Monday, December 19, 2011

Reminds me a bit of The Hangover combined with the South Yuba Trail...



Football is all about the hits...



Holy Bigness!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bummin' Around

Just some shots taken around town...






Monday, December 12, 2011

4 Ways to Sunday

Ok, I lied. I thought my riding season was done until the new year, but thats not the way it is supposed to go. I left the house at 4:20am headed for harrisonburg on Sunday to do a big ride on Elliot's Knob. All 4 sides and then Crawford Mountain. That is a big ride for this time of year. We met at Mr. Js, the usual spot for riding in the area and made our way out in Matt's van, five of us piled in with the bikes. It may have been the coldest day of the year thus far. 16 degrees as I made my way out of the city and around 30 when we started out riding the road. We turned and climbed up Falls Hollow and then down Cold Spring. From there we rode the Hite Hollow road up and then Left onto North Mountain, once headed for Elliot's A nice dusting of snow covered the ground form much of the ride and filled in some holes between rocks. Stream crossings were running high and dangerously cold on a day such as this, but we all managed to stay dry. On the second round atop Elliot's, we headed all of the way up to staorm the tower. The door on the old fire look-out tower was open and the temp was 75 in there according to the thermometer inside. We warmed up and had food and bevs before venturing back out into the cold bound for Crawford Mountain. The only time I have done these trails was during SDS where I am usually pretty spent by the time I get there. Not to say I wasnt spent, as the contant overheating and chilling was wearing me down, however, I made an attempt at the 5 Sisters, or hike-a-bikes. I cleaned 3 of them which is a personal best for me. Instead of coming down Chimney Hollow, we headed for Crawford Knob where we regrouped and Matt cramped up. The trail coming off that side is great other than the non-stop lashing one gets from the brush. Surprisingly, I didnt have anything to show from the beating. Toward the bottom, the map came out to check the route. Nothing like having the map after the sun has already set. A sketchy road ride back on 42. At least 2 of us had something that resembled a light.

If you did the Tour 2 years ago then you know just how steep this climb is...




Long Shadows...



Helter Shelter...





And in case you live under a rock or for some other reason the news hasnt reached you yet, you are looking at the latest addition to the Race Pace/ Trek MTB Team...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Yet another rideless weekend. I have a feeling this is how things are going to go down pretty much until I head out to Sedona as there are lots of irons in the fire right now, but we will see if we cant keep you entertained. I got my JRA on and took some pics at the Occupy DC scene. I split before the pepper spray came out. Here are some images I have been sitting on for a minute...




















Sunday, December 4, 2011

Famous Anus

Making an ass of myself on national TV. Thats me getting clothes lined at 2:30.



Until next time...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Doll Ridge

Sunday's forecast was calling for 60 degrees, which is A-ok for this time of year here so email started going out on wednesday about getting a ride going in Fort Valley and I was partial for riding Doll Ridge. Doll is the most technical of sections out there and although it is not part of the "Ring," it is on the route for the "Massenutten Rim." With big rock move after big rock move, each needing precision wheel placement, this ride is something of a Baryshnikov ballet, where we brandish our bikes baton styl on the rocks. Dan picked me up early in his new to him Eurovan which gives new the hankering for a new ride, and made the trip listening to the Prince/ Time/ Sheila E mix tape which came with the van. Rumor on the Facebooks was that Sue would be bringing homemade cinnamin buns and I couldnt wait to sink my teefs into one or 4 of those sweet, sticky rolls.

We climbed Bear Wallow and dropped down the backside Figure 8 of Hate style, making a left onto the fireroad. Then we Climbed up the orange blazed trail making a right onto Doll Ridge where we would come from the south. Thing got weirder and weirder as the ride went on. I witnessed a couple riders high- siding and tumbling over the ridge's edge onto the rocks below. Sessioning ensued. Sections were cleaned and others left for another day as the sun had set with still much ground to cover and the ridge. Highlights of the day, other than Sue's sweets, were Paul's indian food explosion in his pack, Collin sticking the new freeride line on Bear Wallow in low light and new hardman, Colin 2.0 hanging on for the full day on his second ever mountain bike ride! Pictures never do this ridge justice. get out there and see for yourself.

Collin w/ the East ridge in the background...


Kurt on a step...


Tim trails 2.0 down the backside...


Huuuurrlll...


Reservior dogs...


"Chillaxin'" as some may call it...


Yep, its chunky...


On deck...





heard a rumor that McRad is back!




then I found it it was just the McRib. A bit less exciting, but exciting nonetheless...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tweedle Dee

This past weekend was the DC Tweed Ride. Not the kind of thing I would typically miss a day in the woods for; especially a magnificent fall day like this past Sunday, but for some reason, it appealed to me this year. I met some good folks and saw some great outfits. I was hoping to run into this guy but no dice...





















I ran out of film by the time we got to Smith Commons for the afterparty sponsored by Hendricks gin. Its a shame folks dont dress this way on the daily...