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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…

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…

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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…

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…