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May] 995

Well we are now less than a month away from BUMP's first race and I'm getting both excited and nervous. 111ingS seem to be coming together and I am confident that BUMP members will volunteer to make this event a success. We have mailed out race fliers to every NORBA racer in Alabama and surrounding states. I anticipate a very good turn out. If you are a BUMP member who just can't stand not to race this event, then I would ask that you do one thing to help BUMP out. Send your pre-race registration and entry fee in now. Early registration gives us a better idea as to how many racers to expect and it also helps with our race budget. Ken, Hugh, and myself met with Berkley Frazier, the General Manager of "The Bear" (or lunch the other day and they have reconfinned that they will be at the race broadcasting their Sunday morning Blue's program and cutting into the progranuning several times an hour for reports from the race. Also stay tuned to "The Bear" for upcoming commercials promoting the race in the weeks proceeding the event. To make this race a lillIe bit different than the other events, I need the help of the BUMP members. One of the things I have suggested and several of you have volunteered to do is to bake some homemade goodies for the racers to eat at the event. That would be a nice touch to have that plate full of brownies or chocolate chip cookies for tired and hungry racers to feast on. In addition, We've gOl a tentative agreement from Sportshots out of Lake City, Florida to come take pictures of our event and to send proofs to the racers so thal they will have a momento of the BUMP & Grind Race. I don't think that service is usuaJly offered at mountain bike races and should make ours just a lillIe bit different. We will also have free massage at the race for the racers and I have gOllen a great response from racers to this pampering freebie. As for race volunteers, we have made arrangements to purchase slightly different T-shirts for volunteers. If you volunteer, you will receive a free and distinctive T-shirt. BUMP's monthly group rides are now in full swing. Mike Herring has put together a Memorial Day Weekend trip to Pisgah National Forest. We anticipate riding among other trails, the Buckhorn Gap Trail which has been reponed in Bike Magazine as being one of the best trails in the Southeast. If you are interested in going, you need to contacl Mike Herring as quickly as possible. I believe we will also be heading a trip up to the Elijay Georgia in June to possibly ride what Will Luckett describes as some absolutely great single track on Rich Mountain. If you would like to lead a ride to a trail somewh~re, please call one of the BUMP officers and let them know. We have had one or two BUMP members have some bad crashes over the last few months but fortunately no one has received any permanenl injury or problem.

However, those crashes brmgs to mirld the impart.ance to rid~ with a buddy if at all possible so that if you do get hurt and can t make it out, someone will be there to help you. Hope to see everybody June 11th at the BUMP AND GRIND RACE. In. the meantime, Keep the Rubber Side Down!!!!!!!! - Barry The Harr

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Thank You all for supporting .BUMP with your me~~rship. Only current membeTs in good standing will be eligible to purchase a BUMP race jersey. Come to the J~ne regu.lar meeting to get a look at the jersey art work. Ordenng deadhne will also be announced at that time.

Earth Day Happenins All Awash for BUMP

All true ...all true. You know, the best laid plans of mice, men and earth-savers; then there is that law that says what should happen, aim gonna happen. Well, that is exactly what happened to BUMP and its Earth Day connection. In a nutshell, Mother E. decided she needed a bath complete with tympanic orchestrations, a light show, and thrown in for a nice mix, some very, very dark clouds that looked as if they were about to drip a funnel or two. All of this blended swimmingly well with the weather alert sirens that cut loose about 8:00 a.m. (it sounded to be like what I imagine an air-raid to be ....pretty spooky). Those in the optimist camp were saying, ilt will blow over. ..youll see! and if it decides to stick around for awhile, well, there is lots of draft beer to be disposed of in a proper fashion. Meanwhile, the pessimist faction (me) was saying, "Yeah, right. It'll blow over, at about 70 mph, and take some partying land-lovers on the ride of their life:! I cant drink enough beer to jump on that roller-coaster. So, the punt was made, and calls were placed to all of the volunteer work force to let them know that we should try this again next year. I would like to thank Greg Houston, Deanna McVey, Susan Moore, Joe Openshaw and Virginia Powell for their time, effort and enthusiasm in trying to put BUMP into the thick of the Earth Day festivities. Thanks to Barry Hair and Hendrick Snow for gelling the ball rolling by making the Public Relations Committee aware of the invitation extended to BUMP by The Alabama Conservancy to be a part of the Earth Day celebration. A special thanks goes to Jim Tyndall at Crestline Cycle and Roger Byrd at Bob's Bikes for putting up gifts to give away; respectively, a gift certificate for a bike tuneup and a Cannondale duffle bag. A large round of applause goes to Leslie Haddin, of The Alabama Conservancy, for the invitation and all of her efforts. I feel certain that those who did brave the weather and waited for the clouds to soften their blow were pleased with her coordination efforts and zest. BUMP had one of the best booth spots, just to the left of the stage. What a spot to listen to the Subdudes and Foxxy Fats from!!! If the opportunity avails itself again next year, I vote for another attempt at a BUMP showing. Bob Bruner


