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2013 FAC Ride -- Aug 18

(updated: Jul 1, 2013)

Update: We are moving the FAC ride to Sunday July 21 due to scheduling conflicts.

Aug 18 is the date for the 2013 FAC ride. Block it out on your calendars. Should be nice and hot and humid. I should have about four cameras on me, so be prepared to do some video/photo shooting and the usual goofy stuff.

Is it now true that if you didn't film it, photograph it, Strava it, and Facebook it, then the ride didn't happen? I mean, can't I just ride a bike from point A to point B without any fuss or fanfare, without being photographed, Strava'd, video'd, GPS'd, interviewed, or probed in some fashion, and then posted to some pretentious mediocre bike blog curated by some middle-aged know-it-all? Nope.

I've been doing this 2003, even before, but the earliest video here dates back to '03, which means this site is 10 years old now. So ya gotta understand, I've been documenting rides before it became trendy. I've been riding Fat bikes before they became trendy, and now I am doing road, trail, and beach rides before they become trendy. And until you've put your shoes in my shoes, you have no idea how ridiculous shoes inside of other shoes is, nor how badly your shoes will smell afterward.

Ever hear of the K├╝bler-Ross model, the 5 Stages of Grief? You may go through them on this ride.
They are (in no specific sequence) denial; anger; bargaining; depression; and, acceptance.

Denial -- "No way this ride goes until 4pm. I gotta be home by noon. You can't ride a mountain bike on the beach. And Bald Head is an island. You can't just ride there."

Anger -- "You said mountain bikes would work on the beach ... I'm sinking in the sand. And saltwater is getting on my crabon bike. How did I get sucked into this? SBA, you jerk!"

Bargaining -- "Can we have someone meet us in a vehicle at Ft. Fisher, just in case? What if we just skip the trail part? Does this ride ever end? Can we cut it short? I see dark clouds. I don't want to die out here."

Depression -- "We all gotta go sometime. It could be worse ... at least I was biking ... except it was with that idiot Sirbikesalot."

We won't necessarily start together, and we won't necessarily finish together either. And it's not easy. Last year only half the field finished (that's 2 out of 4 riders). But it is a unique ride. But hey, if you need the recognition and legitimacy that comes from paying entry fees and getting schwag bags, then this ride is not for you. I'll gladly take your money though. But you won't be getting a schwag bag.

But if you'd like to do something different, live at the fringe like an outlaw (as far as most Americans are concerned), then this ride is for you.

Be an outlaw. Or a trendsetter. Or a Fred. Or all three. Whichever you feel like.
Pugsley at Topsail
(I broke the left pad recently riding in the cold. Laugh at my aerobars but you'll be begging for some halfway through the ride. Obviously I don't give a fuck what people think anyway.)

Start: Aug 18, 2013 at 7am at Porter's Neck Port City Java

1st rider pickup point -- Military Cutoff at Covil Farm, approx. 7:20am.

2nd rider pickup -- UNCW campus trails, approx 8am.

Ft. Fisher to Bald Head pickup -- Ft. Fisher park pavilion, approx 9:30 - 10 am.

Send me an email if interested in doing the ride using the Contact link at the bottom of the page, and I'll give you all the details.

Route (same as prior years):

Peace, love, and bike grease,

Filed Under: Events > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Michael said...

One of the best bike events in Wilmington!

Feb 25, 2013 @ 7:51 PM

2. Sir Glide Bikes said...

In case you wanted to know who did not finish the ride last year I account for 50% of 50% that did not. Lets see, after riding on the road and trails for over 2 .5 Hrs, got to the beach at Ft Fisher only to find a 30 degree banked soggy tide line. We could barely go fast enough to stay upright just grinding the granny gear. Temp was about 95 and we had a 15MPH head wind, after 2-3 miles of that we finally got to some flat hard packed beach but the head wind also increased to about 20mph. By the time we got to Bald Head my legs were cramping and starting to lock up. After lunch and swim felt better but about halfway back started to lose the beach as tide was coming in fast. At that point I let some more air out of tires to try and grind through it, only to pinch flat. Temp was about 98 by now tire was filled with sand, salt water and legs were screaming. So I walk back the last 1-1.5 miles and happy took the ride that was offered. This was my 3rd year doing it and by far the hardest. Kind of like doing an Iron Man but all on a bike. Cant wait to do it again! Do be afraid challenge yourself. What does not kill you will make you stronger.

Feb 25, 2013 @ 8:16 PM

3. Michael said...

Can't wait bike ride in Wilmington! It's a road ride, trail ride, beach ride, swim, with a little golf cart chasin' thrown in for fun! Where else can you do all that in 1 day without having to get in your car? Just remember to bring a towel!

Feb 26, 2013 @ 7:59 PM

4. john said...

first year i got stung by a jellyfish. second year i got a 2" thorn in the foot. what does 2013 bring?

Mar 13, 2013 @ 7:01 PM

5. khines said...

john...i\'m keeping a eye on you

Mar 16, 2013 @ 1:57 AM


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