The group drone shot! This may have been our biggest party yet! Thank you to Mark & Stella for hosting the 3rd annual summer soiree!
Kenny and Corianne came up with some awards for party-goers!
Josh received the "Iron Taint" award (an empty bottle of chamois butt'r and a VERY used pair of bibs. Josh just keeps racing...Big Frog 65, PMBR, Pisgah 111k & 55.5, Mohican 100k, Iron Mountain, Tatanka and Wilderness 101k and he's not done yet!
Kendra is kicking butt this year at the OMBC Novice races - she just keeps winning! Kendra received the "Sandbagger" award! We're all about gender neutrality, but if Kendra were a dude, the team would have pressured her into the Sport class. Next year, Kendra, next year!
Our team prides itself on giving back to the local mountain bike community. You may not know but, team members are trail stewards at many local trails. Nick, Dusty, Teresa and Mike received the "Golden Shovel Award". Nick is the steward at Quail Hollow Park, Dusty is the steward at Medina Trails, and Teresa and Mike have donated many hours of blood, sweat and tears keeping Vultures Knob pristine! (Kevin Burgess & Amie Jones are also trail stewards for Camp Tuscazoar in Dover).
Shane received the "Having a girlfriend that he brings around Award"
Todd received the "Travel Agent Award" for planning trips - some that happen, and some that don't!
Brandon has been our King of Social Media for many years (he doesn't have any of them!) Brandon got Facebook for an award!
Lisa received the "Always a Hoot to ride with Award" (a rug with an Owl on it!) Lisa is such a positive influence to everyone on our team. Any ride Lisa is on is always a good time and includes many laughs along the way!
Luke received the "Single Speed Starter Kit" a pair of scissors for podium shorts!
Jordan got a mug with a elk with a monocle, that's as unique as his music playlist!
Scott got the "Where have you been award" ...
Todd (and Austin) received the "Stop breaking shit award" ....
TJ left before he could get his award, but it's the "Best looking posts on Strava Award"
Camp Tuscazoar got a signage makeover this year and the old signs we all made in 2014 are no longer needed! Mike & Aime got the Roost sign because that was where we first met them (trailbuilding, building the roost re-route!), Dicky got the Icky's sign...well because he can easily add D and make it Dicky's! and Angie and Kevin got the Pipestone/Pioneer Point trail because Angie used to be Cannondale Girl on Strava and Kenny and Corianne used to check out who rode at Tuscazoar and found other bad ass ladies who rode the biggest little trail in Ohio!
Keith got the "Super Mustache Award"
Jimmy got a snickers bar that said "don't eat me!" He ate it on the way home.
Mark got the "Party Award" for keeping the Slacker Crew rides going in Sara's absence!
Tim got the "Team Nutritionist Award" ..some STEAK treats!
Team manager Scarlet says "not my circus, not my monkeys!"
So, we suck at updating the blog, BUT we do keep up with our Facebook and Instagram...but for those who like to read what we've been up to this quarter all in one place, this post is for you!
It's no secret, many KSD team members saw lots of screen time over the harsh Ohio winter months, some chose Trainer Road, others Zwift with some Sufferfest mixed in. Reaching those power goals means lots of hours in the pain cave. (photo above shows some motivation for Amie Jones while on the trainer!)
The harsh Ohio winter (that seemed to NEVER end), made for many trips to ride at Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park to hone in on those technical skills! (photo above Todd Davis' car and bike, we are so grateful to have this gem available so close!)
Cold, and not too deep snow made for a FUN Vulture's Knob Wish You'd Stay'd in Bed Race! Many team members braved the elements for this fun race in January!
Then came the Snake Creek Gap Time Trial in Dalton Georgia in mid-January. 11 KSD'rs traveled down to compete in the 34 mile or 50 mile options....#wedoitforthebeltbuckles! It was a balmy 23 degrees at the start, but the trail was rippin fast.
Because we were slacking on the "skirt-of-shame" challenges, we decided to award Tim Shep the "trash bag of shame" just because. He wore it almost the whole time at the brewery after the race!
We met up with all these crazy people (Mountain Bike Trailer Park)...also from Ohio! Ohio was very well represented at the Snake this year!
On January 20, we held our annual KSD Day at Ray's MTB - check out this video:
The weather gave us a break and a group of us were able to get out on some gravel in Mohican Country!
Shane showing off some of his skillz at Rays MTB!
Read here about more Snake adventures from some of our friends at Trailer Park Racing: http://dirtragmag.com/mountain-bike-trailer-park-racing-sucks/
In early, February: While most of the team is indoors on trainers Teresa and Mike stepped away from Zwift and had a good day at the Bedford Fat Bike Race with a FIRST PLACE win! First podium for the year!
Kenny and Todd slipping and sliding at Vultures Knob during the last "training race" of the year!
So much rain made it hard to get out... We couldn't all ride together but "most" of us were able to go out and root for spring to come as soon as possible!
Seriously, MORE RAIN! ... Flooded roads were not going to deter Kenny and Mike from getting outside and enjoying the sun shine today!
Out with @thedirtline helping install new carsonite signs at #camptuscazoar, soon everyone will be able to get around with ease!
Another great weekend of #knobbysidedown adventures!
Knobby Side Down representing at the CAMBA meeting. Nick holds the secretary position for another term. Thanks Nick!
The pinhoti trail is in great shape and was totally worth getting up at 4am to get here early for a pre-ride before the Snake Gap TT (rescheduled from February to March...because of RAIN!)
Doing our part to bring some medal back to OHIO! Josh was 1st 50 mile SS, Corianne 2nd and Amie 3rd in women's 50 mile...one 34 mile finisher and 8 50 mile finishers!! @ Snake Time Trials (TM)
While some of @knobbysidedown was at the Snake; many team members were hard at work tearing down the rainbow bridge at @vulturesknob, @jimmy_gimp was cheering Lisa on for her first mtb ride since her accident in September, @billmickey54 was leading a crew at Lake Milton building trails, our team manager, Scarlet is training for a tough mudder this spring, and @mjones.tcty was being husband of the year by washing @amiec97 's dirty bike! Hope you all got to get out and enjoy the spring like weather!
#knobbysidedown was busy enjoying the sunshine this weekend! Riding in Amish Country, Tuscarawas, Stark and Wayne Counties and in Alabama (it was a chilly 62 degree start, we feel bad for Sara! ?) trail Workin at Lake Milton, hiking at Mohican, driving to MOAB and Planning the BEER ride! Cheers to spring!!!
