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I’ve been a fan of the WV Rave events since 2008. LBS owner, Gene Wells and I wanted to do this since it’s first year, but something always got in the way for me, and I was fortunate enough to ride in 2011.

This event is organized by the Habitat for Humanity of Nicholas and Webster County As they state, their goal is:

To Provide families with simple, decent, and affordable quality housing while spreading God’s love through our faith and actions.

You can see past projects of their work by click in the picture below.

WV Rave Habitat for humanity cowen WV

In 2011, according to their site, they earned $5000 from the WV RAVE bike ride!

I know, I know, it’s a charity ride…. not a race, but still…. this is a GREAT COURSE… Hence the all caps.

The Camp Caesar starting point is a 4-H camp with little log cabins that we slept at the night before. It is a really rustic feel, sleeping on cots that you could imagine being in a school nurse’s station, or in a really old dormitory. Luckily, the next morning, they had an awesome breakfast incuded in the price of lodging. All of the typical breakfast fixings were there, and very well made!

The course that we did was the 100 mile, and it was fun, but rough. I think I bonked at about mile 70 or so, and had a hard time keeping my speed up. The climbs aren’t bad… They’re steady, but not bad. Bring your compact unless you’re a complete B.A.

At the end, oh gosh…. They have a truly wonderful post-ride barbecue that was to die for. I think I ended up eating all of the desserts. All of them. So good!

If you’re going to do any kind of charity ride in West Virginia this year, this must be it. The event volunteers are all friendly, wholesome, awesome people. The course is well marked, and cleaned. I can’t really think of anything negative to say other than me bonking… ūüėõ

I’m going to list some info and documents to link to the appropriate places to register… Maybe some photos too!

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Ridge And Valley Excursion (RAVE) Bike Tour 2012

RAVE 2011 was a success! Tell your friends and family for next year, and come ride!

Route options

There are five different routes of varying difficulty to choose. All cyclists begin and end at Camp Caesar 4H camp.

+Family Fun Ride is the 15 mile option and is also relatively flat. The route runs part way up Williams River and back.

+Endurance Ride is 50 miles long and is also relatively flat. The route runs to Tea Creek Campground and back. Map found HERE

+Top of the World Century (100 mile) Ride includes a 5-mile climb and 5 to 6 other challenging, but shorter, climbs on the Highland Scenic Highway. Route goes into Marlinton and returns to Williams River Rd. Map found HERE
There will be a cookout style dinner at Camp Caesar upon return for all riders! Cost included in registration fee.

Lodging

A $50 lodging fee (seperate from riding fee) includes 1 night lodging at Camp Caesar, Friday evening meal, and breakfast Saturday morning. Please call Betsy Morris, Camp Caesar Director, at 304-226-3888 or email at campcaesar@frontiernet.net.

Bike clubs or groups may choose to rent a cabin for their entire group.

Late registrants (after May 14th) will pay $9 for dinner on Friday and $7 for breakfast the following morning.

Payment Options

Since we are not able to handle credit/debit cards on this site, check or money order must be mailed to:  Habitat for Humanity of Nicholas and Webster Counties PO Box 544 Summersville, WV 26651. Please print off registration form and submit with payment. OR
you may click on this link 
www.raceit.com.to use credit card. Please print off receipt from raceit and bring with you day of ride.
The route fees are as follows:
Family Fun Ride: $25/Child, $30/Adult
     Endurance Ride: $50
     Ridge Runners: $50
     Metric Century: 
$50
     Top of the World: $50
These do not include lodging.

All fees are non-refundable unless event is cancelled.

Confirmation of entry and payment will be made by either email, phone, or mail.

Ride Packet

Packets can be picked up on Friday evening from 5pm-7pm at Burton Hall at Camp Caesar, or Saturday morning before the ride and will include a map of your chosen course. Ride packets will not be mailed.
WV Rave habitat for humanity bike ride charity ride

Buckhannon's very own Tom Woods

wv rave bike ride habitat for humanity camp cowen caesar

Kelly and Les at one of the fully stocked Rest Stops

wv rave charity ride

A bunch of guys standing around looking PRO.

Important links:

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

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/120803621289871/

Registration Page #2: http://iplayoutside.com/Events/2012/06/13898.html

If you have any questions, feel more than free to ask, and I can try to answer them, or direct you in the proper direction!

 

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This is the first year that I have owned a mountain bike. I’m pretty surprised how certain techniques and skills seem a little more fluid or take less time to react as to when I was just road cycling by itself.

  1. Handling Skills This is a given. Mountain biking involves paths and trails a lot tighter than the streets utilized in road cycling. You are capable of maneuvering your bike around in a more dynamic fashion.
  2. Opportunity Windows With mountain biking in West Virginia, there is a trail sometimes even in your own back yard or less than five miles away. With the shorter distance, you are more willing to go out for a mere¬† 45 minutes or so… The opportunities capable of being taken for mountain biking are¬† easier to use than when preparing for a road cycling ride that you may start planning for the next day since it will be a three hour ride. Its okay to go out for just thirty minutes, if need be. (more…)

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