RACE '95

On Saturday April 23, AI Pendergrass, Barry Hair, and I headed for the Appalachian Mountains to race in the first of three race series called the Knobschorcher. This trip started out unlike any other B.U.M.P. ride J had ever been on, we actually started on time. I had planned to spend my non-driving time catching some Z's (We left at 5:30 A.M.) but Barry had other plans. He had brought the fliers for the bump race, but they were not folded, so you guessed it, Barry and I folded fliers. I think we did a million or maybe a couple of hundred, it was a bunch. The Weather Channel had predicted rain for the weekend in the Western Carolina area, but when we arrived at the race sight the weather was prefect, Temp in the Mid 70's and a little cloud cover. We arrived just in time to catch the fust lap of the Expert mens class. It was a large field of riders about 35, and the course was Dr)' and Fast. Barry began politicking for the B.U.M.P. race and AI and I worked our way" into the woods to catch some of the action. This course has some major climbs, two of which even the experts chose not to ride. The flISt of the two climbs was a downhj]] section in the 1994 Knobschorcher. It is called "Collar Bone Alley". It is a very steep climb made up of three steep rollers. It was a lung chunker even pushing. The second climb was about 1O0 yards further into the course. It was as steep as the flISt, but longer. It started out gradually, but just when you thought you might clear it the pitch steepens and you're walking.

Once you get past the two climbs, the course turns into some nice single track and flIe road. One of the most memorable sections of single track is a downhill section which actually went through an old train bam. This was also a popular spectator spot due to the speed of the downhill. After the expert race we went to Turkey Creek CampgrolIDd to set up our tent, and from there we went to the Rivers E~d R~turant to carbo load on Sherpa Rice. After stuffmg ourselves like pigs we decided we better pre-ride the course. As I said earlier the course was reallyfast on Saturday, we found out later that the ~xperts had set a course record. The winning expert was from CalOle, and from the looks of his thighs and calves he had been eating his Wheaties, I'm talking ZERO BODY FAT! After we finished riding the course we hung out around the race staging area drooling over all the cool bikes everyone :was riding. Many of the local bike shops and factory. re~s had bikes there you could test ride, and no one had to ask us tWice If we Wal1ted to ride them. We rode everything from a Schwinn Homegrown Hardtail to a Ibis Szabo (tiatanium fully suspended). Everyone was cool about letting you ride their personal bikes as well. I got to ride a Ritchey p-2l and Barry got to ride a specialized FSR Stumpjumper Team Issue. At the staging area we ran into three other B.U.M.P. members, Amy Hunter, Jack B ansdorf, and Chuck Whited. '!'Ie dediced to go back to the campground and clean up and go eat agam. Sundays race day was much different than Saturday. It had started raining early sunday morning and did not end until about an hour before the race start. The rain turned a once fast, dry course, into a slowwwwwww muddy mess. AI and I both had to zip tie our grips on due to moisture getting under the grips. For those of you who have never tried this, it works great. The mud took it's toll on bikes and bodies, Jack Bransdorf finished the last 100 yards of his race on foot, he had trashed his rear derailuer. Chuck, AI, and myself had constant chain suck problems. Barry had problems with mud packing up around the swing arm of his rear suspension, and he wisely chose to pull himself from the race. Although it was a mess, the competition and sportsmanship of ~e racers made it worth doing. Chuck and I rode back to back the entire race, and we fInished 10th and 11th respectively in our age group. I think Al finished 16th but I am not sure. H you have nver made the trip up to the Nantahala for this race, I would highly recommend it. As I mention.ed earlier, this was the first of three race serise. The second race Will be held on June 3rd-4th. Anyone interested in going can give me a call at 205-6636083. I am going up for the next two races. See you on the Trail!!