Jim, Lisa & Dusty took a vacation to MOAB!
March 31: A great Saturday of riding for @knobbysidedown ... Teammates out traveling for spring break in Dupont NC, Moab UT, and Knoxville TN.... Others were local, gravel grinding in Dresden OH!
April 1: More weekend adventures from #knobbysidedown from skiing in Colorado, to rocks in Moab to fun in the sun in Florida... Then back to Ohio where Angie found the Real (creepy) Easter Bunny... And Shep found #starkparks FeLeap on the Hoover Trail! Enjoy the sunshine! Three cheers for Spring!
April 2, why, snow, why? When the trails are yucky and you can’t ride, you may as well play in the snow with the kids.
April 7: Corianne was all smiles after the 6 hours of Warrior Creek in NC!
Wayne, Tim Shep and Josh ventured to Mountwood Park in Waverly, WV to kick off the OMBC Race Season for 2018!
Josh at 6 Hours of Warrior Creek
Trails are finally starting to dry out - got a fun weeknight ride in at Vultures Knob!
Team @knobbysidedown showed up in full force for the Mohican XC race today! Jim Costello 5th in Men's Sport (Sandbagger) 40-49. Josh Kunz 2nd in Men's Pro/Expert Single Speed. Kendra Spofford 2nd in Women's Beginner Open. Kenny also brought out the cat shorts to liven the SS party!
EARTH DAY OUTSIDE! Some us of worked and some played today..one thing was obvious everyone came out of hiding today! #springishere #knobbysidedown
@knobbysidedown all ready for Big Frog ? and Cohutta on April 28!
KNOBby Side Down Racing - KSD had a great weekend of racing at the Vultures Knob Grassroots series, Tim Portman took 3rd place in sport and Steve Ferguson took 3rd place in beginner in Race #1. In another state, at the National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Race SeriesRoost Racing, LLC Cohutta 100, Kenny Kocarek took 2nd place in Single Speed and in the Big Frog 65, Joshua Xavier Kunz took 2nd in Single Speed! All other team members that raced the Big Frog PR'd the race over last year! What a fantastic weekend! #iaminfinit #swiftwicksocks#dumondetech #rideschwalbe #chooseadventure #handupgloves
When I look back at 2017 I just think about how everyone on the team helped pushed and was supportive of me to get through a very stout schedule (for a normal guy like me) which led to qualifying for the NUE Epic series singlespeed in sixth place, earning the Breck Epic Beltbuckle, and then the cherry on top absolutely suffering and freezing with Joshua at Pisgah Double Dare! With friends like these to convince me to do stupid stuff who needs enemies! In 2018 I'm looking forward to focusing solely on the NUE Epic SS and hope to finally close up the gap between Peyton and I!
The countless training rides with these ladies...and many others. #accountability
2017 was filled with many highlights. Starting with the tours by Josh in Mohican country. Then yelling at traffic with Andy all the way to Big Frog and back. Going through a prostrate cancer scare (everything was negative). I was able to pr the Mohican 100k by 45 minutes thanks to the increased training with friends. 2018 will include the NUE 100k series with a few local races.
I had some great memories in 2017 with KSD. My best ever sport mountain bike finish with a 13th place at the Medina TT, I finished my first attempt at the Mohican 100k race, had some great battles at the Bedford race and did some major suffering at thetuscazoar twin rain of pain race.
I also had a blast just enjoying the company and friendship of all my KSD teammates like at the Mark beech pool party,Costello party, and the Bill Mickey try harder Christmas party.
Thanks to everyone for making it a great year!
I am so glad that I get to hang with this amazing group of people!!! 2017 was so much fun! I got to witness the Breck Epic and some other events I might not have wanted to see- LOL. I might never be a racer, but maybe I can be a photographer & heckler? I cannot wait for 2018.
2017 was a great year for me too! I placed first in the beginner division at the medina time trial, was a part of the only co-ed team at the VK 24 hour race, and raced in one of the VK Grassroots race. Not too bad for my second year mountain biking! I am looking forward to more riding and racing in 2018!
I had a great day with KSD at the Fundraiser for Brielle, then followed up at Lockport Brewery! I hope to ride more with you all in 2018. Always good times...
My best memory is of the Ride for Brielle at Tuscazoar. I didn't ride nearly enough with the team in 2017. Looking forward to more involvement in '18.
I loved the Ride for Brielle but I think my favorite of the year had to be the Mohican 100k only because I never thought I complete it. If it wasn’t for a team like you I don’t think that would have been possible!! Thanks team!!
So many memories are obtained through comradery in KSD. The gauntlets are thrown down and challenges are accepted. Because of this we all grow stronger in sport that we all share with great enthusiasm.
One memorable moment for me that is a trip(s) to Dalton, Ga. for the Snake Creek Gap 2x50 Time Trial. With all the interaction of fellow team mates and the joy of being around "good old southern hospitality " it was quite memorable. I forgot my helmet one day and missed the start by 1-1/2 hrs. I'll try to never do that again! Great times and thanks Dustin Clouse for the support along with many others.
There are so amazing moments of 2016, the best might be strengthening the bond between all the ladies of KSD, it's such a motivating experience knowing we are all here to make each other better! And I can't forget winning my first race ever!!!
2016 started off riding the gravel roads of mohican/amish country followed by beers at Millersburg Brewing Company. Next I made my first of two trips to Rothrock State Park. This was one of those trips that I never would have made without the team. The climbs were long and the downhills were steep and rocky. Never would I have thought I could ride those trails, but I did and it was awesome. Next the Mohican 100, the after party was better than the race, enough said. Next was the 112 mile NEO Solstice Ride ,great ride, coolriver soak, then beers with good friends. The tri-state six hour series was cut short due to weather. The races were tough but fun was had by all. The final big experience for the year was when Melissa and I made the trip to Georgia for the Fools Gold 100k. Other memorable experiences include my first race at Vultures Knob and besting my PR at Mohican by 11 minutes. 2016 was a very memorable year for me. It was the first year I participated on a mountain bike team and I found myself having much more fun riding with great friends being pushed to my limits. I am looking forward to much of the same for 2017. Cheers!
It was a fun 2016. One of the top 5 moments on a bike for me has to be when the Pisgah 111 KSD group rode together from aid station 1 through 2. From the nervousness the day before, to the elation of the finish. Epic!
