Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunday Ride 9-2

I will be out of town and likely very hung-over on Sunday, so post your hearts out if anybody wants to lead a ride or just ride and offer for people to join.

On another note: there has been talk of doing a jersey-reorder. Anybody who is interested, post-up and we'll get a count to see if it's going to be substantial enough to move ahead.

MadCap viddy

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday night -->Bottom of Quarry Gap Road

A few of us are riding from the bottom of Quarry Gap Road tonight switching things up from the typical Mont Alto location.  Start time 5:30pm.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thank you's and more!

That was a crazy journey we all just went through and I want to thank the MBM members for the work they put into making it such a success. It was a leap of faith for many of you and I appreciate you jumping into my vision of a good time. The end result was an event that provided an unforgettable experience for the riders, while exposing them to some of the most challenging riding in the world. The number of “Thank You’s” and “had a great time” comments that have come my way are proof that something special happened.
A good event is made up of all the components coming together to make a whole package. The participants came away safe, happy and ready to return next year! This was due entirely to everyone who stepped up and took on the stress of organizing something that we were all short on experience with.
Thank you Brian, our MBM president, for listening to the wishes of the club despite your hesitation when I brought the idea to the MBM. You really took on many of the details and made sure needs were filled. I could list them all out, but its a pretty long list! I know all you wanted was a beer and a break on Saturday!
Thanks to Donna for organizing volunteers along with many other things. Thinking on your feet and manning the timing tent were just a few of the other bonuses we got from you. Oh and the amazing cilantro rice for the burritos!
To Stephanie for the note taking, budget watching, meal making, and timing planning. I know there are other things but you get the idea! The burritos were amazing! I’m pretty sure that was one of the best post-race meals ever served at a Sunday race. When we realized we were going to be an hour or more ahead of schedule, you busted butt to be ready for the racers. They really appreciated that!
To Jody for being an advocate from the beginning, organizing the Monday trail work, working on the timing, and helping me see when mistakes were being made. It’s true, I don’t know everything. :)
Thanks to Larry for the DCNR interaction, for being a brain to bounce ideas off of and for coming out to help with trailwork. Sorry you couldn’t be there on race day! We missed you.
To Steve for radios and chiming in with wit and encouragement. And of course race day efforts!
To Howard for the trail work and race day presence. For the course marking and the all around belief in the event.
To the Witters and Charlie for everything from trail-work, sweeping, and creation, and not strangling me (yet) for transgressions. Apologies to come..
Hey Zach Adams! Thanks for coming to the race too! It was pretty cool to see all the Michaux race promoters together at an event!
Of course the volunteers deserve a ton of thank yous. I know I’m missing specific names so I apologize to you for not getting all of you. To Dale, Hans, Vicki, Jill, Les, Alicia, Sarah, David G, Dave R! And to Sheena for the baked goods! Who else made goodies?
All the locals who stepped up and to my group of friends from Philly who came to help and spread cheer. Anna, Nick, Damien, Eric, Jeremy!
To the Gettysburg Bicycle guys for providing so much logistical support. From DCNR to insurance we couldn’t have done it anywhere near as easily without you. Your influence and risk-taking was invaluable. And you guys got to finally do a Michaux race!
To the Dirt Rag guys who care about grassroots events and believed enough to donate enough swag to choke a steam engine. They drove from Pittsburgh to do rider sweep! Thanks Matt and Steve!
Thanks to our other sponsors too for their amazing product to give away! Stan’s NoTubes rims, VP Components pedals, Lone Wolf Cycling course tape, coozies, and Bear Mountain Stickers for the vinyl stickers!

How about some apologies?
As with any new adventure we learn new things along the way and I sure had a few of those moments. It was stressful at times but the end result was a killer event and I am very proud of that.
It took a lot to make the Madcap happen. I’ve worked other events but have never undertaken a project this big. When MBM agreed to be a part of the event it was a big relief to have their support. As it morphed into solely an MBM fundraiser I took a more backseat roll than I had originally planned. I think than anyone had planned. I worked with Jes and made sure paperwork and the promotional side of things were happening. I felt like I was keeping an eye on things, chiming in when needed, and everyone was on task, but maybe people needed more input from me.

