It's been a while since we've looked ahead, but first, a quick look back.
Last week's Iceman Cometh Challenge was one for the history books. The mud, the cold, the rain, the snow....simply legendary stuff and very gutsy rides by a lot of racers just looking to finish, get somewhere warm, and take a deep breath. Few races feature as much build up and anticipation as Iceman, with grueling conditions making the actual race itself as tough as the training and nerves leading up to it.
Nate and Dan have been knocking out the Deluxe tune-ups from the race since Natron donned a wetsuit and grabbed a power washer to expertly clean off over 35 bikes in less than an hour. We've recalled what we've about the Northern Michigan mud and sand; it's brutal. Brand new brake pads worn to and through the metal. Chains so far worn, the gauge fit nearly another link in. Derailleurs slipped into water bottle cages for safe keeping, with hangers at a premium in between shipments. Crazy, crazy stuff.
This past Friday was our first foray for Friday Night Lights, our weekly fat bike ride from Timber Ridge. With just enough snow to make it interesting, our pals at KEEN made an early morning trip to the Winter Sports Singletrack to lay down a nice base. Tim, Eli, Mike and Brian did a great job, and by 6.30pm, the cold had frozen the track into a veritable highway. About 25 people made the ride and rolled the loop, lights ablaze and spirits high. With more snow on the way before next week, it could be even better for the next edition.
On November 21, join Andrew from Populace Coffee for a cupping in the Einstein Cycles coffee bar. Populace is the only coffee you'll find at Ec, ever. Andrew will be up to talk about sourcing, roasting and preparing the finest coffee possible, including some of the many brewing methods we offer every day at the shop. Stop by between 10-2 to put some knowledge in your brain, where it belongs.
Coming up, the Farmland 5k and Free-For-All is sneaking up quickly. December 6, runners and bikers alike with hit Rasho Farm for one of the coolest events around. The runners will take on an old world style cross country course, complete with hay bales and usually snow, while the cyclists will go later for 45 minutes on the same course. It's a thrilling event and a lot of fun to watch, with everyone choosing a different bike for the race. This year, fat bikes are likely to be the more popular choice, but you just might see a cyclocross bike out there, just to keep it real (and fun).
As always, stop by, say hello and be safe out in the woods. With rifle season starting off with a bang, perhaps leave the rides until an hour after dark in the evenings.