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The velomihottie’s brother came back from a Germany/Austria after a year of studying abroad. I guess he is back in the spirit of being American, because they took this photo.

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This is how we roll in WV! Note, the legit revolver, not a plastic toy~

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It’s amazing how much information your brain can process at once. I hit a pothole right on the white line on the pavement today in Weston and went for a spill. The guy behind me obviously ran into me, and we both went down. My bike slid from under me, and I was on my left side on my hip and forearm, going across the road… for what seemed to be about five or six feet.

Bike is fine. I made sure of it, eventhough I didn’t want to be the cyclist who checks out the bike before himself. Front tire is trash, severed all the way down to the threading, but eh, oh well. Bibshorts did not rip, nor did my jersey, which is a miracle, but I did get a few rasberries under them.

 

Not bad at all, huh?

I gotta admit, it was cool as anything sliding like on a waterslide on pavement. Maybe it was the adrenaline rush?

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I’ve been posting things at least once a day on WV Cycling’s Facebook page. If you are the kind of person who wants to vicariously indulge in everything wvcycling, then this will be for you! I’ve also been doing a bumpersticker contest where people can win one of my new bumperstickers by correctly naming the location of which I took a photo of. So far, Michael Martin and Jared Yates have won one!

Link? http://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaCycling

 

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Found this Team Card set at the Goodwill for $0.25 and had to buy it. Trading cards of an American cycling team, with all of the legends on it!

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Received a comment recently from Tiffney Batton about spreading the word about an event named Timmy’s Challenge. Here’s the message:

My name is Tiffney Batton. I am trying to get the word out about a great bike ride I am helping organize for Timmy’s Fund-a local nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting families who are currently battling childhood cancer. All gifts and donations will be used to relieve the financial and emotional burdens of families who are undergoing treatment at WVU’s Children’s Hospital. This 100 mile, 2 day ride takes place in North Bend state park-a beautiful scenic ride along the rail trail. There are great incentives for top fundraisers, and also the satisfaction that riders are helping families just like mine, who have a child struggling with cancer. My daughter was 2 years old when she was diagnosed, and during her 48 weeks of chemo,Timmy’s fund was a constant source of comfort and help. She is now 5 years old and CANCER FREE! Our family is so thankful for all Timmy’s fund has done, and want to help other families who are still in the fight of their lives. Will you please help me get the word out about this amazing opportunity for cyclists to unite & help over 50 families currently seeking treatment at WVUCH? Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Our website is http://www.timmyschallenge.org
Happy Riding!

I thought I would take the time to cover a little bit about this event:

Time: Saturday, August 27 at 8:00am – August 28 at 5:00pm
Location: North Bend State Park

Description: What’s Your Challenge?

Have you ever thought of doing a 5k…10k….Half or Full Marathon? How about a 100 bike ride along the North Bend Rail Trail over 2 days?

If this event is calling your name, go to the Timmy’s Challenge Webpage and register today. This is going to be an awesome weekend. Timmy’s Century was such a HUGE success that we decided to up the ante and add in some additional events for 2011.

Check back here or the website for further updates….the planning hasn’t stopped yet. On Sunday, August 28th, we are going to have a day in the park for all non-participants. We are wanting a couple of bands to play at the amphitheater, there will be a huge cookout and games and family fun throughout the park.

Please invite all your friends out to this fantastic weekend and help us raise enough money to purchase the property for Timmy’s Place.

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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116561998404681

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161514707205154

Official Website: http://www.timmyschallenge.org/

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If you have any comments or photos from this weekend’s race, feel more than free to post them!

 

While I was out doing other important things, my favorite course in WV was being raced on. That’s right, Thad’s singletrack, AKA, Race to ‘lil Moes. Moe’s is a bar in Phillipi, WV, and I don’t know if the race ever ended there, but if you have not ridden this course, I should slap you right here and now.

Joey Riddle had this to say:

Tomorrow in Philippi there is a MTB race on what could quite possibly be the best course in WV. Thad Kelly and his merry band of trail elves have the Lil Moes course in tip top shape. Come out and join in or at least spectate and chear on all the racers.

The Lil Moes race race went fairly well for team JBS today. John Weber was third place in the Vet Exp class. Sara Chua was the 1st vet sport woman. Clara Hitchcock finished third in womens exp. JJ Ford finished 4th in mens sport. Mandi had an awesome race and finished second in womens exp. I benefited from the miss fortune of others and finished third overall and 2nd in mens exp.

Also thanks to Thad Kelley and all his trail helpers for a wonderful race coarse. My favorite coarse of the year.~Mandi

Mountaineer Extreme Productions has posted some photos:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/media/set/?set=a.132158660199871.34213.110574619024942

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race to lil moes 2011 phillipi mtb race thad's singletrack joey's bike shop dynamic physical therapy gunnar shogren mike miller tomac cannondale trek full suspension mtb roots

Showoff~

Keith Hower

This is a great photo! Thanks! To bad I double flatted before the climb!

Gunnar Shogren

So who else is going to join us in the Double Philippi Tour de Moe’s? Thad Kelley always gives a little extra coin to the person that does the best in the Barbour de Tour and then Race to Lil’ Moe’s. Racing is fun, racing twice is more fun and having it close to home is da Best!

John Impy Imperial

Would have joined you guys for both, but I am in Florida with no elevation gain to speak of. My next double header races will be Rowlesburg/Watters smith. Good luck to you and Betsy Schauer Shogren in Philippi.

I really wish I could have been there. It’s always a great crowd, and lots of fun at the park where the race is held. If you did not attend like me this year, I hope to see you there next year!

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The Velohottie has been taking pics of cycling related things for me to ogle over. Unfortunately, my imagination has me imagining everyone riding $7000 Bianchis and Colnagos. My imagination has been known to wander, but Austria and German are not the cycling utopias I imagined… well at least her photos are not showing me what I fantasize about.

Take a look:

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All of these bikes could have come from a big box department store, or crappy sporting goods center in America. Where are the flashy names, pretty bikes, or hell, even the sharing bikes I hear so much about? My expectations were high, but I still feel disappointed with the bikes, not the photos.

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Well, this bike is pretty cool. It too has fenders and a rack, but it just looks a little cooler. The crank is a dead giveaway that it is a crap bike, but I still think I would commute on it if I had to…. :(

On a drive to a friend’s today, I saw better bikes loaded into vehicles on Rt.33 (the highway) than I did in all of these photos so far. There was a Toyota with three MTB’s, one being a Top Fuel EX, and a Cannondale Scalpel. I can’t remember what the third was, but it was a Cannondale also.

She has also been taking random pics of other things that I thought would share.

Here is a MTB trail in Germany (Usingnen?) The guy with his back facing the camera has some kind of indistinguishable dual suspension MTB, with Schwalbe tires on Mavic rims, and a Rock Shox fork. The bike is pretty serious with hydraulic brakes, a remote seatpost, and computer/GPS mounted on the stem… Wish I knew what the frame was…

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Here’s some other things that she took photos of, like bike lanes, trinkets, and signage~

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