“Six Hours of Shiner’s Revenge 2013” at Woolwine, VA

Are we having fun yet?  Hell yeah! Check out the wheel drift!

Near the end of cross country mountain bike season last year I decided to try my hand at some endurance events.  I raced ORAMM (Off Road Assault on Mount Mitchell) and did well, so  I thought I would try the Six Hours of Shiner’s Revenge, a brand new race, being hosted by my friends and fellow racers, Eric and Betthney O’Connell.  You can read my full report on last year’s race at: http://weightweenieblog.com/?p=611 Having won the open 50+ race there last year, I automatically put it on my calendar for this year.  However, as the race approached I happened to notice that Eric had lowered the age bracket to 45+ to increase the size of the field.  Last time I gave up seven years but this year I would be giving up 13.  That’s a lot of age, but my...

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“SERC #9” XC Race at Ft. Payne, AL

SERC 9 - 3 480

The South East Regional Cup (SERC) Series #9, the American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) #9, and the Alabama Mountain Bike Series #6, all came together this weekend at DeSoto State Park in Ft. Payne, Alabama.  Since 1982 Ft. Payne has been famous as being the home of the “June Jam” festival hosted by the country-rock band Alabama. The park downtown has bronze statues of the band members that are larger-than-life size. The Ft. Payne race course is typically 10 miles in length but was shortened to a 6.5 mile lap this year due to the excessive rain and flooding.  The Grand Masters 1 (Cat 1 50+) raced three laps so we did 19.5 miles total, making it one of the shorter races in terms of mileage.  The reason they cut the mileage short, however, is that the...

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“Race to the River” XC Race

Harry Mathis (2nd) and me (1st) on the podium for the SC Championship.

The fifth race in the Southern Classic Series was held this weekend at Harbison State Park in Columbia, South Carolina. It was the final of three races that comprise the South Carolina State Championship: Sumter (race 1), Spartanburg (race 4), and Columbia.  Because I was leading by 18 points, I decided to race Columbia and skip the US Cup East (SERC) race in Winder, GA.  After all, if I managed to finish no more than three place behind Harry Mathis, I was a lock for the SC Championship. I drove up Saturday afternoon, after a 30-mile club ride where I was determined to keep my heart rate low and for the most part I was successful.  My plan was to pre-ride the course while keeping my heart rate low so I would have legs for the next day’s race....

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“Shootout at Angler’s Ridge” XC Race

anglers ridge

The Shootout at Angler’s Ridge was the second race of my mountain bike season, and was located an hour north of Greensboro, just across the state line in Danville, Virginia. Like last year, this race was the Virginia State Championship race so it attracted lots of the best riders from all around the area. Last year’s Angler’s Ridge race was my second ever cross country mountain bike race, and I managed to win the VA state championship as a Cat 3 (beginner) rider. Not bad. This year I hoped to repeat as a Cat 2 (sport) rider, so even though it’s not part of either the Southern Classic Series or the US Cup East (SERC) Series, I still included it on my race calendar. I arrived at the course Saturday afternoon with friend and super-fast rider, Bart Wellisley,...

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Six Hours O’ Shiner’s Revenge 2012

Fellow mountain biker, Eric O’Connor, and his amazing crew of volunteers put on their very first mountain bike race at I.C. Dehart Park in beautiful Woolwine, VA. Excerpted from the promoter’s website: “On the weekend between the last two Southern Classic XC races and two weekends before SM100, stretch your legs with some lung-busting climbs, hair-raisin’ descents and challenging technical trail.” Under normal circumstances, that would be a very accurate statement, perhaps a slight understatement. This weekend, however, was to be anything but normal. Oh, it started normal enough, but… well, you be the judge. The I.C. Dehart Park trail is a brand new mountain bike course consisting of almost exclusively single track trails. It includes nice...

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