My year started off with the goal to do more endurance races geared and local races on a singlespeed..when I couldn't get my geared bike back from repair in time for Big Frog I was forced to do it on my SS and surprisingly survived so I sold my geared bike and dedicated the year to SS. It was fun taking on all the challenges that it created! Speaking of challenges I joined the 331 Racing Crew and learned how hard it is behind the scenes of a race, putting on a race was easily just as challenging and time consuming as racing the event. I'm looking forward to 2017 and hitting some different endurance events and help other teammates achieve their goals, and having a blast with all my bro's and broette's!
Getting shwasted at the first snake and busting a glass drinking quila with TShep . Playing turn down for what at full blast in family diner after snake 2.. pisgah 111 pre. Arrive and go straight to Farlow gap in the rain. And the hellacious heat at the solstice ride. Is that a run on sentence.
Poaching the KSD tent multiple times throughout the race season because I'm 1 of like 2 guys that race on an 8 man team.
This year was dedicated to Bikes, Beers, Dirt, and Friends! I decided that I since didn't have a winter training plan and summer was fast approaching that this would be a year of fun, no pressure (do as I please) riding. So, all summer long I celebrated the earth making 50 laps around the sun with me on it! Crab Leg Tuesdays @ Niko's after Royalview trail was the most savory. The most memorable of my highlights of 2016 albeit solo was my impromptu trip to Pisgah to get a taste of what NC. is all about.
I didn't race this year but during my slow recovery from surgery all I could think about was Wednesday night group rides. When I made it back they didn't disappoint.
It was so nice getting to meet everyone this year. Perhaps I can be more of a member next year. It was awesome to win a race my favorite was the one at VK where I rode as Theresa, Since I want to be her when I grow up anyways. My favorite was the trip to Seven Springs, even though it wasn't a race. And the laughs I get from people's posts!
My year started off, as it always does, with trying to improve over the previous year’s performance. My expectations were high to say the least because for the first time I had done off-season training that actually involved biking and not just weight lifting. I would have to say as a whole this year was my best year ever on a bike. Not only was I able to keep up with the fast guys for once but I was able to win my first race as well as podium at a few as well. My favorite memory of the year was Raystown. This was my first trip out there and it did not disappoint. Riding with everyone, creating a new game (which I unfortunately lost in the first round to a worthy adversary - link here for video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWpVSiNPLJ4) and just hanging out with everyone.
This year has had its ups but has also had its downs, which is why I’m so thankful to be a part of such a great group of people. We push each other, we support each other, we laugh and we pick up each other when we fall because at some point we all do. We are a family and this is why I love to ride. I can’t wait for 2017 and the new challenges and adventures that will come.
This year I chose to compete less than in prior years and just have fun riding. I completed the 50 mile Snake Creek Gap TT earning my awesome belt buckle, which is always more fun than can be described. I also attended the Big Bear Lake Enduro with Jim. I placed in the top 10 in Sport on a XC bike with a dropper post. This just went to show how fitness plays a major role in this format of racing as I was beating guys with real “Enduro” bikes. I plan to do more of the WV Enduros in 2017 as well, such a fun format with races timed by experts!
My favorite race/weekend of the year was definitely the Pisgah 111k. That is absolutely the most brutal race that I have ever done! I think I blocked most of the race out of my memory, but the three highlights were: Kenny beating me down a couple of the fun downhills (he later learned droppers don’t make you invincible), being chased by a wombat pushing my bike up to Pilot (I really was chased by something though there was nobody there to confirm…) and trying to keep up with Dusty after being told that we still had almost 4 hours left after the last aid station (he did manage to prove the aid station attendant wrong by pulling us to the finish in under 2 hrs!).
After much cajoling by Kenny, I converted my Air9 to single speed. I enjoy it so much that I sold my carbon full suspension and plan to SS everything in 2017! I have also really enjoyed all the gravel road adventure that we went on this year. The scenery is great, the climbs are always tough and company outstanding! #memories
My best memories (and worst) are from the 2016 Snake Time Trials. Started the first trip by getting locked IN Josh's house. Then, I left my bike outside the hotel room the night before the race. My roommate Dusty discovers it's not in the room around 3AM. I told him, no worries, try to get some sleep. He said I was snoring within 5 minutes. Found my bike in the morning hanging out in the Kocarek's room. Needless to say, I earned the skirt of shame on the trip. And, I got to pass Kenny in the first Snake...he had a flat...then got to enjoy him behind me for a serene 1/4 mile until he decided to pass. The second Snake I was a little under the weather, and Dicky Dee said he would ride with me. That lasted until every man, woman and child had passed us within 2 miles! So, Dicky took off. I later caught and passed both Dicky and Dusty...yes, they were fixing a flat. Just a little more. I had to fight off the sweeps in the middle of the race, and thought about quitting after 33 miles, but I didn't want to be seen dragged in by a bus or van. Now my best memory on a bike...as I turned the last corner before the finish line, my nine KSD team members were cheering me in like I was the winner. Josh (my Zaxby's buddy) immediately has a beer ready for me, and Corianne asks what else I need. I replied: warmth, so she got me to the tents with heaters inside. So many more memories, but this is already too long! See you in '17. Happy Holidays!
The goals I had established for 2016 were not as monumental as others. The primary goal was to complete the Snake Creek Gap TT series and earn a coveted 34-mile buckle. The reduction in the quantity of events required for 2016 made this objective possible. Did I go into the first race fully prepared? No! However, we learn best from our mistakes and I believe the experiences and people we encounter in those moments makes all the difference in the world. This group helps to make the most grueling and painful experiences enjoyable. It might not always seem that way at the moment in which your body feels like it is going shut down, but the encouragement offered goes a long way. Everyone in this group promotes a significant amount of support to make us all better, both physically and mentally. That kind of camaraderie is hard to come by these days in our digital social society. I am very thankful to be welcomed into this group as if I were family.
The second goal for the year was to learn how to ride a rigid single speed and have fun with it. If the gearing isn’t set right, it certainly does require a bit more effort in the climbing department. However, this has been another experience that has shown me that we can do a lot more if we focus our minds on the task at hand. I’ve been motivated by the achievements of others and the feats they have accomplished on their SS bikes in 2016. I intend to continue to follow their lead and improve my own abilities little by little next year.
Thanks for all the great memories this year. It has been a blast.
avorite memory from 2016 was definitely finishing the Mohican 100k. I felt like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders as I neared the finish after dropping out the prior year. Next year, my goal is to crush some PR's on the 100k and a solid performance at the Breck 3-day.
