Maybe it will be rainy like it is here on the North Carolina coast which will be perfect conditions to watch the live web stream of the 2014 Cyclocross Nationals in Colorado! I used to look forward to the kick off of NFL games, now I get excited to watch bike races…weird!
January 11, 2014
December 11, 2013
Thanks to the hard work of Cape Fear SORBA’s Jeremy Cavenaugh and Barry Wray, we have launched our website dedicated solely to the Coastal Carolina Off Road Series. Visit the site now and pass on the link to all your biking friends!
November 2, 2013
October 21, 2013
Great news coming out of Myrtle Beach concerning the Horry County Bike & Run Park! As you may or may not have known, “The Hulk” as many know it, was slated to be a temporary trail and eventually turned in to a ball field.
Not any more!
Horry County has approved that the bike trails can stay so all the hard work The Waccamaw Trail Blazers have put in to building these trails will stay!! Why don’t you consider celebrating with the Waccamaw Trail Blazers by racing in their upcoming Stache N Dash on Saturday, November 16th, 12 pm at the Horry County Bike and Run Park?
October 9, 2013
I am excited to tackle my first solo mountain bike endurance race this Saturday, October 12, at Brunswick Nature Park-Leland, NC, called The Brunswick Brawl. This year’s Brawl has a 1/3/6 Hr options and I will be racing the 3 Hr option. Not only am I racing, but I have been privileged now for the second year in a row, to be part of the event planning team for this race.
Cape Fear SORBA, my local bike club, is responsible for making this race a huge success on the North Carolina coast. Last year was our first year transitioning this to a very successful and high quality endurance race. Currently, we are on track for having the best year yet, as we are hoping for record registration numbers.
Our Title Sponsor, Visit Leland, NC, returns to support our efforts, as well as, Bike Cycles- Wilmington, Two-Wheeler Dealer-Wilmington, Bicycle Gallery-Jacksonsville, TD Bank, St. James Plantation, Diesel Parts of the Carolinas, LLC, and Realtor Sean Skutnik of Coldwell Banker.
Personally, my goal is simply to complete three 9-mile laps before the the 2.5 hour cut-off for the 3 hour race. This means 3 laps of at least 50 minutes a piece which will allow me a 4th final victory lap!
Currently, I feel like my conditioning and training puts me right on the bubble for this to be achieved. At 100% output, I can ride a 43 minute lap, but pacing three laps is going to be the secret. Last year I raced in the 6 hour Duo class and my lap times were:
- Lap 1: 46.12
- Lap 2: 45:03
- Lap 3: 48:52
I seem to still have a solid riding base as last year, but I have not gotten much faster, therefore, I am thinking I will target 48 minute laps. this will leave me a little time to fix unexpected mechanicals and address any hydration refills.
This year’s race course is better than ever. With the rain moving in already this week, Brunswick Nature Park will be tightly packed and faster than ever. In tandem with the long volunteer trails hours of Cape Fear SORBA, there are 4 new berms that keep the rider moving fast through transition sections.
As a race promoter, I am very excited to see the geographical reach of our race. So far, it looks like I will be joined by racers from Raleigh, Cary, Salisbury, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Charleston, Winston Salem, Southern Pines, Greensboro, Ayden, Apex, Myrtle Beach, Midway Park, Wake Forest, Southport, Carolina Shores, Camp Lejuene, Winnabow, Wilmington, Laland, Carolina Beach, Rocky Point, Castle Hayne, Jacksonville, and Morehead City, For our club, this already makes the race a huge success!!
August 12, 2013
I am so proud of our Cape Fear SORBA club members, Phil and Kelly Hatcher, for working hard to qualify for this year’s Leadville 100 (LT100). Phil and Kelly are very active members and I have been honored to be passed by them during many rides, Time Trials, and XC races.
Phil qualified for LT100 at this year’s Austin Rattler 100 while Kelly missed qualification by one place. Nonetheless, not taking rejection for a second time, Kelly trained even harder to clinch a LT100 spot (along with Phil’s extra 2014 spot) at the Wilmington Whiteface 100 several months later in New York.
The Hatcher’s are the first ever representatives for Wilmington, NC at the Leadville 100. They are visible fruit of the growing mountain biking community here in Coastal North Carolina. These kind of accomplishments make all the hard work of Cape Fear SORBA worthwhile.
The Star News has recognized the Hatcher’s massive achievement in the athletic world and printed a great story of their Leadville 100 adventure.
I am proud to announce that Phil and Kelly had the time of their life traveling across the States to race this past weekend. Although Kelly did not make the 60 mile cut-off, she claims it was the most fun she has had on a bike. Phil finished in 9hrs 28mins and will be shooting for the sub 9hr belt buckle in 2014.
August 6, 2013
The Brunswick Brawl 2013 endurance mountain bike race at Brunswick Nature Park in Leland, NC is officially live for registration. This race is sponsored by Visit Leland, NC and put on by volunteers from my local Cape Fear SORBA club. Race date is Saturday, October 12th, 2013 with 6hr/3hr/1hr options. Can’t wait to race it! Race registration link.