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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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OMBC Scioto Trails 2016 – Race Report

Last Sunday, October 16th, 2016, the OMBC met at Scioto Trails State Park for the 9th race in a 10-race series. I was in 4th place in the Expert 40+ division and I had a small hope that I could move up to 3rd with a strong showing.  In the previous race I had beaten…

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OMBC Chestnut Ridge 2016 – XC MTB Race Report

On September 11th, 2016, the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship Series (OMBC) held race #8 at Chestnut Ridge Metropark.  But before the 112 adult racers lined up, the kids took over the venue. Rick Armstrong held a kid’s clinic where dozens of children learned valuable mountain bike skills and practiced riding over obstacles like bridges, teeter…