Mountain Biking

With your well-maintained steed in gloved hands with a comfortable hydration pack on your back full of the right tools after last month’s Fix, it’s time to hit the trails. But where to and who with?

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On the podium with Margie Smith, Dana Goodman's son, Claire and Simone at Rafter Six Ranch, Day 6

The TransRockies. A race I fell for long ago at my first finisher's banquet in 2006. Boy those "recap" videos are a great marketing tactic! I had been biking for just one season and was adamant about taking on this challenge. Of course I was talked out of it by friends and family, and myself once discovering the daily average of hours on the bike and the technical difficulty. I was in serious need of more time in the saddle.

Learning a new sport is not always easy. Learning mountain biking, where consequences can be a little more alarming than say learning tennis, trial and error did not seem a smart method when you’re pursuing biking as your career and passion in your mid-thirties. A better option I decided was to become an instructor. Riding with exceptional bikers also works well, if you can keep up. As does taking every opportunity to ask expert riders questions.