It is time to blow out the cob webs and get ready for 2014. The BNB crew has been cleaning the brew system and planning our 2014 events. It looks to be our best season yet with some new challenges (like trail runs) and continued support for our favorites, like the Seal Extreme Challenge. Check out our event calendar and plan to come join us in a ride, run or beer festival. We will also be focused on getting the Geezers Brewery running with a goal of GB suds available at local hot spots by the end of the calendar year. Updates on our progress will be posted on our web page and Facebook and be sure to check out GeezersBrewery.com for more details. Cheers to a promising 2014!
The New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour is in its 4th fabulous year. In summary, it is a beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that travels to 21 cities coast-to-coast. Taking their love for beer and fans New Belgium put them together in this one-of-a-kind event. This is the second year that the fest has made a stop at the World’s Fair Park in Knoxville and the magic number seemed to be 18…18 beer varieties on tap and 18 inspiring short films created by fans. It was also the second year the Bikes N Beers crew was asked to produce the Knoxville film for our home city.
The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from beer sales benefited the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) our local non-profit bike club that works so diligently to improve our community by making many Knoxville area natural places accessible and trail worthy.
This year’s video is titled “Bike Shop” and is a parody of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”. The video stars some of our local AMBC folks, including Brian Hann, the AMBC president and all around great guy. Please enjoy our offering…we are very proud of it and it definitely couldn’t have happened without AMBC, the musical styling of Jeremy Walker, and Notorious’ pre-planning and witty lyric writing…
The downhill bikes were tuned up (thanks to TVB) and the protective gear was packed. On July 18 three BNB Geezers and one GIT (Geezer in Training) headed out for Snowshoe, West Virginia for some sweet downhill mountain biking action. After 6 hours of driving and a mandatory Waffle House stop we were there but alas the runs were closed for the day so we had to wait for the mountain but that didn’t stop us from a few bike antics in the parking garage and around the Village.
Come Friday morning we were chomping at the bit to get started. Crash, not having been DHing before, took class to get familiar with how it all works while Notorious, Throttle and Zark scoped the trails. Meeting back up for a burger and a beer we four were ready to hit the trails…Wow! What a ride! Berms, drops, rock gardens, bridges, teeter totters the WORKS! This place is a playground for MTBers and has almost everything. Best of all, the entire park is serviced by two high-speed quad lifts, so we never had to pedal back up the mountain. We mostly ran the Lucid to Raging Bull trek because we became addicted to the “big blue wall” which makes the one at Concord seem like stack of popsicle sticks.
Unfortunately rain was a reoccurring challenge for the whole weekend but if the lifts were open, we were riding. The foul weather kept the riders away and we basically had the muddy, snack pack, bliss to ourselves. A ranger did run us off the trails due to bad weather and we got stuck at the bottom waiting for the shuttle…waiting….waiting…two hours. Good thing we had some beers and cameras to occupy ourselves.
Now we know first-hand why the Snowshoe Bike Park is nationally recognized as one of the best in the U.S. With nearly 40 trails and 1,500 vertical feet of descent, the park has something to offer everyone and is a screaming good time. Additions are planned for this season and include a new family and beginner trail that is scheduled to open late this summer. An intermediate jump trail will also be constructed during the 2013 season and will be chock full of big flowy tables and monster berms. Can’t wait to get back and try that jump trail.
The Geezers have decided to go back every year…at least once…maybe twice…maybe more. “Hey, Throttle…How much vacation time do you have?”
As always a video of our adventure is in production and will be up soon…stay tuned to witness the awesomeness of Snowshoe. In the meantime check out the rest of our pics on our facebook page here.
