If you’re taking the time to read this, you likely already know how it goes: gentle slope + spikes + cones = laughs, a little friendly competition, and drifts. 2014 was no different really. The course was much the same and many of the racers were returnees. Why bother coming out to race the same people, on the same course?
The simplicity of grass slalom reminds me of the good ol’ days. I didn’t grow up in a mountain biking community. We didn’t have more than a few trails to ride. My bike sucked. There were only a few of us that rode. Why did I bother then?
I don’t really think I can put the answer to either question into words. For most lifelong riders, cycling is simple. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re riding the same old loop, gravel roads, or the Whistler Bike Park. Just ride, do wheelies, and have some fun.
Sea to Sky cyclists are fortunate to have a number of luxuries: purpose built singletrack, trail crews, a myriad of bike shops, dropper posts… the list is never ending. Do we need all of them? Maybe not…
Not that we don’t appreciate all of the luxuries, but we don’t necessarily need them. Grumpa Slalom reminds me to keep things simple. Get outside, ride a bike, and have a laugh. You know that we will.