DORBA Frozen Endurance Series – Frisco


We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the DORBA Frozen Endurance Series.   As a sponsor for the series, we will be providing breakfast at the Frisco race for volunteers only. At the Northshore and Boulder races breakfast will be provided for all.   So please come out and support DORBA by volunteering or racing, we guarantee a good time will be had by all!


Register for the DORBA Frozen series today!

End of 2014 Team Party, Award Winners, Racing Performance, Trail Work, and Community Outreach

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The end of our second season racing caps a tremendously successful, and exciting 2014 for our team.  The year has been fruitful, rewarding, tragic, and very special for all of our members.  Here’s a look back at the season, including our 2014 team performance award winners, Jacob the Great, and what we accomplished:

Jacob the Great


On January 16, 2014 we tragically lost one of our own right as the new season was starting.  Jacob Hollings joined our inagural 2013 squad as a mid-season addition at 20 years old, and quickly shined, winning multiple races and finishing the season on a very high note.

While his passing was very sad and difficult, we remember Jacob, not only through our own encounters with him, but also first hand through his father, Phil Hollings.  Phil pledged to his son, posthumously, to race in Jacob’s place.  He had never ridden a mountain bike before, and in his first race, he got 1st place, just like Jacob!  We are so thankful to have Phil on the team, racing for himself and in Jacob’s memory.   Read more about Jacob here.

Team Performance Award Winners

Our team supports two types of members, racing and riding.  Our racing members have the opportunity to compete for annual team awards to act as an incentive and motivation to perform well during the season.  We track races completed and placings, and assign a points system to them.  Based on the data, we have a pretty good objective way to award performance without any kind of subjective opinion.  Here are the 2014 winners:

Not in attendance:

Racing by the Numbers

The 2014 racing season saw 34 out of 49 members compete in 43 unique sprint and endurance bike races for a total of 247 individual race entries logged by both racing and riding members, up 65 % from 85 logged in 2013.

By far our most represented Category is CAT2 (SS included) and 2nd most popular is CAT 3. There were 105 XC Races logged, and 62 Endurance type races. BWR was represented at a race in every month of the season in 2014!

Total team membership reached 49 for the season and consisted of 1 life time member, 32 racing members, 12 riding members, and 4 junior boys.  The team became more gender diverse with 7 women on the team, 3 who raced consistently the entire season.  We had 37 men, respectively.

Racing Performance

Several of our racing and riding members placed in the top ten and reached the podium in multiple races during the season.  Here is the breakdown of our best results:


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th – 10th
 33  34  17  18  63

That put’s a Bearded Women on the podium 84 times out of 247 individual race entries, a 34% podium achievement rate!

Race Summaries

Click on a race to read each summary (not all races attended were summarized):

In addition to our racing performances, Bearded Women Racing is 100% focused on community outreach as well.  Here is a summary of what our team accomplished this past season:

Community Service

Aside from racing, our members are expected to participate in various community service events throughout the season.  This past year, 22 members volunteered their time at 26 local events.  Here are some of the events Bearded Women Racing was at:

For the past 2 years, Bearded Women Racing marched in honor of fallen soldiers and their families at Carry the Load.  Here’s recaps from 2013 and 2014.


Carry the Load is a non-profit organization helping people celebrate a meaningful Memorial Day by conducting a 20-hour event that honors veterans and active duty service members, law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families.

This was the first year the team participated in DORBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Three trails celebrated TKMBD on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  Bearded Women Racing (BWR) volunteered at two of those events: Horseshoe (Grapevine, TX), and the NW Community Trail (Frisco, TX).TAKMB2014_05

Horseshoe jointly conducted a DORBA ( Beginner’s Clinic on Saturday, and they drew a total of 44 adults and 10 kids to the event.  Eight BWR members were on-hand to assist with set-up, the clinic, leading/sweeping rides, encouraging the kids, and grilling up some grub to wrap up the day’s festivities.

In Frisco, seven BWR members came out to help check fit on the kids’ bikes and helmets, change flats, lead/sweep rides and cheer the kids on.  Frisco drew 15 smiling, happy kids to their event and many laps around the trail were taken by all.

