Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kit Distribution Day

Come one, come all, ye get yer damn kits. Distribution will begin this evening at Cross Country finals at the Fairgrounds around 5pm or so, or at the Knott Lot shortly thereafter. Stop by and see how FT3 Gen 2 fares against all the competition. If history stands at all we should see two or more Gen 2 FT3 racers in the top ten or better. There is a good chance that NoHandle Jr. will take an early lead and hit the ribbon first. Hopefully Jr. got a good sleep and pep talk from his father, a former cross country bike racer with huge calves.

For those of you who ordered non-bib tight shorts, there is a problem with your order. They sent us Continental Bib shorts instead of Continental shorts, more details coming soon. This is consistent with the naming convention of what we ordered "continental bib shorts" and what we tried on, "continental bib shorts," but I was told with confidence that "those are the shorts." Fortunately, the position remains on the Pactimo side that those were supposed to be continental shorts, so I will let you know what happens. I was one of those who ordered non-bib shorts, so I have a stake in this too. 

In the meantime, we can ride in our new blue, bro style or otherwise. 

Who is doing the next kit order? 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FT3 Should Ride Tonight! And Race CX Saturday!

Dude, you guys should go for a MTB ride tonight! I will think of you while I am looking for rattlesnakes on the Sacramento cycle paths. Oh and by the way I have to pick up your kits at the Fed Ex place in Rancho Cordova because they did not deliver them at my house! Going the extra mile for you FT3ers. Like now, posting this call out without even a chance of riding. Have fun gents, my hiatus is over half way done, I will see you on a Tuesday soon.

Read this article, this is just about how I prepared for the Carson City Off Road this year:


Sacramento Cyclocross Race # 1 is this Saturday at Bass Lake Regional Park in Cameron Park, get out there and support this local venue!!



Viva FT3

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Here we are, back on the first Tuesday of the month. Remember last month's first Tuesday?

Summer showers left the trail in surprisingly delightful conditions. But, nobody rode a single speed, which greatly displeased the all-powerful, all-knowing Pollywood. In retribution It chose to destroy a derailleur, which happened to be Xteric's carbon fiber model.

Hopefully, someone rides a SS tonight.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hot Sauce

Harvest time.

Is home made hot sauce time.

According to The Chili Pepper Popper, 'The Nocar Family sauce opens with the sweet and tangy notes of vine ripened tomatoes and cider vinegar, followed by the robust flavors of red jalapenos, and chili de arboles. The subtle kick of the ghost peppers is experienced the next morning by a delightful searing of the rectum."


Note from Cappy Re: 100 Year Centennial Ride from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe:

All the Details as posted on Facebook:

9/26/17 Update:
Less than a month away. Cross your fingers the weather before and during is favorable!
-Start Date/Time: Friday October 20th... 7am -- for whoever wants to start as a group. Everyone is welcome to start whenever they'd like. (7am start time is open for discussion! Hepting and Budd apparently started at 2am!)
-Start location: Where the Sacramento Wheelman clubhouse was in 1916-1917... between J & K Streets and 21st and 22nd Streets (called Jazz Alley now). See link in event announcement.
- Routes: 2 mile pedal from the start to American River Bike Trail.... ARBT to Folsom... a few options to In-N-Out Burger/El Dorado Trail off East Bidwell St.... lots of miles of El Dorado Trail to Placerville and Camino (some may opt for country roads).... then...... STILL WORKING ON IT! I am having challenges creating a route on Strava so I'm getting familiar with Ridewithgps.com (which seems to allow route creation that isn't on established roads/trails). This is what I'll be focusing on these next few weeks! If you have suggestions on how YOU will tackle this ride route-wise, please share.
-Lodging/SAG: You're on your own! Perhaps an organization or 2 will end up setting up an aid station somewhere, but don't count on it in your prep. You might want to reserve a room at the Strawberry Inn if you think you'll be stopping there the 1st or 2nd evening. I have not reached out to them to let them know what we are doing and the role the Inn played 100 years ago... they might be stoked to hear about it though!
- Echo Summit: I'm still hoping to recreate the sign that was at the 1917 summit the boys took photos with. I think it would be neat if all participants stopped and took a photo of themselves with the sign 😊. (If anyone has time to work on this, I'd appreciate it!)
- Finish: I plan to finish at The Beacon Bar & Grill (1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150). This is very close to where Hepting and Budd finished their ride at "Tallac"... which was a structure on a pier in Lake Tahoe (long gone now). I'm not sure how we could really do a post-ride celebration, with everyone on their own schedule and timeline.
- Getting back: You're on your own! Perhaps social media will help people figure out carpools. Maybe some of you will ride back, like they did 100 years ago!
Some people will do this in a day.... others in 4 days. Some people will only ride one segment. Others will do it all as a relay team. There are no rules for anyone that wants to participate in some capacity (other than don't expect help from anyone you don't arrange help from yourself).
Questions? Ideas? Is anyone else still planning on doing this? 😜