In the process of making these events happen, communication becomes the number one stumbling block. The summer became a lot more hectic for me than I had planned. Being self employed I took the freelancing job opportunities as they came. It took me away at key times, but I was confident in the MBM team. I apologize for not realizing how much direction everyone might have been looking for.
The biggest apology has to deal with trail work that I performed on Buckets. Specifically taking out logs when I should have left well enough alone. I’m really upset how this has turned out, because I originally came to the club to get their blessing to use the trails out of respect to the people who occupy the trails the most.
I know people are mad, and rightfully so, but I hope you understand my motivation. I look back and realize I was overthinking things but there were reasons I did what I did. When putting on an event I think of peoples experience and worry too much about it sometimes. On Buckets my two biggest worries were safety and flow. I didn’t intend to go out there on Friday and willy nilly remove logs. There were three that I had in mind and thought that I had some consensus with from another individual who I think of as an authority figure. One was the super-awkwardly angled log under the dead pine tree. Then there was one towards the finish that was on the side slope. And finally the built up log on the flats at the bottom before the slippery rocky built one.
When I got there I had those in mind but I also had just received dire warnings from both Jes and Rich about the issues of mountain bikers relations with DCNR and how we couldn’t afford a report or incident since we were on probation more or less. So I got carried away. I was feeling stressed and probably not in the best decision making mode. I started thinking about wet off-camber logs and racers coming down tired and stressed. I didn’t want hurt riders ruining themselves or have an unnecessarily negative experience.
I cut logs that I agonized over. Logs that I had been riding for years. Ones that I experienced their slow deterioration from an original freshness to ones worn in like the wooden handles of old tools. I learned how to lighten the rear end of my bike on these logs. How to suck it up and become a more refined rider. When I think back it feels as if I just closed my eyes and cut when the decision became too hard to debate.
I didn’t cut because I couldn’t ride them, I cut because I thought it would be safer or more fun for people (strangers) who hadn’t spent years learning how to twinkle-toe over these things. It never occurred to me before the race to actually alter any of the trails in any way. This is where I went astray. Apparently I didn’t need to worry since no one injured themselves on logs that were both off-camber and loose. ;)
To Mike, I apologize. I didn’t realize the history you had with the trail. I feel like I’ve been riding Buckets almost as long as I’ve been riding and I indulged myself in a sense of ownership. I’ll gladly come back this weekend and help drag as many logs onto Buckets as you like. I’ll reset the ones that were cut and pin them in. I have tools and carpentry skills.
Howard I believe you had a lot to do with Buckets also and I apologize to you. Really it wasn’t done with ill intent.
Jody, you deserve an apology too. I never claimed to always be right, but I didn’t always realize where I was wrong. I don’t know everything and I like feedback. Except in the form of yelling. If I’m doing something you don’t like, let me know early. I thought I was communicating when I was doing things, but I realized I was relying too much on Facebook and group emails where messages get lost. Truly I’m sorry for that. It’ll be an area for improvement for me.
I welcome the opportunity to come and have a discussion about the race.
In the end I really care about Michaux and the trails there. I think we all did an incredible job putting on another event in the forest. It was different and brought a new group of riders to experience the unique Michaux trail experience.
I'll see you out there.

Harlan Price

ps. Sorry to the people I missed!

Friday, August 24, 2012

MadCap Course Marking

Anyone interested in helping mark the course meet at Mont Alto at 9am Saturday morning.

MBM Picnic August 25th

If you haven't been getting the news letters you may not know we're having a picnic for all members, family and guests at Camp Penn on Saturday. Camp opens at noon.
Please use the email address at the right and send me your contact info. I'll reply with a schedule and put you on the mailing list.            (No alcohol at Camp Penn please.)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Madcap Enduro is here!!

Register here!

Thanks to our sponsors:

Expect some sweet goodies from the East Coast's premier Mountain Bike Magazine!

Local trail lovers, Stan's NoTubes continues to pass the joy with certificates for two sets of Arch EX rims! 

VP is donating some incredible headsets and pedals for all you pump-trackers and flat pedal lovers. 
Maybe something like this?....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thursday 8-23 Mont Alto Ride Relocated

Hey all, let's take a break from Mont Alto this Thursday. Meet at "Old Reservoir Lot", near Caledonia at 5:30.

Friday, August 17, 2012


This Sunday will be a preride of the Enduro course.
We will leave the Old Forge lot at 9am.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Timing test

Thursday we are going to test out our timing for the Madcap. Meeting at 5:30 in the Mont Alto parking lot if you want to join us.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dinosaurs Taking Over

I was changing a flat, when Mooch spotted what I think was some sort of prehistoric animal.  He managed this picture of the savage beast.  We got away, no thanks to my super SLOW skills of changing a tube.  Little did I know we would encounter another reptile down the trail, a big black snake.  Being that he scared the crap out of me I decided not to stop to hang with Big Black. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Representing MBM up north

