Island Lake Recreation Area. Spring of 2004. I rode my first mountain bike. It was basically my first bike ride since childhood. I had borrowed a much-too-big-for-me Gary Fisher hard-tail, equipped with clip-less pedals and bar ends. The top tube was so tall I couldn’t even really stand over the bike. I somehow managed to ride it  though. I only made it 2 miles before I had to stop to catch my breath and rest  on the bench at the top of the small, gradual climb at Spring Mill pond.  I barely managed to finish the whole Blue Trail at Island Lake. I had no clue what I was doing. I’m not even sure I knew how to UNclip my feet from the pedals when I set off that day. It was more of an epic journey than a ride. I finished exhilarated, scared, excited, empowered, banged up and exhausted. I LOVED it and hated it all at the same time. It was the most fun I’d ever had but it was HARD!  That day was a huge turning point in my life for many reasons, and now almost a decade later, I’m still riding, as well as racing. I could have never guessed what an important roll mountain biking would play in my life. I could have never imagined the amazing experiences it would give me, the beautiful sights it would take me through and all of the wonderful, colorful people and friends I would meet along the way. Island Lake was where it all began and the chance to race there had me over the moon. To say I was looking forward to this race would be a huge understatement. I was down right giddy and totally pumped! Racing there made everything feel like it kind of came full circle this past Saturday.  I lined up to start with Sue & the other Elite women around 10am. It was freezing cold and windy. We started our lap at Spring Mill pond (near the bottom of the small gradual climb I mentioned earlier). On “Go!” we shot off the line and strung out with Sue in the lead and me on her wheel. The single track came fairly quick so we made sure to hold those positions into it. Sue held a strong pace for the first 10 minutes and then I went to the front and did the same. We dropped the other riders just by keeping the hammer down and riding smooth. Sue got back in front and pulled the rest of 51 min lap. Lap 2 was more of the same but I pulled more than the first lap. I wish I could better describe the sheer joy of that whole ride but there’s not really words for it. It’s more of a feeling. Riding with my buddy/teamie Sue on that drag strip of a trail… nothing in the way to slow us down or mess with our flow. I found myself grinning ear to ear and high fiving the bushes. Sue was fist pumping. We were totally maxed out but having the best time ever!!! We talked a bit here and there and had a few laughs but most of our spare breaths were saved for passing “2 Elite Women coming by! On your left!”.  The last couple of Expert men we passed ended up latching onto the back of our two women train for the last few miles. Sue pulled for awhile. Knowing she did a lot of work throughout the race and knowing I wanted to fairly contest for the win at the finish I said “I want to make this ‘Even Stephens’ !” and with that I went to the front to pull the group for the last while. We came out of the final single track and out into the open two track area close to the finish. Still on the front, I pulled our small group along closer to the line but still a ways away. The two expert men that had been drafting us for miles then jumped out in front of us like they’d been shot in the ass, surprising both Sue and I. It was a VERY early attack to sprint that long to the finish. I didn’t react quick enough, nor did I even have enough left in the tank to match that sort of a jump. Sue did though and she managed to put a full 10 seconds on me in a really short distance…lol. It was a great race! One we can both be really proud of. And fun! Holy crap was it FUN! Lol! Congrats to Sue on the win! Thanks to all the Ontario ladies that came out to compete in our class! Outnumbered us Michigan girls 4 to 2! Amazing! Thank you to Jay and T.J. for your support. And last but not least a BIG thank you to Tailwind Racing, the promoters, for making a great change in the race schedule and adding Island Lake to the list of venues this year! You guys did a great job and I hope we continue to race there for years to come!Thanks for reading!
Now go ride your bike ;o).:o)Erin
p.s. I managed to photoshop ‘fix’ the podium pic at least but my apologies to my fellow racers…I took too long lollygagging and missed the medal presentation and podium after the race. Sorry! I’ll try better next time!

