Sunday, June 28, 2009

As far as I'm concerned, there is no better place to live if you're a cyclist than right here in SW Virginia. The opportunities for both skinny and knobbie tires are almost endless.

Pookie and I moved here 12 years ago because we saw the potential that this area holds for outdoor types like us. We have not been dissappointed. That potential is always growing as more people realize what a gem this area is.

I'm always excited to tell someone visiting Roanoke how stellar the parks and trails and streams are. Now you have the opportunity to tell people as well by completing a survey that will help the folks at shape their website into the place that visitors can go get all the important information about planning an outdoor-oriented trip to our area.

Friday, June 26, 2009

"Logging" more miles

I'm happy that it's not rained for several a row. That hasn't happened for a good, long time. I actually got three rides in on three consecutive days! Amazing. Now it's back to learning how to ride fast.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I gotta start remembering my camera when I ride! I did the trails that comprise the Expert race course for the RMBC to be held July 17th & 18th at Carvins Cove and saw all kinds of wildlife, broken cranks and a wheel like a taco, but I have no to prove any of it. (None of the broken stuff was mine, fortunately)

Monday, June 22, 2009

A new look, a new focus.

Those of you who have followed this blog for very long are used to seeing me flying the colors of Team El Toreo. The big red bull on the chest of the "Team Taco" jerseys has been a presence in the regional cycling scene for many years now. The relationship with El Toreo restaurants has been a good one and I know I speak for all the other members of our cycling team when I say thank you for the support!

The time had come for a new partnership that will benefit cycling and outdoor recreation in our region and be an exciting venture with a like-minded organization that is interested in showing the world just how incredible the Roanoke region of Virginia is!

Stay tuned for more details soon...

Monday, June 08, 2009

How (do) I roll?

Kenda Karma 29 or WTB Nanoraptor 29? Which flavor is a better all-arounder and race tire? Is there such a thing as an all-arounder and race tire?

Thursday, June 04, 2009


It's rained so much recently that I have mushrooms growing inside my cycling shoes. God knows I haven't been able to wear them to ride a bicycle!

Monday, June 01, 2009

XXC vs Lord Stanley

This is eating me alive. My beloved Pittsburgh Penguins are down 2-0 in this year's Stanley Cup final, but I'm sure they will pull out at least one victory in the next two games which will be played Tuesday and Thursday of this week. If they do win one of those two, then Saturday will be game five of the best-of-seven series. If I were to race the XXC at Massanutten next Sunday, I'd have to camp out Saturday night in order to be at the start line at 9am. Otherwise, the two-hour drive from Roanoke to Massanutten would have an A.I.S. time of 6am. (A.I.S. = ass in seat). I don't think I could get up at 5am, get everything packed and hit the road for two hours, then be at all competitive in a 40 mile XXC.

So kids, if the Pens get swept I'll be camping out Saturday and ready for the XXC start Sunday. If they make it two game five, I will be parked in front of my TV Saturday night and skipping the XXC at Massanutten. 

Why? The Penguins' first season in my hometown of Pittsburgh was the year I was born: 1968. In those forty years, most of which I have been a fan, they have made it the finals four times. What if this is the last time they ever make it to the finals? It could happen, ya know. The Washington Capitals came into the league and have never won the cup. Ditto for the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres. 

So you see, us hockey fans are different. We're rabid. Ain't no way I'm missing the chance to see someone lift the cup.