#searchbrigade

Version 2In the essence of what Native Lands is, we are taking a trip. A 9 day trip through Native America! New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma! Back country riding at its finest. It will be in support of a Search and State and their #searchbrigade which is a classic ‘fireman brigade’ style cross country tour! Starting in New York Cities Times Square back on June 1st, the brigade has made its way across the country and landed in Los Angeles. Now, time for the return trip! We will be taking the bucket on August 4th in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and carrying it through to Webber Falls, Oklahoma!

This is your invite to load up the panniers, grab that sleeping bag, and jump in with us for a few days (or all 10…heck, all the way back to NYC if you so choose!!). Ride leaders will be there to guide you along the way with proposed stops, and daily mileage. Its a prefect opportunity to get rolling and see some of Americas greatest views from the saddle. Ride details can be found HERE. Our dates of travel are listed below.

August 4th Santa Fe -> Las Vegas, NM

August 5th Las Vegas -> Mosquero, NM

August 6th Mosquero -> Channing, TX

August 7th Channing -> Pampa, TX

August 8th Pampa, TX -> Black Kettle Rec Area, OK

August 9th Black Kettle Rec -> Roman Nose State Park, OK

August 10th Roman Nose SP -> Stillwater, OK

August 11th Stillwater -> Tulsa, OK

August 12th Tulsa -> Webber Falls, OK

We hope to see you out on the road!! Also, mark your calendars for October 15/16th, and our overnight tour. It’s a fun and simple way to get bike packing with some great people over some great roads!

 

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2016 Classic

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We had a big day this year. For our riders, 100+ miles on some of the toughest roads in Oklahoma is enough to put you under. This year we skipped McKinley climb through Sand Springs and headed out through Tulsa. First elevation was up Reservoir Hill (one of my favorite little gems in Tulsa). Reservoir offers an amazing view of the city, and is a good warm-up. Out Rock School Rd, the riders headed West, past Zink, and up Wildcat Hill. First gravel of the day. Smooth, fast, and a cross wind. The first natural segments of nature, out away from the homes and traffic. Riders still feeling great. A little further up Rock School, it was apparent there was a fire burning back from HWY 20 and headed South with the wind. The riders were not in any danger, but the way the road was winding back and forth, it looked as if the whole region was being consumed. Shifting winds would open up the field of view, but at times you could’t see 10ft in front of your bike. Riders reached the first checkpoint at mile 32, and could see they were in the clear as they approached HWY 20.

This year 45% of the course was gravel. That is about a 10% jump from last year. Not so bad if the conditions are good, but there was a 20ish mile segment from Birch Lake Rd, into Hominy that was deep, thick gravel. Teamwork is how it gets done though! Flats. Flat legs, flat tires, flat minds. Press on. Food and water in Hominy. We can make it! After Hominy there was some brief reprieve from the gravel, and riders finally had the wind at their backs. The last two segments of gravel were much better (as in smooth-ish). Ride it right, pay attention, don’t bomb down that hilllll….pssshhhh! Time to stop for another flat! Through the creek bottom, climb-climb-climb. I see people. Food. Beer. Bourbon. Bananas. Checkpoint #4. Another 6 miles of good gravel, then onto the pavement, turn South on 97, and hang on to that one guy who still has fuel in the tank. Down in to Sand Springs, over the river, then point it East on Avery and head for the barn!

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PODIUMS

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Kari Bloom! First Place Solo Female. A long day in the saddle for Kari. “That was the hardest thing I have ever done.” We are happy for you Kari, and your accomplishment!

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Tony Steward! First Place Solo Male. Strong race today by Tony. He averaged 18mph on a tough 107mi course. He said he opened up a little gap on a climb north of Skiatook Lake, and just stayed on the gas!

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Or ladies tandem teams opted to share the podium as they started together, and finished together! Congratulations to Team Sparkle (Laura Meiling/Alisha Shutler), and Team Hail Mary (Jane Zeigler/Jennifer Sloan)! Alisha and Laura are veterans in this event, but didn’t have the other two ladies that would have given them the 4 person team they needed this year…well, I think they may have found next years teammates!! Great work ladies!

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Our men’s tandem champions (and almost overall champions). Andy Chasteen and Chad Hodges crushed the day! These guys opted to race the men’s team loop (24 miles longer than the tandem loop), and almost beat every team in the field. They lost to The Tulsa Wheelmen after missing a checkpoint, and getting a 10 minute time penalty. Great work gents!

