Analog's Summer and Fall Happenings Agenda
Analog 4x4 and Grand Opening: June 11-12th. The 4th annual Analog 4x4 features four (4) Class 4 roads, 40 miles. The ride will feature some of the SKOV (Southwest Kingdom of Vermont’s) most scenic gravel riding. Plus ya know, Class 4 roads. Poultney’s road maintenance budget is basically non-existent, so our class 4 roads are wonderfully terrible. Expect wash outs, ‘gravel’ the size of GMO grapefruits, steep grades and wonderful views. The ride weaves in and out of the woods and farm lands. Plenty of climbing but lots of great eye candy, like cows and red barns, and a rushing very cold river.
The 4x4 is about fun, so there’s post and mid ride beers, swimming in the really cold river, camping, a chill riding pace, and lots of stopping for photos and the like. Hang out at Analog's old HQ in the woods, after the ride for a bonfire and roasting stuff on a stick. 30 bucks, super cheap.
Casual pace, don’t bring your racer outfit. Crocs > Clipless
On Sunday, the day after the ride, join us for the Grand Opening of our new space in downtown Poultney. From 10-5 we'll have snacks, grilled things, drinks, coffee, Grand Opening specific deals on gear and bikes, and of course an obligatory giant ribbon to cut. If you sign up on bikereg to come, you'll get a special day of coupon for use at the opening. SIGN UP HERE
Analog Retro Jamble and Swip Swap: August 27th.
Bombdiggity vibes of 1985 with questionable music, ample displays of poorly weathered lycra, Twisted Sister tour t shirts with missing sleeves, Chucks with Cure lyrics written on the sole (soul?), and of course mullets. DJ type person spinning bodaciously deep and shallow cuts. Elevated chainstays and brakes named by Prince, tension discs and rust. Bike Swip Swap with vintage, NOS and new bits. Questionable food, free 80's haircuts by Marky Marksalot, a vintage road ride and a retro punk bike unduro.
Deets: Bike Swip Swap General admission 9-1:30. New and old bikes, parts, NOS bits, accessories from Analog, Portland Gear Hub, and other rad shops and vendors. Need a new in the box XT rear mech from 1995? It will be there. There will be bike demos, records spinning, food, beer. Vendors set up as early as 7am. Retro Road Jamble Retro roadish ride leaves at 3pm from Analog's downtown HQ.
You don't NEED to have a vintage bike, but it's encouraged. As is bad vintage clothing and hair styles.
30ish miles, ultra casual pace, scenic, some dirt roads and views and the like. Post ride hangs at Analog's old HQ in the woods with a fire and beer sauce. Retro Mtn Punk Bike Unduro Jamble Retro Mountain bike unduro jamble leaves from the Analog HQ at 3pm. Ride up to a sketchy hunting camp as a group then we'll do a poorly organized punk bike unduro, which is sort of a scavenger hunt where you can go fast if you want or you can poke along like a turtle on disco biscuits. Bonus points for age of bike, sketchiness of brakes, exceptionally bad hair cuts, etc. Prizes for the collector of the most punks, worst bike, etc.
Camping: You can camp at Analog Friday and or Saturday night. It's cheap, safe, rustic. Tent camping only. No RV's. There is also camping available at the Lake St Catherine State Park, but book well in advance! Sign up on bike reg!
Gorey Hollows IV, Oct 8th. The 4th Annual Gorey Hollows ATB Ramble, Scramble and Race. The Ramble is 30-ish miles, dirt roads, plenty of climbing, and some sketchy class 4 roads. Doable on a bike with decently low gearing and 40mm tires. Mid ride stop somewhere scenic for beers and sandwiches. BYOB and sandwich! The Scramble is 45+ miles, way harder terrain, with single track, class 4 roads, hikeabikes, roads that look like stream beds, and worse. Exceedingly hard 45 mile ride! Many riders last year DNF'd this ride. The Race is 80ish miles, with over 14,000 feet of climbing. Singletrack, horrible roads, Brevet style check points, hike a bikes, river crossings and other sketch delights. Hardest ATB ride you'll ever do, we bet. Starts early. Totally self supported old school race. Winner gets a pie and some donuts.
NOTE new rules for 2022 race: To podium, the following stuff is banned: Aero Bars, Suspension forks, suspension frames, suspension seatposts and stems. E-bikes are of course banned. You can race with any of this stuff, but your results will not count toward the offical record. Race time cuts will be reinstated so we are not up till 11pm waiting for you to come back.
Mileage-wise, these rides are a bunt. But when those miles take place on 120 year old disused 'roads' that more closely resemble the bed of a trout stream, you are in for some very hard miles. Up and over mountain saddles, through dark hollows and down into deep gores, past waterfalls, 200 year old stone walls meandering to forgotten homesteads, and finally back to Analog.
Lest you think that we misspelled Gorey, a Gore in Vermont is an area of forgotten, unsurveyed, uninhabited land, usually deep in the woods. The Gorey Hollows is a different kinda ride. No ride leader. No sag wagon. It's more like a free for all with a common course and goal. These roads are impassible to all but the most modified jeeps. Nothing is marked. You have to use your cue sheet and a GPS track to make it through.That's not impossible, but you have to pay attention. There won't be any cell service for most of the ride. We will release the GPX track a few days before the race via email.
Pre Ride Stuff: Racers: get here at 4:00, race starts at 5am. Scramblers: Leave at 8am. Ramblers: Leave at 10am. Equipment requirements for 45 and 80 mile ride: Sturdy walking shoes Low enough gearing to make it up 15% grades that are loose and wet Lights, 700 lumen min. Spare battery /head lamp is a very good idea. Tail light that has a solid mode. Spare tubes/tubeless patch kits GPS or Phone with GPS ability with some sort of back up battery situation. Ride with GPS or GAIA. 1.75" / 44mm wide tires or bigger. Advise 2.25 or bigger. Basic tools and bike repair know-how in case you break down There are no sag wagons! There is no way to get out of the woods! Be safe. Ride Smart Post ride: Firepit hangs with an assortment of good local beer. We'll figure out food, but it's not sorted yet. Camping if you want to. Tents, vans ok, No RV's, generators etc.