Sunday, December 18, 2011

Chrisscottmas Paddle 2011

We had a wonderful paddle on the upper Potomac for the 2011 edition of
the Chrisscottmas paddle.

VERY good time!

The pre-paddle Mexi Feast at the Huckleberry Inn was WONDERFUL too.

Looking forward to 2012 already!

Monday, October 17, 2011

VMBT - day 12 - Crossing New River, onto Bike Route 76 and New River Trail. Rollin'!

Next and last 2 days to follow are on Highlands Horse Trail and Iron Mountain Trail. What a journey bicycling along, across, over and around the length of Virginia on a backcountry Singletrack based route on National Forest trails.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Harvest Moon Festival Century in Bath County, VA is delightful!

What a great weekend to be bicycling in Bath County, VA. Whether road bicycling in the Harvest Moon Festival Century, riding the amazing single track at Douthat State Park or the Southern Traverse. Bath County has it all!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Paddling and Play time at the Outer Banks!

What a super fun relaxing time

Tried surfing some waves in the Oregon Inlet. SUPER FUN!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bicycling in the George Washington National Forest

What better way to go deep into the backwoods and explore the wonders
of Virginia's George Washington National Forest then by bicycle.

Whether it is gliding along on singletrack, riding the dirt road
overtop the scenic mountain or ascending a paved road climb to your
favorite mountain top sunset picnic spot. Waterfalls are always a

Visiting Bear Draft Trail - it is looking very good.
Caught up with some friends for the SVBC friday meeting at Flag Pole
Had a chance to ride with our IMBA guys, Rich Edwards AND Frank
Maguire, that was pretty cool!

IMBA is pushing forward a great plan to improve the Blue Ridge Parkway
Roanoke connection. Alternative "C" Check if you 4
minutes to comment and make a difference for everyone. Alternatve C
will keep the Roanoke Greenway from being blocked!! This trail has
vastly improved the quality of life for those in Roanoke. Residents
and visitors now have a safe place to walk, ride, and run. This
connection has become a great commuter route too giving residents a
GREAT opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle.
- tangent!!

Great day in the woods it was!
A dip in that waterfall brings back some AMAZING memories of simpler times!


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stokesville is looking good! Still a few more days to finish cleanup and have it ready for Oct 7-9 SVBC Festival

Stokesville is looking good after a SUPER fun Shenandoah Mountain 100. Still a few more days to finish cleanup and have it ready for Oct 7-9 SVBC Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival. You can register for the festival on

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rich Edwards - getting it done on Shenandoah Mountain 100 course, thanks IMBA!

Huge thanks to Brock Lowery, Rich Edwards, Marshall Hammond, Thomas Jenkins,  SVBC, IMBA, USFS, Bridgewater College and SMT for all the contributions to the Shenandoah Mountain 100 trails!!

SM 100 course is getting dialed in. Thanks Ironwood Outdoors, IMBA, SVBC and USFS!

Shaffer Hollow trail is looking sooo much better for the SHENANDOAH MOUNTAIN 100. BOB trailer is the best way to get to the work site to do finish work!

Shenandoah Mountain 100 - Soooo close! Schalk and Tanguy battle to the end for the NUE Series - Schalk to retire after event!

Its going to be amazing. Jeff Schalks last race before he retires. Will he win the NUE Series again.
It all comes down to the final event in Virginia at the Shenandoah Mountain 100 in the George Washington National Forest.
This could be Christian Tanguy last NUE event as well as he prepares to take a job over seas.

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P.O. Box 1423
Harrisonburg, VA 22803

(540) 434-2087

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stokesville Campground grounds the white whale with a double pinch flat. Longer day ahead!

The 4 bee stings to the neck and face are a bit inconsequential now!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trail Improvement Project in the GW - Moving Forward! - Thanks USFS, SVBC, SMT, IMBA and Ironwood Outdoors

The North River Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest has partnered with Ironwood Outdoors to rehabilitate a portion of the Wild Oak National Recreation Trail, Bear Draft Trail and Shaffer Hollow Trail. District Ranger Elwood Burge is leveraging limited trail maintance funding that will end up quadrupling its value before the project is done. By the time the project is completed the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, Shenandoah Mountain Touring, the International Mountain Bicycling Association and other trail volunteer groups will contribute volunteer hours and provide financial assistance helping Ironwood Outdoors more the project forward.

The trail project is in Augusta County on Lookout Mountain which over looks the North River watershed in the George Washington National Forest. Stabilizing the soil on these mountain trails will improve water quality and provide a better recreational experience for all the non motorized trail visitors which consists of equestrians, bicyclists, hikers and trail runners. National Forest Trail Specialist Christian Canary said, "we are really excited to give the bicyclists' this opportunity to improve these system trails that they enjoy so much. Everyone will benefit from this collaboration"

Shaffer Hollow Trail and portions of the Wild Oak Trail are used in the upcoming Shenandoah Mountain 100 Backcountry Bicycle Event held on Sunday September 4th. The annual event is held the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. 2011 will mark the 13 edition of the event. The event is operated under a special event permit with the George Washington National Forest. The event brings over 2000 visitors to the Forest each year contributing over $500,000 annually to the local economy while leveraging hundreds of volunteer trail improvement hours associated with the event.

