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...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Falling Behind

Since I have started shooting with film, there is always a lag before getting the images up. That lag has gotten even worse since I moved and dont have internet. Last weekend was the first annual Fall Brawl in Fredders. Lots of folks RSVP'd. 5 of us showed up. Sounds pathetic, like those high school nights where I got ditched and spent Friday night at home with my parents watching TV. Yuck! Just so happens, 5 was the magic number and the group rolled steady and heavy. pace was pushed as there wasnt a sloucher in the bunch. We rode the Gambrill side first, over to Kublai Khan which had mad trees down from the recent snow. then up and over to the lot to see if any slummers were there for the 10am. No dice, but we did see a lot of Punk Bikers. Even through the super techy drop trails, the crew stayed together. Perfect weather and trail conditions, melt down bevs and we even got to witness an oh so Pro bailout move by Pat Miller. We didnt even know he had split! I thought about Tomi when that trout swam betwteen my wheels on Supersweet. Everyone missed something. My pictures were lack luster, or so I felt as I carried the point and shoot. Here are sumtings...



I guess it was too cold for the Timber Rattlers, so I give you the Cobra...



and a few from Pat...


the creek was up and I made several attempts on the creek crossing...



finally, success...




I am sure you have all seen this one by now as it has gone viral...

Virginia Mountain Bike Trail from Scott Wootten on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I have been crazy busy and have spent little time on the bike since the Va MTB trip but got out this weekend. These are not from this weekend. The last of my images from the Va trip...




... and in case you are wondering, these were shot with latest hipstermatic app called "film"