James Knott and Mike Whaley race at Mohican State Park

Was 2016 the Best Season Ever?

When I lined up for the 2016 championship race at Mohican I sized up my competition on the line.  Hmmm…  I might be the 2nd fastest person here, I thought. Wow.  It was amazing how far I’d come in a year.  At the end of 2015 I had assumed that I’d pretty much peaked as…

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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…

James Knott mountain bikes at Camp Tamarancho

Northern California Epic Mountain Bike Trip

Last Thursday I had an early morning, direct flight to Oakland International Airport to visit my cousin, Shane Bryant.  When I walked out of baggage claim, Shane was waiting for me with the bikes already loaded on the car.  We immediately started driving to El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space, which is known to local…

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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…

James Knott races Max Tanuma at West Branch State Park

OMBC West Branch State Park 2016 – XC MTB Race Report

Saturday, August 14th, 2016, the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship (OMBC) series met for race #6 at West Branch State Park near Akron, Ohio.  It had been a very dry and dusty summer, but the week before the race rain showers had flooded the state of Ohio.  Amazingly, West Branch had been spared from most of…