Bikes N Beers sponsored the First Annual Mudder’s Day Madness 5K in Maryville. The inaugural event put on by the Harmony Family Center was well laid out and well run with lots of mud for the more than 200 participants! The course was fast and challenged the BNBers to keep up to capture the video of all the obstacles and stages of the race. The course started with a run through a wildflower decorated meadow (cue Sound of Music) and ended with a chest deep plunge in the lake. In between were a few mud pits, pipe slides, mud mounds and log hurdles. We don’t often see chip timing in the early offerings of most events but chips were offered and demonstrated the desire for Harmony to do things right. Live music was provided by the Dishwater Blondes and yummy BBQ was available for those who ordered it with their registration.
Of all the races BNB has seen over the years this one ranks right up there for beautiful setting, great people and a good cause. The dedication of the staff and volunteers to provide a family atmosphere and a challenging course was apparent and we predict this race will continue to grow in the years to come.
Montvale is the former YMCA Camp and is located eight miles from Maryville TN. Nestled at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain adjoining Great Smoky Mountains National Park the woods are beautiful the trees are huge and there is plenty of water features to wash off in. Harmony plans to use the 364 Montvale acres for a broad range of uses. Therapeutic programs began with the Barn – Harmony’s program of equine assisted psychotherapy, and this summer Harmony held the first therapeutic family camps for families of children adopted from foster care. Plans are currently underway for a program of leadership development and an environmental learning center.
BNB’s sponsorship included providing the deuce, which was a a popular backdrop for the Mudder banner and participant pictures, capturing the video of the day, and producing one of our world class videos. We are already planning to sponsor next year, if Mike, Eric, Robert, Brenda and the gang will have us back…here is that awesome video we promised…
Why not? The Bikes N Beers clan had so much fun at our first ever Highland Games last year why not do it again? This year we know a little better what to expect and have actually practiced a little (very little) thanks to Dave “Butterbean” Summers. But it’s not just about competing it’s about spending time outdoors, stepping out of your comfort zone and expanding your horizons. Wow, I sound philosophical…Ever wonder exactly what a “Gathering of the Scottish Clans” is all about? It is one great big family reunion with lots of excitement, entertainment, and beer.
The word ‘Clan’ means family. Each Clan has a tartan with a plaid that is designed for a particular Clan. If you belong to that Clan, then you may wear their tartan. Clan Tents are set up around the main field where the families of each Clan gather to watch the competition. If you find your family name at one of these tents, there will be someone there to welcome you and tell you about your family history as it relates to the Clan.
True that none of the BNB Clan have very much Scottish blood but we feel like family and that’s close enough. We have adopted 2 tartans to represent what is important to us…the Marine tartan in honor of Notorious’ step-son who just returned from Afghanistan and the firefighter tartan to honor the dangerous work firefighters do everyday and Throttle’s past experience fighting fires in the west.
The Games are centered around a field of athletic competition which includes the well known “Caber Toss”. There is also competition of Pipe & Drum Bands, individual Pipers and Drummers. Lassies and Laddies compete in the Highland Dance as well.
Entertainment includes Country Dancing, a Dog Show, and Clan Competitions that can get pretty intense, not to mention several incredible Stage Performing Bands, Balladeers, a Comedian and Kid’s Playground & athletic competitions. Of course, there has to be ‘Education’, even if it is learning about the different types of Scotch. Can we help it if you have to take a wee sip?
Whether or not your ancestors hailed from the Highlands, the Lowlands, the Islands, the badlands, or any lands…come out and join us at the games May 18 and 19. Here is a video of the BNB guys competing last year…and remember, if yer failin’ then yer playin and playin’ is what it’s all about. Here’s tae ye!
Why Spartan? Because the “Spartans were tough as nails. Why race our obstacle course races? Because we all thrive under pressure, survival of the fittest.” At least that’s what the Spartan web page says about their events. Spartan races have been the global leader in obstacle racing since 2005 and are designed by seven ultra athletes and a Royal Marine.
They go on to say “Our goal is simple… to get you off your couch, throw you in the mud & trails, and feed you one tough endurance event day that will be the adrenalin rush of your life”…just like BNB likes it!
