Monday, September 19, 2011

Sometimes, you gotta race...

Mountain bike racing season has begun!

Chris, Bobby and I (Kyle) loaded our bikes on the car and drove 5.5 hours to Bethlehem, PA for a race at Lehigh University. As far as I can tell, this is the only ECCC MTB race within 10 hours of Pittsburgh this year.

After convincing some wedding party guests to calm down and let us sleep, we woke up bright and early Saturday morning. We pulled into a nearly empty parking lot and made some friends with some folks from Northeastern.

The parking lot filled up and before we knew it it was race time...
 Bobby tearing up the rocks with his rigid fork.

Kyle attempting to stay ahead of the one other singlespeed rider.

Chris looking pro as usual.
The course consisted of a rocky descent down a mountain, then a seemingly endless climb back up it. Bobby and I were 2 of 3 people rocking rigid forks in the C race.

Bobby's technical prowess and bike-shouldering ability led him to a win in the C race! My 6th place finish was good enough to hold off the other singlespeed rider. Chris would have beat me had he not flatted with no time left to make up lost time.

After convincing the Lehigh guys to give Bobby a free t-shirt for his win we made a quick stop at the downhill course. Chris and Bobby took turns riding Chris's hardtail with a 100mm fork and the seat removed alongside guys with body armor and forks with like 2 ft of travel. Then we packed up the car, grabbed some lunch, and drove back to Pittsburgh.


Bobby, Brian, Cajer, Issac, and I met up at 7:30 Sunday morning to head out to the first Month of Mud race at Brady's run park. This was the first-ever mountain bike race for Cajer and Issac. It was also my first attempt at racing with the big-boys in the singlespeed category.

The course consisted of 2 6 mile laps of singletrack with lots of climbing. Bobby finished 9th in Sport, Brian finished 12th in Beginner, and I was surprisingly not last in singlespeed. Thanks to John Pratt and Mike Briggs for the photos.

Clearly still sore from the day before.

Sheer determination.

Brian tearing it up.

Cajer's first MTB race.

Isaac's first MTB race.
Overall, a great weekend of racing!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Road Racing Season 2011 Begins

Took a whole squad to Rutgers

Everybody is happy to be racing!

Travis looking fast

Bobby and Kyle showing some teamwork

Bobby giving "the look"

Erica in her first ever bike race

Bobby finishing the Morgantown Road Race

Erica at the Morgantown Road Race

Travis at the WVU Criterium

Kyle racing up the climb at the WVU road race

Photos credit to Chatura Atapattu, Fred Jordan, Benjamin Stephens

Friday, September 24, 2010

Month of Mud Bavington

Kyle and Ben drove out to Bavington for the Month of Mud time trial on Sunday. It was Kyle's first mountain bike race ever. Weather was excellent for an hour of twisty singletrack riding. Below are some pics of Kyle from the event, sporting the CMU kit:



And here's one of Ben who rides for the local Steel City Endurance team.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Group Ride

We had an excellent group ride today for Labor Day. Perfect weather, low traffic, no classes, nice roads, lots of ups and downs, it was great. Check out the GPS from the ride:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fall 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Philly Phlyer

Ben, Travis and Chris made the journey across the state to Philly for the Philly Phlyer Collegiate races. The three participated in the team time trial (TTT) and circuit race in Fairmont Park and a criterium in Navy Yard. Below are some pics from the weekend.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Bicycle Advocate

Scientific tests have shown that...

four out of five cycling club members prefer...

the Bicycle Advocate Burger from OTB.