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While I wasn’t at this year’s ToTC, I really wish I was. Gunnar Shogren won, Keith Bontrager commented about it’s epic climb, and 2011 had it’s biggest turnout of 223 racers!

tour of tucker county 2011 keith bontrager wv cycling

Photos from Fred Jordan Photography:

Gunnar digging deep!

Results: Link

Dynamic Physical Therapy posted about the race: Link

Steel City Endurance was also there: Link

If you want more info or photos, check the event’s page on facebook: Link

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Wisp XC Challenge

JR Petsko sent out this message, and I thought I would share it with you guys:

Special thanks goes out to, High Mountain Sports and ASCI! With out their help this event would not be possible!

Race Update: (Course Map)
Here is a basic map of the course for this weekend. I am still doing course work all this week so some spot may change slightly. (Course Map) As this is a ski resort the course will consist of MANY fire roads and double track section, rocks and long climbs. We are committed working with Wisp and ASCI to building more single track on the mountain so this event will become better each year. We are here for the long haul!

Parking and Start/Finish Location:
Please note that the event location is at the TOP of the mountain, NOT in the Wisp parking lot at the base of the mountain.(Directions here)

Event goes on rain, snow or shine!

Event Sponsored by:
Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association
Tomac Bikes
High Mountain Sports
Wisp Resort
Adventure Sports Center International
Dynamic Physical Therapy
Performance Coaching Service
XXCmag.com

Classes:
21 Mile Classes
Men’s Pro/Expert
Women’s Pro/Expert
Men’s Expert Vet (35+)
Men’s Expert Master (45 +)
Men’s Junior Expert (Under 19)
Women’s Junior Expert (Under 19)
Single Speed Open

14 Mile Classes
Men’s Sport
Women’s Sport
Men’s Sport Vet (35+)
Men’s Sport Master (45+)
Men’s Legend (55+)
Women’s Vet (35+)
Clydesdale
Men’s Junior Sport (Under 19)
Women’s Junior Sport (Under 19)

7 Mile Classes
Men’s Beginner
Women’s Beginner
Just for fun!

The Wisp XC Challenge is located at:

Wisp Ski Resort, Deep Creek Lake, MD
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541

Time: Saturday, May 7 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Course:
Fast, fun and exciting new course at Wisp Resort that you are going to enjoy. Look for the course to include long sections of single and double track, challenging rock gardens and of course some thrilling descents! We are putting together an awesome XC loops that we have you asking for more!

Location:
Wisp Ski Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541

Preregister on Bikereg.com for only $25. Race day registration will be $35.00 and will open at 9:00 AM and closes at 11:45 AM.

No Racing License Required!

How to get there:
From Pittsburgh(via Morgantown, WV)
1-79 S to I-68 East towards Morgantown. Take Exit 4 (42 South) at Friendsville, MD to U.S. 219 South 1 mile to McHenry. Turn Right on Sang Run Road. Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.F

From Pittsburgh (via Uniontown, PA)
U.S. 51 South to Uniontown, PA. Take U.S. 40 East to Keyer’s Ridge. Take U.S. 219 South 16 miles to McHenry. Turn Right on Sang Run Road. Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.

From DC Metro
I-270 to Frederick, MD. Take I-70 West to Hancock, MD to I-68 West and Cumberland. Take Exit 14A to U.S. 219 South 16 miles to McHenry. Turn Right on Sang Run Road. Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.

From Charleston, WV
Take I-79 North to I-68 East in West Virginia. Take Exit 4 (42 South) at Friendsville, MD to U.S. 219 South 1 mile to McHenry. Turn Right on Sang Run Road. Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.

No refunds starting two weeks before event date.

Online Registration Closes Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 8:00 PM ET

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This Saturday was the Appalachian Cyclocross Series Race #6 sponsored by Michael Miller DDS in Buckhannon. The race was set on a balmy saturday morning, with the temperatures hovering just above freezing the entire time. For this being a very ‘southern’ race, as it is considered for WV Cyclocross, there was still a pretty fair turnout, and a lot of fun was had. I ran around the race course, shot some video, and got some post race interviews too.

I saw a lot of people from Trek of Pittsburgh, Steel City Endurance, Western Maryland Wheelmen, Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling, Iron City Bikes, WVU Cycling, Pro Graphics, Mountain Mama, and even a few Ohio guys.

The course was moderately short, even in terms of a cross course, but it was rough. The grassy fields were mowed the day before, but were sorta lumpy. It took the energy out of people pretty quickly. There were three noteable barriers that you will see in the videos: Typical 12″ cross barriers, a very small stream path that had to either be jumped or hucked over, and a chicane laden vertical switchback that was very entertaining for the spectators to be around.

Lots of racers were using dedicated cyclocross bicycles, and I even saw a classic 1976 Raliegh road bike out there along some of the mtn bikes and whatnot. Everyone seemed to have fun, and JR really put on a good race.

Now, here’s the videos:

Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Pre Race

Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Race Footage 01

Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Race Footage 02 / Post Race Interviews 01

Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Post Race Interviews 02

Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Post Race Interviews 03 w/Gunnar

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Went to Philippi, WV today and tried to get some coverage on the Barbour DeTour. End results? I was schooled by Gunnar Shogren on digital camcorders; wearing bike shorts instead of bringing a change of clothes, and the history of the local races in Philippi. Great times. I was also fortunate enough to meet up with a few of the pghracing guys who are a blast to talk to. If you live in West Virginia, I suggest to get to Philippi next time they have a race! In Fact, WVMBA #6 is tomorrow! Hope to see you there!

All in all, there were racers from at least four or five states other than WV, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I’m excited for the kind of liveliness that has been seen in this year’s race series!

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I was lucky enough to take a ton of footage from the Tour of Tucker County Race (May 29 2010).

Hopefully, I caught all of you guys in a shot somewhere~

Keep checking back, since I’m processing and uploading more videos as we speak!

Photos can be viewed here: http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/tour-of-tucker-county-photos-pt-1/

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