|I didn't take many pictures of this event, so I stole a few from quickdirt.com, including this one.|
For me, the cheese is what the race was all about. Really, this is what mountain biking is all about.
Since I started mountain biking, I have been surrounded by good people. The vast majority of mountain bikers that I meet are happy, easy-going people, who like to laugh. This is true even of racers, who train like crazy and show up to win - they manage to compete without being complete dicks.
I can't say the same for the people I have met in other sports. I mean, distance runners are friendly enough, but most are so introverted that, at parties, they will quietly stare at the floor until 8:00 pm, when they will excuse themselves and go to bed. Road cyclists are less introverted, but won't leave the house if there's a chance of rain or their socks don't match their shorts. Triathletes are even worse; it's amazing to me that people who enjoy suffering so much can also be such whiny little bitches.
|Note: I have signed up for three triathlons this year. I'm still not sure why. I really don't want to do them.|
But not so with the mountain bikers I have met. MTBers are an incredibly generous community. Pretty much every trail I ride was built with volunteer labor and maintained by volunteers. The board of my organization, COMBO, is filled with talented, successful people, who give their time and money to build trails and plan events, races, and lessons, simply because of their love of the sport and desire to see it grow.
Indeed, the Mohican 100 wouldn't even exist without the hard work of the Mohican-Malibar club. Big props to them for giving us a trail that is arguably the best in Ohio.
And without race organizer Ryan O'Dell, we wouldn't have this race or the awesome OMBC series at all.
|One of my favorite sights - indicates that Mohican is good to ride!|
And MTBers will teach you to ride too. On my early days riding, I went on COMBO Spring and Fall trips, where the group patiently waited for me at every trail crossing (thanks Pack and Ed). These group trips were invaluable to me, in terms of learning from experienced riders and trailbuilders. But, more importantly, I found a community of people from all walks of life, who bonded over a common experience. My love of MTB culture was cultivated in these trips.
The same culture permeates the local MTB race community as well. Now, in my second year of racing, I have benefitted so much from the advice and encouragement of other racers. Especially on my team, Breakaway-Quickdirt-Trek.
|The BQT team at the Mohican 100 - another great photo stolen from quickdirt.com|
As my teammate Chris puts it, we push each other in the right ways.
From training rides, to race day, to travel for races and festivals, the guys on my team continue to crack me up and we always have a good time, even if something goes wrong.