Indiana Limestone GNCC....
Iola WORS MTB race
Those are all things that I could have done this weekend. In fact, I was signed up for the Limestone GNCC, but because it is raining like crazy down there I did not want to shrag my motorcycle before the season really starts. It is ok for the pro's, but for me I have to rebuild it myself to race it again next weekend.
Ben Coates (road bike product manager here at Trek), along with Michael Mayer (road bike marketing manager) rode the Liege Bastogne citizen granfondo today. But, they did not wimp out and ride the half or something like that - they belied up to the full monty. 270km of leg breaking hills. Known as the hardest single day race of the year, I bet it was really tough.
To make matters more concerning, I have skipped out on a couple of other race opportunities, where I just did not want to drive across the country. Maybe I'm just getting old?
No, I shied away from all of those things and just went and rode my MTB. Because, I just cannot get enough of that thing. Damn, it is just so much fun. I loaded up and drove to Levis Mound, about 3 hours from my house. Levis is pretty technical, at least by midwestern standards, and I love that kind of riding. (And I am not talking about some Eric the half a bee either!).
When I arrived early, it was cold. There was just one other vehicle in the parking lot. I went in to the bathroom, and there was a guy in there cleaning. We chatted for a bit, and then just as he was leaving he asked if I was riding alone - so we ended up riding together. He was Dean Glaze, a local from Neilsville that rides there every day. He knew the trails like the back of his hand, and it showed.
The dirt is sand mostly, but in the sand is a ton of sandstone rock and roots. But what makes it technical, is that there is actually a lot of vertical. Up and down and on the edge of the steep hillside. Trail names like Cliffhanger and Sidewinder are just as fun as the name implies.
If you have not ridden at Levis Mound, you need to. If you like technical riding, it could be the best area in Wisconsin. No flowing berms or jumps (other than natural stuff) - just rocks, up and down and roots and lots of them.
It is a glorious time. It is glorious because it signifies getting back on to a dirt bike! I have been using the hashtag #dirtbikesrule. If you feel like I do, you should post up. Here are a few more from the spring.