After the Tour ends and before football starts is when cyclists start talking about Cross and this year the season opener in Vegas is a UCI WorldCup. As per the usual, we’ll be there shooting CrossVegas, blogging, and I’ll pin a number on and race again in the Wheelers and Dealers race. I’ll also not worry about getting my bike there, setting it up, or sending it home because Pro Bike Express is taking care of all that. A few season ago, they took care of me during CX Worlds in Louisville. I wrote about my race here and the pros for Wired. While my bike is being tended to, I’ll focus on my race, and photos of the pros, like last year….
A Collapsible cup … uhm helmet is available now and props for passing CPSC standards, because the previous folding helmets did not; including the Pango I wore and traveled with from Dahon (now Biologic). If the designers can figure out how to vent it in the next rev, then it’s looks more viable. As anyone who travels with a bike knows, a helmet takes up lots of unusable space in a case. I don’t wear a helmet as a fashion statement, so not sure who they’re targeting as a user, and there seems to be as many crowdfunded helmets as bike lights…
A scene from Phil’s Trail in Bend. High desert, flow trails, and where we cleared our heads before heading back to Seattle. The singletrack complimented the road riding we did perfectly and Sun River resort is where that planned bike-path centric community, U.S. transportation advocates yearn for exits. For another look at riding in Central Oregon, see this tourism video.
Vacation Dad of the year riding the Sunriver bike paths. As we rolled up, he says, “Too many people watching the Republican debate and not out here riding.” Then sips his PBR, while his kids in the attached trailer are reading a book. His wife is just ahead laughing.
After Park City, Vegas, and Winterpark, time for R&R and Ben Moses sent in this photo of a messenger under the monorail. Thanks for filling in Ben. It looks like some food or something is getting delivered in downtown Seattle and with a Larry v. Harry.
For more analysis of Peugeot Dad faceplanting and the resulting cultural epoch of bikes v. cars read Joel Golby on Vice
It’s the kick that is Peugeot Dad’s undoing, the kick at 3:25, when he realizes his simple human body cannot compete pace-wise with a bicycle, and in one moment of sheer anger-induced desperation he tries to kick the back tire out, but then his stride is off, and his landing foot immediately wobbles, and then falls flat on his face.
Eliminated bike angst, overcame fear, and rode through the Double Jeopardy rock garden with lines proved by Jasen Thorpe and John Howland at Trestle Bike Park. More about gravity in Colorado, angst, and fear when we get back to Seattle.
Arrived in Winterpark to mountain bike Granby and Trestle, but first dinner at Fontenots with beer the locals recommended. I’ll share local knowledge and the trails as I experience them. Being in Mountain Bike Capital USA, expecting the best.