Ode to Jay

Anyone who's ever been to "The Barn," or heard about how great it is and wanted to go there, or who ever raced the Lost River Classic took a gigantic loss last weekend with news of Jay Moglia's untimely passing. He had a heart attack while guiding a group of guests. There's the whole "died doing what he loved" trope, and then there's the fact that his death came about 30 years too soon, and Audrey. 

Jay and the Barn came into my life in 2008. I'd heard about it somehow, and convinced a bunch of NCVC team mates to go out there for a weekend. Jay made us feel like old friends, took us on the craziest rides I've ever been on, and then Mother Nature capped it off with a thunder snowstorm as we climbed "the back side" for the first time. Once that group starting talking about it on the regular team rides, it became easy to fill out a trip whenever The Barn had an open weekend. 

Jay's adventures as a privateer racer were endlessly entertaining, and his appreciation for gravel came earlier than anyone else's in my orbit. On many trips out there, the idle musings of "we should have a race out here" began, and that's what we did. In the summer of 2009, with a huge amount of help from Jay and Audrey, NCVC promoted the first Lost River Classic. I spent half my life out there that year making it happen, and somehow came out of it with a firm friendship with the WV State Highway Administrator, and some good allies on the County Commission, and several residents who'd just as soon I never headed west from DC. it took 80 volunteers driving out to Hardy County to make it happen, but somehow it all came together thanks to Jay and Audrey's charm and connections, and it remains one of the most stupid, rewarding, and memorable things I've ever done. 

Apart from Facebook, I hadn't been in touch with Jay too much since moving back to RI. I've always had it in mind to make it back there for a weekend, but of course life gets in the way. To Audrey, and Robin and the Beav, I am so so sorry. Jay was one of a kind. Cycling was never the same because of Jay, and it certainly won't be the same without him. 


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  • Dave on

    All of you who experienced ‘the Barn’ through “Jay” are fortunate .. what a great experience .. almost feel as though I had, likewise, reading Dave K’s account and posters contributions. thanks for that!

  • Myles on

    So tragic. Jay was not only an avid explorer on two wheels, he loved music and sharing tunes. My first couple Barn trips with NCVC turned into music weekends with gravel during the day and bagpipes and singing at night. What a loss and hugs to Audrey.

  • Michael B on

    Dave, Jay and I kept that race going for 3 more years after you before the club killed it. Every time Jay and I got together to plan, he would be so excited. His ultimate goal was to produce a well run stage race where the lost river course was just the ultimate stage. Jay welcomed me into his circle after just a short introduction, and put his entire heart and soul into making that race happen, but it wasn’t meant to be.

  • Mike K on

    Man. Jay was such a great guy and what he created at the Barn was one of a kind. Made it there 2x during my NCVC days and can say with out any doubt that I learned how to climb and descend on those epic rides. Really a tragic loss.

  • Mike E on

    This was crazy. I had a blast both times I was out at The Barn, and he was a great person. Tons of insane stories about his messenger work, seat holding, and back when he raced. To many people I know are passing lately, all way too early.


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