Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Best Rides of Twenty One

The years have been changing, the brethren rides have definitely declined dramatically from a few years or so ago and not one meet up with Jason happened in twenty one. Yes I have been a known recluse. Night shift recovery has also been a big factor and have found things have been getting worse the further in I go with this job. The stats from last year showed I was down again from the year prior with 68 rides totalling 1141kms with an elevation gain of 11,755 metres. I remember seeing 1500km ridden a few years ago which set off alarm bells to no avail apparently. I did lose the entire month of August and the end of July to work so that didn't help the overall kms count.  Ugh... Stupid work, putting food on the table and paying the bills.

So here they are.  The winners from twenty-one.  From number 5 to number 1. 

#5 Unicorn Socks for the Altitude


Click Here First ride of the season and one of the last on this bike  most likely. Heavy amounts of people on the trails made things a tad annoying. Luckily most of them don't venture onto the singletrack. I remember feeling like I would lose energy quickly but kept going and going even taking on and conquering hard climbs. I ruled and so did the Altitude that day. 

#4 Ride Yellow



Click here The ride where I suggested that switchbacks are the Ghandi of mountain biking and looking back I think I was onto something there.The extension off of Mackinnons super fun singletrack Was ridden. Money Shot was the only damper of the ride. 

#3 A Kent Meet


Click Here Is September the best month of the year or is it  October? Damn... That is a really hard question. I mean October rules but September is quite incredible. This was a Kent meet and one of a few of the year and it was incredible. Every day should be spent like this. 

#2 "Well I Guess I'll Finish on Selkirk Knights"



Click Here Late April and May have that incredible return to life feelings after the Winters we have here. My computer says it is currently -28 with a -36 wind chill as per Environment Canada. So those months can be argued about being the best and some amazing rides have come out of them. This one had two of the best things, cold weather and an empty valley. Heaven. Everything flowed incredibly well on one of the best rides of the year. This was just a couple days off #5's Altitude Unicorn sock ride. What a week!

#1 The Perfect Storm


Click Here Absolute amaze all around in January on a beautiful ride into the night. Riding the ice blocks alongside the river in the falling darkness were some surreal moments for sure I will never forget. God bless you bike Gods for moments like these. Yes I was grumpy again but shirtless dudes... I mean come on! it was January. 

I'm Kinda serious About this Winter Bike Season Now

A real ride finally where I decided to try to break Winter in on a roll from Strathcona to Fort Saskatchewan. A ride I did back in June of t...