#6 – Tuesday April 26th
Yes, its time . . . the intersection of art and mountain biking . . . When I’m in the studio painting, time stands still . . . My world exists completely in the moment, implement to canvas, charging ahead, guided by intuition and the thousand upon thousand of marks made and colors put down or scraped off . . . each and every endeavor opening a new universe . . . and riding a mountain bike brings me to a very similar and familiar space. Being on a bike, navigating narrow, challenge strewn trails, requires my complete attention at every moment . . . charging ahead, guided by intuition and the thousand upon thousand of pedal revolutions turned, each mile opening a new universe, gliding over the wonder that is terra firma.
I grew up on a bike, and with the exception of a few short years in my early 20’s, I’ve ridden some kind of bicycle ever since. This week our friends Rebecca Rusch and Greg Martin are in from Idaho to ride the Whiskey 50 . The Whiskey is a 50, 25 or 15, mile mountain bike race in Prescott, Arizona. Rebecca makes her living riding a mountain bike and while Greg isn’t a professional athlete, he could be . . . because he just rides that hard and fast. So Rebecca will race the 50 mile distance in the pro-class, as one of her tune-up events for her racing season. Greg is racing the 50 mile distance also, but on a single speed bike . . . and I’m riding the 25 mile distance in the amateur class. The Whiskey is a weekend of awesome fun, celebrating human-powered two-wheel adventure!