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?