Thursday, June 25, 2009

Weekend rides

Well at long last, it looks like we're going to catch a break in the weather for a few days - whoohoo! No excuses for not getting out this weekend - come join us on one of our rides!

Friday - usual time and place. 6 p.m., parking lot of the Village Square Inn, Rt. 23, Newfoundland, NJ. Usual ride out Clinton Road, around Upper Greenwood Lake, and back down Clinton. Join us for a bite to eat afterwards at the Village Square Inn!

Saturday - Next weekend's Campmor H2H race is at Lewis Morris County Park in Morristown, NJ, so we thought we'd do a pre-ride at the park. Join us whether you are racing or not - it's a great park, and a nice change of terrain. We'll meet at 9 a.m. in the Sunrise Parking lot (near the lake). For more info, check out the Morris County Park's website -

Sunday - It's the third installment of Team Town Cycle's King of the Mountain series. Meet us at Town Cycle, and please be ready to leave at 9 a.m. - we wait for no one! We need some new challengers to push us along, so please come out and have some fun!

Come celebrate the good weather and the arrival of summer with a good head-clearing ride! Any questions, please let us know.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Change of Plans - Wednesday MTB ride

Well, the monsoon that has been the month of June seems to slowly be coming to an end - we hope! To that end, we're changing the location of our Wednesday ride to Ringwood - a place that sometimes handles the excess water a bit better than Jungle Habitat. Meet us at the Shepherd Lake parking lot - we'll be heading out at 6 p.m. Any questions, let us know - and keep your fingers crossed that the rain is finally ending!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I Dig Tuesdays - do you?

Starting this Tuesday, June 23rd, (and every Tues thereafter-until
further notice) join us for I Dig Tuesdays. We'll be working at Jungle Habitat for a couple of hours after work, taking advantage of the extra daylight hours. If you need to "top off" your Pay Dirt points or just want to get some of the new trails done quicker (we have a lot of work to do!), please join us on Tuesday nights. Details:

We'll meet at the gate by 5:30 p.m. and head up to the pedestrian area, at
the base of Otter Slide. If you miss us and will be showing up late,
walk or ride up to the Otter Slide and look for the black Dodge Dakota
full of tools. We will be "up trail' working on Otter Slide, so just
grab a tool and walk up to meet us. We'll be out by dusk.

Please wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves. We'll supply the
tools and something to drink.

Full details here:

Note: if you can't make JH on Tuesdays, you can always try Allamuchy
on Wed's or Ringwood on Thu's. See for details.

King of the Mountain, Part Deux!

Due to some technical difficulties, we're behind on a few items - like the results of the second Team Town Cycle KOM event of the season! Without further delay, here it is ....

After a late start, the competition took off on the first climb. One of our sponsors, Keith Hala of The Hidden Valley Club, hooked on to Dave Kahl’s wheel and kept the pace high for Dave, challenging him for the top spot on the first climb. Mike Hoek, after dropping BJ Kisch like a hot rock, took third behind Dave and Keith. The Club competition was strong with Gerard Hawkins sprinting to the line to take KOM points from Chris Donohue. The women had a strong showing with Karen B. taking the first climb with a huge gap over Angela Barrett and Heather Kahl.

After a detour through the beautiful farmlands of New York State the climbing started again on the slopes of Mt. Peter. Dave got off to a delayed start but quickly made up time on Mike and BJ. Keith was another story. After a hard push Dave just didn't have enough mountain left to beat Keith to the top. This one went to the sponsor. Not to be beaten again, Chris opened up a gap over Gerard and never looked back. Angela, defending her current points lead, followed Chris' tactic and put a commanding gap between herself and second place Karen. Heather came in a close third on Mt Peter.

The decent down into Greenwood Lake was harrowing for a few of the riders. BJ lost a bottle in the first turn creating a spinning hazard for the chasers to dodge. And just to keep Heather on her toes a serious case of speed wobbles crept up on her while getting near 40 MPH. She was able to maintain control and steady her bike enough to roll into town for a water stop.

The third and final climb reminded us all that it’s never over until it’s over. When it was all finally over the finishing order looked like this: Dave, Keith and Mike for the team riders. Chris overtook Gerard on the climb and had his sights set on Mike, but ran out of time to reel him in. For the ladies, it was Heather, Karen and then Angela.

