Raw Talent Ranch WV

3 Apr

Haven’t posted in way too long…

Went down to West Virginia with the cycling team for training camp. A bunch of the guys are doing Battenkill and wanted to get ready by riding asphalt, dirt, and gravel climbs in the mountains of WV. We rented a cabin in Lost River, WV called the Raw Talent Ranch. Its run by a cyclist named Jay who wanted to setup a place cycling destination were teams could come out to train in the mountains.

The descents were a blast but mentally tiring and the accents were physically draining. I wont bore you with too many details but my legs have never tackled cat2 climbs before and they still feel the pain.

A slew of iphone photos of the trip. Im still going through the GoPro videos and pictures from my other camera.

Got a ride out to Bens from the lady and packed his car with our crap.


We then drove up to Jamie’s to re-pack his GTI for the drive down to WV.


Caravan time.


Few from the road.






Couple shots from when we got to the cabin.  Some amazing scenery.





Bike stable.


Bike shop.


Once everyone got there we went for a ride.  Then came home and watched some old cycling coverage.


Sunrise the next morning.  It was chilly but everyone was excited to get on the road.


First decent of the second day , two riders from another local team crashed at the bottom of a switch back.  Luckily the one rider who slid under the guard rail didn’t end up with any broken bones.  We were only a few miles out so I was able to race back to the cabin to get a car down there for them.  Ambulance eventually arrived and took him to the ER. I believe he ended up with some muscle damage which sucks, but all things considering going over the edge at 40+mph could have been a lot worse.


Everyone was huddled around the engine of the ambulance because it was freezing.  When we were about to start to decent down the rest of the mountain it started to rain. After getting a sweat on, then waiting in the cold/rain, a very fast 5 mile decent is the last thing you want to do. I was shivering so uncontrollably that my front end was getting wobbly. When I finally reached the bottom I realized that this was happening to everyone.


Later into the ride gravel got sucked into a rear Di2 derailleur and that was that.


Some people turned off from there for a shorter ride and we continued to the apple orchard climb.






After a few climbs and decents we stopped at a local gas station.  Trash can icecream?

20120403-125822.jpgWe took the backside of the mountain home.  It was more than brutal.  The legs hurt like they hadnt hurt in a long long time.  A few people even caught the SAG home 🙂




Jay made us a sweet bonfire.



The next morning it was much nicer out.



After the ride I took advantage of a sweet bubble bath with a beer or two.


The next morning instead of riding we watched the Tour of Flanders


And then like that it was over. We did make a stop for gas at the closest gas station and took in the scenery. The car ride back was fun with stories and naps mixed in.

Eventually made it back to Norristown, packed my bag, and got ready to ride home. Of course right around then it started to rain. The SRT was a nice change of pace compared to the hilly terrain of WV. Eventually the rain picked up and by Kelly drive I was soaked head to foot and I realized I was under dressed. Cranked the rest of the way home, took a hot bath and got ready for the work week. It was a good weekend for sure.




2 Responses to “Raw Talent Ranch WV”

  1. Ben April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    No Shoneys recap?


  1. Raw Talent Ranch WV – 2013 | Ride the Jawn - April 9, 2013

    […] riding outside again after the winter months. This year we decided to have our training camp up in the same place we did last year, Raw Talent Ranch in Lost River, West Virginia. It was another  great year of amazing scenery, […]

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