2016.... I remember it like it was yesterday. (This will be funnier in a few days.) Shane talked me into riding with him and sold me his first Mtn bike. Little did I know the great group of people I was going to begin meeting. I had fun learning the basics and incorporating my road biking knowledge onto the trails. Once I learned what Strava was, nothing else really mattered. So far my introduction to mountain biking has been an awesome one and I look forward to setting goals for 2017 and putting my first number plate on the front of my bike, representing my new friends at #ksd
My favorite memory from a very sparse season was Bradys run 6 hour race. Keith Feeman was my partner and it was my 1st event being part of this Awesome team. We also put up the new tent at a race for the 1st time. I met a bunch of new people and the comraderie was great. I look forward to a much more active racing season in 2017. Thanks for your support and understanding of my work situation in 2016.
My favorite racing memory of the year where I only participated in a few events was the Sippo short track race. It was a great event that would not have happened without the work done by KSD. It was an extremely hot day but you can't beat the excitement of racing combined with the support of the KSD family yelling for the most part encouraging cheers as you would race past the crowd each lap.
My favorite non race memory would be the Ohio rogues raid raystown festival. Another event held in the sweltering heat. Great memories were made on and off the bike probably the most I laughed all year. I really enjoyed ridding with everyone especially the ladies of KSD they are such a fun bunch. We even stopped for a swim on hydro loop to cool down.
Thanks for a great year of riding and friendship!
2016 Did NOT start off as I would have liked. My goal was to complete the Snake Gap TT series with Corianne. I trained hard and pushed myself, despite the hip pain I was having. Mountain bikers are driven, stubborn individuals who can suffer well. I went into the first race not sure if I would finish given my issues. I will spare you the details, but I had been dealing with them for 2 years to one degree or the other. I made it through with Corianne's support the whole way. Thank you Corianne. I've never been STOPPED by my physical limitations. Work around your injuries and meet your goal. I have always been able to. Not this time. I could barely walk at the end. I returned for the second one as support for my awesome team!! I am currently working around my injuries with Physical therapy and a lot of knowledge that I didn't have prior. I fully intend to complete the Breck. My favorite memories are all the fun times on and off the bike. The camaraderie that has come from all of our adventures together is a precious part of my world. Thank you to each and every person who has encouraged, supported, listened to me babble and made me laugh! I love you all. Here's to an outstanding 2017!!!!
Remember when Shane took a swim at Medina?
Most memorable for me would be the trip to Seven Springs and learning just how to let the bike take up the terrain. The NEO Solstice ride where I rode the most trail miles ever for me and lived to tell about it. :-) The trip to Snowshoe and the cabin in the backwoods of EBF! The trip to Brown County with 4 of us stuffed into a single! And finally the VK enduro. All spent with great friends that add to each experience. Looking forward to more in '17 after ski season!
I’ve had a tremendously fun year shared doing what I love to do with people that brighten that experience. There are many memories from this year that I think of fondly but there are a few that stick out. The first that comes to mind is the comradery that has developed between myself, Shane, and Tom. Each ride, race, or challenge has each of us taking a spot at the front (within the three of us), but how close each of us are, and the challenges each of us have come up with over a cold beverage afterward is what has made it so much fun! The second is setting goals to better myself, working toward them, and realizing these goals, sometimes even crushing them! I’ve been fortunate to improve my times and fitness on the bike this year and I can attribute that to the knowledge shared with “my favorite people.” Adventures shared at ultra-endurance races, riding in the mega caverns, as of this year riding a downhill/enduro bike at 2 different downhill resorts, 331 and OMBC races, and the impromptu and planned group rides often with reminiscing afterward! KSD and the many friends of KSD have been very welcoming and I’m fortunate to be a part of this family!
As we began 2016 I only knew several members of KSD in passing. I am thankful for the many friendships that have grown through the year and look forward to many more in the coming seasons. My favorite memories include the Wednesday Night Group Rides from Spin Bike Shop in Medina where we punished each other (or at least you punished me) and then sharing stories afterward over a beer and a dog, my first Mohican 100k, my first sport podium, my first sport win and my first season in CX battling with Judson. Thank you to all of you for a great year!
A hectic work schedule, injuries, and recurring wheel issues made this an interesting year for sure. This, plus being one of the Southernmost members made it difficult to participate with the team as much as I would have hoped, including the annual trip to Raystown. But looking back on it all in preperation for this, it really was an awesome year. The annual Mega Cavern trip, the mudfests at VK and Medina, Shenanigans in the woods with Dicky Dee at the Chestnut 6hrs, My first podium in a couple years at Medina, Learning that fatties can fly too, Sneaking up to Medina for a WNGR, Incredible new sponsors, and an awesome end of the year bash. I can't believe we're entering season 6 already. I still remember the humble beginnings pounding beers at the finish line of the Mayhem. We've come a long way, and there is still no other band of hooligans I'd rather associate with. The new friends I've made, and the support they offer, is second to none. I can't believe what I've been talked into/encouraged to do already. From my first Mohican 100, to a 6-hr race or two, to Breckenridge, 2017 is shaping up to be "Epic" for sure!
KnobbySide Down had a great opportunity this season to be ambassadors for Absolute BLACK Oval chainrings. Many on the team tried the oval rings out ..because why not, if we didn't like them they'd replace them with a round ring. If you read a lot of reviews there are a lot of common themes so we decided to ride on them all season (if we liked them, spoiler alert....we did) and give a compilation of short reviews based on our experiences this season, and here they are!
Kenny Kocarek Review:
I started off pretty skeptical about the Absolute Black oval, but decided to give it a try on my single speed, it definitely started off feeling goofy and it seemed to feel the oval but after about five minutes it all went away. Just like they said my pedal stroke felt smoother and I notice the advantage of the oval most on gradual to steep climbs and technical areas of the trail. Slower cadence it is awesome and if I get hung up in a technical area and find myself track standing or fighting the trail I just have to concentrate on pushing down and it is a lot easier to get the momentum going again. I never notice the ovality feel unless my cadence goes really high like 110+ but that could be some of my own personal form issues spinning that fast. Overall I recommend it and will continue to use it!
Josh Kunz Review:
I love my oval ring. I run it on my singlespeed air9. I've ridden it on long 100 mile rides xc races and gravel roads. The biggest help I find from it are on the long gradual climbs.
