Author Archives: Roger

Xterra Panther Creek 2019

By | July 30, 2019

One of my favorite races – Xterra Panther Creek. I was able to squeeze in a quick trip for this race on the last day of family vacation. Snuck out Saturday afternoon from the mountains of NC in my wife’s car, snuggled up in the back of the SUV at a Panther Creek campsite, and… Read More »

Xterra Tsali 2019

By | July 18, 2019

Another wet one at Tsali this year. Not quite as bad as 2018 when we had light rain before the race and during setup, but definitely slick with puddles on the trails. This is always a fun race with a local, relaxed vibe and this year was no different. Gone Riding does a great job… Read More »

Xterra Knoxville 2019

By | June 3, 2019

Wow. Dirty Bird Events absolutely crushed this race. Amazing setup, more volunteers than I’ve ever seen at a race, and excellent course markings throughout. Did I mention the enthusiastic volunteers? Well done! Weather was great, water temp was perfect (not wetsuit legal), and the trails were dry. As seems to be the case lately, I… Read More »

Xterra Fort Yargo 2019

By | April 30, 2019

Another chilly morning that turned into an incredible day in Winder GA this year. Fortunately, the warm days this year leading up to the event helped increase the water temp – unlike last year. It was a bit chilly at first, but perfect with a sleeveless wetsuit. This is a fast race with a short-ish… Read More »

Xterra Panther Creek 2018

By | August 6, 2018

Great weather at Panther Creek this year.  My son and I spent two nights the campground, and he ran the 4 mile trail run on Saturday while I had another night before the Xterra race on Sunday. With such nice weather and plenty of time, we hit the pool at the park on Saturday after… Read More »

Xterra Tsali 2018 – rain and mud

By | June 28, 2018

It was a muddy one my friends.  Rain in the early morning hours, rain driving in, and rain during registration and transition setup.  But, just as we were in the water getting ready for the start, the rain stopped and bits of blue sky emerged.  Whew, the NC mountains in the summer. Still, I love… Read More »

Ibis Warranty – the best

By | June 26, 2018

I made the move to carbon fiber in December 2017 with the purchase of a 2017 Ibis Ripley frame.  Sure, it’s not a full on cross-country, Xterra killer, nor is it a brawny enduro bike, but for a guy with a single mountain bike in the garage it has worked well for me.  I love… Read More »

Xterra DINO Southern Indiana 2017

By | July 21, 2017

First time heading up to this race at Versailles State Park in Southern Indiana.  The crew at DINO (Do INdiana Offroad) do a great job making this an easy race to attend for the first time.  With experience directing trail runs, mountain bike races, and triathlons, they had great course markings and delivered a good vibe.  I… Read More »

Xterra Tsali 2017

By | June 26, 2017

After missing the 2016 event, it was great to get back to this fun event again in 2017.  Tsali isn’t near anything, and that is what makes this a great destination race.  Taking place on the south side of Smoky Mountain National Park with the swim in Fontana Lake really sets this race apart from… Read More »