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    Fat Tire Festival and Harpeth Bicycles 50 Miles of Hamilton Creek

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    June 25 and June 26.

    Harpeth Bikes and Sorba are stepping up this year to make this and AWESOME event! This year, among many other things to be announced as they become finalized, Harpeth Bicycles and Ellsworth will be GIVING AWAY a BRAND NEW Ellsworth Glimpse to one lucky racing participant.

    Race Entry will be $45, but with Harpeth and other sponsors, we believe you are going to get your money's worth! More details to come, but I think it's time to start training at Hamilton Creek!

    How will we cross under Bell Road? Good question! There will be a MANDATORY dismount and riders will have to walk their bikes under the tunnel. We will have two way traffic marked off on the connector that gets you from the Pinnacle Trail to the Lakeside Trail.

    This year we will be racing the ENTIRE trail and starting/finishing at the Ned Shelton trail head. We will be racing CCW direction (Not "backwards") and there will be solo and team categories.


    Festival -

    We will have the normal events including clinics, the skid race, hill climb as well as Kids Mountain Bike Racing - kid Parent relay, face painting and more! Festival is Free! Mark your calendars, invite your friends because there will be demo bikes available.

    More info to come - but thanks to Sorba Middle Tennessee and Harpeth Bikes for stepping up huge..and by the way, I haven't even told you have the stuff that will happen there just because it's not all 100% written in stone. (Just 99%)

    More to come!


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    any kids racing on race day? for a 14yr old and maybe a 9yr old..?
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    Yes - Garrett. Kid racing for 12 and under. 14 year olds should be ready to race junior at the TBRA level. If there are enough 13's and 14's we will run them.

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    This is the Ellsworth that will be given away at the 50 Mile Race. Registration will go live later this week. Check our Facebook page for registration updates.

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    Kaboom: http://www.prerace.com/races/event/26828

    Let's do this, folks.

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    Just discussing the race with a friend yesterday. Two way on the connector will be interesting.

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    Does "5 full laps" include going thru the tunnel and doing the whole 5 miles on the intermediate side? If so, won't that be closer to 60 miles?

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    Martin -

    See below - race changed to 4 laps.
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    Bike Polo at the Fat Tire Festival!

    Bike Polo exhibition will take place around 1:30. If you play, please bring your gear. If you want to play, we are hoping there will be enough gear for a pick up game. Very excited about this!

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    Just curious, is there anyone out there who would want to form a team for this thing. I'm not in shape to do 50 miles, but I can do a lap and would like a chance to enter the drawing for the Ellsworth. If your interested, let me know.
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    Metro has approved Yazoo to have a Beer Garden for the event as well as overnight camping at the Ned Shelton trailhead. Both of these are firsts. Sorba made all this possible! And Harpeth and Yazoo of course

    Also - Northface and Oakley are providing prizes for Swag winners! You can expect some sweet goods to race winners. Start your training now!
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    I heard Kelly will be the MC for the event. Is that true?

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    Really? I haven't heard from Smelly Kelly in quite a while. I don't know what he's doing. If he is there and does MC, you'll be called out constantly as the man to beat in the hill climb there Mongoose.

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    polo, a beer garden, and camping?! cool, sounds like it's shaping up to be a good one, wish i wasnt' going to be on vacation that weekend, hate to miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzi View Post
    as well as overnight camping at the Ned Shelton trailhead.
    Is this tent camping only Tim or can you bring a travel trailer?
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    No Mike, you can't bring your house trailer and move in down there. You would surely bring the home values down about 20%. On a serious note, I know there aren't any hookups. If you are self sufficient with water and sewage i don't see the problem.

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    It is self sufficient, not sure I'll bring it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twolfcon View Post
    It is self sufficient, not sure I'll bring it though.

    If I did... it would be a short crawl from HCB.
    Mike, you are providing sag support from your RV? He!! yea! I'll take Yazoo Pale Ale, if you're taking orders.
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    Hey Uzzi I agree with Martin. My speedometer says I'm getting over 12 miles per full loop. That's 60 miles. Pretty sure I can do 5 laps. But not sure I can that in 8 hours. I guess I have go duo or team.

    Btw- speedometer are more accurate then Garmins on the trail.
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    I vote 4 laps and move it to the middle of next month. I ain't ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cast-L-E View Post
    Mike, you are providing sag support from your RV? He!! yea! I'll take Yazoo Pale Ale, if you're taking orders.
    I'm trying to figure out how to put a drive through window in Tim!
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    Quote Originally Posted by twolfcon View Post
    I'm trying to figure out how to put a drive through window in Tim!
    That would be great Mike. I too will take a Yazoo Pale Ale or Hop Project between laps.
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    I'm not ready either, but will be there ready to get my gear all tore up! ha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dook of Moots View Post
    Hey Uzzi I agree with Martin. My speedometer says I'm getting over 12 miles per full loop. That's 60 miles. Pretty sure I can do 5 laps. But not sure I can that in 8 hours. I guess I have go duo or team.

