length and ready for eager "Chucks" to get their gravel/snow on.

Again, make sure to arrive early enough to get signed in, get your map and be ready for some good times. Ride rolls out at 10:00 a.m. from the 4 way stop in historic Jamesport, MO. See ya then.

Chucky's Update

Okay scratch the map below, due to the road conditions there has been some alterations to the route. Doug is out marking the course right now and it will be 42-46 miles in length, he is using roads that are in better condition than last year. There will be a SAG vehicle available and 2 locations for aide stations so there will be an option for a drop bag to go with the vehicle.

The course will be marked with red tape for right turns and lime tape for left turns, there will also be orange spray paint on the roads at the turns. Please arrive early enough to get signed in and to get a map, the ride will leave at 10:00 a.m. from the 4 way stop in Jamesport.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I just got an update from Doug, he will be in the Jamesport area Wednesday and Thursday to check the status of the roads to help determine the route. The stretch through Poosey, that was originally planned, will not be part of the route as it is closed due to weather. If we get as much snow as has been predicted then the route will be shorter than originally expected. The route will be determined and posted on Friday so stay tuned for details.

We will start at the 4 way stop in downtown Jamesport. There is a parking lot next to the Jamesport Tavern and also one downtown. Again, stay tuned for details and we will look forward to seeing you this Saturday for our 4th annual Chucky's Challenge.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Proposed 2011 Chucky's Route

The 4th annual Chucky's Challenge is on Saturday February 5th and will once again start and finish in the Amish community of Jamesport, MO. Start time is at 10:00 a.m.

Jamesport is a small town nestled in the rolling hills of Northwestern Missouri. The town flourished in the 19th century until the main railroad route across the heartland drove through Kansas City, leaving towns like Jamesport off the beaten path and slowly fading into history.

Today Jamesport is reinventing itself and blossoming into a tourist destination that features a nostalgic slice of agricultural history.

Jamesport is also home to Missouri's largest Amish community and hosts a large number of both Amish and English shops and activities that cater to tourists wanting to return to days gone past. Come step back in time and join us here in our heartland paradise.

The plan is to access Poosey Conservation Area for part of the route, this remote area is known for it's rugged and steep hillsides and rocky outcroppings. Some may choose to ride in a group through this section because one particular area isn't called "Panthers Den" for nothing!!! Remember, you don't have to be the fastest rider...just not the slowest!

Remember to mark you calenders and we hope to see you in Jamesport for the 4th annual Chucky's Challenge on Saturday February 5th. Oh, and don't forget your CLIMBING LEGS!!!