100-Mile Road Ride!

Mike Snelson has been organizing road rides twice a month since March, with anywhere from 2 to 12 participating each time. On Saturday, September 18, 2021, our road ride series culminated with a 100-mile ride. (Strava links here and here.) There were only just the two of us, but it was a blast. Here is my report that I shared on Facebook:

Today I rode farther on my bike than I’ve ever ridden before: 100 miles. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for several years and training for (kind of) the past several months. It’s definitely not something you can just get off your couch and do–it took time and dedication and it took some encouraging friends to get it done.

There were just two of us on the ride today, Michael Snelson and I, with Mike’s sweet wife driving support for us. We started out in a light drizzle that quickly cleared up and made good time down through Mapleton, Spanish Fork, Woodland Hills, Elk Ridge, and Payson. I was feeling strong on the climbs and was quite optimistic as we headed toward Santaquin. Then it started raining. We rode through it for a bit but it kept coming, forcing us under a gas station awning for shelter for a few minutes. It lightened and we continued on to Rowley’s Red Barn on the south side of town, about 36 miles into our ride. By the time we got there it was raining hard again and we took shelter inside to warm up a bit (unfortunately their hot chocolate machine was off). When we went back outside it was still raining hard and was windy, so we decided to drive to our designated brunch stop in Mona. But after only 4-5 miles driving the rain stopped, so we got out, started a new Strava trip, and biked into Mona.

I had never been to Gaydean’s Sweet Art Bakery, and my goodness was that a treat. Downhome cooking for reasonable prices–a giant cinnamon roll and a mango smoothie filled me up with energy for the remaining 57 miles or so. We tore around Mona Reservoir with a nice tailwind and down Goshen Canyon. No one hit us on the dangerous Hwy-6, so that was a blessing. Then it was around West Mountain, which was a really nice part of the ride–perfect temperatures, hardly any wind, hardly any cars, beautiful views.

Mike looks happy, I look worried as we encounter some skulls between Mona and Goshen Canyon

After turning past Lincoln Beach we hit the full force of a headwind and man, those miles into Benjamin and then to the freeway were slow and painful. Average speed went from around 17 to around 13 really quickly. We made it to Springville but needed to make up some mileage for what we skipped earlier, so we zig-zagged around town a bit. Then, with about 4 miles left, the lightning struck, the thunder cracked, and we rode through a torrential downpour almost all the rest of the way home. It was actually pretty fun, crossing clogged gutters like they were streams and smelling the sweat soak out of our drenched clothes. If anything the rain was invigorating.

So there was my ride. It was long, difficult, painful, fun, and rewarding, all in one. Unfortunately, while we rode, a good friend and fellow biker lay in the hospital, suffering from an actue case of Covid-19. My heart bleeds for Jaime Brimhall and his dear family. He is one of the most amazing people I know–kind, generous, and loving to all around him. My ride is dedicated to him.

Kudos to Mapleton City!

Sorry for the long delay between blog posts! I want to give a big shout-out to Mapleton City for some recent work. Those of you who have been on the Mapleton Lateral Canal Trail recently know that it has been rolling nice and smooth after an overlay of asphault and it is currently free of sheep poop, so that’s a good thing. I also appreciate the loads of sunflowers that you get to ride through.

The sunflowers are really more vibrant than this crappy selfie suggests!

ALSO! Mapleton or maybe UDOT just repaved Maple Street and not only is it nice and smooth, it has painted bike lanes on the south (uphill) side of the road. The north side of the road is still a patchwork of developed/undeveloped properties, so in some places there is a wide shoulder, in others a very narrow shoulder. But at least now when biking east you can enjoy a nice fat bike lane!

Smooth pavement and a new bike lane. Yeah baby!

Art City Days Parade Ride

Come ride with us in the Grand Parade!

When: Saturday, June 12th
Parade line up – 9:00am
Parade begins – 10:00am
Parade ends – 11:15am

Where: 480 E. 200 S. (south of Grant School and west of Memorial Park)

Parade length: one mile

We will decorate our bikes, turn our bike trailers into mini parade floats, pump some tunes, and toss candy while showing Springville how fun and versatile people-powered transportation can be. Riders of all ages are welcome (the pace will be a moderate walk, set by the marching bands and cheer squads ahead of us). Bicycles, cargo bikes, e-bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller skates, strider bikes, etc. are all welcome.

Decorating your ride is not required but is highly encouraged. The more garish the better! We hope to make a splash!

We have some bags of candy that we can share (admittedly we aren’t sure how to gauge how much candy is required, so if you have tips please contact us).