Trail Maintenance

This season, each member was challenged to complete at least 8 hours of trail work for the year.  The team requires members to give back in various ways, and putting in trail time is one of the main activities we do.  We had 36 members work a total of 462 trail hours at 17 different trails!  We hope to double that amount next year.

Team Ride on the NETT | An Unexpected Journey


By Jonathan Braddick

Four hardy souls left Farmersville, TX on Saturday, December 13th to ride a rare jewel in these parts of North Texas, the North East Texas Trail.  After downing a couple of pastries brought on her own accord, Susie Bolton a huge NETT supporter, we headed off on the 75 mile expected journey to Paris.

We’ve highlighted the North East Texas Trail or NETT in the past when 4 of us decided to take part in Spinistry’s first Ride the NETT event in November of 2013.  Back then something about the trail ignited a passion within us for it’s beauty, wildness, and potential economic impact it can have on the communities it’s 230 miles travel through.

We set a hardy 12 mile an hour pace for the first 20 – 30 miles which are very passable, locally groomed by either the city or passionate supporters and do gooders who see the positive things the trail can bring.  In fact the majority of our ride from Farmersville to Pecan Gap is wide open.

Unlike a city trail, the NETT offers a large, diverse wild life population.  Among the highlights we saw were a family of wild boar that we flushed out , and a local hunter had passed when we told him about them.  We told him bring a buddy on a mountain bike the next time and he’d be sure to be successful!  Speaking of hunters, we came upon 2 of them on the trail, as it’s hunting season.  I wore a brightly colored vest to lead our group for safety reasons.  They were very friendly and welcoming, but be sure to approach with sensitivity as they might be in the middle of a hunt!  Another wildlife highlight we encountered were two coyote’s, on different occasions, ran out into the trail ahead of us as we rode.  One stayed on the trail for several yards before bolting out of our way.  They were both large animals, but we felt no threat what so ever.  We were told that wild boar might present issues if cornered so be cautious.

Once we hit the highway just outside of Pecan Gap and crossed over to the field, we  hacked through a downed tree past the open field in need of mowing.

Impasse in Pecan Gap – Before
No impasse in Pecan Gap – After

Jim Overby, self appointed SAG for our ride, met us there with some ice cold Gatorade and Fig Newtons.  We felt really good and had exceeded the estimated 10 mph goal pace we had set for ourselves.  We planned to stay on the entire trail as best we could.

In Pecan Gap
In Pecan Gap

After taking a quick group pic, we left Jim and headed into the very short impassable section next to the road before it opens back up.  We hacked for a couple hundred yards before Jim drove by and told us it got even worse several yards ahead, so we took his advice and got on the road to bypass that short portion.  Once back on the trail, we rode it to the inevitable blocked hay bail portion of the trail.  We had said to ourselves if time permitted, we’d try to hike-a-bike through this portion, however we heard the bails had been doubled up recently so we reluctantly took the bypass to Ben Franklin.  One day I’ll see this section of the trail!

Going around and on the county road really is boring, especially on a mountain bike.  I ride a 16t SS, rigid and like to keep it on dirt as much as possible.  These bypasses are nice to have, however I’ll take a 2% grade and trailblazing any day of the week!  We continued on the county road until we hit the center of Ben Franklin.  We knew the trail ahead was going to be the most difficult, but what we found was even worse than it was on the 2013 NETT ride.  One year ago, we all remember the bad ice storm that cancelled the 2013 Dallas marathon and covered a thick blanket of ice over the entire North Texas area.  That storm caused millions of dollars in damage, and did a number on the trees along the NETT.  We encountered so many downed trees, we lost count.  Here’s a couple of videos of the impasses on this section between Ben Franklin and the Sulfur River.

The beating we took along this section definitely was making the journey more difficult.   However what loomed large in the back of our minds was having to cross the Sulfur River bridge’s 10 foot gap on a narrow gauge steel beam while walking our bikes on an adjacent beam and in bicycle shoes!  The drop is at least 60 feet, though it’s feels like a 1,000!  Here’s a first hand look at the 2013 crossing during the Ride the NETT event:


The gap seems pedestrian compared to what we encountered when we came to the bridge. It had completely fallen into the river!  Very, very unfortunate for NETT advocates.



