Michelle Johnson

2009 Race Results

05.03.09 Michaux Maximus  – 3rd Woman Open

05.30.09 Mohican 100K – 6th Woman Open

06.06.09 Dash for Cash – 1st Woman Expert

06.13-14.09 24 Hours of Big Bear – 1st Womens Expert Team

06.28.09 WVMBA Wayne Ultra – 1st Woman Open

07.12.09 WVMBA State Championships – 3rd Woman Expert

07.19.09 Six Hours of Power – 1st Woman Overall

08.08.09 WVMBA Big Bear Ultra – 3rd Woman Open

08.30.09 OMBC Dillon Fest – 2nd Woman Expert

09.05-06.09 24 Hours of 7Springs – 1st Womens Expert Team

09.27.09 OMBC West Branch – 3rd Woman Expert

11.07.09 Iceman Cometh – 22nd Pro / Expert Class

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01.25.08  Hello.  Michelle here and I’m a blogger now!  Wow!  This is pretty big stuff for me.  I hope I don’t let the blog world down.  I don’t really granogue-michelle-3.jpgexpect a large number of people to want to read stuff about me, but I have a few reasons why I am interested to start this new scene.  I could use some motivation to help keep track of my schedule, results and whatever other info I’d like to keep record for myself.  So far each season I’ve raced I start out with notes and logging ride data, but at some point in every season I slack off and stop keeping track of my accomplishments.  I hope to stop that bad habit.  I would like to share some of my experiences with a few people in my life.  My favorite Trek Sales rep, and friend Bob Myers, who is just so awesome to sponsor and help me throughout the season.  I’m sure a little better organized feedback of my sweet Trek bikes and components I use would be much more helpful than anything I have provided to date.  I will continue to share my experiences with my biker friends who never tire of talking, hearing or reading about bikes, but hopefully start sharing my stories with my non-biking family and friends now too.  I’m sure someone out there can relate that once I became so passionate and dedicated to biking my life divided into two worlds.  Bike world versus non-bike world.  My biking friends and I ride, race, talk, eat and sleep bikes without the possibility of exhausting the subject.  My non-biking world is everything else.  Work, friends, family, life obligations, and non-biking fun (yeah, it exists), and I barely even speak about my riding and racing with them.  I thought if my non-biking family and friends would be interested enough to read this site they might get a better understanding of my biking life, can possibly appreciate it a little bit more, and hopefully understand more than anything what I do when I am absent from my non-bike world obligations when my riding takes precedence.  Lastly, if I happen to hopefully get some new woman rider readers I hope that I can help motivate, inspire, and all that good stuff to promote more women to get out and ride and possibly race.  The first thing you’ll learn at women races is there are never enough of them, so if I can help promote the sport that rocks.        

So, when did I start racing?  Around 10 years ago I was the average, occasional rider.  Rails to trails stuff and commuting a few miles to college classes and that was about it.  I was interested to do more and found out about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) program.  I’ll fast forward and just say I fell in love with the program.  I stayed on as a cycling mentor for about 5 years and participated in 8 or 9 centuries with TNT.  After so many events back to back I had basically exhausted my fundraising resources and also reached the point where I wanted to push myself more and go beyond the century rides.  That’s when I discovered the Allegheny Cycling Association (ACA).  After two seasons of a few local road and criterium series I wanted to play in the dirt.  Pavement and cars was getting tiresome to me and I wanted more Mother Nature in my life. michelle-french-creek-06.jpg I bought my first Trek mountain bike (Fuel 90), started finding the local trails and have never looked back.  I’ve been xc mtb racing for four years now and once again I am ready to raise the bar.  I have never dominated or won an abundance of Sport level races, so the last reason I would change categories is due to requirements or sandbagging.  That’s funny just typing.  I like the idea of more challenge again, pushing myself beyond the plateau I feel I’ve been idle on, and getting in the additional mileage that comes with it.  If I’m going to continue to drive all over the place and pay all these registration fees I may as well get more for my money, and all the good, bad and ugly that is going to come with it.  I’ve also just discovered a liking for endurance races.  After my first solo 6 hour race last year (6HOP – I so recommend it!) I really liked the idea of starting a race with a lower heart rate and maintaining that but for a much longer time.  It’s a different kind of riding (and hurt), and you just have to truly love the sport to appreciate and enjoy riding the bike and trails for hours on end.  So, this year should be very interesting for me.  I will be pushing myself more mentally and physically than ever once again.  It can be grueling at times, but so much more invigorating and rewarding than anything else in my life right now.   

