Solid 2+ hour ride today. I get a kick out of riding with these guys. Fun, low key, plenty of jokes, a few crashes, coffee stop mid ride. It's what mountain biking is really about - bombing around the woods with a bunch of like minded folks - just having fun and being outside on two wheels.
Mountain biking defies age, social class, what bike you're riding, riding skill level, clothes you wear - doesn't matter. Just show up and ride, and you're in the club. This 15 year old weekly ride is a shining example of that.
I grabbed a few pics to share...
Bethel, Principle of Ian's elementary school, gives a lesson on flat repair. Weird tire/rim slippage ripped the valve on the tube. Happened again a short while later with tube # 2. Bummer. Ian sharing a ride with his Principle, I think that's pretty cool.
Bill gives "The Rock" a go. Not shown - slow speed bobble at the top complete with gasps from crowd.
Tom cruises "The Rock" aboard his fairly new, and very sweet, Santa Cruz Tall Boy. If you ride the St Ed/Big Finn Hill area, you owe Tom a thank you. He does much to keep the area open to bikes; dealing with official types, trail maintenance, and other behind the scenes action.