Saturday, December 27, 2008

2009 Lake Loop Cue Sheet (Updated 1/1)

Below is the cue sheet for the 09 route. Mileage may very from unit to unit. All roads are in good shape. Please obey all traffic laws when out on this route. Remember there are many local cyclist who often travel these roads. Please respect this and don't piss off the local motorist. These local cyclist could become targets. Respect your fellow cyclist and have a blast.

Lake Loop 2009 (1/04/09)

00.0 Ballentine DMV parking lot

00.0 L -Broad Stone Rd

00.1 R - Broad River Rd

00.3 R - Bickley Road

01.3 L - US 76 @ light (4 lanes)

01.5 R - SC Hwy 6 (N. Lake Dr.) @ light

05.8 R - SC Hwy 6 @ light across dam

09.0 R - Pilgrim Church Rd. @ light

10.3 R - Catawba Trail

11.7 - Straight across Yachting Rd.

11.9 R - Old Chapin Rd.

13.1 L – Beech Creek Rd.

14.5 L – Wise Ferry Rd.

14.9 R – St. Peters Church Rd.

16.6 R – US Hwy 378 @ light (4 lanes)

24.0 L – Devils Backbone Rd.

24.3 - Straight on Ridge Rd.

26.5 R – Cedar Grove Rd.

27.9 - Straight across Union Church Rd.

27.9 L – Ansel Caughman Rd.

28.6 - Saluda County

28.7 L – Holley Ferry Rd.

29.7 R -

30. 5 R – SC Hwy 391 (caution)

32.5 R- onto Traffic Circle

Rest Stop Convenience Store (VFD EMS)

32.6 R- SC Hwy 391

Newberry Co. (2nd bridge)

38.0 R – Walker Rd.

38.3 R – Ira Kinard Rd.

38.5 L – Houston Rd.

40.6 L – Bethel Church Rd.

41.3 R – Seibert Rd.

44.0 R – Macedonia Church Rd. (VFD EMS)

44.3 L – Wheeland Rd.

46.2 R – Loop Rd.

46.7 R – Stevens Creek (**Special Test**)

47.3 R – St. Peter’s Church Rd.

47.5 L – Westwoods Dr.

48.3 - Straight across Dreher Island

51.0 L – St. Peter’s Church Rd.

51.2 R - Chapin Rd.

51.5 L – Amick’s Ferry Rd.@ light

51.5 R – Columbia Ave. across RxR

53.3 Lexington Co.

54.2 R – Broad River Rd. (US 176 use caution)

59.2 R – Broad Stone Rd.

*Update (1/1) - Cue Sheet is updated from the route map. Due to a reroute the cue sheet will vary from the mapped route. So if you are downloading the route to your GPS be aware.

*Note - the road at mile 28.7 has a name, but I am unable to locate it as of now.

* VFD - Volunteer Fire Dept. w/ EMS

Monday, December 22, 2008

More NYDR 2009

Here's the flyer & here is a route

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Bike League

Hey guys, don't forget the Saturday morning Winter Bike League rides in Greenville and Charlotte! They leave at 9:30am each Saturday morning, start at 2.5 hours in length, and steadily increase to 4 hours by the beginning of the Spring Training Series in Greenville (beginning of March). Typically, they have sprint signs, hill climbs, and are 18-19mph average. You'll find all kinds of riders at these things (the first ride in Charlotte had Frankie Andreau, two guys from DLP, and three riders from Jittery Joe's). These are free group rides, but they're NOT no-drop, so be prepared to stay with the group! Charlotte rides begin at Uptown Cycles OR Per4mance Training (check with me for details). Greenville rides start somewhere else (...I'm not sure where it is this year). - Each city is about 1:15 drive time from Columbia. - Hope to see you guys out there!

Friday, December 05, 2008

FATS 12/6/08

Anyone interested in going out to FATS this weekend?
If so, we will be meeting at Harrell's at 7am and leaving by 7:30am.
Roll call includes Leroy and me so far.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

1/04/09 Lake Loop

2009 NYDR

When: 1/04/09

Where: Ballentine DMV

Well How Far: 62 (+/-) miles

What Time: Roll out 10 A.M

Why: Why Not? You've been waiting for like 360(+/-) days. The time is drawing closer with every breath you take. Yeah that's right the annual New Year's Day Lake Loop is coming up. Please remember that this is NOT A RACE so get that ego stuff out of your system before you show up - Thanks! Feel assure this ride will have the Tobias stamp of approval - Dirt. So leave the TT bars and 18c. tires at home. Bring your sack of smiles and be ready to start the new year off 3 days late. This is and will be a winter group ride. For the returning riders from past years the highlights will include some County Line Sign Sprints, One stop at the Traffic Circle and at least one section of dirt. I will post up the route here in a few days for those who would like to print themselves a cue sheet.