Rich Doubledee Review:
Bike: Trek Procaliber 9.9
Pros: None noticed yet. May be a good ring for "mashers".
Cons: Noticed bobbing in bike at high cadence.
Note: Giving some time to this ring to before switching back to the regular 32 tooth ring in order to give fair comparison.
Todd Davis Review:
I have noticed that my climbing has improved since installing the 32T Absolute Black Oval chainring on my Trek Procaliber soon after I received it in March. I was concerned about switching from the 3x9 setup on my old bike to this new 1x11 Sram GX drive. I immediately felt stronger climbing and very early in the season I proved it by clearing every climb for the first time in a race at Mohican State Park. I am looking forward to conquering the climbs of Mohican again in the final race of the season in October. The ring appears to be wearing well and I have not had any drivetrain issues so far this season.
Andrew Crow Review:
Had it on the Jet9
Mainly running on the Air9 SS
Been running them since late April
Notice less fatigue, especially on the SS with the low climbing cadence. Not really noticeable rest of the time.
Wanted an 88mm bcd ring for the xtr race crank, but they don't make it.
I have another gripe also... They need to make non-Narrow Wide Single speed cog so they can have a full size run.
Rodney Lucketti Review:
I don't have much time on the Oval but the one thing I did notice on a rocky climb at a point when my pedals were at the hardest part of the stroke the bike stalled and as I was thinking "oh crap this is going to take a monumental effort to get over this rock" with some mental focus and minimal effort the top of the pedal stroke magically continued forward so I could them mash down and keep moving forward. I almost jumped off the bike in disbelief. That right there is a good enough reason for me to keep using one.
Jim Costello Review:
I’ve been using the Spiderless Cinch Oval Ring on my Santa Cruz 5010 since June and can’t complain. I feel it makes a significant difference when I’m climbing short, punchy climbs. With the stock ring, it seemed like I would have to stand and mash more whereas the Oval lets me put down more consistent power throughout my pedal stroke.
Another positive is chain retention. During an enduro riding the stock ring, I dropped the chain twice within 20 yards on a not so rough section throwing off all of my timing. Since changing over, not one problem. Even on severe terrain.
I can’t wait to put one on my XC bike.
Awesome weekend of riding! Mounted my Absolute Black oval ring on Friday and man what a difference. Really smooths out the pedal stroke, especially on the climbs.
Many members on our team ride and race with their significant others, while this is not extensive, these are the one's we've captured this year. Many times we have "competitions" for KSD's cutest couple. It's been passed around quite a few times.
In 2015 I had my first experience with the Mohican 100. I had heard about the 100 before and I was excited for the opportunity to go and cheer on my husband as well as the rest of my Knobby Side Down teammates. I brought my dad along with me that day. We had a great time watching everyone from start to finish. At one point in time my dad said to me, "I suppose you will do this crazy race next year". After observing many riders come through the aid stations with the look of pain and fatigue on their faces I said, "no, this type of race is not my thing". Also, in the back of my mind I thought I am not physically fit to even consider doing something like this.
As the year went on I thought more and more about doing that race. Yes, initially I remember seeing the faces of riders that were mentally beat down and physically fatigued, but the more I thought about it there was a ton of excitement associated with the race. Several people were also very high spirited and had a real sense of accomplishment as they rolled through the aid stations and across the finish line.
In late fall I broke the news to my husband that I was contemplating the race. Initially he looked at me like I was crazy, which is a fair assessment. After some discussion he said if I wanted to do it he would support me and help me train. I am pretty sure he thought this might be another one of my hair brained ideas that I would possibly forget about after a few weeks.
I am not a strong rider. I have come a long way over the last few years, but I knew if I wanted to finish this race I would need to really need to step things up and I would have to mentally commit - all in 100%.
Over the winter word was out that I was contemplating doing the race for the first time. At first there was fear, "OMG they are really going to think I am crazy?" But with this team, crazy is normal. I had a few initial conversations with some of the ladies on the team (Angie, Corianne and Lisa) about doing the race and my excitement grew. By the beginning of the year I was set on doing the race. I was also celebrating a milestone birthday in 2016, which gave me more motivation to prove to myself, you can do this.
Let the training begin... I had to put the miles in so I could make sure I could get across the finish line. As many of the other team members do, there were endless miles on the indoor trainer over the winter months, thank you Sufferfest and Trainer Road. There were countless mornings of getting up way too early in the morning to be the first one to get that training ride complete and uploaded to Strava in for the day. It seemed at times that Lisa Costello, Michael Canterbury and I had an unofficial early morning competition going on. In reality that is just when it fit into our family and work schedules for the day. Then there were the countless rides outdoors as the Ohio winter and spring weather would allow. Mike and I are lucky enough to have the hills of T-County all around us so he made sure I did my fair share of miles outside. At the end of February, I did the Funk Bottom Gravel Grind ride hosted by Josh Kunz. It was a good test to see where I was at physically. It was awesome!
The closer it came to race day the more nervous and excited I became. Shout out to my KSD team mates in that last month. The ladies kept me energized with their encouraging text messages. Mike started helping me look at some of my training rides as well as times for some of the women that did the race in previous years. We really started talking about what goals I should set for my times. This is the first I really thought about my time seriously. Up to that point my goal was to just get across the line, I figured I'm not fast so who cares about my time. He stressed the importance of setting some basic goals for my time to keep me motivated during the race. Kenny and Corianne Kocarek as well as Kevin Burgess sent me sample spreadsheets that they had used in the past to set targets for the race. Kenny analyzed my Strava rides and gave me some overall averages based on my previous ride data. The spreadsheet that Tim Portman created with target times based on your overall goal was just what I needed. Over those final weeks leading up to the race I set my target times. My excitement grew even more.
How about that nutrition? Ugg...race day nutrition...this is something I had been putting off, which I know is the worst thing you can do before a big race. I had tried different foods during training rides over the winter and spring. I found things my body would tolerate. My big issue is that generally I have NO desire to eat while I am riding. I like to drink plenty of fluids, but the thought of eating any type of food makes me sick, especially on longer rides. I was getting pretty nervous about what to do for race day. Some of the team members were using Infinit Nutrition, so I checked it out. I answered the questions online, a few days later my first custom order came in and I had the opportunity to try it out on a few long rides before the race. My body responded quite well. I know you should not try new things like this a few weeks before a big race, but it all worked out. It was just what I needed. #IAMINFINIT
The day before.... I was so pumped and excited for the race. Mentally I was all in and I felt pretty confident with my fitness level as well. Mike and I took the day off of work. We headed over to Loudonville and drove all the roads that were on the race course. I had ridden the trails (except for Mohican Wilderness), so this was the last piece of the puzzle for the race. As we drove through town where the race would begin I remember the excitement from the start of the race last year. I thought to myself, last year I was a spectator, this year I am really going to be part of this! Later that evening we hooked up with some of our teammates for dinner. It was just what I needed to shake off those last minute race jitters. At dinner Lisa and Corianne laid out what I call "Operation Jones" (AKA do anything to get Amie across the finish line). They planned to be at each of the aid stations and they were going to be at the finish line with me. I couldn't have come up with a better plan myself!
