Monday, June 3, 2013

NOVA Epic 2013

Jeff and Mike participated in the annual NoVa epic presented by MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) and FCPA (the Fairfax County Parks Authority).  MORE a non-profit organization that maintains/ builds trails in 41 state and county parks in the Mid-Atlantic area working with and coordinating volunteers and working with government park agencies to maximize the amount and quality of multi-use trails for the region. 

 NoVa epic event offered 20, 40 and 65-mile courses with many aid stations (with food and drink options), tee shirt, party with live band dinner and drinks for a fair price ($65 with a MORE membership).  Proceeds went to MORE and its volunteer efforts to build and maintain trails in the mid Atlantic region. 

Mike and Jeff participated in the 65-mile ride.  The 65-mile ride was a point to point starting at Laurel Hill park in Lorton, VA and finishing in Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA.  The ride went through several other parks.  Despite doing many of theses trails before during some long-distance winter and spring training rides we were introduced to some new trails that we previously didn't know about. 
Free tee shirt
Early on stopping to check for ticks
Didn't see any snakes but heard and saw a lot of cicadas
Tick country
Jeff signaling a turn
35 miles in
Wheelie practice on road sections
Met up with Ian and Sunny
Bikenetic bike shop helping with an aid station

Filling up

BBQ aid station, heavy stomachs after this stop
This was the best aid station
Knee table

Ian going for 2nds
Jeff going for seconds too
Sunny leading
Jeff ripping up lake Fairfax park
Post ride party

Post ride party
Post ride band

Post ride meal

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