Friday, January 30, 2009

FIFO baby!

Got in the first FIFO ride since coming back home. Good stuff. Still more snow hanging around than I would have thought. Should be some good melting today with temp in the 50's.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gotta love Colorado, USA

Man does it every feel good to be home! Got back home late Saturday night, left China that morning at 5:00 am! Went from China to Japan, then was supposed to go from Japan to Seattle, then home to Denver. Our flight from Japan to Seattle got cancelled and our only option was to get on a later flight that took us to Chicago then back to Denver. It was crazy. That flight from Japan to Chicago was over 12 hours in the air!! Then add on the earlier flight from China to Japan, and from Chicago back to Denver – I really don’t want to fly anytime soon.

Trying to get back into the bike thing, this below freezing weather is not helping. Going to try to make it to the COMBA meeting tonight to hang out with my fellow bikers. Should be good for the soul. If you live in the Front Range, you need to show up!

Time for a good ole town meeting!

Meet New COMBA Board Members
Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew at Annual MeetingGOLDEN, Colo. – Please join the 2009 Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) Board of Directors and the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew for an early start to the 2009 Front Range mountain bike season.COMBA’s 2009 Annual Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden.COMBA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving mountain biking by building and maintaining trails, teaching proper trail use, and working with government on public land management decisions affecting mountain biker rights along the Front Range — from Buffalo Creek to Coal Creek Canyon — as well as serving as a strong advocacy voice for all mountain bikers. The annual meeting will be a chance to meet newly-elected COMBA directors and engage in a broad discussion about COMBA’s 2009 goals and objectives."COMBA has fresh leadership and a renewed vision for 2009," COMBA President Terry Breheny said. "Our top priorities include seeking opportunities to build new trails and creating a real sense of community among Front Range riders. We've got a lot of work ahead of us, and we need help from the entire mountain bike community."It is important that COMBA receive input from downhillers, dirt jumpers, all-mountain riders, cross-country folks and others as we develop our 2009 work plan. So if you're a COMBA member, thinking about joining or just hearing about us for the first time, I hope you'll attend the COMBA annual meeting and join a discussion about the future of mountain biking in our backyard."COMBA, with a history dating back more than 15 years, is led by a 9-member board - a volunteer group of cycling enthusiasts who represent a cross section of the Front Range riding community. The 2009 board includes local bike industry representatives, gravity junkies, cross-country racers and folks who just like to get out and ride as often as they can.An election was held from December 14 - 30, 2008, to select new COMBA board members. The results are as follows:
Terry Breheny, President (Incumbent Director; New Officer)
Jason Bertolacci, Vice President (Incumbent Director; New Officer)
Kyle Henley, Secretary (New)
Michelle Beckman (New)
Joe Hanrahan (New)
Paul Murphy (Incumbent)
Anthony Sloan (New)
Adam Williams (New)
Nathan Wyant (New)"There is a lot of talent on this board, and I'm excited about the energy each member brings to COMBA," Breheny said. "The board is committed to delivering results based on achievable goals, operating with transparency and being accountable to our members."Additionally, David Rontal, an associate at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has been appointed general counsel and AJ Beckman appointed treasurer.In 2008, COMBA organized a successful National Trails Day event in conjunction with the Colorado Trail Foundation; coordinated a public forum with Jefferson County Open Space officials that was attended by more than 200 cyclists; and hosted their second annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, which introduced more than 30 local children to the sport. In addition, COMBA continued to advocate for mountain bike access to regional trails."We're definitely looking to increase COMBA's public profile in 2009," Breheny said. "We'll be working closely with land managers, coordinating volunteers, raising funds, aggressively seeking opportunities to spread the gospel and add to the stock of local singletrack."Toward that end, the COMBA annual meeting will include a visit from two Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews. Each award-winning Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew features two full-time, professional trail experts who travel North America year-round. They lead IMBA Trailbuilding Schools, meet with government officials and land managers, and work with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve mountain biking opportunities across the nation. IMBA's Crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.The Crews teach "sustainable" trailbuilding, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment for all trail users.The Crews travel in 2008 Subaru Outbacks provided by Subaru of America - the company that has been IMBA's leading sponsor since 1997. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trailwork across the U.S. and abroad - a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep."We're fortunate to have not one, but two Subaru/IMBA Trail Crews stopping in to visit COMBA," Breheny said. "I hope the Trail Care Crews will inspire all who attend to get involved and do what they can to support COMBA and our local trails."###CONTACT:Kyle 717-2766

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hong Kong for a day

After a 2 hour train ride with the locals, this was the scene we were greeted to upon emerging from the train station. Ahh, civilization!

Chinese New Years market across from our hotel

I snapped this picture just as the crossing light turned green. Trick is to not hesitate, just forge ahead.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Chinese bicycle repair shop

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

A few pics from Guangzhou, China

Saturday, January 17, 2009

We have arrived in China

I have gotta say that I was a little overwhelmed when I got off the plane in China. The bitterness in the air immediately landed on my tongue. The people are very rude and pushing. Was standing in a huge line at the airport tyring to get out of customs, I hear some Indian guy saying "Excuse me" and feel him pushing on the back of me. I say to him "Are you trying to get to the end of this line?" He says "Yes". I respond "What do think I am just standing here looking pretty?" He then backed off and waited his turn. At the hotel while the person was trying to check me in, two different Chinese people came up as if I wasn't even standing there talking to the clerk and tried to force their way to get attended to. The clerk scolded both and told them to get in line. Didn't even phase either of them. I can see I am going to have to learn to bite my tongue (bitter taste and all). Very warm here, although you can't see the sun for the haze in the air. Going to get out today and take some pics

I feel like I am Alice in Wonderland!

View from hotel window

Found this in my closet

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I am over in Japan for a week then onto China for a week. What a crazy place Japan is! People everywhere, bicycles everywhere. Here are some photos.
View from my hotel room (Tokyo Dome) - Now if I can just remember where I parked my car!

Sunset view from hotel bar (Mt. Fuji in background)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Dude, I got a blog!

Well, here it goes. Going to dive into this blog thingy. Hope I can do it justice.