Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — LeBron James’ perfect record in the first round of the NBA playoffs stays in tact. His 45 points helped lift the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.James went back to the locker room before the end of the third quarter was was reportedly diagnosed with cramps, but came back in the fourth to play some important minutes for his team down the stretch.Cavaliers forward Kevin Love had his biggest game of the series, scoring 14 points along with six rebounds. Cleveland also received help from its role players. Center Tristian Thompson had a big game, scoring 15 points and adding ten rebounds for a double double.The Pacers were led by their star Victor Oladipo, who scored 30 in the game, but it was not enough.With the win, LeBron James improved his record in the first round to 13-0 in his career.Cleveland’s next opponent is the top seeded Toronto Raptors, with Game 1 taking place Tuesday in Toronto.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. April 29, 2018 /Sports News – National LeBron and the Cavs survive Round 1, win Game 7 over Pacers
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Snow College head football coach Andrew Mitchell has announced a one-day player tryout for all prospective student athletes on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Participants DO NOT need to be enrolled in the college to participate. Senior (class of 2020) High School students are encouraged to attend.This tryout will allow the Snow College Football staff to evaluate on-field skills and get to know each prospective student athlete in person. The camp will be located at Badger Stadium-Robert Stoddard Field in Ephraim.Registration will be open from 8 a.m.until 9 a.m. with the tryout beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at approximately 12 noon. Registration will take place at the Bergeson Athletic Center in the south endzone of Badger Stadium. All participants must have a current physical in order to tryout. (The physical must have been completed within the past 12 months.)Participants should wear proper workout attire and will need their own cleats. No helmets or shoulder pads are required.The cost to attend the tryout is $40 if pre-registered and can be paid for online at snowbadgers.com or $50 in person the day of tryout.Additionally, you will need to download the registration form and the medical/insurance release form, complete both forms and bring them with you. You will also need to bring a copy of your insurance card. February 3, 2020 /Sports News – Local Snow College Football To Conduct Spring Tryouts Written by Tags: Snow College football Brad James
Shell to sell Mobile and Puget Sound refineries in US. (Credit: Pixabay/SatyaPrem) Equilon Enterprises, doing business as Shell Oil Products US (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, is seeking buyers to sell two of its refineries in the US.The refineries are Mobile located in Alabama, and Puget Sound near Anacortes, Washington, US.The Mobile refinery processes foreign and domestic crudes that are used for the production of Heavy Olefin Feed that will be shipped to and converted at other Shell sites to ethylene, propylene, and butadiene.Puget Sound, which is located on March Point near Anacortes, has an average annual processing capacity of about 145,000 barrels (5.7 million gallons) of crude oil per day.The refinery produces various types of gasoline, fuel oil, diesel fuel, propane, jet fuel, butane, and petroleum coke. It also produces two chemicals that include nonene and tetramer which are used in a variety of plastic products.The sale is part of Shell’s plans to reshape its refining portfolio globallyShell said that the decision to sell the two refineries is consistent with the company’s previously disclosed plans to reshape its refining portfolio globally.Shell executive vice president manufacturing Robin Mooldijk said: “We are refocusing our global presence in line with that of our customers, trading operations, and chemicals plants. This will result in a more valuable, integrated downstream business.”According to Shell, the process to sell the refineries may take months and may not result in a sale. The company stated it may decide removed the refineries from the marketing at any time.Shell stated that: “If the marketing process does not result in a finalized sales transaction, Shell plans to continue operating the refineries.”Recently, Shell has completed the $1.2bn sale of the Martinez Refinery and associated logistics assets to PBF Energy’s subsidiary PBF Holding in California, US. Puget Sound produces various types of gasoline, fuel oil, diesel fuel, propane, jet fuel, butane, and petroleum coke
