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Post subject: Anybody here riding the Fried Clay 200k?  PostPosted: Mar 13, 2019 - 02:05 AM
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I came across the Facebook event page for this torture session on March 23. The organizer had to limit the number of riders due to the limited permits he could get for the route. I don't know his total number limit but I think I saw 128 riders listed on the registration page. There is a 60 rider waiting list. The organizer, Pat Patterson of Loose Nuts Cycles, intends to have a lot more permits next year but he states in the orientation video that dealing with the NFS Rangers has been quite a hassle.

The route is near Juliette and is a mashup of the routes used for the Red Clay Ramble and Sac o' Suds gravel rides plus an infamous horse trail that under current conditions requires fording a waist deep creek since the foot bridge is closed due to being hit by a tree.

I hope there are photos and videos of the race/ride. You can ride/race the whole 124 miles / 200 K in one shot or bikepack it to a planned primitive camping area (87 mile marker?) to make it a 2 day ride. I'd love to see the rigs used for this ride.

Here's the video of the orientation (warning...some rough language). It's pretty long but discusses a lot of details regarding the challenges of the ride.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSnTlXPMJ_E

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TimH
Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 13, 2019 - 04:40 AM
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I know two people riding it.

One from Sandy Springs is a strong rider and will likely ride it straight through and fast.

Another, Benny (BluesDawg) Watson, is a cancer survivor and the original organizer of the Red Clay Ramble. Well into his 60's, or perhaps older, he will be basketpacking for the first time. This is Benny's bike.

https://atlantabikerides.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/img_3052.png

Southern Cross was permitted for 350. They are definitely reducing the size of large groups permitted to use forest land. Given the current administration, my guess is reduced budget for the US Forest Service.

This is my current setup. I'm going to put an 11-42 mountain bike cassette on it and Absolute Black 46-30 chainrings. That will give me sub 20 gear inches. I'm hoping to get to the San Juan mountains in Colorado this fall. Bags are from Apidura. New wheels should be here in a week or two.

https://atlantabikerides.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/niner.bikepacking.001.lg_.jpg

How is your bike coming Mr. Big Stuff?


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I know Benny and always saw him at the various Milledgeville and BRAG rides for the most part.

Other people I know riding:

Paul Shephard: local hammerhead from Warner Robins. Does many centuries, including Assault on Mt. Mitchell

Betty Jean Jordan: Monticello cyclist. Know mainly as a "randonneur" and does various 200k, 400k, 600k rides throughout the year. But she can hammer it too. Think her end game may be a 1,000k event overseas but I am not sure. She is definitely trying to qualify for something big.

Robert Jordan: Betty Jean's husband. High level racer and hammerhead.

TimH wrote:
I know two people riding it.

One from Sandy Springs is a strong rider and will likely ride it straight through and fast.

Another, Benny (BluesDawg) Watson, is a cancer survivor and the original organizer of the Red Clay Ramble. Well into his 60's, or perhaps older, he will be basketpacking for the first time. This is Benny's bike.

https://atlantabikerides.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/img_3052.png

Southern Cross was permitted for 350. They are definitely reducing the size of large groups permitted to use forest land. Given the current administration, my guess is reduced budget for the US Forest Service.

This is my current setup. I'm going to put an 11-42 mountain bike cassette on it and Absolute Black 46-30 chainrings. That will give me sub 20 gear inches. I'm hoping to get to the San Juan mountains in Colorado this fall. Bags are from Apidura. New wheels should be here in a week or two.

https://atlantabikerides.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/niner.bikepacking.001.lg_.jpg

How is your bike coming Mr. Big Stuff?


-Tim-
 
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