Happy Holidays

Monday, November 10, 2008

Race To The River

All right people it's your time to support your local MTB race. No excuses.

If I can come out of bike riding down slide so can you. Get your ass out there.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Columbia-Roubaix (Repost)

Okay folks, this will serve as final warning...
Saturday is the 1st Annual Columbia-Roubaix
8:30am @ the traffic circle...Fort Jackson
Here's the map...
It has changed slightly from the map I posted a few days ago. It was changed in consideration of the folks from the N.E. who are riding in, across Ft.Jackson. It's all of 2 miles longer...!
Pass this email on to whomever you'd like...the more the merrier!!! The weather is supposed to be great, so get out of bed and enjoy a nice ride!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Columbia-Roubaix (11/01/08)

What: Columbia-Roubaix
90-ish km of fun through Lower Richland County
Including 7 dirt sections and a couple of choppy tarmac bits
When: Saturday November 1 @ 8:30am (Date may change)
Where: Fort Jackson Traffic Circle
Who: The more the merrier, but you MUST be willing to ride the dirt sections. If you aren't, STAY HOME!
Why: Because you may actually have a good time!
How: Road bikes

The ride will be a no-drop ride, but the dirt sections are every man, or woman, for him/herself. We'll ride 30-35kmh between sections. I figure 3-3.5 hours to do the whole ride.
The dirt sections are in good shape. A couple are smoother than some of the paved roads in Hopkins. There are NO hike-a-bike sections, nor are there any sections that will damage your bike.
I wouldn't take us down any questionable sections because I'd never hear the end of it!!!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Rivers Bridge Ramble 11/08/08

Rivers Bridge Ramble looks to be some good riding in the low country. Stop by the shop for more details

Monday, September 22, 2008

Vista Grind Prix Crit

Job Well Done to all the HBW riders who participated in Sunday's events. If ya got any stories of your race or pics you would like to share - post them here.

Jamie hanging in on the Pro 1/2 Race.
Toby S. & James using some team tactic in the Cat. 2/3 race.

Jalyn H. (15) & Dillon L. (12) lining up for the Kids race.

Cross Race, Salisbury, NC 9/28

I may try to head up to Salisbury, NC to hit the first early season 'cross race. I'm just going to throw some skinnies on the 29er and race the hang out of it.

If anyone would like to carpool to split the cost of going up, let me know. I don't mind driving if we can split some gas money.


Race Flyer

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Saturday Road Ride 7:00a.m. 9/13

Tell as many guys, gals, and Toby Porter that we will have a road ride that starts from O'leary's Ortho Office beside DFMS that will leave at 7:00a.m. Pass the word. Damon, if you get this, pass the idea to some of the guys from the other side of Columbia and let's see if we can get them over here for a change. Or, if you have some email addresses, I'll contact them, since I'm just a teacher and Toby doesn't think that I really "work".

I'm down for any pace that the group wants to do; hopefully, we will have some hammer-time moments. Let's try for at least 3 hours?

****edit to the edit*****
I am not allowed to use certain word combinations, so I will just delete all the original edited info from this section and replace it with random ruminations. And in the first place, it was all in jest.

Hey, have you ever seen that funny commercial that has the jingle, "I've got lance in my pants..." I think it is very funny, yes? What a great jingle!

Also, remember to keep in mind that winners never cheat! Only a loser would do that!
**end edit**
****end edit to the edit****
Toby P, please be advised that we will not be taking any dirt or gravel roads along the way...sorry brother.

So, take your chamois cream out of the shower, or night stand, and let's plan a good group ride.

Dupont Ride 9-14-2008

That's right, I am back on the bike.

Come out for a big day in Dupont:

9-14-2008 @ 9:00am

Fawn Lake Parking area (contact me for driving directions if you need them)

Bring lots of food, water and beer. (All your beer is for me)


Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sunday A.M Road Ride 9/14

I haven't posted in a while and it looks as though it's been a bit quiet in here.

Anyway, a road ride, about two hours, is leaving from O'leary's Ortho office beside DFMS--7a.m. Come out if you can.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oktober Fest

Looks like Charlotte will be host another MTB festival for the fall. Look here for more details.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Wednesday Ride

Anyone riding tonight?
I should be at Harbison around 6pm.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Memorial Day Massacre

The trip to Pisgah was GOOOOOD!

