Winter in Moab. You walk out to the middle of Main Street in front of Poison Spider Bicycles, because you can, with no fear of being run over, because there’s no traffic. You face toward the south, your gaze falling on snow covered canyon walls, a winter wonderland. Sad, you turn around till you’re facing north, looking at the south faces of the same canyon walls and yipee! All you see are red dirt and rocks. It looks warm and inviting. You get an instant spring fever willy. Your mind fills with ideas of warm wind on bare skin, lungs expanding with pedal strokes, two wheels below and a helmet on top. Smiling, you side step back indoors so as not to get a glimpse of the snow behind you.
Hold on to that happy thought! Keep in mind that the Poison Spider Bicycles Spring Thaw event is right around the corner. Make plans to be in Moab for free mountain bike demos from Yeti Cycles and Kona Bikes for three days, March 4-6, 2011. The snow should be a vaguely unpleasant memory by then, with all the desert trails open and dry. There will be free guided rides, food and drink, parties in the mornings and parties at night. Smiles, sunshine and schwag. Feeling good, good food and fat tire fun. Check this website for details, if not now, then soon.
Whilst suffering from spring fever, start thinking skinny tires. It’s time to train for the Gran Fondo Moab on May 7, 2011. Big steep hills, both up and down are waiting to challenge you and your road bike on the LaSal Mountain Loop Road. Talk it up to your friends at spin class and on the chairlift, mention it at cocktail parties, the morning coffee club, and PTA functions. Bring everyone you like to ride with and come to Moab to test your fitness on one of the best and most beautiful road rides anywhere. Enjoy an organized ride with aid stations along the way and van support for emergencies. Race your friends or the whole field, but be eligible for prizes even if you don’t hurry, because the Gran Fondo Moab is all about fun and your own chosen challenge. Make the commitment. Sign up online today. Keep that spring fever alive.