After an amazing experience in Columbus, GA earlier this summer, I couldn’t turn down the chance to try another World Cup XC Eliminator event before the snow starts to fly and 2018 comes to a close. If you aren’t sure what the heck I’m talking about, check out this LINK to the Georgia write-up, and learn more about XCE races. With the amazing support of KS Suspension and Chinook Winds Casino Resort, as well as my other amazing sponsors and support team, I was able to secure a rider selection to represent the United States in Chengdu, China for the World Championships in Urban Mountain Biking. XCE is a UCI-recognized discipline at Urban Worlds, providing an opportunity for the very best eliminator riders in the world to compete for a coveted Rainbow Jersey. Without a doubt, this was one of the most perspective-altering and incredible experiences of my whole life. Every day was full of amazing things- and it has been impossible to cram them all into a single blog. Instead, I’m breaking it up into 3 pieces: Prologue, Exploring Chengdu & The World Championship Event itself. It has been so much fun to hear from all of you as we traveled abroad! I look forward to hearing more of your own travel stories and hope that our journey inspires you to try something wild, exciting and wonderful.
The art of a good kit is something to be appreciated.
That being said, I remember googling the phrase “cycling kit” as a new rider and being confused, as it seemed like a strange way to describe matching bike shorts and a jersey. Don’t all of the other sports call that a uniform? Oh well. Over time, the word “kit” has made its way into my vocabulary, and I still smile thinking about what the non-cycling world must picture when we talk about our kits at the local pizza parlor.
The 2018 Idaho High School Mountain Bike League wrapped up this weekend at Bogus Basin, my local ski resort. It was literally freezing, but the kids were all smiles- layered up in warm clothes, and full of exuberance and energy. Working with these fantastic young riders has been such a joy- and to be honest, I’m pretty sure they teach me far more than I offer them in return. Below are some favorite reminders from my time riding with Team C4 Composite in Nampa, Idaho.