View post tag: Navy View post tag: Bulava View post tag: Ballistic View post tag: submarine Training & Education View post tag: Missile View post tag: nuclear Russia: Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine Performs Bulava Salvo Launch View post tag: launched View post tag: Powered View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine Performs Bulava Salvo Launch View post tag: Performs View post tag: Salvo Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yury Dolgoruky on Friday Dec 23 carried out last in 2011 test salvo launch of two SLBM Bulava missiles from the White Sea, reports RIA Novosti referring to spokesman for Russian defense ministry Col Igor Konashenkov.“The salvo launch was performed from underwater position in the White Sea against the Kura Range in Kamchatka. The missiles flew in normal mode, all warheads impacted on the range at the designated time; that was recorded by monitoring facilities”, Konashenkov said.As for him, distinguishing feature of this test was two-missile launch performed by standard platform, i.e. Borei-class lead submarine fourth-generation SSBN Yury Dolgoruky.The sub’s crew headed by Capt 1 rank Vladimir Shirin held the fourth successful test launch of SLBM Bulava in the recent half-year period. Submariners traditionally displayed excellent professional skills, stressed the defense ministry’s spokesman.Tests of submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava started in 2004. Eleven out of 18 test launches were found successful. Current year is the most effective; all four launches yielded desired outcome and were performed by SSBN Yury Dolgoruky.Prior to that, all test launches were held by SSBN Dmitry Donskoy (Project 941UM Akula) specially refitted for the Bulava project.Russian defense ministry reiterated many times that positive results of salvo launch would mean commissioning of SSN Yury Dolgoruky along with Bulava. In accordance with standard procedure of flight development test program for such missiles, salvo launch is determinative and finishing one.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 25, 2011 December 25, 2011 View post tag: News by topic Share this article
The Susan G. Komen Evansville Tri-State Affiliate, will once again be celebrating Pink Sunday in conjunction with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th. Pink Sunday is a grassroots effort between the Komen Evansville Tri-State Affiliate and local religious organizations and community groups to educate members on the importance of good breast health practices. The program is designed to be presented on Mother’s Day but could be presented on another day that is better suited for the organization’s calendar.The Komen Evansville Tri-State Affiliate will provide a packet with breast health information and magnets to help remember that early detection is a useful tool.Please contact the office by e-mail at [email protected]; call 812.962.2202 to register. Registration deadline is May 3, 2017. Information for pick up will be given to the organization after registration.For more information on the Komen Evansville Tri-State Affiliate, please visit our website at www.komenevansville.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
×Hoboken resident Cesar Abril helped out some feathered friends during the heat by filling a water fountain near Pier C Park for thirsty baby geese. Photo submitted by Maria Tortoreto. Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner resignsAccording to council documents, Dana Wefer of the Hoboken Housing Authority’s board of commissioners is resigning from her post.“This letter is to inform you that I am resigning from my position as a commissioner of the Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA) because my family is planning to move from Hoboken in the near future,” Wefer said in an email to Council President Jen Giattino.The seven-member board of commissioners oversees 1,353 units of low-income and senior citizen public housing on the west side of Hoboken. The HHA is partly funded by subsidies from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development.“I will continue serving until the next Housing Authority meeting on July 13, but I think the interests of the housing authority would be best served if a new commissioner were appointed to begin their service at this meeting,” she wrote.Wefer was appointed to the board in 2014 by the Hoboken City Council. Her five-year term is not due to expire until May of 2018.