Race Report: 2015 XTERRA Southeast Championship

The spirit of XTERRA triathlon racing captured in one photo.

Hopping over some rocks and roots on my way to 7th overall in the pro men’s division of the 2015 XTERRA Southeast Championship. Photo Credit: XTERRA

With IMBA epic mountain bike trails weaving through Alabama’s largest state park, Oak Mountain is the perfect venue for the XTERRA Southeast championship, which doubled this year as the USAT off-road triathlon national championship. Continue reading

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EC Velo Bicycle Post Mountain Bike Trails

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Living in the moment, charging the trails under the sparking tree canopy.

Just outside of Greenville, NC the EC Velo Bicycle Post Mountain Bike Trails offer up 11 miles of challenging and exhilarating single track with ample shade as a respite from the heat. The trails are built and maintained by the East Carolina Velo Cycling Club and are featured twice on the Coastal Carolina Off-Road race series. Continue reading

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Trail Running at Goose Creek State Park

Wooded trail at Goose Creek State Park; Tall pines and hardwoods.

If you’re keen on hiking, bird watching, trail running, camping, or swimming; Goose Creek State Park won’t disappoint.

Eager to explore more of North Carolina’s natural wonders, my better half and I headed to Goose Creek State Park for a weekend camping trip. The park boasts a very unique biodiversity with brackish marsh along the Pamlico Sound transitioning to swamps further inland. With a swimming beach along the Pamlico Sound, eight miles of trails for hiking or running, and scenic and sparsely traveled rural roads surrounding the park, it’s also a great place for multisport training. And a great place for multisport racing, too; several of the other campers were in town for the annual kayakalon.

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Race Report: 2015 XTERRA West Championship

In the zone on the bike at the XTERRA West Championship in Lake Las Vegas, NV

In the zone on the bike at the XTERRA West Championship in Lake Las Vegas, NV. Photo credit: XTERRA

The XTERRA West Championship in Las Vegas, NV marked the start of the XTERRA US pro tour. With my season debut at XTERRA Costa Rica derailed by stomach issues, it served as my first real test against the increasingly competitive domestic and international men’s pro-field. Continue reading

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XTERRA West Championship Course Preview

Blue sky with clouds above sandy desert landscape. Trail cut along small rideline.

Part of the moonscape bike and run course at the Xterra West Championship in Lake Las Vegas.

Saturday, April 25th marks the start of the XTERRA US Pro tour with the West Championship in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be my first time racing the event, and I’ll have my hands full against a stacked field of elite athletes from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Click through to experience the course. Continue reading

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Biking in Durham and Hillsborough NC

Flat, straight two lane road stretching out ahead. Small grouping of trees to the right, with small pond. Black and white Holstein cows grazing in the shade. Bright blue sky and white clouds above.

Happy cows at Maple View Dairy Farm on Orange Grove Road in Orange County

Durham, NC is a great place to be a cyclist. It has all the vibrancy and dynamism of an up-and-coming city, but retains out-the-door access to tranquil and rustic countryside that’s perfect for cycling. Continue reading

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Darby Roubaix 2015

Mountain bike race Men under 40 podium.

2nd place in the under-30 division and 7th overall. Not too bad for riding my mountain bike against some sneaky roadies!

On Sunday I competed in my first ever road race, Darby Roubaix, capping a weekend of camping at Bandits Roost and riding the phenomenal singletrack at W. Kerr Scott Dam. Continue reading

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Xterra Costa Rica 2015

Alex Modestou and his mountain bike, standing in the center of a dirt trail overlooking the ocean.

Just crested a 30% grade climb on the pre-ride, the view more than made up for it!

Costa Rica seemed like as good a place as any for my first international race. After a brutal east coast winter, the chance to trade snow for sunscreen in March made the decision all the easier.

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Cycling Pilot Mountain State Park

Flat two-lane country road, Pilot Mountain in the distance. Fallow red clay farm fields.

The distinctive red clay of North Carolina and beautiful blue skies make the perfect backdrop for the unique prominence of Pilot Knob, towering above the Piedmont.

To celebrate the first day of Spring I headed out to Pilot Mountain State Park, my favorite road riding locale in North Carolina’s Piedmont region. If you haven’t already, check out my first post on Pilot Mountain here. Continue reading for a photo essay of a perfect spring day in the saddle.

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XTERRA Costa Rica 2015 Preview

Leonardo Chacon riding moutain bike in the surf along the beach at Playa Conchal Costa Rica.

2012 Olympian and 2x Costa Rican National Champion Leonard Chacon crushing a beach segment of the bike course in route to winning the 2014 men’s title. Photo credit: Andres Vargas – Xterra Costa Rica / Lead Adventure Media

On Sunday March 29th a stellar international field of professional off-road triathletes as well as hundreds of adventurous amateurs will test their limits at the Xterra Costa Rica off-road triathlon championship. It will be my first triathlon of the year, and my first time racing outside of the US. Continue reading

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