Old Line Velo

Leading off with a resource link

Here is a link to the “Team Starter Kit” page from NICA. They clearly lay out steps for getting a team up and running. Since we haven’t got a league in MD – schools here will need to follow the steps for forming Indie Clubs – we’ll get to that in another post. But this page has lots of links to explore and should get you fired up about kids on mountain bikes. http://www.nationalmtb.org/team-starter-kit/

 

2017 -already?!

So maintaining a web site is not a strength of ours….a great person once said “Race your strengths, train your weaknesses” We’re doubling down on efforts to keep this site fresh and informative. Consider it our New Years Resolution. Check in with us next week and see some major updates to our pages. We’ll highlight some of the things we were involved in over 2016 and provide some glimpses as to what we have in store for 2017

OLV continues the WEEKDAY trail work FUN series into 2015

OLV will be hosting special weekday sessions again this year, the OLV Mondays!  They’ll be held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month April 13 thru July 27.

First one is coming up this Monday – hope to see you there!

Don’t forget that the regular FUN series is underway on Sundays – they’re all on the book of faces! Second one this Sunday coming!

If you are a real trail stud and make Sunday AND Monday, let us know, we’ve got a special treat for you to keep your energy levels up……

2015 is here and Old Line Velo is too-

Quick update now that the 2015 riding season is finally upon us. There hasn’t been much chatter on the wires but OLV has been working behind the scenes to forge new relationships and strengthen existing ones. Here are some headlines that we will be elaborating on for the membership shortly:

-We are moving away from a paid membership model. You will see that the paypal payment links are all removed. We still plan to raise funds from members, just not in a “pay to be a member” approach. Spread the word and recruit some new members! All we’ll ask for is your contact info so we can let you know about things we think are important to folks who ride the trails in PVSP.

-Our 501c3 application is nearly complete and once that happens, we’ll be able to raise funds by applying for grants as well as provide a tax deduction for any donations to the club.

-A ride schedule is shaping up. We will post it up soon as well as mining for other group rides we can list so you will have a comprehensive listing here of (hopefully) every regular group ride in the area

-We are partnering with a new organization, Baltimore Youth Cycling, and have pledged to support their efforts at starting a JUNIOR CX RACING LEAGUE – yes, that is right. for more info on this PLEASE head over to http://www.baltimoreyouthcycling.org

-and finally, we have committed our support again to two of 2014’s most successful partnerships. First – the Patapsco Trailwork Series was a huge effort in 2014 with nearly 1900 volunteer hours logged. We are on board again as a sponsor for the workday series in 2015 – watch out for the workday where OLV gets lunch…it’s legendary! The second is the Patapsco Epic. We’re sponsoring an aid station at Woodstock Rd – see you there!

I’m really excited to get some more great things done in 2015 and build on the legacy that Old Line Velo has already established. Hope to see you on the trail soon,

Jon Posner, 2015 prez

NEW BEGINNER MTB RIDE JOINING THE CALENDAR SUMMER ’14

Coming in July….

Old Line Velo Beginner/Intermediate Ride

When: 1st, 3rd (& 5th when available) Tuesday of each Month starting July 2014 – Meet at 6pm wheels roll at 6:15 PM

Where: Avalon/Qrange Grove PVSP – meet @ CCBC Parking Lot by the tennis courts

Beginner/Intermediate Riders: Someone who has sufficient fitness and basic MTB skills to safely enjoy the PVSP trail system on a mountain bike & should be able to stay with the group. Rides have stops to allow everyone to rest as needed and to regroup. All riders should have reliable equipment and carry the necessary, tools, equipment, water and nutritional needs to be self-sufficient.

Moderate Pace: This pace is for the average rider with a season or more of experience under their belt and the desire to push the pace a bit in order to gain fitness. Riders at this level are often starting to further refine their bike handling skills. While not a race pace, moderate rides are generally faster than casual rides and focuses on completing the route as quickly as the slowest rider is able.

Ride Description: Ride will require skill set to navigate short/steep climbs & descents, rock gardens, logs, etc. at YOUR PACE with breaks if/when needed. Ride is a no drop ride lasting 1.5 to 2 hours. (8 to 12 miles) Obstacles may require the rider to get their front wheel off the ground to clear successfully. Our beginners occasionally elect to dismount and walk over these features while our intermediate riders will ride over them. The goal is to keep the group together and encourage / assist riders as needed and focuses on improving skills and fitness. We leave the parking lot after the Intermediate/Advanced Groups.

Trail Conditions: We will not ride trails if they are wet. We may revise the route to a paved route in this case .

Ride Leader: John Hargreaves 410-744-0599 johnhargreaves65@gmail.com

Coupla pics of Pat before he tried to kiss that boulder.

