Eli Orth and James Knott at the Mohican 100k

Mohican 100 2017 – The Battle of Eli

When I looked at the list of registered singlespeeders for the 2017 Mohican 100k, I didn’t recognize most of the names.  Fast guys from all over the country show up for this big event.  However, two names stuck out to me as potential competitors – Mike Whaley and Eli Orth.  Mike is a teammate of…

Defeating a Bad Attitude at Scioto Trails

I woke up with a bad attitude.  I wasn’t in the mood to race.  …this is not like me at all. It was Sunday morning and there was an OMBC race at Scioto Trails State Park near Chillicothe at noon. I’m usually the eager guy whose eyes pop open at 5am and is the first…

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 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…

James Knott at Lake Hope State Park

OMBC Lake Hope State Park 2016 – MTB Race Report

The Ohio Mountain Bike Championship (OMBC) met for race #5 at Lake Hope State Park on Sunday, July 31, 2016.  The humidity made the summer heat feel way warmer than it was.  There had been rain two days prior, but the trails at Lake Hope drain well and most of the trail was dry and…

Breakaway Quickdirt at Mohican 100

2016 Mohican 100 – Race Report

I was crushing it.  …until I wasn’t. Everything was going according to plan.  I had a target speed and I was still on track at mile 48.  I started the race slowly on my Trek Superfly SS singlespeed (from Breakaway Cycling in Delaware, Ohio) and paced myself perfectly.  After letting my competitors ride away from…