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Women’s Team Winner was our ladies from Team Isocentric with Esther Thais, Lori McCarty, Kate Ripley, and Cassie Dickerson. Great job ladies, you crushed it!! It was so awesome to have you back for year #2!!

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Not to be outdone for a second year in a row, the Tulsa Wheelmen (Jason Waddell, Will Gault, Mat Ankney, Chad Cagle, and Janne Hamalainen) knock down another victory in the Men’s Team category! New course this year, so no beating last years time. A hard day on the bike, ‘probably the hardest day I’ve ever had.’- Chad Cagle.

I can’t say how much I appreciate everyone who joined us this year. It wasn’t a huge field of racers, but it was a great group of people that wanted a challenge, and something new. Every time a group would roll in, it was so evident that they had given everything to the course. I like seeing that. People with similar passions, working together. The race is a journey. We all have different ambitions, but with the common goal of completion. Hat tip to everyone who finished (especially those with $100 worth of blown tubes in their pockets). You knew it would be difficult, but you accepted the challenge. Our sponsors stepped up big with some great prizes, coffee/breakfast from Doubleshot, fajitas for dinner from McNellies, beer from Prairie, KONA for all our schwag (drawing results below), and City Cycles for that amazing rest stop (among other supportive details. Thank you Jake Drevs!)! We thank them for their contributions, and we thank you for your contribution.

And (drum-roll please) now, the moment you have all been waiting for! 


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The Big Day!

Tomorrow is the day! Registration will open at 7:15 for those waited until the day of. We will need everyone who did not register through USAC (you Paypal’d your entry) to sign a waiver, so we will get to see you early as well.

KONA– Did you forget that we are raffling off a KONA bike after the race? We didn’t. You ride, you finish, you are in the drawing….so don’t call that SAG truck just yet!

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Breakfast– We have you covered with the best coffee and pastries in the country! Doubleshot coffee will be on sight early with delicious drip coffee and something to fill your stomach. So please, PLEASE don’t show up with that QT coffee in your hand, or I’ll karate chop your funny bone.

Hungry-All that work makes a person hungry! McNellies will be onsite again this year with their ‘serve-yo-self’ fajita bar! We will also be at a brewery, so there will be delicious beer on hand for your to partake in! I will buy your first beer, but all others will be on you. I’m pretty sure they still have crowlers of Trump Stamp, and pitchers available if you are really thirsty! We will start serving at 4pm (or slightly before).

Road Conditions– The roads look great! There are a few segments with some larger rocks, but for the most part the roads will be good to go. That said, yes you can race your 28c road tires, but for the long haul, comfort, and to reduce your chances for a flat, run a bigger tire if possible. This year there is more gravel than last (about 45% of each loop), so more FUN to be had!

Temperature- The weather looks good. A cold start, but good! We will do just like last yearIMG_7574 and put a drop box out on the course to stash any unwanted gear in once the temperatures warm up. Make sure you put on sunscreen as it will be sunny, and we want you to get good sleep Sunday night!

Tires-  Totally preference. I run 28c slicks on our gravel backroads all the time without issue (barring the occasional flat). They work great, are fast, and with the pavement to and from they make for some swift riding. I did however ride some 33 file treads in last weekends Land Run 100, and was really pleased with how fast they were on the paved segments, as well as how buttery smooth they rolled through all conditions of gravel. They were far more forgiving than the slicks, and made for an all around better experience. Last year the majority of the riders ran slicks here at Native Lands, and I assure you they will be again this year. The recon today though looked pretty rocky. We have not had the rain like in previous years, and for the sake of your bike and body, the bigger tire you can ride, the better! Bring a couple of spare tubes!

Routes-

LONG -Loop for men’s teams, and anyone else looking to go big!

SHORT- Loop for the solos, tandem teams, and women’s teams!

Check Points- The course will have checkpoints again this year, and they are marked with an orange stake, and orange paint on the road. I think this will make them easier to see this round.

We are STOKED, and hope that you are as well! Osage is a beautiful place to ride a bike, so saddle up and lets go ramble!

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KONA/DS/McNellies/CC

A word from our sponsors….