    Btw- speedometer are more accurate then Garmins on the trail.
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    I have been discussing this with a few Hamilton Creek experts. We may move the cut off to 9 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzi View Post
    Dook -

    I have been discussing this with a few Hamilton Creek experts. We may move the cut off to 9 hours.
    It's all good Tim. For others reasons looks like me and Jim Simms will be doing Duo. It should be good times either way.
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    Important Change to the 50 Miles of Hamilton Creek!

    After some deliberation and after riding the trail recently - my goal was to make this about a 6 hour race. The trail is now almost 13 miles long. Therefore, I am making the race 4 laps. I understand some of you have made plans for a 5 man team. However, 5 laps would be over 60 miles and make the race be too long.

    I apologize for this oversight, as I did not realize the mileage after the new additions to the trail over the last two years. 4 Laps will be much better, and will make the event the correct distance and time.

    If anyone has any issues regarding this, please let me know! Contact info below.

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    Man now I dont want to do duo. That's only two laps each. But the change will be best for the solo riders. Good decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dook of Moots View Post
    Man now I dont want to do duo. That's only two laps each. But the change will be best for the solo riders. Good decision.
    If you want to go solo I'll join Jim in a duo team.

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    Hey David - You Me, and Charlie could do a 3 man team and I'll do 2 laps - I think we can make it since they changed the dates. I'll let you know.
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    Just curious, is there anyone out there who would want to form a team for this thing. I'm not in shape to do 50 miles, but I can do a lap and would like a chance to enter the drawing for the Ellsworth. If your interested, let me know.
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    What time dos the festival start on Saturday?

    Also, how is the rain going to affect the rides? It's been terrible in Smyrna the past few days but I don't know about the trail conditions there.
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    Okay Guys - NO MORE RAIN TALK. This event is ON. We need EVERYONE's support! This event is FOR YOUR TRAILS and to support Sorba Middle Tennessee! Sorba has put in a LOT of time and Harpeth Bikes is supporting this event with investments in giveaways/prizes from Oakley, Northface and more. There are contests! Games! Fun for KIDS! Races for Kids! Do it for the Children! Come for a little while if you can't make the whole day.

    You can sign up for the 50 Miles of Hamilton Creek as well on Saturday and that would be ideal and will make it easier for us on Sunday. The trail is in GREAT shape, and there is NO rain forcast this weekend. We are in great shape for a great weekend!

    Come on out and see Reed climb Pinnacle in his flabby out of shape condition and defend his NUMBER 2 status as a hill climber. (I use the phrase "Number 2" loosely

    Got a lot of calls today and a few people are bringing their campers, we have some people tent camping so Saturday night will be a lot of fun.

    We need LOTS of volunteers Saturday and Sunday. Let us know what you can do! THanks for supporting the 9th Annual Fat Tire Festival and Harpeth Bikes 50 Miles of Hamilton Creek.

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    While we're waiting to see if any of the video from today's hill climb turned out, here's another hill climb video to watch.

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    4 min of no riding and no music....that was harsh.....so that hill is at Hammy?? I don't remember it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00accord4cyl View Post
    4 min of no riding and no music....that was harsh.....so that hill is at Hammy?? I don't remember it
    That climb is on the second half of Snake Creek Gap. It sucks a lot.

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    Hey Everyone -

    Quick recap - The race was TOUGH. Tougher than I thought. I busted a d-railer hanger (first mechanical that took me out of a race in any race I've ever done) on lap two, and was bummed because I knew I could do four. Anyone who finished 4, I have to give MAD PROPS to! It was HOT and if you weren't hydrated, you were done.

    Favorite moment of the day was seeing Josh Butler win the Ellsworth Glimpse. He was absolutely amazed. Prizes were great I thought - people were great and it was an awesome day!

    Post up your pictures and anecdotes! Thanks Harpeth and Sorba!
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    Had a great time with the family on Saturday. It was great to meet some of you. A special thanks to Amy and Reed for their great hospitality - especially Reed for letting me cruise his bike.
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    Great event!! It was HOT, and it was definitely a tough race, but I definitely enjoyed it! For those of you who missed it, it's well worth coming out to next year!

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    Sure enjoyed the Festival day. So fun to see the kids get out and have a good time. Thanks, Tim for your gargantuan effort on this event. And big thanks to Harpeth Bike Shop for their sponsorship. That the BarBQ was some of the best I have ever eaten. Talked to that fellow and he is from the Brentwood Market near Concord Road on Franklin Road. I plan to buy some more sometime.

    Turnout for the festival day was low, maybe 35? Maybe it was the Tour de Fat competing with us. Maybe it was the heat.

    I embarrassed myself on the hillclimb, but finally made it up the big step. (after the race) Had a minor mishap on the Pyramid during a descent, but only turned my ankle. Then while riding a lap with Stanley, another minor mishap bruised my kneecap. Came away with a gimpy knee that had to stay iced yesterday. Hopefully minor.