1-bent chainring(less than 5 minutes into the ride)

1-flat tire

1-lost i-pod shuffle

1-bent brake lever

a few-broken souls

7-hours in Pisgah

Sounds about right!

Let me know when you guys are ready for the West Side.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Pisgah 5/26

Memorial Day Pisgah Trip

It looks like I will be heading to Pisgah on 5/26 for a 5-6 hour ride through God’s Country. If anyone is interested in joining, let me know. I plan to park near the horse stables on FS477 and going Clawhammer -> Maxwell Cove -> Black Mountain-> Turkey Pen -> S. Mills River -> Mullinax -> Squirrel Gap -> S. Mills River, -> Buckhorn -> (Left on and over Black Mountain all the way to the bottom and the road back to the stables.)
This will be 90% single track with a nice little fire-road warm up.

Sounds like we will have a group of 5-6 riders for Monday.
If you are not car pooling and want to meet at the trail head take I-26 to exit40 in NC towared Asheville Regional Airport (Left off exit) Follow NC-280 for about 30 miles until you get to 276. Take a right into Pisgah National Forest then go past the ranger station toward the horse stables. You will see signs to your right. Then there will be a gravel Fire road on your right labeled FS477. Take it until you see the stables on your right. Ride will be leaving around 9:30-10am.
Let me know if you are going.
Best way to reach me is cell: 803-917-5314

Stump Jump 08 Survival Stories

Here are a few pics snapped through the racing on Sunday.
Start of SS race

Toby P. finishing SS race ^^^^^^

Jim finishing the Sport Class ^^^^^^^^
Jason A+ finishing up the Sport Class^^^^^^^^^Toby S. hanging in the Expert Class^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Stumpjump '08?

OK Harrell's racers... who is on for Stumpjump '08? I think Monty is still planing a preride for Saturday, check his blog for more details.

SC State Team Championship
This is not an additional race. Points are accrued from individual team members' races throughout the day. Enter for SC Team Championship at the registration area on Saturday, May 17 or Sunday, May 18.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Harbison 4/16

Meeting up at Harbison Front Lot 6pm for Wednesday night ride

Monday, April 14, 2008


To the fellas who made it out for the Race To The River this past Saturday. Thanks for supporting your local race. After a couple of glitches in the outcome, no feelings were hurt and fun to be had by all.
Locals report Monty, Jason, Spokejunky & LeRoy + Joe & Damon
Here's to youins'

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Good Luck

To all the folks racing Harbison this weekend - Good Luck.


If you see any of these items laying on the trail, feel sure Monty is ahead of you.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Harbison 4/09

Anyone up for the Harbison ride tonight? Front Lot 6:30pm.

Ride Update: 5 riders (Damon, Monty,Chris, Jim & Toby) A good ride and the group is still growing. Thoughts of changing the start time for next Wednesday. Meeting at 6:00 pm for next week. This will be to encourage others to join. It seems many other folks are meeting at the park between 5:30 -6pm. Post your thoughts on this if ya have any.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Race to the River - Who's In?

Alright you winter time slackers, who is in on this race? Everybody racing expert? I heard rumor that some of you might be racing SS?

I will be there with bells on so you better bring your A game if you want to lap me.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Harbison 4/02

Mtb ride Harbison SF - Hitting the trails @ 6:31pm front parking lot.

Update: 3 rider group, went to 2 then 3. Thanks for coming out - Monty, Tom, Jim & Clem.

Endurance MTB Race in SC

Two chances at an Endurance MTB Event in SC

April 5, 2008 - Bakers Dozen 13hr Race Hickory Knob SP

April 19, 2008 - Grinding of the Greens 6hr MTB Race Fort Mill SC


Anyone interested in participating in a Triathlon?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Harbison 3/26

Looks like this week's weather will be perfect for riding. Planning on Wednesday 6:30pm front parking lot at Harbison SF.

Good ride last night. We had a group of four riders show. Rode an outer loop with a Spider Woman twist, ride time 1:20. Hoping for an additional 10 minutes next week. See ya then.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Harbison 3/19/08

Not sure of the weather for this afternoon. Weather peeps calling for some rain and high winds. So this weeks installment of the Wednesday group ride @ Harbison may be postponed. Lets see hoe the weather pans out.
Update 5:15pm - Passing on the ride for today. Looks like the weather will be hitting the Midlands soon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Rev up the engines folks time change is here. Many weekly rides are starting this week.

