Monday, February 8, 2010

snow riding

Old Man Winter is really sockin’ it us this year! The east coast has blanketed by snow almost consisently since Christmas with only a few thaws. I’ve never been a fan of winter, but snow riding can be fun and quite a workout, especially when pushing one gear.

For the first time that I know of, the traditional "Superbowl Ride" that takes place west of Harrisonburg VA consisting of a climb to "Flagpole", a ridge on Reddish Knob, was SNOWED OUT. The snow was too deep for a ride. Instead, locals skied and snow-shoed the climb.

Yesterday’s ride had a contingent of riders, over 87% on wagon-wheels!
All 29ers in this pic at the start of the first wave:

The snow was 98% manageable on the fireroads of Pocahontas. There were some deep spots and some climbs that had to be walked, but once we had worn a slushy groove thru the powder, we had some mini snow singletrack.

I don’t like the cold…I definitely prefer the hot sweatyness of summer to the cold starkness of winter. I miss seeing green.

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