Just Ride!

What A great year for mountain biking! I get to go riding in MOUNTAINS once or twice a week and at this rate I think I might actually wear out a pair of tires for the first time in a lot of years. Yeah, that’s right, I haven’t been riding very much for the last few years. Well, actually about the last 10 years, but really, who’s counting.  One of my main reasons for moving back home to BC was mountains, and I don’t just want to look at them!!!

Being closer to the mountains and my family really makes life seem like an endless vacation. Sure there’s never enough daylight to get everything done, but we still get to do a lot! No epic rides, but spending time on my bike with my family and friends really adds up to greatness. I’m also re-visiting the trails of my youth, trails I haven’t ridden for 10 or more years! These trails shaped me into the cyclist I am today, my childhood stomping grounds.

So here’s a few pictures! Thimble mountain was one of my favorite rides when I was about 13, and TNT came a little too late for me. The trail has some technical climbs and was built right around the time we were “free riding” so, ya, hard tails with slammed seats and fat tires, they didn’t climb so well (2000-2002). After that I got into downhill bikes until about 2010ish when the all-mountain scene caught my eye in Montreal.

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Thimble Mountain

Thimble Mountain

Top of Thimble Mountain

Top of Thimble Mountain

TNT

TNT

Oops, technical climb got me.

Oops, technical climb got me.

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Dad on TNT

Dad on TNT

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Reunited at Revy

May Long 2015 I was finally reunited with one of my longest lasting friends, David. Our friendship goes back to my courier days in Calgary, and I’ve basically followed him around ever since. Him being from Quebec, he moved back east not long after I met him. You guessed it, I followed him east, and he got me both of my jobs in Montreal. First as a Bicycle messenger and next as a mechanic at Le Yeti. Like me, David has a thirst for the mountains so he moved back west and ended up in Revelstoke. Now that I am back west and settled in, it was about time I went for a visit.

The best thing in life is doing what you love with your friends!

Not only is David in Revelstoke, but so is probably my best riding partner, Piel (as we call him). We have had a lot of good rides together, and even if he is more into the “epic ride” (80km of getting lost is his idea of fun) we have always found a good rhythm riding together.  So all in all, you can gather that we obviously had a good time in Revy!

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