Mike Hening

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Or You Knew It Was Coming

At the request of Jeff Seefeldt of the National Forest Service, Ken Hester and Bill Garrett meet this past Saturday with Jeff and representatives of bicycle shops from Auburn and Montgomery to discuss the current condition of the Bartrum Trail. At the request of the meeting attendees we have agreed to have our next regularly scheduled BUMP work day on July the 8th at Tuskegee Forest rather than Oak Mountain State Park. We hope to have a good turn out from the members of BUMP and will be discussing the arrangements for this outing at the up coming meetings. -Ken

Two nights ago (prior to writing this article) I found myself leaving the emergency room at 1:00 A.M. in the morning, the proud owner of four stitches to the bottom of my right forearm. This was my second visit to the same E.R. in nine months for the same thingstitches for a bad gash due to a mountain biking crash. Bloodrock at Oak Mountain was the place of my sacrificial wreck. Bloodrock is one of the few sections on the red trail that is unforgiving and technical. If you get off the line by a few inches, you get into trouble. That is why myself and hundreds of other riders love Bloodrock. I have been through Bloodrock hundreds of times, usually with no problem. I have also gone over the bars (an "OTB") three times in a row there. Well, we should do something about Bloodrock, right? Maybe we should straighten it out or pave it, right? Because J got hurt there, Bloodrock must be "dangerous", right? NO, NO, NO! America has increasingly become a "victim" society where people do not want to take the responsibility for their own acts and the resulting consequences. .Mountain biking just doesn't fit into that "victim" scenario. I have had some bad crashes on my mountain bike. Every time I have crashed, it has been my fault and has been the price I was willing to pay for the pleasure of challenging myself on the trails. I love mountain biking and I accept my injuries as the occasional price for riding aggressively. However, some people refuse to accept that their crash was their own fault. I venture to say that 99% of all mountain bike crashes are "pilot error". If you go too fast or ride over an obstacle too fast or beyond your abilities, you are going to pay for it in some way. On occasion someone will get hurt at a particular place on a trail and it suddenly becomes "dangerous" because they got hurt and should therefore, in their minds, be "fixed". If this were done every time someone got hurt, the trail would eventually would be about as fun and challenging as pedaling a bike on a turbo trainer for a couple of hours. Oh boy. For every person that complains of a "dangerous" spot on the trail, there is another rider who proclaims that eliminating this "dangerous" thing is just one more step in taking away any technical challenges on the trail. They don't want a pasteurized, homogenized, as interesting as white bread trail. BUMP under the guidance of Oak Mountain State Park does it's best to provide a reasonably "safe" and challenging trail. The trail is also a compromise of rider's different abilities and the need to handle trail maintenance needs such as erosion control. Design of the trail cannot be changed in a knee jerk reaction to every scrape, broken bone or biff. If you are a mountain biker, you have to accept that trails change by nature or by design all of the time and the only way not to crash (maybe) is to ride very slowly. Go too fast and you are gonna crash and yes it's your fault more than likely. Accept it, heal up and ride again. If you think a part of the trail is a hazard, then don't ride it, slow down, or get off of your bike. I hear that bowling is a pretty safe sport. I don't mean to offend anyone by what I have written but I'm sure that I will. What is interesting for the BUMP members is that most complaints about a spot that needs "fixing" comes from riders who have never shown up for a trail work day or actually worked on a trail. If you want to have input on how the trail is built and/or maintained then you need to be at the work days when the detailed decisions are made along with the shoveling, hauling, etc... I challenge every rider who rides Oak Mountain to show up at least one work day this year to put something back into the trail and to learn what trail work/design is all about. Remember what the International Mountain Bike Association rules say, "don't ride beyond your abilities" and to "keep your bike under control". The first line to the NORBA race release form may also be instructive as well -"cycling is an inherently dangerous sport". Be as Safe as You Can and Have Fun!!


Greenways Incorporated
Ken Hester has accepted a nomination to be a voting member to represent BUMP on the Advisory Committee for the Birmingham Area Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Plan. The committee has met once and at that time announced that Greenways Inc. has been selected as the designing firm for the potential Greenways system in oUTarea. We possibly will have the Greenways Inc. representatives speak to a joint meeting of BUMP, AWV and Birmingham Bicycle Club if we can arrange a date and location. Attendees would be encouraged to ask questions and give input on different aspects of alternative transportation methods. Let the officers know if you would like us to arrange a meeting of this nature.

