Feeling Strong at the Summer’s End

We have all been pushing ourselves this season, and now we’re beginning to see the results.  Whether you’re racing or not, it’s an amazing feeling to roll over that hill, the one that’s been the bane of your existence all year, and think, “Hmm, I’m not even breathing hard.”  If you have been racing, the you’ve been watching your times getting faster and faster, your final place moving up in the pack.  It feels good, but it’s no time to quit!  Fall is on the way and you’re legs,  no matter what they’re telling you, are not tired.

Sometimes, like all of us, you get that feeling that you just want to chill out tonight and crack open that IPA.

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If you’re not feeling that motivation anymore or have lost your “stoke,” take a look at some of the riders who are crushing it every day and completing amazing feats.

Kim Walker entered and came in 6th place at the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Kim Walker embarks on her Hot Air Balloon Race
Kim Walker embarks on her Hot Air Balloon Race

Eric Noonan rode away from the peloton to win a prime and then sprinted for 7th Place at the Cat 3 race in the Freedom Tour.

A Gold bicycle will make you faster!
A Gold bicycle will make you faster!

Jason Fowler deserves a a big shout out for pulling in to 10th place in the 4/5 at the Freedom tour.

Andres Jimenez, Josh Enyeart, Jay Rubell, and Tommy Limongello rocked the Cat 5 race early in the morning.

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Andreas gets the peloton moving

Paul Meir won the Lewis Morris Challenge in the Cat 1 19-29

They're still smiling after 21 miles of singletrack.
They’re still smiling after 21 miles of singletrack.

Getting your stoke back? Keep in mind, there are many more events to come, such as the world famous Marty Cross!

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It’s that time of year when we the daylight begins to feign earlier and earlier, also known as night riding season.  The temperature is cool and the humidity is a little less intense.  Riding with a light at night turns the same old boring road or trail into a brand new experience budding with surprises.  If you don’t have a light already, we have plenty in stock at the shop!  The Serfas TSL 500 is a great work-horse headlight, and is USB rechargeable.

So don’t stop pedaling, it’s not over yet! And if you need a little extra motivation, come out to the Bike and Brunch on August 25th.  Brunch will be served at the Black River Barn… Mmmmm.

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