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NJ RBR Gathering Ride Report(25 posts)

NJ RBR Gathering Ride Reportbiknben
Oct 5, 2003 6:36 PM
The NJ RBR Gathering was Sunday. The weather cooperated and the rain cleared out over night. We started from my childhood hometown in North Jersey and headed to Bear Mtn. in NY. There were four of us representing RBR and 3 more guys from my club.

We made our way out of town and soon were on roads less traveled.


Introductionsbiknben
Oct 5, 2003 6:38 PM
Special credit goes to "KG 361" for making the trip from PA.


Steve is a long time lurker who remembers the days of "Roadies Rejoice" from MTBR.


Peter is also a lurker here.


The others were representing my local club.
Bryan (lurker on Racing board too)


Bob


and finally Dom.
ThanksCrankist
Oct 6, 2003 5:32 AM
I grew up in Bergen County, been up the Mt. many times, never on a bike. Ride length? Dom, is that a Marcelo?
M.
RBR ride turns into Ride of Attritionbiknben
Oct 5, 2003 6:40 PM
After an hour, Dom realizes a recent illness has taken a big toll. Steve had time constraints and had to turn around so Dom kept him company on the way back.

The group of 7 was down to 5.
Bear Mtn.biknben
Oct 5, 2003 6:43 PM
We made our way to Bear mtn. Bryan and I forged ahead.


The others are on our heels.


Towards the top, I stop for a few scenic shots.




At the top, I get someone to take a picture of me.
And then there were four...biknben
Oct 5, 2003 6:47 PM
Peter had his wife drop him off at the start. We joined us up to about the half-way point. From there he veered off to head towards home.

There were four of us left now. We made our way down to the Hudson River and began the return portion of the trip.
Bryan got a little goofy every time he saw my camera come out.


There were plenty of rolling hills to endure on the way home.


The couple of climbs and endless rollers were taking their toll. My legs were starting to hurt. We had a nasty headwind on the way home. Everyone was doing their share to keep the momentum up. As we got closer to home, the traffic picks up a bit so I left the camera in my pocket.

Ride stats: 84 miles @ 18 mph

Thanks to all the guys for joining me on a sweet ride.
Yep; great ride, Ben!KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 6:18 AM
Got home around 5:30. I went to my b-i-l's for some good Cambodian cooking. Feel good today. Some nice climbs and a lot of fun going down Bear mt. Too bad it wasn't about 20 degrees warmer! Here are a few additions to the photo gallery; heading out, full group intact.
A view I was seeing a lot of, going up!KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 6:22 AM
Ben and Bryan off the front. Both are great climbers and would leave the rest of us to crawl back to the top (Ben abd Bryan would always soft pedal ,leaving us a chance to catch up)
Top of Bear Mtn-not only bicyles here.KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 6:24 AM
Lots of people ot motorcycles as well. We saw quite a few other cyclist at the top, too.
Bryan and Bob, recovering after the ride.KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 6:27 AM
And our "fearless leader' =)KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 6:28 AM
Another view from the top:KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 7:31 AM
A great ride!bikenj
Oct 6, 2003 5:01 AM
Ben, Thanks again for pulling this ride together. The route was a perfect mix of flats, climbs, decents (fast) and rollers.

I hope to see you at the Skylands Xtender crit this Saturday if you can make it.

Thanks again!
Bryan
re: NJ RBR Gathering Ride ReportSteveCnj
Oct 6, 2003 6:54 AM
Ben:

You're causing me to abandon my long time (several year) lurker status to post regarding the ride.

I'm disappointed I wasn't able to do the full distance, but family commitments made it impossible. I really enjoyed the portion of the ride I was able to complete as the route you choose had a good mix of climbing, flats (well, false flats anyway) and descents.

Thanks for organizing a fun outing.

Steve
Peter - what kind of bikeSpiderman
Oct 6, 2003 7:17 AM
What kind of bike is the guy with the camelbak (Peter?) riding?
Not sure.KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 8:10 AM
I asked about it. He ordered it on the net. Curved seat stays (large diameter tubes.) It was supposed to help with ride quality but he says it is still quite stiff. It's also fairly heavy at about 4 lbs. He likes it, though. He is not a fan of the double diamond frame.
MraZek or something...Spunout
Oct 6, 2003 11:37 AM
Sort of like a beam bike made out of aluminum instead of the carbon softride beam. I ride with a guy (who pulls the group at 30mph) who does quite well on it set up as a TT bike.
http://www.mrazek.com/index2.htmlSpunout
Oct 6, 2003 11:40 AM
Sorry I missed it :(CritLover
Oct 6, 2003 7:25 AM
Hey guys

Sorry I couldn't make the ride, I had to do Rutgers team duty and felt bad bailing out on them. It looks like you guys had a great ride, and I'm going to steal your route one of these upcoming weekends and do that ride.

Hopefully I'll see you next time!
Lori
I was wondering about you...biknben
Oct 6, 2003 8:07 AM
I was surprised I didn't hear from you. Shoot me an e-mail and I'm send you the cue sheet. Let me know if you want company. I'd be willing to do it again.
I was wondering about you...SteveCnj
Oct 6, 2003 10:22 AM
I'd be up for a redux as well, schedule permitting.
Likewise on the redux...bikenj
Oct 6, 2003 11:58 AM
Likewise on the redux...And maybe in reverse order.
We'll see...biknben
Oct 6, 2003 12:44 PM
I was in touch with a couple people via email that really wanted to ride but couldn't go yesterday.

I'll check my schedule and see what weekends I have available. I might be able to fit it in late Oct.-Nov.

The route allows for a few possible variations while still staying true to the overall route. I was originally planning a figure-eight loop but decided against it. I could explore that option again.

I'll send out an e-mail if I can make it happen.
re: NJ RBR Gathering Ride Reportkfatschor
Oct 7, 2003 11:24 AM
Thanks Ben for letting me me believe that I was fast enough to hung with you guys. Even though most of the time I've spend watching your rear tires.

Peter D.

And for the guy who was asking about my bike it is "Mrazek"
not like some other dude posted "mrazek or something".
Pctr included.
And yes this is my usual riding buddy 8-D
Hey Peter.KG 361
Oct 7, 2003 12:18 PM
Glad I got to ride with you. Too bad you couldn't finish with us-it was a lot less hilly and had it not been for the wind, we would have been FLYING =).