Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Canada Day Potlickers

Rest your weary legs, fix your bikes, we're back on the trails on Monday.
I think Mark took this pic - found her at the top of Jumping Pound Ridge on Father's Day.

Monday, June 28, 2010

TR3 Scouting Report

The crew that went to Fernie this weekend has this to say about the first 2 days of the TR3: (Thanks to Trevor for the scouting report and the Garmin info).

TR3 day1 scouting trip recap:
About 2km of road/cutblock (powerline) then a tough climb, steep, roots, switchbacks. Get in a good position along the first 2km as you'll be walking in a long line up most of the big climb. A sweet downhill, fairly smooth and flowing. The most comparable trail in Bragg would be to climb up Moose Packers, down Race of Spades (no TTFs).

Over to an area called Ridgemount which is great rolling single/doubletrack through forest with short sharp climbs, great flowing sections and some fun downhills. Over the highway and another sharp climb on new trail with a slightly steeper downhill then a roll out on gravel track back to town.

Unfortately, they are still building day 2 course but the first part is a long gravel road. The rumour is the downhill will be 'blue' standard (steep but not crazy). The last 35km is mostly dirt/gravel/paved road.

Garmin reports:
Friday (closest to actual, just add more in ridgemount area)

Saturday (more in ridgemount but we dropped the section north of H3 due to fatigue!)

Chain Suck!

Good article on chain suck from Orsler

Chain suck can spell doom for you in the race or really screw up your day and cost a fortune when training. Understand and avoid it.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bike Maintenance and Repair Event

Next Tuesday, June 22 from 7:00 to 9:00 Shane Toth from The Bike Shop will lead the Potlickers through some basic bike fixes.

Mike Medwid has offered his shop to host the event.

Great opportunity to learn some valuable tips that could save you a very long walk out of the bush.

Stay tuned for more details!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Potlicker Lore - Where's Trevor?

If you know a Potlicker, you've seen him wear a "Where's Trevor" t-shirt. One fine evening the 'lickers were reaching the tail end of a brisk end of summer ride through some of Kananaskis Country's finest single track. Potlicker Trevor was "feelin' it" and decided to make a final push ahead of the group to reach the parking lot and get the habachi and refreshments ready for the team.

A noble effort.

The rest of the riders that evening made their way to the parking lot with dry throats and a hankerin' for smokies and were fully expecting both to be ready with Trevor manning the tailgate barbeque.

But there was no Trevor.

They waited.

No Trevor.

Waited some more.

No Trevor.

Concern set in and the boys began their search. After a couple of hours Search and Rescue was called in and as nightfall fell and the hours of darkness passed, the Potlickers were dealing with the potential loss of one of their own.

Meanwhile, after a wrong turn, Trevor was searching for a soft spot under a tree to spend a long, cold, lonely evening, hoping there were no hungry bears or cougars watching him settle in for the night.

Once he'd had some sleep and light broke the next morning, Trevor was on his way, in search of the damn highway.

Early that morning, a fellow Potlicker found Trevor making his way home down the highway.

Don't ride alone.

Carry supplies.

Stay safe.

To purchase a Where's Trevor t-shirt email

Proceeds go to the Search and Rescue Alberta
I've rode with Trevor...he still has no sense of direction.

Welcome to the Potlickers official site

This is the first official post for the Potlickers Mountain Bike Club site. This is where we can schedule rides, share riding experiences, post training tips, and keep the group in touch while building comraderie amongst the group that now numbers in the tens with members in Bragg Creek, Cochrane, Stony Plain, Edmonton, and Cold Lake.

This is also way cooler than anything the Warriors have.