Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park, Cleveland, Ohio

Yesterday Brunger, Spurk and I drove out to Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland to do some riding with a group of friends from Pittsburgh. A couple of Reddys, Watts, Tierneys, Klevenses joined in with a Brooks, Lipinski, Pfaeffle, Lupo, Rosengarth, Kinneer, Leimkuehler, Gernot, Bunk, Burch, and a Brennan for a killer time hitting the jumps and riding the skinnies. I think I got everyone in that list...

There was a pretty good crowd of people because of the holiday season, but plenty of room to hang out, b.s. and ride some cool lines. Ray's is too much fun, I think we need one in the Strip District!

Gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/rays-1228/

A couple of photographs from Ray's

Bikes packed in the Vanagon for the trip up to Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland
Bikes packed in the Vanagon for the trip up to Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland

Spencer hitting the teeter totter at Rays
Spencer hitting the teeter totter at Rays

Brunger getting some air on the jumps at Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park Cleveland
Brunger getting some air on the jumps at Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park Cleveland

Bridget taking a spill in the Rhythm Room at Rays
Bridget taking a spill in the Rhythm Room at Rays

Luchitas awesome Mexican food in Cleveland
Luchita's awesome Mexican food in Cleveland

Monday, December 6, 2010

2010 Dirt Rag Punk Bike Enduro was a success!

Mud, snow, cold, beer, bikes, punks, stages....everything you need for a great Punk Bike Enduro was had yesterday.  Karl Rosengarth did an incredible job organizing and keeping everything flowing this year.  No long waits between stages, and smiles all around.  I felt like crap for some reason but still had a blast...thanks to everyone involved!

Gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/2010-Punk-Bike-Enduro-1205

some photographs from the 2010 punk bike enduro -

Eric Dobratz, the 2010 Dirt Rag Punk Bike Enduro Bike Rodeo Winner
Eric Dobratz, the 2010 Dirt Rag Punk Bike Enduro Bike Rodeo Winner

Maurice Tierney rallying the troops
Maurice Tierney rallying the troops

Timothy Zimmerman got a taste of his first Punk Bike Enduro, and loved it
Timothy Zimmerman got a taste of his first Punk Bike Enduro, and loved it

William Kirk fuels up for the ride, and experiences some dribble
William Kirk fuels up for the ride, and experiences some dribble

Follow the beer monkey and you wont get lost
Follow the beer monkey and you won't get lost

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nikon Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 AF Fisheye fun

I rented two lenses from borrowlenses.com to check them out and see if either would work well for the Dirty Dozen race this coming weekend.  I rented a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens and a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 AF Fisheye Nikkor lens.  Yesterday I took the 16mm fisheye out in Frick and Homewood Cemetery to see what it's all about.  Took a little while to really get the feel for the kinds of shots which would be perfect for the lens, but I figured it out.


photographs from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/frick-cemetery-1122


a couple of shots -

leaves in Frick Park
leaves in Frick Park

Love Headstone Homewood Cemetery 
Love Headstone Homewood Cemetery

Cross Headstone Homewood Cemetery  
Cross Headstone Homewood Cemetery

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 Pittsburgh Light Up Night Bicycle Ride

Friday was light up night in Pittsburgh again, which called for Barry's annual bike ride from Golden Triangle Bike Rental to the West End Overlook to watch the fireworks.   There was a nice turnout and we headed out about 8PM across the hot metal street bridge, down through station square, and up a big hill to the west end overlook.  After hanging out on top for a couple hours we headed over to the North Side and had a couple beers and food at the Rivertowne Inn on the North Shore.  Great night as always!

Gallery of Photographs from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Pittsburgh-Light-Up-Night-1119

A few photos -

cool sky in the jail trail parking lot
cool sky in the jail trail parking lot

Dons world famous Glug
Don's world famous Glug

2010 Light Up Night Pittsburgh
2010 Light Up Night Pittsburgh

hanging out at the west end overlook for 2010 light up night in Pittsburgh
hanging out at the west end overlook for 2010 light up night in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dark Horse Brewing at OTB Beer Club

Monday was another meeting of the OTB beer club, this time we were blessed with some great beers from Dark Horse Brewing out of Michigan.  Unfortunately nobody from the brewery made it down, so Marty hooked us up with a few selections from their stables.  Crooked Tree IPA, Raspberry Ale, Black Bier Ale Reserve Special and Oatmeal Stout Ale.  I think the Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA and the Oatmeal Stout were my favorites.  


Gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Beer-Club-OTB-1115

Some photographs -

I Do It For The Hood
I Do It For The Hood, Duck Hollow Fishing Pier

East End Brewing, Snow Melt
East End Brewing, Snow Melt

Dark Horse Brewing Company Crooked Tree IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Company Crooked Tree IPA

OTB Beer Club
OTB Beer Club

Monday, November 1, 2010

Marilla Cyclocross race in Morgantown, West Virginia

Saturday I went to Morgantown, West Virginia to take some photographs at the Marilla Cyclocross race.  The lighting was great early on but degraded pretty quickly as the races heated up.  Wish it would've been a little more overcast and muddy, but I still had a good time shooting.   Plus, some hearty souls raced in costume...being Halloween weekend and all.

Gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Marilla-Cyclocross-1030

some photos - 

Michelle Johnson, aka the Love Bug
Michelle Johnson, aka the Love Bug
 
jumping the cyclocross barriers
jumping the cyclocross barriers

 hot dog
hot dog!

