Thursday, November 14, 2013

The End of Mountain Bike Season

This past weekend was spent in Moab. What an excellent way to end the mountain biking season! Samantha & Sydney were able to compete in their last race & they were able to wear just their jerseys and shorts. No other layers because it was warm enough not to be totally covered in fabrics! That was a quite a treat. We left Friday morning as soon as Sam got home from Physics. She didn't want to miss class, it's hard to keep up if you don't go. Syd had no problem missing her classes. Anyway we were on the road at 10:00 am with 6 mountain bikes, luggage, race gear, bike gear, snacks and entertainment. 

A few years ago we started listening to audiobooks on road trips. We've pretty much stuck with 2 authors. Rick Riordon and Alexander McCall Smith. I think we've listened to 13 books together. We can only listen to a book if all 6 of us are in the car. Someone feels bad if they get left out. Brian used to be a big reader, then he went to medical school and the reading bug left him. I do not see him read a book very often so it's fun that he enjoys these audiobooks too. We've listened to the whole Percy Jackson series, 2 of the Kane Chronicles and 3 of the Heroes of Olympus series. (Julia has tested on her Greece and Egypt mythology tests at school.) We've also loved "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series. This trip we listened to the 4th book, "The Kalahari Typing School for Men". The girls are totally content to play their ds's, draw, make bracelets, do whatever and no one gets out of patience with anyone else on the drive. The narrator on these books is wonderful. My sister Pam tried to get me to listen to these years ago but I couldn't do it. It was too hard for me to pay attention to the book and do anything else (including driving) at the same time. I can do it now. I think I might not be as tired as I was when the girls were younger.

Anyway back to Moab. We arrived at the race course around 2:00 pm and did a pre-ride so Sam & Syd could get a feel for the course. It was awesome! So fun. We had a little trouble with 2 of our bikes but figured we could get that worked out on Saturday with the help of a fantastic bike guy we know. After the ride we checked in to our hotel. We stayed in a very spacious family suite at the Best Western Canyonlands Inn. I booked it online and had no idea that it would be as big as it was. That made it very nice for us.  We met a lot of the team for dinner and bowling that night.

Saturday we were at the race by 8:30 am. Fabulous Ian (Brian's sister's son who runs Sunrise Cyclery in Logan) came down to support the Cache Valley team. He tuned up our 2 troubled bikes in no time and made it possible for us to all go for a ride after the race. Sam & Syd rode the course to warm up and were racing by 10:05 & 10:10. The course was about 7 miles and they had to do 2 laps. They rode as hard as the could and made us proud. We watched the boys race and then it was time for a little family ride. By then it was 3:30-4:00. We didn't ride as far as we thought we would, Sam & Syd were happy about that; they were exhausted. No one took a phone or camera on this ride so we have no group photos in Moab. Just one from our room.

This was a hard spot on the course. A lot of the ride was single track so there was no passing. Sam is at the top of a small hill, turning a corner between 2 rocks over an uneven rock surface.

 Here is Sydney heading for the finish. The riders picked up a lot of speed coming going in to the finish.

All 6 of us in the sitting/kitchen area of our family suite.

After riding Saturday we went to dinner and tried to go to the awards ceremony but it was standing room only and not one of us wanted to stand for another 2 hours so we went back to our room and went to bed early. That really made the super tired girls happy. We got up early (6:00am) Sunday morning so we could leave in time to get to Layton by 1:00 for a nephew's mission farewell.

Our family has never mountain biked in Moab before and now I feel that we have missed out. The trails were so fun and diverse. I hope we're able to get back there again next year!

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