6/24 GOBA Exhibitional
Hot bike polo action in Athens. Always a good time. Just a part of the Great Ohio Bike Adventure
Oh! The Hoo Ha was the opening of the Ultra Series and step up to XXC - as in twice the cross in the country racing. I wasn't too concerned about the length as was the "up", that would be as in a lot of climbing up Massanuttan Mountain and this would be my biggest race on a single speed for a while. Still competing in the aged master class and I think there is a technology gap to be considered in that 13 minute or so gap to first place, but it was mostly that I wasn't as "on" as I had felt in some previous race leading up to this. And Don certainly was "on".
Complete coverage and results are at cyclingnews
And you can see all the drama from the PRO/AM short track course (that I did not do), but was just part of the 40 miles we had to cover that Sunday.
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6/14 Slickee Slide Show
6/14 Tour de Slick
Burner Mountain Trail
Kevin Wetzel put together this ten man crew for a three day tour in the highlands of good ole WV. One overloaded passenger van and a trailer full of camping gear and bikes. Started from Slick's cabin at the base of the Dolly Sods Wilderness, with tent camping the next two nights at Laurel and the little Princess campgrounds. Day one I visited some new trails - Burner Mountain and Span Oak. Hit the West Fork Rail Trail and revisited High Falls. Challenging exit from the falls as the trail was the rail.
Day 2 saw Huckleberry off of Spruce Knob then Horton, and Allegheny, all was riding really sweet on the single speed. I can tell we were riding well by the lack of pictures, or could it be that riding off the highest point in WV is getting to be a little mundane? NOT, by any means, Huckleberry was as much fun and challenging as always. It never gets old.
western approach to Spruce Knob
Day three was gravity fed with a shuttle run with enough time for some more trails before boogying off the mountain before the storm hit. Just goes to prove that I can pass up a three thousand foot climb. We wrapped up with no mechanicals and just a few bruises and minor scrapes. We got out before a deluge of rain that book cased both the beginning and end of this trip for some high and dry trails. Perfection.
some high gas line
Slick and Eddy heading home
6/6 WVMBA #5 - A win with a taint
Yeah that's my name up there in the top three overall. Okay, I really don't know where to start with this, so I think I am going to sleep on it before I dwell on it anymore here... *update* I am fast as hell. What happens in Logan stays in Logan. "The race director's decision is final." So there. There could be ten minutes added to my time, if you are keeping track, just to keep everything relative.
6/5 Saturday KT
Seven riders on the group ride that fell apart at many different levels. Maybe it is not such a "candy-ass" ride as I thought. Everybody made it home safe, so maybe it was a live and learn type of ride.
Same ride as 5/21 - 20 miles ~2 hours, some trail and some back roads. Noon meeting at Marine Recruiters lot in Ona, if it is not pouring.
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.
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.
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