Matt Lee tackles the Shenandoah 100, or did it tackle him?
1st Oct 2014 Posted in: Blog, Events, Featured, Race Reports, Uncategorized 0

I’ve done a couple 100 mile mountain bike races before (Fool’s Gold 100 in GA). I’ve done races with over 10,000 feet of climbing several times (once already this season) and after a solid summer of racing I was feeling pretty good about my chances at Shenandoah so I set a goal time of under […]

Summer 2014 - That's A Wrap!
10th Sep 2014 Posted in: Featured, Fun, Race Reports, Uncategorized Comments Off

After a particularly harsh Winter the Summer of 2014 seems to have gone even faster than normal. Here’s a quick recap of our FAT summer. Amidst the hoopla JB was at the People for Bikes booth helping get e-mails for the cycling cause. If you want your voice included when People for Bikes talk to […]

2014 Off Road Assualt on Mount Mitchell - Matt Lee
7th Sep 2014 Posted in: Blog, Events, Featured, Race Reports Comments Off

The Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell (or ORAMM for short) in Old Fort, NC has been my A race all season, the one I had circled on my calender since February, the one I spent all those cold winter days training for. Mile for mile one of the toughest races I’ve ever done, it is […]

Bike To The Beach 2014
3rd Aug 2014 Posted in: Blog, Featured, Race Reports Comments Off

We didn’t have to stage until 4:00 am, but, when I woke up at 2:00 am, I knew I should just get up. When you’re excited for an event, sleep is kind of a waste of time. Best to just get the coffee flowing. By 3:45 am when Jay Westcott pulled in from his 3-hour […]

2014 Wednesday At Wakefield, Race 1 of 4
19th Jun 2014 Posted in: Blog, Race Reports Comments Off

Man, what a day. Hot, muggy and nasty however I was still excited!  “This heat is gonna hurt the rest of the guys more than me” I thought.  I kept hydrated all day and got a nice warmup lap (during the kids race) oops!  I wish I wasn’t wearing the kit for this part because […]

Maryland State Mountain Bike Championships, Greenbrier
12th Jun 2014 Posted in: Blog, Race Reports Comments Off

MD State Championships, Greenbrier: Gripped started the day early with Kevin Carter leading the Endurance Open class – 4 solid hours of relentless rocks. In usual Kevin fashion an additional challenge lay in having forgotten his shoes. He borrowed a pair of commuter shoes with floppy soles but they fit so off he went. By […]

Full Steam Ahead
12th Jun 2014 Posted in: Blog, Race Reports Comments Off

Matt Lee jumps into the Turkey Hill Classic, just outside Gettysburg Pennsylvania This was a hard race. I was up to visit Gettysburg with my girlfriend, found a race close by with a cheap entry fee, and thought, “this looks fun”… Deceived into thinking a course with a 20% climb would be “fun” Even after […]

Early Season Races
12th Jun 2014 Posted in: Race Reports, Uncategorized Comments Off

Racing season is in full swing and Gripped has been turning in laps and finding the podium at the end. Few weeks back a bunch of us showed up for the Melford Crit in Maryland, a fast, office park crit with gradual turns but enough pinches in the curb-lined roads to keep it sketchy. Matt […]

2014 Bakers Dozen Mt. Bike Race
29th Apr 2014 Posted in: Blog, Race Reports Comments Off

The last couple years Gripped had focused on Battenkill but 2014 saw us return to this classic race. Too often we get caught up in focusing on the win yet at this year’s Duz we kept things fun and simple – camping out with good friends, cooking up good food, drinking some great beer and […]

Tour of the Battenkill 2014
11th Apr 2014 Posted in: Blog, Race Reports Comments Off

I got up to Saratoga Springs around midnight Friday. Straight to bed for my 11 a.m.race start time. It rained all night. Trying to get warmed up for the start was tough as the roads were still wet and it felt a lot colder than I expected with temps in the upper 30s. Gray, cold, and […]


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