Vulture’s Knob was recently sold to new owners. The good news is it will remain as Ohio’s premier mountain biking park. With 175 acres of single track trails of all levels of difficulty, it’s a destination for MTB enthusiasts from all over the Midwest. Help Vulture’s Knob stay alive. It cost’s $15,000 to $20,000 per year to keep, maintain and upgrade the trails along with a lot of volunteer work. A crowd funding effort has already made progress raising the funds needed. Visit the website to see what’s going on.
Last Wednesday about 35 club members met at Jake’s Steakhouse for camaraderie, dinner and drinks and a brief business meeting led by Michael Gorman (VP). Tim Gilbert (Pres.) was under the weather and unable to attend.
First order of business was whether or not to continue the Milk Race. There has been a lot of discussion since last August’s race about this. Last year attendance was down by about 50 racers and the event went into the red. In northern Ohio, the Milk Race was the only sanctioned race after the Race at the Lake in May. Most race officials in the area have either retired, resigned or move away. It takes about 25 people to marshal the numerous intersections and it has become more difficult to get barely enough people to volunteer. In the end, a motion was made and seconded to discontinue the Milk Race going forward.
There was considerable discussion about replacing the Milk Race with a Metric Century touring event. Everyone seemed to agree that a tour would require less resources and would be enjoyed by many across the state. Our roads, terrain and scenery is perfect for this type of event. A suggestion was made to incorporate part of the Wayne County Rails to Trails going through Orrville. One member suggested asking Smith’s Dairy to continue sponsorship and to use their name for the event such as the Smith’s Dairy Milk Ride. It was suggested that if the event was to be happen this year, now was the time to get a committee together to further discuss yet no-one stepped up to lead a committee. The topic was tabled for further informal discussion.
A suggestion was made to continue roadside trash pickup for Adopt-a-Highway. The best times were in the spring when cleanup is most needed and during the summer shortly after a mowing. Michael Gorman will continue to manage it.
Thanks to all that attended and to all that volunteered in various capacities to make for a very enjoyable 2016 season.
Here’s an exposè and first ride on the all new Dura-Ace Di2 Disk Brake setup. Pretty impressive with “intelligent” shifting and integrated power meter. Feast your eyes and dream on. At around $3,000, you better have a pretty good engine to justify the price.
I was looking for a clean way to mount an item on my bike and found this guy. He offers a pretty comprehensive variety of different types of mounts for action cams, computers, lights and other junk we need to mount. Everything is offered in a various colors, materials and finishes. They are a bit pricey and you can’t be in a hurry because they’re made on demand using 3d printers. Turnaround time is about 2 weeks.
Aaron Holmes did a really interesting presentation on his Black Walnet bike last Tuesday, January 10th at the Wooster Library. He started with the concept, research and design process. Then he showed photos of the step-by-step evolution of turning 4/4 boards into a built up, laminated wook frame. He brought along the templates he used to hollow out the insides and someo of the scrap pieces showing the laminations and rough look of the frame before sculpting, sanding and finishing. This was probably the best two hours of the entire winter so far (outside of the holidays). Thanks Aaron for a great evening.
Way back in July of 2002, five members of “Team KAOS” flew out to Truckee, CA for a week in the mountains. I was digging around in old website files and found Trey’s Tour of Truckee. The memories are as fresh as the day we came home.
As we venture later and later into summer the sunset starts to arrive sooner. This week we'll take advantage with what might be the last trek into Holmes County for the season on the "Hills of the South" ride. We should have a great summer night for a ride - temperatures in the mid 80s and a moderate wind with only a slight chance of rain.
The ride does have its share of hills so pick your group so you can stay in contact - we do not want anyone to get dropped and ride back solo.
Take care. Ride safely. Be ready to change the route if unexpected summer storms pop up. We want all us to be ready for next week's adventure.
Plan to depart Orrville Cycling & Fitness by 6:15.