So do Bearded Women turn back in the face of adversity?  Uh, no, especially because we were NOT going to head back and face another lashing from all of the growth we just barreled through!  We decide to choose 1 of 3 options, ride across the fields to the nearby county road, probably a good 3-4 mile bypass, ride the river basin, or find a reasonable place to climb up the east side.  The first two options didn’t appeal to us because riding in a farm field is hard work as well as in the basin.  Recent rains would make the journey even tougher.  We were already tired from just getting to the bridge, so climbing up the other side seemed the quickest and easiest of options.  We ended up riding down a really fun ATV cut track to the basin before having to stop and almost slide the last 10 feet of mud to the very bottom.  We did investigate to see if the tressel would be a possible crossing point, but quickly discovered with muddy shoes and our gear it would be very danger to walk and not fall and break an ankle.  Also, due to the tweerk of the east side of the bridge, we wouldn’t have a flat surface to walk on.

After ruling that out, we attempted to ride the basin’s shale and dirt surface, but clipping in proved futile when one would slip and almost rule out any future kids.  We ended up walking to a shallow, short water crossing with a reasonable ledge to climb up onto.  Climbing up was tedious, but very doable.  Using the bicycle as a crutch, you simply pushed it and climbed up a narrow, natural drain that allowed the easiest passage.  A quick hike back to the trail across a corn field and we were ready to break the mud off our bikes and shoes and get onto the trail.  Here’s the sequence of pics showing our crossing:

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The unexpected became the highlight of this amazing journey we took for the second time.  It’s further ignited a desire to return in a few more weeks to do more trail work and ride into Paris and beyond like we had planned.  If the NETT has taught us anything, is that it’s worth the blood, sweat and lashings we took to get to Roxton.  Until next time….

DORBA Fall Series – Johnson Branch

The fourth race of the DORBA Fall Series has proven to be the most challenging race thus far. The race course started directly with the “red loop,” which is quite rocky with numerous rock gardens, technical climbs, and some short, steep drops. After enduring 2 miles of the “red loop,” the course continued onto a jeep road and curved through trees up and down wooded hillsides which created plenty of elevation change. Not only did Mike D’Aurelio, Phil Hollings, and Brandon Schrader survive two laps of this brutal course, they also made the podium. Shout out to Brandon for completing this on his single speed. In addition to those members, Keith McDonald, Brittany Smith, and Melissa Dalton, also made the podium.


Brandon receiving 2nd place in Cat 2 SS. That 14-year-old was fast!

After hitting the trail, racers got to enjoy the carnival festivities hosted by the Big Pigs. I must say it was quite entertaining seeing some of our fellow riders being dunked into a tub of water! Thank you again for putting on such a great event!

James and Phil getting ready to hit the trail!












Here are the team’s overall results and photos:

Cat 1

Cat 2

  • Brandon Schrader, 2nd, SS
  • Phil Hollings, 2nd, Men 60 +
  • James Henson, DNF (technical)

Cat 3

  • Chris Torrez, 7th, Men 30 – 39
  • Keith McDonald, 2nd, Men 40 – 49
  • Brittany Smith, 2nd, Women 19 – 29
  • Melissa Dalton, 1st, Women 40 +

BWR at Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

The first Saturday of October every year is the official Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD), as decreed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).  This event is celebrated around the world including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.

Here in North Texas, three trails celebrated TKMBD on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  Bearded Women Racing (BWR) volunteered at two of those events: Horseshoe (Grapevine, TX), and the NW Community Trail (Frisco, TX).
Horseshoe jointly conducted a DORBA ( Beginner’s Clinic on Saturday, and they drew a total of 44 adults and 10 kids to the event.  Eight BWR members were on-hand to assist with set-up, the clinic, leading/sweeping rides, encouraging the kids, and grilling up some grub to wrap up the day’s festivities.

In Frisco, seven BWR members came out to help check fit on the kids’ bikes and helmets, change flats, lead/sweep rides and cheer the kids on.  Frisco drew 15 smiling, happy kids to their event and many laps around the trail were taken by all.

BWR is not just about racing, we also give back to the community through events like this.  In addition, team members have participated in Cub Scout bike safety rodeos, Children’s Red Balloon Ride, Ride 2 Recovery, Carry the Load, and other fundraising and community service events.

