Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Raystown Lake

Mike Maher put together a bike weekend at Raystown Lake, PA. Any guy named "Dirty Mike", a bike weekend and at a place called "Raystown" meant I had no choice but to attend. We rode Fri., Sat., and Sun. with a most excellent group of 12. It was Dirt Rag Bike Fest weekend which put riders all out over the course. Made for some good riding and stretching of the legs. Sunday I rode a 9'r SS, wow that was great, I am convinced one of those is in my future.
Here I am trying to locate Mike after one of the trail dusting's he took. Yes I did get wet and went for a swim in the lake.

Early Season Start

Steel City Showdown crit was to be the first race of the 2012 season. I normally do not race crits as they have been proven to be very embarrassing. This was the case once again. A beautiful day to spend at the venue of PNC Park on Federal Street. As soon as the race started I was put into a bit of difficulty. Masters and Juniors on the course together soon battled to see who could put me down a lap first. A very good effort on my part yet yielded another smack down by young and old.

Starting the day at 6 am speeding along in my race inspired bike hauler,I stopped on I-79 in Wexford to help three racers fix a flat tire. The jack, spare and then lugs were all fubared. With some of my tools, muscle and creativity I was able to get the tire fixed. We all made it to the races on time and I felt that I contributed in assisting the fine young racers get to their start times on time. They did not live up to their promise to lead me out for the sprint.