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Blowin’ in the Wind

“We’ve never had a head wind on that ride!” was the bait that got me to ride from Victor to Idaho Falls for the Western States Beer Festival this past Saturday. It was a quote from the brewers at Snake River Brewing who have made an annual tradition out of the bike ride and for the past 3 years have enjoyed no wind (or a tail wind they claim)! Well… that good fortune came to an end this year. After a couple of sporty climbs complete with bike shop/brewer rivalry, we crested the hill out of Swan Valley to be greeted with BRUTAL HEAD WINDS. Luckily we had 7 riders working together against Mother Nature. Until that is 2 got dropped. No problem though, the lead group waited at the next gas station for us straglers (yup, I was one of the straglers). After a refill of Hammer Heed and Perpetuem I was encouraged to buy a Coke for the classic energy boost. After downing the Coke I felt ready for the last 25 miles. So I walked to throw away the bottle as the group started rolling away. “No sweat, they’ll spin around the parking lot as I get on my bike”, I thought. But, when I looked up again they were on the road… collectively. I’d like to say that had I been in the peloton I could have hung on all the way to IF, but probably not. What I was sure of was that there was no way to bridge the gap with the massive head winds. As I watched the other riders slowly pull away I took a deep breath and prepared myself for the worst suffering on bike I’ve yet to experience. In the end, after watching my speed toggle between 8 and 13mph for the next 2 hours, I was only an hour behind the group getting to the beer. Overall a great experience. Will I do it again? Sure, “the brewer ride to IF never has a head wind.”

We’re Live!

Well… the wait is over! Fitzgerald’s Bicyles website is up and running. Hopefully this will become a one stop shop for all the cycling news in the greater Jackson Hole area. So, keep checking back as we’ll have daily blogs and new stuff all the time. Big thanks to Scott Wood for the sweet site!

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