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Last Ride of Summer

Shorter days, cooler temps, some humidity- perfect mountain biking weather.

Are you riding tonight?

Or working?


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shout Out to Larz, Champ Rabbit

Our own DRL Larz, who, for some time now, as you all are aware... has gone the "way of the shoe" competed in the "Run Rabbit Run" 100 mile race in Steamboat Springs Colorado this past weekend.

Yes that is 10 pound bike Brent on the right. 

Mmmmm, this medal looks like a delicious burger right now. 

Mile 84, deep in the pain cave. 

According to Larz himself, he has no ass left. He ran it all off. Finished the race in 29:56:03, 4 minutes under the "fast runner cutoff" of 30 hours and well under the course requirement of 38 hours. That's a damn lot of running, more than a full day of running in case you are not good at math. 


Future Western States Contender... we will need to recruit Bambi and Partial Credit, who have also gone the way of the shoe, to pace him. I am good for .2 miles of pacing, as long as it is during cross season. 

Who's going mountain biking tonight? Not I. Have fun. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Did you order your kit??

A great showing of 8 riders strong (Cappy, Xteric, Green Fro, Keds, Unknown Local, No Car, Newb, & Safety First) met at the Knott with rain awaiting.  Before long the rain passed and the group headed out with Xteric ride leading.  Trail conditions were tacky and just perfect.  The dust mites remained on the trail and the riders in the back sucked in clean fresh air.  Before long, a wooden log decided it wanted to play with Xteric's right chainstay.  But, the rear derailleur wasn't playing nice and got in the way of the log so the two got in a little fight.  The log won big time.  

wooden log: 1
Xteric's rear derailleur: 0

  After some time messing with the chain length and using Newb's rear derailleur expertise, we did the best we could.  I even suggested to Xteric to do what the pros do.  There were at least 2 other bikes in the group that Xteric could have ridden off with.  After all, he was the ride leader.  We then headed off into the tall shurbs.  Unknown Local must have known that the trail didn't continue as he was waiting for us a hundred yards back.  Xteric's bike wasn't fixing itself so we decided to head back on the pavement by the lake.  The camaraderie among FT3 riders is unparallel to anything else.  Xteric got many free pushes back to the lot.  

The Store is open and if you haven't remembered, it's time to put in your order. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Remember when the first Tuesday of the month was SS night?

Still dusty, but a chance for thunderstorms and a big moon should make for a beautiful evening. Might be the right night to hit the MET to North South to Bonetti route. Or we could just practice trick moves all night.


Don't forget to order your kit. Cappy is getting all riled up that he's going to lose his deposit. And we all know how not funny Cappy is when he's all riled up.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

More Crowns

FT3 made a strong showing at the Meyers Mountain Bike Festival this past weekend.

It wasn't a race, but if it was, you would have seen those same faces smiling on the podium. We would have rolled across the finish line family style, all sharing first place, of course. Consensus was that the ride was so easy, next year we would have to include a fourth crown, ascending Old Lincoln Highway and dropping Hawley Grade.

Don't forget to order your kits. The store is OPEN.

password:  team_3926
Hot and Dusty tonight.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

B's Special Visit

B makes a showing this evening from Montana, fresh off a ski training expedition with a Montana lass to be known as "kindergarten." With the majority of FT3 unavailable to join him, the few who will be present are sure to enjoy a significant quantity of PreBr's. "No can is safe, mo matter how deep and warm. "

Here is your final kit preview. Final approval needs to be sent in asap to get the sowing machines in china(?) rolling. No image of trail short, sorry.

