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Twenty-four national titles up for grabs at Beech Mountain this weekend

The final national titles of 2014 are set to be awarded this weekend as the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships get underway at North Carolina’s Beech Mountain.

In addition to the cross-country, short track, downhill, and dual slalom contests, the event will also feature the return of the co-ed team relay which was a rider and fan favorite in its debut last year.


By the end of the weekend, 24 national titles will be awarded including the coveted team omniums in Divisions I and II.  Fort Lewis College will look to defend its Division I team omnium from 2013 which it won ahead of powerhouse Marian University. In Division II, Brevard College will ride in defense of its omnium which it took ahead of Western State Colorado University last year.


The trails on Beech Mountain certainly won’t be lacking any talent this weekend. Kate Courtney (Stanford University) will be one to watch in the Division I women’s races. She won both the cross-country and short track cross-country events last year, but she’ll have to face threats from riders like Linnea Dixson (University of Wyoming), Emily Shields (Lees-McRae College), and Coryn Rivera (Marian University). In the gravity events, watch out for Rebecca Gardner (Fort Lewis College) (DH) and Shayona Glynn (Marian University). In Division II, spectators can expect plenty of heated action from riders like Sarah Hill (Brevard College) and Kaysee Armstrong (King University).

Many of the key players from last year’s Men’s Division I competitions have moved out of the collegiate ranks, but there will be strong riders like Sepp Kuss (University of Colorado – Boulder) and John Swanguen (Lindsey Wilson College) who will be sure to keep things interesting. In Division II, Zachary Valdez (Brevard College) will return to Beech Mountain to ride in defense of the cross-country and short track titles that he took home a year ago, but he’ll have to fight off attacks from riders like Wesley Lamberson (Union College – KY) and Dylan Johnson (Brevard College).


Racing kicks off on Friday with the short track contests, as well as downhill seeding. Cross-country and downhill finals will take center stage on Saturday before the event concludes on Sunday with the team relay and dual slalom races. For a complete schedule, click here.


No Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA for Ohio. Sob.

Non-Ohio hopheads rejoice! Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA is on the delivery truck and heading for taps and shelves near you.

Lovers of the hoppy brew in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Indiana, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. should be seeing it soon.  (Tennessee is still waiting on approval).

Unfortunately, for those of us in Ohio (and Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Vermont and South Carolina), 120 Minute IPA is over our alcohol cap. Time for a road trip to Indiana or Kentucky!

To find retailers near you where 120 Minute IPA has been delivered, check the Fish Finder!


Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch to host Red Bull Dreamline

The 2014 Red Bull Dreamline BMX competition will take place at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch on October 11 in Henderson County, North Carolina, just down the road from Asheville and the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard. The most talented riders in the world will push their limits on jumps designed by pro rider Anthony Napolitan and brought to life by master builder Adam Aloise (http://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/events/1331651771892/red-bull-dreamline-2014).

All tickets for this event, open to the ticket-holding public on Saturday, October 11, were snagged within 24 hours of being released. However, make sure to follow @oskarblueswnc (#obreebranch, #reeBMX) and @redbullnc (#dreamline), and check out the Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina Facebook page for VIP ticket giveaways over the next week.

The best 32 BMX dirt jumpers in the world will be competing at the largest Dreamline BMX course ever built, including pro Zak Earley, Oskar Blues REEB rider, who will ride his REEB BMX bike (#reeBMX).

Can’t find tickets? Red Bull Dreamline will air on Saturday, November 8, at 5 p.m. EST on NBC. Check local listings for your NBC station.

If you did score tickets, note there will be NO PARKING at the venue for spectators. Shuttles will be running round-trip from Oskar Blues Brewery at 342 Mountain Industrial Drive in Brevard starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. You must show a copy of your Dreamline Eventbrite ticket to get on the shuttle.

Once at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch, there will be locally-brewed Oskar Blues beer–the hop-forward Dale’s Pale Ale and the crisply refreshing Mama’s Little Yella Pils–for sale. Grub from the new-to-NC Oskar Blues CHUBurger Food Truck, served up by OB Head Chef Jason Rogers, will also be available.

There will be a killer line-up of live bands at the Official Dreamline After Parties at Oskar Blues Brewery both Friday and Saturday nights, including Packway Handle Band on October 10 and Too Slim and the Tail Draggers and Jarekus Singleton on October 11.

Cycling has always been a huge part of Oskar Blues’ culture and a large reason that soul-founder Dale Katechis chose Western North Carolina as the home for a second brewery.

The name REEB Ranch pays homage to REEB Cycles, Oskar Blues hand-made bike company based in ColoRADo. A stable of demo REEB mountain bikes and dirt jump rigs are available for rental at the REEB Ranch. “It’s important to us to keep that trail-side camaraderie in the community,” says Katechis. “We’ve been able to integrate our passions of the brewery, farm, restaurants and REEB Cycles into much of what we do, the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch continues that effort.”

