Riders in an early section.

2012 White Rock Classic (Cycling Edition)

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Riders in an early section.
White Rock Classic 50 Miler. The lead group early on.

The forecast kept changing. For most of last week, rain had been on the menu for Saturday. Several people I had talked to decided not to ride the White Rock Classic this year. Then I heard that several guys from the CARVE bike team in Little Rock were going. Then the chances of rain dropped to 20% so the ride was on. About 50 miles of sticky dirt road with some impressive climbs from Hazel Valley Ranch in the Ozarks to the top of White Rock Mountain. Most of the course would be the same as the White Rock Classic 50K Run which would be happening the same day.

Still all together less than a minute into the ride.
Still all together less than a minute into the ride.

The ride is all on forest roads that are in pretty good shape. The start was paved. Straight up for 2 miles, but paved. Riders then got to cruise on a ridge line for several miles creating a false sense of ease. Then the hills start. If riders weren’t going up, they were going down. Here is a short video of some of the riders coming down a couple of hills but this is an out and back course which means what goes down, must go up.

The riders were soon spread out and the road but some continued to stay in groups, The hills often broke the groups up.

None shall pass... The only dog that barked at riders, that I know of.
None shall pass… The only dog that barked at riders, that I know of.
Climbing.
Climbing

I didn’t go to the turn around, opting instead to take photos of folks as they passed the White Rock Sign.

Over the hump and heading back.
Over the hump and heading back.
Approaching the last climb (before the turn around)
Approaching the last climb (before the turn around)

I spent about a half an hour with one cyclist who had gone through 4 tubes (rip in his side wall). Another cyclist came by and gave him a patch kit and two more each shared their extra tubes so he could continue on.

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I couldn't believe how good a spirit he was in.
I couldn’t believe how good a spirit he was in.
Nice views!
Nice views!
This guy is so far in the pain cave he has no idea what he's doing... (j/k)
This guy is so far in the pain cave he has no idea what he’s doing…(j/k)

In the end the separated riders looked a little lonely making some final ascents.

I hope he has a good song stuck in his head.
I hope he has a good song stuck in his head.

I’m guessing the field to be about 20 or 25 riders with only one female (hey Chrissy). It was a good group that seemed to just have a fun day of it. Many calling it training for the Ouachita Challenge. Of course I’d like to do it myself next year. Maybe what helps is the “Lodge” at the finish line with some great food, beer and other drinks, fire and comfort.

Outside the lodge telling lies. :)
Outside the lodge telling lies. 🙂
Chowing down at the bar.
Chowing down at the bar.
Obligatory muddy bike photo (notice the different types of bikes ridden).
Obligatory muddy bike photo (notice the different types of bikes ridden).

A lot more photos on the Flickr Site, Enjoy.

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  1. A big thanks to all riders, volunteers, and everyone who helped put this together this year (Fayetteville Bicycle Co., Highroller Cyclery, Phat Tire, Carve, Dr Hudec, Tom, Marty, and Kaley. Hazel Valley Ranch LOVES u all!!

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