27 Jun Late Night Riding
Posted at 04:04h
, race review
All winter long we do night rides in the freezing cold, working hard the whole time to stay convinced that we are having a good time. Then we talk about how nice it will be in the summer to do some night rides, getting out late when it’s finally cooled off from the day, and riding late into the night. Then summer comes, and we don’t do it. Well at least I don’t do it. My lights get put away after racing in February at Old Pueblo, and they don’t come out again until I start thinking about racing Old Pueblo the following winter.
So last night I got out for what may have been my first late night summer ride, and it was freaking awesome! I met Charlie and Richaround at about 9:30, which was the earliest I could make it up to the foothills after getting my boy to bed. It had rained earlier in the day, the trails were as grippy as the north foothills can be, but not a spot of mud anywhere. And as an added bonus, there was a full moon (or very close to a full moon). The air was cool with more humidity than usual, of course we didn’t see anybody else on the trail, and we had a great time.
As we finished the ride and rolled up to our cars, it started to rain again. We had timed our ride perfectly. A post ride beer sitting in the battlewagon, watching the rain fall on the windshield, BS’ing and reminiscing about causing trouble as kids and the assorted things that were chosen to be thrown at vehicles in the search for entertainment (eggs, water balloons, dirt clods, and of course pastry dough).
It was one of the most fun rides I’ve had in the North Foothills, and completely worth sacrificing a couple of hours of sleep for. So from now on, the after-the-kids-are-asleep ride will no longer be a thing of myth. I’ll give a heads up next time we’re planning on getting out late, and maybe some of you will join us.
In shop news, almost all or our sponsored racers are up in Crested Butte this weekend, racing their little hearts out just because they love Bikeworks so much and want to make us look good.
Our boy Alex will be there racing XC and trying to follow up with his Super D win at Angel Fire a few weeks ago
He did the race on our Transition Covert demo bike, and has borrowed it again for this weekend. I hear in Angel fire he beat 2nd place by something like 20 seconds. Beefcake! Clearly, it was because of the bike.
In other racing news, Swinton took a win in the A race at the Tuesday Night Crits this week. He was there supposedly to help out our buddy Bradner, who is currently leading the points race for the TNC’s and should be in good shape to take the win for the series. However, Swinton being the glory stealing attention whore, took off solo with three laps to go and solo’d for the win, leaving Bradner to fend for himself. We’re very proud of Danny though, congrats.
This coming Tuesday is the finale of the Tuesday Night Crit Series. I believe we will be there in Bikeworks style (i.e. BBQ and beer) to cheer on our racers and heckle anybody who looks like they are taking things too seriously (it is a training race, remember). So come on by and join us. Hopefully we’ll have a jersey or two winning a race or two, and if not, we’ll at least have grilled meat and beer.
That’s about all I’ve got. Going out to Tunnel, meeting our favorite Doctor at 8am if anybody is interested in watching me flog myself around Otero on my singlespeed. Now I’ve got to go check out Bike Snob
, haven’t checked his site all week, I’ve got catching up to do.
Love you, bye.