|One of our first rides of the year|
towards Marymoor Park
Cycling season is here again - it may not look like it when you walk outside and your feet sink into inch deep water due to all this rain we're having. But make no mistake, we're gearing up for riding. Some of the serious Mangs actually kept doing their riding through Fall and the holidays (even on Christmas day) and you can see the improvement in their performance. Others just started their regular rides on the 1st day of the year. Regardless, though, we all seem to hang out and keep the fun - winter is kind of the time to just get those legs moving. We'll probably start dividing the training later on as spring approaches so that those training for the harder rides can do harder training while those who want to do just relaxed riding can do so, too.
|A few Mangs with United Mtn Bike of Washington|
at the Stinky Spoke in Redmond - hey, we love everybody!
Many of us have signed up to do the Seattle To Portland ride, if only to have a target ride to train for. But just like a couple of years ago, some of our riders are also training to conquer the Death Ride (which happens on the same weekend in July - google it, it's not a walk in the park). You'll probably see less of us on the organized Cascade rides as we've grown accustomed to creating rides with our own support, and really, signing up for all these organized rides does eventually hit your pocketbook - but you'll still see the orange out there on random training rides and on big events - like the Whistler Grand Fondo in September.
This year brings even more Mangs into the community and we're gearing up to do more than just cycling - we're pouring more efforts into community events that will benefit other causes such as the Tour de Cure. We've even got representatives on a medical mission trip outside the country. This community is indeed making an impact.