Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What a great story...

Hey maybe I can run beside you guys on Saturday at the harpeth ride! TO WATCH VIDEO PRESS THE "WATCH YOU TUBE" LINK

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Eye have an Update

Well it's now been two weeks since I underwent emergency surgery for a Detached Retina and things are going better than expected. My surgery to attach the retina is so far sucessful. My eye patch came off Friday and the gas bubble injected into my eye to help keep the Retina attached has,thank goodness,finally been absorbed by my eye tissue. This has event has stabilized my abilty to see out of the eye and, with the temporary contact I recieved Friday, I am remarkably able to see almost 20/30. My doctors are amazed at my progress. I still have significant eye pain and headaches but this is normal. If all goes well I may be able to ride the week of June 25th. In the mean time I have rode the trainer ..BOORRRINGGG...I mean absolutely boring. I much more enjoy fast walking on the Hendersonville Greenway. Saturday I did 13.2 miles (verified today by Map My Ride). I would also like to thank Doug for walking with me today at 8am for about 5.5 miles. He and I had the same "Harpeth River" shirt on so I'm sure everyone thought we were a "couple". LOL I severely miss not riding the Tour de Cure, Cram and next weeks Harpeth ride. I'm glad for all the riders getting in tons of miles each week and its tough sitting on the sidelines. I have had some muscle atrophy and I will be useless for a few months once I start to ride again but, make no mistake..I will be back and riding your tail. Have good rides this week. I will be dreaming about them. Sincerely..Gary

Friday, May 25, 2012

Kids Tri Volunteers Needed June 3rd

I was talking with Charlene Alcorn on thursday and she is asking for assistance. I hope alot of FOGBEEs are available for the event, be a shame for me to chase you down like a dog ;-)
Course Volunteers are asked to check in with me at the Volunteer table at the band shell by the Parthenon at 7:00am sharp for their course assignments, maps, T-shirts and "snack sacks". We value our Volunteers!

Please have FOGBEE'S who plan to Volunteer for the Nashville Kid's Triathlon go to:
Nashville Kids Triathalon to register to volunteer.
Have them scroll down to fill in the blanks.
For "company/group" type: FOGBEE'S.
Then in the "Comments" block type: Bike Course.
I am the Volunteer Coordinator for this race, so I will be placing all the volunteers that register on the NKT website.
I REALLY appreciate the FOGBEE'S stepping up to staff the bike course! I will use 2-3 FOGBEE'S on bikes. I have an additional 20 Bike Course Volunteer positions available! It will be an awesome site to staff the whole bike course with FOGBEE'S! ...not to mention ya'll would make me look good!
    - Charlene Alcorn
Nashville Kid's Triathlon
Location: Centennial Park
Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Time: 8am-11am

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rumble Status

. . Thanks to everyone who have sent notes to TDOT.  Although this section of SR-258 is within Federal 4-foot shoulder (mostly) guidelines for rumbling, I am hoping if TDOT learns of the importance of this route to bicyclists we can get extra consideration.
. . This morning I sent Jessica Wilson (TDOT Bike/Ped Coordinator) my report on this application. You can access that report here.
. . TDOT does not plan to rumble the 2-foot wide shoulder section between Drakes Creek and Long Hollow Pike, but the current plans are to rumble any part that has a 4-foot wide or more shoulder. The newly repaired and widened shoulder on New Hope improves safety for bicyclists, but it looks like we are going to have to learn to dodge a 8-inch wide rumble on the Fog line.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sunday Mid America 2012 Kickoff

Aussie Bob Schofield is even now flying over New Mexico on his way to lead another epic mini tour.  This year he and his tour group are cycling from Westmoreland, TN to Washington DC.  Three Fogbees, Tom Evans, David Shumaker, and myself will be joining them for the first week.  We will be leaving from the Fred's parking lot in Westmoreland 9 am this Sunday.  We are assembling at my house on Fairways drive at 8 am and transporting riders to the start.  All Fogbees are invited to join the ride. I suggest riding  from Westmoreland to Scottsville and returning by the proposed route below which includes a couple of steep climbs, or just retracing your path out.  We could actually use one more driver to take either my Honda or Ole Rusty to Westmoreland and back. It's a nice cool down from the CRAM.