“You may know that the HHA is already short one board member because the DCA [Department of Community Affairs] has not yet appointed someone to take the place of former commissioner Judith Burrell. As such, it is vital that my seat be filled expeditiously to ensure that the HHA board is able to continue the work it is doing to lift the authority out of troubled status and improve housing for its residents.”In an interview, Wefer said that she and her family have decided to move because they live in a one-bedroom apartment with a toddler and can’t afford a two bedroom in Hoboken.According to Wefer they haven’t decided where to move yet but are looking in both Bergen and Essex counties.Wefer said she is most proud of the board’s hire of HHA’s Executive Director Marc Recko.“I think bringing Marc Recko on as executive director is everything,” said Wefer. “He is so knowledgeable and transparent. … He has worked closely with the board, and he has over 30 years of experience. He is what the residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority deserve.”Wefer, a 10-year Hoboken resident, said she will miss the residents and the connections she has made.To her replacement she said, “My advice is to remember that your duty is to the Hoboken Housing Authority and its residents. You are charged with its oversight, and you can’t be afraid to ask tough questions.”“Just don’t make it political,” Wefer added, explaining that her replacement should not lose sight of the people they will be helping.To the council which will appoint Wefer’s replacement based on applications they have on file and will receive from residents, she said, “I hope they select someone with a finance background, as we don’t have anyone with those skills to ask those questions.”“The process is that, once we get word that she is vacating her seat, we usually determine exactly what date the seat will be open; look at the current roster of applicants at the City Clerk’s office, and pick among them; or if none of the current applicants are satisfactory, we try to recruit residents to apply for the position, so we can appoint a good and qualified person to the position,” said Councilman Ravi Bhalla in an interview in March about the process.The City Clerk keeps the applications for two years.Applications can be found at the City Clerk’s office and online. Any Hoboken resident can apply.To download an application to serve on any of Hoboken’s municipal boards go to http://hobokennj.gov/boards/.Giattino thanked Wefer for her service and asked that all applications be in the week prior to the next council meeting when they should appoint her replacement. Hoboken resident Cesar Abril helped out some feathered friends during the heat by filling a water fountain near Pier C Park for thirsty baby geese. Photo submitted by Maria Tortoreto. Councilman urges NJ Transit to accommodate residents during anticipated overcrowdingLast week, Councilman Ravi Bhalla called on NJ Transit to provide Hoboken bus and rail commuters with the option of using their tickets on the new ferry service from Hoboken to 39th Street as a way of combating the overcrowding anticipated this summer due to service changes resulting from scheduled repairs. As reported in May, NJ Transit announced an adjusted travel plan for commuters to and from Penn Station as Amtrak will be repairing tracks from July 10 to Sept. 1.Riders of the Midtown Direct trains on the Morristown Line will be diverted to Hoboken as will the Midtown Direct trains on the Gladstone Branch.According to the notice, “NJ Transit rail customers have been forced to deal with delays, derailments, and unreliable service because Amtrak, which owns the tracks our service relies upon, has neglected the maintenance of its critical infrastructure for years. For three-quarters of NJ TRANSIT rail customers travel patterns will not be modified, including the Trenton to New York Northeast Corridor Line. However, delays on all rail lines, except for the Atlantic City Rail line, are inevitable.”Those commuters on that line will have their tickets cross honored with both the PATH and ferry services.An additional 7,400 commuters, according to NJ Transit’s estimate, will be diverted to Hoboken beginning on July 10.Bhalla noted the cross-honoring option to access ferry service is being made available to the diverted commuters, but as of now not to Hoboken ones.In the press release Bhalla said, “The least Hoboken commuters deserve for the inconvenience and additional over-crowding they will experience this summer is the same cross-honoring options as other commuters. I call on NJ Transit to provide this needed flexibility and consideration.”“NJ Transit is modestly increasing bus and rail service in Hoboken during the morning rush over the summer. But the increase fails to match the scale of the over-crowding problem,” states the release.