Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008

Chico WildflowerNow that we’re beginning a new year, it’s time to reflect on 2007, and also look to the future of 2008.

2007

For the past few days, I’ve been thinking of the most memorable cycling moments of 2007. There weren’t too many days in 2007 when I didn’t ride a bike (and have a good time doing it), so there are many events to pick from; however, the rides that are the most memorable are the adventures that took place far from home or places I have never ridden before. I’m also a little surprised that my favorite rides were on a road bike, as I consider myself primarily a mountain biker. It may be though, that I just never took my mountain bike too far from home.

Patterson PassThe most memorable ride of the year was The Chico Wildflower. Kristy and I explored the foothills around Chico and hung out at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Fun terrain, beautiful scenery, and great beer!

Riding around Mount Diablo in California was also a highlight of 2007. Kristy rode the Cinderella Classic with the girls, and I rode with a small group of guys in a ride they dubbed the Cinderfella. The Cinderfella included epic climbs and descents that I will never forget!

 

The Flume Trail - Lake Tahoe

Riding at Lake Tahoe

 

Other highlights of 2007 included all the riding at Lake Tahoe of course. Networking with other bicycle bloggers, and actually getting to meet and ride with some of them was fantastic too. I also had a great time with all the cruiser events; Poker Runs, Treasure Hunts, and bike festivals like the Tour de Fat. There was a lot going on in 2007, and I expect there will be even more of these style of events in 2008.

2007 also marked the beginning of my full time bicycle commute to work. Moving back to Carson City has been a huge milestone in my life.

And of course I can’t leave out the rides with the lunch time crew. Without the lunchtime rides, I’m not sure how I’d make it through the work day!

So in summary, there was lots to be thankful for in 2007. It was a great year!

2008

I’m very excited looking ahead to 2008. Here’s what’s coming up in the new year so far…

  • Freelance work for the Crooked Cog Network. Starting this week, I’ll be doing some writing for two blogs in the Crooked Cog Network, Commute by Bike and Blue Collar Mountain Biking. I’m pretty excited about doing this, and will continue writing for them as long as they’ll have me. It will be fun to see where this goes!
  • Muscle Powered. Jeff P and I have nominated ourselves to serve as a Board Advisor and a Board Member for Muscle Powered in 2008. Our mission: To make Carson City a great place for cycling (and walking too…)!
  • 2008 Tahoe Bloggers Ride. In June we are planning a few days of riding around the Lake Tahoe area, and cycling bloggers from all around the country will be coming out for the activities. The rides will be open to anyone who’d like to come along…blog writers and readers, locals and non locals! We have a few people that have committed to coming out already, and we have been coming up with some good ride and activity ideas. We will be making updates at this site HERE.

…and there will be much more to come! 2008 is going to be a great year for cycling!

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8 thoughts on “Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008

  1. Thanks to all! I wish you all the best in the coming year too.

    Jeff P – I’m glad you all had a good laugh at that. I was trying to forget that moment…

    Snakebite – Thank you for the sound advice!

  2. Are you guys doing the Cinderella again this year? That whole thing is fairly close to home. In fact, some of the southerly portion in Pleasanton was our daily lunch ride for many years. Those rides were a thing of beauty.

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