The Mountain Institute and Appalachian Dirt to Host Bicycle Race – July 10 thru 12

The Mountain Institute and Appalachian Dirt to Host Bicycle Race – July 10 thru 12

Circleville, WV—The Spruce Knob Gravel Stage Race will be held at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center from July 10th through the 12th. The race will take its two-wheeled bicycle warriors around the highest point of West Virginia at 4,800 ft. in elevation, across gnarled terrain and up grueling climbs, showcasing the stark beauty of the Appalachians.

The race will consist of one stage per day, for three days covering a total distance of over 140 miles. Riders can register under any of the solo competition categories for $160 or tailor their race by registering under The Spruce Experience for $50 per stage. Food packages and dormitory lodging are available for purchase, while camping at the venue is free.

Participation in The Spruce Knob Gravel Stage Race supports The Mountain Institute’s Appalachian Program, which offers experiential education programs to foster sustaining skills and stewardship within communities. If the daunting course doesn’t take your breath away—the landscapes will. Riders will navigate the stunning highlands, forests, and streams The Mountain Institute actively protects and conserves.

Registration closes Wednesday, July 8th. Visit to secure your spot!

For more information visit or email Zachary Adams from

Appalachian Dirt  at

Since 1972, The Mountain Institute (TMI) has worked hand-in-hand with the people who know mountains best — those who live there — to help them identify and implement solutions to improve their livelihoods and the health of their environments. The Mountain Institute currently works in the highest, longest and oldest mountains in the world – the Himalayas, Andes and Appalachians. Our programs now reach more than half a million people each year. For more info, go to . To learn about the Institute’s Appalachian Program, check out

Race updates will be featured on TMI’s Facebook page:

Michaux MTB School was a chilly blast

What a cool group a folks.

We’ve got a group of photo’s up on our facebook site, and you can also search #MichauxMTBSchool on facebook or instagram to find photos from other campers/instructors.

Next years MTB School will be April 1-3, 2016.

If you attended and have not let us know how your stay was, please take a couple minutes and fill this survey out:

I’d love to have more offerings for everyone. It’s going to take some time to plan out exactly what and how much we can offer, but I will be sure to let you all know when we come up with a plan.

We also want to remind you that our skills instructors are available for private lessons all year. If you want to work more on some areas of concern, or learn some more advanced skills, be sure to get in touch with Harlan ( or Sue (

Also, the portable skills obstacles are available. I’ve been working on dialing in designs on a variety of portable skills obstacles like what we had out. They are available in quite a few configurations, sizes, materials, and colors. I’m still working on dialing in the exact templates, and am offering considerable discounts for anyone wanting them right now. If you liked the pump and berm sections out in the field, or anything else, just shoot me an email.

Until next year, practice practice practice!

Michaux ORW Post Race Report

See the full story from Jess and Joel Nankman:

Thanks so much for making the trip out despite the last blast of winter (lets hope its the last). What a shocking way to shake out the cobwebs. Both days it turned out pretty darn nice considering….although Saturday was much warmer than Sunday, if not way muddier too. You guys and gals are the best though, and I couldn’t be happier than to have you all out to race.

Good work to all our winners this weekend: Tatjana, Daniel, Jocelyn, Leland, Rhett, Brandon, Paul, Harry, and especially to Mike Montalbano for working his way up to the front on a Single Speed and taking the overall win on Sunday. Hell of a good race everyone!

Here’s the SuperD results:

Here’s the XC Marathon Results:

My photos are here:

If you have your own photos from the weekend, tag them with #MichauxORW so that we can all search and view them on facebook and instagram. I only got a few pictures and they aren’t all that great, but the cold was really hard on batteries this weekend.

I hope to see you all back for round number three of the MASS series over in Tuscarora. I’ve got another killer weekend on tap. HARD. RAW. CLASSIC PENNSYLVANIA. Come camp for the weekend, get in on the 5 stage, all day, super fun enduro and cap it off with a big loop of the forest in a 50k endurance race. Info on that at:

If you like this style of racing/riding, that’s kind of my chosen flavor. I’ve got some other races you might like too. Check out the full line up of what I’ve got going on at

Until next time, ride hard and have some fun.

New BikeReg Function: Edit Your Registration Info

This year I have noticed a new function on, the ability to edit your entry information. I love BikeReg not only as a bicycle event registration platform but a really comprehensive event listing calendar. It works really well if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region as a one stop shop. Not so much in other locations. There are quite a few online registration platforms these days, and honestly I just wish every promoter used bikereg.

