Last Saturday we managed to convince around 40 fellow bike-nerds to drive from Richmond down to La Crosse, VA to ride the inaugural Ol' Dirty South Hill mixed-surface “road” ride.
Last Saturday we managed to convince around 40 fellow bike-nerds to drive from Richmond down to La Crosse, VA to ride the inaugural Ol' Dirty South Hill mixed-surface “road” ride. The route was 72 miles long with 42 miles of gravel and dirt road that never seemed to stop rolling up and down.
Despite the somewhat challenging route, riders of many levels showed up and threw down. From the shortest elapsed time of about 4 hours all the way to peak party pace of 8 hours (with some detours to find chicken livers and hotdogs) it was really great to see riders of all speeds out there. Squads were assembled. Alliances were formed. Hills were conquered and the gravel was ground. At the end of the day I think it is safe to say that everyone had a great time.
Scroll through for words and pics from from some of the crew that came out. Big thanks to Chenla, Tamara, Scott, Chris, Sam, Fabian,Raleigh, and Uncle Randy.
"The O.D.S.H ride was a beautiful blend of fast gravel and skies that looked like the clouds were painted in. Morning temps were a little brisk but the 50+ degrees and sunlight seemed promising for the day. With my bike over packed with snacks and an incredible veggie burrito by @planet_hurt I was ready to tackle the route. Rides like these are always physically and mentally taxing, but this is where I get to learn a lot about myself and prepping for big rides. Main takeaways would be to pack less food (I never really know what is enough), and wake up sooner (forgot to pack my sunglasses) - However with no spills, no mechanicals, and seeing friends & familiar faces - I'd say it was a great day. Thank you Braden, James and the Outpost crew for everything."
- Chenla Ou
"Braden sold the Old Dirty South hill ride as a hard no free miles ride with 30 plus miles of premium gravel. This was absolutely true, and I loved it! The gravel was fast and hard packed, so “big” slick road tires were the perfect choice to make the miles melt away. 70 miles made for exactly five hours of riding so lots of time to hang with friends and make lots of new friends! I give this route a 10 out of 10."
- Chris Long
"Sometimes you ride all day searching for a place to buy a can of coke, and sometimes you end up eating chicken livers and hotdogs in a gas station parking lot."
- Uncle Randy, Team Bike Zone.
“A scenic trip over gravel most of us had never seen before was a great way to spend a Saturday. The light traffic was an added bonus on this latest Dirtbags installment. Looking forward to the next one.”
“That ride was so sick”
Stay tuned for our next big dumb ride, Six Rivers 200k on Sunday May 22nd, check our Calendar for all our upcoming events.