This past weekend I was at the 59th running of the Corduroy Enduro, in Gooderham, Ontario. It bills itself as the toughest race in Canada, and while that might be up for debate (those hurtin’ Albertans know how to make ‘em rough too!) it is certainly in serious contention for the title. It’s especially difficult when you get the kind of rain we had during the week and right through to the weekend. Rocks that are normally grippy when dry become greasy and slippery with mud.
So, I’m sorry first off that it has taken me this long to get this posted. Layne, this apology is for you! I told you Sunday at the Codrington round of the OO XCs that I’d put a post up for you, about the awesome way you stopped to help a Mini Junior rider (Devyn Marshall, one of the youngest riders on the course) who was having problems on a particularly rough section of trail. It was the last cross country of the year, and I missed accepting my award and giving my speech because I was out on the trails taking pictures.
So, I know I usually post my blog up on Mondays, and I’m really trying to get regular with that. I know another editor gets one up hell or high water every Monday, and for that I give him credit, but for me, I just couldn’t bring myself to look at my computer on Monday after two weekends of racing, knowing there’s still like, what? 5 more to go! I’m starting to feel the burn! *laugh*
Don’t say I’ve never done anything for ya!
No, this has nothing to do with the Vince Vaughn movie. It’s the dilemma that my print counterpart touched upon in his editor’s column in the new issue of IMX (available at Chapters/Indigo stores, through a subscription or on Zinio for those of you with tablets and iPads – digital copies are awesome!). For those of you who haven’t read it, Jeff talks about the fine line many in the media find themselves walking as to where do we exist. Are we fans? Are we friends of the riders? Or do we exist in the 5th estate, so to speak, separate from both sides?
A little bit of nostalgia can go a long way on a rainy day.
"To finish first, first you must finish." I'm not sure where those words came from, but they certainly ring true, and it's something I have to keep reminding myself from time to time.
“When riding through tight trees at speed, do not think about anything other than riding through tight trees at speed.” - My words of Wisdom
Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve done a “5 things” but I think last night’s showing of Canadian skill at the X Games Enduro X. Now, I know a lot of you weren’t able to watch it, but I’m hoping you were following us on twitter, @MXandOffroad; I stayed up all night just for you guys! Oh, and to watch two Canadians bring home bronze. Who? Well, you’ll have to wait.