    I hope there was a good turnout for the race. Sorry that I did not make it out. I used up all my "leave time" on Saturday.
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    Big thanks to Tim, Harpeth Bikes, Middle TN Sorba, Mountain Bike Patrol, volunteers, and everyone else who put on this weekend! We had a blast and the race exceeded my expectations. This may be fragmented, but I am still recovering from yesterday : )

    Favorite part was Cade and I taking the win in the father/son skid game against stiff competition another adult and his son. Cade is still talking about he and I winning together : ) I wouldn't have it any other way. He had a blast in the kids race. We ended up riding the kids race course many more times that afternoon. It was amazing to see him progress from earlier in the day to be able to make it up the hill to riding over the big root at the end of the trail by the end of the day. I think he rode his bike longer than anyone else on Sat. It was also great to see my daughter get on her bike for a little bit. She had a lot of fun too.

    A note on lunch, that bbq was awesome! It was supplied from the locally owned Brentwood market and deli on Franklin road. We will be visiting there very soon!

    While Sat was hot, it did not compare to the heat that was about to hit us on Sunday. I confess, I had not done a full lap at Hamilton Creek yet. I always heard how rocky and technical it was, figured that it was not my style of riding, and that I would have more fun riding elsewhere. I would come out annually for the FTF and poke my bike in the woods and then hang out the rest of the day. Well, racing on Sunday changed my perspective on Hamilton Creek. It is a great trail. There are some difficult sections, but it can be ridden (though I was not successful on two spots yet). I cannot wait to get back out there, though I am sure I will get lost without the tape.

    For the race report, my honey do list got in the way of getting a suspension fork on my bike. Going with the single speed anthem, ride what you got, I rode my Moots single speed rigid. It ended up not being as bad as I thought, but wrists and shoulders are still feeling it today. The race started with us jumping in potato sacks, then heading into the woods. Not knowing what to expect and not wanting to hold up anyone, I hung back before entering the woods. The group started with a good pace. Then we had our first major dismount. That created separation in the pack. After a few miles, I saw John Carr get a flat early on. He rallied to get 3rd in the pro class. I rode hard while trying to learn the trail, but not get myself into trouble.

    On my second lap, I took off to try and pull in some riders and make up time lost from the first lap. This lap was going great. Then after going back under the bridge and on my way home, my 4th wreck of the lap was a major wreck that launched me into the air. Thankfully my back went into a young tree that softened my landing. I ended up busting my valve stem and could not get it out of the rim. I ended up having to walk for a few miles to get back to the transition area. Fred from Harpeth and Daniel Donelson saved my day by fixing my wheel. Huge thanks to them! The bad news is that I am way off my expected pace and will be in the sun a lot longer than anticipated. Oh well, I headed out for my 3rd lap and it took some time to get back to pace after walking so much. The 3rd lap took longer due to some unforeseen events.

    Now way off the pace, the race official nicely asked me if I really wanted to go back out because with my current lap times, I did not stand a chance at meeting the 8hr mark. In my mind, I though sweet. The challenge has been set. As soon as I entered the woods, DSG entered my mind where I missed the last lap by a few minutes and that last lap did not count. I rode with everything left. When I hit the bridge, I knew it would be close. Daryl was patrolling and it was great hearing him cheer in the lonely woods. Digging deep, I finished with 10 minutes to spare! The official seemed a little surprised, but it felt great to be done!

    Way to go to the MOAB boys and girl. Stephen Myers pulled in 2nd in the pro class and Scott Ludwig rode great! Ruthie started strong, but had a major wreck halfway through a lap and somehow finished the lap. She is tough!

    Great job Tim from Biker's Choice for winning the pro class! I tried to ride as his domestique and protect him from the elements, but that was short lived as Tim was killing it : )

    The Harpeth boys and girls were out in full force and were well represented on the podium. Way to go! Thanks again for the help!

    Great job to Tryon and his partner, they rocked the duo race.

    Great job to the NMB team out there. I think they ended up on the podium too.

    Also great to see Mr Joe Sweeney and Curtis out there! Have not seen those guys in a while. It was great to see you out there rocking it out.

    I know I forgot a few, sorry. Great job out there to everyone that toed the line.
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    Favorite part was Cade and I taking the win in the father/son skid game against stiff competition from Ryanthelyon and his son. Cade is still talking about he and I winning together : ) I wouldn't have it any other way. He had a blast in the kids race. We ended up riding the kids race course many more times that afternoon. It was amazing to see him progress from earlier in the day to be able to make it up the hill to riding over the big root at the end of the trail by the end of the day. I think he rode his bike longer than anyone else on Sat. It was also great to see my daughter get on her bike for a little bit. She had a lot of fun too.
    I'm losing races I didn't even enter! think you got the wrong lyon man, I had to work this weekend and couldn't make it out.
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    That's....Ryan (Fairweather_rider)!!

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    Sorry Ryan, posted edited! Thanks for the clarification Reed!
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