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Well, as everyone knows… having a big fire is priority #1 after getting camp set up, and riding until tired. Last night, Tiffin, The Girl™, and I went out to the flats for a jaunt of night riding and camping. The night riding was fantastic! Being a little disoriented as to where you are is an interesting feeling. Without daylight, the same locations we always ride around look and feel a little bit different, but not scary different. Without being able to see as well, we ended up taking stray trails, which have not been ridden by bikes (ATV trails, dirt bike trails, etc) for months, if not years.

After riding around for about an hour and a half, we started to set up camp Just like past cyclocamping posts ere on WV Cycling, we used the same gear, same tents, so not a lot to report there. I did end up packing an abundance of leaves under my Tyvek ground cloth. This was free padding, and significantly made an improvement in comfort and happiness! I suggest everyone to do this when weight-weenie camping!

camp fire fire pit

We started setting up a fire in a nice little firepit that we dug up the night before. Fire was a-blazing for a good two hours. We roasted hot dogs, and Tiffin tried to make popcorn by breaking open a package of microwave popcorn and placing them in a espresso milk frothing mug.

espresso frothing mug coffee milk

The oils got so hot in the stainless steel mug that they ignited, he had to blow out the fire before he could eat the popcorn…  Such a bad idea…

fire popcorn

popcorn fire smoke microwave campfire jiffy pop

Our campfire was so warm that I had to move my stump bench away from the firepit. When I was scooting it away, I saw a Red Salamander. He was a very shy little reptile and attempted to hide back under something immediately. I was lucky to nab a photo:

red salamander

Sleeping was very much more comfortable, just as I said earlier. Having the leaves, a foam pad, and a light sleeping bag really made a difference. Maybe being a weightweenie camper is as fun as being a weightweenie cyclist.

 

 

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Cyclocross is a zany bunch, and East Coast vs West Coast vs Euro have many different views on things…

Tell me what you think:

what I actually do cyclocross

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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

 

 

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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

race to lil moes 2011 phillipi mtb race thad's singletrack

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 velomihottie is also a runner, and was outside in the rain at 6am this morning. This kind of dedication to one’s sport is awe inspiring. Don’t get me wrong now, I haven’t picked up running, but I was motivated to go out and ride in today’s heavy downpour. By the time I got home from work, and was kitted up, the roads were already steaming and evaporating the rain off of the hot surfaces. Very eerie!

I’ve been working on a local trail for about two days now, and since it rained today, this was the perfect time to see how well my modifications to the trail have held up. There are about twenty-something coroplast arrows creating a trail path that maximizes the available land, while creating a very efficient and fun topographic course. All I did was cut up some coroplast boxes, make a cardboard stencil, and spraypaint each one with the little arrow design. To create a little less than thirty of them took about half an hour from idea to completion.

mtb trail coroplast signs arrows directions

I’ve been placing them about five feet from the ground, 6-10 feet before a turn on flat sections, and about fifteen feet before a downhill section:

Very easy to see, no?

I’ve dug up some edges around ponds like the one above to allow the water from the rutted out ATV potholes to runoff down the hill, or disperse into wooded/grassy areas. This took a lot of time, but I’ve been wanting to do a lot of this since 2009 or so.

I’m having trouble determining what to do for one section of trail that the ATV’s have decimated with their tires, and there is about a fifty foot section of horizontal ruts full of water. Video below:

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