Nocturnal rockhoppers ride TC again

29 10 2008

The nocturnal rockhoppers were spotted downtown last night.  Cool weather (and the fact that I didn’t send out a reminder email) kept their numbers small, but three creatures were spotted congregating around the rocks at the zoo.  Unfortunately photographs only showed fuzzy shapes drifting in and out of the darkness.

2WT will continue to ride until snow is on the ground.  We will start riding at 4 PM next Tuesday to adust to the time change this weekend.





Nathan sessions a rock

28 10 2008




It was a frosty ride, but we had fun anyways

27 10 2008

A cold north wind was blowing, but the skies were clear so a small group gathered at the bridge to ride.  Nathan was all over the rocks at the zoo – showing off what a week of diligent practice (and a good foundation of bunnyhop skills) will do.  Max continues to up the level of his challenges.  Oh, to be young again 🙂

The forecast isn’t looking good for tomorrow.  We may have snow flying or on the ground – so we will see.





2WT Moab Tune-up clinic a success

20 10 2008

We had excellent fall weather for the Moab Tune-up clinic today.  Dianna, Dave, Mark, Paul, Terri and Rex geared up for their upcoming adventure.  Well done!  Everybody showed some great progression.

I think you all are ready to rock the rocks out in Utah!

The crew

The crew - Rex, Dave, Diana, Paul, Mark, Terri

 





Traverse City Rockhoppers come out in the light

15 10 2008

Well, another excellent turnout on a really great evening to ride.  The 2WT rockhoppers came out of the dark and migrated to the faux rocks at the zoo early into the ride.  There are some really good challenges, and lots of options on the rocks.  It was good having Matt and Alan back, as well as Alisa.  Some really solid riding, and lots of improvement from everyone!

Goin' up.  I love these rocks!
Goin’ Up.  I love these rocks!




Nocturnal rockhoppers spotted in Traverse City

8 10 2008

Rumors have been circulating for awhile that a small population of nocturnal rockhoppers exists in Traverse City. Several citizens claim to have seen their tracks on the rocks along and near the waterfront. City officials deny the claims siting no hard evidence of proof.

Intrepid trials rider and photographer Mark Hanson set up a camera with flash in an area identified to be extremely desirable to the rockhoppers. Before long shapes were seen moving quietly in the dark.  Mark fired off the flash and caught the rockhoppers in the act! Below are his photos of the evidence.

Caught in the act!  This rockhopper was caught completely by surprise with the flash.  In milliseconds he had fled the scene.

This rockhopper was caught completely by surprise with the flash. In milliseconds he had fled the scene.

Mark was lucky to capture this one on camera.  A bunnyhop at speed up the rock and he was gone.
Mark was lucky to capture this one on camera. A bunnyhop at speed up the rock and he was gone.
This one made repeated runs at this rock until he had hopped off and smoothly rolled off to his satisfaction.  Then he faded into the night.

This one made repeated runs at this rock until he had hopped on and smoothly rolled off to his satisfaction. Then he faded into the night.

 While they travel quickly over challenging terrain and seem to appear and disappear at will, they are not known to be a threat to humans.  Post a comment if you too have news of these elusive creatures.





A great night and a record turnout for 2 Wheel Tuesday!

8 10 2008

Another great turnout! I think it was a record with 11 riders all expanding their horizons. Darkness is forcing us to end earlier each week. We started at 5:30 and still didn’t get enough riding in before we couldn’t see anymore.

Diana joined us and worked on wheelies as a tune up for Moab. Christen worked on her awesome wheelie form. Nick brought friend A.J. to ride. Mark is so smooth with his touch ups, and is working hard on pedal kicks. Greg and Nathan are pushing each other to new heights. Nathan had some impressive bunnyhops at the Minerva’s wall. Max showed off some no-handed trackstands. Monica is getting the hang of things quickly and looked really good on a trials bike. The pipe of death was in demand! Clay is owning the stump and has a mod bike in his future.