Oh the places you’ll go on a bicycle will not be the same if you’re on a tourist bus or in a car or even on foot. It’s just different on a bike. You’re with the people, the culture. Not quite a part, definitely not apart.
I’ve ridden the entire Tour of California in 2012. A week of the Tour de France in 2005. Park City countless times. Moab many times. Sedona a few times. From the sea to volcano on Maui, and all the way around Oahu – once each.
It’s not much of a list, but it’s my list and I’d like to add to it.
A week in Italy with Craig. Moab with the latest in full suspension vs my XC whips. Across the US would be epic, but I’m not sure my body would make it. The Netherlands would be cool – flat and super accommodating. PViddy says Australia is amazing – I’ve got 30 months to take advantage of that. Definitely need a crack at LoToJa, with a few days in Jackson Hole. The Main Divide – at least of week or two of it. I think it would be nuts to do the Megavalance in Alpe D’Huez. Jeff is always wanting to do one of those kookie 7 day MTB races. Then there’s the Cape Epic.
Reading that last paragraph over I can see I still have some races I want to do, they crept in at the end… nothing wrong with that. At this point in my life, once I feel I’ve given an event my best I like to move on.
Which brings up Whisky 50.
That one still needs a good whack. 4 years ago I rode with Trevor, back when he was just figuring out racing. 2 or 3 years ago was the snow year. Last year I did the 30 but I was still in the over-training hole. I signed up for the 50 this year, but that as before I realized Shane and Abbey graduate the day before – and 600 miles away.
For sure, I’ve got my excuse in place for this year’s Whiskey 50… let’s see if I can get the legs ready…
…now back to that list…