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Ah, these are getting fun:

what my mom thinks I do

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I always seem to be cleaning my mountain bike more than riding it. It’s the worst part, but its a necessity with our lovely WV environment <3

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ABRA Racing just sent out this tentative schedule for 2012′s races. I thought I would share:

 

ABRA Racing

Calendar Advisory: 2012 ABRA Event Schedule Release

More than 4000 athletes and cycling fans will be marking their calendars for the 2012 ABRA Events!

Subject: 2012 Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association (ABRA) Event Schedule Release

Date: March 18, 2012 – Dec. 9, 2012

Event Locations: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland

Morgantown, WV (Dec. 14, 2011) — The Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association is pleased to announce the release of its 2012 racing calendar. This coming season we are pleased to bring you the additions of an Oval (track) and Mountain Bike series to the professional list of events that the Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association already promotes in the Mid-Atlantic region.

More than 4000 cyclists and fans are expected to compete, participate and cheer athletes through 39 races for the coming 2012 racing year. Cyclists and fans are invited to ‘save the dates’ for the 2012 editions of the ABRA Road, Criterium, Oval, Cyclocross and Mountain Series as well as favorites like the Hilly Billy Roubaix.

2012 ABRA Cyclocross Series dates along with the dates of the 2012 Pennsylvania Cyclocross State Championship and 2012 West Virginia Cyclocross State Championship, ABRA promoted events, will be released in the coming spring.

A complete list of the 2012 schedule is now live on the ABRAracing.com website under the schedule page at http://www.abraracing.com/Schedule.html

About the Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association
The Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association is in its fifth year promotions and things just keep getting bigger and better! Point series events can be found in and around Western Maryland, North Central WV, South Western PA., and Eastern Ohio in 2012.

Schedule Info:

§  Number of 2012 Events: 39 Races

§  Race Series: Road, Criterium, Track, Mountain and Cyclocross

§  Host Cities Hot Spots: Pittsburgh, PA – Morgantown, WV – McHenry, MD – Youngstown, OH….

§  Estimated Total race miles for 2012: 1745 miles in Pro/Expert category

§  Predicted total number of registrations for 2012: 4333 entries

§  Riders’ origin: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, New York…

 

Sponsors needed for the coming season!  Contact us!


Media/Sponsor Contact
J.R. Petsko,

Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association

985 Bethel Church Road

Maidsville, WV 26541

info@ABRAracing.com

Website: www.ABRAracing.com

 

 

If you have any news or info you’d like to share with WV Cycling, feel free to contact me!

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Titus Cycles is having a contest where you submit a 30 second video link showing why you think you would be a good global brand ambassador. Here is my submission:

Check the criteria on the site if you want to read about what this contest was about:

http://dev.titusti.com/2011/10/titus-global-brand-ambassador-program/

#globalteamtitus

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Went on a shop ride with a new guy from Morgantown. He had a sweet looking Colnago, but I for some reason didn’t take a full shot of it…

 

Anyone know what model it is? It had just about everything Colnago on it. ITM rebranded Colnago stem, Ambrosio Nemesis rebranded Colnago wheels, etc… Keeping with italian heritage, of course it had Campy Record as it’s groupset, circa ?2004? This bike was pimp.

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

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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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Through the first year, I have accumulated many posts that I never completed due to lack of motivation, or enough knowledge to flesh out the text. In this post, I humbly present to you my rubbish bin, AKA unpublished post drafts:

Untitled

01/29/2010

http://djconnel.blogspot.com/2010/01/drivetrain-losses-introduction.html

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Road Race in Morgantown, WV – April 3rd!

03/01/2010

From BikeReg.com:

Leave your expensive Flux-Capacitors and fancy wheels at home cause it’s WV and we got pot holes, but do not forget your climbing legs, and yes, they can have hair on them too. We don’t judge! If you want to climb your legs off come join us over in West “by god” Virginia for some wicked hard yet truly fun grassroots road racn’!! This race course has just about everything a cyclist could wish for in ridge top views, back country road, big climbs and gear pounds flats.This course starts and finishes at Gospel Tabernacle Church on Shannon Run Road. This race course has just about everything a cyclist could wish for in ridge top views, back country road, big climbs and gear pounds flats. Starting out at Gospel Tabernacle Church you head North on Route 19 towards Kirby.  Then a left on Kirby Road and across the mountain to Route 218. Then it is a right turn to head North on RT 218 into Pennsylvania. Ride 218 all the way up to Waynesburg. A quick right on cook road and over top the mountain you will find yourself returning south on Sugar Run Road. At Kirby, PA take a right on Kirby road and then it back country roads all the way back to the finish in Mt Morris.

The race is 47 miles, and registration is $20, regardless of category.

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Nothing Like A Freshly Paved Road

06/03/2010

Ever been on a ride where

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Injuries – A Stick In Your Spokes

12/10/2010

Mountain bike season came around pretty fast this year, Serious riding started in April, and road riding peaked in late September… Once the temperature dropped enough, I hit the MTB with full force. After a few component upgrades, something was off on the fit of the bike, and I felt like adjusting my cleats was a good idea.

This was the biggest cycling related mistake I made in the past several years… or at least I thought it was…

My left knee started killing me after my first ride with the new cleat adjustment. My IT Band also felt like it was cut with a knife.I decided I would take a week or two to let the tendonitis/ITBS to calm down, and stop hurting. These two weeks were terrible… The weather was perfect to ride, all my friends were riding; and there I was… not riding. Total bummer.

The inability to do something that you enjoy just because of one thing is so demoralizing.

I knew I had the entire skillset to ride with my buddies; I had the endurance, the riding skills, and everything else needed… except the injury was inhibiting me from riding.

What do you guys do when you’re injured and can’t ride or perform some other favorite activity?

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Luckily I did not have writer’s block too many times this year, and I hope for even more published posts in 2011!

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Its the first day in over a month without snow coming down, the car snot is clearing off of the slushy roads. The giant bank LCD screen says that it is 40*F outside.

You want to ride.

Today is that day – You get off work and start calculating how much time you have until it gets dark. You know that you just finished putting on new cables, housing, and bar tape and want to try out the shifting on the road. You’re tired of your trainer, and the treadmill feels like a jail cell with a belt underneath you.

Time to ride. (more…)

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