WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT THE CYCLING HOUSE?
Other than the amazing food, endless sunshine, and bikes? Getting the chance to be a part of someone else's best day ever on a bike is by far the most gratifying part of being a TCH guide. Helping people achieve their goals and challenge themselves is an incredibly rewarding experience. Oh, and did I mention the food?
I'm going to cheat and pick two; one for dirt and one for the road.
On the road it's hard to do much better than Mt. Lemmon. Just making it to the top is an achievement in and of itself, but for those who are lucky enough to ride it multiple times the challenge of beating a PR or seeing something new along the way keeps it fresh and exciting. Lemmon is a true test of mental strength. Every time I have ridden it I experience such a vast range of emotion; from doubt and despair to exhilaration and bliss, and everything in between. Once you've reached the summit, the descent is just icing on the cake!
My absolute all-time favorite mountain bike ride is the McKenzie River Trail outside of Sisters, Oregon. As a young and inexperienced Midwesterner, it was my first foray on a 'real' mountain bike trail and I instantly fell in love with the sport. The trail has all the hallmarks of an epic ride; technically challenging volcanic rock gardens, punchy climbs, and amazing views (search for images of the Blue Pool, it's unreal).
ONE OF THE BEST DAY'S YOU'VE EVER HAD ON THE BIKE
It is too hard for me to pick just one, so instead, I'll give you my recipe for an amazing day on the bike:
1. Explore new places (or revisit old favorites)
2. Enjoy great weather (or brave the elements)
3. Eat some tasty food (or just some gas station cuisine)
4. Ride with good friends (both new and old)
If I manage to hit all four, I know I've had one of my best days on the bike!
Missoula, MT. James fled the cornfields of Illinois at the first chance he got and landed himself squarely in the mountains of Montana. A career bike mechanic, James loves riding bikes just as much as turning wrenches.