Sunday, February 27, 2011

Is it gonna rain?

That is what Scott asked me when I was trying to sway him into joining us for our afternoon ride. "Nah," was my simple response. He wisely chose not to join us. Call me crazy, but I'm glad we went anyway. I hate to ask friends to come pick me up, but I'll take a freezing, rain-soaked ride over the trainer any day. Especially this time of year. I can't stand to be inside. I'm just glad I've got a few crazies willing to join me on these expeditions.

I won't be applying to be a weatherman any time soon.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Save the Date

May 22nd.

Write it down on your calendars, because it is a race that you will not want to miss. I will be getting more details out in the near future, but here is the pertinent info you need:

Camp Alexander MTB and 5k trail race.
Sunday, May, 22nd 2011
At Camp Alexander Emporia, KS
Tons' of fun
Food (for a small fee) and music (for free)

That's right Trek/High Gear and the Human Power Company are working hard to bring you what will be one of the best grass roots races you will attend this year. As if fun wasn't enough motivation, the top 3 experts (in each age group!) are guaranteed to make their money back and then some. We are not out to make a profit and want to make the trip worth your while. Sport and beginner top finishers will be rewarded with some very fine, and useful, gear. That's right, not a medal that you will forget about next week, but tools that will help you for the rest of your riding life! And bring your non-riding, but equally crazy running friends, because there will be a 5k trail race to kick off the day.

How can it get any better you ask!? Well, the Camp Alexander trails are very spectator friendly and camping is available on site. Not only that, but let us know that you will be coming in on Saturday and we will round up some locals to show you the race course and point you in the direction of some fine local dining only 3 miles from the race site.

Wow, I am exhausted from excitement just thinking about it. But, seriously now, if you have any questions drop me a comment. Our races are above all about fun. No points, no series, just mountain bikers pushing each other to ride harder and possibly getting something tangible for your effort. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Warm Weather = Group Ride

It goes without saying that today's warm weather brought out the folks for a ride. Unfortunately, the snow is melting which leaves the gravel a bit muddy. So, we stayed on the pavement for 50 miles today. You know you are in a mountain biking community when only one person out of seven on the group road ride was on a road bike.

Getting back to High Gear after 50 miles of sunny riding.

Scott needed to take a 'natural' break. We found his choice of cover to be pretty amusing given that there was a whole row of trees that he could of hid behind. But no, he chose the smallest one around.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

new views

Well, unless this is your first time you may be noticing that things are looking a little bit differently (and they will probably keep changing from time to time). I finally got to work on updating ye ol' bloggy. First and foremost check out the links (pictures) on your right. These are the peeps that make this whole Trek/High Gear team work. They are truly amazing organizations and I recommend you check out their products and/or see what they are all about.

The snowpocalypse wasn't too bad here in Emporia, KS. But, it was enough to make a person stay inside. Fortunately I have had two very wonderful roommates motivating me to ride and despite the indoor lockdown I have managed to crank out some of my best winter workouts. Let's just hope I can keep the jets under control for another month or two until the real racing begins.