2014 MoCo Epic Maps are coming

The new maps for the 2014 MoCo Epic are currently being proofed. They should be available from the organization shortly.

Just a taste of the MoCo Epic maps

Just a taste of the MoCo Epic maps


Open Street Map, Garmin Units and Ride with GPS

Ride with GPS is offering map updates for Garmin units for $25. That is much cheaper than Garmin charges, however, the map data is using Open Street Maps (OSM) data which you can download to Garmin units for free. This website offers info on how to do download OSM data and put it on your GPS unit. At home, I have links to a very concise webpage with very easy to follow directions. I will update this posting with that info soon. Thew data on my Garmin Oregon 300 (from about 2005) works fine with it and can even follow the roads and trails for driving/riding directions.

Garmin Oregon Stlyed

Garmin Oregon





Shenandoah 100 SM100 2014 Course – No Changes

Shenandoah Mountain Touring is holding the 19th annual Shenandoah 100 Sunday August 31 on Labor Day weekend. There are no planned course changes for 2014 since the 2013 event. None. Not one. sm100Links to the profile and maps:

I plan to work on the on-line version a bit more. I also will make a few changes to the print versions as well. A lot of new data is available that will make them look better.

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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Bike, Bike Racing, Shenandoah 100


Wilderness 101 W101 2014 Course – No Changes

w101The Shenandoah Mountain Touring is holding the 17th annual Wilderness 101 this Sat July 26.  There are no planned course changes for 2014 since the 2013 event. None. Not one. There were major changes last year around aid station #3 and #5. The maps showing those changes are:

I made a new series of six maps that cover the entire course. These maps are set up to print at either typical letter size or tabloid (17″ by 11″). There are multiple minor improvements plus I added an underlying elevation model based hill-shade to highlight the terrain:


2014 Stoopid 50

The 2014 Stoopid 50 is Sunday June 15. The race is run by Shenandoah Mountain Touring LLC. The course is changing just a little. First there will be minor changes near the finish due to a much needed re-route of Chute Trail after Three Bridges. Second a proposal has been made to change the location of the aid stations to minimize impact on traffic. Lastly there may be changes in the Coopers Gap area to avoid trails susceptible to damage in wet conditions.

AND, now as of May 20th, Dutch Alvin Trail will be included in the race if it is dry. The maps have been updated to show that.

2014 Stoopid 50 Map for Dry Conditions

2014 Stoopid 50 Map for Wet Conditions






Michelin Pro 4 Endurance Tires – A big disappointment

This summer I purchased a pair of 25c Michelin Pro 4 endurance tires. I hoped they would be a worthy replacement to my 2005 25c Michelin Pro 2. tires They have been a total disappointment and have been retired early.

Right out of the box, they failed to measure up in width to the Pro 2 tires. The Pro 4s do match the width of other 25c tires, but I had hoped they would be over-sized like the Pro 2s.

The tires rode much harsher than the Pro 2s. The tire felt faster rolling but did not feel any better in turns. I did not put many miles in these tires in the last year, sticking mainly to my mountain bike. Then while just riding along, the rear totally failed on me. Split right along some of the visible bands of the casting.

Failed Pro 4

Failed Pro 4

Failed Pro 4 B

Failed Pro 4 B

I could get a warranty replacement, but did not. I did not like the tires and would not want a new one. I got a pair of Bontrager AW2 28c tires to replace them, they are so much better. .

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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Bike, Bike Tires



A classic failure on a ride. Very glad I had an extra dropout with me and an extra XTR derailleur at home. The drop out was not the stock one, but a Wheels Manufacturing one. I suspect it was a bit weaker than the stock one. Also, the screws it came with were too long, forcing me to re-use the stock old ones.

Break away drop out worked, but broke a tad too easily.

Break away drop out worked, but broke a tad too easily.

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Bike


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