Sunday, December 11, 2016

My RAPHA FESTIVE 500 Challenge 2016


Rapha challenges you to ride 311 MILES IN the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Join  thousands of CYCLIST around the world in getting up off the sofa and onto your bike, and send Rapha your stories to win amazing Rapha prizes. Rapha Festive 500.
All cyclist who complete the challenge can register to receive a Rapha Festive 500 woven badge to commemorate their achievement. All finishers and those submitting entries for the grand prizes must submit their details by 14th January 2017.
Rapha Festive 500 ride your bicycle 311 Miles (500 Kilometers) in 8 days between Christmas and New Years! Thats About 40 miles each day!! 

 I Plan to break up the mileage into daily rides and use this Rapha Festive 500 Challenge to whip myself back into shape and Rehab my Leg and Shoulder. I was hit by a Stoopid car last April 7th and suffered a Broken Left Tibia and Fibula had a Intramedullary Nail implanted. Also a broken right clavicle and head injuries.
Rapha Festive 500 STRAVA challenge


I'll be riding all SideWalk with Flat Pedals on my Specialized Stumpjumper Comp FSR 29er Mountainbike.

I already have and will wear my My RAPHA Brevet Long Sleeve Jersey on cold rides.
I ordered some new RAPHA Brevet Reflective Socks!

I completed the Strava Rapha #Festive500 Cycling Challenge with only a couple of hours to spare! Riding 100 miles in the last 24 hours of the Strava Rapha Festive500 cycling Challenge.
As my reward for completing the Strava Rapha Festive 500 Challenge I'm ordering myself a Rapha Insulated Brevet Jacket!!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Swamp Fox Passage Trail South Carolina Overnight BikePacking Trip

Swamp Fox Passage Trail South Carolina Overnight BikePacking Trip part of the Palmetto Trail

Swamp Fox Passage Trail South Carolina Overnight Bike Packing Trip part of the Palmetto Trail
Day 1: Starting 9:00am  near the Walmart Supercenter 511 N U.S. Hwy 52, Moncks Corner, SC riding north to the Swamp Fox Passage Trail Head. Riding the Swamp Fox Passage Trail to Halfway Creek Road then south to Isle of Palms Beach on the coast. Approx 65 Miles mostly flat one way.  HOBO/Stealth Camp or Hotel Options Nearby.

Day 2: Starting at 7:30am Backtracking same route as day before. Isle Of Palms, SC to Swamp Fox Passage Trail via Halfway creek road, Then on to Monks Corner, SC,  Approx 65 Miles mostly flat one way

Be Self Sufficient. Maintain 10 mph average. Be Prepared for inclement weather. Just Rain: Ride On. Lightning: Take Cover. Red Blinkie & Light as Night Riding Possible if Schedule Shifts.
This Schedule is FLEXIBLE... This will be a Laid back No Stress Ride enjoying the Beautiful Flora & Fauna South Carolina Has To Offer. Dirt Riding will not be Technical.

Preliminary Gear List:
Rain Jacket
Light –Blinkie
Extra Batteries GPS/Phone
Brake Pads
Deraileur Hanger
Chain Tool, pin, link
Multi Tool, Hex, Torq
Spoke Wrench
4 tubes
Patch kit
Co2 Kit Levers
Duct tape, zip ties
Zip lock bag
Bug spray
Butt Butter
Sock Hat
Perpetuem, gels, enduralytes
Sun & clear glasses

List of Gear I use: