4/28 Just Something

I have been spending a lot of my free time kicking around out in the woods, watching things sprout to life.  My newest favorite route out the door has been the KT from <mile 5 to >mile11 with Adahi bypass to the mill at Howells Mill and the Blue Blaze of Cabell Creek.  Fairly tame in regards to terrain seem to suite me fine. 

Some racing this weekend with the Middle Mountain Momma down south at Douthat and the Mount Wood Challenge right here close in Parkersburg.  I will have to pick one of the two because those are both Sunday races.

 Another day in the wool with the sun on my back.

 

4/22 From down Texas way

Jim Pike on behalf of the BP MS150 (those with Multiple Sclerosis), and representing bikebfat.com,  was able to contribute to the goal of raising funding for the research for a cure by riding 180 miles. One of NA's largest funding raising events. Pike reported this as "an epic ride - more than 13,000 riders. Met so many people! Adding to the challenge, finished on a single speed bike! The hills of Austin Texas reminded me of W.Va. It was great to be apart of a well supported effort. Very thankful for many things".  And we thank you Jim.

 

 

4/20 GET on a mountain

Pound Gap, VA

GET - that's new, hmm.

 

going up

 

ain't  any higher

 

 

4/18 WVMBA #1

Sunday marked the first race  in the 2010 WVMBA Series at the Big Bear Classic  Up in the corner of the state just south of Hazelton this 25 mile race takes place on some of the trails up on a 3000 foot plateau with in the Big Bear Campground.  Andy and I headed up Saturday and set up camp in the usual spot accompanied by the usual crew, which consists of most of the single speed racers, also known as the race team the WV Night Club  = huge fire & really good times. 

Sunday I got to registration early and got signed up in the Master Expert class.  The old guys  at 45 - 55 years of age.   I noticed there where a good dozen of us at the line as we lined up for the separate class starts.  We where about the fourth or fifth wave of riders to take off separated by one minutes intervals - bunches and bunches of rabbits that would be run down all day.

When we where given the go - it was the fastest start, well since last years last series race.  The pack was tight (well it appeared tight from my forward looking point of view)  till we started picking off lone rabbits from the other race groups.  After the initial sorting it  Scoot Root setting the pace and me bouncing off his back wheel.  It was two single speeders leading the pack old men on gears. 

Scott slipped away pretty early (maybe 20 minutes) in a group of experts, never to be seen again, and I finished around a minute back.  I will checking the results after they go online and be looking for maybe a top ten overall in the 175 racer field.  That would be like magic.    Second place in Master Expert class.   Twenty fives at  miles - 2 hours ~ 22 minutes in snow flurries and 40 windy degrees on a hard pack track.  A good day of racing.

 

4/7  Red, Bud

Kanawha Trace around mile 2.5

 4/6  Not In My Back Yard

because that grass has yet to be cut.  Really though, I was glad I got my front yard work out of the way before I hit this ...

Barboursville Park, River Trail

 

4/5  Little Goofy

Yeah feeling a little goofy, but sometimes you'll have that after what you can call breakthrough training - reaching out to do a little more than usual and getting right back on the bike .  I am used to that.  And that is exactly what I did after the weekend trip to Douthat for those fine mountains. So I am not so quick to blame the goofines bike. 

Barboursville Park, Turtle Head

'Cause I think I need this bike for some more mountains that I know nothing of.  With a crew that will totally devoid of any single speeders as I try to think.   What's the matter with those guys from the South? 

But reaching for this bike (as you can tell from above) is just not taking place.  I think I may be spoiled.

 

4/4 Spring Classic

Dwayne’s first ride and my first single speed ride in mtb Disneyland - Douthat State park near Clifto Forge VA. We got in two 1500' ascents and descents of Middle Mountain and road on top of its entire length in a figure eight track that included Smith Creek FR and the hiker up Sandy Gap.

Then I got a bit confused then that ended in a "little" bushwhack. We missed the Beards Mountain climb (oh well, it was just a small one) and ended up rolling through town and the pizza joint. The profile supposed to look like this:

more photos over here ---> facebook.com/album

 

 

 

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Barboursville FAT Tire Brethren

Beech Fork Association of Trails

 

 

bFAT is an informal group of riders who appreciate the land and ride for a healthy well being.

 

 

Beech Fork is mostly a single track trail that follows around the lake leading into a combination of creek bed, hill climb, and fast downhill back to the lake.  Barboursville's Park has some nice runs from the top with  numerous scenic overlooks from the  sheer  cliffs and steep drops. The flat single track that follows the river and comes out behind the lake - is where the real fun can begin or end. Click on the link at top of page - above left to see a map!    The  Kanawha Trace and Adahi Trails are 32 mile and  17 mile multi user trails crossing over private land.  Check with the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for trail information and registration.

      

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