This up-coming weekend is the first race of the year, and I already have butterflies. It’s been a long winter, and with the weather finally feeling like Spring-come-Summer, the anticipation is only heightened further. Months of training, hours of bike prep and trail testing, it all culminates with the tell-tale, “BEEP, BEEP, BEEEEEEEP” of the starter and the pedals out of the gate. It will be exciting to be back in the mix once again and see who the contenders are for 2014. The calendar is filled with big, fast tracks, and everyone is jonesing to get on with it already!
The traveling circus will once again meander around the North East, from mountain resort to mountain resort, filling the parking lots with EZ-Ups and the sounds of freehubs buzzing. Highfives and hell-yeahs await as friends are reunited once again for the summer shenanigans. There will surely be upsets, moments of elation, and copious amounts of speed-derived smiles. We all gather each summer in pursuit of fun and thrills, and to best our friends on the track with the fastest time. There can only be one winner each weekend, but at the end of the day, we all are in it for the love of it.
Race season is a-knockin’, and we are all ready to answer the door. It’s time to see who put in the work over the winter, or who is willing to hang it out the farthest. It’s a battle against the clock, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s to another summer of playing in the dirt.