Raw Talent Ranch

6 03 2012
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The Raw Talent Ranch

Team Bike Doctor made the trek out to Mathias, WV for the weekend of March 2-4 for a team training camp at the Raw Talent Ranch. Those of us in MABRAland know about this wonderful destination for a cycling getaway. Owner Jay Moglia has hosted many teams from the region, and the Ranch is a beautiful place to discover some of the best cycling the East Coast has to offer.

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Top of the Cat 2 gravel climb on day two.

Those in attendance were team members Brian Sjoberg, Ian Morrison, Cliff Chamberlain, Robb Hampton, Steve Fife, Bill & Tanner Brown, Bruno Neto, Scott Giles, Sunny Gill, and Pete Warner. We also had our newest members Pete Custer, Nicholas Taylor, Andrew Shelby, Mike Cordova, and Jeff Chun join us for some great riding and team bonding. Also joining us for the weekend was Kat Klausing from Team North Tek, who was the bravest of all as she put up with a house full of dudes, and more than held here own on all of the rides.

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Quick refuel before the final climb back up to the barn.

The riding out at the Ranch is legendary, and Moglia guided us to some pretty amazing places that most would not know about, or have the nerve to venture forth on their own. There was a LOT of climbing, backwoods dirt roads, as well as some of the most scenic and beautiful valley roads and river crossings. The weather held up, with the exception of some rain during the second half of Friday’s ride. Saturday and Sunday were dry, and the miles were pilled on.

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The Motley Crue on day three of gravel climbing.

The Ranch is a great place to chill at the end of a ride with everything you could need after a long day in the saddle. We cooked some great food, listened to music, watched movies, and drank beer next to a roaring fire under the WV night sky. We are already looking forward to doing it again next year.

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Top of the mountain with great views.

Huge thanks to Jay and the Raw Talent Ranch!

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