Holy crap. It’s been a while. Like a long while.
Well I spent a good portion of the fall trying to shake the cobwebs outta my head and shoulder…It wasn’t as easy as I thought. Corners don’t look the same anymore, which is a real shame because I enjoy workin’ the corners (not the Hastings and Princess kind), I’m
sure it’ll come back, I just need to be patient (which is tough when you’re as impulsive as I). So, I’ve been spending some time gettin’ loose on the local pumptrack trying to remind my head that my body’s pretty good at riding a bike…most of the time. And, aside from pumpin’ I’ve been frequenting some of the “pedally” trails the Shore, Pemberton and Squampton have to offer. Now…if you’ve known me for a while you’ll know that me taking on the pedalling world is monumental. Seriously – John Housser and Tom Thornton can attest the shit out of this.
Don’t fret though, I’m still very much in love with my DH bike. I’ve had two races so far this year, FrostBIKE in Silverstar and the first “dirt” race of the year, the Coaster, both of which I secured the top spot on the box – hopefully a theme for the 2013 year. And speaking of this year, I’ll be rocking a 2013 Glory frame. After 3 incredible seasons, I managed to find a wee crack in my 2010 Glory and because Giant’s warranty program is bitchin’, I got a new frame and I’m pretty darn happy about that. My original plan was a new bike for next year, but clearly thats not necessary now. So, all the money I’m saving (in my economic world it’s more like I’m making money) by not purchasing a new bike I can spend it on badass components, midgets and acid (I’m just joking mom, I’m not that into midgets). So, slowly I’ll be building up my dream bike and I’m pumped about it…
I’ve put a few rides on the new frame which is a little more slack and longer, making it a bit more agressive in the corners. This just means I need to get my cornering skeletons sorted ASAP. I also threw on some Saint brakes and shifter/derailleur – I had no idea shifting and braking were supposed to feel like that, I kind of wonder what else I’m missing out on (thanks for the help Steve)!
So…ya bikes and bike life. I spent some time slinging dirt on a few of the local mountains this winter, made a trip to Portland to ride the Lumberyard with some rad chicks (Team Danger Pony what!) and most recently I was selected to be Team BC’s MTB team manager for the Canada Summer Games, which will be pretty rad. I head out the first week of August to Sherbrooke, Que. I’m pretty stoked because I really enjoy the managerial side of our amazing sport and I’m excited to be representin’ the West and supporting some of our up and coming rippers. I’m also really pumped to put mon francaise to work…at this point in my language learning I can either pick up or start a fight (suis un homme!)…I feel like I’m going to fit right in.
So ya, the 2013 season is shaping up to be a goodie. I’m heading to Williams Lake this Friday for the Peel Out and then to Kamloops the following weekend for the Unicorn, it’ll be nice to get some grassroots racing in before the BC Cup and Canada Cup (I’ll be missing the first one in Tremblant) kick off to get the bike all setup and my mind on track!
A big shout out to all my friends, family, and supporters who make sure my bikes not a roach, patch up my wounds, and push me to try new things – Thanks gang!