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This past Sunday I drove down to the Atlanta metro for an event with Reality Bikes in Cumming, GA. The event was simply bringing together Ridley riding customers and new friends for a ride, celebration of all things Belgium (food and beer) and looking at the new 2013 product.
While I am very biased since Ridley is a brand I represent this event was a very unique way for a shop to hold a non-salesy in store (and bike ride) while influencing customers. The event was well attended, the ride was casual but sporty and there was even a couple hundred feet of gravel road riding thrown in there for our “Pave tested” Ridleys.
Does your shop host any events like this? What was your experience when attending or organizing?
Back in 2004 I picked up mountain biking seriously. A friend and I would go 3-4 times a week, crushing the souls of boys on our pink (matching) single speeds. We rocked, we rolled and that year I grew more as a cyclist than any 12 month period in adulthood.
The other unique thing about these rides were our dogs.
Fiona – my Australian Shepard mutt. Kona – Taryn’s squirrel chasing yellow lab.
They kept us entertained in the woods, they gave us (or maybe just me) a feeling of safety. Fiona often would night ride with me when I was alone. Her blinky on her collar and loud barks if she got far off trail are a memory that makes warm and fuzzies in my heart when I think of night riding.
Then Life Got in the Way
I bought a house, my trail riding was snuck in after work or before. Fiona no longer went to work with me everyday but instead was at home, in a yard and bored out of her mind.
Fiona and I are back on our own. She will be going on dealer visits, road trips and I’ll be sneaking her in to hotels late at night. More importantly, Fiona is back on the trail. This past Thursday I took my cyclocross bike out on a mellow trail in Wilkesboro, NC called Overmountain Victory Trail. The trail is part of the Kerr Scott Trail network. Super mellow, but still a mountain bike feel to it. Perfect for my ‘cross bike and perfect for Fiona’s first day back on the trail. Some how I managed to sneak the 45 minute ride in between a 2 hour car trip and a handful of dealer visits/clinics.
Fiona did perfect. I feared that after 4.5 years of being off the trail (and surrounded by crazy dogs/boys) she would forget her commands. She didn’t. She trailed to my right, near my rear derailleur. When the trail got fast she would drop in behind, when the trail got technical she would run ahead and wait. Encouraging me with her wagging tail and cocked head. “hurry up mom, this is easy!”
We didn’t go far, at one time during the winter months she would be able to knock out 15 or so trail miles. This wasn’t the day for that, this was a mellow 3.5 miles. Stopping often for her to play in the water, to celebrate.
Do you ride with your pup? Not all trails is this legal or safe (for rider and dog) but proper timing and research can lead to a happy dog and rider!
On this site, for some reason, I don’t talk enough about bike rides. About the act of riding my bike. The bliss, the happiness and the emotions or pain it puts through my body.
That’s why we all do this right? It isn’t about the new bike, or the fancy gadgets. It is about the feeling we have inside of us when we ride that new bike for the first time, when you dig in to that wide sweeping turn and accelerate through the corner. All with the motor of your own engine.
Lately, I have been riding one of my road bikes more, a Ridley Orion. The feel of a thoroughbred wanting to gallop from the line, pushing me to longer miles than the coach prescribed. The bike wanting to push further. Hugging the asphalt and yet the 700×23/25 tires buzzing efficiently under me.
As the weather gets cooler we all need motivation, so here is my deal.
I’ll work on telling my story of riding if you tell me yours.
This Saturday you’ll find me riding my single speed over to the US National Whitewater Center. I’ll then hopefully beat myself up on 18 beautiful miles of single track. If you’re in the region, ride a single speed, or simply want a good party – come down ya’ll!
What: North Carolina Single Speed Championship at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
When: Saturday, November 10
Course: 18-mi course covering all single track at the USNWC. Details and Course Map coming soon.
- Early Registration (through Thursday, November 8): $35
- Day of Registration: $40
- Early Registration for both North Carolina Single Speed Championship & Cyclocross (through Thursday, November 8): $50
- Day of Registration for both North Carolina Single Speed Championship & Cyclocross: $60
- 9:30 a.m.: Registration/Check-in
- 11:00 a.m.: Race Start
Workout that new Turkey Muscle
WHEN? Friday, November 23rd. 1:00pm
WHAT? Get out of the house and enjoy some cyclocross “riding” with friends
WHY? Grab your kids and get your butt out of the house, away from the in laws and left over Turkey!
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