2012 Wilmington FAC Ride - Sunday July 15
(updated: Nov 4, 2012)
Nobody outside of the usual suspects I ride with have signed up for this ... same as in prior years. So, I thought, what would get people interested? I know, call it a race and charge a $40 entry fee. Then I bet lots of folks will sign up.
So the FAC ride will now be called the TriFAC Race. The Tri representing the three type of riding -- Road, Trail, and Beach. I'll set up the online registration with all the details of the race, and you can then pay me for the privilege of racing against me, sort of like racing against Lance Armstrong, only without the famous celebrity part and the talented riding part as well.
Because why do something for free and have the satisfaction of doing it when you can pay to have it legitimized for you? It's the ultimate in validation.
Once again we'll be having the annual FAC ride, where we ride mountain bikes the length of New Hanover County, hitting the road, trail, and the beach; riding all the way to Bald Head and back. It's a total distance of more than 100 miles and takes all day, but hey, most of it is riding, rather than driving somewhere, or sitting around.
This year the ride will be Sunday July 15, starting promptly at 7am. Low tide is around 11:15am.
The start will be at the Porter's Neck Port City Java, and will proceed down Market St. If you don't want to do the entire length, you can meet up at UNCW at the campus trails, or at Ft. Fisher at the State Park pavilion, where we start the beach ride.
The beach ride is around 25 miles round trip. We typically do a lap around the island where we stop for lunch. There are also some short trails on the island. Also some golf cart racing may be in order.
Skinny tires are not recommended due to the sand. Large volume smooth tires are recommended, such as the Schwable Big Apples.
Other sensible items include head protection, water, food (although we stop for lunch on Bald Head, you'll be burning through a lot of calories), sunscreen, and a small towel.
If you want to go, please email me using the link at the bottom of the page with your contact info and desired starting point. Or you can sign-up via the Cape Fear SORBA Meetup if you are a member.
In event of really inclement weather (another reason I need your contact info), we will reschedule the ride.
If you like long hours in the saddle but also like to have fun and enjoy something different, this is your ride. Good to take a break from a typical road ride or mindless hamster wheel action at Blue Clay. I highly recommend it.
And remember, "Wherever you go you should always remember to bring a towel."
Here's the route:
Prior year's event write-ups:
Wilmington FAC Ride Page
1. Michael said...
I look forward to this ride every year...count me in!
Apr 9, 2012 @ 7:39 PM
2. SirComplainsAlot said...
Mid July? Sounds hot :(
Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:22 PM
3. SBA said...
Hot? You better believe it. That's why we stop for a swim. Else you will overheat and burst into flames. Poor Jimmy.
Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:48 PM
4. Michael said...
Anyone reading this should really give this ride a try. It is a lot of fun and the scenery changes several times along the way. How often do you get the opportunity to get in a road, trail, and beach ride in one day with a visit to Bald Head and a swim at Ft.Fisher to boot?
Apr 30, 2012 @ 7:36 PM
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