Monday, February 29, 2016

Altitude specific seasons.

Baby pictures (click for full documentary evidence):

Two months-ish

Ok, now that's out of the way I'm going to write about the weather. Hooray!

What we've got ourselves is...

This sort of thing in the valley (that's Ricardo's vanity bike-shot, but he's allowed as he owns a bike shop).

And this sort of thing up at Sovereign Lakes. Here, Tav is adopting his customary sleeping approach to skiing.

But that was all last weekend. This weekend we spent most of the time at the "winter" elevation. Saturday was the first annual "Frosty Fox" fatbike festival at Silver Star, and I took on the great responsibility of representing Sun Country Cycle.

Lina and Tav enjoying the luxuries afforded by bike shop representatives.
And then there was a race. The Silver Star folks had built a downhill track to start off the show, followed by a couple of loops on the singletrack trails. The downhill was pretty hilarious as trying to carry enough speed in to the jumps meant making a lot of progress sideways around all the corners. There were berms, but the soft conditions made it tough to use them. There was a lot of pedaling, some good skidding opportunities and all the general crashing and silliness that goes along with fat biking. It was also ENDURO format with staggered starts, so very on-trend.

If you squint really hard, you can see Andrew riding a bike.
I was greeted on the finish line by the whole family. One family member was asleep. No prizes for guessing.
And then there were results. After the timing was all enduroed out, they put me in second place. The nice thing about enduro... oops - ENDURO, is that you've no idea whether you got your result due to bicycling performance or a timing error. I like that. In this case I came out with "fastest loser" i.e. second place. I got a medal and everything.

Tav's first podium - yes, he was asleep.

To round off the day there was the "donut derby". A team relay event that involved inhaling a donut and sprinting around a track on a bike. I think you can imagine how that went...