Biketoberfest at RCP

Biketoberfest, our Team’s theme for the DORBA Fall Series at Rowlett Creek Preserve, was a huge success! Bearded Women Racing went above and beyond, setting up a show down with Big Pig at Johnson Branch next week. Many of our team members came dressed in their best German attire, especially Benjamin Leach who looked gorgeous as Hilda, Hans’ froulien from Hamburg. Hans and Mando stepped it up a notch and raced in their lederhosens. Our members also donated food, swag, and time to make this event fun for all.

Brittany Smith (3rd) and Katie Shaw (2nd) receiving their awards!

Between bike tossing, arm wrestling, and eating delicious bratwursts, many of the BWR members raced as well. About half of Rowlett Creek Preserve passes through trees with some areas that are tight and twisty.  The rest is out in the open with some fast, straight field sections.  Most of the trail is flat with only a few relatively short climbs, which made for a very quick race! Some of our members who made the podium in their categories include: Keith McDonald, Phil Hollings, James Henson, Brandon Schrader, Mike D’Aurelio, Melissa Dalton, and Brittany Smith.



Brandon Schrader received 2nd in Cat. 2 SS.








Here are the team’s overall results and photos:

Cat 1

  • Mike D’Aurelio, 2nd, Men 60 +

Cat 2

  • Brandon Schrader, 2nd, SS
  • Will Jiron, 9th, SS
  • Jonathan Braddick, 15th, SS
  • Corey Fawcett, 8th, Men 35 – 39
  • Phil Hollings, 1st, Men 60 +
  • James Henson, 2nd, Men 60 +

Cat 3

  • Moreece Griffin, 7th, Men 30 – 39
  • Armando Zermeno, 9th, Men 30 – 39
  • Keith McDonald, 1st, Men 40 – 49
  • Daniel Smith, 5th, Men 30 – 39
  • Chris Torrez, 18th, Men 30 – 39
  • David Foster, 8th, Clydesdale
  • Logan Davis, 10th, Clydesdale
  • Katie Shaw, 2nd, Women 19 – 29
  • Brittany Smith, 3rd, Women 19 – 29
  • Melissa Dalton, 1st, Women 40 +

Biketoberfest at the RCP-DORBA Fall Series Race, October 5th!

logo design by Dave Nelke


Ygerman-man-20755574a, this is Hans from ze Motha’ land ya!  I’ve journe’d all ze vay from my home of Hamburg to invite you to ze Bearded Vemon Vacing’s Biktoberfest ya!  It’s a Nagelschlagen guaranteed to be ze best time you’ll have on a mountain bike!

What is zis mountain bike, ya?  Ve have real mountains back in Duetschland!  Ver are ze mountains in Texas, ya?

No matter!  Vear your most favorite Duetsch costume to vin a prize, or try to beat me at ze arm wrestling or bike throwing contests, and other bike games, ya!

I’ll also be opening my personal Beirgarten with mama’s traditional brats and ze cold root beer, free for everyone to enjoy.  *First come, first serve.  Limited supply. Donations accepted.

Also, to check out my swag bag full of excellent Bearded Vemon Vacing merch, and listen to ze excellent sounds of ze Polka and Deutsch rock and roll! Can’t wait to meet all of you there!

Auf Wiedersehen!

Here are ze details:

XC Mountain Bike Race

DORBA’s Fall Series will take place on October 5, 2014 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at Rowlett Creek Preserve in Garland, TX


Listen to Hans and visit his Biktoberfest Biergarten featuring free brats and cold root beers, one per person, first come first serve.  Hang out with fellow racers, take your hand at the arm wrestling or root beer chugging contests, or buy a BWR tee shirt, kozy or water bottle to help support the team!  Prizes from our sponsors and $25 gift certificates from Plano Cycle and Fitness!  Cash at the race or Paypal donations to are generously accepted.

Bike Games

It’s not a race without more competition, and this won’t be USAC regulated!  Hans loves’ to win so try to beat him at the caber bike toss, mini bike obstacle course race, bike limbo, and more!  Festivities get underway once Cat 3 racers have finished the race.

