2008 Tour de Burg





Forgoing late night blogging for some more important rest.  final GC results  I work so hard to be so mediocre.  Not really, I consider it an honor to be sandwiched in there amongst all very fine riders.  Around 300 miles and some 30 hours on the bike.  Plus all the evening camaraderie, the food, drink, and recovery, all made for a great time. 










7/1 prologue

Got started with a little time trial action.  A lot like a day of work - drive for 4 hours, tool around for 45 minutes, ride fast for a half hour.  This is not what it's all about. 



7/2 Stage 1


you get what you pay for



welcome to Elliots



That about says it.




7/3 Stage 2 - 75(sic) mile road ride


Turned out to be like 92 miles.  Lots of the gravels, I like that.  Hot long day.  Hung out where I could.




rockin' and rollin' with Blake




7/3 RockTown TT


Got back to the Jeniki Compound ~ 45 minute break before that evenings city park TT.  sweet  Who doesn't like a LeMans start?  Me.  (I got over it)  Rocks in town and swoopy berms.  mmm  Everybody likes berms.  Groovy.





7/4 Stage 3 Short Mountain Kennedy Peak Stevens Trail



going for



the glamour



  l lost my camera on the downhill




Susan found my camera on the downhill.  SO made my day!



going for







the coast off


 Carpong recaps



7/5 100+ Road


A lot like road riding.  Popped of the bike like I do.  Then worked a five man rotation under the strict tutelage of Sue George.  Left her on the climb to Confederate Breastworks.  I felt like I was cutting class.  Classic mountaintop finish on Reddish Knob. 



going fast



press pass



has it's perks




no gettin higher




7/6 stage 5 WV style


Slummy parading climbs.  Re-invigorating rolly steep trails on the way down.  Utterly speechless.  



parade carnage




serious trailage



not taking it so serious





That's all I got to say about that. 



Tomi Harlan and Dicky says more 












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.


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