“This will not be a normal commute for any of us including our customers, so we ask that you stay connected to social media and our web page for the latest information, stay ahead by building in extra time for your commute, and stay cool and try not to lose patience,” said NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro in a press release. “On Monday, our customer service ambassadors will be out in force, so if you have questions or need directions, just look for them in their bright yellow vests.”NJ Transit will enhance peak period bus service and NY Waterway will operate a special ferry service from Hoboken Terminal to W 39th street in Midtown Manhattan during peak hours to combat the influx of passengers at the terminal. For more information go to njtransit.com‘Proud Republican’ Hoboken resident announces campaign for City CouncilJoshua Einstein announced via a press release his campaign launch this weekend.“This is an opportunity for the Hoboken community to come, listen, and dialogue about the challenges and opportunities our city faces as well as to support a terrific local non-profit [True Mentors],” said Einstein in the release.Einstein is the first City Council candidate not part of a slate to declare his candidacy and “the only registered Republican in the race to loudly and proudly embrace the GOP label,” according to the release.He also said he voted for DonaldTrump for president. The comments were likely inspired by mayoral candidates Jen Giattino and Angelo Valente, who refused to comment thus far on their registered Republican status and whether they voted for Trump. Outgoing Mayor Dawn Zimmer has expressed displeasure with Trump’s agenda and how it could affect local residents, and Trump’s Tweets last week were seen by some as unpresidential, misogynistic, and hostile, resulting in the right-leaning National Review writing that he was “intellectually and emotionally incapable” of the job.Einstein was recently elected to be one of Hudson Counties representatives to the New Jersey Republican State Committee, garnering over 1,300 votes.“I’m a proud Republican and I have many liberal friends who also understand the fiscal road our city is on, the stagnant policies that continue by inertia, and ignoring the needs of the majority of people in Hoboken is the wrong path to go down,” Einstein said in the release. “That’s why I’m happy to invite everyone to come and discuss the issues they believe are facing our city and areas that they see need change. I know no two people are ever going to see eye to eye on every topic and I don’t expect every voter to agree with every policy stance I have taken, but I always enjoy exchanging out of the box ideas, learning new perspectives, and brainstorming solutions.”The campaign launch slated for this week was to raise money for True Mentors group that mentors children in Hoboken. “Leadership is not about being frozen into arcane dogmatic positions or forced into narrow political tribes and teams, it’s about exposing people to new ideas and ways of tackling problems to improve lives and that’s why I wanted a representative of True Mentors to speak about the amazing and unique work they do with Hoboken’s children,” said Einstein in the release. Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.Former Hoboken director Michael Coleman dies age 85Former director in Hoboken of the Federal Model Cities Program Michael Coleman passed away on June 16 at age 85.Coleman died at the VA hospital in East Orange. He had served in the Air Force in Korea.In 1965 Coleman worked for the US Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce in civil rights compliance before he came to Hoboken in 1968 where he served as executive director of the Model Cities Program.The program was an effort of the Johnson Administration for urban renewal of inner cities.For eight years he was instrumental in starting the revitalization of Hoboken that continues today.Coleman is survived by his children and extended family. Attention veterans!The Hoboken American Legion Post 107 will host a BBQ for all Veterans on Sunday July 16 between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The free BBQ for veterans will take place at Post 107 at 308 Second St. Polka Dot to perform at Family Fun NightIt’s a family fun night like no other – “Hoboken born” kids’ and family entertainer Ron Albanese – Polka Dot – will be performing with his Polka Dot Pals band at Shipyard Park on July 11 at 7 p.m.Shipyard Park is located at Thirteenth Street and McFeeley Drive.