Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Phillie Cheesesteaks

Ah, Philadelphia culinary delights... Pat's

Provolone, wit... So good I had to have two. I may have to find a reason to come back into Phillie before we leave for Virginia, so I can have a few more.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Betsy Bell and Mary Gray...

These two "mountains" dominate Staunton's skyline. The city has a road to the top of Betsy Bell and has signage posted calling attention to the bike trail.

The road to the peak is narrow but paved and the downhill portion of the loop is dirt doubletrack.

The Mary Gray "mountain" is the smaller of the two but it now has a trail on it as well. This trail is single track and I hope to ride it tomorrow. I just walked the first hundred feet of it today at lunch time.

If you are planning on rolling this new trail, make sure you walk your bike past the old foundation as there is a lot of broken glass on the first 75 to 100 feet of the trail. If you could pick up some of the glass when you are done riding, that would be great.

Thanks to Sam for letting me borrow his camera and sending the images.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Cyclocross Nationals, Local Champions...

Congratulations to Charlottesville racers, Deidre Winfield and Fred Wittwer.

Dee Dee won the Master Women 30-34 championship while Fred won the Master Men 55-59 championship. Check out cyclingnews.com for the full results. Fred races for Charlottesville Racing Club (CRC) and while Dee Dee races for Vela Bella she used to race for CRC. Great job to both of these local racers.

Also wanted to give a few atta boys for some MABRA B racers. Marc Vettori, Chris Nystrom and Chris Harshman raced in the Masters events yesterday. Hope to read their take on Nationals in their blogs.

I'm also looking forward to Chris Scott's take on nationals and his Master Men 35-39 race. Wonder if he hopped the barriers???

Thursday, December 14, 2006

More Frontier Trail Plan in the media...


It's good to see that the Frontier Trail Plan is being discussed in the media, print and TV.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Staunton's Bike Plan in the media...

From Sunday's edition of the Daily News Leader:

Bike path plans roll
Staunton trail takes shape
By David Royer/staff

STAUNTON — The first segments of a trail for bikers and hikers should be circling Betsy Bell and Mary Gray mountains next month, as Staunton lays the groundwork for a network of greenway trails that may one day span the city.
The proposed Staunton Frontier Trail would lead adventure seekers from the Frontier Culture Museum to Gypsy Hill Park and beyond, both on and off roads....

Read the full article here.

And today's Op-Ed page of the Daily News Leader:

Bike paths get a nod

...Since the Betsy Bell path is essentially ready to go and the entire plan is set to come before City Council for approval within the next two to three months, we'd recommend that the city give the green light to the bike paths around Betsy Bell and Mary Gray mountains. We won't recover what the peaks once were anytime soon, but the paths will be a fine way to enjoy what's left of them and the view of the Queen City.

Read the full editorial here.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Cyclocross Series Final...

Yesterday was the final installment of this year's VA cyclocross series. The race was held at Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville, which is a brand new venue for the series. Let's hope this park will be used in future years as it was one of the better courses we raced.

Rolled in early to watch the the Masters race and had a chance to wish Chris Scott and Sam Thompson good luck. Busted out the cowbell and yelled for both of 'em. Chris rode the big hill each lap, bar one where he spun out about 20 feet from the top. Sam ran it each lap, knowing my skill set I decided that I would run it as well. Chris was vying for the lead in the Masters 35 race with another racer for the whole race and only reliquished the top placing in the final lap. Sam was neck and neck the whole race with another guy and held it for the final sprint up the hill and the short 50 feet to the finish line. Sam did the brand new Planet X proud by winning the Masters 35+ state series overall by taking 3rd behind Chris.

The B race rolled out 1:01 and was the last race of the day. We had call ups for the first time this year, and with my top billing I was first to the line, followed by Kevin and George. The hole shot was taken by a Richmond Ciclismo rider who quickly fell off the pace. I locked myself on to Kyle Murphy and his black Planet X's rear wheel. The way he's been riding in the past few races, I predicted that he would take this race. I stayed on his wheel until 2 laps to go when Mark Cockrell attacked (Kevin said he would come on strong at the end of the race). I looked around and didn't see Kevin and my moment's hesitation saw Kyle and Mark roll away from me. I made an effort at the start of the final lap to latch back on but only made it to within 100 feet. I decided to roll it conservative for the final lap as I had a good gap on Kevin and all I had to do was finish to take the series. I could see Kyle and Mark duke it out on the final run up and cheered for Kyle as he took the race. For grins and giggles, I rode the final hill and rolled through the finish with a satisfied feeling. With the third place finish, I had won the Virginia B Men series. My mom came to the race with Holly and Parker. My dad came too and watched his second 'cross race. James stayed after his C class race and cheered. Annette and her husband came over and cheered as well, thanks to all of you.

My goal for this cyclocross season was to win the B Men, meeting this goal has been satisfying. Add to this my results in the MABRA series, the 2nd place overall result in the VA Triathlon Series 35-39 AG and becoming a father, Yeah it's been a Great Year.

I couldn't have done this without help. Thanks first and foremost to Holly and Parker. Les, Jody and Taz at East Coast Bicycle Academy have been a huge help, Thank You. Another round of thanks to James at Black Dog Bikes. The Virginia B Men are a good group of guys who race with fun and sportsmanship, thanks for being great competitors.

And Congrats to Sam for winning the Masters 35+ series and thanks for being a good training partner and great friend.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Capital Cross...

Sam has a post that details the race. Here are some pics pilfered from Kevin Dillard's site, velophotos.net. Helluva photographer, check out his site.


Chris Scott doing double duty by racing two elite races. And hopping barriers.

Kyle busted out a solid 15th in the Killer B's.

Sam's last race on the redline. Check out his new ride.

Big George riding strong.

Just having fun...

3 meetings...

Shenandoah Bike-Ped Committee 4pm
VDOT was on hand to discuss how the committee could petition to have bicycle improvements be enacted. Only problem, the engineers talked all around the process, never giving a definitive answer. We could go through maintenance, or a 6 year planning process, or talk to the resident engineer. Okay, how do get a Share the road sign? see above... At least they now know that there is a group that will be asking for bicycle improvements and since the state has stated that VDOT has to accomodate bicycle improvements they will be hearing from us. I brought the committee up to speed on the Berry Farm Property.

Queen City Cycling Club 6:30pm
Not much of a meeting, only five of us, plus Parker. We talked about the Berry Farm Property walk through. Then we all walked to City Hall to attend the next meeting.

Frontier Trail Plan Presentation, 7pm
Shawn Maddox of the city hosted a community discussion of Staunton's Frontier Trail Plan. There will be an email address to send comments to, see Staunton's home page. Right now with the city in the process of hiring a new city manager, so the trail plan process is in limbo. The council is behind the plan, so are the various departments, what is missing is someone to shephard the plan to completion. A few suggestions to the plan were made, we'll see how they develop.

Saturday, December 02, 2006


Cool stop motion vid of a IF Deluxe build.

Watch a bike be born...