What you need to know in the way of setup is that the day-glo guy front and center is Hank Greer, who writes the Everyday Cyclist column for Out There Monthly magazine. He may or may not be planning to write something next month about fatbikes, you will have to pick up a copy to find out for sure. But assuming he was, he might need to get together with some fatbikers to get some input and ideas for the story and then possibly it might enhance the quality of the column if he could spend some time riding one.
A rumor like this was a good enough excuse for eight of us (some more hung over than others) to rally at 10:00 a.m. on New Years Day at Riverside State Park and kick off 2013 with a righteous leg and lung burn. 3 fats + 5 skinnies = 8 nutjobs.
|Abel. (Please note Joe in the background, just about to launch into his special human trick routine.)|
|Joe. (Cool as a cucumber. As if the special human trick that just happened had never even happened.)|
Ocean Shores fame, and the godfather of Spokane fatbiking . . .
But ridden it was, on this first day. It wasn't super awesome. Or even straight-up awesome. But it was fun. And it was the kind of hard that generates flesh-eating lactic acid. Reason being, there's a lot of drag generated with all those knobs digging into that little bit of snow that is left on the track. Two laps, tops, before I blew up each time out. What the track needs is tons of riding in, as in laps and laps. And then it has the potential to be awesome, I think.
I feel like I spent the whole day outside and I can't imagine a better start to the new year. It's been a great vacation and I feel like one lucky, exhausted little bastard.
Thanks for following along on my 12 days adventures. Hope you have a fantastic 2013!