“It’s the kiddie rock n’ roll event of the summer,” Ron says, “we’ve got the staging, tunes, and more – everyone is invited to come sing, dance, and laugh along!”The free concert is part of the summer long “Family Fun Night” series hosted every Tuesday by the City of Hoboken and co sponsored by The Applied Companies.For more on Ron Albanese go to www.RonAlbanese.com.For more on the series go to http://hobokennj.gov/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/family/.Bijou Properties’ western edge development is expected to open in 2019Development partners Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation broke ground on their 424 unit luxury rental building which includes a 6,835 square foot public gymnasium and a two acre resiliency park as part of Hoboken’s western edge redevelopment.The development is part of a 30 year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement between the developer and the city established last year. Located at 700 Jackson St., the new 14-story mixed-use rental building, designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, will include 90,000 square feet of upscale amenities, including a penthouse pool and roof deck, and 25,000 square-feet of ground floor retail space.The adjacent two-acre park will be split between a one-acre open grass area and children’s playground and a one-acre public plaza designed for active and passive recreation uses. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2019. “We’re invested in the future of Hoboken and are committed to working with the City to develop sustainable housing that significantly contributes to the community-at-large,” said Larry Bijou, managing partner of Hoboken-based Bijou Properties. “This new building and open space donation fits perfectly into that philosophy.”Hoboken Farms donates to Community FoodBank of New JerseyHoboken Farms and Banza donated about 7,100 pounds of sauce and 6,300 pounds of pasta, respectively, totaling approximately 50,000 servings for people in need across the state to the Community Foodbank of New Jersey in Hillside.More than 1 million New Jersey residents struggle with hunger, and close to 340,000 of them are children. The FoodBank addresses the need by getting healthy food onto the tables of food insecure families, possible with support from generous donors like Hoboken Farms and Banza. This food reaches men, women and children through the FoodBank’s network of more than 1,000 community partners, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and school programs.“We are thrilled to be partnering with Hoboken Farms and Banza,” said Debra Vizzi, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “They exemplify companies that are local and grassroots, and they both have the health of our neighbors in mind with their products. Their sense of social responsibility to New Jersey and to the hungry make them a ‘best of class’ in this space.”“This large donation of our healthy sauce is the perfect way to celebrate Hoboken Farms’ 25th farmers market season,” said Brad Finkel, founder of Hoboken Farms. “As a proud local brand, we’re excited to share almost 5,000 donated jars of our beloved sauce with FoodBank families.”The FoodBank will provide tastings of this nutritious duo for community partners picking up food from the Hillside warehouse (31 Evans Terminal) on Monday, July 10, at 1:30 p.m.The purpose of the samplings is to introduce representatives from local soup kitchens, food pantries, and other agencies to this healthy combination and, in turn, have them encourage their clients to serve it to their families.
HOBOKEN–According to an obituary published by the Asbury Park Press, Austin Janowski, age 19, of Howell, died on Saturday, Aug. 19. Janowski drove the Honda Ridgeline that rammed into a Dodge Caravan in Freehold in June, killing the passengers, including local priest Father Michael Guglielmelli.Guglielmelli, 81, and his sister Dolores Guglielmelli, 87, died the night of the June 4 crash.Their sister, Antoinette Gallina, 85, known as Shirley, died five days later.Janowski graduated from Colts Neck High School in 2015. He was in California at a recovery house at the time of his death, “where he was searching for peace within,” according to the obit.The obit said, “Austin was a special person with a caring and gentle soul. Austin was compassionate and provided laughter and joyfulness to all that he touched, but he could not find greatness or happiness within himself,” states the obituary.Pictured: Fr. Michael Guglielmelli was the pastor for St Francis for nearly 30 years. From left to right: Stuart Chirichella, Fr. Michael Guglielmelli, Ava Chirichella, Fr. Chris Panlilio, Michael Cazaza, and Michael Cazaza. ×Father Mike Guglielmelli of Hoboken passed away in June. Father Mike Guglielmelli of Hoboken passed away in June.
It’s been one year since Prince joined the great gig in the sky. In celebration of the Purple One’s life, New York City’s Cutting Room is hosting an intimate gathering on Friday, April 21, for fans to join in and dance through the pain on the anniversary of his death. The venue will be screening Prince’s iconic masterpiece, the 1984 classic film Purple Rain, then, they will pay tribute to his life in music with DJ Quincey Velvet.Let’s party like it’s 1999! More information about the FREE event can be found here.