If you want to participate but don’t have a bike right now, contact us and we’ll find a bike for you to ride. We also have a couple bike trailers available for pulling if you would like to pull a trailer in the parade.

It will be a hot day, so be sure to bring water bottles and sun protection. Stay hydrated! Because there won’t be vehicular traffic, helmets are not required.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

Bike with the Mayor

The HCBA was well represented at the Bike with the Mayor event this morning, with a booth and lots of giveaways that Carrie Bennett brought. We talked to lots of people about biking in Springville and what improvements they would like to see and loved doing the group ride with police escort around the west side of Springville. Great to see so many people out riding their bikes!

Upcoming Rides

May is Bike Month and we are kicking things off with a bang! On May 1 we have two routes set as part of our bi-monthly road ride series. For the more ambitious riders there is a 42 mile route with 1700 feet of climbing. There will also be a 20 mile route with 600 feet of climbing for those looking for a more casual ride. Both will begin at the High School at 9:00am and follow the the same route for about 10 miles. We hope this will encourage more people to join us. As our routes increase in distance we will continue to provide a short route option for those that don’t have the time or inclination for the longer rides. The links to the rides for May 1st are here:
Long route – https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/edit/4068076030/
Short route – https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/4325997109

On Monday May 3 we will be having our first casual ride or “slow roll” of the year. We will be meeting at 7:00pm at Jolly Circle Bike Shop (80 W Center Street). This is a nice casual cruise through the city of Springville Utah on your favorite bicycle. So bring the kids, bring the whole family, and bring your neighbors too. BONUS: Free Jolly Circle t-shirt for those who attend!

Come ride with us!

HCBA Road Ride, April 17, 2021

Monthly Meeting and Group Ride This Week

On Thursday April 15 at 6:00pm we are having our monthly meeting at the Snelson PhotoColor Lab at 80 W. Center Street in Springville. We will be watching and participating via Zoom in the Springville Parks and Trails Master Plan Open House, and then talking about upcoming events and activities of the HCBA. Come join us!!

On Saturday April 17 at 10:00 we will be meeting at the front entrance to Springville High School and then heading out on a road ride. The route will take us out to west Provo and will be around 32 miles. (If that seems like too long for you, come out anyways–the out-and-back nature of the route mean there will be chances to take a break and then join the group on the way back.) Biking is more fun in a group so come out and ride with us!

Ride Report–April 3

We had a really nice ride in gorgeous weather, rolling through the streets and trails of Springville, Mapleton, and a bit of Spanish Fork. There were seven of us in the group and we easily passed two dozen or more other riders out there. We ended up riding exactly 25 miles at a comfortable average pace of 15.8 mph. We hope to see even more of you in two weeks for our next ride!

Ride With Us–April 3

Our bi-monthly road rides continue this Saturday–12:15pm at the main entrance to Springville High School. The weather is going to be beautiful and Mike Snelson has a nice route picked out for us. Let’s get out and have a fun ride!

Come Ride with Us–March 20!!

Come join our second road ride of the year, March 20. We are meeting at 10:00am at the front entrance to Springville High School and will ride about 24 miles through Springville, Mapleton, and Spanish Fork. On our first ride we had a good groups of six riders and would love to have a few more join us. Come out and make some new bike friends!

First Group Ride of 2021!!

Next Saturday March 6th is the Hobble Creek Bicycle Association’s first group ride of the season. We will be doing a group ride every other Saturday on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month March through October. Start times will vary depending on the route and the weather but they will be announced along with the routes. We will start easy and short and build up to longer rides as the season progresses with short rides interspersed.

The ride routes will be posted here on HCBA Facebook page a week prior to the ride as well as the day before the ride. Likewise the rides will be posted on HCBA’s Strava Club page and on the HCBA website. If you’re not a member of the HCBA Strava Club join now!

We invite all to join in on our rides. All rides will begin at the front doors of Springville High School. Riders are encouraged to meet there and plan on riding with the group. However, there are no restrictions on these rides. We understand riders are at differing levels of ability. You can join the ride anytime, anywhere along the planned route, you can ride at your own pace, you can drop out of the ride anytime. Our intention is to make these rides social, fun and challenging.

If anyone has suggestions for routes please send them to stonefacemike@gmail.com. Eight of the 16 routes have been created. The other eight will follow soon but we’re happy to accept suggestions for your favorite routes. The route suggestions need to be a minimum of 15 miles.

The ride on March 6th will begin at the front doors of SHS at 11:00am. It will be a 16 mile easy ride to the end of the Mapleton Lateral Trail and back. Much of the ride will be on roads in addition to the trail itself. It appears from the weather forcast that the temps will be in the mid to high 50s. Here is the link to the route map:https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/4067781283