Sunday, November 13, 2011

ScHnOcToBeeRFesT 2011

Due to a family emergency, I was unable to attend. Therefore, B-BiLLy graciously wrote a summary (names have been changed to protect, oh hell, none of us are innocent)So, here it is:

Dirk & I loaded our rigs and gear Friday evening to make the pilgrimage towards CiTy BiLLy Cycles World Headquarters. We arrived late at Freemont, where eDLoNNiE greeted us and promptly took us to a gas station to amp up our supply of beer. He let us settle in, right after tossing back a couple of PBR tallboys.
Morning greeted us with an awesome sunrise on the “lake” at The Estates, we found a coffee bistro called “The Coffee Bistro”, had some pastries and caffeine, then hit the road for Elkhorn. On the way out of town we followed a pickup with a couple young ladies in the bed holding a pink cardboard stage set for “Ballerina Barbie”. They were almost not embarrassed until their misstep of making eye contact.
BiLLies rolled in from all points for the meeting at 9:00. I was glad to see T-BiLLy's entry for the beer tasting: a coffee stout, which is just right for a morning pre-ride beverage. We thankfully geared up in light layers for the mild weather. EdBiLLiE, who had been dealing with a respiratory deal, made a last-minute call to join the ride in true CiTy BiLLy fashion.
We departed and went north through the Ardennes Forest, which is a favorite road for many of us. We made our way around, across the river and headed north to Freemont. I happened to be riding with the kErneL and T-BiLLy as we approached a bridge with a big rig coming up from behind. Aw crap, the kErneL's going for it! We hustled, took the lane, the the truck kindly did not run us over. Sweet!
Management at Whis's greeted us as we rolled in and opened up the beer garden for bike parking. We decided against a meal in anticipation of German bratwurst and potato-bacon soup being prepared back at headquarters, a topic that had been visited for several miles. Instead, we opted for pitchers of wheat beer for mid-ride nourishment.
We set out again with DiRk at the front with the Troll. He eventually gave way to a pace line on the right side, while T-BiLLy checked his timing splits on the left. It was almost too serious of a pace, but we were soon back at Valley for another break at Willie's.
EdBiLLiE and Lee opted to bypass the bar and chose instead to blow through a stop sign right in front of the sheriff. They were subjected to a tongue-lashing and were accused of being “professional and should know better”. Let that be a lesson!
The last leg was short, not too wet and not too windy. It was great to be back, changed up and beneficiaries of an always-awesome buffet. There was a moment of bewilderment when we realized that none of us had actually run the beer judging competition. With a hasty call to eDLoNNiE we forged ahead and accomplished the task. (Someone can supply a snapshot of the results board).
Many thanks to our hosts for another fantastic SCHNOCTOBEERFEST!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Weather can be found here. It looks like it is going to be a great day for wool & beers!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

ScHnoCtoBeeRFesT Update

Work continues & folks are continuing to sign up. Will your entry be the one circled on the wall of fame? I'll start posting more frequently this week, hopefully complete with spy pics & some other goodies. It's not too late to join in on the fun!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

ScHnoCToBeeRFesT FAQs 2011

When: Saturday,October 22, 2011
Meet & Greet your favorite beverage at 9 am, ride begins at 10 am
Entry fee- One or more six packs of beer, to enter in the buffet (categories below). The schwag this year will be ala carte (that's a french term meaning "if you want it, you have to pay"). There will be no other entry fee! Food will be served at the beer buffet after the ride & those of you who have attended previous events can attest to the delicious food that eDBiLLy & MeGBiLLy come up with.
Where- CiTy BiLLy World Headquarters, outside of Elkhorn, Nebraska.
For further information, I'll plagiarize myself, from 2010: Q: What, exactly, is this ride about?
A: Schnoctobeerfest is a bike & beer buffet. We start with a meet & greet, complete with drinks, & then, have a 50, or so, mile ride, followed by a feast, ending the festivities with a beer judging.

Q: Are you guys fast cyclists?
A: Some of us are fast & some of us were fast, once. The thing that is cool about CiTy BiLLy is that we can co-exist (especially when the fast guys don't know the course).

