Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thank you PBST 2012.

Thanks for a great race everyone!  I'd like to give a special thanks to Erik's Bike Shop, Action LED, Sigma, Hammer Nutrition, Heather's Bar & Grill for all of the great raffle prizes.  Also a special thanks to all of our volunteers from CORP getting the trails ready and helping with course set up, tear down, and timing; Up Hill Grind for coffee and mechanical support; Bike Patrol for keeping a watchful eye on all of our racers; and Dusty Rhodes and O&A Manufacturing for this years awesome awards; and Josh Henry for setting up the mid-lap check point VBC and motivating racers with pump'n tunes and chasing racers down the trail to make sure everyone got a Twinkie.

Be sure to check out the results at and the XXC online mag write up by Chris Schotz our 12 hour solo winner.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Online registration is closed, but you can still race!

We will take "day of" registrations on Saturday.  Registration will be open from 5-7:30pm.  Just fill out the paper form when you get there.  Remember, the race start/finish and pit area are behind Heather's Bar & Grill in Rockdale.

Wait...but you still don't have lights! 

No worries.  Action LED will be on hand for light rentals and "day of" purchases.  If you plan to rent, click their logo to the right and let them know. They will also bring plenty of stock for rental or purchase to the race. They'll also have Magicshine lights and the new Gloworm X2 available for purchase. (The 20% discount will still apply.)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Custom Awards

I was pretty stoked about my second place award from Wausau24 this year.  Not your normal trophy store award.  So I said, "hell, we can do that....maybe even a little better."  I call this R&D in manufacturing; rip-off and duplicate.  So I called up Dusty Rhodes, our designer, and asked him to rethink our logo into a medal that could be cut from stainless steel.  Then my friends Brad and Chad over at O & A Mfg. in Verona cut these out on their laser bed and put a nice #4 finish on them for us.  Thank you Dusty and O & A for our sweet awards.

You've gotta pin it to win it!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Shirts, Technical Support, Lights

We'd like to formally welcome Camrock Cafe & Sport to PBST this year.  They opened a great shop and cafe in Cambridge.  They are quickly becoming a hot spot for pre and post ride activity.  They've got a great beer selection and food.  Jeff's been heading up regular Monday evening rides and will be sharing Technical Support at the event this year with Uphill Grind.  They've got a great deal going on with SERFAS lights.  Click the link to the right go get to their page.

Here's this years long sleeve shirt $20 in "ashen gray", chicken not included.  No time to figure out why I can't save the orientation of this photo.

Recieved notice from Light & Motion that they won't be able to make it due to an unforseen schedule issue with a driver.  If you need lights, please contact Action LED by the link on the right.

FIRES - We will again be allowed to have only ABOVE ground fire pits.  Dane County Parks will have a burn barrel to dispose of your coals and ash the following morning.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Food, Music, and Prizes!

Things are coming together.  Sounds like we're going to have a great race this year.  Here are a couple of updates:

Heather's will be serving an all you can eat breakfast in the morning for $7.  They've got a couple bands scheduled to play on the deck that day/night.  Their grill will be open to provide you that mid or post race Dozer Burger and beverages.  If your friends aren't racing, there's no excuse not to come spectate and have a good time.

We've got a partnership with Uphill Grind and Cam-Rock Sport & Cafe to offer you mechanical support all night long.

We will have a raffle again this year.  Prizes are still coming in but Sigma is sending us some nice lights, Heather is kicking in some stuff, goodies from Hammer, and my friend Greg Wood is putting up this spank'n new Pabst Blue Ribbon Beach Cruiser!  Hipsters rejoice!

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 Course

Here's the 2012 PBST course map. Come on out and pre-ride. I'm guessing the course should be marked by 2pm.

Also, just got word from Light & Motion that they will be at the event also. Great to see so many light vendors take interest this year.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Light Rentals By Action LED!

Pitch Black Single Track Rental Program (Just click on the Action logo on the right side of this page). Gemini Lights and Action LED Lights have teamed up to provide a light rental/rent to own program for the Pitch Black Single Track endurance race. You may select a Gemini XERA and/or Gemini Olympia to use for the race. Rental fees are $20 for the XERA and $30 for the Olympia. (Additional battery rentals are $6 for 4 cell batteries or $9 for 6 cell batteries) A charging station will be provided at the race. At the end of the race you may return the light or apply the rental fee to the purchase of the light and receive an additional 20% discount off the list price of any light and/or battery. (You may also directly purchase any light or battery on the site for 20% off by entering the discount code PITCHBLACK at checkout anytime between now and the race on August 25th.) To take advantage of this offer make your selection on the site and at checkout, enter the discount code PITCHBLACK to receive 20% off, then choose the payment method Pitchblack. Your light will be waiting for you the day of the race. A deposit will be required when you receive the light. If you wish to receive the light before the race place your order up to 3 weeks before and pay for it in full. If you then wish to wish to return the light at the end of the race, bring it to us and we will refund your purchase minus the shipping and rental fees. Accepted payment methods: Cash, Check, Credit Card (MC, Visa, Discover, American Express) or PayPal. (We cannot accept debit cards unless processed as a credit card) Contact us with any questions. 815-317-6682

Monday, February 27, 2012

XXC Magazine Article

If you aren't familiar with it, XXC Magazine does a great job reviewing endurance racing. Check out the latest edition #15 at an extremely affordable price. In it you'll find an excellent article about Pitch Black Singletrack by Tim Sybrant.

Tim's an urban and downhill rider. I met him on the bench outside Verno's Tattoo on Madison's east side. It didn't take long to strike up a friendship and invite him onto a team for last years race.

I think his article hits all the marks when it comes to night riding and the vibe at PBST, which is that this is a fun race for everybody, regardless of how competitive you want to be.

Check it out here:

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Edition- Scheduled 8/25-8/26

By popular request, we are moving away from the normal Labor day weekend schedule for Pitch Black. This years date will be the weekend of 8/25-8/26. Overwhelming opinion was that we could improve attendance if we moved the event away from a holiday weekend.

WEMS' hopes to have registration open by May.