Due to the much needed precipitation, the Social Ride is cancelled tonight. See you next week. The dirt might just be in a little better shape after this!
Welcome to September. The weather seems to know it or somebody upstairs flipped a switch. Hmmmm...
A few cool events and some changes are headed our way:
1. Singletrack Socials begin at 5:30 now due to daylight - or lack thereof...
Good Monday to you all. As always, I hope you’ve been finding time to ride.
We can still use volunteers for several different areas at the Tour de Fat, the awesomest bike festival anywhere on earth! If you work an extra shift or haven’t signed up at all, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE. As you’re getting your costume together, here’s this week’s outlook:
New Patrol Jerseys: The new patrol jerseys and vests are in. I will bring them to TiPS and the Social Ride. Cost: $45.00
10. Other than Halloween, how often are you encouraged to dress up in a costume?
9. Free pizza!
8. You get a frontline view of all the wackiness, awesome costumes, and fashionable(?) folly
7. Two delicious beers, locally hand-crafted
6. The warm tingly feeling you get knowing you’ve helped Overland help our kids, our trails, our patrol, and our advocacy efforts.
5. A cool Tour de Fat t-shirt
4. Fort Collins ranks as 5th nationwide on the volunteer chart. Why aren’t we 1st? Help us raise our score.
3. The bike floats, bike sculptures, bike everythings!
2. Free music, free dancing, free high fives, fun games, and more!
About 10 years ago, Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol, now a service of Overland Mountain Bike Club, was approached by the good folks at New Belgium and I imagine the discussion went something like this:
New Belgium fella: "We're putting together this bicycle parade complete with costumes and a party. We need your help."
Our social rides continue to be very popular. Most Wednesday evenings we meet at Spring Canyon Park and head out. Rides are leveled from easy to difficult. Easy rides generally stay in Pineridge while difficult rides head up Maxwell, down Shoreline, and sometimes even over to Michaud. Aftewards, we gather for some socializing and refresh ourselves. All levels of riders welcome and everyone is invited. Make sure your bike is in good working condition and you must wear a helmet to participate. These are “No drop rides”. For more info and to find out where the “Super Secret” ride is at the end of the month, visit our calendar.
We're meeting at Bobcat Ridge on Wednesday, July 26th. Be ready to ride by 6 p.m. Some will stay in the valley for a more mellow ride. Some will climb for some rocky technical fun. Head out Harmony, pass Horsetooth Mtn. Park, make a left at the Masonville General Store, pass the Post Office, cross the little bridge and make a right just past the little brown sign that says "Bobcat Ridge".
I’m generally slower than most of the guys I ride with – both uphill and downhill. In fact, sometimes I hang back in order to focus a bit more on the trail instead of someone else’s rolling tire. Most of the time, they don’t mind waiting for me at the bottoms of the descents or the top of the hills. At least they don’t say so. A couple of Saturdays ago, being my usual slow self and rolling up to a rocky section of trail on Young Gulch that I have never fully cleaned, a pit quickly developed in my stomach as I saw my buddy laying at the bottom, his bike twisted on top of him.
“I can’t move. I can’t move”, he yelled.
The 40 in the Fort stormed through. The Urban Assault attacked the Fort. What's next? Plenty. Here's a peek at what's ahead along with some links to 40 in the Fort photos and upcoming Trail Days.
Wednesday, July 20th: Singletrack Social, 6 p.m. at Spring Canyon Park. Ride leaves the parking lot at 6. Be there a bit early so you can get geared up. The ride meets in the parking lot near the Dog Park and the Skate Park. All levels of riders welcome. These are "No Drop" rides. Beginner-Advanced groups. Helmets required.