So this new function is kind of cool. As a promoter you can choose to let people edit their entry information (also to narrow that down so that you can edit anything but participant name). As a participant, you can edit whatever you want: like if your team nitpicks over what they want listed as your official team name….and you just can’t get it right. Go in and Edit it!

Step 1.  Locate the Login Menu on the upper right corner of the BikeReg homepage

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Step 2. Enter your Username and Password

Step 3. Press Log In


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Step 4. You get redirected to your BikeReg Profile Page

Step 5. Scroll Down to “My Upcoming Events” and click on EDIT to the right of the event you want to edit


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Step 6. Scroll down until you find what you want to edit. I want to edit my Team Name. You’ll see that when you click on it, it turns to white and you can edit the data.

Step 7. Scroll down to the bottom and press SAVE. All done.


I hope that helps you make the most of your BikeReg experience.

You can find all of our events on BikeReg at:


Michaux MTB School Sold Out


The Michaux MTB School sold out this week in the Mens and Advanced Juniors Camp. The Women’s Camp (for 36 Students) has been sold out for weeks and the wait list is also full. The only spots left in the MTB School are 6 spots in the Lil’ Rippers program.

We are also happy to announce the support of Stans NoTube’s Sealant this year!


Michaux ORW Nears

We are about a month out from the Michaux Off Road Weekend, and I’ve gotta say that the rush is looming overhead already. I know that the next four weeks will blow by in the blink of an eye. I try keep things fresh by switching up some details every year of these races, but this year I was somewhat forced into more change than expected. My first change for the line-up this year was swapping the date with my Tuscarora Off Road Weekend. The most exciting, and unexpected change for this years Michaux Off Road Weekend is a new Super D Course.


The course change came about due to a logging operation that is currently taking place on Canada Hollow (last years course). Reports started coming in from several locations that due to the logging, the single track we used the last two years just disappears halfway down the trail into the calamity that is a logging operation. We will hopefully be working with Forestry on restoring the Canada Hollow single track later this year as an official trail, but for now we are moving the race course to one of my other favorite runs.

2015 MORW Super D Profile

The new course is comprised of Three Pines, Gilbert, and Scientology with the gathering/parking spot halfway up Milesburn Road at the Gilbert Intersection. If SuperD has historically been defined as 20% uphill and 80% downhill, then we are just about spot on with a 3.2 mile run , just shy of 1000′, that has a 14% climb to 86% descend ratio. I really enjoy this run, because it is one of the few options existing that makes use of just about all the elevation from the top of the ridge down to the Cumberland Valley. The top section on Three Pines is swooping and filled with moto flavor, dropping some initial elevation. The section on Gilbert traverses the ridge a bit, continuing to drop some slight elevation with two tight shoots between scrubby pines where the double track has narrowed to a thin ribbon. It flattens out before a short but punchy and loose climb on Scientology. Scientology crescendo’s down the mountain on a narrow ridge line like Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeplin, gaining momentum to a blinding of fury as you shred down the trail……smiles high and arms pumped at the finish line on Milesburn Road.  I can guarantee you that I will make sure I get to race this one.

2015 MORW Event Map

The weekend layout is as it has been the last two years: Friday Course Practice and Camping, Saturday Super D and Camping, and an XC Marathon on Sunday. If you are not familiar with XC Marathon, it is a 4 hour race on a shorter loop, where the fastest time with the most laps wins. When the course is closed at four hours, the people who are out on laps get to count those as their last lap….so technically, it could be a 4.5 hour race for the win. Race Headquarters with camping, bathrooms, and the XC Marathon Race start is based out of the Big Flat Parking Lot. You can also ride to the top of the Super D course from there pretty easily. The XC Marathon course is a mostly a mix of double tracks and two sections of single track characterized by very steep, rocky descending.

Michaux ORW Promo

The other change that comes this year is from the Mid Atlantic Super Series. We decided to put together an Enduro series this year. “All Mountain Series” better describes it, but it seems like I got out-voted on the name. It is made up of approximately 7 races (there are still a few small details to work out). It’s something like this: Michaux Off Road Weekend Super D, Rattling Creek Enduro, Tuscarora Off Road Weekend Enduro, Bear Creek Enduro, Steel City Enduro, and 2 Days of Enduro at Rothrock. Exciting stuff. I’ll be trying to do the series if I can swing it. You should too, enduro may be a fad but it’s incredibly fun.