There’s only so much snow you can take, as a cyclist and as an adult human with two small kids. I’ve been saying for probably two years that I was going to do it; prices come down; eBay, too many bikes… finally I had a few too many beers at the Stop, Swap & Save bike swap in MD and the decision was made… thanks to Jeff and the folks @ Aviation Velo in Linthicum, MD.
It was one of my favorite winters I can recall. I generally loathe the snow, I can’t ride, my kids stare at me, it’s a mess when they come in. This year I could ride, over anything. And the work of some amazing folks in the Trumbull, CT area on our trails made it one of the fastest snow packed trails around, maybe in the Northeast. My kids became tolerable, they wanted to ride… it’s the elusive win/win.
So, it’s Spring (Easter actually) and the dreaded freeze/thaw cycle has begun. Trail builders are furious, riders are losing their minds, every corner of social media is being lit up with when you should ride and a steady dose of passive aggressive… or, in some cases, just aggressive. Personally, you have to live with yourself, if you ride it, make sure you get your ass to a trail work day. I’ll just head south…
2015 promises to bigger than 2014, for me, and for NEMBA racing. Excited to see us grow to 20+ new members, spreading the word and getting our brand out there. For me, it starts in MD next week at the little known Quakers Cousin and with my friends from Team XXL. See last years posts… these guys are the guys you want to ride your bike with. After the Quakers it’s the 9th year of the Spring Classic, which is shaping up to be bigger than ever. Beyond the spectacular riding of Jefferson National Forest in Blacksburg, VA, we’re adding in Carvins Cove in Roanoke, VA on the front end and finishing with the IMBA Epic ride of The Southern Traverse out of the Stokesville Lodge (Stokesville, VA) with Chris Scott and the crew out of Shenandoah Mountain Touring.
And that’s just April.
So, I’m looking forward to 2015. The MORE Epics, back to the SM100, NEMBAFest, building trail, a few libations, watching my kids get faster, throw in some Root 66 races and it’ll be huge.