Russ’s Bike Camping Adventure

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West Virginia’s state motto is “Wild and Wonderful”. It certainly lived up to it last weekend. Three bike packers set out on an adventure in Pocahontas County WV. Durbin, a tiny town with no stoplight, 1 restaurant, 1 bar and a coal-fired steam engine, was our starting point. We rode the West Fork rail trail for 19 miles steady climbing at 1 or 2% the whole way. The trail followed West Fork Greenbrier River to the headwaters. It was very scenic and enjoyable.


The High Falls Trail was next up in our plan. The trail is pretty, but it is not really bike suitable. The vast majority of the 1 mile climb was not suitable for mountain biking. However, the descent was mostly suitable. It took us an hour and a half to conquer the mountain. The pay-off was the High Falls of the Cheat River, an amazingly beautiful waterfall. We arrived late in the afternoon and that resulted in quick camp site selection. That is unfortunate because later exploration revealed a few really nice waterside campsites just far enough from the falls to dampen the roar of the falling water.



I awoke early on Saturday and enjoyed the stillness of the deep woods with a hot cup of coffee and watched the water. To quote an Eagles song “I had a peaceful easy feeling”. We decided that a return trip over the mountain was undesirable. That left us with following the train tracks to the town of Bemis. We tried to leave before the first train of the day but we were too late. The engineer waved as the train rolled by and he did not seem to be annoyed with our presence. About ¾ of the way down we saw a very scenic section of the river and decided to take a break.  We walked down the hill to the river bank and enjoyed the water for about 45 minutes. Mike fished a little and we all swam in the swiftly moving water.  We finished the train track and faced our first steep road climb out of Bemis. Even though it was steep, the smooth surface was welcome after the track side trail. We stopped in Glady and ate lunch in a picnic shelter by the road, thank you Glady Church of the Brethren!  The next section turned out to be much nicer than I had anticipated. The road was free of traffic, smooth, shady and at a reasonable grade. We then descended right back down to the Laurel Fork Campground. Our next leg was to the Sinks of Gandy. This ride was gorgeous! The hills were a little steep but still rideable. It felt like we were in Colorado above the tree line, except we could breathe! I have never seen a creek that flows into a hill before, it was really cool and creepy. The birds were circling in the cave and it was difficult to know they were birds and not bats.

Our final day started with a climb of 1.5 miles to the top of the ridge. We were rewarded with mostly descent for the rest of the trip! The road was shady, smooth and again, rarely traveled. We stopped at Middle Mountain Cabins, a rustic setting in the Wilderness area that would be a great getaway for a group of friends desiring solitude with a roof over their heads. They are managed by the Forest Service if you are interested. We investigated all of the intersecting roads for possible detours. We settled on route 17 which followed a river through a beautiful forest. This road ended at the West Fork Rail Trail mile 7. A downhill finish makes the memory sweeter. We stopped at one of the two restaurants in town to reward our efforts with a burger, some fries and two pitchers of beer. We all appreciated “chairs with a back” one of life’s underappreciated pleasures.13450961_10209954952053822_2218187690506137048_n

For this trip Russ rode an Shimano 8 speed internally geared Surly OrgeThe Bike Lane helped Russ choose from a variety of touring and frame bike bags to carry his supplies.  If you are looking to go on a bike camping weekend, stop by the shop and we can assist you in getting everything you need for a great adventure!



Cyclefest 2009!

Cyclefest 2009
Cyclefest 2009

 Register for Cyclefest Here! 

June 6 at Lake Fairfax Park!
Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 471-5414
Get directions

Cyclefest is back!  This year The Bike Lane is hosting Cyclefest at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA on National Trails Day!  We will be celebrating our trails, riding our bikes, and getting people excited about bicycling!   Cyclefest will have plenty of educational seminars, riding clinics, and an expo showcasing the latest in gear and bike technology!  Local clubs and riding organizations will be promoting themselves as well.

Lake Fairfax, is an amazing event location.  Mountain Biking opportunities are endless with a network of natural surface trails in the park that connect to the 40 mile Cross County Trail.  The park is also surrounded by some fabulous road riding routes.  This pristine park offers a water park, camping, hiking and plenty of picnic areas.  It is the perfect location for Cyclefest!

