9/27 Dolly Sods Breakdown

Some days you have it, other times you don't, and other times you are picking yourself out of a ditch wondering what is going on.  It was one of those days that I am not particularly fond of racing in.  The start was overcast and glum - climbing into the clouds then turning into the Sods visibility was huge factor in the slow pace at the start.  No worries it was to be a long day...  looking for wheels to follow.  pick one,  two,  three,  okay this is racing.  Found a comfortable pace behind a duo that included Doug Atkins, just had to go with the wheel - keep it in my blurry sights.  Then I get all froggy in one of the big puddles and jump in head first.  The fall was not so bad or the landing - but the bike deposit was on top of me and induced a massive hematoma to my rectus femoris  (that sound a lot more critical than I got charlie-horse in my leg).  Slow gettin up and not really moving,  Andy passes me like an Asshole.  So I try to mobilize a pace, but my right quad protest mightily.  No working this one out.  No racing with that bum steer.  I break agian and have a little picnic pb and honey sandwich, drag out the camera, and start thinking of cut off times.  Trying to impose them, not miss them.  If I could walk and coast around the mountains for 5 hours - I would get a short cut and still get a finish.  I haven't had a DNF this year and this was no time to start.  Plus their was still people behind me, doing something something like racing, but not really.  So I go tourist mode, enjoy the mountain and the best trail conditions (concerning maintenance) that I have ever seen in these parts.  I time the cut-off on the money, even though I had know idea where it was.  Not really the way I wanted to wrap up the series, but in a good place to do it.  Davis is too cool.  Congratulations have to go out to Andy Cremeans, he has been watching to time gaps (a little bit longer than me) between our finishing times slowly dwindle.  This marks the first time he has been on the positive side.  Does this prove that anything is possible or is it just... revenge?






Dolly Sods







Alleghany Trail



9/25 Want Some Revenge

This weekend marks the final WVMBA series race with the Revenge of the Rattlesnake, in Davis WV.  A new point to point course starting up the Salamander Run at Timberline with a loop in Dolly Sods North then skirting over to Canaan Valley State Park before climbing up to the Plantation Trail, Blackwater State Park and finishing in the town of Davis.  Hopefully the wet stuff hold back a bit, for some good trail conditions.  Looks like we will be riding the Allegheny Trail section up to Plantation, hmm backwards from the only direction I have ever gone.  I wish I could remember more about that particular section, but maybe it's best that I don't.  Hopefully there will be enough gas in the tank to make one more big race push to end this years season of in style... 









9/20 How do you like your eggs?

I guess this is all right if you like this sort of thing.  Close to four hours of trails bookended by, by the lake single and filled in the middle with trying to figure out the tax payer paid arrows nailed into the trees - like no one would see that there was a trail going off hither through woods. Shortish long climbs beckoned for hill repeats - No, we aren't lost it's just riding.  Some monster pock hole horsey sections dialing the mindset for the tech fest that awaits this weekend. 

more of me




down by the water





9/17 A Late One


Summer is winding down, the days are getting shorter and work is getting longer.  Seems like no time left to pass the time of day.  aaw.  This time and later in the season has it's benefit though, public areas tend to get less crowed, or even vacant at times, good for sneaking and peeking.  Daytime get a ways not so close can make for late a days travel.  Well worth it on the company dime.


sneak in


17 mile loop from the dam;

Twin Knobs

Clack Mtn Rd

Big Limestone Tr

Sheltowee Trace

one for the road





9/12 No Words



I should type something - but I don't think I need to, really

The dirt  Derby

Sept 7, 2008


9/8 Real Quick


thank you





from award winning, local photographer Ron Stanevich


how can I find time to blog and look at all the BIG photos?


photo;  Ron Stanevich bottle of pills.com




   Sport Course  JR's GPS    looks best in the "terrain" link


locale   herald-dispallery   coverage 


home course  dirt Derby Results  advantage







2008 Expert Masters Points Series Podium


Champion Matt Marcus, 2nd Me Self, and 3rd Matt Ross as portrayed here by Brian Bridgewater





 2008 Sport Masters Points Podium

Alex Marra, Steve Thorne, Doug Wayne, and Dwayne Walters first - fourth respectively






2008 Beginners Points podium

Chris Bright. Matt Johnson, Wayne Hanlon, Mark Burns  first - fourth respectively


more as soon as the mental magneto completely unwinds ...




9/6 The Buff and the Shine





The course is buffed and tomorrow with it will shine with racers and riders from throughout the region converge for just a ride in the park.  A little mid day rain today then it opened up to blue skies, with a sunny coolish day forecasted fro Sunday.   Should be great! come on out - the race is open to all.  Registration start at 8:30 and the rubber rolls a 11:00. 







8/30 - 31 Somethin New

Rocking for 24 hours in PA at the Seven Springs 24 Hours Challenge, racing in the corporate division in a stacked eight man team.  Couldn't pass up the comp'd entry and the chance to race with some old and new friends in a new to me venue.  I figured the eight man rotation would be high on the fun factor, with a greater lounging factor and a little racing thrown in.  It was a great scene and a bang-up course.  I was told to "have fun" heading out for my first lap and one sure way to have fun is to win ... so winning is what we did, bringing home the trophy for first place in class, and 3rd overall.  Here  is the full recap



























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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