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Butler Valley Bounty

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What a gorgeous day! We were all treated to beautiful weather and a fantastic course. Rob VanKirk was able to break last years time with a 2:44:30! Everyone finished in under four hours and the majority of riders accomplished sub-threes! Congratulations to all that finished a challenging course. Unfortunately, I had major camera troubles and my attempt to capture the day in pictures failed miserably. I did get a few salvageable photos.


1. Rob VanKirk, 2:44:30
2. Kevin Johnson, 2:45:05
3. James Williams, 2:45:57
4. Chris Carroll, 2:48:50
5. Courtney Wood, 2:48:50
6. Chris Johnson, 2:48:50
7. Ken House, 2:48:50
8. David Figueiredo, 2:50:09
9. Errin Odell, 2:54:50
10. Tim Wykle, 2:54:50
11. Tom Phillips, 2:54:50
12. Kevin Biernacki
13. John Dostal
14. Josef Carlson
15. Jared Gerstein
16. Sid Noyes
17. Sean Robertson
18. Molly Schmelzle
19. Robert East
20. Nick Pence
21. Anthony Kahn
22. Brett Rinehart
23. Helmut R.
24. Matt Levesque
25. Rocky Brashear
26. Mike Cherney
27. Meghan Connolly
28. Mike Woychak


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Banana Slug #2 Butler Valley

When: Saturday, February 12th, 10:00 AM
Where: Arcata Community Center parking lot, across from HealthSport
Finish: Hank’s Coffee House, Bayside
Distance: 50 miles, with 5,159 feet of climbing

Please join the Bigfoot Bicycle Club for a tough training ride next Saturday. The time to beat from last year is 2:50 by Rob VanKirk, Dave Figueredo, and Luke Ramseth. After the finish join us at Hank’s Coffee House and General Store to socialize. Road bikes are recommended, but leave your carbon wheels at home. There are lots of pot holes and some short gravel sections. For more information on the route check out Jim Robbins’ post HERE


1. Must be a Bigfoot Bicycle Club Member (“Banana Slug” memberships available for $10 good through 4/30/11. Forms available at the start)
2. Helmets Required
3. Obey traffic signs and don’t cross the yellow line
4. Ride at your own pace and have fun!
5. No prizes or support, but we will post a finishers list

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Conquerors of Dyerville Loop Road

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We had a great turnout and super weather for the first Banana Slug training ride. Ryan Spaulding rocketed up the first dirt climb and finished solo in a new fastest time of 3:39. He was so fast I missed getting a picture of him. Every rider tackled the entire long course loop finishing with a smile. Chris Daugherty survived with an innovative red bull/energy bar tire boot. Congrat’s to all that finished this tough dirt ride! We are all looking forward to a slightly easier Butler Valley next month.

1. Ryan Spaulding, 3:39
2. Kevin Johnson, 3:59
3. Tim Wykle, 4:02
4. Ken House, 4:02
5. Chris Johnson, 4:11
6. Orion Thompson, 4:11
7. Kevin Biernacki, 4:11
8. Chris Carroll, 4:11
9. Sean Robertson
10. Justin Brown
11. Josef Carlson
12. John Dostal
13. Tom Phillips
14. Bob Beede
15. Chris Daugherty
16. Jeff Farnum
17. Jennifer Johnson
18. Tim Daniels
19. Tim Koberger
20. Brett Rinehart
21. Cody Gray
22. Jared Gerstein (Took the long way to Harris!)
23. Jimbob (Short Cutter, Picture Maker, Time Taker)

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Dyerville Update

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Banana Slug – Dyerville Road Ride
The roads are no better than last year. There are a few sloppy sections and lots of potholes. But, the gravel is well packed and it can be completed on a road bike. The time to beat is 3:40.

What should you ride? Last year the fastest riders were on road bikes with quality training tires. Luke even managed to grind up Devil’s Elbow wall on a standard road crank. But, the most comfortable option is a cross bike with compact or triple gearing and bigger tires. A mountain bike is overkill for this ride since there is a lot of pavement pounding.

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Happy New Year!

Ring in the New Year with a Banana Slug

Is your New Year’s resolution to spend more time on the bike? While much of the country is blanketed under snow, we’ve got sunny skies peeking out at the coast. It’s time to get those legs warmed up for an awesome spring season of group rides in the dirt and on the road.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 15, for the first of the BANANA SLUG rides. This one starts at 10:00 am in Dyerville. Meet at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor’s Center. It’s a 64-mile road ride at a relatively strong pace. There are 18-miles on gravel roads and some steep climbs.

Get your slug on!

Below is the route sheet and profile of the ride. If you have not ridden the loop before, please print out a copy. We will have a few extra copies on ride day.

For more info on the ride check out Jim Robbins blog post

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2011 Banana Slug Flyer

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The next Banana Slug will take off on Saturday, Feb. 13 from Dyerville. Bigfoot Cycling Club will provide bagels and coffee before the ride. And you’ll need the fuel. This is a tough 64-mile fast ride that has an 18-mile gravel hill climb.  Find a map and details here.

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