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Here are a few images of Pat looking fast in the enduro – big thank you to Ian from ITMexposures.com for sending over the images!

Pat Looney’s race reports from the 2014 Massanutten HooHa!

20140608_141017Young gun Patrick Lonney, a mechanic at the Ellicott City Race Pace and former downhill racer, jumped onboard with Old Line Velo veterans Tony Vachino, Jon Posner, and Dan Atkins to hit up the Massanutten HooHa weekend, an enduro race on Saturday and XXC on Sunday. Here is his race report:

 

Oh boy, what a weekend.  For years the big guns around here have marveled over hoo-ha races.  Always called the most epic, and beautiful trails around with a healthy dose of racing jammed in there.  This year Jon asked me to tag along and man, was I right to accept.
After a full days work, we drove down and managed to snag the very last (defective and discounted) motel room in town at 12:30 am then promptly passed out.  Only to awake with the anticipation of getting to ride WOODSBIKES for two days in beautiful country.  However in this case, I’ll let it slide and call my trusty steed a mountain bike for this weekend.  There were definitely some mountains.
Massaunutten, on a perfect day before the crowd shows up is absolutely stunning.  Mountain ridges provide your back drop to the tasty berms at the finish of the course.  So beautiful it took a while to realize that I kind of have to get my shit together for the punishing next two days of trail I had never seen before, with nothing but vague descriptions to roll on.
Day one, ENDURO!!! Three stages plus a seeding run.  I made the cocky decision to bring my hardtail, a poor choice I have come to realize.  The first seeding run was amazing, a short and very fast line through the woods.  You know those stories of ribbons of trail placed perfectly through the woods?  This is where they come from.  Managed to snag a third in that just behind two locals.  I thought to myself, oh man, if the trails are like this, I’m gonna do ok!  Little did I know how many seemingly endless miles of rocks, roots and other tech lay ahead.  Right after the seeding run the officials were back on the mic, “everyone begin the climb to stage two!”  This was the big one.  25 minutes of sheer brutal pleasure.  I’ve never seen a race course that was such back woods trail.  Narrow, blind, dangerous, and so much fun.  Of course, me being the stupid idiot I can be, forgot this climb was no race and (instead of slowly climbing or walking the hour and a half grind like the others) found myself at the top before any officials or racers.  Confused, I decided I shall just sit and look around and make sure things are safe and secure up top.  So I did, and was shocked by how amazing the near by ridges looked on this perfect day we had been delt.  Shortly there after the OLV crew I had come with rolled over the ridge, then the rest of the field.  Due to my seeding run results, I would be starting all three stages third, surrounded by wicked quick locals who practically build the trails and my Race Pace/OLV rivals.  The two ahead left and disappeared, then I took off, damn near falling off the ridge due to a botched start and poor line choice.  The crowd roared “your chain is off broo!”  and I was on my way…the next 25 minutes are a hazy blur of every perfect trail condition you could want.  The most wonderful high speed rocks, to wildly fast swooping turns, to trail features that had you guessing if you were really even supposed to ride them.  This was the rest of the days theme. Always ending at our campsite for high fives and a scramble to the timing computer, I believe I ended up 16 or 17th behind my rivals but grinning from ear to ear.
Day two!  Holy shit what was I thinking.  Waking up after a solid night of buddies, beer, keg stands, and getting clipped in the head by an errantly thrown bike lock, we checked the map for the days XXC ride.  The XC wasn’t enough for us apparently, two X’s means good luck fool.  27 miles, how hard could it really be?  I was WRONG!  We took off and did a loop of the normal xc course, which in essence was climbing everything we had descended the day before plus all the other climbs.  It was spectacular.  Doing well at this point, riding somewhere in between 10th and 20th , then came the real race, the second half is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted on a bike, physically and technically.  Endless up hills followed by another uphill to really kill your stamina, then descents that had me begging for another climb to give my hands a rest, then repeat.  Epic defines the course.  I was on track to finish, I really do believe that.  But at about the 70% mark I took a stupid line and hit the dirt.  What am I talking about, I hit the rock.  Just one, right in the face, hard.  Really hard.  That was the end on my ride.  I scrambled off to the side, dripping blood in an impressive quantity.  Lucky enough to find a ” clean” rag in my pack to halt the bleeding.  The guy behind me came down shocked at what he was seeing, Steven I believe.  Who was then kind enough to hike me the hour down the trail, a woozy and vomiting mess, to the medics, then they hiked me the next thirty minutes to the vehicle that returned me to the bottom. My face is still swollen as I write this, but I can assure you, there’s  a smile underneath.  Cheers!  Great weekend.