That time of year

It wasn’t that long ago that it was too early to start talking about indoor trainers. Mother nature, it seems, has had something to say about that and a spell of unseasonably cold weather has put a damper on many riders’ winter training plans. A few folks braved the elements on Tuesday, 14 December to get in a good mountain bike ride after work… and what was planned to be a wind-free 3-hour spin through Reston parkland turned into a abbreviated rush to the cars as the merucury dipped below 21 farenheit. It’s not too early anymore.

While the cold spell may lift, it won’t be long before teen-temperatures are the norm for the greater Washington area nights. But it did snow yesterday. If it’s going to be cold, it might as well be pretty looking, right?

Dust off the trainers and unpack your DVD collections. It’s going to be a long winter.

In the mean time, there’s no shortage of silly-season gossip to catch up on. Rumor has it that riders from a certain local cycling team are training almost as many hours as they’re working their day jobs. If it’s true, they’ll either sleep through the racing season, or show everybody what committment means. A few Team Bike Lane racers are planning their own coups for the 2011 season, too, so things might-could get really interesting.

Speaking of interesting:  Tour of the Battenkill Pro/Am registration opens on December 21 at 7:00 p.m., Eastern time. Almost all fields willbe running 64 miles (with the exception of Pro/1/2’s and certain juniors), with more gravel than you can shake a stick at. It’s going to be amazing.

Snotcycle’s still got open spots, too. It’s going to be a party. Really. As in, not a joke, a real, actual party… with some bike racing thrown in for good measure.

Finally, the annual team party was held last weekend. A big thanks goes out to Russ and his family for opening their home to the team. Another successful year is in the books.  Have a drink to celebrate… then get back on the bike!


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