30 mile route

Rumble on New Hope Road

. . The resurfacing of New Hope (see Phil's picture in an earlier POST) set off alarm bells.  I chased down the Construction Plans for SR-258 and noticed it was included as a HSIP (Hwy Safety Improvement Proj).  To me that signaled RUMBLE.  I have confirmed with TDOT that New Hope is indeed scheduled to be RUMBLED.  In the past couple of days both Bruce and I have written notes to our contact at TDOT expressing the serious potential safety issues to bicyclists for probably the most popular bike route in Sumner County.
. . We plan to continue to try to modify TDOT's plans for New Hope, but I want every bicyclist to be aware of what is in the plans (spread the word!). We are open to ideas.  Once this road is RUMBLED the State has no cost effective way to remove the RUMBLE.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon Results

Demetrius and I raced in the Cedars of Lebanon triathlon on Saturday. It was a perfect day for racing; not too hot and lots of sunshine. We actually were numbered 138 and 139, so we started 5 seconds apart. It was a fun race, especially the steeplechase type run to the first transition area. There were 390 total participants ranging in experience from complete beginner to professional. I finished 8th overall, 1st in my age group (24-29) in 47:04. Also had the 4th fastest bike split in 24:54. Demetrius finished 26th overall, 4th in his age group (40-44) and had the 15th fastest bike split. I'd encourage anyone to try this race next year (assuming its the same distance). It's extremely beginner friendly and it's a great feeling when you cross that finish line. Hope everyone had a great weekend and I'm looking forward to a great summer of bike riding! Jason Sexton

Friday, May 18, 2012

New Hope Gets Facelift

Finally, we are getting a new surface north of Beech High on New Hope Road.  Should make for smooth sailing once completed.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Spectacularly Successful BIKE Summit & HELP Needed

On May 2’nd through the 4’th over 160 govern- ment officials, legisla- tors, and advocates attended Tennessee’s first Bike Summit hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga. Phillip Pugliese and Jenny Park, Directors of Bike Walk Tennessee (BWT) pulled together attendees from across the State to present their perspective on the outlook for bicycle and pedestrian activities for Tennessee.  The meeting was a pinnacle in the efforts of Bike Walk Tennessee to advance interests of active transportation.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Unfortunately I will bee out of the riding circuit for at least two months (just when I was getting into "Miley" shape). An unexpected trip to my optometrist yesterday, bc of a sight problem I had on Saturday, led to over 2 hours of emergency surgery at Centennial Hospital late last night. I'm sorry to say that I had a detached retina in my right eye from unknown causes and I am hopeful for a good recovery. I'm ordered off work for at least a week with no bike riding or hockey for 2 months unless things heal quickly. I was very lucky to catch this in one day and my surgeon is a fellow hockey player that I have known for 20 years. (it's a long story) Hopefully I will gain full sight in my eye and I will bee able to get on the road before the Summer ends. I will stop by Sams every so often to say hello. I WILL be on my bike and ready for the Jack and Back Mr. Miley so don't think for one minute I won't be there to complain about the hills and rollers! With no regrets..sincerely..The DraftMaster...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Seven Annual Ride of Silence

. . On Wednesday, May 16 (roll out at 7:00 PM sharp. Arrive at 6:45 PM) Join other Middle Tennessee cyclists in this silent slow-paced 7-mile ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while bicycling on public roadways.
. . 2012 marks the seventh year Nashville has held this annual ride. It has grown in size with over 100 riders participating in each of the last few years. Every bicyclist in Nashville is encouraged to attend. Please invite all your bicycling friends to join us in this moving experience, and remember - "In order to receive respect, we must give respect."

Everyone is invited to ride, but they must wear a helmet. Bring a front and rear light for safety since it will become slightly dark near the end of the ride. Ride starts at Centennial Park main entrance off West End Ave in Nashville and the route is

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Riding the Silver Comet

Thanks are due to Doug for planning a great trip to Atlanta and the Silver Comet. We had a super Fogbee turnout and the 60+ mile trail was a surprising challenge. I hope someone posts pics from the trip. It was a blast.

Tom Benim post Calvin's Challenge Photo

Reporters were able to get a picture of the elusive superstar bike rider, Tom Benim after his finishing of the Calvin's Challenge 12 Hour Bike Race...Unfortunately, they were not able to get any comments as he was busy...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Calvin's Challenge

The intrepid Fogbee Ultra Marathon Cycling Team completed the 12 hours of Calvin's Challenge in SPringfield, OH. In the early post-finish grin phase, shortly replaced with the ibuprofen phase.