19 December 2008

Tour de Lights

Last night I was introduced to the local "Tour de Lights" which was most excellent. There was food, and brew, and Christmas Lights! We rode around town checking out lawn lights and goofed around on bikes for a couple hours. Twenty mountain bikers roaming around town at night always leads to a good time.


Ended the night with some play around time at White Park which was mostly a crash fest due to the slick conditions.....yeah, the slick conditions, that's it! I had a blast and hopefully will continue to make it out for events like this one!

15 December 2008

Feel it







Sweet deal.....check out the WVU Cycling blog for some details on our ski trip yesterday! We got in some great riding at Wisp. It was my first time out for the year. I needed to shake out the cobwebs so my brother doesn't show me up too bad when I meed him out in Colorado after the holidays!


Today we got to go and tour the Cannondale factory in Bedford, PA where they will be building our new custom team frames here in the near future!




The tour was really nice, and was hosted by our good friend John Zerbe. We were able to view the entire process from start to finish. The facilities and methods were impressive, and now I am super excited for my new frame!

Right on, pretty boring week here in Motown for the rest of the week. Classes are over! I need to try and do some actually work on thesis related items, and maybe I'll get out on the bike some.

Check it out, I put my old Marzocchi for on my Karate Monkey! Hopefully it still works, I think it looks pretty cool too. Riding rigid makes you feel BA, but I think I'll see how this baby feels for a while.
Out for now, lataaaa.

27 November 2008

Happy T-Give

Geeez, I am the worlds suckiest Blogger. Due to the fact that November has been full of school and has held few super awesome weekends, there has been less to blog about.

That and with the advent of the WVU Cycling blog page, I have spent some times blogging there.

Spent the morning riding doo doo monster, and I will be hitting the turkey hard here pretty soon. Hopefully I will have some cool hiking related pictures tomorrow, and then going to the VT/UVA showdown on Saturday, so it should be a good time!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Jake

Here is a picture just for fun...this is where I am, when I am home! (but this pic is in summer of course...and old)

03 November 2008

Dolly Sods!

Another excellent weekend of "awesomeness!"



Lemma and I took a weekend and went backpacking through the Dolly Sods Wilderness outside of Laneville, WV. We had been trying to go for sometime, but with most of the semester full of bike racing, we hadn't had the chance. The weather in the area this weekend was foretold to be almost 60 and sunny, so we went for it! Afterall, the entire week leading up to the weekend had been filled with cold, and even up to 7 inches of snow in Dolly Sods!

We made a stop for the evening first on Friday night to Haloween-it-up with some of our friends from WVU cycling, which as always was quite the good time.



Lemma's folks were also visiting their cabin at Timberline for the weekend so we cruised on over there after leaving the party and enjoyed a good nights sleep and excellent breakfast in the morning. Once we were through eating, we hit the road to the trailhead!


Trails in Dolly Sods are uber rocky in places, and are quite different from what I am used to back home. In the Jefferson and Washington National Forests you get quite spoiled with blazes, signs, and the simplicity of navigation. This is not necessarily the case in Dolly Sods, with signs usually missing, or simply not there, blazes are hard to come by, and most trails are marked only with rock cairns. Luckily we had a handy map and trail book with us that allowed us to successfully make our way over the fifteen mile loop that we had planned out.









All in all it was really nice, we had the opportunity of viewing some spectacular scenery, nice waterfalls, and even had some adventurous sketchy stream crossings. We didn't see much wildlife besides a few curious deer, 500 chipmunks, thirty-five squirrels, and these strange tick-like winged insects?? And, once again, I am without a bear sighting to report...


As a quick note on Collegiate Nationals - it was both really fun, and really humbling. Those guys are on a level I can't even pretend to compete with! However, I really enjoyed the course, and it was a lot of fun racing with so many spectators around. It was cold, wet, rocky, and slick, conditions that I really do enjoy. Well, I suppose I could do without the wet roots, but that's mountain biking!



I didn't delve too much into the party aspect of the weekend, as I was quite concerned about a calc test I had the coming Monday. Liew and I parted with our friends Saturday afternoon after watching the women and men's A shortrack races (which were amazing mudfests that made me terribly jealous) to make it back in time to spend Sunday studying - Awesome!

The highlight for me, well the real highlight being finishing my event!, was that somehow I pulled a spot on cyclingnews.com:

Check it out here!


Welp, that's it for this Monday! Word is there is some sort of election happening tomorrow?

- Jake

31 October 2008

I always do this..

Ok, I swore I would keep up with the blogging this go round...but why have I gone and what has happened!

