Mothers, Mountain Biking, and Mountains

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there! I don’t know about you guys, but me and my brother have put our mom through a lot over the years and one special day just isn’t enough. Make sure you tell your mom all the time how much she means to you!

I was also lucky enough this weekend to be a part of the CycloFemme event in Canmore, Alberta. CycloFemme is a worldwide biking event, held every year to honour the emancipation of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants. Lots of ladies came out for this event organized by Shred Sisters, Canmore Cycling Culture, and supported by Outside Bike and Ski.

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The ability levels ranged from Olympian level, to women who had just gotten their bikes a week ago. The range didn’t matter though, the more seasoned riders offered tips to those of us who are new to the sport and let us re-ride portions of the trail we wanted to try again. Being able to watch experienced riders helps you improve your own riding and makes you more confident on the trail. It also showed me how much I’ve progressed since I started in August and I’m super excited about riding this season.

In fact, I was so excited I stayed out in Canmore to explore more trails. Apparently I was riding too hard because I blew a seal on my rear suspension 20 minutes in. I wasn’t ready to go home yet though so I locked it out and rode my bike as a hard tail. Pretty bumpy ride but totally worth it.

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Over the winter I forgot how much I love my bike, but after 5 minutes, all those old feelings came flooding back. It’s hard, sometimes scary, and physically demanding, but there’s no greater feeling than finally reaching the top of a monster hill and flying down the other side. It’s freedom at its finest.

You also get to see cool things like this White-tailed deer that scared the crap out of me. He was just standing on the side of the trail and then three more of his buddies decided to join him. At first I was way more concerned about him than he was about me, but I still didn’t want to ride right next to him. I rolled a little closer to them and made a lot of noise and they ran off into the bushes. I’m sure deer attacks aren’t common, but I’ve seen them do damage. I wanted none of that. After that, I made a lot of noise on my way back to the car.  If I can sneak up on a deer, I can sneak up on a bear and I didn’t have my bear spray with me and I was alone.  Potentially not a good scenario.

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Now my bike is out of commission until June 4 which is going to seem like an eternity. I’ll just have to watch biking videos on YouTube and make lists of the trails I want to ride. Mountain biking is a good addiction right?

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