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Island Lake Recreation Area. Spring of 2004. I rode my first mountain bike. It was basically my first bike ride since childhood. I had borrowed a much-too-big-for-me Gary Fisher hard-tail, equipped with clip-less pedals and bar ends. The top tube was so tall I couldn’t even really stand over the bike. I somehow managed to ride it  though. I only made it 2 miles before I had to stop to catch my breath and rest  on the bench at the top of the small, gradual climb at Spring Mill pond.  I barely managed to finish the whole Blue Trail at Island Lake. I had no clue what I was doing. I’m not even sure I knew how to UNclip my feet from the pedals when I set off that day. It was more of an epic journey than a ride. I finished exhilarated, scared, excited, empowered, banged up and exhausted. I LOVED it and hated it all at the same time. It was the most fun I’d ever had but it was HARD!  That day was a huge turning point in my life for many reasons, and now almost a decade later, I’m still riding, as well as racing. I could have never guessed what an important roll mountain biking would play in my life. I could have never imagined the amazing experiences it would give me, the beautiful sights it would take me through and all of the wonderful, colorful people and friends I would meet along the way. Island Lake was where it all began and the chance to race there had me over the moon. To say I was looking forward to this race would be a huge understatement. I was down right giddy and totally pumped! Racing there made everything feel like it kind of came full circle this past Saturday.

 I lined up to start with Sue & the other Elite women around 10am. It was freezing cold and windy. We started our lap at Spring Mill pond (near the bottom of the small gradual climb I mentioned earlier). On “Go!” we shot off the line and strung out with Sue in the lead and me on her wheel. The single track came fairly quick so we made sure to hold those positions into it. Sue held a strong pace for the first 10 minutes and then I went to the front and did the same. We dropped the other riders just by keeping the hammer down and riding smooth. Sue got back in front and pulled the rest of 51 min lap. Lap 2 was more of the same but I pulled more than the first lap. I wish I could better describe the sheer joy of that whole ride but there’s not really words for it. It’s more of a feeling. Riding with my buddy/teamie Sue on that drag strip of a trail… nothing in the way to slow us down or mess with our flow. I found myself grinning ear to ear and high fiving the bushes. Sue was fist pumping. We were totally maxed out but having the best time ever!!! We talked a bit here and there and had a few laughs but most of our spare breaths were saved for passing “2 Elite Women coming by! On your left!”.  The last couple of Expert men we passed ended up latching onto the back of our two women train for the last few miles. Sue pulled for awhile. Knowing she did a lot of work throughout the race and knowing I wanted to fairly contest for the win at the finish I said “I want to make this ‘Even Stephens’ !” and with that I went to the front to pull the group for the last while. We came out of the final single track and out into the open two track area close to the finish. Still on the front, I pulled our small group along closer to the line but still a ways away. The two expert men that had been drafting us for miles then jumped out in front of us like they’d been shot in the ass, surprising both Sue and I. It was a VERY early attack to sprint that long to the finish. I didn’t react quick enough, nor did I even have enough left in the tank to match that sort of a jump. Sue did though and she managed to put a full 10 seconds on me in a really short distance…lol. It was a great race! One we can both be really proud of. And fun! Holy crap was it FUN! Lol!

Congrats to Sue on the win! Thanks to all the Ontario ladies that came out to compete in our class! Outnumbered us Michigan girls 4 to 2! Amazing! Thank you to Jay and T.J. for your support. And last but not least a BIG thank you to Tailwind Racing, the promoters, for making a great change in the race schedule and adding Island Lake to the list of venues this year! You guys did a great job and I hope we continue to race there for years to come!

Thanks for reading!

Now go ride your bike ;o).

:o)
Erin

p.s. I managed to photoshop ‘fix’ the podium pic at least but my apologies to my fellow racers…I took too long lollygagging and missed the medal presentation and podium after the race. Sorry! I’ll try better next time!


