Its spring, racing is upon us and we’ve been training. We might be all over the place but we are doing what we need to do so we can be the fastest this summer. Adam took off to California to do some training at a buddies house. He got a solid week of training where it was sunny and warm, which made the rest of us very jealous. While I was riding in this
(Thats me on the right, In the blue. What you cant see is 200m down the road we were all walking through a fully snow covered road.)
Adam was riding this
Not too shabby. While there he also got to drive his buddies cool cars, a ferrari and a porsche, through the canyons. I know where Im doing base next year.
Myself, I’ve been working as an alpine ski racing coach for the Plymouth State University ski team. Traveling the D1 circuit has been fun, but it has also meant a lot of trainer time, correction, A LOT of trainer time. So when spring break came along I escaped the trainer and drove down to Northampton, MA to ride and train with Jeremy Durrin, Gabby Day and the rest of the Easthampton/JAM fund crew. Weather wasn’t that awesome, it never cracked 40 degrees and snowed on us, but the people were great. If your gonna have cold miserable weather, it really helps to have some other people to ride with/motivate you. That and Pancakes…
Let me explain, this is the time of year when maple syrup production hits an all time high. Sugar shacks open their doors and serve pancakes and waffles with endless amounts of syrup, and not aunt jemima, this is grade A (pun intended) awesome maple syrup. We strategically picked a route that would drop us at a sugar shack 2/3 of the way into a ride. Right when we might start to feel tired and ready to be done, BOOM pancake power. We did this two weekends in a row
In between the pancake weekends I got a full week of riding on the incredible western mass roads. I never road with less than a group of three, even when it was cold and snowing. I can’t wait to get back down to ride with the crew again. Here are a few more shots from the week.
Mike, who is at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO has been having more fun than anyone. From winning money in ski races, to road racing, and even some downhill. He had an awesome winter filled with lots of powder skiing and alpine adventures. He got second in two dual GS ski races and won $140 each time. Only .01 seconds off the win each time. And he’s been slaying the park dialing in his 720’s and boosting big jumps
And now hes diving right in with the training. After riding a few hundred miles he jumped into a crit weekend with Fort Lewis. In his first crit ever he won a couple primes, unfortunately road tactics got the best of him at the finish line. However, Day 2, a little smarter and with advice from Isreali National Champion Rotem Ishay he scored a second place. Not bad for his second crit ever.
Here he is leading the pack. Mikey heads off for another road race this weekend with Fort Lewis
Mikey has also been hitting the dirt jumps. Getting his 360s dialed back in after winter. And hes been borrowing a DH bike this past week and shredding whips, check it out…
So preparations for race season are wildly different for us, but they are going, and we will be fast. We are all coming into our first races and within a month we will all be back on the east coast ready to shred! Get ready, we are coming.
Heres one more picture of big jumps just cause its rad