Created in 2006, a satirical lifestyle cycling blog aimed to promote Ohio Valley Cycling, Trail Advocacy and Junior Development written by Joe Bellante, a racer for BioWheels in Cincinnati and freelance writer who's work has appeared in Velonews, XXC and Cyclocross Magazines. Thanks for reading.
Things Your Garmin Can’t Capture for $500 Alex-Flat Joe Biker Early Photo Contest Entries
Mike Fun With Photoshop
Morning fog hides the bridge on the Ohio.A four foot garter snake suns on the trail.Your buddy’s conversation makes your 22mph effort seem like 17.Those are the things that stick in your melon when someone asks, “How was your ride?”That’s why I think, after only a week, the Road ID Flat Joe Biker contest is off to a great start.You want to share those moments that your Garmin can’t capture.I wish you were here to see this!Flat Joe Biker is almost like having a friend on the trail or on your wheel…almost.It’s the Kewpie doll for the cyclist.The contest ends a week from Thursday, and I’m already impressed and humbled to be a part of your adventure.Thank you and keep the photos coming.Contest details in the upper right hand column of the page.
In a way, I do feel like I was at the Lumberjack 100 with reader Jeni and friends this weekend. Not like I’m a snooty art snob, but her entry featuring Flat Joe Biker in the commemorative Founder’s Ale pint glass captures the event perfectly. No matter how good or bad your showing, that’s the real trophy. It’s probably out of frame, but I bet there’s a friend close-by lubing a chain and simultaneously drinking a beer, plastic grocery bags of energy mix and gallon water jugs on the counter, an iPod playing, gross dirt in the bottom of the shower, jersey’s hung up to dry on the stairs to the loft, a view of the Michigan countryside out the cabin window, and someone on the couch watching a grainy local newscast.
Big Dave Sports Masters 40+ Podium
While I eschewed the Ohio State Masters Road Championships in favor of a mountain bike race that ended up getting rained out, Big Dave put Flat Joe Biker on the Podium. Seriously. See the bottom of the photo. While I’m not worthy of stepping on the Masters 40+ podium with these local hammers, I’ve certainly raced against each one of them at some time or another and know the feeling of raising your hands in the air. Our judges are super impressed with Big Dave’s attention to detail, one big Flat Joe Biker for the top step…three Gu sized Flat Joe Biker’s for bronze.
It appears Rod took Flat Joe Biker to Tsali and Waterrock Knob in and around TN and NC. 3-D Joe Biker loves Tsali. You got the lake, the cliff side, the bermed corners, and the color contrast of the red earth on blue water. Tsali is a great trail to ride. You miss so much if you only race there. Rods photo makes me want to stop on an overlook and pull the sandwich out of my Hydrapak. Thank you Rod.