I, “The Soiled Chamois,” am one time XXC Magazine & xxcmag.com [site now expired] publisher Jason Mahokey. I’ve been cycling and riding mountain bikes since the early 90′s, and spent a good ten years or more unsuccessfully competing in XC and XC endurance events.
In my racing I pretty much always suffered like a dog in an attempt to get a mid pack (at absolute best) finish (No talent? Fat? Lush? All of those?). I was the sort that slowed down during a race, not just to dry heave on the side of the trail, but also to soak in a view, take a photo and remind myself of why I love racing and riding my bike. But mostly it was to dry heave.
Back in 2005 v.1 of The Soiled Chamois was launched and was my journal about training for, and competing in, endurance mountain bike races up and down the east coast of the U.S (just what people needed, another suck, narcissistic bike racer).
Between 2008 and 2013 I developed multiple DVTs (blood clots) in my legs for unknown reasons and am now on blood thinners for life. With that my racing is now nonexistent. I still ride my bike, but now it’s at a slower pace with camera in hand, and beer in mind.
The Soiled Chamois v.3
Over the past 12 years the blog has moved from Blogger, to Tumblr, and now to a stand alone WordPress site. There is way less focus on bike racing and more focus on me goofing off riding my bike, taking pics, cooking food, or aimlessly walking around the woods. You might dig it, you might not, I don’t care (but I sort of hope you do). All of this is just a creative outlet for me, it’s free, and no one is putting a gun to your head (yet) to read it. So to quote The Dude “um… like whatever man.”
There will be no comments (you don’t have the time and I am pretty sure you will give two shits about what I say anyway, so why bother). There WILL be spelling and grammar errors. Don’t tell me about them, I KNOW I am an idiot. BUT if you take the time to email me or post about my errors you have even more time on your hands than I do. Having said that, if you have a question or comment feel free to contact me.
A primer to the off/on again shit show that is “me”
Here’s a quick primer to me: I’m an immature 45+ year old man who enjoys riding my bike, beer, soccer (although I prefer to call it what the entire rest of the world calls it– football), cooking, art, design, music, mountains, and lady folk. I used to live in Western Pennsylvania but in 2010 my family and I moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan for my wife’s work. MP is a small rural college town smack dab in the middle of the state: there are no mountains.
In my late teens and early twenties, I used to be really fat (300 pounds) from eating like a pig, then I got really skinny (170 pounds) from riding/racing my bike, now I’m getting fat again (200++ pounds) from not riding and racing my bike and drinking too much beer. I am not that bright (I have NO idea how I graduated high school), yet I SOMEHOW managed to meet and get married to an extremely smart, successful woman (Wifey). We have an amazing son (B, B-Man, the boy, etc.,), and a snoring, farting, slobbering English Bulldog named Jake (Jake The Dog to be exact).
I worked at a Pittsburgh newspaper as a graphic artist for 16+ years before leaving in 2009 (taking a voluntary exit package just a few years before the paper started its decline and eventually tanked). Than I started XXC Magazine of which I was the owner, publisher, art/creative director, etc., etc., The magazine never really became a success, and never came close to being the job that I thought it could become for me, so in late July 2013 I published XXC No. 18, it was the last. Issues 5 through 18 are still available on MagCloud.com.
The years since the demise of the magazine have been spent pursuing options in the fields of custodial engineering and fast food sciences with no luck. I’ve also spent some time working for my friends at their nearby bike shop, and putting the “free” in freelance design for various clients. I also, on occasion, unsuccessfully interview for jobs that I am in no way qualified for, all the while continuing to ride Wifey’s big-brain coattails, taking care of our home and family, and working on my life-long battle with depression.
In recent years I’ve got more into photography and developed a 2nd photo specific site; junkmilesmedia.com.
Often my writing can be pretty crap (see the barely graduated high school part above), I apologize in advance for my shit spelling and grammar.
Thank for looking,