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Now that the season is well under way, we have all seen Radio Shack’s, Team Sky’s, Team Quick Step’s and Garmin Transition’s Service Course; heck you might have even seen The Service Course, but now it is time to journey into WV Cycling’s very own Service Course!

Exclusive images of wvcycling’s home base.

In a totally behind the scenes trip to wvcycling’s Service Course in Buckhannon, West Virginia, we were shown around the site’s Appalachian base.

With wvcycling focusing on group rides in five different counties, the Service Course was described by the site as “standard”, yet we still discovered plenty of equipment and history when we were given a sneak-peek to the local Service Course of wvcycling. The well-established base also displays a modest contrast to the comparatively less PRO Service Course of Team Sky, that Cycling News posted an article about earlier this month.

When we arrived on Monday, wvcycling was busy swapping a nine-speed chain for Andrew Dasilva before going on a trail ride. Carbon fiber race wheels were nonexistent but clinchers were being prepared with UST tires, ready to be fitted.

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With the Service Course being split into three areas over 600 sq. ft, it’s one of the biggest West Virginian Service Course in the sport, while also being home to wvcycling’s transportation and mechanic’s trucks. The huge space is dominated by residential storage space for the multitude of bikes for wvcycling’s site.

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“It’s very central within West Virginia” Andrew Dasilva, the service course owner told us. “It’s close to the highway, the airport and is central in very cycling friendly areas.”

“We have about five bikes here now, and four pair of wheels,” said Dasilva. “We hold them here for when the site wants to review bikes. The riders just tell us what they need. What you’re seeing now is probably worth around six thousand Dollars. At full capacity we can probably store up to ten bikes and necessary equipment.”

Each rider has his own station where up to five bikes can be stored. At present Andrew Dasilva’s station is full, with all of his bikes in storage. The pit stops aren’t just for bikes though; the riders also have their own storage area in which all their personal effects are dished out before being taken to events or sent to the riders directly.

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Riders are responsible for the transportation and organization of their riding garments and helmets; here Andrew Dasilva has his supply well covered:

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Shoes, Gloves, Winter Gear, and Recovery Sandals~

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The storage containers in the warehouse are dominated by riding products and food. Along with typical crates of drinks and bars the team also has its own cereal, chocolate spread, recovery drinks, and snack goods to last at least three days on the road.

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WV Cycling is fortunate enough to have sponsorship from leading companies in the industry such as SRAM and Ritchey Components**. What would a service course be without spare parts?

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The sponsors keep the site well stocked with spare tubes and other supplies!

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These 'to go' boxes are filled with spare parts that mechanics may need when away from home base.

Of course, no Service Course would be complete without a workshop area, in which each bike is checked and serviced before it’s either shipped to a ride or stored.

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Note, the spots on the concrete are not grease, but water. It was rainy when I set up this photo.

After receiving le Grand Tour of wvcycling’s Service Course, we were optimistic for the proliferation of cycling, and cycling friendly cities in the Appalachian regions of America.

**Note – not actually sponsored by Ritchey or SRAM 😦

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Hasa Full Carbon Road Bike

  • Frame – Toray T-700 Carbon Fiber 12k
  • Fork – 1 1/8″  Threadless Carbon Fiber fork and Steer Tube
  • Bottle Cages – 2x Specialized Rib Cage Road (Spray Painted Black)
  • Headset – Integrated Headset, Hiddenset
  • Stem – Ritchey WCS 4-Axis, 90mm
  • Handlebar – Ritchey WCS Classic, 42mm
  • Brake Levers/Shifters – SRAM Rival ’09
  • Bar Tape – Bontrager Gel Tape (Reusable)
  • Cables/Housing – Bontrager
  • Brakes – SRAM Rival ’09
  • Wheels – Flit Letica
  • Skewers – KCNC Ti Skewers
  • Tires – Vittoria Open Corsa EVO, Bontrager Race 700 x 23c
  • Bottom Bracket – Truvativ GXP 68mm
  • Cranks – SRAM S550 Compact Crankset 50/34
  • Front Derailleur – SRAM Rival ’09
  • Chain – KMC X10-SL
  • Saddle – Nashbar Glide
  • Seatpost – Ritchey WCS Carbon One-Bolt 31.6mm
  • Seatpost Clamp – Campagnolo Clamp for Carbon Frames
  • Pedals – Ritchey WCS
  • Cassette SRAM OG-1070
  • Rear derailleur – SRAM Rival ’09

This bike was the first bike I ever built from the frame, up. It has been a work in progress, changing out handlebars, wheels, and cranks until I have found perfection. It hovers at the UCI 6.9 kg (aka 15.25 lbs), and rides like a dream. The component selection is all to make this bike look as ninja as possible, while still sticking to a high standard. Ritchey products are not the lightest or best, but they sure are reliable, and are competitively priced.

The carbon bike’s geometry is fit perfectly to me. After a long MTB ride, or a five-mile run, I feel like I can crawl up on the saddle and pedal on it like it was molded specifically to me… like a glove. It does not handle perfectly downhill at high speeds, and this has made me reluctant over time to go faster than 40-45mph on the bike. I have said the light weight feel of the bike is the culprit, but I think it is more of how much of my body is place where on the frame and just use the weight as a crutch. Climbing on this bike is equivalent to running a marathon on roller blades; it just makes things seem effortless. I am sure this bike, not only due to the weight, but also the fit has allowed me to gain watts, or not need to use as many on strenuous parts of a ride. I couldn’t really ask for a better bike with my standing socio-economic status as of 2009.

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Finally received my Paké C’mute on behalf of Bikemania.biz and decided to stand it up with my wheels.

Work In Progress...

The paint color is awesome; it is like a muted (eh heh…) Bianchi Celeste color.  I still need to install a groupset, headset, and cockpit on this bike. It will be operating in…. two weeks or so? I will have to learn how to get used to a long-wheelbase bicycle again!

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