6/28 Ultra Tour
Wayne National Forest, Marietta Ohio; The WV Ultra Series* continues with its fourth race with not yet one race in West Virginia. The Wayne Ultra took place across the Ohio River on the trails and roads on a 42 mile course laid out by the areas MTB advocacy club - RVMBA. I made the trip to the hilly terrain and manicured trails with Andy and Phillip that morning for the eleven o'clock start. A small field of racers and rumbling skies didn't dampen the spirits - except those that where still on the course when the skies opened up somewhere past the 4 hour point. I was lucky enough to miss that window and finished high and dry in first in the master class. Andy rolled in on the 1X1 around 35 minutes behind me. Phillip on a 1X9 on the short (25mile) course was out running hard, in his second race of all time, when the curse of legs cramps shut him down (but not out). Surplicity of food, drinks, and swag for all afterwards rounded out the day. Just one reason why smaller well organized events like these shouldn't be missed.
Men's overall podium
*Should this really be known as WVMBA's WVVUS series? Not really accurate now that there is a fine venue in Ohio contributing to the whole points scenario. Yves - there are points, Wvere the are they at? they are here - "S" could have stood for suspense. BUT back to the WVMBA WVVUS thing, taking the ordre and the states with the ultras and you get VOWVUS. VOW VUS rolls right off the tongue, just like W-VaM-BA VOW-VUS . Or W VaMBA VOW VUS! that would be exciting, while VOW! VUS! would be twice so. Think about it. I did and I think it makes sennse.
Anonymous Tribute at the Park
If any of you knew Marc Macalla this is an extremely sad situation, he was an outstanding man and cyclist
Situations like these I normally good inside myself and don't know what to say or do. I met Marc a couple of times and he was an active member of bFAT email group. I know he enjoyed and shared the trails in the park. Seen him most times riding the trails - just passer bys.
6/26 Super D Report
As we finish up the park leg of the Trifecta P Dial leads the closest competion by 20 seconds. I got this esmack talk before he took over the lead and set the super D record time at 8min57sec.
No ride scheduled for July 3rd - enjoy your holiday
Philip laid it out ...
Just thought you should know that your Bifecta championship may be in the balance. Although you will more than likely win the last leg of the Trifecta by more than enough time to make it up. I will be known, and have the respect as the fastest 6 Mile Downhiller and SUPER D winner of competition...muhahaha...muhahaha. If you must know, my pinky is at the right corner of my mangled mouth while I am muhahahaing. I will also have a watch along with my secret weapon to win the TT.
To which I responded
and now edit
One more week on the “D”
I will not be riding a rigid 10 year old single speed not that it helped
and youou will not have the cushion of other riders with a true TT start. guess comfort is not the name of the game
A one week break while I sharpen my downhilling skill in the high mtns of leTour
and I will be able to coast 6mile with the fastest of eaze. i m a believer
KTTT is the true test of all that is MTB riding a hiking trail
new gear with gears will not help you certaintly maybe
I have aces in holes that you don’t even know sounded good at the time
Realize you are week one weak notice
and should practice your bowing now to your fan(s)
for the Dirty Brown cup is mine. for now
6/22 Oh! Blackwater Rambalam
Davis, WV; Blackwater and moon rocks. In your face (literally) really really nasty. Racing not so much anybody else, tho had I known that second place Master Bob was to finish 39 seconds ahead of me, maybe I could have gathered up some mustard and made it a go for it - rather than dillying around to the end. The big bike day before didn't leave a lot of oomph to poomf - just a little whiny moto drive. A humbled Mumbles was back there to light a fire, but I was just a little too soggy. I was more just rolling to get every thing done. I seen the infamous Moon Rock sections for the first time - its nice to get your mind blown in a race situation by a fantastic real world distraction. This made for the price of admission. A cold mini-keg and podium cash after the race didn't hurt a bit either. A good day (the type that is good to be done) to finish a two day honing - hopefully it will make some work down the road a little easier.
6/21 Ride the Park Days
My early A M plan to hook up with the Ride the Parks group out at Beech Fork State Park at 10:00. Road route driving would be almost 20 miles one way, 45 minutes driving plus time putting in (on) and taking out (off). Instead Rolling early enough to the Adahi along the Mud River - tiny but sweet section of the KT - on road to hit a groomed trail climb and descent at bVill Park - river trail - popping out the back way on the bridge to nowhere - Alt10&10 - Hughes Branch - campground. 2:07 ride time with some not so direct direction in the park. Arriving right in time (10:20) to catch the back of a group of maybe~20 riders heading for the Lost Trail.
Things balled up real fast at the first tree fall across the trail. Then balled up again at the second, and third, and so on. Lots of trees down for a long time. The trails looks like they are still being ridden a lot, but without the aide of power tools. Truly a need for some work or some Pay Dirt. Check with the superintendant at the camp office - they are more than willing to get you what you need.
Lost Trail - Beech Fork State Park
Lots of hanging out time in the woods and after a fine free lunch back at the shelter, the planned ride back over the sketchy connector of Henry France Branch - Elks - RR - Roach - etc, got detoured with a truck ride with Phillip to hit it and ride the park trails all déjàvu style. Started a little groomed rock work section before turning for home. Ended up the day with 10 hours total time / 6:30 ride time. Long day with fun ratio. Day one done, in a planned 2 day exercise. WVaMBA Racing in Davis, tomorrow.
