Map of the OMBC race at East Fork State Park

OMBC East Fork State Park – XC MTB Race Preview

On Sunday, September 28th, 2014, the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship Series (OMBC) will hold a XC MTB race at East Fork State Park near Cincinnati, Ohio.  This is the last regular season race before the championships at Mohican State Park on October 4th. Normally I like to go out and pre-ride the courses for these race…

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OMBC West Branch State Park 2014 – XC MTB Race Report

The Ohio Mountain Bike Championship series (OMBC) held race #7 at West Branch State Park in Ravenna, Ohio on Sunday August 10th, 2014. The social media rumor mill was warning about swampy conditions at West Branch so I was a little nervous on the drive up.  The previous year the course did not dry as…

OMBC mountain bike race at Lake Hope State Park

OMBC Lake Hope State Park 2014 – Race Report

It was 2 a.m. and the alarm on my iPhone was begging me to get out of bed.  I went to sleep early but still had less than 5 hours of rest.  I immediately began packing my car for the 9-hour drive to Lake Hope State Park near Nelsonville, Ohio. My family had spent a…

Men's OMBC Expert starts race at Mohican State Park

OMBC Mohican State Park: Race Report with Photos & Graphs

Mountain bikers from across the state of Ohio, waited for the word to come.  Would the OMBC race at Mohican State Park near Loudonville, Ohio be postponed?  The sky dumped several inches of rain on the well-groomed trails early in the week.  Would the forest dry out in time? Race director Ryan O’Dell told me that…

Sport Masters podium at The Wilds in 2014

OMBC The Wilds 2014 – Race Report, Photos, Love Story

It was in the 40s when I pulled into the parking lot.  At 9:30am, I was one of the first racers to survive, which meant I got a killer parking spot within a stone’s throw of the action. I immediately started getting dressed because I wanted to get down to business.  I was having minor…

James Knott races at Alum Creek State Park

Racing Sport or Expert? – The Final Decision!

When I wrote my article “Expert, Sport, Novice: The Big Decision – Sandbagger Alert”, I was surprised at the huge response that I got.  It was one of the most popular posts on the site.  I received more comments, Facebook messages and private emails about it than I have gotten from any other post on…