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FAC ride video

(updated: Jun 29, 2010)

Been busy lately...working mostly, but got a couple of great rides in the last couple of weeks.

The first, of course, was the Wilmington FAC ride. 94 miles on a mountain bike, complete with road riding, trails, and beach riding.

We started at 7am, and 94 miles later, finished at 4pm. There were just three of us: myself, Michael, and Ed. It's a big time commitment, so I figured there wouldn't be many riders, but come on, how could you pass up a ride like this?

I knew it would be hot, but I didn't expect it to get over 100 degrees on the road. On the beach, it was slow going on the way to Bald Head. But on the way back, I managed to hit 27 mph at one point and stayed around 20 mph. I passed dudes in their four-by-fours. The look on their faces was priceless.

At either end we stopped to jump in the water and that was so refreshing. You just can't beat it. That's one of my favorite things to do. Pool at Blue Clay, anyone?

Felt great after the ride...a little cramping but not too bad.

So then the following Saturday was the Burgaw Blueberry Festival when the Cape Fear Cyclists does its Longest Day Ride. I took the Masi and was planning on doing an easy ride but no, I have to go at it hard. The weather wasn't as hot as previous years thank God, and we rode into a downpour on the third and final lap, which actually cooled us off considerably. I had 115 miles by 1pm and that was enough. Time to eat some blueberries.

During the week rode at Blue Clay...conditions were great. And on Sunday morning did 20 sand miles at Surf City/Topsail at high tide on the Pugsley. Have some pics I can post later.

Not too shabby. So check out the video of the FAC ride. And in case you're wondering what FAC stands for, it's Fuck Auto Culture. It's not that I'm against cars, but I'm for choice in how people move about, and for designing things on a human scale. Which is why this ride goes to Bald Head, because it is designed on a human scale, and it works. By DOT and horribly outdated zoning laws focusing on moving people about in cars only at high speeds, we have devoured massive amounts of the landscape to accommodate them, thus creating a positive feedback loop of dependency on them for survival. It's suicidal behavior in my opinion, and a unhealthy, unsightly, shitty way to be forced to live too, because there are no alternatives to driving.


Note: If video playback is choppy, turn HD off.

Wilmington FAC ride - Ft. Fisher to Bald Head from Sir Bikes on Vimeo.

Video stills:

Old Baldy

UNCW trails

Riders Michael, Ed

100 degrees

"Traffic" on Bald Head

Streets on Bald Head covered by a canopy of Live Oaks.

Things to watch out for on the way: fishing line, untied dogs

Ed slogs through soft sand

The map. Ed recorded it on his phone until the battery died on Bald Head. I started at Porter's Neck and met Ed and Michael at Covil Farm Rd.

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Sir GlideBikes said...

Next time we need some more riders to draft. A great ride.

Jun 29, 2010 @ 9:21 PM

2. Jay said...

You guys are insane! great stuff SBA!

Jun 30, 2010 @ 4:44 AM

3. Michael said...

Note to self: Always bring a towel!
Check out the tides for Sunday, August 22nd.....might be another nice, hot day to ride it again.

Jun 30, 2010 @ 8:45 PM

4. Neil said...

I agree totally. FAC!

Jul 1, 2010 @ 6:20 AM

5. mark said...

You guys are gonna get killed riding on those crappy roads, no bike lanes or shoulders and trucks/RV's passing without any reguard for you. You need the 3' passing law like we have in Florida, it may not stop all the nitwits, but it does seem to help. That ride looked like fun and pain all rolled into one. Nice video.

Jul 1, 2010 @ 1:30 PM

6. mike said...

Are there any restrictions (imposed) on riding the sand on the local beaches?

Jul 2, 2010 @ 1:32 PM

7. SBA said...

None that I know of. But I suppose if it gets more popular, someone will complain.

Jul 4, 2010 @ 5:31 PM

8. SBA said...

Thanks Mark. We have a 2ft law in NC. Most people don't even know about it, it's not enforced, and many here would ignore it anyway unless it was enforced. Same goes for a 3, 4, or X ft law. The DMV should teach/test for the 2ft law and how to pass cyclists and people on scooters/mopeds safely.

Jul 5, 2010 @ 12:39 PM

9. skbgiants said...

Great video, I can't pull THAT distance right now, however here is a quick question. I notice that you guys have areo bars on you mtn bikes. Can you suggest a good brand and where to purchase in the "910"? I'm back on my old hardtail C-dale F700 doing around 25 road miles a day and would love to have some relaxation! Thanks so much!


Jul 8, 2010 @ 9:05 PM


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