Participants should preregister through (the link above).  Registered participants will enjoy supported road and mountain bike rides, various seminars (see below), lunch, event t-shirt, schwag bag, and entry into the days raffles.  The Expo Area and demo bike rides are free for everyone (you do not need to register for this).  However, only registered partcipants can attend the scheduled rides, seminars, and clinics. 

Preregister today!  All proceeds from Cyclefest will go towards the rehabiltation of Lake Fairfax trails.  Come out and enjoy National Trail Day at Cyclefest!  This is a rain or shine event!

Cyclefest Schedule of Events:Cyclefest Supported Rides:8:00 am
Long Road Ride (45ish miles)

8:30 am
The Moderate Road Ride (30ish miles)
Long Mountain Bike Ride (3 Hours) CCT/Lake Fairfax/Reston Trails

9:00 am
Shorty Road Ride (20ish miles)
Women’s Mountain Bike Ride (1.5-2 hours) CCT/Lake Fairfax Loop

9:30 am
Women’s Road Ride (20ish miles)
Mountain Bike Fun/Casual Ride  (1.5 hours) CCT/Lake Fairfax Loop

10:00 am
Beginner Road Ride (12ish miles) 
Beginner Mountain Bike Ride (1 hour) CCT- Park Loop

10:30 am
Family Mountain Bike Ride (4 miles/ 1 hour) CCT- Park Loop

Cyclefest Afternoon: (seminar descriptions below)10:00 am   
Free Expo and Demo Area opens:  Trek, Gary Fisher, and Trek Women’s Demo Tour opens.  Expo area;  local clubs, organizations  as well as Yakima, Sugio, Electra, Mavic, Camelbak, Shimano, Loiuse Garneau and More!11:00 am
Lunch opens (free for registered participants) Other participants can buy food.

12:00 pm  
Yoga For Cyclists: Dancing Mind Yoga
Team In Training Informational Seminar: Team In Training

1:00 pm  
Bike Specific Injury Prevention: Positively Chiropractic
Training and Racing with Diabetes:  Tour de Cure
Cycling Essentials: The Bike Lane
Youth Mountain Bike Clinic (ages 6-16): Trips for Kids Metro DC
Womens Beginner Mountain Bike Clinic:  MORE

1:30 pm  
Beginner Mountain Bike Clinic: MORE

2:00 pm  
Heart Rate Training 101  Melissa Dalio- Edura Coaching
Road Bike Fitting:  The Bike Lane
Core Training:  Strengthening and Stretching for Cyclists: Joanne Bradbury, Syn Fit
Advanced Mountain Bike Clinic: MORE

3:00 pm  
Women’s Bike Fit and Basic Maintenance:  Trek Women Bike Demo Tour
Training for a Century: The Bike Lane
Road Bike Handling Skills: Adam Coon, Synfit

4:00 pm   
Fashion Show and Raffles– End of Cyclefest. 

Seminar Descriptions:12:00 pm- 1 pm
Forget Everything you’ve heard about yoga!  Take your Biking to the Next Level!
A Power Yoga Workshop with Dancing Mind Yoga owner, Paula Baake

In this dynamic and interactive workshop, we will go over body anatomy on the bike.  Together we will explore and learn how to maximize pedaling power, release saddle pains, eliminate lower back pain, and relax the shoulders.  Learn power yoga principles that are practical and effective for everyone, especially athletes!  Imagine competing with your body feeling stronger, more flexible and more durable. Imagine competing with a mental focus like you have never had.  Imagine having complete control of your emotions, your thoughts and all distractions. Learn how to be in power to create “the zone.”  Forget old notions about your mind and body, and cross the threshold to merge Baptiste Power Yoga with your athletic training program. Wake up to the reality that your mind plays the main role in performance!About Paula Baake: Paula is an avid Mt. Biker and Rock Climber, her favorite rides include the North Fork Mt. Trail in WV, Shenandoah Mt. Race course, Porcupine Rim, Road Apple and Gooseberry Mesa trails out West.  Rock Climbing has taken Paula to amazing places such as Yosemite National Park, Thailand, Greece, and off course Seneca Rocks and the New River Gorge

12 pm- 1pm:
Team In Training Information Seminar:

Team In Training (TNT) is the world’s first, largest and best endurance sports training program. In the 20 years it has been around, more than 380,000 participants have crossed the finish line with TNT and have helped raise more than $980 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A panel of speakers, comprised of a TNT Coach, Team Captain, TNT Alumni, and an honored patient will be speaking about the benefits of training with the Team.

