If you don’t already know of him or have seen pictures of the bike he rides,….please meet Nic Handy. Nic and his Farrhoots (Serious Moots Adventure Bike) are now 1,000 miles into the Tour Divide. That puts him just to our north in Wyoming. So far he’s faced the snow hiking, the sore knee, the sore achilles and a mud packed up bike that would have most of us crying at the side of the road. Nic is doing it! He had the concept for this bike just before the NAHBS 2013 in Denver. A bike that would take the miles, take the abuse all while requiring little up keep. Did I mention Nic is also a SUPER PRO mechanic? Yes, he’s when it comes to his bike, he’d rather be riding it than working on it.
Above you see the bike as it was at the NAHBS in our booth. Zero miles on it, just sitting ready to be ridden. After the show, Nic started with the normal 300 mile weekends and went from there. Now, just about a year and a half after the bike was built he’s taking it for the long one. Tour Divide. By the looks of it we should be meeting up with Nic just north of Steamboat in the next handful of days. We’ll be there….camera in hand, handshake at the ready. If the timing is right we’ll be able to sit at the Clark store and have a coffee or burger. We are watching Nic, you are doing great….keep the rubber side down and bring that beast back to home!
We’ll see you soon.
That’s just one dedicated person on a Moots this year doing the Tour Divide. There are others…..many others. We will do our best to grab them as they come our way. Also on course this year:
Nic Handy———->Denver, CO———->MOOTO X (FULL RIGID, ROHLOFF)
Ton Litson———->Qatar—————->MX YBB
Andy Amik———>Castle Pines, CO—–>MX YBB
Alic Drobna——–>Utah——————>MOOTO X SINGLE SPEED
Michelle DuLieu—->Rochester, NY——->MOOTO X
Evan Deutsch——->Portland, OR——–>MOOTO X (FULL RIGID)
You can track all the Tour Divide riders here: TOUR DIVIDE 2014
Summer Solstice is this weekend and most of us have some big rides planned. And when I say big rides planned, that can be a realative thing. Rich Rogers of Cultivator Ads & Design in Denver Colorado is loaded up and ready for some “light” bike packing. He’s headed off on his Psychlo X (seen above). Ready to go where the wind may take him and his wife.
The day we have been working towards and waiting for has come. The Routt County Riders have a new SINGLE TRACK ST240 machine to build those narrow trails we love. In April Moots got involved to help the club meet the offer of a private individual to match any funds up to $12,500 that could be raised by the end of May.
The group here at Moots loves single track as much (if not more) than the next guy or gal. These trails that surround our facility are the fiber of our community and where we test, design and re-test any new products we might produce. So we thought…., what if we raise some money by offering a fully built bike to one lucky winner? The plan was made, important industry contacts for support were brought in and bam! We had a full bike to raffle. The raffle went live on our web store and sent out to our Moots Owners Newsletter and within 72 hours all 250 tickets had been bought! That’s exactly 12,500 dollars! The match was made!
So this brings us to today and the arrival of the ST240 machine. The Routt County Riders took delivery late Monday evening and then had a quick appointment with our friends at Lone Oak Studio to apply sponsors logos to the machine and then it made the rounds to Moots and Yampa Valley Bank for photo opps and one very important drawing for the winner of the fully built Moots Rogue Ybb.
And the winner is……..
ALAN PERKINS of Steamboat Springs, Colorado!
Alan received the call and I can tell you his reaction was priceless. Over the moon with excitement and the thrill of winning a MOOTS! Alan bought 2 tickets and really thought he didn’t have much chance to win, but he really likes to support great groups like the Routt County Riders. He happens to be a very active member in the club and moved his family to Steamboat just 7 short months ago. Why did he move here? Because of the small town feel and great riding. Jackpot!
Congratulations to Alan and congratulations to all that participated. You should be super proud to support a great club and a town that has put great riding at the front of its priorities.
Our original GrassMoots racer Kelly Boniface races at the PRO level during the season and right along with the challenges of training, being a mom and dividing up her time volunteering at pretty much any event in Steamboat, she guides a group of young ladies called “IT’S A GIRL THING”. This past weekend she rounded up 5 of them and set off for the front range of Colorado and the BETI BIKE BASH. She writes in with how it went……
Sunday was the 5th annual Beti Bike Bash. www.betibikebash.com if you want more info on the race. Colorado’s first and only all female mountain bike race.
I brought 5 of my girls from the SSWSC Cycling Club (ages 12 and 13) for the Juniors Race. Our cycling program doesn’t start until the end of June and most of the girls have only ridden their bikes to and from school and soccer so far this spring. But, I sent out an email to the girls that I coached last year and these brave girls decided to give it a go. There were 3 options in the Juniors Races to pick from: 1, 2 or 3 laps. Of course, I signed all my girls up for the 3 laps. If we are going to drive all the way down to Denver, we are going to race three laps!
This was the biggest Juniors field that the Beti’s had hosted thus far. There were almost 40 girls in the 3 lap race alone. The girls were extremely anxious about getting to the front of the start line. It was hilarious to watch them jockeying for position, but they got themselves to the front. I love the picture from the start line where they are intensely focused. I wish I’d gotten some action shots during the race, but I was too busy cheering them on and dumping water on them as they rode by (these girls hadn’t seen temps like that in a long time!)
They rode like champs…4 in the top 10 (but most importantly, they had a blast!) They got to meet a lot of the women in the Pro field, had fun stopping by all the purveyor tents, and of course, chatting it up with Larry Grossman on the mic. He gave us (the girls, me, Steamboat, Moots) tons of props as I’m sure you can imagine.
4th place, Maddie Heydon
6th place, Isabelle Boniface
7th place, Riley Hodges
10th place, Annika Malacinski
23rd place, Caitlin Smith
Not one mechanical (amazing since I’m sure a couple of those bikes had just been pulled out from last summer), crash, nor tear was shed.
After a stop for burritos and ice cream, it was back up the hill to Steamboat. I expected a tired and quiet trip home, but instead they were so fired up. They tortured Siri with important questions like “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?” and sang to the Pop Hits XM station (which plays the same 5 songs over and over again) If I ever hear said 5 songs again, it will be too soon. However, I wouldn’t change a thing about the day. We all agreed we’re going to do it again next year!