NC; Holiday weekend down south, with one day set
aside for riding so I wanted to make it worthwhile.
Heartbreak Ridge was my desire and local Si Elzolt
pulled together a crew for the the tour. So it is
kinda like a locals only ride on some seasonally open
land on some private property, ducking through chain
link fences and lots of turns up on big mountains to
lead an unsuspecting rider into far reaching places. The
more light on that issue.
for riding escaping the heat and the humidity getting
really high in the Swannanoa Mountains.
finishing a good ride
5/23 WVMBA #4 Tour de Lake
2006 Tour de Lake
Sunday was a fine day racing mountain bikes. We
left the smog here in the industrial valley behind and
headed up in the country to Charles Fork Lake and the 20
mile mountain bike course that surrounds it. Some
of the first mountain bike specific trails built in
these parts and a race that has been going on for more
years than I can recollect at the moment. Two
times around the lake on practically continuous single
track. Short ups to trail that follows the
contours lines up on the hill about half way up on the
first lap, then follows the ridge for the most part on
the second lap. A pretty good course for a single
I have raced
this on a single speed bike a couple of times, so there
was not much worry pre game. I was looking at 2:04
in 2009 with gears and a good clean race. I
finished at 2:03 this year, dropped three chains, with
fixes ranging for mere seconds to seemingly eternity.
Plus a high flying, over the bar launcher that I felt
very grateful to bounce back from.
I love the
start of this race - straight up the shortest steepest
section of pavement, which I guess would be the "dam
wall", across 40 yards of parking lot and straight to
single track. No dividing up the classes - just
all experts going at the same time. Can you say
bottleneck? I sure can, and I held off just a tad
and watched about 20 riders just ball it up completely
and come off the bike. Then I gave it the gas and
pedal my bike full speed into the fray. Playing by
the rules I announced "rider" came in a little high and
from the right and put about ten rider behind me right
then and there. Snagged a couple riders more as
track snaked up the face of the hill.
first leg after things settled down, past the double
track (on the first halve of the first lap), I
held up pulled Gunnar, Marc Glass and
Steve Hill along the tight "no-passing" section of
trail. I think the first two racers behind me was
comfortable enough this early on, but Steve was getting
itchy. I gave them the line and with little effort
I got back on I was really happy to be tucked in that
group for a while.
I come off
that train with a stick in the rear cog slipping my
chain, which I have had no problems dropping any chains
with here recently. So I figure it was just the
action of the stick, and I ramp it back up. I get
back by that blue Cannondale rider again, but I think
Gunnar is having problems, but I am beginning to think
that Gunnar always has problems. We go back and
forth a few times as I dropped my chain a total of three
times. I see Glass again near the end with
inflation issues and he is back on in no time to pull me
for a final pass around non-master rider Shandon
bruised up and gimpy the day after a race, lets a person
know that he gave it all. I feel that way.
Like a winner.
5/22 KT Saturday Show
Girl, and Myself go for a ride.
KT mile 8
morning's rain didn't put a damper on the trail riding,
at least for three of us. The route below was
almost followed, close enough for all concerned. A
no drop ride on the local Boy Scout trails with called
regrouping points. Generally at the tricky spots
so I can show off my riding skills, obtained from riding
this trail in sections for the last ten or more years.
Hoping for more riders to take part in this somewhat
weekly ride so I can show off to more people.
Saturdays at Noon.
KT mile 9
5/21 Saturdays Ride. That's
tomorrow. How much notice did you want?
Meeting up at
noon at the Marine Recruiting parking lot.
You should be
there. There will be some road riding to get to the
trails, so you may want to wear a helmet so you don't look
like a dumb-ass. Rain or shine. At
least two hours, unless you want more, I always want more,
especially when there is more.
5/17 Rainy Monday
The bridge to
nowhere is going places. The thruway in the park is
now open to vehicular traffic. bummer. Posted
speed limit is 15 mph but I didn't see anyone doing
that. progress. pftt. I also wonder how
this will affect the Derby, Traffic control or just shut the
gate? This section below is part of the dirt Derby's new lap
course, (and the 5k runners course) We will have it
all figured out by August 15th.
So no group
ride. I was glad that everybody that had enough
respect for the trails and did not show up. (or maybe
they did) That river trail can be a mess right after a
rain. Not going to catch me trashing those trails less
than 24 hours after it quits raining, and more like a
3 day dry window right now under the canopy. Not worth
it to the trail or to my bike. r e s p e c t.
Looks like a wet weather pattern, so road bikiing is in
ordered. Served up a fresh two hour loop from the
house to the park via Roach from Saunders Ck Rd.
Country roads and a small section of large gravel.