Kona (as many of you know) has stepped up to be a sponsor for this years Native Lands Classic! We are humbled and proud that they would choose our event. Kona is all about adventure, and so are we! If you haven’t heard, we will be giving away a Kona Honky Tonk. Anyone who registers and completes the event will be in the drawing for the rad bike (to be held on Sunday after the race). A rad steel frame that will fit some fatty tires. Rack mounts, and a great geometry make the Honky Tonk your next adventure bike! I hope you win!Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 9.06.41 PM

Doubleshot Coffee is also on-board again this year! Last year during registration they had hot drip coffee (the best in the land), and some amazing pastries! It’s gonna be a long day, so FullSizeRenderget your pre-game right!! If you haven’t been into Doubleshot at 18th and Boston, give it a go on your next ride. They make some amazing coffee, and the food options are endless and impossible to choose from. I usually go with one of everything, and my kids always snag the donuts! Brian has been killing the coffee game in Tulsa for some time now. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

McNellies will be providing you with you post ride meal, and of course washed down with some Prairie Ales Beer. We are happy to have a group like McNellies in Tulsa. They provide us with some great options for food, and keep the riders happy!

City Cycles has been an integral part in our adventure side! Head mechanic and shop manager Jake Drevs knows adventure. From gravel epics like Dirty Kanza and Land Run 100, to some amazing overnight tour rides through Oregon and Oklahoma, he knows his stuff. Jake and City Cycles have been a big help in getting Native Lands off the ground, and for that we are grateful. For all your adventure needs, questions, or help prepping your bike for this adventure, stop in to City Cycles and ask for Jake!

Garmin computers are an amazing technology! Something that has changed the cycling industry in so many ways. You can program a workout into one, and it gives you the prompts necessary to complete the intervals. You can program a map into it, and it will give you turn by turn directions (pretty useful when you don’t know where you are going), and it will event tell you the temperature, speed, elevation, and number of bananas you need to eat during your ride. If you haven’t plugged a ride into your Garmin and used the turn by turn feature (or you don’t have a Garmin) I highly recommend you make sure you know how to use it. For this ride you will get a cue sheet (turn by turn directions your grandpa could be proud of) in case you get lost, or don’t have a Garmin. My suggestion is you either get one, borrow one, or use a teammates for the ride! They are invaluable!

The route is coming together nicely, and registration is WIDE OPEN!! Save yourself the $10 increase of day of Reg, and get registered today! See you March 20th, and keep it here for the updates you will need for race day!

 

 

Register.Party.Win a KONA bike!!

Friday February 19th 5pm. Please join us as we (party) kick off Native Lands Classic and open registration at 6pm! We have another great year of Native Lands events planned and want you to be a part of them! Native Lands Tour dates are already set (October 15th/16th), and we getting really excited for another amazing NLC Event! There will be beer. There might be food. There will be cool people! Swing in, hang out, register, have a beer, shoot the breeze! Extra style points will be given if you roll in on your bike! RSVP HERE! (if you want)

Gravel-Killin, Back-Road-Ramblin, Native-Tour-Strollin Machine!

Kona has stepped up this year as an event sponsor and wants to raffle off a bike! We picked out the Honky Tonk for its Reynolds 520 Steel, stock 28cm tires, and pannier mounts!! How do you win this fine steed? You have to complete the ride (no bailouts, no sag rides, no cheating). You enter NLC, you complete the ride, you could win (if you don’t win, you can cry sad tears into your Prairie beer while your teammates rub your back and console you). Other great prizes from KONA, Prarie Artisan Ales, and Doubleshot Coffee will also be in the giveaways Sunday afternoon!

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KONA Honky Tonk

 

 

‘My name is Rod and I like to party!’

DSC_3565 (1)For many of us, this was a first for packing/unpacking a bike. We were still feeling a little green. I have to say that I learned a lot in a single trip. What to pack and where to pack it became the question of the weekend. When you throw a gear bag into a truck and it meets you at the camp site, there is no penalty for packing the kitchen sink. When its on your bike (or in your trailer), you have to decide how badly you ‘need’ that sink. You have to make choices. Study the weather, the ride map, ride food needed, all the details. It becomes more about what you can make it without.

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Saturday was miles, smiles, and dive bars. A cloudy and cool start. Cool for most of the morning in fact. Barely cresting 70. Great temperatures for riding! We started out with Doubleshot coffee, rolled westward nice and slow, then began our ascent out of Sand Springs into the hills of Osage County. This is where the fun DSC_3328begins. This is where the gravel begins. Off the main roads with one, maybe two cars every 20 miles, and a tractor for good measure. We pressed on northward, taking in the views and the conversation. It really turned out to be a relaxing day on the bike with no set agenda, and plenty of stops.

