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Old 2012-01-14, 07:26 PM   #1
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"Ride the Raccoon" Southeast Munifest, May 19-20, 2012

This is a new event to celebrate the incredible riding opprtunities in the Southeastern United States.

Planning for the event is still in the early stages, but a website is now available for event details:

https://sites.google.com/site/southeastmuni/home

Ride the Raccoon Muni Fest, May 19-20, 2012.

Festival to be held on the 20 mile + trail system at Raccoon Mountain. This unique venue was built by volunteers from the Chattanooga chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), in conjunction with the the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Outdoor Chattanooga and the National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) office.

Tentative schedule of events:
•Downhill/Freeride Challenge (Megawatt)
•Trials Competition (Chunky)
•XC Trail Ride (Laurel Point)
•Time Trial Road Ride (Resevoir Loop Road)

Event Format:
•No fee for attendance
•All riders are expected to be self supported
•Insurance coverage TBD, participation may require USA membership.
•Food and snacks will be potluck style, no alcohol or illegal substances please, as this is a Federal facility and consequences for possession are quite serious.
•White elephant gift exchange: So much fun!

Raccoon Mountain is conveniently located just fifteen minutes West of Chattanooga. The city of Chattanooga offers a multitude of lodging options and is a great place to shop or enjoy a good meal. For the more adventurous and thrifty, camping is available less then ten miles from the event area at Raccoon Mountain Campground.

Look for updates as things come together!
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Old 2012-01-15, 02:27 AM   #2
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excited about Ride the Raccoon

Nurse Ben-

Many thanks for organizing this event! Although I'm not yet skilled in muni, I'll bring my 36er for the Reservoir Ride. I'd also like to watch some muni to see what it's all about. My wife and I like the restaurants and brew pubs in Chattanooga, but we'll bring pot luck too. Any more details on the white elephant? My wife really enjoys those.

Best regards,
Jeff

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Old 2012-01-15, 02:51 AM   #3
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White elephant gift exchange: bring something silly, uni related, regifting is okay, nothing too spendy, nothing to risque, nothing illegal, etc, etc...

This event is an everyone plays sorta deal, so bring the kids, grandparents, neighbors, anyone with even the slightest interest in unicycling. If they can't uni, we'll teach them to uni!

Josh from Unicycle.Com is planning to attend, I bet he'll bring some unis for demos, I'll have some uni demos, and if all the riders being an extra uni we'll have an army of unis!! Don't forget the giraffes, minibikes, and other odds and ends that make unicycling so dang wierd

I'm working on permitting and insurance, cross your fingers for free coverage, otherwise all riders will need to join the USA ($20 per person) to participate in the event. But hey, that's a small price to pay for an otherwise free event, yeah!

I'm heading down there tomorrow to ride Small Intestine, assuming the freeze thaw warnings are over, otherwise it's riding Enterprise. Seriously, Chattanooga has some of the best riding on the East Coast!

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Old 2012-01-16, 04:48 PM   #4
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Nice! Am penciling it in on my calendar. Would really like to come but will have to see where I am with my race training and if I'm still even riding MUni by then. My transition back to riding after my heel stress fracture has been a slow one so I'm not confident I'll even be able to or want to ride the rough stuff anymore. Sad but true. My running is much more important to me than MUni; not willing to risk major injury like that again. But we'll see, bought some beefier riding shoes that should offer more protection. I can at least come up and do some of the road rides...
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Old 2012-01-17, 02:00 PM   #5
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Munisano, for sure, come for the road riding, even the connecting trails are not much more than beginner MTB trails so pretty safe.

I'm working on the flier this weekend for UDC to send out in packaging, then I'll start promoting it to bike shops and outdoor clubs.

I don't imagine it'll be some huge gathering, but a dozen to two dozen riders would be a nice start.

What shoes did you buy?
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Old 2012-01-18, 01:53 PM   #6
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I'd love to do this, but not sure I can swing it. The drive is over 9 hours for me. Virginia just doesn't seem to have many UNI riders. I haven't met a single rider in my area, so I'd really like to do an event like this and actually meet another rider (for the first time)! I might have to wait for the NC event, which is much closer in proximity.
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Old 2012-01-18, 06:13 PM   #7
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What part of Virginia do you live in? I am in Germantown, MD which is not too far from the Northern Virginia DC suburbs.
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Old 2012-01-20, 04:14 AM   #8
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Old 2012-01-20, 01:03 PM   #9
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What part of Virginia do you live in? I am in Germantown, MD which is not too far from the Northern Virginia DC suburbs.
about 2.5 hours South of you in the Richmond area...
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Old 2012-01-20, 02:09 PM   #10
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Munisano, for sure, come for the road riding, even the connecting trails are not much more than beginner MTB trails so pretty safe.

