Wednesday, April 29, 2009

flow no

My work trip this week took me deeper into Virginia and my drive home took me within a mile or two of a new pump track. Nice that riding a pump track doesn't take 2+ hours to get a good ride in, and was a nice break in the day. This track is not in-town, it's out at a park which has several miles of multi-use trails. The pump track is actually out amongst the trails, about a mile or so from the parking lot.

It winds among the trees, and covers a lot of space. The track is much bigger than Chambersburg's, with many line options (too many to try to count). It seems like they tried to do way too much and build too many lines. The track has very little flow and fun, and most of the berms make you slow way down instead of accelerate you out of the turn. Many of the line junctions are choppy, with one set of rollers not exactly matching up with the next set of rollers, and many places where it seemed the best line was to roll the skinny part on top of a berm. I saw their tool cache, and could tell they're working on a S-turn section and other tweaks, so I'll try it again next time I'm in that area.

Learned that a huge pump track is planned for Lake Fairfax Park (Rich's masterpiece perhaps?), and hopefully one at another park in a different part of the county.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Missed the wake-up for the dawn patrol full pull,
or, maybe I had the wrong day altogether...
maybe that wasn't such a bad thing,
I wasn't feeling too strong at 0645,
love this quote from one who did meet the call
"Hardest fucking forty miles I've ever ridden."

I followed other signs instead
led me to the spoogy end,
that new entrance almost makes it worth riding again

auxiliary weekend shots around town

Sunday, April 19, 2009

spring race

Man, this maximus is gonna be one meaty manly dealy. Those 42 or 47 miles are going to put you in the cave. Yes, it's true that the designer course features some of the best trail that Norchaux has to offer. And it's also true that there will be a lot of work connecting to the fun dashed line sections.

We rode many sections of the course again today. A lot of it is still soft, as am I. Cycling is a volume-based sport, and I am clearly lacking volume. It's true that the more times my legs spin in circles, the more prepared I will be. Coasting, and pumping is not the same thing as riding. No photos today, not even close. The rubber band snapped often, falling far back out of sight, hearing the calls and songs of the slummin' man from the hills ahead. I could almost keep contact with the Mule, after he nearly sliced himself in half on a hard fall on a sharp fin-shaped rock. We had nearly 2 more hours of riding to do, and the Mule only got stronger.

This Friday will actually be my first road ride of the year. I need to spin more often.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


TR sent this out,
I love the filename given to the .jpg by whomever saved it,
I think that person has it backwards

Monday, April 06, 2009

Pete's Movie Opening

I wish I could post a larger image, but blogger doesn't eat PDFs.
it's in Gettysburg May 1st.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

metal guru

The Metal Guru, aka Michaux Masher, is now doing service under the capable ass of Rider.Big.E.