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Posted in Just for fun on May 12, 2011 by rogeremasse

Stokesville-Douthat-Stokesville (SDS) is a two day mountain bike tour organized by Shenandoah Mountain Touring that covers some of the most gorgeous and challenging terrain on the east coast. Just to complete the SDS requires starting at dawn, a high amount of fitness, a consistent intake of calories, the skills to ride tricky technical terrain all day, and the ability to fix your bike out in the woods.

SDS is not a race but in ways more challenging. I’ve never felt so spent after two days of riding. With over 18 hours of moving-time, 25,000 feet of climbing that takes you 156 miles in the mostly rocky single track of the George Washington National Forest, it’s a pretty ambitious weekend that leaves you with an incredible indelible impression on what mountain biking is all about. It’s gorgeous. For this post, I’ll let pictures that I and others took do the talking.

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Geared or Single?

Posted in Just for fun on June 15, 2010 by rogeremasse

Geared or Single? Having a Single Speed Superfly race bike that I’m using in the NUE races and the Geared Team Superfly I’m using for everything else, It’s always a challenge choosing a bike for a long weekend of riding. 29ercrew I love riding my single speed at least one day, but depending on terrain, I’m often able to ride more difficult terrain on the geared bike… resulting in more fun. With three or more friends sharing a ride, bringing the extra bike is usually not an option.

This past weekend was just such a trip. My friend Pete Johnson hosted friends Mike Gallagher, Christophe Cataisson, Jeff Haggquist, Mike Kruhlak, Jason Gull and myself for 3 days of mountain bike riding in Canaan Valley WV. Pete invites us out to his place once or twice a year for some of the best riding on the east coast. So in preparing for my trip, I had to ask Geared or Single? Continue reading

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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