I'm working on the flier this weekend for UDC to send out in packaging, then I'll start promoting it to bike shops and outdoor clubs.

I don't imagine it'll be some huge gathering, but a dozen to two dozen riders would be a nice start.

What shoes did you buy?
The timing is right so I'll probably be able to make it; thinking of getting out and running some this and other trail systems while I'm in Chattanooga; wonderful place to run in the woods!

We'll see how my heel is doing by then. Right now it's tough to ride much as all the local trails are muddy messes and our system doesn't drain very well; too much clay and limestone. So probably not a whole lot of riding until Spring anyways. But I'll break out the old 36er soon and put the road slick back on the GUni and at least get back out there for some cross-training.

BTW, I took a number of folk's advice and bought a pair of Five-Ten Skarvers. Haven't tried them out other than just walking around in. They seem much beefier and protective than any other riding shoe I've ever worn so there is hope still!

All the best!

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Old 2012-01-20, 03:35 PM   #11
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BTW, I took a number of folk's advice and bought a pair of Five-Ten Skarvers. Haven't tried them out other than just walking around in. They seem much beefier and protective than any other riding shoe I've ever worn so there is hope still!
Pricey...
I'm sure they are great, although I've never tried them. I love my Etnies (Wraith Skate shoe) at less than half the price, though. Different strokes for different folks...
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Pricey...
I'm sure they are great, although I've never tried them. I love my Etnies (Wraith Skate shoe) at less than half the price, though. Different strokes for different folks...
Yeah well I had a shoe of that level, SixSixOne BMX shoes and I didn't feel like it provided near enough protection for the type of battering I was putting myself through. Still sustained a stress fracture to my heel out in Moab. When you've run nearly 50,000 miles over 20 years (a lot of which on very gnarly terrain) and been involved in impact action sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, BMX, Mountain biking and now MUni) for nearly your entire life you body gets wrecked like mine so you don't waste time on what's "cheap." Besides I got a deal on the Skarvers so didn't pay near retail, more like half. So why not?

But like you say, we all have different backgrounds and necessities. To each their own.
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Yeah well I had a shoe of that level, SixSixOne BMX shoes and I didn't feel like it provided near enough protection for the type of battering I was putting myself through. Still sustained a stress fracture to my heel out in Moab. When you've run nearly 50,000 miles over 20 years (a lot of which on very gnarly terrain) and been involved in impact action sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, BMX, Mountain biking and now MUni) for nearly your entire life you body gets wrecked like mine so you don't waste time on what's "cheap." Besides I got a deal on the Skarvers so didn't pay near retail, more like half. So why not?

But like you say, we all have different backgrounds and necessities. To each their own.
Yeah, I've done the same impact sports and a few others for the last 25 years, too. Until a few years ago, I raced Motocross, and paid a lot of money for SIDI boots to protect myself. However, "so far" my Muni experience has been much tamer than Moab. I can see why you would want a shoe like that for extremely rocky terrain. But, I also don't consider Etnies cheap. They are durable, well-made quality shoes, just built for a different purpose than what you need. I've been doing more beginner flatland/street than Muni lately, and I'd say Etnies are close to perfect for that and the light Muni trails I ride.
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Agreed. It all depends on what you ride. When I do ride (did ride) MUni I was really into fairly long distance on pretty difficult terrain. So I come off the MUni A LOT! So I need a very buff shoe. I agree that Etnies are adequate for the type of riding you do, heck I've similar that I use for my road riding. But since I could get a buff shoe at a good price, why not? I'm not as concerned as much about how durable or well made (it is important) but I'm looking for something that can take a lot of impact. So I think the thicker soles and sidewalls of the Five-Ten Skarvers should suit me fine for the type of riding I do (and hope to return to!).
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Old 2012-01-20, 10:55 PM   #15
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I asked about this at the uni club in Dallas. There are several people interested. I might be able to get a group together to drive out there. We'll see what everyone's schedule is like when it's closer to May.
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