Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Race Report: Gravity East Series #3 at Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA

Race Report: Gravity East Series #3 at Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA

We had a beautiful weekend for racing. Sunny, but not unbearably hot and a bit of rain a couple of days prior made course conditions pretty much perfect. The course was about as pure a DH course as they could make at Blue using existing trails. Most I had ridden a number of times before and were also used in the enduro race a few months prior. The difference being some sections had become much rougher after additional months of riding. Alumni Chairman may remember the built-up log drops in one of the enduro stages — well now the landings were totally rutted out and rooted with braking bumps. The trick now to doing them was to hit them with enough speed to jump over the roots.

My race report if that was me:
I won!
I phucking won!
I beat all those mofrackies! - Alumni Chairman

Monday, June 15, 2015

Big Bear Lake 2x12 Race Report

There are many stories to be shared from the point we entered the park with "you here for that stupid MTB race?" to the local convenience store lady, who stated "you bikers are a pain in my ass" as she walked with a limp, absolutely hilarious! - Peter La Fleur

This year's Big Bear Lake 2x12 (hands down one of our favorite events of the year) will be remembered for the weather. Rained all night — some of it quite heavy and thunderous — and continued on through the first two laps of the race. Even in the woods the alternating bands of heavy rain would penetrate the canopy to tickle your brain with fantasies of home and a warm bath. The danger on the ground was navigating slick rock and root gardens when the going was slow and struggling to see at speed as the standing water and mud on the trail was sheeting straight up into the racers' faces. Often you would find yourself blinking furiously on a downhill vainly attempting to clear eyes in time to notice whatever nasty negotiation was next in the trail before it was too late.

Risk Manager after his final lap

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Vassago Fisticuff: First Ride Impressions

How in the hell does a "simple" steel frame with a bunch of mismatched parts from multiple bike eras make gravel smooth, road pedal up snappy, road pedal down scream past lycra pansies capable, single track root ball nimble, Washington D.C. yawning pothole immune, car-bound commuter sad stares look Orwellian, dominate hipster beer stop conversation...

...all in the same ride out my front door?

Friday, November 7, 2014

XXL 2014 MORE MoCo Epic

It’s hard to do a write up of a 20-40 person ride, over 50 miles in length, and through no less than 8 Montgomery County parks. But to start and stop with our (XXL) ride doesn’t really do the MoCo Epic justice. The event, now in its fifth year, is really better described as a festival and celebration of all things mountain biking in Montgomery County.

Scheduled in the fall, MORE strings together more single track every year, and at this point the festival stretches over two days, through no less than 11 parks, and with a full metric century amongst other ride options. MORE does a stellar job of showcasing and linking each trail system together. The end result is a nearly full county tour, leaving even the most die-hard of bikers in awe of the riding possibilities throughout the county. After all, you don’t really get to ride any of the different parks in full, but you get a sampling, and you learn how to string them together in a seamlessly unending parade of fun.

So how did we do it?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Richmond's Tour de Fall Line

The NoVA epic, Stokesville, Patapsco, Spruce Knob, Rattling Creek, Stowe, Big Bear, my new Carbine had been ripping up trail with such ease, it just left me wanting more!  So I found myself on Bike Reg looking for fun recreational rides.  That’s when I first learned about the Tour de Fall Line, a fully supported 8 park tour of Richmond’s urban single track.  I had wanted to check out Richmond since a teammate returned from there with rave reviews.  This was the perfect chance; mapped and marked trails, aid stations, fun locals and an after party!  The Tour offers 50, 28, and 14 mile options, and if you would rather paddle down the river than ride, well they have that covered too!  Joel and I signed up for the 50, and finally recruited some lively cohorts.  Ernie, Larry, Howard and Mike rounded out our group for this not so little adventure.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cain in the Supercross Cup

This weekend was the Supercross Cup near Bear Mountain, NY.

I knew the race time forecast was 22 degrees.  What I failed to notice was the 25 mph winds in the forecast, from the NW no less!  It was brick, as they say in the hood.  Probably because of that, I was the only race day sign-up, and the last of 31 called up to staging.  But the way I see it, there were 4 in my row, so I was really starting 27th.