The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch offers a ride-in, ride-out experience with direct Dupont State Park single-track access, pump track sessions, dirt jump progression lines and post ride beers alongside the swimming hole. On-site lodging includes a 1940’s cabin at the base of two 43-foot waterfalls and an apartment on the top floor of a venue-perfect barn. Tent camping is also available. To reserve accommodations at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch, call The Bike Farm at (828) 577-3673.The Bike Farm offers an all-exclusive bike tour concierge service, including bike rentals and guided rides from the property.


Ten Fidy Imperial Stout now available nationwide

ten-fidyThe 2014 limited release of Oskar Blues Brewery’s award-winning seasonal, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, hits all 35 states where Oskar Blues is sold in September, inspiring dark beer lovers to go cross-eyed.

This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 65 IBUs underneath its smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.

The name of this boundary-stretching beer has multiple meanings–it is what you think, and it isn’t–at the same time.

The CANcupiscent seasonal, which has bulldozed beer lovers everywhere, will be available at your favorite watering holes and retailers and restaurants starting in September. Find it if you CAN.

Following the successful release of Oskar Blues spring seasonal, GUBNA, the FIDY will be available until February 2015 (or until it sells out). Need a holiday gift or a special something to take to that holiday party? Robustly-appealing Ten FIDY could be your answer.

Ten FIDY has been showered with accolades that almost stand up to the size of this behemoth-in-a-can, including:

  • “The biggest, baddest, boldest beer in a can” Celebrator Beer News
  • “2008 Beer of the Year” The Denver Post
  • “100 Rating” Ratebeer.com
  • “A-Rating” Beeradvocate.com
  • Gold Medal – 2010 and 2012 World Beer Championships
  • “Top 51 Beers” 2011 Beer Magazine

Ten FIDY is an unyielding, pertinacious beer that requires monster strength to make. This brew is constructed with colossal amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY’s nearly 5000-pound grain bill is just short of 50 percent specialty malts, which are packaged in 55-pound bags and loaded into the mills by hand. The tremendous bags of oats are poured directly into the mash tuns. The oats and rice hulls must be lugged up 20-odd stairs to the top of the brew decks.

Like all of Oskar Blues’ beers, Ten FIDY is brewed at both their ColoRADo and North Carolina breweries and shipped fresh to nearby states. Don’t worry, though, this stout cellars well–recent release parties at both brewery tap rooms offered up 2012, 2013 and 2014 FIDY vintages to clamoring stout enthusiasts.

“Brewing Ten FIDY is unlike any of the other beers we make. We have to mash-in two batches just to get one kettle filled because we only take the most concentrated wort from each mash. It’s a labor intensive process, but this is part of how we make Ten FIDY so unique, rich, and complex,” says Oskar Blues NC Brewery Manager Noah Tuttle.

Ten FIDY is packaged in 12-ounce CANS and sold in 4-pack carriers, as well as on draft at craft beer retailers, growler fill shops, restaurant, bars and more.

Tyler Hamilton’s 12th Annual MS Global Bike Tour Kicks off in Asheville, NC September 28

MS Global 2014, an annual charitable bicycle tour founded by retired professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton to make a difference for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), will be held in the mountains and valleys of western North Carolina from Sept. 28 to Oct.5.

Taking place in some of the most scenic regions of the country, the weeklong cycling event has partnered with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (Can Do MS), a national nonprofit providing comprehensive programs that empower people and families living with MS to transform and improve their quality of life. The organization honors the legacy of founder Jimmie Heuga, a close friend to Hamilton and a pioneer in the MS care management field who was diagnosed with MS in 1970.

This year’s event will be based at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, N.C., and attended by approximately 25 fundraising riders. Between ride leaders, support people and volunteers, the total group is will include more than 40 people, including riders with MS.


“We always looked forward to the day when we would support the organization Jimmie had founded,” said Hamilton’s father Bill, Producer for MS Global. “That time is now, and we take great pleasure in helping Can Do MS continue with the mission that was Jimmie Heuga’s dream.”

“My dad and I are so excited to bring MS Global to one of the best and most beautiful places in the world for cycling,” says Hamilton, who will participate as one of the tour’s 12 ride leaders. “I fell in love with Asheville when I raced here back in the mid-nineties and I’m thrilled to be back for this rewarding event to help raise MS awareness, provide lifestyle empowerment programs for families living with MS and further what Jimmie started 30 years ago.”

For the past 11 years, MS Global has served to make a difference in the lives of people fighting MS and increase visibility for MS at each year’s hosting location. Previous tours have led riders up and over the Alps of France and Switzerland, the Pyrenees of Spain, the Dolomites of Italy, the Canadian Rockies, the peaks and valleys of Northern California, and more.


This year’s participants include cycling enthusiasts from across the country who pledge to fundraise a minimum of $3,700 each or $5,550 per couple with 100% of proceeds directly benefitting Can Do MS.

MS Global also has day rider availability for those who raise a minimum of $500. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $125,000.

MS Global 2014 is co-hosted by Tyler Hamilton Training and generously supported by sponsors  EMD Serono,Biogen Idec, Magtek, Clif Bar, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, CCL Label and others

To make a donation to Can Do MS and MS Global riders, please visit www.mscando.org/msglobal. For more information on Day Rides, please contact billham123@verizon.net.