Thursday, October 16, 2014


Every year, for the past 18 years, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) has been putting on their fall festival at the Stokesville Campground just outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The festival has something for everyone including group rides for all skill levels including kids and families, a dance party, trail work, pit bike dual slalom, and a slide show. This year, a few volunteers got together to put on a grass roots style Enduro on Sunday with two shuttles to the top of Reddish Knob, which stands just shy of 4400', second highest in the George Washington National Forest only to Elliot's Knob, with the day's total elevation loss estimated at 5400' in 20ish miles, transfers not included.

Two vehicles bursting at the seems with bikes and bodies departed the campground on the foggy morning and wound their way up into the clouds. Usually one can look off either side of the saddle into Virginia or West Virginia but on this ride there was only grey. At the summit the vehicles unloaded and I dropped into the steep stone stairs to get ahead of the riders and capture some of the action on the trail.

Seen here, Chris Scott hemorrhaging Stan's juice, high on Timber Ridge, from what would later be revealed as catastrophic tire failure. He would not complete Stage 1.

Timber Ridge tunneling. 

In the clouds and on the coals, local ripper, Sam Skidmore makes short work of Wolf Ridge.

"Get high, be high, stay high," describes the line of choice in the steeps on Wolf Ridge.

Despite soggy conditions, a couple of guys made the trip down from Redding, Pa to play in the rain.

State- of- the- art timing consisted of a series of stop watches and notebooks; a system that has been perfected over the past 19 years of Six-Pack downhills, a local friday night race series in the valley.

Chase Lyne had a good day with a crushing time on Narrowback. Here he prepares to get balled up in the carnage on Timber.

Chris Scott up on Narrowback.

Transfer stage troubles. 

Drew DeVier- Scott carving turns on Narrowback.

The festival draws riders of all sizes.

Saturday's joy ride was a great way to make new friends and bond with old ones.

Kurt is notorious for getting loose on the little bikes on Saturday night.

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