Rennie could kill it on a Supercycle but come on, Morewood vs V10. I think he is gonna notice the difference…….putting on my fire-retardant suit now.
there was a pretty thorough review on pinkbike a ways back:
I love the snow. Some of my best rides have been in the snow. I love going back to the same area a week later and seeing only my tracks from the week before. This confirms in my mind that I do indeed own the trails I ride. I can see where I scared myself and where my courage payed off (the snowtracks are 100% honest). I haven't been in much shape to ride recently due to surgery but I had to get out yesterday to taste the goodness of riding in pow (http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=118379).
I have never raced road but have done a ton of xc over many years and there were certainly similar issues there. I struggled as the oldest in my age category but when I bumped up into a new age category, I really felt like podiums came pretty easy. While it was nice being on podiums, I knew I wasn't working nearly as hard to get those as the mid-pack placings of the year before. I don't know if there is an easy answer. I know that I did keep track of how I placed relative to other riders that I knew from riding around the province and that did help to keep mid-pack placings in perspective.
Just had to get out today and get some "snow" time in. Fresh dump of white over night so I tried to head up and check things out. It was clear that after a kilometer on the road there were no tracks of any kind and the going was tough so I decided to bail on my idea of making it to Dilemma. I diverted over to do Femur. Super fun surfy riding in about 6 inches of powder. A couple of trees were down across the trail which gave me a reason to slow down and get back under control. Wicked good fun.
I'm curious, why didn't you guys just say no?
perhaps offered up some alternative places/trails for the clinic to be held?
Good question. I spoke with the MOTCA rep the day before the clinic and suggested that building on Shotgun or any other Woodlot trail without strong support of the builders was fraught with problems. I suggested that the course be held on Vedder Mountain as there are numerous areas that were essentially "blank canvas" available there. I think it came down to the convenience of the BCIT facility and easy access to established trail that set this juggernaut in motion.
I too am a Dainese guy. Mine is now into my sixth year of heavy duty use and due to be replaced soon. It sports several repairs and by rights is definitely on its last legs. It doesn't owe me anything and given the amount of use, was cheap.
I got Dainese because it just felt better and fit better than the other ones available at that time (particularly 661). Because it fits good, I wear it all the time. I have friends that don't wear theirs during summer because its too hot. No armour is cool in the summer but Dainese beats the others. And mine has save my bacon big time in 2 massive crashes in 6 years (both resulting in spinal fractures that would have been worse without the armour). I am the armour evangelist and I am a Dainese homer that is not likely to change teams.
This guy was an inspiration to me when I was racing xc. He's a humble guy who just went out and performed well every time and outlasted everyone else while riding for sponsors that knew a good thing when they saw one. He is cut from the same cloth as Ned Overend and like him I suspect that while he is officially retired, he will continue on in some way in the industry (and will likely reinvent himself as Ned did with Exterra.
IMBA and Mark Schmidt are coming to Chilliwack for 2 days in December (6th and 7th)as organized by Vedder Mountain Trails Association and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts. We have a great deal of local interest but there may be seats still available. PM me only if you are serious about attending (and I will make inquiries as to availability of seats).