We rolled into Barnsdall for lunch (a coke and a payday) at the local grocery store. More time to just mingle and shoot the breeze with good people. Andy gets a call from Jess that he has found Jr’s Saloon. “What? We are on our way.” I hear Andy say into the phone. Half a block later we are lined up at the bar ordering domestic longnecks, and shooting pool, all while two ladies smoke through a pack of cigarettes and continue asking us questions about our ride. We play a few rounds (winner stays), and finally fall victim to Cailean’s cue skills. It was a good stop. DSC_3361DSC_3363

Back on the bikes and rolling again, we made one last push North. 20 more miles.DSC_3378

A few good rollers to get the legs warmed back up!DSC_3384

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We roll into Osage Hills State Park about 4pm. Set up camp, get out of our chamois, and relax. It was about time for dinner. People were deciding where to set up their camps, what to unpack, and getting cleaned up.DSC_3434

The trusty, dusty steeds.DSC_3435

A little camp time entertainment with the BB Gun Biathlon. Nathan Cozart was our eventual winner. Fast and straight shootin! Zach wasn’t too bad either.DSC_3447

We rolled on into the evening with some good beer, s’mores, and lots of laughs.DSC_3483

Sleep is good. Cold temps and poor planning can rob you of sleep. I think a lot of people did ok, but 45-50f is just enough to keep you tossing and turning all night. Back to bringing the kitchen sink…..I packed it, and slept like a baby. Doubleshot hooked us up again the second morning with hot coffee and some stellar baked goods (breakfast burritos, donuts, pumpkin bread). Tony and Jeremy were up early stoking the fire, and we all slowly warmed up with the sun rising in the meadow.DSC_3545

Time to pack up and start the trip South.DSC_3558

Tulsa or bust!
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The second day was the hardest. More miles, heavy gravel in some spots (more flat tires), and a stout head wind. The riders fragmented and groups began to form. We pressed on. Many people had to overcome some serious mental hurdles to get back into town. Some people had to bail and find other routes home. All in all it was a tough weekend. A fun weekend. A lot of views and laughs. Then just like that we were back in town. Unloading, eating, remembering! What a great time. Next year we want you to join us! Take the step, open the gate (to cheesy?) and challenge yourself. You won’t be disappointed, I promise! DSC_3300

It’s here!


I was talking to a few people this week, and getting really jacked up about this ride! It is going to be  a great little get away, and the weather looks freakin amazing! I hope that you are making the final preparations to join! Here is our event flyer that you should print out. It will cover all the event details should you have any other questions! Event Flyer

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Departure- We will be rolling from Doubleshot Saturday morning around 9am. Please show up early (8am) to get registered and sign your waiver. ALSO bring a little cash so you can partake of the amazing coffee and pastry selection they have. Parking will be at 98 E 18th Street (SW corner of the intersection) in the Spirit Bank Lot.

Route- For the most part, the route is going to be different each day. I wanted to mix up the roads and scenery a bit. We will still be riding a strong mix of gravel and pavement. Don’t be afraid to run road tires (I have before), but a bigger tire will give you a bit more cushion. Please plan accordingly for the things that you need. Bike tool, tube, water, ride food, sun screen. You are smart, you can handle it. Route maps are listed below with links. I strongly suggest using a Garmin, or downloading the ‘ridewithGPS’ app to your phone. I will have cue sheets available at registration Saturday morning for anyone who wants to go with a more primitive method of navigation.

To download, click the ‘export’ link (top right of the map page). I recommend changing the turn notification distance (I prefer 100m vs 30m), then you will drag your new TCX file into your ‘new files’ folder on your Garmin. There are instructions listed for each type of Garmin. If you have issues, I can help you out with this on Saturday morning (just show up early).

Saturday- Day 1 Route                                   Sunday- Day 2 Route

Registration- If you plan to attend, please get signed up! This will help us greatly with preparation for food and other items. We will have open registration Saturday morning at Doubleshot, but the cost goes up $25. Use the ‘Registration’ tab above to get signed up! We will also still be running our concentrate coffee brew and aero/grinder deals until supplies run out. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

What did I miss? Any questions?