I'm not even going to put these into any sort of logical order either. Random......right off the "read only memory" that sits between my ears! Okay, so here we go....
Odin's Revenge: This is an event I think about every single day since I have returned from it in June. Really! I have a Sun burned line across my right thigh that reminds me of this event! It's inescapable.
But even without that mark, I would rank this as one of the major events of 2013 for me. It was a big trip for me to do something I was not totally prepared for, mostly because I didn't know what I was getting into. The hills and heat out there rival anything I've ridden, and the scenery is so spectacular and unusual that I am salivating at the chance to go back once again. But that is not the only reason I am interested in this event. The people that put it on have their heads screwed on straight, know what they are doing, and put on an event with that elusive "feel" that I miss in some other events that have gone mainstream or big time. Odin's may go down that same path at some point, but I sure hope that they don't.
|Big cliffs of loess along a minimum maintenance road at Odin's Revenge
|It's a tough event with spectacular back country roads like this one.
I'll be going back for another attempt. This coming year Odin's organzers are hinting at an entirely new course with roads they claim are even more spectacular than what we saw this year. I can not wait! I hope also that I can share this experience once again with my good friend, MG.
3GR: The every Saturday ride that I host out on the gravel roads around here made it through a second season.
This past season we ran the route out of Waterloo due to springtime and early Summer high water issues in Cedar Falls and the route out of town Northward that the flooding affected. . It worked out brilliantly, if I may say so. I thought we may miss my coffee stop at Cup of Joe's, but we found a better replacement in downtown Waterloo in the Cottonwood Canyon Coffee shop.
There were some new faces and surprises on the ride, and we broke the one time attendance record for this ride as well. There was a good ride every weekend for several months and I really miss those rides now that winter has come and I have shut them down for a bit. Never fear though. Next year I plan on doing this again for a third season.
This is another event that is run by some really sharp folks and has that "special something" feel that I happen to like. In the two years I have done it the conditions have varied wildly, the venue changed, and the courses were slightly different, but none of that affected the vibe of the event at all. Kudos to the Triple D organizers for a great experience. As many of you know, I am planning on going back a third time again.
While he had fun on his old mountain bike, the skinnier tires kept him from going places I could easily ride and he was getting frustrated. This wasn't a good sign for keeping him engaged in cycling. So, the fat bike has definitely solved the problems he was having with cycling, and he is now having a lot of fun on this rig.
It put The Snow Dog out of commission for a while, but it was well worth doing that for my son and the rides we've been getting in have been proof of that. Don't worry about the Snow Dog though! Plans are already in place to start bringing it back to life soon.
More Rear View 2013 coming soon.....