Tuesday - Downtown Crit rides/races, 6:30pm 40min + 2 laps (bring your nerves & some skills)

Wednesday - Harbison MTB ride, 6:30pm front lot

Thursday - Urban Ride, 6:30pm Food Lion on Broad River Rd or Riverfront Canal Dam
(bring your lights)

Thursday - Road Ride, Possibly O'leary's Place (roadies help me out here)

Friday - Beer Ride in Downtown Cola Town (check w/ local shops)

Support your local rides

Monday, March 03, 2008

Weekly MTB Ride

Time change is right around the corner folks. Would like to start up a weekly effort for a group ride at Harbison. Looking at Wednesday afternoon 6:30. Anyone interested?

Update: 3 riders showed, rolled out a steady hour ride. Se ya next week.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Winter Race Round Up

Big ups to Team HBW at the Charlotte Short Track Series.

Jamie battled off the Kenda squad for five races to score a 2nd place overall in the Expert Men.

Toby P stayed in the mix for 4 races to score a 6th overall in the Single Speed Class.

Plus Damon, Toby S. & Monty all pitched in on the scare tactics. Helping lending team support to Jamie in the expert field.

To the North, mountain man Leroy "Extreme Tomato" plowed his way through a grueling 36 hour epic in Pisgah. Follow his adventure here

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Night Riding at Harbison

If you have not heard, they are trying to open Harbison up to night riding.
Even if you can not make the ride tomorrow, please email Friends of the Forest and let them know you are interested in riding out there.
It has been a long time since we have done any riding out there....Legally. It sure would be nice to have it as an option before the time changes.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Victory #1 in 08

Congratulations in race 2 & 3 of the Charlotte STXC series to the HBW racers. Saturday and Sunday's races had Jamie battling the Kenda squad from Mt. Airy NC. Out numbered, but managed to out wit and overpower most of there team. Jamie pulled out two bronze finishes for the weekend. This puts him well in the hunt for the overall mens expert series.

Damon and Toby P also made a showing in the singlespeed class. Toby pulled out a bronze and gold for this weekends races. Saturday's race had Toby off the front for the first half and slowly fading back into a battle for third place w/ a Kenda rider. Patience was the key for Sunday, Toby sat on the lead group of 4 till two to go and launched attack after attack till the line. Pulling out Victory #1 for the HBW squad in 2008.

Next STXC race is Sunday

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Are U Ready For February

Double Race Weekend - Winter Short Track Series to ramp up Sat. 2/02 in Charlotte. Follow that with Sunday's make-up race. Should be great weather this weekend.

If your in the Fontana area check out the Icycle. It's going down this weekend. HBW very own "Extreme Tomato" will be on hand to sign autographs & breasts. Come one come all to the festivities.
Rumor has it that this is a jam up event in the Fontana area of NC. XC, Night DH & Social events galore. Fear the social event.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

FATS Donation Ride


There is a FATS benefit ride this Sunday. It is a 50 miler with a supported sag stop. Bring what you want to drop at the sag and some $$$ for trail donations. The suggested amount is $25.

I will be coordinating a carpool for those who are interested in carpooling from Columbia.

We need to get a head count so Bill and crew can support us, so let me know soon. I will post up more details as I know them.

Check out their site for all the details:

Edit: Change of plans as I will now be leaving from Greenville. However you Columbia slackers should still come out and give me a head count. . .

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Early 2008 Events

Upcoming events in the field of MTB for January & February. Winter Short Track Series to kick off Sat. 1/19 in Charlotte.

Edit: "Well folks, sorry the confusion last weekend with the weather fiasco, it looks like the weather for the kick-off for the EBB & G Winter Short Track on SUNDAY should be great. East Blvd Bar and Grill is cooking up their tasty chili for the event this Sunday. We have postponed the Jan 19 event to Feb 3, Super Bowl Sunday. For the weekend of Feb 2 and 3, we will host two races at the winter short track. Great way to burn a few extra calories so you can party hard during your Super Bowl events on Sunday evening." Promoter

Rumor has it that this is a jam up event in the Fontana area of NC. XC, Night DH & Social events galore. The "Extreme Tomato" will be there cleaning up all events. This man is feared in many areas especially the social event.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Lake Loop 2008 Recap

The 2008 Lake Loop has a huge success. A good move to the Sunday following New Years Day. The biggest turn out of any local club ride with 60 riders. We had riders from all the bike shops represented, a large group from the Columbia area, some Charlotte and Charleston making the trip. The Toby special of this ride treated all riders with 1/2 mile of dirt. A welcomed surprise for all and hated by some. Doug was kind enough to map the route with gps and post it here. I'll follow it up with a turn for turn cue sheet in a few days. For those who showed thanks and I hope you all enjoyed it.