The Moshannon Valley YMCA hosted its 3rd annual mountian bike race on Saturday at the Black Moshannon State Park northwest of State College.  This year they had 73 racers for the event. I must say the event is a nicely run event and well supported, contains some great single track and some lung burning forest road climbs.  Seeing that I have a camp about 15 minutes from the Park I decided to sign up and give it a go, mostly to learn some new trails to ride when I'm up at camp. Everyone that knows me knows that I can't just go for a nice easy ride, let alone in a race.  After a good dosage of suffering on the 21 mile course I was able to end up in 3rd place in the 35-44 age group and came in 8th overall in the sport class.  I did have another rider see my jersey who had obviously rode in Michaux say "this ain't Michaux, but it will do"(the course lacked the lots of rocks that we're used to, but I was OK with that because they were still great trails). If anyone is interested in doing the race next year you're welcome to spend a weekend at my camp. A nice bonus is the Allegrippas Trails at Raystown is on the way home and makes for a nice recovery ride.

The first climb
Coming into the finish
 Podium shot

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mont Alto

I tried to find the trails at Mont Alto today. Having never ridden there before, we rode around and found nada. Anyone have any advice on where to find the trailhead for next time? We parked at the Mont Alto lot across from a pavilion looking thing just before the college.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Sunday Club Ride 8/12

From Pine Grove Furnace.
Leave from the furnace-lot at 9am.

The stuff from the recent trail work is on the route. Any info on trails to the north would be appreciated, ie: is Vista worth the trip?

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Test Timing Thursday

 Sorry for the short notice, but Jody and I can't make it tonight. We will reschedule for sometime next week.

We plan to test out the timing system for the Madcap Enduro this Thursday. Meet in the Mont Alto parking lot at 5:30 to help out.

Thursday Ride (Changed)

We need riders to test the timing. Lets meet at Mont Alto at 5:30.
We'll do Quarry Gap and hotdogs another time.

Thursday, ride time 5pm, bottom of Quarry Gap Road.
Blue to sting, then we'll climb road and bomb #6 or wigwam.
Finish on yellow hill.
We may do a time trial on yellow hill.
Hotdogs after the ride.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Trail work, Video and 19 People on Pre-Ride!

We had a great turnout for the pre-ride on Saturday. 19 people came out to play. Four guys from DirtRag rolled in from Pittsburgh. Riders from York who had never seen the trails before and a bunch of more local riders who had never ridden this end of the forest. Campers, Josh, and Stephen showed for crowd control.

Everyone had a great time and the climbs seemed to not bother anyone. There were a couple tired souls by the end, but a very positive reception overall.

On Friday, Larry, Michael Johnson, Clingan, and Brett Denike came out to fine-tune Buckets. Some soft raking and removal of some flow killers have the logged section running super nice! On the pre-ride Josh and Larry were extra stoked since they know what that trail is normally liked. The rest of the newbies, weren't aware of what Buckets has been through. When you get a chance go rip down it. Thanks to the Monday crew for getting the brush beat back. That's a ton of work done and I'm sure we're going to need to go over it once more before the race.

I made a little video of the pre-ride. Enjoy!

Madcap Enduro of Michaux from harlan price on Vimeo.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Michaux MADCAP Enduro VOLUNTEERS needed!!

Looking for volunteers on Sunday August 26th at Camp Penn in Waynesboro, PA. 

We need help with registration and volunteers for an MBM staffed aid station.  We also need a parking/traffic director and a gopher on course.  We also need help with timing.  Please let me know if you are interested! 

Thank you,

To Benefit the Mountain Bikers of Michaux.

Michaux State Forest is getting a new race presented by Mountain Bikers of Michaux, Gettysburg Bicycle and TakeAim Cycling. In the course of one day racers will complete three mostly downhill timed sections. Each section will be super-d style and can be completed on any mountain bike. The ideal bike will be a full suspension with 120-150mm of travel.

Format:The race will consist of three timed sections consisting of mostly cross-country style downhill trail. There will be some pedaling! But, take a look at the profile maps and you'll see the direction is mostly down.
At the end of each timed section we will gather and ride as a group to the next start. The gist is; race the downhills, climb back up as a group. The climbs are on gravel roads with only a couple of pitches.

Stages 1 and 2 will be time trial starts with 30second splits between each rider.

Stage 3 will start in order of the overall times after two stages. We will calculate the times of the first two stages and racers will get to chase and be chased on the last stage as you start with your time difference as your split. Call your pass!

Saturday - August 25
12:30 arrive at Camp Penn
3pm Pre-ride of Stage 3
Sunday: Based on 100 riders - August 26
7:30-9am Registration
9:30am Group Roll-out

More race info at BikeReg!

Sunday Ride 8/5

Teaberry Lot.
Ride time 9am.

I'm thinking Stooges to Spooges and then climb-time - up suckerpunch, up southern gas - yay!