Now, the BNB crew has completed trail races, mud runs, and warrior dashes and we and we don’t shy away from a challenge so we thought it was time to step up to a brutal Spartan Race obstacle course. Being Spartan newbies we decided to tackle a Spartan Sprint out of the box and on March 9 the Bikes N Beers team (aka Sin City Geezers) headed to Conyers, Georgia to test our skills. We had nine insane-iacs on the largest BNB team ever, including guys from Men of Action and Heather Christopher who blogs Broken to Beast Mode.
The course was over 4 miles of trail winding through the woods and fields just east of Atlanta. Fourteen obstacles delivered brutality as promised and ranked close to being the toughest obstacle race we have ever done, second only to the Seal Extreme Challenge in Cosby, TN. The Team endured barbed wire, freezing mud pits, 8 feet wall scales, spear throws, climbing ropes, tractor tire flips, and a cargo net crossing elevated 30 feet in the air. Judges watched each obstacle and any failed attempts resulted in the delivery of 30 burpees..good thing we carb loaded at the Waffle House on our way…
Actually the burpees were minimal as we performed better than expected. Notorious and Skid Mark were the rulers of the day clearing all obstacles with no penalty. Crash gave a little extra entertainment when she ripped her pants on a mudslide and Throttle put hours of footage into one of the most engaging videos he has ever produced. Here it is..hope you enjoy.
From our crew to yours, have a great and safe Holiday Season. Bring on 2013!
And yes, we elf’ed ourselves…
Bikes N Beer attended the 14th Annual 12 hours of the Hill of Truth race at Haw Ridge Park. This year we were back to a 4-person Sin City Geezer team that included Notorious, Throttle, Throttle’s son Zack and indoctrinating Crash in her first MTB event. WeeMan was MIA, or rather MOE, being at the MOE concert in Nashville.
This year’s turnout was better than last year and about 175 racers participated. Nototrious and Throttle hit the trails early dispensing cameras along the way so that BNB could get new perspectives on the event that we have not had before (check out the video).
The race course was not overly difficult and included the new Greenway, West Shore, Lake, I, Red Shore, Powerline, Silo, of course, the Hill of Truth and ended with butt slapping thrash down Kaboom (Sweeeeeet). This last bit would have been especially loved by Christopher Walken as the clanging of cow bell serenaded the racers as they fought for the finish line. An unanticipated challenge came from the rising water that continued to advance throughout the day. This caused mucho mayhem, from washouts on the cement bag trail (we saw all you people fall down on our hidden cam) to wet cold stinky feet!
The disco ball didn’t make it to the hill this year. But who really gives a shit, after climbing the hill of truth do you want oxygen or a disco ball? Instead it was hung over the start finish line for all to enjoy. Kids races were held on the infield through out the day and the Huffy toss for distance made us all look stupid, well only the ones who sucked at throwing it. There was tasty barbque and a bon fire where the Huffy was, once again sacrificed to the Mountain Bike god (should we burn Luke instead next year?).
We Geezers broke out the trail lights around 7 PM as Throttle finished our team’s last lap. Yeah, we know the race goes until 11 but we had worked up quite a thirst by this point and were ready to rehydrate.
In all the Sin City Geezers finished 6 laps with Crash having the slowest team time (although she didn’t crash) and Zack the fastest. We didn’t win but we did have a great time and will definitely be back next year. See you next year. We are going for 7 laps….or maybe 5.
On October 13th 2012 Outdoors in the Smokies once again presented the SEAL Extreme Challenge and about 175 SEAL wannabes took on the latest course designed by owner Dan Schreder. Dan (ex Navy SEAL and total masochist) certainly outdid himself this time producing what is the most challenging trail yet (puke factor = 10). The trek was almost 4 miles long and, true to the Seal name, presented gut wrenching, character testing, pain inducing fun. Participants are told during registration that this event will test them mentally and physically like never before and runners said that it held true to its claims. Don’t show up here and expect to be pampered. No drink stations are provided; real life SEALs don’t get breaks or little pansy paper cups of cool water.
