This past weekend I turned south and went to Richmond, VA for the Dominion Riverrock event. If you love adventure and outdoors, this is an event you have to check out! Rock climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, slacklining, dogs jumping into water, people on bikes jumping on ramps, trail running, mountain bike ‘rassin and more!
The course they set up for the race was top-notch. Flowing, fast, fun singletrack was the name of the game here. I was even more stoked to race after I pre-rode than before, and I was pretty durn stoked before! Some of my favorite portions of the course were the man-made rock-gardens. They reminded me of Olympic and World Cup courses, but not as steep and big.After a nice pre-ride, I cleaned up and hit a local english pub for some bangers & mash, followed by a stroll back down to the event to catch a little bit of live music and bouldering. There’s always something going on at this event!
Race day started with some sleeping in, followed by some packing and eating. Once everything was back in the car, it was time to head to the race and get serious. During my warm up, I caught up with some of Harrisonburg’s finest: Ryan Fawley & Nick Waite. After some spinning and chatting, we lined up for the show, and with a short count-down by the announcer we were off and riding!A decent start was made not-so-great thanks to a rider getting too aggressive and knocking into me around a corner. Party Foul! Unable to get back around, I decided to constantly badger him once in the singletrack while he assisted in my losing major time to the leaders. Eventually, karma kicked in and he slid out, gears jammed, and I passed with a slight grin on my face. Am I evil? For the rest of the race, I continued to dodge, duck, dive, and dodge through the awesome singletrack, finishing in 4th overall.After clean-up, I got lost again in the festivities. While lost, I found some awesome fish tacos and a cheeseburger. I finally found my award and prize money, as well as my sanity (temporarily) and caught some jumping dogs and people (on bikes) before packing it in and heading back home to B’more.YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS EVENT OUT!!!! Go to www.dominionriverrock.com, then leave a comment telling me that I’m right.Cheers & Jeers,Jordan
Here we go again with more UCI racing action up in the Canada Land. The past three years that I have gone to theses races I always learn and improve a little bit. These races are every bit as fast as any Pro XCT that I have participated in. When your racing with the likes of the fastest Canadian riders like Raphael Gange, Matthew Hadley, Kris Sneddon, Peter Glassford to name just a few its going to be blistering. I managed to get 16th out of 70+ which isn’t to bad and Matt had a little bad luck with some rocks and had to go to the pits finishing in the 50’s. We left it all out there on the 850+ climbing per 4mile technical track. My legs still are burning when I stand out of a chair or walk stairs and Matt was cramping on the car ride home. That’s a good thing because racing that fast only means one thing…you get faster. Hopefully I improve this weekend in Canada Cup Part 2: Baie ST. Paul!! I do have to say that my Giant XTC 29er is the best bike I have ever ridden. Even for how rocky the track was i don’t think i would have wanted a dual suspension. With the big wheels equipped with 2.2 Schwalbe Racing Ralphs and snappy handling with a plush RockShox Sid out front. I had the perfect tool for the job!!
The trip as a whole was more or less an in and out mission for Matt and I so there’s not a lot more to report on except we were both wishing we had some more time to ride some really sweet single track that was everywhere!!! Also, its amazing the amount of people doing things in Canada. I always ask myself “what do these people do up here”. Pretty ignorant I guess but I’ve come to the conclusion that they just live. When all you see is people out walking, riding, fishing, riding dirt bikes and little “PEE WEE” racers decked out with Sram XX parts and hauling down rocky trails makes me think the Canadians know how to live.
Cant wait to get back up there this weekend to toe the line again and see what happens. Stay tuned for part 2!!!
Squirrels and Orange Juice?
Rumble in the Jungle (H2H series)
|“Fueled by Gummy Bears, Forrest races his Anthem X Advanced to 3rd in the pro men at H2H Rumble in the Jungle”|
|The Schwalbe Racing Ralphs hooking up|
The Michaux Endurance Series is known as the roughest, toughest and stupidest race series around. Aside from the State College area (MTB mecca of the Universe?), it has the biggest trail mass in the region. The 40 mile races are long, extremely technical, have tons of climbing and often make you question why you do this sport. Or maybe affirm why you do this sport. One thing is for sure: you either love it or hate it.
Me? I love it.
This past weekend was the first of the three race series and it ended up being a beautiful day! I brought along the XtC Composite 29 hardtail to race. I knew it wasn’t the best choice when compared to my Anthem X 29, but it’s light weight and sharp handling had me feeling it would do the job just swell.
I started off rather easy as I usually do in these races, but this time, easy put me into the first singletrack in the top 5. My goal was to watch the power on the climbs, hold a pace that would be manageable for 4+ hours, and rip the one-track like a good boy should. Here is the file for you nerds. Keep in mind I run a buck twenty five on the scale, so other than me just landing on the suck side of fast, that’s my excuse for why the numbers are weak.
Mostly I just added this because I have no pictures other than the jar of pickle juice I just downed.
Anyway. I feel I rode quite well. Maybe should have given a little more on some of the long climbs and maybe lost a little on the slow tech sections with the hardtail, but certainly gained on some of the rippers and maintained a rather steady pace. Good news is that I didn’t bonk, my one flat sealed itself and I had no bike issues other than the scratches and gouges from the endless rock. Oh, and I crossed the line as the fourth soul with an emptied tank. The views were scenic, the trails variable and the competition was good. Furthermore, paired with the hilly ride from the preceding day, it was an excellent workout with an eye on the main goal of the Trans-Sylvania Epic.
TSE Countdown: less than a month.
Fast guys: still signing up.
Scared factor: 10
Psyched factor: 11
-the matt miller experience