So the points for the day look like this:

Club Riders

Gerard = 7

Chris = 5


Karen = 7

Angela = 6

Heather = 5


Dave = 8

Keith = 7

Mike = 3

The Overall Totals year-to-date:

Club Riders

Chris D = 11

Gerard = 10


Angela = 12

Karen = 7

Heather = 5


Dave K = 8

Keith = 7

BJ = 6

Mike = 3

Be sure to join us on our next King of the Mountain ride. It's coming up soon-Sunday, June 28th. If you're going to join us, (and really, we hope you do - we need some challengers!) please be ready to ride at 9 a.m.! Check out our calendar at for more info on the ride.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wednesday Ride Cancellation

Due to the extraordinary amount of rain we've had this week (seriously - can anyone say rain forest?), we're going to cancel our regular Wednesday mountain bike ride because most of the trails are just too too wet. Let's keep our fingers crossed that next week will be a little drier!

Friday, June 12, 2009


It's about damn time, we know - but THE UNIFORMS ARE FINALLY HERE! Yes, this is a little last minute, but we're going to be distributing the all new Team Town Cycle gear TOMORROW, June 13th, at Town Cycle, 1468 Union Valley Road, West Milford from 3-6 p.m. If you can't make it then, please get in touch with us at, and we'll try to make other arrangements for you.

Our new gear looks great, the weather is improving - so you have no more excuses! Our club has 110 members, and yet we see a lot of the same people each ride. (Not that we don't love our regulars, of course!) Please, please come out and join us for a ride soon, even if only to show off the new threads! We are always looking for new ideas for rides and activities, so if you have one, please let us know - we're always up for something different!

Updates, updates, and more updates!

OK, a few housekeeping items. First, yes we know that you are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new uniforms. We had hoped to have them this week, but alas, it was not meant to be. We should have some news for you in the next few days!

Rides - yes, despite the rain, we are still out there riding! Tonight will be our usual Friday night road ride - meet us at 6 p.m. at the usual place, the Village Square Inn parking lot.

Saturday we will also ride Clinton Road. Our intrepid ladies, Heather and Karen, will lead a club paced road ride. It's good practice for our Sunday New Paltz ride! Please be ready to ride at 11:00 a.m.!

Speaking of Sunday, this is your last chance to RSVP for our New Paltz ride! We will leave the shop at 9 a.m. sharp. There will be 2 distances for this ride. The first distance is a 40-50 mile ride to New Paltz, followed by lunch at the Gilded Otter Brew Pub. Remember, to participate in this ride you need to coordinate a ride back home. Feel free to communicate through the website/blog if you need a ride back, or if you have any extra seats in your vehicle to offer!

The second ride be a round trip to New Paltz and back - approx. 90-100 miles. We will do our best to make it a true "century" (100 mile ride) even if it means an extra lap around Pinecliff Lake on the way home. We'll ride up with the group, grab a quick snack or burrito, and turn our wheels south again for the trip home.

While both rides do not cover much vertical climbing, 50 (or 100!) miles is still 50 (or 100!) miles, no matter what the pace. We will aim for our pace to be in the 15 mph range. If you have never gone more than 40 miles, this would not be the best ride to give it a try unless you already have 4 or 5 twenty-plus mile rides this year. Also, because this is a large group ride, where drafting and riding in a straight line is an important skill, make sure you have done 2 or 3 Friday night rides so you will have practiced this skill and are comfortable riding in a large group.

PLEASE RSVP ASAP - NOW! We need to make reservations for lunch! In your RSVP, please let us know if you are doing the Half or Full Century so we can plan accordingly. We will be asking anyone who is driving back to follow the ride route home so if there are any machine (bike) or muscular (people) mechanicals, we can repair or pick up as necessary.

The weather is supposed to be pretty good on Sunday, so come out and join us for a scenic ride and a great lunch!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Trail Maintenance

Just a quick reminder that we are having a trail building day at Jungle Habitat - meet us at 8:45 a.m. at the gates. We'll bring the tools, you bring your gloves and water! And remember, the trail build is a Pay Dirt eligible event - get your hours in early!

We don't have a formal ride planned, but feel free to bring your bike along for a post trail build ride!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wednesday Ride Reminders

Just a quick reminder about our Wednesday rides - the Wednesday Ladies road ride, meeting at the Village Inn parking lot by Clinton Road, at 6 p.m., and the mountain bike ride meeting on Meridan Road (off Green Pond Road) in Rockaway, at 5:30 p.m. to ride Wildcat Ridge. The weather may not cooperate with us, but if we do get a break, let's make the most of it and get out there and ride!