cycling

Feb. 18, 2017

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The inaugural Mayodan Mountain Bike Classic. 

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I was happy with my race. I entered the woods in 5th place and was right with 4th until one of the bigger rock gardens, I didn’t pick a good line and was launched from the bike.

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Luckily I landed on my feet and started the hunt again, this picture is when I caught 4th on the dam.

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On the podium!

I was able to ride away and rode hard the last lap, catching 3rd riding home a very low pressure tire.

My laps times: 19:17, 18:50, 18:49 and 18:18 – negative split each lap to finish 3:23 behind the winner! My first MTB race in over a year and the first on the Scott Scale!

Nov. 25, 2016

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I love riding in Harbison State Forest in Columbia, SC. A couple of years ago I won my only Southern Classic MTB Series race on the course and a couple of year’s later clinched a State Mountain bike championship on it. Today was no different, even after I snapped a chain (I had the parts and tools with me for a change) , I love the flow!

Nov. 13, 2016

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Back to ‘cross. The season is half over and this was only my 3rd race. The first two showed I had no speed, but today was better. I love the course at Salisbury and after starting next to the last row, I climbed through the field to finish 30th of the 49. With the talented racers in my field, I was happy, had a great battle with several guys I used to race around, and even caught and passed the jerk (work friendly term) that rammed into me on the first lap.

 

Nov. 7, 2016

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Bike Love. I have an hour loop (really diamond shaped) that I ride on weekdays, it’s 16 miles and rolling hills. The past few weeks I had been getting close to averaging 17mph for the loop (in fact the last couple were 15.9, 16.6, 16, 14.8) but I really thought I could break 17mph for my avg. Today I took my 1997 Trek 5000 OCLV for the ride, the bike is set up as a triathlon bike, including race tires and classic 90’s Spinergy wheels.

Through mile 15, I was averaging 19mph and the last mile uphill dropped my ride to 18.7. (Damn a new goal -19?) but very excited after today’s ride.

I bought this bike in 1997 after I signed up for my first Ironman (1998 Ironman Canada) and it took me to all 8 Ironman finishes, plus dozens of Half-Ironmans, and who only knows how many shorter races. It was my only road bike for years and if I had to guess, has well over 10,000 miles on it…. easy.

Oct. 15, 2016 (The rest of the day)

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The day started before dawn for the drive to Lenoir and the first race of the 2016-17 North Carolina Cyclocross Series. Turns out tennis does not help one bit for cycling – I finished about 5 from dead last, but this picture from Sam captures the moment… this is the last lap and coming out of the last turn, the lap before I had caught this guy but took a beer hand-up (illegal, but it’s ‘cross) and had to work to catch him again, as I started my sprint, the chain slipped (why I am about to go over the bars) so no fun sprint to the line for us.

Then Sam and I visited Henry River Mill Village (it’s own post) and headed for a hike a part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to the Upper and Lower Gragg Prong Waterfalls and Hunt-Fish Falls. We got a late start, and I decided to turn around before it got dark, as it was it was after 5:30 when we got back to the truck.

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Cruising along dirt roads in the mountains

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Finally we got on the foggy Blue Ridge Parkway and headed for a campground for the night.

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Dinner, a small fire, a quick card game and off to bed!