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.





Well, it didn’t rain after all

1 10 2008

I didn’t send out an email Monday as the forecast called for rain all day.  Well, they were wrong.  So we rode!  Some new faces joined us to.  Max came and brought his Mom Monica.  Matt left his fixed gear at home and brought an mtb.  Deb joined us too.  Lots of wheelies, stoppies, trackstands, and a few wipeouts.  We had fun.