Pontiac Lake TT…Uhhhh, I mean Pontiac Lake XC was fun! It has always been a season opener and always a time trial but somehow I overlooked the race changing to a cross country format. I was riding up to the start line after warm up, questioning aloud why the Elite and Expert men were starting in big waves. Someone overheard me and informed me that’s because it’s a cross country race now. Alrighty then…… Lol! Same difference, i guess! Still have to ride hard and race the bike! That’s exactly what I did! From the word “Go!” I shot off the start line and onto the front of our field. In the first couple of miles we had a group of 4 of us. Then it got whittled down to 3. And I think at about halfway- 3/4 through the first lap, with me still on the front, only 2 of us remained, Me and  Erin Disterheft (Wenzel Coaching). The two Erin’s!!! It had been years since this scenario last happened and we even chuckled about it one point. We also decided leading the race together and having the same name is good because we get to share all the “Go Erin!” cheers! Lol! The trail was in great shape and we cruised through the woods at a pretty good clip trying to keep a gap on the competition. After coming through the lap chute and heading out onto our second and final lap, Erin D. finally moved ahead of me to pull. I don’t know if she wicked up the pace or my legs just wanted to remind me of what I’d put them through the last few weeks, but after about 1 mile I fell off her pace. My second lap was rough but I managed to stay ahead of the competition to hold on for second place! Congrats to all the racers that came out and especially to the Sport and Beginner classes that raced through the rain and mud. Thanks to G.R.I.T.’s great sponsor, Cycletherapy bike shop’s, for sponsoring the race and to Tailwind for making even more changes and taking steps in the right direction. They’re shortening the races a bit now to try to be more in line with what’s going on elsewhere for cross country races. They’ve also equaled the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s purse payout. Good stuff! Now for some rest and relaxation! This week I will be giving the legs a break, and in full on “Rest Mode” by weeks end, laying on a beach in Cancun. Hallelujah! Thanks for reading!  :o) Erin
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Pontiac Lake TT…Uhhhh, I mean Pontiac Lake XC was fun! It has always been a season opener and always a time trial but somehow I overlooked the race changing to a cross country format. I was riding up to the start line after warm up, questioning aloud why the Elite and Expert men were starting in big waves. Someone overheard me and informed me that’s because it’s a cross country race now. Alrighty then…… Lol! Same difference, i guess! Still have to ride hard and race the bike! That’s exactly what I did! From the word “Go!” I shot off the start line and onto the front of our field. In the first couple of miles we had a group of 4 of us. Then it got whittled down to 3. And I think at about halfway- 3/4 through the first lap, with me still on the front, only 2 of us remained, Me and  Erin Disterheft (Wenzel Coaching). The two Erin’s!!! It had been years since this scenario last happened and we even chuckled about it one point. We also decided leading the race together and having the same name is good because we get to share all the “Go Erin!” cheers! Lol! The trail was in great shape and we cruised through the woods at a pretty good clip trying to keep a gap on the competition. After coming through the lap chute and heading out onto our second and final lap, Erin D. finally moved ahead of me to pull. I don’t know if she wicked up the pace or my legs just wanted to remind me of what I’d put them through the last few weeks, but after about 1 mile I fell off her pace. My second lap was rough but I managed to stay ahead of the competition to hold on for second place! Congrats to all the racers that came out and especially to the Sport and Beginner classes that raced through the rain and mud. Thanks to G.R.I.T.’s great sponsor, Cycletherapy bike shop’s, for sponsoring the race and to Tailwind for making even more changes and taking steps in the right direction. They’re shortening the races a bit now to try to be more in line with what’s going on elsewhere for cross country races. They’ve also equaled the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s purse payout. Good stuff!

Now for some rest and relaxation! This week I will be giving the legs a break, and in full on “Rest Mode” by weeks end, laying on a beach in Cancun. Hallelujah!


Thanks for reading!

