Archive for May, 2010

SDS 3 Day – Fun in the Forest

Posted in Just for fun on May 19, 2010 by rogeremasse

One of my 2010 New Year’s resolutions was to make sure that I use at least half of my annual vacation leave during the late spring and early fall seasons when the weather is best for riding. Another resolution was to make sure I did some fun off-road riding weekends that did not center around racing.

This past weekend I participated in Shenandoah Mountain Touring‘s Stokesville-Douthat-Stokesville (SDS) 3 day mountain bike tour. The 3 day event, a slightly more laid back version of the original 2 day version, features some of Virginia’s finest single track.

So Friday night I joined Tony “no fear” Vachino, Andy “the blond giant” Sunderland, “Genuine Innovations” Jimbo Malta, JV squad member and always colorful Dan Oates and on ridged single speed, “big air” Nate Shearer at the Stokesville Campground near Harrisonburg Virginia to get fired up for 3 days of awesome riding that would cover 115 miles with 20,000 ft of climbing.
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Michaux Maximus

Posted in Must do Races on May 3, 2010 by rogeremasse

The three 40 mile races that are run in the 85,000 acre Michaux State Forest in South East Pennsylvania are among the toughest races I do all year.  To illustrate, my average moving speed for a 100 mile NUE race on average is around 12 MPH and that’s on single speed. On the other hand, my average for a typical Michaux race is only 8 or 9 MPH and that’s with a geared bike! Why? Raw, rocky, technical terrain. Ask anyone that’s ever raced in Michaux and more likely than not, they’ll classify it as one of the hardest races they’ve ever done. These races are epic and the three races that comprise the Michaux Endurance Series all use a different part of the forest.  The key to going fast it seems is to float over the rocks with practiced technique of a ballet dancer… or in my case with the superior bigness of the wheels on my Fisher. Continue reading