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July 21, 2007

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Mike Osborne


One Fun Lunch Hour report..... (Kitchener Bike park)

Busy morning of answering phones and doing tech support as most of my support staff is on hoidaze... Settling into a Friday kind .of mood, dreaming of beer and weekend spoils :) Gotta get out of her for lunch or I am going to go crazy... Read a Blog yesterday about a new Bike Park opening right along side the trail I take for my lunch hour time trials.... So off I go... Sudden thrust of Adrenaline as I realize what I am about to do....

Out the front of the building I go....

Onto the old-school Nishiki SS toy...

Hammer down the sidewalk...

Ollie off then on then off then onto one final curb as I get around a nice little road obstacle I play with often...

Hammer down a short stretch of sidewalk...

Round a grassed berm onto a nice long stretch of rolling doubletrack away from the office...

Cross a road and into some tight winding rock and root laden singletrack (Bliss)...

Back out into open field singletrack over a foot bridge and onto some more double track...

Lunch hour sounds good so-far eh :)....

Round a dirt birmed corner and back onto sidewalk....

Across a road and a little more sidewalk......

Turn right and into open field singletrack....

Slowly climbing I reach the base of the new park....

Entering from a nice spot at the back that I know has a singletrack climb not for the faint of heart...

Still cant see any change to the area that would tell me there is a bike park on this hill i have climbed so may lunch hours....

So I climb the tight steep singletrack climb and bank onto the still steep doubletrack climb and there it is...

Every teenage dirt-jumpers dream...

4X, Wooden Structures, Teeter Totters, Pump Track, etc.....

I decided to stick with the 4X and pump t rack today...

Did 4 runs on the 4X - Seemed kind of fitting...

Kids looked at me like I was a crazy man riding 4X course complete with tabletops, gaps, banks, and berms on my XC MTB...

But it was not until I continued to climb the hil on the bike while they all walked their clunky steeds up that they really stared....

I could not hold back 2 kids were huffing and pufing and pushing up the hill.... I let them know it is easier to climb the hill on the bike :)

After 4 times up and down the 4X and 3 or 4 times around the pump track I figured i should get back to the office for the finally of my Friday....

Back up the doubltrack climb one more time....

Down the epic singletrack climb from earlier...

Up a new section of doubletrack....

Right onto a major road...

Right back into doubletrack from earlier...

back across the foot bridge...

back trough the singletrack with roots a plenty...

rest just a blur of riding back....

Realized while in the shower that I was on an immense Adrenaline High for a lunch hour..

Hopefully I can ride it out until it is time to ride home after work.....

May have to alter my route home tonight too :)

Bill

Wow! This sounds like on the best lunch hours you could have. And full points to the employer for having a shower on hand. You want healthy happy workers? Give them change/shower facilities and enough time to get a midday workout!

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Bill Bean


  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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