Nontraumatic Cycling Knee Pain


or Dr. Mark Speaks

Mark Richmon, M.D. Unlike running, cycling is considered to be less abusive to weight bearing joints like the knee because there is no heel strike. But there is potential for overuse problems from repetition, such is the case with NTKP. Where as traumatic knee pain typical occurs after an acute injury. There may be a fracture, ligament and/or caJ1-ilage damage resulting in swelling, deformity or instability of the knee joint requiring immediate professional attention.

NTKP can result from errors in training, anatomical variations, or improper bicycle fit. There are various types of knee injuries, which can be divided into four general regions of the knee where the injuries occur and cause pain, although the pain can overlap other regions. Only the most common injuries will be discussed here. 1. Anterior Region: Chondromalaeia, the most common injury of all, is a condition caused by a roughening of the cartilage behind the patella (knee cap) due to excessive use. Symptoms include pain behind the patella, worsening of pain with descending or climbing stairs, or pain crackling at the knee when the patella is compressed, such as in squatting or wearing very tight knee warmers. Treatment includes riding a higher saddle height spinning with a cadence of 90 R.P.M.'s or higher, limiting climbing and riding out of the saddle periodically. Avoid unnecessary squatling (ie. weight training squats), prolong kneeling and stair use. Also use icing to the area and oral non-steroidal anti-inflamatories (NSAIP's) like aspirin or ibuprofen. Another anterior knee injury is patellar tendentious, an irritation of the tendon below the patella. This is caused by riding high mileage, riding a big gear or improper seat height. Pain is typically below the patella. Therapy includes icing before and after riding, NSAID's use, quadricep stretching, using smaller gears and restricting long steep hill climbs. If symptoms persist, then a 2-6 week rest off the bike is required. Also avoid squatting and kneeling. II. Posterior region: Hamstring Strain is caused by riding a too high seat position or improper riding technique such as purely using a pulling-up motion of the leg to power up a hill. Treatment includes lowering your seat, icing, and hamstring stretching. IIT. Medial (inner) Region: Want to know more? Stay tuned to the next issue of your newsletter the Mudslinger where this article will be continued.


May 26-29;
BUMP Club Ride lO Pisgah National Forest, Call Mike Herring for Details 663-6083

June 3-4; Knobschorcher June 7;

Summer Circuil, Bryson City, N.C. Laurie McLaren, 704-488-2175 BUMP Monthly meeting 7:00 AM at Hoover Library Meeting Rooms

June 8;

BUMP Race Volunteer meeting 6:00 PM at South Trail Head Parking Lot - mandatory that volunteers attend BUMP Work Day at Oak Mountain 10:00 at South Trail Head Parking Lot - Dogwood Pavillion

June 10; June 11;

Bump & Grind Mountain Bike Race al Oak Mountain 205-967-2003 Club Ride to Mountain Creek Trail, north Georgia, for info Call Mike Herring 663-6083

June 17-18; BUMP July 8;

BUMP Work Day meet at Tuskeegee National Forest Ranger Station call Bill or Ken for info. Can you say "help fix the Bartranl Trail" ? NORBA National Championship Helen, GA, Brian Stickel, 719-578-4717 Series Final,

August 3-6;

August 20; Atlanta SporLS Invitational, August 27; Big south FOJ;kIV, Oneida,

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Sweat Equity
The mailbox yielded a pleasant surprise from the Backpacker magazine and the American Hiking Association. It is a drawing with a grand prize of a Backroads trip for two. A Trek 930 Mountain Bike is 2nd prize, and from there continues to Overland Bike Packs (2), Vasque Boots (50 PaITs), Eureka packs (20), Sweet Water Guardian Water Filtration Systems (20), and Thorlo Hiking Socks (50) PaITs. How you ask do you win one of these wonderful prizes??? Well, for every five (5) hours of Volunteer trail work which could be, new construction maintenance, or office work, or other, you will be awarded a certificate that you can in turn, mail into Backpacker to have you name included in the drawing. The drawing will be held on September 1, 1995. Stay tuned for more info on this. Ken

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