On a crisp, idyllic Saturday, the single speed outlaw put on the second annual SS Punk Bike Enduro race at the snow-covered grounds of an unnamed (to protect the innocent) reservoir located just a stone throw away from the city of Baltimore. The premise was simple enough; bring a one-gear bike and an empty water bottle. And plan to ride twelve miles of up and down terrain along the frozen reservoir. The miles of smiles were broken down to 5 or 6 stages. Whoever collects the most points or punks (laminated doodads) that were hidden along the trails will win the coveted Sid and Nancy trophy. From the lemans style start, to the leg-burning climbs, to the no dub-rocky stage, the Enduro was well organized and attended. Bring your appetite for good times, good beer and good camaraderie as well for they will come in handy as you trudge shoulders to shoulders up the slippery, slushy slopes.
There were close to forty riders who participated. Many were on Surleys, On-Ones, converted hardtails, and fine steel frames like Kelly and Vicious. Several riders, including the outlaw, rode a fixed-gear. Hats off to them for making us look bad. One lone female rider, Becky schooled half us in the group and is one heck of a rider.
It was cold out and the trails were covered with snow, slick roots and logs. But my grumble gave way to delight and excitement, as I turned the cranks for the first time in several months. Some of my best memories were spent on the saddle riding with the likes of Drevil, SSO, Allroy, iconoclast and others. Good times, I tell you. For roughly twelve miles we rallied around the frozen reservoir. The stages lasted no more two miles. Long enough to warm my soul and put a grin on my face, which will tide me over until my next ride.
Thanks for the good times and a warm shout to the single speed outlaw and others for putting on a great show.
Thanks for reading and hope all is well in your corner of the world.
Drevil sporting his orange ruffles dashes to his bike.
Shiva Steve kicked up some snow as he pedaled his fixed Chester forward.
Rider in black breaking trail.
Slogging up a slippery slope.
Allroy was stoked to find a punk.
A very cold baptism. PS. Thanks for being a great sport.
Pedaling up a fireroad, as the master Enduro captures the moment.
Iconoclasst was having a smashing good time.
Jaybone's parachute about to deploy as he bombs downhill.
Hjalti give me the evil eye. Good riding, brah!
There is always a long line for tasty nectar.
Long live good ride and good scenery.
K9 leads the pack.
A bike jam up a power line.
Derbying for points.
Mandatory group shot.
A fixie rider getting it done.
Becky clearing the no-dub section with style. On borrowed bike, no less.
Drevil rode like a scalded monkey the entire time, must be the puffy shirt.
"There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship."~Author Unknown
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