Blue Ridge Racing

first_imgLast weekend I was riding in the slushy southern snow and this weekend on some sketchy southern ice. Winter conditions can be challenging, both to ride, and to figure out where to ride and where to avoid. Finding “the powder” might mean trying to get out early while its still frozen, sticking to the north faces, or maybe just getting out on the road. This past week there has been a time for all of the above topped off with a ride on Squirrel Gap after a skin coat of freezing rain on frozen ground, just enough to have traction on the dirt but glare ice on the rocks and roots. That was enough to get me focused, and in the moment. I don’t think I thought about much else other than riding on that one, although I was thinking about racing, and getting fired up. I can’t help but think about racing when I ride. To be honest, it’s one of my favorite meditations. When I have a big race on the horizon my rides take on another dimension. Not that these rides wouldn’t be satisfying as is, but with a goal, there comes this obsessive sense of purpose that I fully enjoy. Having the Transylvania Epic on my calendar is an extra special motivation. It may be four months off, but now my winter days are filled with thoughts of summer and speed. I’ve been invited to share bits along the way as I gear up for the race, which I’m thrilled to do. I promise not to stick to the topic.Mountain Biking for me, and my family, is a way of life. I’m a mountain biker first and I could live without racing, I did for a while, but its undeniable that I’ve had the most fun when racing is in the picture. When I’m racing, I’m riding more. I’m quitting work early a few times a week, or blowing it off all together and sneaking out after dropping the kids off at preschool. I’m making the rides happen instead of letting them slip by.I probably did my first real mountain bike ride in Turkey Pen at the age of seven or eight. I rode an orange five-speed tornado that was built strong enough to withstand wheelie drops off the four-foot brick retaining walls onto our driveway. There was a tough climb about two miles in on South Mills River Trail that my dad called “Sam Go For It.” It takes about two pedal strokes to get over now. Being able to grow up in these mountains has been really special. We used to hike all the time growing up, every weekend. Looking Glass Rock, John’s Rock, Shining Rock, Slate Rock, Flat Laurel Creek, The North Face of Looking Glass, these were some of the more popular hikes. Even after years of exploring our sense of possibility underwent a tremendous expansion when we started riding bikes in Pisgah in the early 90s. Somehow we had never heard of trails like Caney Bottom or Laurel Mountain, sitting right here under our noses all along. I’m only now getting a grip on DuPont. Appalachia, like no other place, can hide its treasures.I got into racing as a junior. I had a craving for competition. A generous community gave fuel to the fire, Mike Nix from Liberty Bikes was one of the first to offer my sister Willow and I support. More help followed with team Devo and then Cane Creek. Without the racing there would not have been anywhere near as much riding happening for us.I still get really excited about racing my bike. That may be partly due to the fact that I never really went big time or may be just the fact that bikes are the finest human invention and racing bikes is about as intimate as you can get with a bike. So bring it on! Don’t expect any cutting edge training tips (I’ve just put on a heart rate monitor for the first time) but I will share some stories and some thoughts as I make my way towards the race. Join me for a ride; lets see where it goes.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backing Manchester United to get top four ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea

first_img Emery reflects on Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to WolvesTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:04FullscreenEmery reflects on Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Wolveshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-arsenals-3-1-defeat-wolves-1912316/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Solskjaer post-City: Towards end you can see difference in classTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:40FullscreenSolskjaer post-City: Towards end you can see difference in classhttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-post-city-end-difference-class-1912310/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘And in times like these it’s not time to point fingers at anyone or blame anyone. We’ve got to stick together and the strange reality is we’re still in with a shout for top four.‘We’ve got Chelsea here on Sunday. You could see a reaction here today from the lads, which is all good, but we need more quality on Sunday and need to win that game.‘And if we win it and there are two games to make sure we get enough points and goals.’ Advertisement Arsenal’s defeat at Wolves may prove costly for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘Of course we wanna get into the top four,’ Solskjaer added.‘I’ve not been thinking or planning on Thursday nights yet so we’ll have to see when May 12 is done, we just gotta make sure we give ourselves a chance now on Sunday.’Chelsea and United face off at Old Trafford on Sunday in a crucial game in the race for top four.Win away in Manchester and Chelsea will be the favourites to claim the final Champions League spot.Arsenal will have the chance to pile the pressure on United and Chelsea as they play earlier in the day on Sunday against Leicester City. United’s top four hopes are not gone just yet (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not planning for Europa League football next season after Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves on Wednesday night kept Manchester United in the hunt for a Champions League spot.United were brushed aside by Manchester City at Old Trafford, but remain just three points off of fourth spot after Wolves beat Arsenal 3-0 in their game.Chelsea occupy fourth spot with 67 points, a point ahead of Arsenal, and the Blues are now in the driving seat to qualify for next season’s Champions League.But despite the defeat to City, Solskjaer is still confident his side can pip Chelsea and Arsenal to fourth spot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m concerned about the lack of results that we get,’ Solskjaer said after the game against City. Comment Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 25 Apr 2019 9:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link845Shares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backing Manchester United to get top four ahead of Arsenal and Chelsealast_img read more