Friday, September 30, 2011

Rain, Shmain!

Today I am truly proud to be a member of Team XXL.
Last night Steve taught me how to draft, and pick the best lead, thanks Carey.
I pissed off our waitress and made her hug me at the end of the night, yes she cracked a smile!
I once again received the award for loudest screech.
I insulted most of you, drank your beer and stole Ernie's dinner.
I learned Galaxy Hut and Lost Dog have THE best beer.
I owe Larry $20.  I probably owe the rest of you, but won't pay.
I ended up in Miller's bed, with his wife and dog, probably also woke up his kids and neighbors.
As if that wasn't enough, Joel and I decided to hit the tub when we got home.
Truly, an epic ride!  If you didn't make it, well you missed!
Can't wait to see Jason's Pics, by the way his camera does not surf, talk or text.
w/much Love,

Editors Note: This entry is in reference to this week's "Thursday Night Ride," team XXLs most cherished regular event, and we suspect the author was still recovering while writing this. This week's ride was extra special. While the typical ride was canceled due to wet trails, XXL embarked on an epic biker bar crawl.  Carefully organized and navigated by Jason, the ride involved a complex and winding route through Arlington County. Extreme fitness was a must for hitting all of the required checkpoints. The athletes were fueled with premium nutrition - a variety of IPAs and cheese & bacon drenched 'Tater Tots. A sag wagon was offered but not employed - mental toughness prevailed.  Another one-of-a-kind XXL event. Don't miss the next one!

XXL & Friends refueling at CP#3

And tonight's special is...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rattling Creek 2011

Jason "rocking" his MCR.
Well mountain biking family, another Rattling Creek Mountain Bike Bash has come and gone; this was one for the history books.  The Bash, in its 12th year, is organized by the Rattling Creek Singletrackers and is held in Weiser State Forest.  The Bash offers sweet rocky riding, beautiful camping, and the seclusion required for mounting biking degenerates.  It is for these reasons The Bash is a much anticipated retreat for XXL and friends.

Joel and his Jet 9 making it look easy.

For those not in attendance - you truly missed an epic time.  It had all the key ingredients for a good party: BEER, good food, sweet swag (our new team coozies), dancing, XXL catch phrase development, drunk wood chopping, fires, broken furniture, people literally hanging from the rafters, a rare but entertaining Angry Carey sighting, new code names................Brenda, BEER, and oh yeah, STELLA riding!!

This year's bash, as one XXLer so aptly observed, was like Festivus.

We had our annual version of the Festivus Pole:

Every good campsite needs an inflatable monkey.

We had the airing of grievances:

Don't mess with XXL :)

Livewrong, baby!

And of course the feats of strength:
Rocks?  What Rocks?

A mountain biking party staple - the hobby horse bike

And best of all, we received word that this will NOT, in fact, be the Last Bash -- it's a Festivus miracle!!!!  Come join us next year!

Lloyd, Brenda, and Tommy will be there!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 Race Results

Plum Grove Snotcycle
Leesburg, VA, January 29th

Carey: 35th, Cat 2 Male 40+
Tony: 1st, Singlespeed

Plum Grove Nightryder
Leesburg, VA, March 12th

Tony: 1st, Singlespeed

Leesburg Bakers Dozen
Leesburg, VA, April 7th

Carey, Pete: 12th, 3-Person Coed
Gregg, Joel, Mike: 18th, 3-Person Male Masters
Jason, Simona, Steve: 3rd, 3-Person Coed
Lisa, Sharon, Theresa: 6th, 3-Person Female
Rich, Tony: 3rd, 3-Person Male Masters

9 Hours of Cranky Monkey
Rocky Gap State Park, MD, May 14th

Simona: 2nd, Solo Female

Greenbrier Challenge & State Championship
Greenbrier State Park, MD, May 22nd

Rich: 1st, Cat 3 50+

Wednesday’s at Wakefield Race #1
Annandale, VA, June 22nd, 2011

Tony: 1st, Singlespeed

12 Hours of Cranky Monkey
Quantico, VA, June 25th

Jen: 6th, 3-Person Coed
Rich: 3rd, 3-Person Coed

Wednesday’s at Wakefield Race #2
Annandale, VA, June 29th

Simona: 2nd, Expert Female
Steve: 7th, Sport Male Open
Tony: 4th, Expert Male

Wednesday’s at Wakefield Race #3
Annandale, VA, July, 6th

Steve: 7th, Sport Male Open

Rocky Gap XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon
Rocky Gap State Park, MD, July 10th

Jen: 2nd, Solo Female 35-39

H2H Series Bulldog Rump
Andover, NJ, July 17th

Chris: 12th, Cat 2 Singlespeed Open

Wednesdays @ Wakefield Race #4
Annandale, VA, July 20th

Steve: 12th, Masters 35+
Tony: 3rd, Expert

Cranky Monkey Race #1 – Wakefield Park
Annandale, VA, July 24th

Simona: 3rd, Sport Female