It’s that most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it’s time for the FESTIVE “504”. This year, Santa and his five hundred and four reindeer have a little something special in store to keep things safe in these COVID times and keep things interesting. Daily rides will be organized from December 24 – December 31 with total mileage over the 8 days of approximately 575km and will follow the general pattern of past years – start times will be between 7-8 am, meetups will be in town, and distances will range from 50-75 miles (with the exception of Xmas day which will be a later and shorter ride).
But this year two things will be different: (a) to keep us all safe, there will be no large group ride – rather folks will be asked to ride in smaller groups of 5-7 people (like the small “pods” many of us may have been riding with throughout the year); and (b) to keep things fun, the specific route, distance, and meetup will be revealed in the attached “Advent Calendar” format. Rides are numbered 1 through 8, corresponding to the 8 days of the event, and each door can only be opened the day before the ride (i.e., the ride for day 1 of the Festive 504, held on December 24th, is behind door #1, day 2 is behind door #2, and so on.
Here in New Orleans we like to think life is set to music. Whether its the rattle of a streetcar, the beat of a jazz drum on Basin Street, or a marching band in a Mardi Gras parade – everything has a soundtrack. For the Semi-Tough Cycling Club, bike racing is no exception – the music matters – and we are lucky enough to count amongst our number the one and only DJ Rear Admiral Sir Cheerio. This year for our Pontchartrain Beach Summer Series, Sir Cheerio threw down on a couple very select sunset mixes. Follow him on Soundcloud for more, but here is his mix for our finale. Grab a cool beverage and a comfortable place to chill and get deep…
Our good friend Murat put together this impressive video capturing the spirit and character of SWAMPLOCROSS 3… Enjoy!
SwamploCross III from Murat on Vimeo.
Just in time for the holidays, the Semi-Tough Cycling Club has teamed up with our good buddies at Yeah You Ride! to bring you “The Mosquiton”, one of the freshest cycling caps we ever could have imagined. Designed in collaboration with graphic designer Tom Futrell and proudly manufactured in the USA by Rothera Cycling, these limited edition caps are a sure bet to bump up your style – on and off the bike.
- Full-color, sublimated 100% lightweight organic cotton
- Flexible, washable plastic brim
- 1″ elasticated terry cloth sweatband to keep the sweat out of your eyes and the cap comfortably on your head
- 3-panel design for a flat, rounded fit under the helmet
- One size fits most
Our good friends at Yeah You Ride! blew up the internet the other day with this sweet video of the Masters & SS race at Round 4 of the Delta States Grand Prix of Cyclocross in Ridgeland, Mississippi. If you are interested in seeing what ‘cross is all about, this footage from the beautiful Ridgeland course is a great place to start. If you already know how awesome ‘cross is, this short video will get you stoked to keep CX’ing.
On June 22, 2014, its full steam ahead on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, as Yeah You Ride and the Semi-Tough Cycling Club bring you the Harbor Master Criterium presented by Massey’s Professional Outfitters. There will be seven categorized races (including dedicated womens, juniors and masters races) with cash and other prizes, including multiple in-race primes.
The race will be held at the scenic South Shore Harbor Marina, and there will be plenty of exciting and competitive racing, as well as fun for racers and families alike – bike expo, food trucks, music, and merch giveaways. There will also be plenty of kids activities, including a kids fun-race sponsored by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
Registration is open through USA Cycling, and there will be a special perk for pre-registration from our media sponsors at Peloton Magazine that we will be dropping details on soon. Stay tuned, and be sure to register early so you don’t miss out on it.