26 March 2012

Another excellent weekend in the backcountry...

North Georgia has a sweet stash of it!




















Its hard to describe how liberating it is to get so far out there on the bike. The opportunities to see so much different scenery in one ride is incredible. I can not wait to get home to Virginia soon...

17 March 2012

Sooo good

Awesome people. Big miles. Lots of dirt.

13 March 2012

Since Last time...

I can't really seem to figure out where my fitness is laying here this days...I spent the "winter" in the gym and actually riding a lot....not to mention some big days on the snowboard in Colorado....my strength on rides and even long days seems good, but maybe my racing legs are not around...if they ever were really. But, the mild winter and now the early spring conditions have kept me happy and I even did a few races...I've got some hopes for making it to some cool events this spring and summer so lets hope I can keep it together...

In early February myself, the McLeans, Mr. Burchy, Mr. Dwyer, and Amani spent some really cool days hanging out in Frisco and experiencing some beautiful bluebird ski days.

My carbon repair project is in the final phases...some recent test rides seem to give me some confidence that it is good to go...

Got to visit with some good friends from the Morgantown area on the Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling Team at Southern Cross. James Braswell, Mike Vanderberg and JR Petsko were in attendace and it was great to see them! It was a beautiful day, and it was very good to see some old racing friends. I even got to catch up with friends Roger Masse and Cheryl Sornson. Maybe I didn't have one of my better races, but it was a fun outing for sure...

Montaluce Winery

I spent the next after Southern Cross roaming around and trying out some different rides at the SouthEast Bike Expo. Ran into some central PA friends there too.

The Top Fuel was very playful at the Conyers Horse Park...of course I want a new mountain bike...soo many good options...

This is very close to the location of our campsite when we visited Conyers back in 2008 for the Granny Gear 24 Hours of Conyers...I had memories of Clint somehow crashing pretty good in this open section. I still wonder about that one?? The bedrock sections are still really difficult.

I hopped on the roundtail for a quick spin too. Pretty neat design...an interesting take on the bicycle. I'm interested in how this thing feels on a monster mile day, as it is supposed to reduce transfer of vibration to the rider. You can check it out HERE.

I'll never get enough of big mountain rides with cool people...

Now with the longer evenings...the backroads of Adairsville will be my post-work shake-down...

Hello Spring indeed....really, I strongly suggest you try this...

Mulberry Gap is a cool place...



From the Cohutta overlook!

Mike Palmeri and his crew in Ellijay are a great group to ride with. Mike's been riding/racing/living the bike life for quite some time, and is a great advocate for the sport. His wife Terry is a major local bicycle advocate working closely with the USFS to promote bicycling in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Check out the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association.

After the last Snake Creek Gap race Mark Drogalis stayed for a visit and an introduction to the riding near Ellijay, GA.

Mark had to head back to SC after our morning ride, so I caught the Ellijay crew for a tour up and over Stanley Gap in the evening. It was good to get in another big day. I need to bring the form together and hold my own at SDS.

Of course...messing around. In May I will have been riding this 2010 Fisher HiFi for 2 full years...it has 1 or 2 scratches now...

Lemma visited this past weekend and I took her up to the mountains for some riding.

The Pinhoti Trail near Bear Creek and Ellijay has a very balanced mixture of gravel, fireroad, and flowy singletrack.

Me screwing around again...actually no, I did not fall...

Lemma cruising through Painter Gap...

So March is full on, and let the spring and the rides come!