10/23 NRG50 #3 2011 Edition
Gilbert with the money shot of the day. Railing on the Boy Scout built Arrowheads Trails in Fayetteville. Ed and Rob rounded out the bVillians crew whose mission was to check out these purpose built trail system. Jay was divvied out with New River Bike & Touring's' Andy Forron and and myself. We were there for what I am calling the full gorge experience.
Jay didn't know what he was in for. After an hour and a half or two of getting out there plus touring those trails that will keep you on your toes, twisty and hopping around in the woods, we split groups and and headed up the New River into the Gorge. At Thurmond things turn downhill with a turn up Beury Mountain, a 12 mile 1900 ft elevation gain dirt road that connects with Babcock State Park. A little fade a forward momentum was saved by some gas station pizza a sugary fizzy drinks. Another 50+ in the Gorge.
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Days two - five have been added to the Virginia Tour Recap.
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10/15 Been Getting...
...into them mountains! Three days Slatyfork touring West Virginias premier mountain bike Mecca. A good time with good friends. These guys know these trails well, kinda learned early on not to try to hold Greg Moores wheel on the downhills. It took me a little longer to learn the same thing for the climbs. Back home late Sunday night then back to flipping hash for three days.
Virginia Mountain Bike Trail Da< < < Days 2 - 6 added
Day 1 Douthat to Hoophole
Shenandoah Mt Touring was the brainchild, I was a tag-along for halve of this "pioneering" Virginian Mountainbike Route that runs something like 480 miles I'm guessing, linking together as much trail as possible. Starting from somewhere, down to Stokesville, VA (home of the Shenandoah 100 mile mtb race). Then continues to Douthat SP following the 1st day leg of the log running springtime right of passage known as the SDS. I joined what was left of the starting party - SMT's Chris Scott and Matt Smith set up at camp Douthat. My car was taken from me and moved to a remote destination that I would not know the exact location for another six days. I was locked in!
Kurt Rosenberger rounded out the quartet for the run up Stoney Run enroute for the southern departure via Fore Mountain Trail.
Gnarliness amongst brilliant Fall foliage brightened a damp day in mountains.
Getting up Fore Mountain Trail was a little thick to way thick - albeit blazing.
Rewarding views like these and resilient tread from times gone by, pretty much erased any knowledge of the work getting to the ridge.
Covington HS marching band greeted us on the descent off the mountain then again accompanied us through town. We followed along i64 to cross over for one back road climb to make it to the Hoophole area for shelter from the storms.
Each day the rolling camp would be packed up and driven to our next destination then set up by SMT staff member Tyler Spurlock. My first day wrapped up with three major climbs and I don't know how many miles. I left these details to the mumbling mastermind Chris Scott.
10/7 Get it while you can
Okay, so racing is over, is say with a bit of a relieve. Finished first in my age class in two local WVMBA series - the XC and the Ultra or XXC seriers. I missed the trifecta for the one day championship at Kanawha State Forest to my toughest rivalry with his only win over me. The racing season may be over but it is one of my most favorite times of the year to be out riding in the the changing Fall colors, so my butt will be on my saddle and not so much in front of a computer screen. Some big tours coming up fast and furious with a chilled riding pace, I hope to keep up on the single speed. You should check out bike bFAT on facebook if you want to keep up on all the riding going on around here. That's it. That's all I got to say for now.
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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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The Race to the Colorado Trail
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