Erlebnis is defined as, “Living fully, experiencing life deeply and intensely in the here and now,” and so is the tale of success for Team Colonial Revolution at Falling Creek Park in Bedford, Virginia. The team, 20 riders strong, responded with GRIT, PERSEVERANCE, and FOCUS to a trail that Coach Mike, mind you with a smile, described as, “Treacherous!” on Sunday morning. The clay was holding water making it SUPER slick, the grass was swampy due to the high humidity overnight, roots presented themselves uphill, downhill, and where they weren’t on the pre-ride (See James’s jersey for evidence.) There were dropped chains that were fixable, and one that was carried across the finish line in the back pocket of a rider on foot. One tubeless tire responded well to a shot of CO2, while another was still losing air after four patches! Both riders made it across the finish line thanks to the help and encouragement of a Sweeper extraordinaire (Hint: See photo gallery below.) ALL twenty riders stepped up to the Race 3 challenge. The Rider Roll Call photo gallery below highlights the finish line photos taken by Mrs. Liebler. The look of erlebnis!
A FABULOUS fall weekend filled with mountain bike trails, kids on bikes, giddy coaches gladly volunteering to ride the course again, a frigid water hole filled with laughter, a unicorn nest (aka, hammock city (Visualize six hammocks in one black walnut tree)), five camp stoves and a mini-grill, tents of all colors and sizes, a multi-team Pot Luck Feast, viewing Saturn’s rings via the telescope in the observatory, a sunrise to inspire, and 21 riders representing Colonial Revolution in race 2 of the NICA series. You can’t make this stuff up. It really happened! #Thankful4ColonialRevolution #RiderRollCall
Race Waves for Middle School Boys & Girls:
Race Waves for High School Boys & Girls:
We love our sponsors for keeping us pedaling. Their logos look particularly good framed by the mountains at Stokesville Campground and many of our team members and coaches.
Welcome to the team, Coach Chris! Clearly, you are in for a good time.
I asked about his first ride with the team. Chris said, “They don’t need to be motivated!”
We love seeing other NICA jerseys mixed in with our Colonial Revolution blues. #WoodberryForestTigers #W&Mmtb
In celebration of the completion of the first week back in session for our local public schools, let’s solve some math problems. Although not all of our student athletes are pictured above, Coach Mike took a count at practice last night of riders who will be participating in the “group ride” this Sunday.
Problem 1: If 21 of our 27 student athletes are conflict free and thus plan to attend, what percentage of our team will be riding in Race 1 of the fall NICA series hosted by Miller School of Albemarle? 21/27=78% That is significant.
Problem 2: Solve for X. Sunday group rides are averaging 30 people. THIS Sunday’s ride will likely number 300 riders. What is the factor of increase? 30x=300 300/30=10 I guess that means we can look forward to TEN times the fun!
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It was a beautiful day last Sunday. How about 30 miles in Richmond? Of course, this urban assault included a lap or two of the infamous Poop Loop, plus the Buttermilk Trail, Forest Hill Park, Dogwood Dell, and North Bank. Just like a high school dance, the last song…I mean climb… was Stairway to Heaven.
You have to love the featured photo by Coach Randy— The bike racks were overflowing at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream with Colonial Revolution, and our favorite St. Christopher’s School rider, machines at lunch. #LivingTheCityLife
Their confidence is growing along with their skills. Great leadership by Ana, Cooper, & Jackson in helping get these new riders up to speed! Thanks team! #TEAMColonialRevolution!
Coach Randy captured the team practicing dismounts and remounts plus bottle hand-offs. This is strategic because our coaches and student athletes utilize a race day pre-ride to assess the course paying attention to obstacles that may be too advanced and/or can cause stopping points. Coach Mike tells a good story of carrying his own bike over an obstacle and passing for the race win!
Rain and thunderstorms may be keeping the team off the trails today, but it gives us time to reflect on these candid photos taken by Shelly during Thursday’s group ride. #KidsOnBikes