:o)
Erin


I realized a few weeks back that 2007 was the last time I’d raced the Yankee Springs TT.  I couldn’t recall much about it so I knew I needed a preride. It was also a good excuse for a road trip with 2 of my favorite peeps! Sue, TJ & I made the 2+hr drive out there on the Sunday before the race to go check it out. 2 miles into our first lap I recognized someone running by us on the trail. It was Jessica Woodard (-Robbert). Jessica doesn’t race mountain bikes anymore but was one of the fastest Elite women when I started racing. It was great to see her and catch up for a few. Part of the reason why she left mountain bike racing was because the women’s fields were getting so predictable. There wasn’t a whole lot of us and it seemed we’d never all show up at the same race. You’d show up to the start line and pray that there would be at least someone to race against and hopefully that someone would be good competition. In most cases though it was getting so even when a few showed we already knew how we would finish before the race even happened. Kind of like why bother?.. almost.  I was happy to tell her that the women’s fields are growing and the caliber of racers toeing the line is getting better too. She said she’d toy with the idea of maybe doing a race for fun again at some point. I was glad to hear It! After that nice surprise I had a not-so-nice surprise 1 mile later in the form of a broken seat post. It snapped right in half! I told Sue and TJ to continue on and I’d either ride out the way I came in (3 miles) or try to finish the remainder of the lap (8 miles) standing up. I drove all that way to preride so I stuck my saddle and half a seat post in the rear pocket of my vest and set out to finish what I started! I did and was glad I rode the whole lap as then I accomplished what I came to do. Sue & TJ did a second lap while I hung out in the parking lot chatting to other racers out pre riding. It was a gorgeous evening so I did a short hike and took some pictures too. Yankee Springs State Recreation Area is a beautiful place. I’d love to go back and explore it more. Go check it out sometime if you’ve never been :o).  The day of the race we were up early! Sue, Jay, TJ & I packed up and were on the road driving by 6:30 am. We arrived at 9 am. Sue & I got suited and off to warm up by 9:30 am. My start time was 10:34:20 and Sue’s was like 20 or 30 seconds after. We cut it WAY too close and I got to the line 10 seconds before my start! Talk about being on time…lol. Phew! I really didn’t know who all showed up to race besides the preregistered girls. Turned out there was a couple more fasties in the mix that registered that morning! I think there was 8 Elite women that started. I passed the 2 women that started right before me within the first mile or so and then I heard someone behind me. Of course it was Sue! Ha :o) ! I cheered her past and she encouraged me right back. I could tell she was on a mission to reel in the rider that started first. I was too but my legs weren’t moving quite as good ;o). The first race of the year can always be a toss up. I was feeling pretty decent and having fun but my bike handling on trail was rusty. Too much braking! Anyhow, I felt good and picked my way through a bunch of the Expert men’s field and then at one point on a downhill my chain fell off. I tried to get it to go back on while pedaling and then it got jammed up pretty good. I hopped off and struggled with it for what seemed like an eternity (maybe a minute…lol) while a few Expert men that I’d recently passed came sailing by. Then another rider, a woman, said “Hey! You OK Erin?” as she whizzed by. I realized then it was Erin Disterheft.  I was happy to see her out racing but she was my competition and now ahead of me. Dang It! Flustered, but fixed, I hopped back on the bike to see about chasing and I went nowhere. Another mistake… I was now in my bikes largest gear, trying to head uphill from a stand still. Not happening. I hopped back off and fixed that problem and got going again…finally. I pushed myself hard throughout the entire race but in the end what I had was only good enough for 4th place. I was happy to get that first race done and out of the way. In the end, Sue did manage to chase down Kati Krikke (Freewheeler) and her time was good enough for the WIN! Go G.R.I.T.! 
In other good news…. Over the PA during awards, they announced that the women’s turnout at Yankee this year was the best in the history of the race! And I think the race has been going for 20 some years. Awesome news! I hope that’s a sign that the sport is growing and that women’s participation really is on the rise!  On the way home we stopped in at the Walldorf Brewpub in Hastings to eat and celebrate Sue’s win as well as TJ’s first race. Other racers had the same idea and one very generous fellow racer, Marc, even bought us a pitcher! A good time was had by all!  All I’ve got to say is thank gawd we’re off the trainers and back on the trails!Racing season is here! Cheers!!! Thanks for reading! :o) Erin
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I realized a few weeks back that 2007 was the last time I’d raced the Yankee Springs TT.  I couldn’t recall much about it so I knew I needed a preride. It was also a good excuse for a road trip with 2 of my favorite peeps! Sue, TJ & I made the 2+hr drive out there on the Sunday before the race to go check it out. 2 miles into our first lap I recognized someone running by us on the trail. It was Jessica Woodard (-Robbert). Jessica doesn’t race mountain bikes anymore but was one of the fastest Elite women when I started racing. It was great to see her and catch up for a few. Part of the reason why she left mountain bike racing was because the women’s fields were getting so predictable. There wasn’t a whole lot of us and it seemed we’d never all show up at the same race. You’d show up to the start line and pray that there would be at least someone to race against and hopefully that someone would be good competition. In most cases though it was getting so even when a few showed we already knew how we would finish before the race even happened. Kind of like why bother?.. almost.  I was happy to tell her that the women’s fields are growing and the caliber of racers toeing the line is getting better too. She said she’d toy with the idea of maybe doing a race for fun again at some point. I was glad to hear It! After that nice surprise I had a not-so-nice surprise 1 mile later in the form of a broken seat post. It snapped right in half! I told Sue and TJ to continue on and I’d either ride out the way I came in (3 miles) or try to finish the remainder of the lap (8 miles) standing up. I drove all that way to preride so I stuck my saddle and half a seat post in the rear pocket of my vest and set out to finish what I started! I did and was glad I rode the whole lap as then I accomplished what I came to do. Sue & TJ did a second lap while I hung out in the parking lot chatting to other racers out pre riding. It was a gorgeous evening so I did a short hike and took some pictures too. Yankee Springs State Recreation Area is a beautiful place. I’d love to go back and explore it more. Go check it out sometime if you’ve never been :o).