The count shall start at zero from here, as previously indicated I am out for a bit...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fresh Meat

Rolling nine strong last week, dust avoidance measures were critical. Which caused some concern when Cap'n insisted on taking the helm. However, he dutifully led the classic Brockliss ride, which was mysteriously littered with abandoned cars.

The Taco Table narrowly avoided a crisis. Mother Rye had to rush from her dinner party at the Governor's Mansion when she heard that the Taco Meat had run out before FT3 arrived. Just in time she whipped up a batch, but she swore she would never do it again. Next time it will be meatless tacos. Just as long as we get fries...

What's in store for this evening? Only one way to find out.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Triple Crown Training

XT and I have been logging some miles lately. Everyone has their priorities, and ours have been similarly matched. Don't stain the deck, train for the Triple Crown!

Last Tuesday, Junior demonstrated his ride leading brilliance by delivering another dust-tolerable route.

Then on Sunday we tackled the Strawberry Kirkwood route.
XT decided that the trailhead would be a good spot to set up his tubeless tire.

Not having B along through the tangle of roads above Cody Meadow upped the excitement as every turn seemed wrong.

 Thunder rumbled above Carson Spur.

We added a new piece of singletrack, the East Meadow trail that runs from the Kirkwood market to Highway 88 and afforded this view of the KI.

The weekend rain should have refreshed the Pollywood trails a bit. Hopefully, we can find some dirt that hasn't been hit yet.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday Night and Sunday Long Ride Callout

Remember when....


Weather Service is calling for plenty of heat, dust, and ozone tonight. Good time to enjoy a cold PBR, a refreshing dip, and a little mountain biking.

Best to take it easy to make sure everyone is in top form for the highly anticipated Rubicon Jeep Trail Long Ride going down this Sunday.

At a mere 18.7 miles and 2,530 feet elevation gain (one way), this will be a short Long Ride. I would still tell the Mrs. to expect us to be gone for 14 hours. What with all the hand ups we'll be enjoying and all.

Here is a DRAFT kit design. Overall theme is dark blue/grey lettering/black - deep yellow chainring. Dropping the graveyard and Trail Butter logos. Colors may not be exact on screen.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Safety Shirt

FT3 welcomed a new rider into the ranks last Tuesday, and he may actually come back.
Conditions were far better than threatened. Our esteemed Ride Leader kept us on soil that mostly stayed down and swimming removed any trace of dust. Best of all, the new orange shirts. Anyone get a picture?

Who's IN?


Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Can you see all ten riders in this picture?

Blame the log trucks, or the increased mtn bike traffic, or the heat wave. Pollywood's soils are roasted and pulverized to baby powder consistency. Not that any of FT3's hard men would be intimidated by riding in a little dust. Especially when its new t shirt night.


I (NoHandle) am co-opting this post for a listing
If you are interested in a rear rack, 2" receiver style, 4 bike, swing arm.  Contact me via back channel.  This is not mine, but I told a friend I would share the info.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2017 FT3 Kit Order

With the formal FT3 retirement of "Retired Guy" I have been handed over the immense responsibility of ordering your kits. That being said I get to make some decisions related to the next kit order. I have ordered a fit kit and it should be present in time for next Tuesday's Ride. Here is the breakdown of what we will be trying on:

Summit Bib and Jersey: These are the updated versions of the super expensive and high end kits that we had in black (jersey $104, bib $159)

We are going to add a new product offering with this order, the Ascent line:

Ascent Jersey, $89 and Bib $89. We will also have an offering for a Continental short or bib at $69 and $74 respectively.

I am hoping that we will be able to order either jersey in blue or black,  staying with black and white shorts/bibs all around.

Must meet a $1,000 minimum to change kit design. So changes to design will be dependent on how much product we collectively order.

So, now is the time, declare your desires here in the HCF. My order is indicated below, please use the same format:

2 Continental Short - Black
2 Ascent Jerseys (one blue one black)

Spread the word, the kit order will be placed by the end of next week. 4 week turnaround time after that.

