Sunday, May 29, 2011

2011 Opening Day for Downhill at Seven Springs Bike Park

Saturday was opening day at Seven Springs' Downhill Bike Park. Darrin and I went up early and parked at the top of the world, so we could hang out a bit then join the mega-train first run down the mountain...which never materialized. We ended up being the second group to test out the work that had been put into the runs over the last few weeks. Everything was pretty good, just some soft spots here and there because of all the rain. Most notably the two jumps and berm on 007 at the top, and the jumps at the bottom of the runs near the lift. The crew worked on them, and when the sun came out, and the wind started blowing, things got a little better. By the end of the day, besides some ruts in the previously wet lines, the mountain was in great condition. Can't wait for many more downhill runs at Seven Springs this year!

Gallery of photographs from 2011 opening day at Seven Springs - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-Opening-Day-Seven-Springs

A few pictures from opening day at Seven Springs downhill bike park -

there was still snow on the ground at seven springs
there was still snow on the ground at seven springs

we had a great group out for 2011s opening day at the seven springs bike park
we had a great group out for 2011's opening day at the seven springs bike park

transition blindside at the top of the world
transition blindside at the top of the world

Jamie checking out the babes in the swimming pool
Jamie checking out the babes in the swimming pool

enjoying a beer and the view
enjoying a beer and the view

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pictures from the 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh ride

Spent a great day out with team OTB/East End Brewing/MATT Machine on the streets of Pittsburgh for the 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh ride.  The largest part of the group left at 8:30 and most did the 50 mile offering.  A few souls did the 35 mile loop, and DeeDee Grace and I did the 60 mile course which took us up and down Mount Washington and Arlington Heights.  Fun!  Thanks to everyone who joined and organized today.  

A gallery of photographs from the 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh ride - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-Pedal-Pittsburgh-0522

A few pictures from the 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh ride -

Team OTB/East End Brewing/MATT Machine shirts
Team OTB/East End Brewing/MATT Machine shirts

Karen hitting up the streets on the North Side during 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh
Karen hitting up the streets on the North Side during 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh

Regrouping at the Heinz Lofts
Regrouping at the Heinz Lofts

Kat Martin rockin the 50 mile route with her singlespeed and short shorts
Kat Martin rockin the 50 mile route with her singlespeed and short shorts

Ill take two cold beers right about now.
I'll take two cold beers right about now.

panoramic view from grandview park
panoramic view from grandview park

Sycamore, weeeeeee 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh
Sycamore, weeeeeee 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Craft Beer School with Oskar Blues Brewery

Dale Katechis from Oskar Blues Brewery came into Pittsburgh to host Craft Beer School at the Cabaret at Theater Square downtown last night.  Mike, Marty and I had a bite to eat at OTB and headed over for some good talk and great beer with Dale, Matt and Tony.  The event was a sellout, with 250 craft beer lovers showing up to get some love from Oskar Blues.  The Cabaret at Theater Square is pretty cool and features a nice bar in the entryway where we enjoyed some blues while they set up the room.  The stage, by the way, was still set up for some play that looked like a 1950s high school reunion.  It added just the right amount of class to the evening.

Gallery of photographs from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Beer-School-Oskar-Blues-0517

A few pictures from the night -

Dale Katechis from Oskar Blues Brewery at Cabaret at Theater Square downtown
Dale Katechis from Oskar Blues Brewery at Cabaret at Theater Square downtown

Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils
Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils

Check out the bottom of your Oskar Blues cans for special messages from the canning team
Check out the bottom of your Oskar Blues cans for special messages from the canning team

Dale, Matt and Tony talking about what makes cans of Oskar Blues beer so good.
Dale, Matt and Tony talking about what makes cans of Oskar Blues beer so good.

Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 East End Brewing Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride

This past weekend featured the 7th annual installment of the Pedal Pale Ale keg ride.  The ride starts at East End Brewing's brewery and meanders through the streets of Pittsburgh, arriving an hour or two later at a mystery destination where the first keg of pedal pale ale is tapped.  It's a pretty slow ride because the leaders are all towing full kegs of pedal pale ale behind their bicycles.  Scott Smith, the head brewer at East End Brewing, was hoping for 1000 cyclists to join him this year; I think there were far less...no numbers yet, but my guess is 600.  The weather didn't look like it was going to cooperate and rained on us until the start of the ride, but cleared up quickly!
Oh and the mystery tap spot?  Penn Brewery!  Fun!

Gallery of photographs from the Pedal Pale Ale keg ride - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-Pedal-Pale-Ale-Ride-0507

A few pictures from East End Brewing's 2011 Pedal Pale Ale keg ride -

the proper attire is of utmost importance
the proper attire is of utmost importance

we had our own little ride down from my place to the brewery
we had our own little ride down from my place to the brewery

east end brewing took over the streets of pittsburgh today
east end brewing took over the streets of pittsburgh today

more picture opportunities on the 2011 east end brewing pedal pale ale ride
more picture opportunities on the 2011 east end brewing pedal pale ale ride

Alex Talbot and Terry McCourt provide the tunes at the Penn Brewery, the Pedal Pale Ale mystery destination.
Alex Talbot and Terry McCourt provide the tunes at the Penn Brewery, the Pedal Pale Ale mystery destination.

panoramic photograph of the crowd at Penn Brewery
panoramic photograph of the crowd at Penn Brewery

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011 NYC Five Boro Bike Tour Pictures

Mike, Jackie, Joe, Janet, Tom and I went up to New York City to ride in the 2011 5 Boro Bike Ride this past weekend. We met up with Erin and Mike on Saturday and rode with them on Sunday during the official ride. Always a good weekend, if you haven't done it...you should.

I took a few photos, and I'm sure I'll post some more pictures over the next few days from the 5 Boro Ride. For now enjoy...

Gallery from the weekend - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-Five-Boro-Ride-NYC-0501

A couple of photographs from the 2011 NYC Five Boro Bike Tour -

Dutch Bikes are cool
Dutch Bikes are cool

A mass of people on the Brooklyn Bridge
A mass of people on the Brooklyn Bridge


new construction at ground zero, new york city
new construction at ground zero, new york city

Seth Gernot reading a Bicycle Times Magazine at the start of the 2011 New York City Five Boro Bike Tour
Seth Gernot reading a Bicycle Times Magazine at the start of the 2011 New York City Five Boro Bike Tour

Bicycling in New York City is a wonderful thing
Bicycling in New York City is a wonderful thing