Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Training Ride, Moco Epic, Wheels

For this weeks team training ride Jeff Dickey and I did 50 miles of the Montgomery county epic (MOCO epic) loop.  Dylan couldn't make it this week he was racing the monster cross race.  He came in 4th!.  The trail conditions and weather were great.  Probably the best we have seen since we stared doing these team rides in Dec.  I had one big mechanical that took the steam out of are high paced ride.   My front wheel was tacoed by a corner snuck up on me and I hit it going too fast.
I tried whacking it straight enough o ride, but no luck the tire was still rubbing on the fork. I ended up having to take the tire off and ride the rim the last 5 miles.  The rim wasn't worth trying t fix so i didn't feel to bad about trashing it even more.  It was super loud riding on gravel road, sketchy going through rock gardens, over logs,  and through stream crossings but way better than walking.

Good thing the Stan's No Tubes order is coming in Tuesday.  They are one of the sponsors of the team.  I haven't used any of their wheel sets myself but I hear that they are nice.  I ordered a set of the crest 29ers for my race bike and a set of flow 29ers for my training bike.  The flows are wide (28 mm) all mountain wheels so they should be able to handle XC terrain no problem.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weekly Team Ride, Foutainhead Park

I met up with Dylan on Monday to do are weekly team ride (Ian also joined us).  I only did 18 miles and under 2 hours.  Dylan rode from home putting in over 4 hours.  We did a few laps of Fountainhead trying to avoid new sections that were muddy.  There are lots of short steep ups and downs.  I think these trails will be 10 times better when they wear in and dry out.  should be great this summer!

My heart rate was pegged at race-pace for the majority of the ride while Ian and Dylan were riding causally and chatting in front of me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Photos From Last Sundays Ride

 Me 23 degrees at start
  Dylan jumping

  Dylan on banked turn
 Me with broken derailleur hanger
Ian and me

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fairfax County Epic

Jeff, Dylan and I did are weekly team training ride today (Ian and Kevin also joined us).  I rode for 8-9 hours and 85 miles.  I believe this is the longest mountain bike ride I have done since I did a solo 24 hour mtn bike race when I was 23.  I was the weakest guy on the roads and bike paths and was holding down the pace so I bailed out early with Ian who hurt his knee.  Jeff did about 95 mile and Dylan who rode his bike from home did about 110 miles. This loop added more of the Fairfax CCT (cross country trail) than are last Fairfax epic ride.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekly Team Training Ride, Fairfax County Epic

This week we rode the trails in Fountainhead park which consists of lots of berms and fast intense climbs/ descents...

Then we rode over to do some of the Fairfax county cross country trails...

We linked it all together with roads and bike paths; It was 6 hour 75 mile ride.  We decide to call the  Fairfax County Epic because it linked together mountain bike trails in Fairfax just like the Montgomery county epic (MOCO epic) links together trails in Montgomery MD.  MORE (midatlantic off road enthusiasts) gave the name to the MOCO epic as a fundraising ride to raise money for trails in the area. This was are Fairfax VA version...

It was at a pretty hard pace (at least i thought so) I was dropped 3 times and the last 10 miles I was getting light headed.  Jeff, Dylan and Ian were merciful and slowed down the pace for me.  It also started to rain toward the end of the ride.  Being wet at 38 degrees was pretty uncomfortable.  When I stopped moving I stated shriving and didn't stop till I got in car and turned on the heat.