Fall has been flying with each day seeming more beautiful than the last. Yesterday, we sat through a morning rain storm while drinking coffee and when the clouds cleared, the peaks, and really anything above about 9,500 feet, was coated with a layer of snow. Granted, it melted away within a matter of hours, but the writing is on the wall, our riding days are numbered, but still numbered well into the double digits, so I'm not too worried.
A combination of work and shorter days has led to a lot of evening rides, which luckly lead to a lot of pretty pictures being taken. I haven't had to break out the light yet, but one of my most recent rides definitely had some wooded sections that I was riding more by feel and trail knowledge than by what my eyes were processing.
The grounds been covered in frost each morning and there are more yellow aspens to be seen than green ones.
It was a perfect settting for the Alpine Odyssey, one of the Leadville Qualifiers held here in CeeBee. Since it was 95% dirt road, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to race it on a rigid fork. This was a less than brilliant idea and my back is still paying for it. Doh!
I also raced in the 30-39 age group category for the first time in my life. I felt old, but even though I got smoked by AmyB, I won the age group, which I guess means I'm racing Leadville next summer. Should be interesting.