RACE DAY IS HERE! As I was getting ready in the morning I was so set on making sure I hit my target times at the aid stations. My times may not be fast like others, but they are my goals and it is what I needed to keep me motivated. I pondered where to stash the split times so I could make sure I stayed on track. I had a card all folded up ready to go in my jersey pocket, then I came up with it. I approached Mike with a Sharpie and I told him to scribble my split times on my right bicep. At any point in time in the race I could glance at my arm and see my split times. Yep, he gave me the puzzled look I had expected but he proceeded to help me out.
As Mike and I drove to the race we gave each other the last minute pep talks. He then told me that he was going to do the race with me. Up to this point in time I was mentally prepared to just do this myself. At first it made me a little more nervous. I knew I would hold him back, but honestly I was so reassured to know we would be doing this together and I would have someone out there with me.
When we got into town, we hooked up with the rest of the KSD crew. I was once again relaxed to see some of my KSD ladies. Angie Burgess, Corianne Kocarek and Lisa Costello gave me the last minute pep talk and high fives that I needed.
Getting to the starting line was a bit of a whirlwind. So much excitement was going on. I really could not believe that this was really going to happen. All of the training and preparation came down to this. I remember standing beside Mike at the starting line filling up with an amazing amount of emotion. The race began and it was everything I had anticipated and more. I loved every minute of it.
I rolled in to Aid Station 1 (Mile 20), it was the biggest whirlwind. As we approached I felt pretty good. I was excited to see the KSD support team. Corianne, Lisa, Angie and Pat were all there. All I can remember is rolling in, someone grabbed my Camelback, water bottle and bike. I went to the bathroom and when I came back everything was topped off and I was ready to go again. They gave me some words of encouragement and shoved me out on the trail again. They gave Mike and I some pointers so we could get in and out of Aid Station 2 quickly. That one is off limits to spectators. They did not want us to spend too much time lingering there and lose our momentum. As I left the station I glanced over at my arm and I came through 15 minutes ahead of my target time.
Aid Station 2 (Mile 34), yep encountered some weird, I mean unique, riders there. Riders around us were starting to drop out of the race. We got in and out quickly. I was keeping a close eye on my target times and I was just a few minutes over my target time. I started to get anxious about staying on track. I knew I was losing ground with my time and I still had the hardest part of the race ahead of me. All I could think of is I have to get through Mohican Wilderness. This was the one part of the race I had heard so much about but I had not had the opportunity to pre-ride. Kenny was kind enough to email me a summary of the wilderness a few days prior to the race. By the time I got there I could only remember something about a round building with a coned shaped roof being close to the end. I kept looking for that #$%& building…it was there.
Aid Station 3 (Mile 46), my girls were there again to greet me and get me in and out. Just what I needed, some familiar faces. I was still feeling pretty good but my time had slipped more. I was 15 minutes over my target time, which left me feeling frustrated. I left the aid station with the support of the KSD girls (and Pat). Shortly after Aid Station 3 Mike was starting to suffer. This is the part of the race that really messes with your mind. I knew that each time he stopped to wait for me it was taking a toll on him. It is so important to keep moving. I told him to just go. I really wanted to finish the race together but I knew he needed to keep moving.
Aid Station 5 (Mile 56), based on the advice of my team mates, I rolled right through. No stopping for this one. Stopping this late in the race for a breather would just mess with my mind. All I could think of was getting across that finish line. I kept looking at my time. Why was my times so important to me? Because those were the goals I had set for myself for that day and I needed to hit them. As I rolled through Station 5, I noticed I had made up some ground and I was back on track.
And now for the moment I had day dreamed about for months. THE FINISH LINE! It was all I had hoped for and more. As I got closer I could hear the music blaring. My Knobby Side Down team mates were screaming as I rolled down the hill to the home stretch. I was greeted with hugs and high fives after I crossed the line. It sounds cheesy but it was truly a fairy tale ending for me.
PS – I beat my goal by 25 minutes.
This day was all about goals and sharing in the moment with my KSD team mates. A few days after the race I asked my team mates about their goals that they had for the day. We all have them. They are different things for different people.
On Friday evening, I threw out to our teammates a challenge to take some photos of their biking antics. Knowing many of us were riding all over the place this weekend. Here's a taste of what we accomplished! (In no particular order...) ENJOY! ~corianne
Slacker Saturday ride with Sara Harper, Rodney Lucketti and Todd McMillan
25ish miles consisting of road, Towpath, Hampton Hills, a windbag and a brewery. Not too shabby and we made it back before sundown after much doubt!
Brandon Render (Sir Speedy Kitten, Juice man or Rendor) - his lovely wife Melissa, Kenny and Corianne Kocarek headed over to the first Tri-State 6 hour race in Versailles State Park in Indiana.
Zachary Bastin and his wife Shelly completed the 2016 Wooster Urban Adventure Challenge: 27+ miles of biking, hiking, canoeing, running, and many fun challenges!
Scott Palmer and Dicky Dee hit up the Spokejunkie's ride at Dillon State Park in Zanesville
Awesome weekend of riding! Saturday at Dillon with the Spokejunkies, and a Sunday solo ride at Chestnut Ridge. Huge thanks to our sponsors. Mounted my Absolute Black oval ring on Friday and man what a difference. Really smooths out the pedal stroke, especially on the climbs. And thanks to Emily at Infinit for dialing in a custom formula for me. I felt great Saturday and only bonked because I underestimated the ride length. Today, I rode Chestnut with no Camelback and only a single bottle of Infinit, in 90 deg heat. Climbed faster than usual and felt better than expected at the end. Not even close to cramping. #ninerd #absoluteBLACK #ovalthis #iaminfinit#fatguyproblemsolved
The Jones and Burgess families headed up to Hampton Hills for a MTB ride!
