Thursday, July 27, 2006

Bio / Racing Resume

Here's a little about me and my riding history....

Age: 33

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Walt Works 29er
K2 Zed 4.0
K2 Beast
K2 900 Evo
Nishiki Beta
Abici Vader

Favorite Trail(s):
Trumbull Valley, CT
Stanley Gap, GA


Captain / Manager Team Ride Eat Sleep Repeat
3-man Division, 12 Hours of Razorback, Reddick, FL
Solo Class, Baker’s Dozen 13 hour race, Modoc, SC
Pisgah MTB Adventure Race, Pisgah, NC
Solo Class, Southern Lights 24-7, Athens, GA
Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell, Old Fort, NC
MS 150, Conyers, GA
Support for Raging Russell Adventure Race, 3-person team
Support for 24 Hours of Adrenalin, (4) solo racers

Captain / Manager Team Ride Eat Sleep Repeat
1st Place, 2-man Division, Southern Lights 24-7
Top 10 Men’s Solo Cowbell Classic 12 Hour
15th Place, 5-person Coed 24 Hours of Adrenalin, Conyers, GA

11th Place, Cat 5 Dilworth Criterium
1st Place, 4-man Division, Southern Lights 24-7
24 Hours of Booty, Fundraising event participant
8th Place, Solo Class, Cowbell Classic 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race
4th Place, 4-man Division 24 Hours of Adrenalin, Conyers, GA
Attended IMBA Trail School, Charlotte, NC

11th Place, 4-man Division, 24 Hours of Adrenalin, Conyers, GA
5th Place, 2-man Division Browbeater 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race

2006 Goals:
1. To complete at least 30 hours of trail work
2. To compete as a solo competitor in three (3) 24- hour endurance events and finish in the top of 25% of the field
3. To promote the growth of cycling in a positive and influential manner in our community through being a ride leader, helping with bike rodeos, and trail advocacy

Member of SORBA, IMBA, Tarheel Trailblazers

Current Sponsors
Terrapin Beer Company, Kenda Tires & Tubes, Rudy Project, Trujillo Construction

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

YTD Summary

Here it is, the end of July and I've managed to get in a whopping three (3) races this year -- Granny Gear 24 Hours of Conyers, Cowbell Challenge 12 hour, and the 12 Hours of Dauset. Typically I'd have about 6 or 7 by now but not this year. Somehow I've also pulled off building up my first full custom bike -- a Walt Works 29er! What a machine. I've been riding now for 16 years and have been drooling over other folk's new custom bikes and now I have my own! I originally built it up as a full rigid bike thinking that most of my friends and competitors ride rigid, so why can't I? Well, after breaking the rigid fork I decided that having a suspension (sussy) fork ain't all that bad!

Looking ahead to the Fall months, I am excited about riding and whatever else the good Lord has in store for me! The Woodstock Mountain Bike Fellowship has some great events planned. Some east coast boys from BOMB International are planning a Pisgah Gathering. There's a couple really great enduros coming up -- including the Double Dare in Pisgah, where I broke a bike frame last year 20 miles from nowhere. My church choir has a trip to Israel in 2007 that we're starting to plan for.

Mountain biking ain't all of life, but it works well to clear the mind and keep the body fit. I like the enduro stuff because mostly it's about finishing, not neccessarily about making the podium. You have good rides / races and you have bad ones. This year I've been blessed to be able to ride when I can and spend time with family and friends when I cannot. My 7 yr old nephew recently had severe surgery on his brain stem and was in a medical induced coma for about 3 weeks. My (3) nieces got to spend (6) weeks with my folks for summer vacation. I have two friends that have been unemployed since late last year and have been given life changing reasons why. Sure, it's good to ride but sometimes the "other stuff" is just too important to ignore and those (3) races I've done have been great opportunities to get out and see more friends! There's an Irish saying that I learned a few years back that really defines "friend". It says, "Friends are the family that you choose." There's definitely truth in that.

This blog thing is new to me so bear with me as I figure out how to link stuff and add pictures and make it all professional looking. For now, here are links to some of the referenced stuff in this posting:

Woodstock MTB Fellowship
BOMB International
Pisgah Productions (Double Dare promoter)
Walt Works
Granny Gear Productions
Cowbell Challenge
Gone Riding (12 hours of Dauset promoter)