Hotter than Hell 2014


There’s something to be said when a bunch of mountain bikers decide to take it upon themselves to road ride 100 miles in late August at the most notorious biking event in the country.  The infamous Hotter’n Hell Hundred, and the Wichita Falls weather did not let us down.  An air temperature of around 102 F and heat index of probably the surface of the sun couldn’t stop any of the Bearded Women Racing members who attempted the 100 mile/K endurance distances from completing the dastardly event.  Much fun was had at the expo checking out a few of our sponsors including ReGeared, Bicidichi, and Rudy Project, and after the ride at the casino, but we’ll keep this post family friendly!

Here are the team results and photos from the weekend:

  • Daniel Johnson, 100 mi:  06:14:21, M 30 – 34, 688 overall
  • Dana Cobb, 100 K:  05:15:06, F 45 – 49, 876 overall
  • Jonathan Braddick, 100 mi:  07:40:02, M 35 – 39, 1830 overall
  • Nathan Delahoussaye, 100 mi:  07:40:09, M 35 – 39, 1834 overall
  • Ben Leach, 100 mi:  09:42:18, M 30 – 34, 2994 overall
  • Keith Brewer, 100 mi:  07:32:50, M 45 – 49, 1729 overall
  • Corey Fawcett, 100 mi:  07:32:50 M 34 -39, 1730 overall


Jesse Bernal, Racing Member
written by Jesse Bernal, Racing Member #IRideBikesGood

If you’ve ever ridden or volunteered for a Spinistry event you already know that Kevin Lee (Spinistry’s founder) is notoriously guilty of putting on some of the most grueling cycling events south of the Red River. Texas Chainring Massacre, Red River Riot, Hell on Wheels 100, and Midnight Massacre are just a few of the races in his repertoire; but none come close to the insanity that is the Sansom 66. To the untrained eye, the Sansom 66 looks like any other 60ish mile endurance race, but to the frequenters of this trail this is 66 miles of pure agony. Marion Sansom Park is 11 miles of rocky, loose, technical, and fast descending single track located in Fort Worth, Texas. It is also infamously known for having near the edge, fall off a cliff, super fast, flowy trail. If you’ve never had the chance to ride here, I highly encourage you to make the trip, preferably with someone that knows the trail.

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Earlier this year three of our very own Bearded Women Racing members Randy Davis, Braden Barnett, and I took on the challenge of the Sansom 66. However, being only mere mortals, we only signed up for the 33 miles option, which proved to be more than enough. The day started with cool temperatures and brisk winds that seemed to cut through even the best of windbreakers. As riders dawned their layers of long sleeve shirts and thermals the anxiety started to compound as it does with most race days. A few minutes before the race began, Kevin Lee gathered the racers around for the traditional racer’s meeting in which they gave a moment of silence for the late, great Ray Porter, a Dallas racing legend. In honor of Ray, his #1 race plate was retired from Spinistry events… a genuinely respectable act by Kevin.

Soon the race began with a short start loop that shot the racers straight into the racecourse. The degree of difficulty was quickly realized when racers began to bottleneck on technical sections and climbs that weren’t cleaned by the less experienced riders. Thankfully the field of riders was small and the traffic diminished within a few minutes. At this time, Bearded Women Racing was pretty well spread out. Braden and his Ti Lynskey bike were making great time and were in the lead pack. Randy was also doing well on his scandium/carbon Salsa and was staying competitive in the middle pack. Meanwhile, I was trudging along in the back of the pack on my Niner carbon single speed because of a flat tire late in the first lap. I eventually recovered from this and fixed my puncture, but never really got back into the race because I had lost so much time.

3 laps later our racers slowly started crossing the finish line looking beaten, but elated at the same time. Braden absolutely crushed the race coming in with a time of 3:57:07 which earned him a place of 17/28. Randy also had a strong showing earning a 22/28 placing with a time of 4:28:29. I, despite the mechanical troubles I encountered with two flat tires, earned a 25/28 place with a time of 5:10:50; respectable time for a single speed. Perhaps I would have had better luck if I had registered in the single speed category.

See ya at IDB! JB

Here are the overall results from the Samson 66 in Ft Worth, TX:

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