Slacker Sunday Ride at West Branch State Park with Rodney, Nick, Sara & Todd
Some team-mates on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure this week - Sunday was the first ride!
Covered bridges and skinny tires heading out for a post ride beer somewhere in southern ohio - Feeman
Hope you were able to get out and enjoy!
Back in April, Jim Costello and I raced the WVMBA Big Bear Enduro. We had talked about racing a couple of the WVMBA Enduros and after showing interest in the 1st event of the year, we both get a message from Travis Peebles of Blazing Saddle Cycles offering us a place to sleep in the cabin that he rented for the weekend. With the trouble of figuring out where to stay out of the way, we were in!
Since this was an Enduro, we figured it best to go down and pre-ride the 5 stages on Friday. I thought this was a great idea, as I had never ridden big drops, roll-ins and other rock features we would face that weekend. Once I picked Jim up, we made a relaxing trip down to Bruceton Mills, where the Big Bear Lake campground would host the event. On the way Jim mentioned that he wasn’t sure he’d ever met Travis. I reminded him that Travis was the guy who had Elvis at his team tent at the Vulture’s Knob 24 hour race and roasted a whole pig! Immediately Jim remembered and got even more excited for the adventure to come!
We arrived to the parking area around noon and began changing into the appropriate EnduroTM attire. It just so happens, with no discussion between us, that Jim and I bought the same helmet. In the same color… EnduroTM Blue… For the past 2 weeks months we had been taking flak from everyone we rode with about how we were matching EndurBro’s and how the helmets matched nothing about the rest of our kits. Before we pedaled off, we ran into Jeff Simcoe. He is the main person maintaining the trails at Big Bear. He gave us some helpful tips on which stages were important to pre-ride and help prevent us from getting lost.
We began with stage 3 as it left directly from the parking area. The main feature of stage 3 was a big roll-in off a rock face followed by a technical, chunky rock section. After debating with Jim if I could do it and watching him a few times, I tucked in my skirt and rolled over. Easy and fun!! Once we headed down the trail again, Jim promptly wrecked in the rocks. New bike got its 1st scratch…
After riding stage 3, we met up with Travis, Kyle and Mark from the Blazing Saddle crew. The group of us then headed up to stage 1. This was probably the 2nd most technical stage of the race. It had a few drops right at the beginning, then a bunch of pedaling with some more rock features towards the end. Apparently, during our pre-ride we missed a turn and skipped a big rock drop in the middle of the stage. Jim and I both found it during our timed run on Saturday and are still debating how big it really was. We both agreed it was the biggest drop of the weekend! We then rode stage 2, which had a long steep rock chute that required a lot of brakes to keep everything under control.
At the bottom of that stage I pinch flatted my tire, but the problem was quickly remedied with a couple of tire plugs and a few pumps of air.
The climb out of stage 2 was awesome!! It reminded me of the final miles of the Snake Creek Gap TT in Dalton, Ga. Huge, chunky rocks on a long grinding climb. I kept thinking how much Kenny would love this climb, but know how much he would be cursing me on the downhills to get there! We made it back up to the top of the mountain and started down stage 4. This was the most technical of the stages with big rock features that required some knowledge of the proper line choice to keep from falling into a crack or off an edge. And to top it off, it ended in the same spot as stage 2, so we got to do the fun climb again!! We were out of time to pre-ride stage 5, so we started heading to camp.
Travis had headed back to camp after riding stage 2, so we met up with him and began to go over the bikes. Before leaving, I borrowed Kenny’s Flash Charger pump. Glad I did, because it was a process getting my new rear tire to seat. I ended up adding 2 layers of gorilla tape to the rim to get the tire to seat. I still haven’t taken the tire off to see my handy work. Travis and crew had brought food to cook, so Jim and I headed to a brewery in Maryland. I can’t speak for the beer, but the handmade pizzas were awesome!
Saturday we were all up early going thru our morning routines. As such, I found myself in stall #3. I will state now, that the campground gave each campsite a roll of TP and didn’t keep any in the bathrooms. As I finish doing my thing I hear: “Hey you, in stall #3, do you have any TP? I’m about to lose a sock!” This is a new experience for me. Do I quietly sneak out and let the guy go sockless the rest of the day? That just seemed wrong so I handed the roll over the door and asked if he could drop it off at our site. A few minutes later a guy comes strolling up to our site and says, “My socks thank you!” Wow, if this is a sign of how the day is going to go, today is going to be interesting…
We make it up to the start area and get registered. Then the Wenger’s show up and Cary begins unloading his bike. Jim about dropped from laughter! Cary said that since they had a hardtail class he figured the trail couldn’t be that bad… We would later find out that he rode the entire course and made it to stage 3 before it was ready. Then he was the first person to complete all 5 stages and ride back to the start area. Most everyone else took a shuttle back! I think someone forgot to tell him that only the downhills were timed… Later he heard that there was a keg at the end of stage 5 and was upset because he pedaled right past it!
After the riders’ meeting, we were all sent up the singletrack to the 1st stage. There were a couple little climbs with a solid 40+ bike train in front of me. More than half of the racers were off walking their bikes. Wow, I thought to myself, what happens when they have to climb back up the mountain and not this little hill. It turns out that my XC fitness would be a big benefit thru the day! Once it’s our turn, I send Jim out 1st because he is typically quicker than me in the technical stuff. I botched all of the drops then pedaled my ass off trying to make up time from my screw ups. I ended up passing Jim and 3 other people who we had given each at least a 30 second head start to.
Stage 2 was also very pedally, and by the rock chute at the bottom, I was drifting all over the place on the rocks that had been kicked up from previous riders! Love drifting! Now the big climb up to stage 3! Almost as fun as the downhills, but judging by the many riders walking up the hills I was really starting to realize the advantage having some fitness. On the ride to stage 3 we stopped at the car to refill and grabbed a coke and m&m’s before heading to the start. The majority of stage 3 was directly next to the main road which was a transfer to stage 4, so there was a constant barrage of “motivation” from riders pedaling by. That also meant that the big rock roll-in was crowded with on-lookers. Can’t hesitate now! I rounded the corner, slammed my post and let the bike roll! Immediately after the roll-in was a left hand corner, my specialty, so I let go of the brakes and gave a big 2-wheel drift for the crowd, who erupted with more cheer! Luckily I was out of sight when I dabbed and had to run thru the same rock garden Jim personally inspected and showed how not to ride the day before. Wish I would have paid attention then… When I finished the stage, Jim was nowhere to be seen. Come to find out he dropped his chain. Twice! This leads perfectly to my newest piece of gear. On Thursday before the race, I installed an Absolute Black Oval ring. I noticed the difference in the ring for about 3 pedals around the block and I never noticed it again. Glad I tried it and have since installed them on my other bikes! And to top it off, I never dropped a chain all weekend, and after 2+ months of use locally, at Rothrock and Pisgah, still have not had an issue!