The day of the race we were up early! Sue, Jay, TJ & I packed up and were on the road driving by 6:30 am. We arrived at 9 am. Sue & I got suited and off to warm up by 9:30 am. My start time was 10:34:20 and Sue’s was like 20 or 30 seconds after. We cut it WAY too close and I got to the line 10 seconds before my start! Talk about being on time…lol. Phew! I really didn’t know who all showed up to race besides the preregistered girls. Turned out there was a couple more fasties in the mix that registered that morning! I think there was 8 Elite women that started. I passed the 2 women that started right before me within the first mile or so and then I heard someone behind me. Of course it was Sue! Ha :o) ! I cheered her past and she encouraged me right back. I could tell she was on a mission to reel in the rider that started first. I was too but my legs weren’t moving quite as good ;o). The first race of the year can always be a toss up. I was feeling pretty decent and having fun but my bike handling on trail was rusty. Too much braking! Anyhow, I felt good and picked my way through a bunch of the Expert men’s field and then at one point on a downhill my chain fell off. I tried to get it to go back on while pedaling and then it got jammed up pretty good. I hopped off and struggled with it for what seemed like an eternity (maybe a minute…lol) while a few Expert men that I’d recently passed came sailing by. Then another rider, a woman, said “Hey! You OK Erin?” as she whizzed by. I realized then it was Erin Disterheft.  I was happy to see her out racing but she was my competition and now ahead of me. Dang It! Flustered, but fixed, I hopped back on the bike to see about chasing and I went nowhere. Another mistake… I was now in my bikes largest gear, trying to head uphill from a stand still. Not happening. I hopped back off and fixed that problem and got going again…finally. I pushed myself hard throughout the entire race but in the end what I had was only good enough for 4th place. I was happy to get that first race done and out of the way. In the end, Sue did manage to chase down Kati Krikke (Freewheeler) and her time was good enough for the WIN! Go G.R.I.T.! 

In other good news…. Over the PA during awards, they announced that the women’s turnout at Yankee this year was the best in the history of the race! And I think the race has been going for 20 some years. Awesome news! I hope that’s a sign that the sport is growing and that women’s participation really is on the rise!

On the way home we stopped in at the Walldorf Brewpub in Hastings to eat and celebrate Sue’s win as well as TJ’s first race. Other racers had the same idea and one very generous fellow racer, Marc, even bought us a pitcher! A good time was had by all!

All I’ve got to say is thank gawd we’re off the trainers and back on the trails!
Racing season is here! Cheers!!! Thanks for reading!

:o)
Erin

"It was one of those march days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Geez! If only!!! It seems like winter doesn’t want to give up! The sun did shine bright for Sue & I on our training ride this past Saturday which was nice, but even in that sun, it was still cold as hell! BRRR! We stopped to take this picture and in the few minutes we had our hands out of our mittens to use the camera, they totally froze! The cold temps (38º F that day) can kind of help mold the character of a rider, I think… harden them a bit. Plus being outside is just WAY better then riding the hamster wheel indoors all the time ;o). Sue and I both ride outdoors all winter long (when we can), and often times together.  Lately, we’re dreaming of the day it doesn’t take us a half hour to get dressed or a time soon when we don’t need chemical toe warmers & shoe covers. To be able to throw on shorts, jersey, and a helmet and hit the trails would be so nice! Trails…ahhhh…dreamy. Soon though eh?! It’s gotta be….!  Don’t make us beg Mother Nature! C’mon Spring!
:o)
Erin

"It was one of those march days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."

-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Geez! If only!!! It seems like winter doesn’t want to give up! The sun did shine bright for Sue & I on our training ride this past Saturday which was nice, but even in that sun, it was still cold as hell! BRRR! We stopped to take this picture and in the few minutes we had our hands out of our mittens to use the camera, they totally froze! The cold temps (38º F that day) can kind of help mold the character of a rider, I think… harden them a bit. Plus being outside is just WAY better then riding the hamster wheel indoors all the time ;o). Sue and I both ride outdoors all winter long (when we can), and often times together.  Lately, we’re dreaming of the day it doesn’t take us a half hour to get dressed or a time soon when we don’t need chemical toe warmers & shoe covers. To be able to throw on shorts, jersey, and a helmet and hit the trails would be so nice! Trails…ahhhh…dreamy. Soon though eh?! It’s gotta be….!  Don’t make us beg Mother Nature! C’mon Spring!

