Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wellfleet mt bike race

Saturday was the resurection of the Wellfleet Fall Festival mt bike race, I guess this was a big deal for a number of years back in the 80's-90's then it died out & 2010 they decided to bring it back, Jessie & Lane decided to try it & Olivia & I were the designated domestique's

Not a huge showing but 11 adventurous souls lined up for the start on main street for a 1.75 mile gravel (half of that up a big hill) to hit singletrack cow trails in the canyons

this was the terrain of the race with a lot of switchbacks, ups & downs with some bike portages much like Potter's Pasture & basically the same canyons, just a little further to the west

Lane ripping it up on one gear & rigid getting ready to hit the off-road section, he finished 2nd overall

Dennis "Deadhead" Phillips also on one gear & don't let him fool you, he's also mt bikin' maniac, taking 3rd place overall

Paul Brasby hitting the trail, Paul helps out a lot to get new folks into cycling regardless of what type, he can be found out on the road on skinny tires or out at Potter's on any given weekend trimming, mowing or doing trail maintenance before he rides & he helps organize some "for fun" races out at Potter's that people always have a blast at.

Tate taking in the race from a vantage point on top, he was born in these parts just to the southeast of here, wonder if he remembers "the old country"

this is Kara Sandman & she's fairly new to mt bikin', notice the smile on her face, funny how a bike will do that to a person, Kara did well until her chain broke, better luck next time!

the course went down this canyon then back up towards that windmill in the center
for a total of 10 miles round trip

Jessie getting ready to bomb back downhill to town for the overall women's win, GREAT JOB!

even the Wellfleet post office was in the cycling spirit

after race war stories, l-r, Lane Bergen, Paxton, Dennis Phillips, NP, Todd Tvrdik, Kearney (overall winner) & Paul Brasby, NP.
I think this race has some potential to grow again with some input from some mt bikers & maybe some help with the course & the length/layout, it would be cool to have a mt bike race every year here again this close to home & actually get some more riders to show up to support it, we'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In a perfect world...

...this would be every cycler's dream commute, however it's only in Helsingborg Sweden where my daughter is living this year & commuting to school & around town by bike, YES... I'm proud of her for that! Way to go Dakota, keep riding & exploring so you know where to take your old dad someday when we go back to ride our bikes across the WHOLE country.

I think a Salsa Vaya will be the bike of choice for me!