There is a funny thing about physics. Round things spin. You can make other things spin, but round things spin best. It is because they are round. You know, no corners. corners are dangerous, but they are fun. Spinning things to not have corners, but they can go around corners. That is how you combine fun things with spinning things. The combining of those 2 things is what amplifies the fun quotient of corners. Basically the formula goes like this:
Spinning wheels + Corners = Fun X 4.673
That is why science is so great, because you can prove things with math. That all may be way beyond the comprehension of the thinking members of the audience, but to those of us that love anything with 2 wheels, we are all just nodding our heads yes. (Admit it, you totally get what I am saying.)
Even my dog Marti agrees, of course he will agree with anything as long as you are taking him for a ride or throwing a ball for him. Seriously, you think I have a one track mind...
Somewhere along the way, I figured out that the thing that I really love to do is be on a 2 wheeler. I know that surprises you, but I basically go through life figuring out how I can go from one 2 wheeled adventure to the next. I spend my free time researching the next great 2 wheeled opportunity. Of course, I have to fill my time in between summers with some winter sliding type activities, and you need a vehicle to transport the 2wheelers somewhere to ride (I am spending an inordinate amount of time these days researching how I can build a cool adventure vehicle for more elaborate transporting of 2wheelers to exotic destinations to ride them...), but really it all boils down to when I can next ride a 2wheeler - and beer.
I have been remiss of late and not taunted you all with some sort of exotic escapades of 2wheeling. Trust me, it just means that I have been really busy with planning and building and basically thinking about riding something. So, here goes.
I often times get to go to some part of the Tour de France. This year was another start outside of France. I was at the first stages in Holland. That is always exciting, and as I always say - every cycling fan should do that at least once. It is a great experience as you cannot imagine the crowds and the excitement.
This year is extremely exciting for us, as we have one of the big Dutch stars on the team - Bauke Mollema. Starting the tour in Holland, with Bauke on the team was pretty exciting. The Dutch love the tour, and they love Bauke. We love Bauke.
What was really cool for Liz and I, was that we got to learn about riding in Holland. There are amazing roads, and amazing bike trails. EVERYWHERE! Truly, it is amazing. I just cannot believe how you are able to get around by bicycle there. Every cyclist, whether you are a road or mountain or urban rider, you should go and experience riding in Holland.
Year after year, my absolute favorite days of riding each year, are my days of riding with my friends Lloyd and Ben Grace in Chatel France. We do some big mountain Enduro type riding, sometimes at bike parks, sometimes with hours and hours of hiking with our bikes on our backs. But, damn is it amazing and fun.
This year we were slowed up (a total of about 3%) because of Lloyds broken hand. He was bothered by it, which I fear made it not as much fun for him, but it slowed him enough that I could sort of keep up with him (good for me). I only had time for 2.5 days with them this year, and Ben could only make it for 1. But, OMG was it fun. A short town loop the day I arrived (wish I had that for my town loop), an all day adventure in the Chatel/La Chapelle valley area (which we do not normally do, but should do more), followed by an all day adventure over to Avoriaz and Morzine - WOW! I am already jealous and already missing the guys and Louise and the riding...
That is me leading Loic (chef from my favorite restaurant in the whole world - La Fiacre in Chatel) and Ben Grace up a little climb way up high in the mountains above the goat village.
Lloyd and I way above Chatel. Sometimes you get there via chairlift, other times you pay for your gravity. In the end, it doesn't really matter. But, lifts sure allow you to cover a lot more ground on the day.
Yes, this is how you feel when the whole schemer is all said and done. I just cannot wait to get back. I have been saying now, that if I could live where I could do this all the time, I wouldn't really need to be racing motorcycles or doing just about anything else.
That is a smattering of the 2 wheeled stuff that I have done this year. So, I guess it has not been all that bad. I haven't raced my motorcycle as much, but as you can see there is normally a 2wheeled adventure happening somewhere.
Until next time.