:o)

Erin

2013 Kit Design :o)

2013 Kit Design :o)

Hello Everyone!
It’s been a bit since the last update here on the team tumblr blog. After the end of the 2012 season I took a break from the bike but I swear life got busier somehow! November and December were a whirlwind of holiday fun, getting together with friends, organizing sponsorship, cleaning house, attention to nagging neck problems, and just leading a more sedentary lifestyle in general. It feels great to back in the swing of things now though again! Lots of riding outdoors on the weekends, indoors on the spin bikes at the gym and on the trainer in my basement during the week. Pumping some iron, a bit of XC skiing, and a little running too.
Sue & I try to ride together, and/or just hang out when we can, but last week we decided it would be super fun to try and get more women involved in some of our rides. We sent out a last minute invite on our Facebook page to try and round up some ladies and put together a 3 hour group endurance ride. The response and interest was great ,and even with short notice, a few women were able to make it. Jen, Heather, Jamie, Sue & I had an awesome afternoon playing trying to stay upright riding on the snow covered trails and pump track at Lakeshore Park in Novi (pictures above). Very happy it all worked out :o)! We hope to do this semi-regularly so stay tuned to the G.R.I.T. MTB Team Facebook page for more group rides in the future.
Sue has done some updating on her personal blog and the Team Facebook page has gotten steadily updated over the winter as well. Check them out and look for more updates here as we will announce our 2013 sponsors soon & 2013 jersey design!
I hope the New Year is treating you all well & thanks for reading!
:o)
Erin

Hello Everyone!

It’s been a bit since the last update here on the team tumblr blog. After the end of the 2012 season I took a break from the bike but I swear life got busier somehow! November and December were a whirlwind of holiday fun, getting together with friends, organizing sponsorship, cleaning house, attention to nagging neck problems, and just leading a more sedentary lifestyle in general. It feels great to back in the swing of things now though again! Lots of riding outdoors on the weekends, indoors on the spin bikes at the gym and on the trainer in my basement during the week. Pumping some iron, a bit of XC skiing, and a little running too.

Sue & I try to ride together, and/or just hang out when we can, but last week we decided it would be super fun to try and get more women involved in some of our rides. We sent out a last minute invite on our Facebook page to try and round up some ladies and put together a 3 hour group endurance ride. The response and interest was great ,and even with short notice, a few women were able to make it. Jen, Heather, Jamie, Sue & I had an awesome afternoon playing trying to stay upright riding on the snow covered trails and pump track at Lakeshore Park in Novi (pictures above). Very happy it all worked out :o)! We hope to do this semi-regularly so stay tuned to the G.R.I.T. MTB Team Facebook page for more group rides in the future.

Sue has done some updating on her personal blog and the Team Facebook page has gotten steadily updated over the winter as well. Check them out and look for more updates here as we will announce our 2013 sponsors soon & 2013 jersey design!

I hope the New Year is treating you all well & thanks for reading!

:o)

Erin

Well, It’s a bit past the point of giving a play-by-play of this race but I still wanted to post some pictures of what was another great weekend with my friends.

The 2012 edition of Peak2Peak had epically horrible weather. Soaked from the start, It was in the high 30’s-low 40’s combined with the buckets of cold rain pouring on us the entire race. Puddles turned into small ‘ponds’ & ‘rivers’ that splashed up cold water from below. It lasted near 2 hours, even with 1 of the laps cut. Too bad nobodies brakes lasted that long. The wet-cold combo almost broke me. I ‘raced’ for about 45 minutes and after that I ‘survived’. I could have cared less how I finished after awhile…I just wanted to get warm & dry. I did, and so did Sue, and we both snapped back pretty quickly and were able to fully enjoy the rest of our trip :o). Poor bikes though. It was a few days later and some Cycletherapy love before my ride got roll’n again. Amazing what we can put those things through sometimes… & they still function! Amazing what we put ourselves through…& we still function! Lol! ;o)

Thanks goes out Tad Peacock for being an outstanding race promoter, saving the race by cutting it in the nick of time, and to all his volunteers for braving that insane weather too. 