The race started with a dash up ATV Hill, a slope so steep that you need 4 points of contact to make the climb. Once you make it to the top and after a short jog on the ridge you are ready for a decent that puts you sliding on your butt down mulch hill and hoping that you don’t go a$$ over teakettle to the bottom. About a half mile in you start the ascent up Heart Attack Ridge, a climb that rises 600 feet over one third of a mile. This part of the course gave many the opportunity to taste breakfast, once again, before surrendering it to the side of the trail as fertilizer. In all there is over 1500 feet of elevation change, but hills are not the only obstacles to be endured. There are water crossings, rope climbs, balance beams, and hurdles.
Completion times vary from 45 minutes to 3 hours. For many it is not about how fast you finish but that you finish at all. Awards are given in the fastest men, women and team categories as well as youngest competitor (tadpole) and “most experienced” racer (bullfrog). Regardless of finish time all racers finish with pride in their accomplishment and a boost of self confidence.
The people and the atmosphere are what make this event truly special. The Shreder’s pretty much know everyone by name, you are more than a bib number here. Many participants come back time after time and the camaraderie among those tough (or crazy) enough to subject themselves to this punishment repeatedly is unique. Post race gatherings at the pavilion and around the bonfires provide an opportunity to share stories and laugh about slips and near misses. Bikes N Beers provided the well deserved and free after race libations, including our high gravity brew Big Dumb Blond. Feed My Sheep Ministries provided tasty food like barbecue and hot dogs. Proceeds from food sales went to the charity. Here is the video from the fall SEAL Extreme Challenge…
After donning our mustaches and kilts, Geezers Brewery made our world debut at the 16th Annual Knoxville Brewers’ Jam on Saturday, October 6, 2012. For those of you not in the know, Geezers Brewery is what Bikes N Beers calls our home brewing operation. We have plans to sell this awesome sauce in the future. We Geezers offered three different brews for tasting throughout the day starting off with Bitch Puddin’ (no “g”) and Kassassinator and later offering Big Dumb Blond. All the brews were well received but the Bitch Puddin’ milk stout was the star of the show…”BLAM”! Everybody wanted a taste and at times the line at the booth was 30 people deep. The wait was tolerated with Throttle leading the wave and engaging the crowd. Of course, the popularity of the booth could have also been due to Crash and Penny, our “Brewers Jam” sweeeeet addition to this years brew crew. Who wouldn’t want to get some awesome sauce from two miniskirt wearing beauties? Actually the guys had on skirts too….ahem, rather kilts. Notorious won best legs and was runner up for best use of Spanish moss.
Before the day was over we would serve almost 90 gallons of beer. That means Notorious changed out and quality tasted 18 kegs through out the day. We would be asked repeatedly where we were located…which was always answered “the basement” and where our brew could be bought which was answered “nowhere, yet”. Folks seemed to not believe that we were home brewers and this was our first shot out in the market place. Many attendees said our Puddin’ was one of their favorites from the day and even more came back for second, third and fourth helpings. We were approached by local restaurants and markets wanting to put our Puddin’ on tap but alas we had to say not yet…
Even though this was our first time serving at this event and the crew was a little on edge, we all stayed true to our habits; Notorious had our brew crew arrive super early (4 hours before the gates opened) Throttle was running like a mad man generating excitement in the crowd, WeeMan showed up with waaayyy too much stuff and Crash crashed when the cold set in. But all-in-all it was an epic day for Geezers Brewery, more than we could have hoped for.
The festival benefitted Community Shares of Tennessee, and was held on the World’s Fair Park South Performance Lawn. Attendees were provided unlimited samples from craft brewers pouring fresh beers of every taste, color, strength, and style. More than 50 booths were set up but only one had the Geezer Style and excitement. Enjoy this years video.