1:00 pm- 2 pm
Bike Specific Injury Prevention: Positively Chiropractic:

Dr. Kathy, owner of Positively Chiropractic, is a certified Applied Kinesiologist (A.K.),  Chiropractic Sports Physician (C.C.S.P.), and certified in Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) She will go over how to prevent injury while riding your bike or training for an event. You will learn how to avoid injuries such as;  ITBAND Syndrome, Hamstring pulls, Knee Tracking Issues and knee pain, Biker’s Back aka lower back spasm from being in the seat too long or early in the season.  Bill Redding, current Vice President of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), will also discuss how Accupuncture can help in prevention and treatment of cycling related injuries. 
1:00 pm- 2 pm
Living, Riding, and Training with Diabetes: Tour de Cure

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cycling Essentials:  The Bike Lane

Learn everything you need to know to get you riding through the year. You will learn how to prepare for a ride, what to bring, and how to make sure your bike is ready to roll.  You will also learn the basics of cycling gear; everything from what to wear, to what kind of lube to use, to how much pressure you need in your tires.  We will also go over how to fix a flat.

 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Heart Rate Training 101  Melissa Dalio- Edura Coaching
Please come join Melissa Dalio of Endura Coaching for a discussion on heart rate training.  This program is designed to target the beginner exerciser as well as the athlete.  Training at the proper intensity is the optimal way to lose weight and trim down but also to train at the proper intensity for your racing goals and get yourself on that podium!  Learn about ways to figure out those training zones by field testing and also V02 max testing.

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Road Bike Fitting:  The Bike Lane

Are you thinking of buying a new road bike?  Or wondering if your current road bike is the right size?  Proper road bike fit is essential to making sure your bike is comfortable and providing you with maximum performance.  An improper bike fit can lead to discomfort and even injury.  In this seminar we will go over how a road bike should fit and things to consider when making fit changes to your current bike or when buying a new one.  A little bit of a change can make a huge difference.  

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Core Training:  Core Strengthening and Stretching for Cyclists: Joanne Bradbury, Syn Fit

During this interactive session, Joanne Bradbury will explain how core training improves a cyclist’s overall ability to sprint faster, climb hills more efficiently and improve muscular endurance on the bike.  Joanne will demonstrate a variety of exercises, while participants perform them, using stability balls and their own body weight to strengthen the core and challenge the balance. She will also demonstrate a series of stretches that can be done in a minimal amount of time that specifically target muscles that tend to be tight on cyclists.  Be prepared to do some work and leave with an arsenal of exercises to take with you to improve your cycling.  A fitness professional for over 25 years, Joanne Bradbury is a USA Cycling Licensed Coach & personal trainer, a previous bronze medalist in the British National Cross-Country Mountain Biking Series Competition, qualifying for the World Masters Championships, and has competed and won NORBA races in the U.S. and 10 and 25 mile road time trials in the U.K. She’s cycled in 15 countries, climbed Alpe de Huez, mountain biked through Tanzania in Africa, and the Amazon Cloud forest in Peru. She is ACE & AFAA certified, holds several other gold fitness certifications, and is also an Associate Coach with Synergy Fitness Training (, sponsor of Evolution Cycling Racing Team.

3:00 pm- 4 pm
Women’s Bike Fit and Basic Maintenance: 
Trek Women Bike Demo Tour
Ever wonder what the difference is between a women’s bike and a standard bike? Want to learn more about how a bike should really fit? Join Chris Garrison from Trek’s WSD Women Demo Tour and learn all about the WSD difference. Chris will also show you how to change a flat without getting you hands dirty! Join in on this seminar and then go ride some of Trek’s latest women’s road and mountain bikes.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Training for a Century: The Bike Lane

Have you been thinking of doing your first century this year?  Now is the time to start preparing.  In this seminar we will go over everything you need to know about preparing to do that first 100 Miler!  You will learn about local centuries, how to start training, how to get your bike and your body ready; as well as the dos and don’ts to your first century.




 Want info on the Trek Demo Tour check this out:   Trek Factory Demo Tour (we’ll get a list of demo bikes up soon).