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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…

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…