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Bike the Buffer (Stewart Buffer Lands, Newburgh, NY) Report

Old 06-08-08, 12:30 PM
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Bike the Buffer (Stewart Buffer Lands, Newburgh, NY) Report


Rode up there from my house in Chester on this lovely 95 morning. 15 miles to registration for this event on the road. Then 18 miles in the woods, except if you're me, and you make a wrong turn and do one loop twice, then it's 19+, 15 or so of it on moderately to not too technical single track. I was fine until mile 15, then I started to lose the plot, crashed twice, couldn't wait to get back on the road where the only danger are nice 2 ton cars that can quickly put me out of my misery. Rode back, it was hot, didn't get here until 1PM.

I was bloody, muddy, and cruddy, but relatively happy. Next year I'll do the 12 mile loop, that 19 miles took 2 hours 45 mins. That's about 45 mins past my limit in the woods. Amazing MTB terrain up there. I think they have SEVENTY miles of single track.

Hey, I'm a Road Nazi in the woods, and I'm a hazard to myself and others. But I was much faster and more adept technically by hour 2 as I got more comfortable (particularly on climbs and hairy descent sections). I was actually dropping the guys who were dropping me in hour 1. Then by hour 3 I started to get tired and cranky. That's why I should MTB alone, particularly on longer rides. You don't want to hear me swear when I crash 2.5 hours into a MTB ride. Trust me.

Race MTBs? You seriously would have to be utterly, completely and irretrievably insane to even contemplate such lunacy. By the way, at the end of this they offered me some packet with a T-shirt. I passed. All I wanted to do was get the F home. Frankly that MTB ride felt like playing Rugby, so the hour long slog home in the 95F mid day sun was gnarly, but I made it. 52 miles in total, including about 20 in the woods, mostly on single track.

THAT was a workout. The Fly Ti performed wonderfully, but if I was in those woods for three hour rides all the time I'd be on a dual suspension. I won't be doing any 3 hour MTB rides any time soon. An hour at a time is fun and hopefully I won't kill myself. Hopefully.
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Bike the Buffer now Stewart State Forest Bike Tour - June 6 2010

hey all - this year's ride is June 6 - we've got tons of stuff planned and cool routes that are in great shape this year (no 18 inches of rain this year, yay!) Gilded Otter is providing finish line beer again, we'll have a local lunch and even ice cream from Blueberry Mountain in Middletown. Wheel and Heel will do bike checks and Beacon Cycles will be there with demo bikes. Come talk to their semi-pro racers! Lots more and it all benefits SPARC, the all-volunteer group that saved these lands from being taken over for willy-nilly development!

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