Kudos to XTeric and one other for riding on Tuesday July 4, keeping it real.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Return of Team 1

Year's ago, in the early days of this blog, there was a thing known as "Team 1." That was a four pack of elite FT3 riders that consistently won the Coolest 24 hour race (geared four man team category). Those riders included FT3 founder and early blog specialist "Larz," short for "Larz over the bars." He was not only good at writing on the blog but he also was excellent at crashing up hill - over the bars.

Additionally, Team 1 included the off-the-couch fast rider known as Bambi. For those of you unaware, he used to commute to Sacramento by way of "mooter" and once used his amazing MTB skills to escape death and injury when a wayward baby deer crossed his mooter's path at 55mph on Green Valley Road.

Other Team 1 members include active FT3 member NoHandle, and yours truly, honored to be designated the team Cap'n. While considered a rider with one wheel in the grave, my attendance demonstrates otherwise, while several other riders regularly fail to meet minimum attendance requirements. Such is life in the Pollywood trails. Team 1 is prepared to shred this evening. 

It is worthy of note the participation of Team 2 in the Coolest 24 establishment years of FT3, as it is likely that at least 50% of Team two will show tonight as well. Team 2 includes active members NoCar and XTeric, fringe member Councilman, and one other unqualified and unsanctioned non-FT3  hired gun known then as Pop Tart. 

Tonight shall be another reunion of sorts, be there or be pedaling squares. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Carson 50 Report

Last weeks ride was a set up to the Carson 50, perfect trails, a light crew, long light. XT, Uknown Local, NoCar, Keds, Buttons and (not sure of his handle-new Giant bike) and I goofed off a bit too much to take full advantage of the spoils, but in the end it turned out to be a legit FT3 adventure, as always. I was all in a twitter about preparing for the big race on Saturday. Laughable that is in hindsight, since I clearly went into that race over confident and under trained. It was just XT and I who were able to make the trip, Fro had some unexpected back issues.

Here is a brief report from my perspective. First of all, I should have signed up for the 35 miler. And from Epic Ride's perspective XT and I, in spite of being over 40, are not Master's racers. We will need to reach the ripe old age of 45 to race in that category. Here are some quick stats:

Lap Times

Cap'n            XT
1) 1:34         1) 1:47
2) 2:24         2) 2:15
3) 3:12         3) 2:45
Fin) 7:11     Fin) 6:48

XT finished 47 and I finished 55th out of 70 finishers. There were 95 racers in our class, so 25 did not finish.

My in depth analysis shows that both of us would have finished in or around the top ten in the open class we were assigned had we raced the 35. Hmmm.

My cramps started during the last climb of the second lap. I realized the seriousness of the cramps when I began cramping while gently pedaling downhill. I attempted to fuel up well on electrolytes etc. at the end of the second lap, just then XT arrived. We pedaled out for the last lap together. As I continued to suffer I watched him ride away. He was still in sight just before the final aid station, that is where I had to take a few minutes and have a come to Jesus meeting with myself. Ultimately the call was to HTFU, I continued on and suffered out the last of the climbing. The course was very exposed, hot A.F., and rocky, challenging, "Brutal" was XT's word. The decent back into town was actually super fun. Great trails. While I think the course last year would have been better, it was still fun and would have been way better if it was not so hot. It's a great event, we need to line up a crew for another trip next year.

Cappy Gen 2 and I participated in the Klunker Crit, which was super fun, I made the front page of a local online paper:


Here is a link to a race report for the pro class:


And  link to the results if you want to geek out on them a bit (check out Lance Armstrong's finishing time in the amateur class 50):


I am out tonight, but you all should enjoy a warm ride and a cool swim. When is the next LRP?

Larz in town next Tuesday June 27, let's make it special.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tying the Knot

Last Tuesday was not to be missed.

Business in the front, party in the back

Sunset start

The chasm 

Bachelor Down

The true measure of the evening's success was revealed the next morning when no less than three (3) wives sent out texts trying to locate missing husbands and one (1) mother set out to drive through the EID campgrounds in search of a son. 

Rain refreshed soils should make tonight's shredding extra shreddy.