Faster Mustache Celebrates 10 Years of Bikes and Beers

Faster Mustache and Loose Nuts Cycles present Wheels to the Farm
Faster Mustache and Loose Nuts Cycles present Wheels to the Farm

It’s hard to believe that Faster Mustache (FM) is turning 10 this year. The diverse group has put on numerous races over the years (most famously the 24-hour urban relays through the streets of downtown Atlanta), but at its core, FM loves dirt. You may remember that the group is responsible for the Tuesday night “Dirty Mustache” ride that uses city streets to connect little pockets of singletrack across Atlanta. FM has never let living in a big city get in the way of riding trails.

After “borrowing” the concept of an urban mountain bike stage race from the crew in Charlotte, the folks in Atlanta began putting a plan together. With the help of Loose Nuts Cycles, the all-volunteer crew spent hours cutting and clearing trail in the southeast corner of the city.

The race was called “Wheels to the Farm” (WTF) after the Old Atlanta Prison Farm, where during much of the 20th century inmates were taught to grow crops as part of their rehabilitation. The farm has been closed since 1995 and the remaining buildings are crumbling. The property is owned by the City of Atlanta, but it’s located in neighboring Dekalb County. Neither seems motivated to do anything with the land.

Now the 400-acre property is something of a DIY trail center. You are just as likely to see a cyclist there as someone on a four wheeler. It feels remote even though it’s only five miles from the heart of Atlanta. In other words, it’s the ideal place to hold a mountain bike race.

FM is inclusive of all bikes, and realizes not everyone likes to race, so there were two categories for the event:  racers and party-pacers. Racers race and party-pacers ride along, drink beer, and heckle. It’s a big, dirty, rolling party for both. There were four stages, plus an optional hill climb which was open to anyone that wanted to give it a go.

While the forecast originally called for ice pellets on race day, the weather held out and the sun shone brightly after burning off the morning cloud cover. However, the trails were muddy from weeks of rain, which made for tough racing conditions. Those who were battling it out for the overall win had a full day of racing in the slop.

The event went off with very few snags and the after-party at the Trailer Park was a chance for everyone to enjoy some Terrapin beer, lasagna, jambalaya, and trade stories around a fire. Top that off with a DJ (the music kind) and some DJs (the dirt kind) and you have the best party Faster Mustache has thrown.

Enjoy the photos!

Race flyer
Race flyer
Registration at Loose Nuts Cycles on Saturday morning
Registration at Loose Nuts Cycles on Saturday morning
Pre-registration sold out, so additional spots were added
Pre-registration sold out, so additional spots were added
Loose Nuts Cycles and Faster Mustache, a winning combination
Loose Nuts Cycles and Faster Mustache, a winning combination
A chilly morning meant a barrel fire outside the shop
A chilly morning meant a barrel fire outside the shop
Rider's meeting
Riders’ meeting
On to Stage 1
On to Stage 1
Well over 70 racers lined up for the start of Stage 1; a loop around the Old Atlanta Prison Farm
Well over 70 racers lined up for the start of Stage 1; a loop around the Old Atlanta Prison Farm
Zac from FM: Charlotte being marked by Matt from Loose Nuts
Zac from FM: Charlotte being marked by Matt from Loose Nuts
Kashief representing on his classic steel Stumpjumper set up SS, of course
Kashief representing on his classic steel Stumpjumper set up SS, of course
Laura from Loose Nuts leading the ladies
Laura from Loose Nuts leading the ladies
The leaders move through lap traffic
The leaders move through lap traffic
Originally calling for ice pellets, the weather holds off; Paul is stoked
Originally calling for ice pellets, the weather holds off; Paul is stoked
Nico calling racers to the start of Stage 2
Nico calling racers to the start of Stage 2, a mud-fest with a gnarly descent
They're off!
They’re off!
Cheering/heckling w
Cheering/heckling what’s the difference?
We got rocks
We got rocks!
Chris from Charlotte taking the advanced line over the rock pile
Chris from Charlotte taking the advanced line over the rock pile
Kinzer from Loose Nuts Cycles take the hole shot on the hill climb, but it wasn't meant to be
Kinzer from Loose Nuts Cycles takes the hole shot on the hill climb, but it wasn’t meant to be
#steeperthanitlooks
#steeperthanitlooks
Heading back down the hill, albeit a less direct route
Heading back down the hill for Stage 3, albeit a less direct route
Matt catches a breather in between Stages
Matt catches a breather in between Stages
Gathering before the start of the 4th and final Stage
Gathering before the start of the 4th and final Stage
This is Rage, and he likes to party
This is Rage, and he likes to party
This guy was killing it! He aired the rock pile on Stage 2 farther than anyone else I saw and had enough energy to hit the jumps at the after-party.
This guy was killing it! He aired the rock pile on Stage 2 farther than anyone else I saw and had enough energy to hit the jumps at the after-party. All this on a carbon XC bike with 2″ tires. It ain’t about the bike, folks.
Rich Dillen/Team Dicky flinging mud
Rich Dillen/Team Dicky flinging mud
Some much deserved and much needed food for all those involved
Some much-deserved and much-needed food for all those involved
The FM: Charlotte crew came to Atlanta in force, taking 2nd and 3rd overall
The FM: Charlotte crew came to Atlanta in force, taking 2nd and 3rd overall
Last minute tabulations and thank-yous
Last minute tabulations and thank-yous
Everyone was in a great mood
Everyone was in a great mood
Ladies podium
One of the ladies’ podiums
One of the mens podiums
One of the mens’ podiums
Best backyard ever?
Best backyard ever?
Another view of the big drop
Another view of the big drop
Beer was consumed
Beer was consumed

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