James Knott rides his bike to the top of Mount Washington in Pittsburgh.

Is Pittsburgh the Best Biking City in America?

For July 4th weekend, the Knott Family packed up and drove to Pittsburgh to celebrate our independence at Uncle Don’s house.  This is a yearly tradition that we always look forward to.  Uncle Don and Aunt Anna live on top of Mount Washington overlooking the city with a great view of downtown and the fireworks.…

Cory Knight warms up before the OMBC race at Scioto Trails State Park

Rain, Rain, Go Away. Bike Again A Different Way.

It’s hard to write a blog about mountain biking when you aren’t actually doing any mountain biking.  Between the rain, my family vacation, and getting sick, it’s been hard to get a taste of singletrack here in Ohio. Everyday I receive email updates about trail conditions and it’s more bad news. “Trail Closed” at Chestnut…

40+ racers at Tour of Franklinton

Tour of Franklinton: Mountain Biker turns Roadie

Several years ago, I signed up for the Garrett Wonders Memorial Criterium in downtown Westerville, Ohio.  I had been racing mountain bikes for several years, but this was my first and only road event. “How hard could it be?” I wondered beforehand. I got dropped by the peloton in the Cat 5 race.  Arghh! That day…

Racers await the 7am start for the 2015 Mohican MTB 100.

Mohican 100: 2015 Race Report

May 31, 2015, 581 racers registered for the opportunity to tackle one of the toughest mountain bike courses in Ohio and by the end of the day 67 of them would cry mercy and receive a DNF.  Several of my teammates from Breakaway Quickdirt were riding it for the first time and they all said…

#573 Eric Grassa picks up his commemorative Mohican MTB 100

Mohican 100 – Strategy Talk

The Mohican 100 is the largest mountain bike race in Ohio, and as far as I can tell, the largest event in the National Ultra Endurance series.  It truly is a fun day of mountain biking that is worth going out of your way for.  The majority of riders are from Ohio, but last year…

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Columbus To Cleveland Bicycle Touring Adventure

There is one thing above all others that attracts me to cycling as a sport.  The bicycle is a tool that unlocks adventure.  I might have stumbled into mountain bike racing, a niche that I enjoy immensely.  But, my initial bike rides involved meandering the bike paths, roads and trails in the community around me…