Q: How much is the entry fee?
A: For this ride, you have to bring a six pack of beer to enter in the competition. The categories are: best microbrew, best beer under $7 per six pack, best label art (believe me, eDBiLLy knows his art), best import, best domestic & wildcard. Some new rules this year- your six pack has to be all one style of beer (in the industry, we call it a sku). In other words, you can't bring a sampler six, and enter all your beers in the competition. The only exception (Please, Lee!) is if you bring beer you made yourself. Be prepared to sample a bunch of beers you've never tasted before!
Q: How do I throw my name in the hat for this classy shindig?
A: Contact eDLoNNiE. If you've never attended a CiTy BiLLy event, I'll send you a map. We love having new faces at our rides!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ScHnOcToBeeRFesT 2011

Ladies & Gentleman of all ages, the Autumnal Apocalypse known as ScHnOcToBeeRFesT will occur Saturday October 22nd! Notify your next of kin, because you may not want to leave the festivities: bike ride, approximately 55 miles, followed by a beer tasting & judging. More details, such as entry fee & time, to follow in the next couple of days. In the meantime, check out pics from 2010, and ask yourself, if you can afford to miss this much fun.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


What can you say about a dude wailing on a B.C. Rich, wearing his own band's tee, but, damn, I wish I could play like that!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

LBL 2011 Recap

The day began with eDLiNDa's killer egg casserole, now renamed "DiRK's casserole".

Unfortunately, BRiMaN was not feeling very well, so he had to bow out- he was sorely missed!

With the small turnout, the meet & greet was short & we hit the road.

The group, ready for the challenge (maybe)!

New route this year, highlighting Lincoln's Antelope Creek trail & then Salt Creek & Bison. Here's a shot in the Bottoms, this street reminds me of Europe- tight.

We had some limestone in this year's route, on the way out of Lincoln. It's really relaxing to not have to worry about cars. The KeRNeL & DiRk took this trail back from Cortland & raved about how nice it was. There's a good possibility this will be the path we take to Mecca next year.

It wouldn't be a bike ride, without a flat, so eDDy LeE graciously agreed to be the victim.
The stop at Spilker's was relatively short, for once. The wind was brisk, and we faced a stiff headwind on the way back. Everyone was looking forward to getting back, to feast on eDLinDa's French Dip Sandwiches & drinking Hopluia!
I think I caught a glimpse of the Gates of Heaven!The trip back was rather uneventful; just a steady pull against the wind. Overall,it was a great day- a good time with great friends. Thanks to everyone that joined in on the fun! Next up- ScHnOcToBeeRFesT!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting Ready

LBL 2011 is just a little more than a week away! Saturday April 23rd! Here's a picture from the inaugural Spring Classic in 2006. It's not too late to join in for the fun. Just contact me. The route is very dependant on the weather. If it's wet, we'll skip the non-asphalt sections. However, one thing we won't neglect is the pre and post-ride festivities. In the next couple of days, I'll post a sneak peek of the shirt you'll receive; eDBiLLy at his finest.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

LBL 2011 Registration is Open!

LBL 2011 Nebraska's Spring Classic

Date: Saturday April 23rd

Time: Registration, meet & greet at 9 am, ride at 10 am

Cost: $20, which includes the following: breakfast, supper, t-shirt designed by eDBiLLy, Hopluia!

Course- approximately 50 miles, with the possibility of a little gravel & dirt this year (if it's good enough for the Giro, it's good enough for CiTy BiLLy). Lincoln to Cortland & back, with a tour of Spilker Ales in Cortland by Igor, the bottling ogre.

Note- This is a no rider left behind ride.

To register- Contact eDLoNNiE. It would be great if you could provide your t-shirt size ASAP. You can pay the registration fee the day of the ride. I will provide you my address upon registration.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I apologize for the lack of posts. Those of you that know me, know that it's been a difficult couple of months. Thanks for your kind words & actions. Now, it's time to get back to the business of living. LBL, Nebraska's Spring Classic is scheduled for Saturday April 23rd.