Colorado Mountain Biking

Think you can ride a bike?

If they seem like professional athletes to you, then always trust your instinct!

Seems easy.  Pedal.  Look forward.  Keep pedaling.  Keep looking forward.

Serious color action on top of Monarch Crest...thats Kari, aka awesome mtn biker

Try that.  On a mountain side.  On a dirt, rock, boulder, gravel, grass trail.  At 9,000ft of elevation.  With mountain bikers who won their Teva Mountain Games division.  Or who ride reguarly, or with someone who manages a bike shop.

Try it.  Dare you.

Because you’ll probably flip over your handle bars twice.  Once, skidding along gravel, eating rocks, drawing blood, creating bruises.  And the latter, flying through pine trees and into juniper bushes, flipping and rolling.  And if that’s not enough, maybe you’ll understand what it means to ‘ride a rocky trail’ and endure a brain shake worse than a grocery cart being pulled on railroad tracks.   Or you’ll come to see what a decent in the mountains looks like ‘stairs of boulders spit out in every place you would-have-wanted-to put-your-fragile-tire.’

Note location of my bike. Tree/Bushes. Me. This is how far I somersaulted in mid air before crash landing!

Body positioning?  On a bike?  That matters?  YES.

Arms relaxed on the climb, body weight forward.  Arms engaged, legs bent at equal levels, butt back, on the decent.   There is no time to think of tonight’s plans or tomorrows breakfast.  YOU – THINK – NOW.  “Rock on left, move tire right. Weight back. Pedal. Pedal. Brake. Arms lift. Pedal. Dodge giant rocks.  Endure bumps.  Brake.  Watch out for that….  “Ahhhhhhhhh, flying, flipping, rolling in bushes (padding) I’m alive, I’m not broken.  My bike is back there.  How did I get here?  It doesn’t matter:  it’s ok to laugh now.”

Great fun!  Good thing there are people like Jake, Kari, Mark, Tim and Jenn in this world!

There were many times I was pushing my bike up the mountain...atleast it was beautiful!

Typical Jake and Kari photo!!! It was Jake's Bday weekend...Congrats on the big 3-0 !!


About haileerustad

I love everything. I do things differently. Tending to avoid conformity. Accepting unknown adventure whenever its presented. My mission is to live, let life flow through me with endless energy. Exciting and empowering others to find their natural happiness. As life is, all perception.
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