Thursday, August 18, 2011

The process continues- more details, riders confirmed and a little insight to the project.

The number plates are hand painted- which does not make them better  than a non-hand painted number plate, it just means I spent a bunch of time on each one. I hope it mirrors in some small way the time and energy people put into their riding.
Whether it is training for a competitive event or a fun ride, riders work on getting better through practice (both technique and the physical element that is involved in biking). There are some who make great sacrifices to make the most of what they do. It is something I deeply respect in the most devote practitioner's work ethic and discipline-all that work and energy that goes into training and diet is an art form in itself.
That is where some of the genesis of the bottle ride comes from- the rest is a mix of wanting to meet new people and see who would turn out for an "event" that is not a part of any formal agency/organization/series. Who are you people?

Riders are starting to confirm for the 2nd annual bottle ride- with about a month away, I feel hopeful in my personal goal of getting forty riders to show up for some great singletrack and a bottle of wine. 

I hope to see you out there.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Saturday, September 24 2011.

The 2nd annual Bottle Ride on Saturday, September 24 2011.
Winner in three seperate classes takes the bottle and the plaque.
Course details will be revealed soon.
I hope to see you out there.
Untitled by georouan
Untitled, a photo by georouan on Flickr.

Bonzai tree.
What is this? A group ride that happens to be timed with a bottle of wine as the prize.

Format: Timed runs with riders separated by 1/2 minute intervals. Fastest person to go down, then up earns themselves a bottle of wine. If 5 or more girls ride, their prize is a bottle of champagne. If 5 or more singlespeeders show up, then their prize will be a bottle of wine. Strict adherence to the honor code and all IMBA rules apply.

The course: It is technical and requires fitness. A good expert class racer will finish the course in roughly 40 minutes.

Where: The exact details of the course and location of the event will revealed at a later date, but it is within Westchester county.

Limited Seating: Capacity constraints keep this event to truly limited seating. Advance registration only. Please email to reserve your place. Due to the nature of the event, details are on a need to know basis and will not be release until a few days before the event.

Admission: No cost other than being a participant through out the ride. Come to the meeting point. Sign in and register. Hear the opening statement. Line up. Race. Finish. Stay for the brief closing ceremony and awards. At that point you are free to go ride and explore the most excellent trails.

The event is free with a few conditions: 1. One must be willing to have your picture taken. 2. Must return the number plate. 3. Finally,all rules apply. These include the following: A. It is a gentleman's (or gentlewoman's) ride, so obviously no cheating. B. If someone is hurt, please stop and help-this is about fun. C. IMBA rules apply.D. No drinking of the wine on site of the event- Anyway, one should be drinking fine wine with fine food.

Apres Ride: After the event and a good bit of dirt riding, riders are encouraged to go to the Local Brewery for booze and victuals at around 1PM.

When: Saturday the 24th of September. Sign in as 8.30AM. Ride starts at 9.30AM.

Please email for more details and entrance into the event: