Get in the van!
I know for a fact that I spent the good part of my education sleeping away in creative writing class. Many afternoons I awoke to a puddle of drool and blamed it on the lunch, but it was a combination of many things. Hanging out with my friends late into the weekend nights, drinking too many beers , and lack of belief that there was a real world that I actually may have to perform in. Rarely does this happen now. Too much goes on in my life that requires coffee to keep me rolling. Sometimes gone are those days of carelessness and bliss unless I’m being inspired by others. Goofy movies come to mind during these moments. Such as Animal house, Old school, Fubar II and even reality television shows such as call of the wild man. Each portraying crazed characters individually motivated and on the fringe of society. Last summer our team mate Kevin had bought a conversion van for road trips with his family and friends. What this van would come to be is a reason to reflect on those days prior to the real world while being encouraged and inspired by others to enjoy life for the moment.
We loaded up the van with bikes, beer and some clothes and headed on our 5 hr. road trip to New York for the 2014 Singlespeed-A-Palooza race put on by Dark Horse Cycles. Careful calculations were made so that we didn’t exceed the weight limit of the springs on the van due to the coolers that were loaded with Iron Mike pale ale and Bone Shaker brown ale from Moat Mountain. Our plan was to spread the beer love at this event with the tasty Moat Mountain beers. Taylor would later yell to me to “Get in the van!” and blasting rock music and a van full of beer this fraternity was on the road. This year four of us would go down and race in the men’s open. Taylor, Kevin, Dave and me. Since we rode the course the year before on a 32x20 which was too spiny for the fire road sections we upped the ratio to a 32x18. The 18 is little faster on the fire roads and your still able to climb everything in the woods. This course features single track with a good flow to it and a point to point race. This is a nice change compared to the hamster cage races that we normally attend. The course this year was fast and fun with a couple of muddy areas near the end. Nothing terribly bad. We got a chance to pre-ride and then we checked into the hotel and got our room. Saturday night things got a little fun. We met up with Shoogs, Ray Cloutier, Lone Wolf Cycling Tim Woods, the boys from Gigantic Hawk, Team Awesome and the DAS crew at the camping area, got the bonfire rolling and cracked open the coolers. Sometimes you have to wonder if we forgot that there was a race the following day. It’s not every day that you get a chance to hang out with friends you see once a year. So let’s have a good time. By the morning we realized that the coolers were about bare. What a night, now what a morning. Race day. Ouch!!
|The van is loaded up and ready for the road trip.|
|Cooler full of Moat Mountain awesomeness! Photo by Randy Shoogs Larrison.|
|The bonfire was raging because of pyromaniac Tim Woods. Photo by Dave Harris.|
|One legged Anthony Catauro. Photo by Luke Kelly.|
|Super hungover Taylor Clark. Photo by Luke Kelly|
|Hammer down Dave Harris. Photo by Luke Kelly.|
|Kevin Como cranking away. Photo by Luke Kelly.|
|The CBR wrecking crew; either wrecking our gear or ourselves.|
|Great day of racing bikes, drinking beers and hanging with our friends.|