If you readRichmond Regional Ride Center. If not, welcome to my world.
Apprehension……just a little
Ego……………….better leave that at home
Aerobic base…….HAH! Haven’t seen that in years!
After many years of racing and wrecking motorcycles, and not wishing to add to the list of things in my body that set off airport screening equipment, I thought I’d try to be a little smarter this time around and try a learning curve approach instead of a learning right angle method of instruction.
Since my group of friends believes that having a cast on a limb is as normal as socks on your feet, I thought I’d look for a kinder, gentler path to enlightenment than the "try-wreck-heal-repeat” method that I’mway toofamiliar with. I made the decision to find myself some professional help that wouldn’t try to kill me, so I reached out to Ride Kore.
When I read the line on the Ride Kore website, “Learning how to ride should be fun, not intimidating. That’s why our mountain bike skills clinics focus on “approachable” and “progressive” coaching that enables riders to develop at their own pace and comfort level.”
I thought, yeah this might not hurt too much and they’re probably familiar with fat old guy trail extraction if need be.
Dave looking good
Truth be told, I’ve known IMBA Level 2 stamp of approval, which anyone in the know will tell you isno easyfeat.
I was in the parking lot of the Nature Center at Pocahontas State Park unloading the bike when I met Dave. Any feelings that I had about getting in over my head were put to rest in short order. Dave is one of those “mountain bike guys”. You know the type: tall, lanky, sinewy, annoyingly healthy looking, and blessed with an easy going nature that imparts the understated confidence of someone who knows what he’s doing. Dave is also a Special Education teacher forHenrico County, in other words he’s one heck of a human being with the patienceof Job.