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The tight twisties of Bedford

So I never did clean off my bike from the mudville spa of Townsend two weeks ago. It was so dirty sitting on the rack in the cellar that my kids wouldn’t even go near it and they usually can’t keep their hands off the wheels. I think it actually had less squeaks last night because of the mud holding things together. It also seemed to ride better but that might also have had to do with the White Lightning Epic Ride lube that TiTim let me have. I usually use the white wax version, but this stuff was pretty good. I will have to pick up a bottle for next season. That’s my recommendation of the week. Buy It.

So we did Bedford last night. Or is it Lexington? Or Burlington? I think the forest borders all 3 towns and definitely hugs Route 3. Check the GPS map on that one. The hum of road noise and the smell of diesel exhaust was thick in the chilled air (great for the lungs too). The temperature started out near my threshold at about 45 degrees and ended at about 37 degrees when the ride was over (well into my limits). As long as the weather stays above 40 at the start of the ride, I am good. We were here last on June 26th when I forgot my Garmin and Chinese ketchup.

The title of the blogs tells a tale of a portion of the Bedford route. Check the map above and you will see what looks like a bunch of crazy squiggly lines all jumping into each other. This is the twisty part and at night it’s hard to truly distinguish between a trail you are on and one that is passing beside you. As a consequence I kept getting on a wrong trail and having to go through virgin sections (non-trails) to get back on track. A fixed handlebar headlight does not help in the twisties. At one point I got off the trail and picked up behind NatGeo who subsequently got off on the wrong trail and suddenly we were separated from the Gringo and TiTim by a wide margin. Don’t worry, we all got back together again…stop your crying. Brackish. There you go TiTim, I said it. Brackish. (Don’t ask.)

The other parts of Bedford are nice long singletracks. A couple of times the trail goes out on the ledge overlooking the highway. I always thought it must be funny to see bikers up on the ledge if you were in a car down below. Especially at night when the bikes have HID lights shining in their eyes (poor commutters). There used to be some jumps and playground items here back when the Mofo’s rode it exclusively. Now most of them have rotted away. The obstacles…not the Mofo’s. Anyway, there is still some good riding at Bedford. Well worth the occasional trip.

Here is the course data as upload to Garmin Connect.

* We went 7.57 miles in 01:56:43 for an average of 3.9 mph for the ride
* I hit a max speed of 18.8 mph somewhere on a downhill
* Here is the PDF of the Google Earth map
* Here is the PDF of the topographical map
* Here is the KMZ file
* Here is the Topo overlay file for the ride (combine the two in Google Earth)

They have some new charts in the Garmin Connect now. It shows smooth line transitions instead of the choppy jagged ones of the past. Nice. Above is the elevation change for the ride.

Post Ride was some Molson Goldens. Since it was the Amigo’s turn to buy, I figure it must have been on some special at the packy. Good for a change though. Snappy decision…Bullock. NatGeo’s turn next and then TiTim. Hope the temperature holds out for a few more weeks at least until T-Day. If it does, I’ll be blogging again next week.



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2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite Double


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