Global Warming: The Cycling Upsides

February has been unusually warm and that has made for a great month of cycling.  While I would usually be stuck in my basement on a trainer, this month I have ridden outside 100% of the time. On February 11th, I raced in the 3rd Fat Bike Race (mountain bike division) at Chestnut Ridge.  It…

Playing in the Mud: Chestnut Ridge Fat Bike Race #2

I was convinced that the fat bike race at Chestnut Ridge on January 29th was going to be frozen and fast.  But I was dead wrong.  Despite the fact that it was 28 degrees when I pulled into the parking lot, the ground looked frosty but still had not frozen yet.  We were going to…

Long Rides and Beer

It’s January and a lot of people are hibernating right now.  However, we are having one of those “warmest Januaries in recorded history” months and I’m trying to take advantage of it.  I had set a goal of riding outside at least once a week for the entire winter and so far 90% of my…

Garth Prosser runs over a log

Skinny Bike Races to Start the Year

Last Saturday I had my first bike race of the year at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.  It was the first in a 4-race series and it is aimed at fat bikers, but open to everyone with a bike.  You should sign up for the next one on January 28th! Since I didn’t have a fat…

James Knott crosses the frozen creek at Alum Creek State Park.

Surviving the 0° Degree Ride

Sometimes I have normal thoughts.  For instance, when I looked at the temperature in my car in the parking lot and it read 5° Fahrenheit, I thought, “Wow, that sounds cold.” But then the abnormal part of me took over and I never thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t ride today.” I was meeting Joe Worboy and…

2017 Mountain Bike Schedule: Planning the Coming Year

The OMBC and Tri-State 6-Hour series both released their 2017 schedules and I’ve started building the “official” Quickdirt mountain bike calendar.  These two series provide the backbone for my training goals, but I will also try to squeeze in a few new events as well. Overall, I’m trying to limit myself to 2 events per…