The 2010 season had a lot of highlights for me…on the bike, off the bike, and in a campground filled with bikes.
On the bike, I think my experience at the Dakota Five-O has to rank as among the top mountain bike events I’ve participated in, perhaps in my entire 20 years of riding and racing. Thanks to Perry and his crew for putting on such an incredible event. The singletrack around the Spearfish area is amazing!
Another particular highlight was the creation of a legitimate cyclocross course at Van Dorn Park in Lincoln. The concept of a season-long ‘cross course was one we’d proposed to Lincoln Parks and Recreation for a number of seasons, but in 2010, it finally got off the ground. Not only were we able to host a weekly Wednesday-night ‘cross training series on the course, it also hosted a larger regional race in October. The course was the realization of a decade-long dream for me and happened thanks to the effort of a number of great people.
My final highlights have been the bicycles I’ve had the pleasure of riding throughout the season. Whether I’ve been astride my steel adventure bikes or my amazing titanium race bikes, there is never a situation I go into where I’m left wanting for better equipment. You guys know how much I love my bikes – I believe I’m blessed to ride the best equipment on the planet – so it’s in that context that I say thank you to Jason, Mike, Bobby, Joe, Sean, PK, Tim and the rest of the Salsa crew for making me a part of the Salsa family over the past several seasons. And thank you for your support of my riding and racing. Getting to ride with you all at the Salsa Sol Sessions in June was a definite season highlight, now that I think about it. Those CAMBA trails are the best!
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Growing up the son of a wildlife biologist gave me a jump-start on my appreciation for the outdoors and I still count the day I first pedaled a bicycle as one of the best, most empowering days of my life. And while I enjoy the lure of big challenges like TransIowa and the Colorado Trail Race, I want to help cyclists see that great adventures are waiting right outside their doors. Discovery by bicycle is a beautiful thing. Matt Gersib: The Dirtblog http://dirtstories.blogspot.com/