5/14 Monday Night is Beginner Night
Jared is the
ride leader for this weekly event and authored the words
below. We will meet when the weather and trail
conditions are co-operative.
start of the
a soggy two
For once, I
make it to
early, so by
the time the
showing up I
to get out
close on his
J. from the
it would be
a 29er fest
but two new
As usual, I
soon as they
me if you're
Trail was in
so it felt
more like a
blast than a
of it. On
the way back
we had a
plan for a
bit of a
form as he
hit it fast
up on the
Greg was hot
on his heels
and hit the
and the new
walked it to
By the time
we got to
was ready to
give her a
go, and we
had at least
ride is all
got an A for
As the river
to a close,
a couple of
but Mike was
just a short
store is a
as both guys
it out. That
a dose of
one of the
headed on up
of the group
was ready to
quits, so we
would be fun
down, as his
to add a bit
he was a-ok
and a quick
fix saw us
the rest of
up the road
to have a
bit of fun
on the hill
Mike and I
the woods at
way up to
the top of
we took a
to plan our
it was well
a very dark
to lay off
do it's job.
as it was
and not in
we had a
hoot of a
back to the
There was a
set in and
to call it a
All in all,
it was a
night on the
at the lake.
We try to
hour or so
and then hit
for the more
try to make
good time on
on a bike,
not to join
more links to the SDS.
This site has all the videos take from the trip the
Chimney Hollow clip showcases the technical side of the
mountain, while Beards (especially clip14) takes in the
beauty and the fun that is the draw of biking in the
mountains. Neither film does justice to what it is
in real life, but gives you a little bit of an idea what
it is all about.
newest and a very fine addition I must say, to
Shenandoah Mountain Touring -
Jake Brown blogs on and give his perspective to this
simply amazing two day spring classic.
Stokesville Douthat Stokesville
reeling after this one, 160 miles in two days on
over 100 miles of trails in the Virginia mountains with
Shenandoah Mountain Touring. This was the
seventh year of this grand tour that I have been a part
of from the first year. I missed last years edition and
came close to missing it again this year when my rear
shock that was sent off for repair for my Stumpjumper
got routed to Guadalajara, Mexico. The Man, Chris
Scott offered up his personal Trek Fuel for the weekend.
I don't know too many people that would make such an
offer or that I would accept that from. Riding in
the mountains on a 5" travel, XTR equipped bike, I don't
think it could have been much better.
hands me this bike that has a Bontrager real 2.4"
rear tire and a Continental Mountain King 2.4 on the
front, and tells me that the front tire is a little
wimpy. A 2.4! A tire that size little wimpy?
Yeah obviously he was right, having two flats on the
front. One rolling the bead on the tubeless setup
(my fault - should of aired up), and then a pinch flat
with the tube. Rolling as fast as that bike rolls
over all the rough stuff was more that the Mountain King
Not a lot of
attention paid to capturing the scene with the camera,
just some random shots at opportunistic times. My
obligation lied primarily on trying to keep in rather
close contact with the group of highly talented riders
along the long trail section, where things tend to get a
little stretched out. Still plenty of time to soak
in the sights.
The rest of
and the GPS
data from Poz;
in store. I have been there before -
bike bFAT 2007 Scroll down to
the second post for those amazing letters S-D-S.
Get a good vibe reading those words again. Time to
pull it together, when things only seem to be flying
apart. Still some j o b to be done. Just
might say f that. yeah. countdown is
If we could
only start day two like this - might make in before dark
Harlan's 2008 edition
Google Stokesville Douthat Stokesville
there is so
Reports from the River Trail
at Barboursville Park is that the Guyandotte is staying in its banks
with no trail flooding. The same for the Adahi along the Mud - a
little high but dry.
#2 Challenge at Mountwood
Well here we
are - back to racing. What else are gonna do on a
rainy a day? We have been getting pretty spoiled
with all the dry trails and warm weather, but the
dryness came to an end less than twelve hours
before race time, so the course started out firm, but it
was a wet firm. The rain during the race helped
keep the mud down for a while, but this was a lap course
so it did degrade as the race progressed.
I went into
this race with high hopes, out to prove to myself that
the one minute gap from first place at Big Bear was no
fluke, or the rabbits that I mentioned chasing at the
WVMBA series opener may have just been snow bunnies
(those that maybe enjoyed this past winters powder a bit
much). I told myself on the way up that that
rider who suffered from vision problems in the past,
well that racer wasn't me any more. I would have
to deal those issues and my prescription lenses, but I
wouldn't let it slow my down. Reason number one
for my hole shot of the aged expert classes. Get
out and go for it while the getting was good. Made it to
the top of the first rise and when the course didn't
turn downward like I expected, Root and the
younger elder Powers picked me off with little
challenge. They went on to put something like 13
minutes on me. So yeah maybe fluke.
ten minute effort it seemed there was enough momentum to
hold on to second place in class. Instead of
chasing rabbits it was more like chasing turtles.
There was a lot of turtles, actual turtles.
Because turtles like to hit the trails when it rains, I
have noticed. Lots of comical loss of all control
moments from sliding off the course from not being able
to really see a thing and the rear brakes not really
working. Post race bike breakdown confirmed that I
got about six weeks out of that set of pads. nice.
speed held up otherwise, and was a good tool for the
battle in the condition we had. The 32x18 started
to bog down gearing wise on the second lap as the track
was a bit tackier due to the fact I was now follow a
hundred mountain bike tracks.
out of the money due to the low number of racers in the
master class, (2nd place out of 3 - don't laugh) but
picked up a real nice bibbed chamois from the prize
table, that actually fit. So now I got that going
for me - a clean chamois.
go on back
Fork Association of
informal group of riders who appreciate the land and ride for a healthy
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.
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
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