7/24  WVMBA #9 Little Beaver

Shady Spring, WV;  I will say that I love this 7 mile lap of rocky rooty goodness.  Then when that is enough - it gets a little rockier and a little rootier.  Low pressure in the tires and low pressure in the class made for fun rolling, though I still worked for it.  Bang up a  knee, that seems to be about back to normal after three days of thurpy.  



Gary Moorefield and the Raleigh County Bicycle Club (as always) rolled out the southern hospitality, for a great event. 

Thinking about gearing up for the Black Bear that is on the schedule for this weekend.


7/21 Down Jenkins Creek & Blackjack

10 miles to this

Could tell ya that I don't think the performance issue

is from too much KT.

4 in the bank

11 thru 19 I thinks

playing in the Creek a wet Wednesday

I just wished it would have rained on me

BSA trial crew opens it up


7/18 State Championship WVMBA #8

Okay, regrouping and thinking back to the WVMBA one day State Championship race in Davis, WV.  Looking at the results, it was not the performance the I was hoping for.  The state champion in each class is determined by residency within the state so my class was limited to four natives out of ten racers including myself, so I thought my chances where good. 

And things started out good.  Single speed super spinning a too light gearing for the almost flat course with a good position working with Benji after things settled down, working wheels and keeping the master Root in sight, little bobble by a rider in front then hurrying up to close the gap I dropped a chain in all the commotion.  Hey! nobody waited for me, not like I expected any body to (give me a break).  About a dozen riders got around me in the 35 seconds I was down.  I caught a glimpse of Vernon then Brocc leaving me behind. I hopped back in between Cassie and Haywood and I thought there was still a chance, but thing never really ramped back up.  The girls left me and I slid further backward into a lonely world.

I had no idea how far back or exactly how many masters had got around me, but going into the second hour and last lap no riders had come up from behind, so I tried to make that a positive note.  Then no so sooner than the thought had come along - comes Little Bastard (Aron Yevuta) along dragging another rider with him.  Neither in my age class so not a biggee.  I work a bit with him till I worked myself right out, opening the door to Mrs. Musante to drop me on a little riser.  I settled in and persevered to hold on for fourth position.  Big time gaps up in front, with a one minute gap behind me, holds to my philosophy of  "if you are not going to catch those in front you, don't work any harder than you have to, to hold your position".

Congratulations to Bob Vernon on being the West Virginia Masters Champion.  A fitting adversary, even if it is the only time he has beat me this year.

I am blaming my lackluster performance on the Samson  theory..

The shot above is Sunday in Davis after the race, freshly shorn from the Tour de Burg (Nate's Blog).  Below is the last race with the wispy locks...



7/17 Just a Dab


One of the last major natural features along mile 9 on the Kanawha Trace yet to be cleaned.  A tight little climb and drop along the bottom of a cliff.  It has been a couple of years since that last mishap.



7/14 One of Those Days...

going up that with the big fluffy


 sucker for a sign


over look



inner look



7/9 Rolling Right Along

Sue Haywood heading down the "Death Star" day 6 TdB

There has been a whole lot of racing going on.  The WV Ultra Series kicked off in Ohio at the great endless-like single track out at Stroud's Run.  A scorching hot race, that became a matter of attrition and just surviving the heat.  Got second master there, 6 minutes off of Root. 

Four days latter, I was heading East into Virginia for the experience of the week long Tour de Burg.  Time Trialing (uhg.),  100 mile road rides and big ol' mountain bike rides.  Had to break out the big fully suspended Stumpjumper into the arsenal for the big mountain stages.  If you haven't been, well you just don't know, you just have to be there to see how to experience it.  Bad Idea Racing puts it into some more words, if you like that sort of thing.  My photos are here.

TdB photo by James Kelly

I skipped the last WVMBA Series race at Valley Falls and puttered around here on the singlespeed, the Boy Scout trails are looking good.  I have my eye on this week's one day State Championship Race in Davis.  With class winners of WVa residents bringing home those bragging rights and the jersey.

So I know the blogging lags here from time to time, but it's summer don't you know, try to enjoy it.



6/26 Looking A Head

Bad haircuts are in the future

and so is the 2010 Tour de Burg


I have this Dick to point out that it is not very far in the future.  This Friday is the opening time trial back on the western slopes of Massanutten.  I have between now and then to figure out a game plan, scour the rest of the stage details and do a mental battle of choosing a bike for each.  The opening time trial is a no-brainer for single speed.  One climb and descent on some purty smooth trails.  The two road stages will see the 16 gears on steel.   But the single speed will be tugging at my heart, it really likes to get up the mountain.



Stage one, I will be debating between the Superfly and lots of squish (and lots of weight) in the form of a slightly modified used-to-be ol' faithful Stumpjumper.  With my  switch this year to bigger 29" wheels, well the stumpy was getting neglected due to feeling all goofy riding along with what felt like little shopping car wheels.  I am in the process of testing out at mid range 27.5" wheel in the front.  First impression revealed that now the bike still feels a little goofy, but without those little shopping cart wheels. 


650b wheel in a Fox 26" shock

So there will be other single speeders there in the open category and I don't even think for a moment that any bike will let me hang with those guys.  And the tour director certainly does not give the SS's any consideration when laying out the stages, except to maybe skew them away from making it any easier on the simpler one gear bikes.

So I have the arsenal, and maybe looking for some single speed peer pressure.  I like taking the little bike on big mountains, but then again I have been on stage one before and it is not a pretty sight...

...almost 3k up to Elliot's knob.  Misery loves company but do I need the misery?

go on back






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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