Congrats to EVERYONE that raced that day, and especially to the other Expert & Elite riders that were out there in that mess. Tough stuff! We all deserve a warm, dry (n)Iceman next weekend after that! 

;o)

Erin


 Sue has a good write up on her personal blog so I’ll keep this short but the Crybaby Classic was great! Gorgeous weather, wonderful company & the toughest (IMO) mountain bike race course in the state made for a pretty sweet weekend. The trail was in rip’n good shape this year and so was Team Quiring :o). I swear I heard the Crybaby climb itself sobbing after Sue tore up the face of it each lap. We all know she’s a super strong rider but she flexed her muscle pretty hard at this one…lol. She left the rest of our Elite women’s field behind by a huge margin and had the boys asking what kinda dope she’s been taking?! …Because she beat most of them too!!! Ha! It was awesome :o)!
I’m really happy with my race too. I had been fighting off a cold all week but by race morning I was feeling pretty normal. Thank goodness because just riding that course is tough let alone racing it. As Sue mentioned in her race report, there was an issue with our start time so her & I started around four minutes after our field and basically had to Time Trial the entire Cross Country race. I caught everybody during the race at one point or another except Johanna Schmidt (Einstein). We had to wait for results to be posted after the finish to see who placed where. She ended up beating me by 8 seconds so I finished in 3rd again this year. I was bummed about not getting to ride the entire race with her because of the start time fiasco but happy about at least being so close in time as I think last year the gap was around 5 minutes. Maybe next year?! Or…. next weekend? Peak to Peak is almost here and always brings out some healthy competition. Should be fun!
Shout outs:
My teamie Francesca…I mean Sue ;o)… thanks for buying Amanda and I Taco Bell on the way home and for always making me laugh so hard! It’s like a drug, those belly laughs, tears rolling, can’t get enough!
Patty Devost… Congrats! You killed it in the women’s Expert class & thank you so much for taking podium pics for us.
Paul Brown… Thank you for the $10 you loaned us for burgers. For the second year in a row :o). It will be paid back by Iceman. Again…lol.
Tom Behan Sr & Tom Behan II… You guys have created such an awesome race! Thank you so much & I hope it continues for years to come!
:o)
Erin

 Sue has a good write up on her personal blog so I’ll keep this short but the Crybaby Classic was great! Gorgeous weather, wonderful company & the toughest (IMO) mountain bike race course in the state made for a pretty sweet weekend. The trail was in rip’n good shape this year and so was Team Quiring :o). I swear I heard the Crybaby climb itself sobbing after Sue tore up the face of it each lap. We all know she’s a super strong rider but she flexed her muscle pretty hard at this one…lol. She left the rest of our Elite women’s field behind by a huge margin and had the boys asking what kinda dope she’s been taking?! …Because she beat most of them too!!! Ha! It was awesome :o)!

I’m really happy with my race too. I had been fighting off a cold all week but by race morning I was feeling pretty normal. Thank goodness because just riding that course is tough let alone racing it. As Sue mentioned in her race report, there was an issue with our start time so her & I started around four minutes after our field and basically had to Time Trial the entire Cross Country race. I caught everybody during the race at one point or another except Johanna Schmidt (Einstein). We had to wait for results to be posted after the finish to see who placed where. She ended up beating me by 8 seconds so I finished in 3rd again this year. I was bummed about not getting to ride the entire race with her because of the start time fiasco but happy about at least being so close in time as I think last year the gap was around 5 minutes. Maybe next year?! Or…. next weekend? Peak to Peak is almost here and always brings out some healthy competition. Should be fun!

Shout outs:

  • My teamie Francesca…I mean Sue ;o)… thanks for buying Amanda and I Taco Bell on the way home and for always making me laugh so hard! It’s like a drug, those belly laughs, tears rolling, can’t get enough!
  • Patty Devost… Congrats! You killed it in the women’s Expert class & thank you so much for taking podium pics for us.
  • Paul Brown… Thank you for the $10 you loaned us for burgers. For the second year in a row :o). It will be paid back by Iceman. Again…lol.
  • Tom Behan Sr & Tom Behan II… You guys have created such an awesome race! Thank you so much & I hope it continues for years to come!

:o)

Erin