Mary Davis Trail - Beech Fork State Park
6/19 How Could You Not?
when it is so.
iphoto Mike Barbour
6/15 Classic Stuff
The newest buzz - Bike Polo. Just didn't understand. Till I played
Mt. Zion, WV; There is a soft spot in my heart for the Appalachian Classic. This is the lap venue race that produced my first WVMBA Points Series win way back in 2K. I was always there slugging it out consistently, all Earnhardt style. Lots of second and third place finishes but never the victory. I chased a goal of a Points Race first place class (vetX) win for four years, putting myself in position, working smart, playing hard, fo-cussing. It took a late race downpour that in effect stretched that two-nad-a-half hour timeframe by a half hour. In that time - climbing up from the lower pond I believe, that my unprecedented move into first took place. Made the pass and was on the gas for all it was worth. Learned a lot in that timeframe; lot of pressure off the front, pain is all in you head, and you can still pedal even with legs that are cramped in knots - it just depends on how bad you want it.
So I really wanted win my class this year. Came up shy. Ran the good race but it was not meant to be. Even had a second chance to stick with the man in black (or is that blue - I am a bit color blind in that area) but the Davis Express left without me.
Going hard balls for 2hrs+ I yearn for leTour
Now that the link above has exposed the mullet - I leave you with a circa 2001 24 Hours of Snowshoe style 24gratuitous hair shot - classic stuff!
Short Track Stuff
6/11 Cave Runnin' Kentucky
DBNF - Connected the recon dots - made the loop connection - mission accomplished.
6/10 more 24
Tinker mentioned from the podium he regretted not riding the full suspension - East Coast Rules!
Jason ANdy Joey Chris on top overall
24 Hours of NOT racing
Hung out this weekend under the rouse of helping out around the WVMBA Dream Team camp in their bid for victory at the 24 Hour race at Big Bear. Honed my rouse skill remarkably this year by not actually destroying anything. Camping and chilling and spectating. Andy and myself caught the heated start, then head out to the most challenging portion of the course, in the rock garden. Benji Klimas was the first rider thru - cleaning his backyard trail with ease. Then minute after minute ticked by. Huge gap - way too huge. Turned out he missed part of the course in the round about Lemans start confusion and would have to make up that part at the end of the lap. Kevin Wetzel was the next rider I seen that made it look easy (6.3mb movie). The rest of the 13 mile course was dispersed with typically WV style single track complete with all the mud rocks and roots one can expect. Maybe I missed it a bit at the time but having no Monday race hangover to deal with, it feels pretty good now.
Marcus pushes the pace early ...
Matt Johnson on course
Dwayne behind the scene
JR on the other side (of the camera)
Solo podium (left to right) Ernesto Tinker J Jakomait
6/3 Bike bFAT unveils Trifecta of FAT rides
"Trifecta" as a slang term is used to describe any successful or favorable phenomenon or characteristic that comes in threes, for example: A super D, a downhill, and a time trial.
In the spirit of a lot fun and a little competition the bike bFAT Trail Committee introduces by popular demand, a set of weekly rides showcasing some of the immediate area choicest singletrack. Kicking off with this weeks #1 Super D – a premiere run off the Hill at Barboursville Park.
Riding starts at 6:00 on Thursdays. See flyer for details. Super D timing starts after everyone is to the top of Gas Line, with riders dropping off in 1 minute increments. The turns are marked, but it will help if you know where to go. Look at the map. (up the blue, down the green, regroups at the red dots)
Get it Together
and Ride it
6/1 Rain Delay
Heading for the blue skies and fluffy clouds. Rolling easy single speed style once again, then it closed in fast and hard. Defiantly the hardest wind gust I have ever tried to ride thru. Genuine concern that I was going to be lift off and blown into the roadway, before heading for cover under the Mexican cantina's awning. The picture don't do it justice, the howling gusts and invisible hail and pelting rain had just about subsided. 5-10 minutes of hunkering in the car wash with Andy before we hit the dry trails in the park.
5/31 1/3 KT
Lazy Saturday morning - slept in late trying for a full charge to take on a loop that included the Adahi to Howells Mill, backtracked roads thru Yates Crossing and hit the KT at mile 11.5 on McComas Branch. Ten solid trail miles counting 'em down to the switchbacks at Wildcat. High noon start = a hot humid day flirting dehydration and electrolyte depletion. I took a tumble off the side hill at the waterfall. More humorous than painful, if you like to laugh at a thing like that. After that it was stumbly gunnin running on familiarity to make thru.
when it is hot as shit - lay back and eat flies
keeping it open
thanks Dwayne !
Beech Fork Association of Trails
Barboursville's Fun Awesome 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 (right or 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.
bFAT email groupo<----click here Become a part of an e-group forum that will let all subscribers communicate (free!). Send an e-mail with the word "join" in the subject or body and you'll get hooked up with other riders, to do fun group rides, get trail info and conditions, technical advice, etc.
for more info admister @ bike bFAT