Former Colorado state road champion Melissa Westergard wades into the mountain bike pool and finds the answer.
That’s exactly how I’ve felt about mountain biking for the past 4 years since my family and I have been back in Colorado. It seems as though the majority of my friends are absolutely obsessed with this sport. Why? Over the past year I tested it out a couple times during bike demos that were offered by Adventure Cycling, but didn’t experience the euphoria that my friends seemed to have after riding.
In the past, I have avoided mountain biking because “Why in the world would you want to ride a bike that is twice, if not three times, as heavy as your road bike? Why even get on a bike that does not have the capability to get you to speeds over 50 mph?”. These are a few thoughts that have run through my head when considering beginning this new sport.
A few weeks ago when I was in Buena Vista I signed up for a trail running race at the last minute. It has been years since I’ve actually run on a trail and I had forgotten how much joy it brought me to be out there. I experienced the euphoria that my friends have after that race. When we returned home I began thinking about mountain biking again and considered taking another shot at it.
My husband has a mountain bike that fits me so I took it out last weekend on the trails in the Highlands Ranch Backcountry. I found a single track that traversed across a rocky gulch and tested it out. I believe I had one of those ridiculously goofy grins on my face because everyone I came in contact with on the trail gave a big smile right back at me. When I got home I told my husband that I was finally ready to commit to beginning this new sport. Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to purchase my own mountain bike, but until then thankfully I have my husband’s to borrow.
One of the many benefits about joining the Naked Women’s Racing team is that we have several disciplines that you can participate in. It’s perfect for those newbies who are looking to test out something different than the typical road ride. There are multiple rides that go out throughout the week so you can find one that fits you and your schedule. I’m hoping to get in on one of the next mountain bike rides that are offered. If you’re like me and have been devoted to only one discipline, I encourage you to step out and try something new. Who knows, you might be the next person I come across on the trail and we’ll both be sharing those ridiculously goofy grins with each other. See you out there!