Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday morning we had a great crew of 20+ of us there to groom and trim the Lake Ahquabi trails for next weekend's race.  In spite of an unexpected morning thunderstorm that dumped some rain, we were able to hold the 9-12 work call as scheduled.

Tara and I got up early and made scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage.  Fresh onions and green bell peppers from our garden got chopped up in the eggs, and we loaded the eggs and meat into our 2 crock pots to take out to the Beach House Shelter to plug them in and keep them warm. Fresh bagels and cream cheese, fresh cinammon rolls, coffee, and orange juice rounded out the breakfast buffet for the volunteers.

Pick a tool!

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The CITA trailer was in the shop on Saturday getting the lighting re-wired, so Brian Sheesley took enough tools out of the trailer for our work call and I loaded them up in the back of the Element.

We had a list of things to tackle on the trail from erosion, to trimming, to grooming, to tree cutting all in an effort to get the course ready for next weekend.  So everyone took on a task and we had at it.

A few shots of post work parking lot gathering...

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Rick and his girls (who worked pretty hard raking for a few hours!!!) in the parking lot...

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David, Stephen, and Joe...

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Rick, his girls, Tom, and Andy post work...

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Thanks to Kim, Sue, Nick, Bob, Pete, David, Jason, Rick, his daughters, Andy, Tom, Andre, Rob, Cheryl, Tara, Christine, Ron, Al, Bruce, Joe, and Stephen - we got the trail groomed and ready for The Mullet Fall Classic.  The trail was riding fast by Saturday afternoon, and after a lap on Saturday, and one on Sunday - I did a few more hours of trimming and grooming to dial in everything for this coming weekend.

The prizes are ready.  The awards are here.  The Schwag is here.  The potluck is organized.  The course is groomed.  All we need is you for The Mullet Fall Classic.  A reminder to get registered online this week to save yourself some money.  The link is over in the right column of this blog. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Race Course Grooming Week...

I took a reconnaissance lap Tuesday morning before going to work so I could see the status of the entire race course loop and devise a plan for trail work this weekend.

The Dos Niner was still in the car from Sunday's race, so I rode it on the dew covered trails only stopping a couple of times to remove branches from the trail...

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I was pleased how the north side was riding after all the grooming work I did on Saturday afternoon.  I was also pleased with the overall condition of the entire trail.  Some erosion work needs to be done on Saturday morning with McLeods and rakes, as well as raking much of the trail due to the build up of debris from all of the rain runoff.  That kind of debris can cause traction issues as well as wreck rear derailleurs and spokes.  A little housekeeping will go a long way to improve everyone's experience.  A couple of sections need a bit of trimming as the Queen Anne's Lace has grown so tall and is falling over into the trail's path.  Mowing the grass for the line in sections to speed things up will complete everything and should easily be accomplished this weekend.

For those interested, a work call at Lake Ahquabi will be held this Saturday morning, September 27th, from 9 am to 12 noon.  Bring your bike, of course!  Meet at the Beach House Shelter parking lot, and we will deploy from there.  I will bring the tools we need from the CITA trailer (McLeods, rakes, trimmer), but if you have your favorite rake or loppper - bring it along.  We could use a chain saw or two (or hand saws) to take on a few trees if you own one.  Just send me a message that you are attending so I know how much breakfast food to buy (bacon, bagels, and eggs!!!).  I promise not to wear everyone out - especially those that might be planning on racing at the Oakley Night Cap in Des Moines Saturday night, or on Sunday.  I will be camping out at the park on Friday and Saturday nights to have easy access to do trail work.

Finally, for those racing - get registered online to save yourself some $$ and race day hassle of standing in a long line.  Registration is here.