Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vultures Knob phase 2 - update 3

Arch Bridge is coming along, taking a ton of time to drill and bolt the railings, the hold back is not having a generator (yet), our battery supply is only lasting a couple of hours each day.  The last item is to trim the posts and then plywood the sides... and then waterproof the whole bridge... I'm guessing we'll have to wait til summer to waterproof, or can we waterproof wet wood, dunno?

We have 4 new cross country trails flagged and ready to go.  We'll have a trail day next Sunday December 6th to knock them out.  Lets meet at the quarry area at 9:00am if your itching to build.

video of a very primitive rough cut DH line was shot today by Jake...can be seen here... 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vulture's Knob phase 2 - slopestyle beginnings

The shaping and sculpting has begun.  Give the dirt a little bit of lov'n and spanking and it gives back.
Dustin and I continued on the bridge supports this saturday, bolting in the railings and such.  Sunday... Mike, Jay, and Rick met up with others and began laying out the slopestyle course.
video someone shot of the beginnings

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2010 NEO Race date preview

Been sitting on the 2010 dates for a month or so...  dates are looking pretty solid...but waiting to see if there is any overlap with other event organizers before we give the final stamp of approval.

I create this calender to help plan each season and do my best not to overlap dates, especially big Regional events.  Disclaimer...This early in the game the dates are definitely subject to change...Disclaimer

Click here for the  - Calendar  forward to 2010 months -  Our dates are pretty solid -  The OMBC /NUES dates are purely based on 2009, I'll update this Calender once final schedule gets published.

VKnob series will be 5 races for 2010.

NEO Power Series will be 5 races.  #1 - Start at Findley State park with a time trail.  #2 - Big Valley Race at Camp Manatoc.  #3 - Enduro race at Westbranch (slightly longer then traditional XC race)  #4 -Medina for Time Trial number two. #5 - We'll finish off the Power Series at Vulture's Knob with Oktoberfest/Halloween race / bonfire and good times!  (still working on downtown Akron urban short track race - stay tuned)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Vultures Knob phase 2 - update

ictures don't quite give you the scale, but think smooth and think big.  Rick cut the backbone of the freeride, downhill course this past week that he and PhatJay have been laying out.  Next phase will be refinement with a bobcat, then final tweeking with bikes and hand tools.

The XC course will be seeing some changes, the drop into the bowl (upper powerline) is gone, instead a new rocky section has been located and cut in on the ridge line, it will take a couple days to get it done but the Team Soupcan showed up in force and helped cut the corridor of the new trail which will overlook the new freeride area.  A decent size bridge will have to be made, or alot of rocks...we'll figure it out.  The speed of the upper bowl will be missed, some will shed tears, other will whine and complain, but give it a chance, this is only year 2 of the Vulture's Knob rehab.

We also flagged out some new XC trail above junkyard hill and another section near ant town.  We'll announce some trail days in the near future.  If your itching to lend a hand, shoot me an email or reply and I'll let you know when we are down there... until then, enjoy!

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118 mile ride to Columbus

Saturday, 65 degrees middle of November...who'd thunk it?  Today was good.  Cavs won, Buckeyes won, the Medina Soccer team won the state championship and I got in a 118 mile road ride.  Instead of wasting 2 hours in the car driving to Columbus Crew Soccer Stadium to the watch the state championship match I decide to see where my fitness stood.  I have not ridden much the last 2 years but planning to jump back in next year with another attack at Leadville and various other races.  So set off to see how 100 miles would feel this early in the comeback training.  Choose a great route, thru seville to route 3 into Wooster then hopped on 95 thru Mohican State Forest / Butler onto Fredericktown (got lost for a few minutes) to Sparta Rd to 65 to Cleveland to Hudson to Crew Stadium... low traffic, (until Columbus) good clean roads and great scenery.  The only bummer was the wind which was in my face the entire way, I was shooting for a 20mph pace but ended up with 17avg.  not bad considering i could not hear the music through my headphones due to the constant low grade wind and had no pace line to hide behind.  Ride took me 7 hours, I arrived to game 20 minutes late, but just in time to enter the stadium and witness the first goal of the match which put us up 1-0 at half.  The second half Medina found the net 3 more times to win the State Championship 4-0.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Red Flannel Ride

First long ride in over 2 years, 65 miles or so.

Juan wrote it up on his blog if your interested

Vulture's Knob phase 2

Race season over...time to get back at the trail...the transformation continues.  This was the house as it stood winter of 2008.  Bart from Paradise Mulch began the demo.  The house came down and Dustin spent all summer picking wood to use.  We used the old siding to side the outhouse.  Then race season came and the pile of wreckage sat all summer long...quite the eyesore...but we had plans...sorta. 

Fast forward to yesterday.  Rick is an old school mtbr from the day when I originally started Mt biking...Rick and Porter had incredible trails out towards Bath, Hinckley area.  Rick stopped biking but showed up to the last Vknob race last year and was jazzed about the happenings and wanted to lend a hand.  In fact, he was so jazzed he pulled out his old bike John Tomac personally gave him and proceeded to race the Reagan Time trial and he plans on racing more this coming year.  He has expert dozer experience and quickly dug a small hole and dropped the house into and covered her up.  Then proceeded to clean up the brush around the trees.  This will be a nice park like setting for camping, parking, maybe the kids playground that I've been drilled for not having.

The final project...a little grading and some grass seed in the spring and you'll never know a house once stood there.

Finally had some time to work on the podium, carved in the 2 and the 3.  Will paint it up in spring when the temps warm up.

built up/cut up a bunch of ladders for the new elevated section of we build the frames and nail these ladders down....coming soon?

Monday, Jason met with Alber excavation guys along with Rick and the downhill, dual solemn, free ride area started to become a reality.  After today the foundation of the run should be in place with berms, jumps and start area.

We are working on a new website...more to come later.

Catching up

Where to start... 2010 race schedule set, 10 races total.  Sponsors are renewing which is great.  Vulture's Knob phase 2 has began.  Back on the bike, wattage numbers up 30watts compared to last test I did 3 years ago, not bad for not riding much last 2 years as I focused on other projects.  Looking to go back to Leadville this year and do a few other endurance races.  I'll post a few posts on each item in the next couple of days.