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As iPlayOutside says:

“Please join the Habitat for Humanity of Nicholas and Webster Counties for their annual scenic bike tour along the Scenic Williams River, through the Monongahela National Forest‘s breathtaking views, and astounding climbs”

This ride is one of the best supported charity rides in the state. The scenery and climbs are out of this world, and everyone I encountered last year were all courteous, and were interested in riding, but also being able to take the time to say hi and get to know one another.

One of the best parts is the post-ride dinner:

Cookout-style dinner upon returning to Camp Caesar after ride. The cost of the Saturday dinner is included in the registration fee.

Be sure to finish the ride in good time to be getting the goodies first :)

I’ve posted a lot about the ride already, so here are some links:

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/wv-rave-2012-update/

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/wv-rave-2012-must-ride/

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/wv-rave-post-ride-report/

http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/upcoming-event-wv-rave-bike-tour/

More info:

http://www.helpbuilditwv.org/rave—annual-bike-tour.html

If you would like to donate, without attending, please contact: Betsy Morris, Camp Caesar Director, at 304-226-3888 or email at campcaesar@frontiernet.net and send checks to: Humanity of Nicholas and Webster Counties PO Box 544 Summersville, WV 26651

A stop along the Highland Scenic Highway. This...

A stop along the Highland Scenic Highway. This photo is of the parkway section between SR 39 and US 219 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.iplayoutside.com/Events/2012/06/13898.html

http://raceit.com/search/event.aspx?event=8abf2546-83fd-415e-aa5e-77b9a0d6e9af.aspx

http://www.visitwebsterwv.com/

http://www.active.com/cycling/cowen-wv/wv-rave-bike-tour-2012

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Ever wanted to have a giant version of Google Maps’s road map that you could print and squiggle all of the rides you have done before? Now you can.

I’ve held onto a piece of software for a couple years now that is capable of downloading Google’s maps in tiles, then stitch them all together into a big image that is printable. Unless you have a large format printer, I’m sure that you could just tape/glue the pieces together.

I really think this program is great for shops, race organizers, or just cycling geeks that like to have a big wall map of where they have been.

I’ve used two pieces of software to grab very large maps of a certain course we have been riding lately.

First, Google Map Buddy:

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When I say this map is huge, I really mean it. This ideally would be printed at 42″x60″.

So far I haven’t really found any downsides to Google Map Buddy. If there are any, it is that it is kinda sorta hard to find, and that it is no longer supported by the creator, since google sent them a cease & desist order. Something about downloading google map tiles for non-software supported use, etc etc etc…

If you have been looking for something like this, try it. It is best suited to save about a town or two worth of map space. I have tried to save all of West Virginia at once… Yeah… haven’t lucked out on that one yet, but then again my bandwidth is terrible.

 

There is also gMapMaker, which is also abandonware, but is easier to find. It isn’t supported by the publisher, and the forums have been dead for over six months. The software is capable of utilizing Open Source maps, and some Bing maps, but it is kind of sketchy, as seen here:

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As you’ve noticed, there are a few splotchy parts on the map that appear black. That is where a tile is missing from the set of images that the program downloaded, and either lost or discarded when it compiled them all to make the big map. I tried three or four different times to get the software to not do this with no luck in the long run. Sigh…

 

Either way, if you still ever had dreams of printing off enough maps to cover your bathroom walls, or stick behind a piece of plexi, so you can chart your rides… this is the way to do it.

 

If anyone else has some up-to-date, and cheap ways to have large format maps printed, lemme know!

 

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Everyone in West Virginia has been rejoicing in the wonderful weather this late into the season. Tons of my friends have posted on Facebook photos or Garmin courses of their New Year rides.

I decided to show Jeff the Petit Roubaix course here in Buckhannon. This was a great ride with some interesting discoveries. As I stated last time I talked about the Petit Roubaix, there was a tunnel… maybe 100 feet deep that I did not explore. We finally went through it, on our bikes, and found out that it could be rideable… in certain conditions. Also, with the large rock walls on both sides, we both scaled one of the sides to see where the path went.

new year bke ride

This was a random mailbox we saw. First time I’ve ever seen people use a bike in a little mailbox design. Look how the N’s are backwards!

Bicycle mailbox

Lastly, a video of our little trek into the tunnel, footage of the other side, and use scaling the rock wall in cleats.

The ride overall was a success, with it being 30 minutes faster than the last time I took it on. The rain held off long enough to get home, and I’m hoping that we can either get a TON of snow, or avoid it all together.

I’m hoping the rides keep getting better this year, and that I get even more miles in!

What are your cycling related New Year Resolutions?

Check Facebook to see what others did during New Year’s Day: http://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaCycling

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I visited Braxton County for Christmas, and ended up doing more than just riding while down there.

First off, what’s up with the weather? All week, it’s been in the 40’s and 50’s, when last year, we had 18 inches of snow!

snow in west virginia

December 20th, 2010

snow in west virginia

December 20th, 2010

Heck, Yukon Charlie can even tell you that I bought a pair of snowshoes this year, thinking that there was going to be a time where it no longer made sense to ride in the snow…

Well, in Braxton, there’s not a speck of snow, unless you count the morning frost on the grass and your car’s windshield. This weather just invites you to go out and do something, anything that makes you appreciate and thankful that it isn’t snowing.

First day, the girlfriend and I went on a dirty-road ride to some general store-esque shop that provides goods for the local residents, since the closest Kroger or something of that sort is 15-20 miles away. If you’ve ever been to Duck, West Virginia (Yes, Duck.)… I’m sure you’re familiar with Nottingham’s store, off of Route 4.

I took a ton of photos of Llamas, self-made town signs, and rope bridges to get to their home. Most of these pictures were taken with a disposable camera that I got from an Amgen Tour advertiser and decided to use it while I could still get it developed.

This footage shows the lovely scenery that exists in WV:

Here’s a few of the pictures I took:

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The new bridge in Strange Creek

strange creek methodist church rope bridge

A rope bridge to cross to someone's house. This was behind the Strange Creek Baptist Church

The next day, we took the dogs out to the meeting point of the Elk River and Birch River, hiking around on the girlfriends cattle trails and tractor paths. Her dog was very excited, ran around in one of the really shallow areas, and we climbed a small waterfall and decided to take some pictures.

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Waterfall!

golden retriever dog duck hunting hunting dog

She was ready to roam the whole farm!

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I wanted to take some *film* photographs from the ledge!

While hiking isn’t my forte, and I don’t think I could do it on a day-to-day basis… It was fun romping around and exploring land that I’ve never ventured on before.

The refreshing part of this non-cycling excursion was just enjoying this weather!

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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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