Gunnar Shogren hurdles the cyclocross barriers at the Marilla Cyclocross race in Morgantown, West Virginia
Gunnar Shogren hurdles the cyclocross barriers at the Marilla Cyclocross race in Morgantown, West Virginia

Josh Matta sporting his sweet Thick Bikes jersey and tearing up the Marilla Cyclocross course
Josh Matta sporting his sweet Thick Bikes jersey and tearing up the Marilla Cyclocross course

working hard to get up the hill at the Marilla Cyclocross race
working hard to get up the hill at the Marilla Cyclocross race

A Bob Jackson bike taking a breather during the race
A Bob Jackson bike taking a breather during the race

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An evening mountain bike ride at Laurel Mountain

Dr John, Don and I ventured over to Forbes State Forest for a little evening ride through the rocks of Laurel Mountain last night.  The weather was cool, skies were clear, and there were leaves covering every inch of the trails making for a slightly more difficult ride than normal.  There's really nothing like Laurel, just continuous fun through rocks, trees, and natural tunnels two to three times over your head.  Awesome place.


Gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Laurel-Mountain-1027

Some cool photographs -

sun going down
sun going down

cool bog right off the lot at Laurel Mountain
cool bog right off the lot at Laurel Mountain

woooooo
woooooo

Linn Run Road, Laurel Mountain, Forbes State Forest
Linn Run Road, Laurel Mountain, Forbes State Forest

Monday, October 25, 2010

It was a Dr J freeride and Seven Springs downhill weekend

Saturday PTAG had their yearly volunteer appreciation party at North Park.  There was a cross country ride, but the primary focus was the work that's been done on some of the more technical trails in the Pittsburgh area.  Moraine and, of course, the Dr J Freeride Trail in North Park.  We had about 30 people on Dr J, and there were at least 10 people out on the cross country ride.  Great day!
If that wasn't enough, Sunday was the last day of downhill at the Seven Springs Bike Park.  Darrin and I met up with Rich, Spurk, Dan, Kirk, Collin, Jarrod, Brian, among countless others for an awesome day on the mountain.  Not only was there some great riding for all, the last race of the season tore down EC1 followed by a giant train going down 007 for the last run of the day.

PTAG gallery - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/PTAG-Party-on-Dr-J-1023

Seven Springs gallery - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/seven-springs-1024

Some photographs I like from the weekend

Spencer was fearless
Spencer was fearless

Colin Burch getting some air on Dr J
Colin Burch getting some air on Dr J

Kirk hanging out beside Burner at Seven Springs Bike Park
Kirk hanging out beside Burner at Seven Springs Bike Park

Kirk on Lo-Pan at Seven Springs Bike Park
Kirk on Lo-Pan at Seven Springs Bike Park

Crashing on the GES course at Seven Springs Bike Park
Crashing on the GES course at Seven Springs Bike Park

leaning in
leaning in

monster train going down 007 for the last run at Seven Springs Bike Park on closing day
monster train going down 007 for the last run at Seven Springs Bike Park on closing day

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vermont Weekend....Nor'easter be damned.

Of course the one weekend Steph could get some time off and go to Vermont a Nor'easter decided to roll around New England.  We threw caution to the wind and went anyways.  I flew into Boston and we drove, through rain, traffic, and accidents to Quechee Gorge, Vermont.  Long trip.  Stayed at the Quality Inn right across the street from the Gorge (cool)....good waffles in the morning.  Spent most of the weekend under threatening skies but never got rained on...lucky!!!!   Visited Quechee Gorge, Ben and Jerry's, Green Mountain Coffee, Montpelier, SugarBush farms, Woodstock, good stuff.

Gallery from the weekend - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Vermont-October-15th-17th

some photographs -

Quechee State Park, Vermont
Quechee Gorge State Park, Vermont

Covered bridge leading up to Sugarbush farms in Woodstock, Vermont
Covered bridge leading up to Sugarbush farms in Woodstock, Vermont

Harpoon Brewery, Windsor, Vermont
Harpoon Brewery, Windsor, Vermont

Tennessee Mud.  Coffee Ice Cream with Amaretto, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey and Roasted Slivered Almonds
Tennessee Mud.  Coffee Ice Cream with Amaretto, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey and Roasted Slivered Almonds

 1947 International Pickup Truck behind the cider shack
1947 International Pickup Truck behind the cider shack

cool buildings along the river in Montpelier Vermont
cool buildings along the river in Montpelier, Vermont

State Capital Building in Montpelier, Vermont
State Capital Building in Montpelier, Vermont

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

50th Anniversary of the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates

Since it was such a nice day I needed an excuse to get on the bike and take some photos.  I found one.  The 50th Anniversary of the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates in Oakland.  Every year people gather at the old Forbes field and relive the good old days.  This year was special because it was the 50th Anniversary, so I decided what the heck.  It was a bit boring for me, but the weather was awesome so I'll forgive the die-hard Pittsburgh Pirate fans that came out to celebrate.

Gallery of photographs from the event - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/1960-Pirates-World-1013

Some shots

they met after the 1960 World Series
they met after the 1960 World Series

cute kid
cute kid

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Championship at Forbes Field in Oakland
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates' World Championship at Forbes Field in Oakland

Bill Mazeroski plaque at the Forbes Field site in Pittsburgh
Bill Mazeroski plaque at the Forbes Field site in Pittsburgh