We made it up to Dirt Rag Dirt Fest in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia…and it might have been better named “Mud Fest”, but no complaints. What can we say – it was an amazing time all around. When you combine bikes, camping, beer, friends, fellow mountain bike enthusiasts and cooperative weather (for the most part) good times are destined to be shared. Friday started out pretty soggy, but by the time Kevin arrived in the T2A support vehicle the rain had cleared out and the forecast for the rest of the weekend was looking bright.
Saturday morning Ken arrived just in time to hop on the Stroopwafel/Coffee ride. Thanks to the DirtRag crew for providing some great coffee and Rip van Wafels for the stroopwafels to fuel us up for the group ride. As soon as we entered the fern trail we were welcomed with muddy madness. It really added a level of complexity to what would appear to be a pretty easy going trail ride through a forest of some of the biggest ferns we’ve seen. The ride took us up through the Pine Spur Trail and back down through the race loop with options to head down other trails if we pleased. We broke off early to catch the skills clinic at 11, but when we returned to the expo we bumped into Troy from Handup Gloves and conducted our first vendor interview of the weekend. What a cool dude Troy was and we
were stoked at how happy he was to do the interview with us. We learned a lot about the company and their mission to provide the best and most reliable glove on the market. Did you know they have an outstanding guarantee on their gloves? If you rip yours – just send them back and you’ll receive a new pair free of charge. That’s pretty awesome! We gladly purchased a few pairs of gloves so we could enjoy them for the rest of the weekend (more on that on the podcast).
Kevin’s bike came down with a loose hub, which led to meeting Chris from Velofix for quick support. They rebuilt the rear hub within an hour of drop off and were kind enough to also entertain an interview, which included a quick tour of their mobile mechanic shop. More from and about Velofix in an upcoming video and podcast.
The weekend continued with a demo ride on a Scott Spark and Pivot Switchblade by Kevin and Ken respectively. We ended up also doing additional interviews with Lisa from Pivot bikes and a very shreddy kid from Northern Virginia named Tomas, who tore up a few trails with us, making us feel a good10 years older and slower than we felt just moments before meeting him…we are certain we will see him in the mountain bike media again as he gets older.
Day 2 concluded with a nice 4-hour ride that started via shuttle to the dirt jump trail and we bounced our way back down to camp via the infamous Crack Trail then on through the Race Loop, Swamp Trail, and Cannondale shortcut (by that point it didn’t really feel like a shortcut though). We leap frogged the whole time with a crew from Fredericksburg, VA. We handed them our card and have already heard from. We’re looking forward to getting to ride on the Fred Trails. On the whole, there was a lot of climbing involved but a day on the bike beats a day in the office regardless of the terrain.
Finally arriving back at the now closed Expo, we realized we’d also missed the window to hit a local brewery. We did well with the vendor supplied, and nicely priced ($4) options still available.
Devil’s Anse IPA from Greenbrier Valley Brewing for Kevin, and Almost Heaven Amber Ale from Mountain State Brewing for Ken.
Once we had the cars packed up we agreed that giant burritos were in order. The Googs told us that Moe’s Southwest Grill was the best option. After driving nearly an hour to the closest one on the way home we were disappointed to realize it was on the Frostburg State University campus and also CLOSED on Sundays….arrrgghh! We ended up finding another Mexican spot called El Canelo around the corner where Ken ate a giant veggie burrito and Kevin ate a burrito combo AND three tacos… like we said – it was well deserved. Ah, but the beer list at this place left much to be desired. It was the typical Mexican restaurant beer list: Tecate, Dos Equis, Modelo, etc. plus Bud Lite. Bummer.
Stay tuned for the podcast coverage of the mentioned interviews and other commentary from the weekend. The DirtRag Team sure put on a nice event and we are looking forward to getting to more of their events in 2018!