Help Us Fix Bridge #31 on the NETT!

traillogoBearded Women Racing has a great interest in seeing the Northeast Texas Trail become an official state park, and a model rails-to-trail project like the Katy Trail in Missouri has become.  The NETT Coaltion is a non-profit organization with the goal of making this happen, and we want to help.

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One of the over 100 form rail spans needing repair

In 2013, several Beards participated in the first Ride the NETT event. We discovered it’s beauty, wildness and serenity that draw so many people to it’s 130 contiguous miles.  Our team continued to explore and help clear segments of over growth, and were the first to discover the downfall of the great Sulpher River bridge featured in this post.

We’ve taken on the challenge of adopting one of over a hundred former rail bridges now falling into disrepair that must be saved.  Bridge #31, just north of the town of Celeste, TX is over 140 ft long and in immediate need.  Our goal is to raise $11,186.1 to cover the costs of new approaches and decking material.  Labor will be done by team members and other volunteers, and directed by the Infrastructure Committee for the NETT Coalition.  Stop by our team tent to learn more and donate!  Your direct donations to the NETT Coalition are tax-deductible.  Donate via Paypal or check and add #31BWRBridge as a memo to your donation. Learn more about our fundraising campaign here!

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OakFit Grand Opening Week: Group Ride w/ Dallas Bike Works, Oak Cliff, April 11th, 8:00 AM

OAKFIT-logo_bwOne of our many wonderful sponsors, OakFit, is having it’s grand opening celebration all this week.  On Saturday, April 11th, at 8:00 AM, Bearded Women Racing and Dallas Bike Works Oak Cliff will be co-hosting a paced ride along the Trinity levees.

All are welcome to join us for the no-drop, intermediate pace, training ride, starting and ending at OakFit’s West Dallas location at 2318 Beatrice Street, Dallas, TX 75208.  After the ride OakFit will be open to check out!

OakFit provides our team with monthly team strength and conditioning workouts fit for specifically for athletic cyclists.

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Here’s a look at their Grand Opening week schedule:

Dirty Dozen 12 hour Recap Sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery

oskar-blues-logoBack to where it all began, the team amassed the largest showing at this annual Terra Firma event to date.  Two 3-4 person co-ed teams, one 2-man 12 hour team, one 4 man team, one 6 hour solo, and two 12 hour SS solo made for the largest team at the event. Period.

The forecast the entire week was well, rain.  Fortunately, the rain held off until the afternoon, and the pit tent was active with the best support a team can have!  Hot soup, snacks, and food and water throughout the day made our racers feel invincible.

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Solo Superman!

The two man team of Jonathan Braddick and Marcus Gillespie already won their category the second the race started, because know one else signed up for that category.  That didn’t change anything, as they end up with 11 laps due to weather.

The two co-ed teams battled for the top spot all day together, along with another team.  One was a three person team, Brad Wendling, Melissa Dalton, and Mike D’Aurelio end up in third behind Judge Rucker, Kate Castro, Micheal Shannon, and Corey Fawcett who ended up in second place.

The solo troopers were the big highlight of this 12 hour endurance race!  Jesse Bernal (12 hr SS, Nick Castro (12 hr SS) and Brad McDaniel (6 hr) all did an amazing job.  Nick completed 5 laps on a broken bicycle and is first solo 12 hour, Brad also completed his first solo endurance race, and Jesse was the superman on the team for the weekend.  He completed 10 solo single speed laps, and finished in 2nd place overall!

Here are the final results and pictures from the fun!

12 hr Solo SS

Jesse Bernal, 2nd place

Nick Castro, 5th place

6 hr Solo

Brad McDaniel, 16th place

12 hr Co-ed team

Judge Rucker, Micheal Shannon, Kate Castro, Corey Fawcett, 2nd place

Brad Wendling, Melissa Dalton, Mike D’Aurelio, 3rd place

12 hr Four Man

Minh Nguyen, Evan McGinely, Nathan Delahoussaye, Moreece Griffin, 6th place

12 hr Two Man

Marcus Gillespie, Jonathan Braddick, 1st place

 

 

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Welcome, Framing Pics, to our 2015 Sponsor Season!

framingpicsOur family members are important to our team, especially since they support us so much during long training hours, full weekend race trips, and endless talk about our bicycles!

This shows even more when small businesses like Robinson Roofing and Construction, Co. support the team as sponsors.  Another is Framing Pics, a custom picture framing business in Oak Cliff.  The owner, Tom Braddick, is the Uncle to one of our founding members, Jonathan Braddick.  Tom has 30 years experience in framing photography art, archival/conservation, mirrors, memorabilia, and more.  He uses only the finest picture-frame moldings and products, will deliver city wide, and offers the most prompt service.

Check out the latest jersey he framed for the team!  He’s framed sponsor jersey’s since the team began.

For an appointment, call 214.601.3784 or email tbraddick@rocketmail.com

1523 Cedar Hill Ave

Dallas, TX 75208

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Welcome, Robinson Roofing and Construction Co, Inc., to our 2015 Sponsor Season!

RRC_LogoIf you have any roofing needs, residential or commercial, Robinson Roofing is the place to call. Robinson Roofing is a family-owned business located in Fort Worth, The company started in 1959 by racing members’, Braden and Brittany, grandfather. Then, their father, Bret Barnett, took over in 1997. They have a long history of great customer service and satisfaction! Please do not hesitate to call for your free estimate.

3029 Marquita Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76116, robroofco@sbcglobal.net

Welcome, Grandpa Brands, to our 2015 Sponsor Season!

logo-grandpabrandsEver wonder how our Bearded Women members get so fresh and clean? The answer is Grandpa Brand’s, creator of Grandpa’s famous “Wonder” Pine Tar Soap!

“In the early 1870’s, Jess Hoffman made the very first bar of Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap from his own recipe on his family farm, located in Tippecanoe, Ohio. During an era of innovation, this family recipe was proclaimed for its restorative and cleansing benefits. As Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap continued to earn praise and popularity, Grandpa went back into the kitchen and created more specialty soaps for different purposes. Today, you can find a whole line of soaps that have been thoughtfully crafted. We are confident that you will enjoy his products as generations have since the first batch was sold in 1878.”

We know you are curious now, so head on over to their website and check it out: Grandpa Brands

 

 

Welcome, Cadence Cyclery to our 2015 Sponsor Season!

Cadence_Shield_FinalBWR is very excited to have Cadence Cyclery on board this year! This shop not only helps meet the needs of our team members, but they are also there to help you, too. They believe in  bringing “back old school customer service and helping spread the magic of riding a bicycle.” Cadence can do anything from helping you find the perfect ride to wheel building to fitting and so much more. Go check them out at either of their locations, they would be happy to help!

For more information, click the link below.

Cadence Cyclery Locations

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Racing member, Dan Johnson, always chooses Cadence for his ride!

 

Welcome, DeFeet, back as a 2015 Sponsor!

defeetlogo DeFeet is the brand we trust to keep our feet feeling comfortable and looking stylish!

“DeFeet was born in 1992. The first product was a totally customizable, open mesh weave airflow sock. The world’s top endurance athletes took notice immediately. The characteristics of those early designs are evident throughout the DeFeet line, today. Elegant, simple, useful and built to last.”

For more information, check out their website: DeFeet

 

 

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