As we made our trip up to stage 4, Andrea Wenger passed by going down stage 3 so we provided the appropriate “motivation.” Waiting for our turn to start the stage, 2 people with Walmart looking bikes come pedaling up the road, turned directly into the start and began going down the trail. Everyone at the start gives that WTF stare and the jokes about bikes exploding commenced. I was able to ride everything on stage 4 without any issues. On the preride, we noticed a couple of bypasses around some muddy chutes. By the time we went I figured the mud would be cleared out and I could just moto the ruts and be fine. Boy was I wrong… One of the ruts was already deep and apparently still hadn’t found solid ground underneath as after the stage I notice the bottom of my fork legs had acted like shovels and brought some of the trail with me. For the rest of the stage, I was snickering to myself how Jim would have to break into his emergency chain cleaning kit so it didn’t trouble his OCD for stage 5! Up until that stage, everyone had stayed relatively clean with only the occasional puddle. This is remarkable because according to Jeff, the weekend before the area received 8” of snow!!
On to the final stage of the day. We didn’t preride this and were told that there isn’t anything difficult. It was a very gradual grade, especially compared the other stages, and required a great deal of pedaling. Two very hard days were beginning to be felt in the legs. We both finished with only a couple of near-misses and Jim grabbed a beer from the keg that wasn’t available when Cary went by at least an hour earlier.
At this point one would think that the adventure was over, but there was quite an experience still remaining. Due to the distance back to the staging area, a shuttle was planned to take everyone back to the start. Jim and I threw our bikes on and grabbed a seat on the back of the trailer. Just as the trailer began to leave, a couple of kids came chasing after the shuttle. We threw their bikes on and one of them sat on the edge of the trailer directly behind me. About 30 seconds down the road, the trailer hits a big bump and I see air between his ass and the trailer deck. I grab one arm and drag him back against my knees while Jim grabs the other. Now that he is sitting on my lap he feels compelled to introduce himself as Nate. I was getting to be very close to Nate. Jokes about the shuttle trip keep flowing between him and Jim, before the topic of how you shouldn’t mention this to your mom until you are at least 25 (guessing he was in the 15-17 year old range??) to keep her from getting upset. Well, not 30 seconds pass and a car goes by the other way. Nate starts yelling “Hey, that’s my mom!!” Jim and I look at each other with the ‘what are those odds’ stare and make sure we have an extra tight hold on him so he doesn’t fall off then get ran over by his mom. Luckily, Mom doesn’t look to be too worried and follows us to the drop-off point.
Now all of the adventure was officially over. We turned in our timing chips, got cleaned up and made our way back home. I ended up in 8th in the sport class, while the dropped chain cost Jim a few additional spots. He finished out in 18th. I would personally like to thank Jeff Simcoe, Ben Klimer and all the others who put on a great event!! And once we get into the summer and past some of the big races, there is definitely going to be a KSD field trip to Big Bear to go check out the xc trails and maybe even hit some of the enduro stages. And now the WVMBA Big Bear Ultra is on my radar for August!!
Ready or not the 2016 mountain bike race season is upon us and by this point in full swing. I will keep this short and say that by the time I started training for 2016 some of my KSD teammates were already racing.
My first Enduro and first race of 2016. Not being in prime physical condition and not racing any previous Cross Country or Enduro races this year I didn't have the mental focus that I am accustom to heading into a race event like this, but what I did have was the bike. Now I will be the first to tell you that a better bike doesn't make a better rider, but having the right bike can make the difference between fun and disaster. Now was this the first time I raced the Mayhem enduro? No. But it was the first time on I raced on a bike with over 6 inches of travel, 36mm forks, and 27.5" wheels.
My goals were to be able to do the bike some justice and at least jump all of the more natural dirt built jumps and maybe, just maybe, a wooden feature like the road gap or the new and improved creek gap "2". And most importantly, have fun.
Saturday's pre-ride didn't look promising. Physically I felt good but I just didn't have my "mojo" whether it was riding with unfamiliar teammates and not having at least some of the usual rowdy KSD crew around, or having those big welcoming rocks stare at you from the landing side of the jumps, or not riding the Wilds in two years? I don't know so I just cruised the course until we met up with some dudes hitting the creek jump on stage 4. We watched them hit the jump a few times and then one asked "anyone else want to try?" I replied " yes, I want to check your speed" so as I followed him to the approach of the jump the speed felt too slow but I stayed on his back tire to complete the jump. This was the little boost I needed. Saturday evening - free beer provided by Weasel Boy brewing of Zanesville, the party was on.
I did a morning pre-ride of stages 1 & 2 with Mark a team member that couldn't be there Saturday for warm up. My legs felt weak. During the transfer to stage 1 I tried to keep my speed up to help keep my flow for the stages. However, we caught up to another slow moving team and I got bored so I tried to "bunny hop" a small roller, only I didn't have any speed and my back tire caught a tree root to drop my front tire on the downside of the hill and over the bars I went. Usually this is something of the norm for me and I was quite amused with myself and Matt's comment "I think I heard you say every cuss word in the book before you hit the ground" (or something like that ) anyway, this could have been the kind of thing that gets my blood flowing for the rest of the day only to ruined by disappointment as I found my Garmin screen shattered.
With my self-esteem down along went any hopes of the road gap on stage 1.
The stages went by a little rushed with me more worried about searching for rhythm on the man made berms and jumps which left me forgetting about the rock garden on 2, a big jump on stage 3 that I had to roll and almost ended my day and even crashing in the cross country stuff on stage 5.
All in all despite what seems like a gloomy review the experiment was a success. I accomplished the goals I set out to and I know I had a good time when frustration leaves me not wanting to walk away, but return for more!
Thanks for reading,
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I did make pinkbike.com though...so that was pretty cool! http://www.pinkbike.com/u/beavercity/blog/wild-in-ohio-the-2016-mayhem-enduro.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=mobile&utm_campaign=news