Shenandoah Mountain Touring, LLC

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Two Virginia Mountain Bike Trail Videos with Jeremiah Bishop, Cory Rimmer and Andy Johnston

The Big Schloss Sector- its soooooo good!

The Shenandoah Mountain Sector- Thin amazing appalachian singletrack!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wilderness 101 - 2011 it was sooooo much fun!

Just posted a SMT blog with video results and pictures from the Wilderness 101. What a GREAT time. Check it out yo!
It was sooooooo exciting to see Vicki Barclay ride to victory - YEA Vicki!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wilderness 101 registration has begun!

Coburn is buzzing with anticipation for tomorrow's Wilderness 101!  This year's shirts are also creating a buzz, thanks to all of our sponsors!!  Rollin' along Penn's Creek towards singletrack at 7AM in the morning!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Shenandoah Mountain 100 Training Camp begins in a few hours. @chriseatough will be riding with us Saturday and Sunday. EXCITING!

So excited to get out with a fun group and log some time on the Shenandoah Mountain 100 Course this weekend!!
Its always a pleasure to ride with 6 time 24 Hour World Champion and NUE Champion Chris Eatough!
I can't wait to see his cutting edge Trek equipment. He always has some neat new Bontrager equipment he is testing

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The missing link in the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail has been connected. First through ride coming in Oct.

So much great trail to ride that runs North - South in Virginia!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Iron Mtn 100 K Backcountry Bicycle event top 11 - amazing!!

Great Job Sue Haywood, Sam Koerber and everyone who attempted the super fun and challenging bicycle ride in the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sal came down to get in a HUGE climbing day, Leadville simulation training, what a beautiful day!

It was a great day of climbing. Up the long Union Springs climb with a bonus hot lap into Dunkle Hollow. It was amazing up on Shenandoah Mountain, the AC'ish cool breeze was blowing all day and the ferns were floating with a cool mixed light infused glow.

Nice work Sal Ruibal!

Thanks for training with SMT!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Last night I was doing this... it was sureal and purely amazing, tonight its payback - ouch!

Blackwater Wildlife Preserve - Water Trails are COOL!
Thank you Maryland DNR for this great trail opportunity!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Birthday Adventure on Lookout Mountain

Yep, I am a summer solstice baby
some folks say that explains a lot about me
It is always such an energizing time for me!!

Thomas got me out early for a super worthy cause for our local club - SVBC
Check out the goodness on the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Blog

Got up at 4:20 and split for the woods at 5:30 with Thomas and Winzey

Rode 2 miles up the mountain
Stashed the bikes
Put on the trail shoes and the bushwhacking clothes and starting walking the sidehill around Lookout Mountain
Amazing sights to be seen deep in the remote backcountry of the George Washington National Forest where only animals roam
Huge wonderful old growth oaks dominating the overstory
Cool sections of table mountain pine along rocky ledge noses jutting out into the skyline
Before dropping off to the North River Gorge far below
Super large school bus size boulders with the greenest of lichen, moss and ferns
Scree fields that open up the views over towards Little Bald Knob and Reddish Knob
Then we hiked back thought it again
Taking yet another amazing route that may have never seen humans before today
Saddled up on the bikes and cruised back down the mountain
Back at work....and feeling great about it!

From Lookout Mountain Trail Layout - SVBC RTP Grant #2

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Amazing day clearing trail for the Iron Mountain 100 K in the Seng Mountain National Scenic Area

Jerry's Creek trail is super scenic with amazing ferns, rhododendron,and a tight challenging off-camber bench cut trail tread.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Susan Klasmeier enjoys the swimming hole at the Virginia Mountain Bike Festival.

What an amazing weekend playing in the mountains of the George Washington National Forest. Bicycling, hiking, swimming, camping .. oh my!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bath County has amazing road side beauties. Pre riding Harvest Moon Century for Sept. 24

What a great century route in the mountains. It runs along scenic mountain streams and twists and turns around some huge mountains!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

NUE #1 Cohutta, TN - Top 28 Pro Men

Thanks for the pic Ian. Sorry to hear about Dylan. Great ride Chas Michaels, Cory Rimmer, Pete and Theo and the Straubbagonantor! Super psyched for Mr Tanguy, Mr. Beck and Mr Schalk. I am soooo excited to watch you guys go at it this year!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Alpine Loop - Bicycling The Choice Dirt Mountain Roads

A quick hit into WV for the Alpine Loop
It really is sooooo good, but SUPER HARD!
Pedaling squares, rectangles, triangles.... every shape I could think of
Just to get back over the backside of Reddish Knob
Shenandoah Mountain is a doooozie

Nick Waite, Johnnnnny Youngdahl, Jeremiah Bishop, Abe Shearer, Ryan
Fawely, and I went over to the dark side (WV) for the big burley