Well, sorry to my one reader...liew...

Another crazy weekend, partying with the team for halloween in Canaan then backpacking Dolly Sods saturday and sunday with the lady friend.

Good luck to those in the cross race tomorrow!

When I get back, pics and info from the weekend, as well as a touch on last weekend - Nats!

Jaaake

13 October 2008

WVU Cycling - Conference Champs 2008

The WVU cycling team is now conference champs for mountain bike season for 9 consecutive seasons!

The weekend was awesome. We made a another trip down to the Wilkesboro, NC area to hit the Dark Mountain trails once more for conference championships, which was very well hosted by the ASU squad. This year, the season points were coming down to the wire, and our closest rival and good friends in D-I, NCSU brought a large team of 18 riders in an attempt to snatch victory from us!

After getting spanked pretty good, by ASU and NCSU in the grueling XC race, we performed great in the gravity events, especially in Super D and Downhill put us in the lead, and our second place finished in the Dual Slalom and Short Track on Sunday were enough to seal the deal on another Conference Championship!

Short Track is cool, but maaaan do I suck at it, haha.

It was really great being a part of that this year. Last year was just too busy, just starting grad school, and I really missed out on a lot, but I made up for it this go 'round. The season was super fun, I personally had some ups and downs, had plenty of flats, including one in the short track! Nooo! (That was a huge bummer because I was having a great time out there!)














WVU was all over the podium during the weekend, with first place finishes in all kinds of events. Yours truely even finished 3rd in the Men's B Downhill, and 3rd overall conference in Men's B gravity. Super D is where it's at. I even worked out a 5th place finish in Men's B Super D, despite my pedal exploding towards the end of my race!

Pretty bummed that the season is almost over, though I won't miss the constant driving for a while. We've got one more weekend to go! Since I raced in the A class for XC this season (getting my tail handed to me the entire time), and we won our conference, I qualify for Nationals down in Boone, NC during the last weekend in October! I think I'll try my hand at the XC race and see how it goes.

I'll collect some more pics as the week goes on, and I will try and get them up here!

Two more races to go before its officially end of MTB race season for me!

Collegiate Nats, and the ROWDY DAWG! - hopefully we will swing through BBurg on our way back from Nats to do the Rowdy Dawg. My buddies Scott, Clint, and Brandon will be there, and I will have tired legs...I gotta get out there for bragging rights! Not sure how that will go with the way I've been riding lately!


Competing against 1/2 of our 3rd place Conyers Team. (Luke is too cool and is living in Ft. Collins these days!)


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06 October 2008

Mountain Bike Racing!


Oooo the weekend was full of more collegiate racing, and marines somehow...

The place we ended up camping was also inhabited by a whole group of marines doing a weekends worth of training. So, after the weekend, they will be able to handle themselves in combat situations along with people in spandex riding bikes around them too!

The WVU team did really well, and we were able to carry a big squad down. Pretty sure we placed well setting us up for a big weekend next week at Conference Champs down in Boone, NC. Hopefully we can pull off another conference championship!

As usual, some of our antics got us into a little bit of trouble, but it's all in good fun!

As seems to be the case for me in NC as of late, I flatted out the XC race with not one, but two flats. I need to start carrying more tubes!

Lemma had a great outing as well, beating out some other ladies! I ended up with 3rd in the Men's A Short Track on Sunday which was pretty sweet! Although, I had a pretty stellar crash into/off of the small bridge near the pond coming in to the finish on my last lap!

I blame it on the Troll...



Welp, that's about it for now, should be another fun one coming up this weekend! Cheers to single speeds!

21 September 2008

For your listening pleasure...

whitewater!

Oh man, so I survived my first whitewater rafting experience. I've done a little knocking around in a kayak before, but nothing over a class III. This was a trip on the Lower Gauley river in Summersville, WV. Met a group of Roberts family members and friends I had not seen in quite a long time, and we had a really great time. Much like biking, beer is an excellent post-rafting refreshment, and we cooked out an amazing meal when we got back to the NARR campground. I was a pretty weak though, and didn't take many pictures. Some others did, however and I imagine I will get my hands on them soon!

I look forward to trying the Upper Gauley later in October. I wish I was good enough at kayaking to run rivers like that, maybe someday.

I am super tired today, but it is very nice outside, and I think I will get out on my mountain bike for a couple hours this afternoon with some friends. More collegiate racing next weekend in Blacksburg, VA hosted by my alma mater! Should be most excellent!

Peace!

18 September 2008

ahh I started a new blog...

Well, hopefully I keep this up...blogging starts tomorrow.