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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A new chapter begins at Dr J in North Park

Today a group of us cleared out some overgrowth near Dr J in North Park and laid down trails that will become a new skills park with jump lines, both beginner and expert, and some drops and skinnies.  The aim is not just to make this an area where jumpers can come in and shine, but a place where everyone can learn some new skills....or fine tune ones they already have. 
The trails are pretty much cut in, now we build some jumps....


gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Dr-J-Skills-Park-1010

some photographs of the build

tools in hand, heading up to the build site
tools in hand, heading up to the build site

yea, Im in the wrong place at the wrong time
yea, I'm in the wrong place at the wrong time

some tools just dont hold up to Dr J standards
some tools just don't hold up to Dr J standards

the new skills area trail at Dr J in North Park was officially broken in today
the new skills area trail at Dr J in North Park was officially broken in today

Friday, October 8, 2010

Another Thursday, another night at the Dr J Freeride trail in North Park

The Dr J Freeride Thursday experience is always changing and evolving.  And it's not always a change to the trail; last night we had a few of the riders' families come out and hang while their significant others rode.  Kids running around, falling down scraping knees and calling for mom, little ones on bikes emulating pops; lots of cool shit going down while big burly machines ripped down the trail and people went sailing into trees.  Andy Baechle stopped by to see the progress and to give his approval to a new skills area that will begin construction this Sunday.  Andy, if you didn't know, is the County Parks Director...and a pretty cool guy.  

Anyway...Dr J is definitely a step in the right direction.  Soon to evolve.

Gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Dr-J-1007

some shots

Jarrod Bunk, the mad bike doctor
Jarrod Bunk, the mad bike doctor

flowin
flowin'

Tyler Smith....fast
Tyler Smith....fast

Mad Mex iphone fun
Mad Mex iphone fun

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2010 Month of Mud Grove City Cyclocross race.

Since I didn't feel like riding in the rain, I decided it would be better to go sit in the mud and rain and take photographs of the Month of Mud race in Grove City.  There were some really epic shots to be had, just need one more light so I can illuminate more than one point of the photo.  Now I know what's next on my list.  Anyway, it was cool to watch and figure out some good angles for shots.  It was my first time out there, so I was kind of meandering around looking for the perfect vantage point.  I think I actually got muddier than some of the participants...and I know I sat, stood and laid in more poison ivy than anyone...damn, it's everywhere out there.  We'll see how immune I really am!

gallery of photos from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/month-of-mud-grove-city-1003

some shots I like

down but not out in the 2010 month of mud cyclocross race in grove city
down but not out in the 2010 month of mud cyclocross race in grove city 

grinding through the pine trees at the 2010 month of mud race, grove city
grinding through the pine trees at the 2010 month of mud race, grove city

putting the hammer down
putting the hammer down

Rob Lochner putting in work during the 2010 Grove City Month of Mud cyclocross race
Rob Lochner putting in work during the 2010 Grove City Month of Mud cyclocross race

it wasn't hard enough...handicaps were needed
it wasn't hard enough...handicaps were needed

smooth as silk
smooth as silk

Friday, October 1, 2010

Dr J Freeride Thursday, North Park

A few brave souls didn't let the rain keep them away, and Freeride Thursday on Dr J in North Park happened once again. The trail was a little slimy but hooked up as the night went on. Watch for the opening of the skills park soon, and the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1PM on the 23rd of October.

Gallery of photographs from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/drj-0930

Some shots -

Ed Watt takes his new KHS Lucky Seven for its maiden voyage down the Dr J Freeride Trail in North Park
Ed Watt takes his new KHS Lucky Seven for its maiden voyage down the Dr J Freeride Trail in North Park

Jarrod Bunk sending it on the Dr J Freeride Trail in North Park
Jarrod Bunk sending it on the Dr J Freeride Trail in North Park

William Kirk launching the entry ramp on Dr J in North Park
William Kirk launching the entry ramp on Dr J in North Park

Benjamin Ringelholtz getting ready to send the newest feature on Dr J
Benjamin Ringelholtz getting ready to send the newest feature on Dr J

POC goggles
POC goggles

Dan Spurk doing a nighttime drop on the Dr J Freeride Trail
Dan Spurk doing a nighttime drop on the Dr J Freeride Trail

Brian Martis stretched out on Dr J
Brian Martis stretched out on Dr J