Friday, December 30, 2011

Well, that's a wrap!

2011 has come and gone, and boy has it been fun!  I've continued to surprise myself by how much I can still learn and progress.  Mountain biking is such an amazing sport, and there is so much more to it than just racing.  I know that cycling will always be central to my life, whether I'm competing or just riding.

I'd like to thank some people who have supported me along the way.  Winning races, let alone even getting to races, would not be possible without them.  I'd like to thank my family (especially Mom and Dad) for always encouraging me to follow my heart and do the things that I'm passionate about.  It seems like just yesterday when you drove Jiri and I all the way to Spokane to give mountain bike racing a try.

I am very grateful to Mark Landsaat of Noble, Paul Giarratano of Magura/Uvex, and Garett Heitman of Clif Bar as well as the the wonderful people of American Classic, Schwalbe, and Kore for supporting all of my racing endeavors.  You guys rock!

2012 is going to be a good year.  Some bigger races are on my calender, as well as all the races around the PNW that I love so much.  See you all next year on the trails or otherwise!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dry trails in December

After a couple weeks of cool dry weather, the ski season is not off to a great start.  The flip side is that the mountain biking has been really damn good.  With the freedom of winter break, the trails have been calling my name on a near daily basis.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Bunny Trails

Yes, they might be tame, as their name implies, but the Bunny Trails on Galbraith sure are fun!  The WHIMPS have done so much work on the mountain, it blows my mind.  The Bunny Trails area was one such section that was logged this year, only later to be restored to its former glory and then some.  I got out on the trail work day this sunday and helped rebuild Art's Trail, one of the Bunny Trails.  I forgot how much I love building and working on trails.

In the above video, my teammate Aaron Mickels is enjoying his new Noble F5 as I lead us through the undulating cross country trails.  So lucky to be able to get out in the woods on a sunny december afternoon!