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Beach2Battleship and the Blue Clay Pump Track

(updated: Nov 8, 2009)

Saturday I did the bike portion of the Beach2Battleship Triathlon as part of a relay team. 112 miles took me 5 hrs 29 min, an average speed of over 20mph. Results are posted here: A few photos here:

Not too bad for only a couple of weeks of training and being on a fairly basic road bike, nothing like some of the many aero/Tri bikes out there. If I had a Tri or TT bike I think I could beat 5 hrs.

I liked being able to cruise down Military Cutoff and Market without worrying about cars, although I did get beeped at twice. But I didn't slow, stop or move out of the way for any car. No need when you have law enforcement officers at most intersections.

Going down the 140 bypass reminded me of those days I rode it before it was open - that was the best ride in Wilmington. Say, wouldn't it be great if we could put in a 12ft bike path running parallel to the 140, separated by 50ft or so? That would be a sweet 12 mile out-and-back. And put a parking lot at either end. I bet that would be packed. If you build it they will come.

The worst part of the race course was the return on 421. 40 miles of fighting the wind which pretty much sucked. I did get a tiny bit off-roading in when I lost concentration for an instant and went off the pavement. I don't know, I'm just not the leg-shaving roadie or triathlete type, although it is really cool to be part of such a large production, with 750 or so athletes.

Transition area before the start. Hundreds and hundreds of bikes. Where do these folks ride/train around here? Oh yeah, a lot are not from here.

So that was Saturday. On Sunday, in the afternoon on another beautiful day I took the kids out to Blue Clay to let them play on the pump track while I did some work on it. My four year old got the hang of it and went around like 50 times on his little 12" bike. Kid is unbelievable. I should have taken some video.

The tamper was broken, so I couldn't break up and pack the clay balls in. And it's dry now, so I could not smooth the surfaces. Need a good water source so that the surfaces can be shaped and smoothed. Also maybe a gate or sign to keep people out after smoothing until it dries and hardens or when it rains.

I'd like to start a pump track leadership committee and would like names of people that want to help coordinate work there. Pump tracks always need work and the work needs to be coordinated through the committee so that people just don't go out there and start doing stuff. It has to be planned. There are lots of opportunities for new lines and tweaking existing lines. It would be nice to share some ideas. I am only looking for one or two people that can commit to the project for at least a year. Let me know.

I plan to be out there on Sundays in the afternoon around 2pm. That will be the regularly scheduled work day.

In the meantime check out Mark Weir's backyard:

Lots more on youtube...

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Bryan said...

I worked traffic control for the running portion of the triathlon. It was simply amazing to see those athletes in action. I’ve been contemplating training for a shorter (probably Olympic distance) triathlon in a year or two, and Saturday’s experience sealed the deal for me.

Nov 9, 2009 @ 8:56 AM

2. Sir Peanuts said...

Eh i hate running and i ain't the strongest swimmer so i was thinking about getting a team together and me doing the bike portion next year, interested Bryan :p

Nov 9, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

3. Bryan said...

Well, since cycling is the only one of the three I do reasonably well, what exactly are you asking? And frankly, SirBikes’ numbers above make me question whether I do *any* of the three proficiently. Although if they ever replace running with speedskating, y’all are toast.

Nov 9, 2009 @ 7:50 PM

4. Sir Peanuts said...

hehe i was hoping that i could convince you to do one of the legs i don't want to do either :p

Nov 9, 2009 @ 8:24 PM


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