Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Brewers of Hardy Rides.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Wolfy 100 does not dissapoint

Mark B., our weekend champion with back to back centuries

It was very hot so we lost lots of electrolytes and salt

West Brooklyn, Il. not New York

Corn drying device

B.B getting burnt by the sun

WE did find some hills and a lot of wind

Our lead cartographer running a brand new Black Mountain Cycles Cross bike.

Taking a break early on

A nice section that we really enjoyed

WE met at 8:00 and rolled out, all 4 of us. It did not surprise us that nobody else showed up since the number 100 keeps them away. The weather was cool in the morning and the weather started to warm up quickly. We had a slight wind in the early morning and then it quickly picked up from the south to a full rage South wind of 30 plus mph. We rode out to Compton, West Brooklyn and finally Amboy. Then we headed north and then started heading back east. We had long streches of bad side wind and the heat started to cook us. I used some elete stuff that Mark gave me and never cramped the whole day. We had no mechanicals except for a lost cleat screw.
The riding was really good, the route was excellent, the scenery was awesome and the fact that we had a tornado watch on our asses kept us motivated. The Slender Fungus will be hosting other long rides and as always we won't make a big deal out of them. We will just post and ride. Everyone is always welcome to ride, it doesn't cost anything and you are on your own. Finished the day with 110 miles.


Ari and the gang.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Here is the Map and all the info for the Wolfy

There will be supplies available in Amboy. Roughly 50 miles worth of gravel.

Any questions shoot them in the comments. Let us know if you are coming.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Wolfy 100 to meet in Dekalb, IL. Home of the Barbed Wire

Due to some unforseen situations we have changed the location of the Wolfy 100. This event is going to be a nice ride and will give us a chance to prepare for the dk200. Come on out and ride the sucker.


Address for the Wolfy 100

1291 Chestnut Street #1
Dekalb, Illllinois 60115


Mark B.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Big Events coming up.

May 14th is the Wife's Graduation
May 22nd is the Wolfy 100 (asphalt and gravel)
May 29 is the North Central Cyclery Gravel Metric
June 4th Jay (cookie) and I are racing The Dirty Kanza 200 in Emporia, Kansas.

Now sit back and watch a great movie for the Gravel Metric May 29th at 9:00 a.m. Back of Shop

The Gravel Metric -- More Gravel from Seth Deming on Vimeo.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Wolfy 100 is May 22nd

We are going to gather and ride in a Southwest directions. God only knows where the werewolf is sending us. Please let me know in the comments if you want to come so we can print cue sheets. Surface will be mixed so please don't bring your brother's Tribike from 1989 with 18mm tires. There will be no support or bail out so make a plan if you bonk. This is just a fun ride to celebrate the coming of spring.
Let us know if you need any more info.

Ari, B.B., Werewolf, Gumby, Kent


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Turbo Tuesdays will Resume

Turbo Tuesday night

9 pm.

ari house

40 miles.

on and off the road.



Sunday, May 1, 2011

TRANS IOWA VERSION # 7, APRIL 23-24,2011 part two

Thank you Guitar Ted for such a great event!!!!

Thank you David Pals for a great Trans Iowa Version 7!!!

Tim Ek upon arrival

Sean Maillen

John Gorilla

Tim Ek and Charlie Farrow

Charlie Farrow after arrival

Troy Krause

Jeremy Kershaw and Ari

Trans Iowa V7 winner Dennis Grelk

Jay and Ari hanging out on B-roads in Iowa

Jay and Giggles hanging out.

So after missing the first checkpoint we gathered a small group and had a great ride back to Grinnell. We rode roughly 30+ miles completing the day with about 90 miles. We hit the hotel and then took a much needed long shower. Chichard ordered some pizzas while we got into Giggles' Crv and did some sightseeing out in the country. Iowa is truly beautiful and we geeked out on taking a bunch of great photographs. We came back for the pizza and drinks and then hit the bed and slept like logs. We awoke to the idea of getting to the finish line to catch some of the finishers.
We were suprised to see how late Dennis Grelk, T.I. V. 7 finisher came in. The course was very demanding and there would be no such thing as a sub 24. No way.
We hung around the park and got a chance to talk to old friends and also meet our new comrade Kershaw from the DBD group in Duluth. It was a glorious morning and I was so pumped and so excited. I controlled my emotions as to not blow it and induce another one of my famous asthma attacks.
And then............... over a little riser we saw a rider. I called out rider up! Much to my desbelief and utter amazement it was good friend Dennis Grelk. He was winning the Trans Iowa and there was nobody even remotely close to him! I was so excited and so proud of his achievement. He arrived and we all congratulated him and stood around him at least 10 feet away. He was a strange alien that had just conquered the beast. He needed all the oxygen available. He dismounted his horse but his body remained in mounted position. The saliva around his mouth had turned into a dark tar and he struggled to remove it. His bike was light, and awesome. His wool clothing had functioned perfect, his lights had not failed him. He had hit it on the head and accomplished the Big One!
After Dennis we awaited for the other riders. Tim Ek, Charlie Farrow, Troy Krause, Sean Maillen, John Gorilla. They were all tired, they were all lost for words. I snapped picture after picture and was so happy to have shared those moments. I forgot about all my misfortunes and was thankful to be there.
We said our goodbyes and headed back for lunch and to pack up and leave. Jay left with Chichard in the Wheelfast truck and Giggles and I took the crv. We had intense conversations on I-80 and were so happy to have met up and ridden Trans Iowa together. We have friends, riding partners and great memories. Thanks again to Guitar Ted and David Pals. We know how tired you are and what you went through. I really hope to have the chance to participate in a future Trans Iowa and that these great men will decide to offer this gift to us.
Thanks to the city of Grinnell, the chamber of commerce, the volunteers, Bikes to you. To all the riders and everyone associated with this event. It was a true pleasure.


Slender Fungus Cycling Association.