One memorable moment for me that is a trip(s) to Dalton, Ga. for the Snake Creek Gap 2x50 Time Trial. With all the interaction of fellow team mates and the joy of being around "good old southern hospitality " it was quite memorable. I forgot my helmet one day and missed the start by 1-1/2 hrs. I'll try to never do that again! Great times and thanks Dustin Clouse for the support along with many others.
2016 was a fun year for me in my cycling world as I cut back a little in my motorcycling world and therefore had more time to bicycle! I am nowhere as serious as most of the KSD racing peeps are as I mostly just ride because I enjoy it and enjoy the feeling it gives me! I throw a race or two in as time allows or I get pressured into one, like the Mohican 100! I will say that was the toughest outing for me yet, and I have to thank Jim Costello for helping me get through it, and pressuring me into it! Another race that comes to mind is the Sippo Lake shorttrack. I borrowed Bill Mickey SS because my bike was down for repairs and proceeded to flip (otb) bigger than shit going into the first corner and then come back for a second place finish! Later on in the year I decided to try a cyclocross race because Bob Hodge convinced me they were fun, (I soon found out that cx races were taboo for KSD'rs) but after the first one I had so much fun I decided to race the whole series and ended up taking top honors in the Cat5 division! I was shocked to say the least! Aside from the racing, the KSD crew is a great bunch of people to be associated with and ride with and I look forward to see where 2017 takes me with them!
My year started off, as it always does, with trying to improve over the previous year’s performance. My expectations were high to say the least because for the first time I had done off-season training that actually involved biking and not just weight lifting. I would have to say as a whole this year was my best year ever on a bike. Not only was I able to keep up with the fast guys for once but I was able to win my first race as well as podium at a few as well. My favorite memory of the year was Raystown. This was my first trip out there and it did not disappoint. Riding with everyone, creating a new game (which I unfortunately lost in the first round to a worthy adversary - link here for video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWpVSiNPLJ4) and just hanging out with everyone.
This year has had its ups but has also had its downs, which is why I’m so thankful to be a part of such a great group of people. We push each other, we support each other, we laugh and we pick up each other when we fall because at some point we all do. We are a family and this is why I love to ride. I can’t wait for 2017 and the new challenges and adventures that will come.
My favorite race/weekend of the year was definitely the Pisgah 111k. That is absolutely the most brutal race that I have ever done! I think I blocked most of the race out of my memory, but the three highlights were: Kenny beating me down a couple of the fun downhills (he later learned droppers don’t make you invincible), being chased by a wombat pushing my bike up to Pilot (I really was chased by something though there was nobody there to confirm…) and trying to keep up with Dusty after being told that we still had almost 4 hours left after the last aid station (he did manage to prove the aid station attendant wrong by pulling us to the finish in under 2 hrs!).
After much cajoling by Kenny, I converted my Air9 to single speed. I enjoy it so much that I sold my carbon full suspension and plan to SS everything in 2017! I have also really enjoyed all the gravel road adventure that we went on this year. The scenery is great, the climbs are always tough and company outstanding! #memories
The second goal for the year was to learn how to ride a rigid single speed and have fun with it. If the gearing isn’t set right, it certainly does require a bit more effort in the climbing department. However, this has been another experience that has shown me that we can do a lot more if we focus our minds on the task at hand. I’ve been motivated by the achievements of others and the feats they have accomplished on their SS bikes in 2016. I intend to continue to follow their lead and improve my own abilities little by little next year.
Thanks for all the great memories this year. It has been a blast.
Having some of the best dirt divas ever ask me to ride the Team Challenge with them. BOOBS forever!!! And just having the best friends ever to ride and laugh with and kick me in the ass when needed!
My favorite non race memory would be the Ohio rogues raid raystown festival. Another event held in the sweltering heat. Great memories were made on and off the bike probably the most I laughed all year. I really enjoyed ridding with everyone especially the ladies of KSD they are such a fun bunch. We even stopped for a swim on hydro loop to cool down.
Thanks for a great year of riding and friendship!