Tuesday, August 27, 2013

XXL Battles at Burke Farm

Team XXL had a strong showing last Saturday at the Battle at Burke Farm race in Rixeyville, Virginia, part of the FredEvent Race Series.  Joel, 1st place, Clydesdales; Mike P., 2nd place, Singlespeed Open.

Mike P is great on grass

Mike P tears past the field

Congratulations guys!  Next up....XXL goes to Stokesville on Labor Day weekend for a good ol' fashioned suffer fest.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bikes, Beer and Blackjack: Liberty Jamboree 2013

This was the tenth year of the Liberty Jamboree, held on Jim Casey's in-laws' property that is right next to the Liberty Reservoir.  Very cool place.

After training at the First Annual XXL Invitational a week earlier we felt we were in good form for the day's festivities.

On Friday night the weatherman said there was a 40% chance of showers on Saturday afternoon.  We woke up to cloudy skies on Saturday morning and it started raining when Jason met Mike P and Steve at Wakefield to make their way up to Maryland.  We were one of the first cars there, but soon there were a ton of people (TBL, SSO, DCMTB, etc.) It was almost like a Who's Who of local riding.  XXL had decent representation: Jason, Steve, Mike, Joel, Ernie, and Brenda.  The MORE Prez also wore our colors and would make us proud later on. Our race captain passed around beers to carry with us and most riders started the day with a pre-race beverage.  The race was supposed to start at 10:00, but like most things MTB-related, it didn't start until 10:30 or so.

Our hosts explained the rules:  The course is never the same from year to year, there are points for the first five riders in each stage, and at least one outlaw (pink sheet of paper) hidden on each stage.  The outlaw was worth 10 points, which was equal to the points for a stage win.  The winner of each stage had to wear a yellow jersey that had not been washed in all ten years of the Jamboree.  Each stage was followed by a party pace ride to the next starting point.   The top five riders were given zip ties of different colors to keep track of the winners.