The Notre Dame student senate assembled Thursday evening to hear from presentations on the future updates on Campus Dining and Club Coordination Council (CCC), and passed the first two constitution amendments of the school year. Elizabeth Prater | The Observer Senate gathered Thursday to discuss matters regarding dining and club funding. The executive cabinet also provided an update regarding Title IX policies and procedures that affect the campus community.The meeting commenced with an executive announcement providing an update on Title IX procedures and policies. On Wednesday, representatives of senate met as a committee and approved the October 2020 draft for procedure resolving concerns of discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. They will be presenting this information to a number of different University bodies and are working to get as much feedback as possible to finalize the procedure. The senate also acknowledged Abby Wolfe, director of University Policy, for her work on this procedure.Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining and Auxiliary Programs, returned to the senate meeting after presenting a few weeks previously to provide some updates on the campus dining experience.“We have had a significant focus on individually serving each of your meals versus having them pre-packaged,” Abayasinghe said, acknowledging some of the requests made by students during the fall semester.Cheryl Bauer, director of Sourcing and Sustainability, hinted at some things to look forward to at the dining hall.“We are looking at more things to bring in and opportunities for you to experiment with,” she said. “Next month is vegan month in the U.S., so we might be having something there that is surprising.”Additionally, Bauer explained that they are looking forward to expanding opportunities in self-service. Something to anticipate next semester includes the possibility of cereals and overall steps to bring back normalcy in the dining halls, she said.Luis Alberganti, director of residential dining, also revealed that somewhere around the next weekend for Halloween, they are planning a “Spooktacular” event.Afterwards, Ricardo Pozas Garza, (CCC) president, gave a presentation on funding in the Student Union Club. He gave a comprehensive analysis of how CCC is getting involved with clubs on campus, particularly in the allocation of funds.The request for Student Union club funding, $2.4 million, are high compared to the available resources, $371 thousand. As such, the CCC has developed a system to cutting and sorting club asks in order to provide the necessary resources to student organizations.Spring Allocation is the time in which 92% of Student Union funding for clubs is directly allocated, so it is vital that the CCC effectively gauges an effective method to provide for on-campus groups. However, there are additional difficulties this year as a consequence of COVID-19.“First of all, we see the club activities and programming are significantly down this semester,” Pozas Garza said. “Revenues and expenditures are also significantly down.”Nevertheless, with the help of the virtual activity fair this semester, many organizations were able to “recruit members exceptionally better than [CCC] feared.”In addition, the CCC holds semesterly information meetings (CIMS) to share important information with clubs. Pozas Garza reported that 271 clubs attended this fall’s CIMS.The CCC Committee on Club Consulting (C6) is an initiative that CCC is putting together in order to increase their impact on campus.“Essentially, the CCC has been very reactive instead of proactive, in terms of helping clubs out,” Pozas Garza said. “What we should be doing is being more proactive and more engaging. We need to access what their needs are and help them work through those needs.”Pozas Garza said he was excited about their first major project, the Notre Dame Disabilities Club Forum, which features organizations such as Special Olympics of Notre Dame (SOND), Access-ABLE and others.Finally, the meeting ended by passing the first two constitutional amendments of the school year. Chief of staff Aaron Benavides introduced SO2021-12, which was to “essentially abolish the executive programming board and establish the executive committee.”After a fellow senate member raised a point of debate on the order.“At the end of the day, what the executive committee is all about is Student Union cohesion and bringing together the different organizations so that we can work together to serve the student body,” Benavides responded.SO2021-12 was passed, alongside SO2021-13, an order to amend the Constitution of the undergraduate student body to revise article VIII, which outlines the operational procedures of the CCC.