With all of that said I hope you stop back and enjoy my stories (located on the web site front page) with me.  Happy Trails, Michelle J

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19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bob on January 25, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Wow! Congrats Michelle and I look forward to reading more about your exploits on the Fuel 69er. How’s the snow riding been thus far?

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  2. Posted by Romo on January 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    What about the poison ivy? You have to tell them about the POISON IVY!!!

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  3. well done…I’ll be back to read about your thoughts, adventures, etc…Best wishes!

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  4. Posted by Work Dad on January 26, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Congratulations on your blog. I look forward to seeing more tales of your biking adventures
    Robb

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  5. Posted by signe rudberg on January 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Hey Michelle! Hope you have a great season. I really admire your commitment.

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  6. Posted by Safety Tony on January 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Hey Michelle! Glad to see a photo of YOU in action! Good luck this season! We want Zero Accidents!

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  7. Posted by Julia Gulia on January 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Congrats, MJ! love, love, LOVE that picture of you! You to a “T!”

    Good luck! Can’t wait to read about your wild and wonderful adventures!

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  8. Posted by Sheri on January 31, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Michelle. You are so talented in all you do. Congrats and Love ya!

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  9. Posted by Lauren on October 3, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Hi Michelle! It’s Lauren from Ohio, I am now from Pittsburgh! I need a badass chick to show me some sweet trails and hang out! Email me if you are interested!

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  10. Posted by L-A on October 13, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Woman!

    I just wanted to say how much fun I had riding with you at Moraine. You ROCK! Long live M.O.M. races!

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  11. Michelle,

    Are you enjoying the new 69er?

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  12. Posted by MJ on March 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Bob! Not yet. I need to pick up a pair of pedals for her still. She’s soo pretty I keep procrastinating on getting her all muckied up. I have a race planned for the weekend of April 4th. I was thinking if I got a few rides on her I could take her with me. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂

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  13. Posted by bird on November 12, 2009 at 5:21 am

    love you…

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  14. Great bicycle ride for an incredible cause coming through Pittsburgh on August 22nd! The Ride for Their Lives is an event bringing awareness and support to the cause of ending extreme predatory crimes against children. We are parents and family members who’ve survived the nightmare parents dread, and are dedicated to protecting all other children. Two of our fathers: Ed Smart and Ahmad Rivazfar are riding from New York to California, and all riders are invited to join them along the way. I’m Mary Kozakiewicz, mother of Alicia,- we’re ” googleable”-and chair of the Pittsburgh event. I’d love to see our own amazing teams step up and show that we care enough to kick butt on child predators! Check us out on facebook: ridefortheirlives or our website: http://www.ridefortheirlives.com.

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  15. Posted by Kait Brennan on July 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Hey Michelle, Travis suggested I message you, I started doing the road rides out of the Robinson store about a month ago and recently decided to try out mountain biking. I found an inexpensive kona unit, rigid fork, single speed 26inch wheels, needless to say, for a beginner I need something else. I took a look at the Trek 69er today, Trav said you had one and wanted to get your thoughts, I’m pretty well set on it, but insight always helps.
    Thanks,
    Kait

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    • Posted by MJ on July 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Kait, I LOVE my 69ers! I have the hard tail and full suspension and have no intentions of swapping them out anytime soon. They truly are the best of both worlds. Not sure why they didnt get more popular. Biggest comment/reply I get is “cant decide?” or “get off the fence” but I think everyone else is missing out. Got the big front wheel to roll over stuff and the smaller back keeps climbing easier. Doesnt get any better. Two big thumbs up from me! Hope you get one and feel the same way! I do have a paragon that I converted to a SS also but I tend to only use through the winter. Fun to have and use, but nothing beats my 69er fit. Good stuff. Let me know if / when you get one! MJ 🙂

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  16. Posted by Kait Brennan on July 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Got it Michelle!

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  17. Posted by Kathy Murray on August 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Michelle,

    I met you at the bike fest in North Park. I am always looking for someone to ride with at North Park. Also, would be interested in the women’s rides at Frick Park.

    Kathy

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  18. Hey Michelle!!
    I could not tell from the front page, but I am assuming you ladies are still doing the Monday rides at Frick???

    I am very interested! When is the next ride?

    Thanks!!

    Reply

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