Ironically, one of the first things I did when the road racing season ended was sign up for another bike race, the Shenandoah Mountain 100. Each fall, I recover some technical skills and maintain some fitness by training on the trails with Virginia’s mountain bike hero, Jeremiah Bishop. We piece together routes around Bishop’s home town, Harrisonburg, and mine, Charlottesville, always eager to show off our latest discoveries. Although we rack up huge rides, it never feels like training. The lack of structure is relaxing after a year of carefully calculated efforts. These unscripted rides are too fun to call work. Plus, at the end of a day on our fat tires, we can drink one. We aren’t training for anything, just riding for the love.Bishop and other friends pressured me into the Shenandoah Mountain 100 (SM100), but I was an easy sell. The race captures the titillating spirit of adventure that hooked me on cycling.I had dreamed of riding the SM100 ever since age 14, when seven bucks was equivalent to an hour of yard work. I couldn’t come up with the entry fee and asked my dad to sponsor me. He thought the race was too heavy for a 14- year-old and would ruin my cross-country running season. It’s been on my bucket list ever since.My road season ended earlier than the past six years, and I finally had a chance this year. The hitch was that I hadn’t ridden my mountain bike since I left Virginia last December. Fresh off the seven day Tour of Colorado, I didn’t worry about my legs or cardio, but when suspension buckling boulders and loose shale downhills rattled my roady hands, t-rex arms and bony back to failure after three hours, I’d be like a gorilla driving a Porsche straight into a tree. My friends actually made bets on which section of the technical course I would most likely eat it. I must have looked as amateur as I felt, because one rider in the parking area muttered, “Who’s the poser in the RadioShack kit?” Therefore, the race was more about the experience than the competition for me.Most riders added to the experience by camping at the Stokesville Observatory. The campground was coming to life when I arrived at five in the morning. Like the beginning of a medieval battle scene, riders sipped coffee, stretched, tuned their weaponry, and mounted their steeds in the moonlight. At the race director’s command, we lined up and charged into battle against each other, ourselves, the clock, and the terrain. As we climbed a gravel road, the sun rose with us lighting the first section of singletrack.We plunged down a trail called Tillman, an exhilarating new piece of the area’s ever-growing trail network. When Bishop introduced me to Tillman on one of our 2012 escapades, we rode it three times in a row. Roadies never use words like “stoked,” but we were literally in Stokesville. At the base of the descent, nearly everyone I saw was grinning and behind us we heard the whoops of riders hitting the table top jumps and banked turns.It didn’t take long for my upper body to cramp and blister, but something about being in the race zone and the Jay-Z song stuck in my head combined to create “mad flow” despite the pain. I think the song goes, “Still that mountain biker—stayin’ alive.” And, when I followed Bishop on the downhills, that’s what it was—stayin’ alive. When it started pouring rain on a rocky, off-camber, sidehill trail, I nearly surrendered to good judgment. But I was having too much fun to stop. It felt like driving a roller coaster.My giddiness began to fade farther into the race. Each steep climb and harrowing descent trimmed the lead group. Bishop led most of the single track. He knew everything about the course so I picked at him like a toddler in the back seat. “How long is this descent? How far till the climb? When is the aid station? Are we there yet?” We approached a segment nicknamed The Death Climb, and I attacked. Only Bishop came across and we worked together to build our lead over the chasers.When Bishop’s rear tire went soft, I waited. He had coached me through the race and I didn’t want to take advantage of a technicality. In fact, I had relied so heavily on his experience and skills that if we came to the line together, I wouldn’t have contested. However, we made the same calculations. With a two minute lead over Christian Taguay minus three minutes for Bishop to repair the flat tire, I had to leave him. At his home race, it hurt him to say, “Go on, man. I have to change this thing.” We parted as gentlemen, then raced like savages.My lead stretched over the final kilometers and it was enough to win. Jeremiah regained second place, and Taguay placed third. Although I never crashed, I was wrecked. It was a week before I could stand up straight or give a firm handshake.Stokesville Observatory, where the battle began, became a field celebration, with burgers and beer and muddy warriors cheering on other finishers. Like most of the 600 participants, I showed up to enjoy the outdoors, try something extraordinary, and do so amid a community of like-minded people. Mission accomplished.Ben King is a national champion cyclist living and training in Charlottesville, Va.