We’re not going to play bikes tomorrow.
We’re not going to meet a few thousand bike minded people (love that saying) and talk about the greatest thing on earth: MOUNTAIN BIKING.
We’re not going to have pancakes in the forest.
We’re not going to play on Joyride 150’s jumps and skinnies, and ride with the Ride Guides people.
We’re not going to see the staff and bikes from: Bicycles Plus, Boyds Sports, Cycle Life, Cycle Solutions, Evolution Cycles, Impala Bicycles, Spoke O Motion, and Station Ski and Ride (those are all links by the way, click on them).
And we’re not going to see bikes from: Giant, Norco, Specialized, KHS, Cannondale, Trek, Santa Cruz, Devinci, Liv, Pivot, Rocky Mountain, Scott, Yeti, and Staran, and support a few local businesses: The Copper Branch, Hy-Hope Farms, The Merchant of Meat, and Primal Pizza.
Nope. None of that stuff. DMBA DEMO FEST IS CANCELLED.
And that’s awesome.
Yup, awesome. Gotta respect DMBA for making the right call and cancelling tomorrow’s Demo Fest. It’s been raining all week, it’s not going to stop tonight, and there is just too much water on the trails. Because of the DMBA, the trails will live to be boss for another day.
Respect, respect, RESPECT!
Part of the DMBA mandate is to “preserve trail opportunities”, and cancelling tomorrow must have been a killer decision–especially given the amount of time and money that must have gone into the event, not to mention the few unreasonable people who might complain–but ultimately they have done exactly what we need them to do. They’ve shown exactly why they exist. They exist so that our sport will be protected.
We can’t ride on Saturday, but the trails will be there all summer, and with people like the DMBA advocating for US, protecting OUR trails, and giving US events like the Demo Fest, the trails (and the spirit and vibe of biking) are sure to be there for many summers to come.
It ain’t easy making tough decisions, but it’s called the high road for a reason, and DMBA just took it. All of us know this philosophy too well. When there’s a fork in the trail, and one side has a log-over, we nail the logs. When there’s a killer hill to climb, we attack it (and sometimes even repeat it). When our friends are playing golf and scrapbooking (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we RIDE OUR BIKES hard and fast.
And now, thanks to the DMBA, all that great stuff is protected just a little bit more.
If you’re really itching to ride tomorrow (and I know I am) here are a few other alternatives to Demo Fest:
- Feel like an indoor rip? Take a shot up to Joyride 150 and try their new Flow Trail.
- Really really really want to ride OUTSIDE tomorrow? Check the Team Colin Facebook page, or send Team Colin an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rumour is that a ride is planned exploring his famous “South Scarborough Loop” (a teeny tiny bit of road, lots of paved trail, a few climbs and other surprises, and a view of the lake).
- Can you wait until Sunday? If so, make the trip east, O-Cup #2 at MTB Kingston (presented by Dan Marshall and Substance Projects) is on Sunday. MTB Kingston has been busy all week making sure the trails are ready for the downpour (sand, gravel, rerouting, and so on), and ensuring the trails won’t sustain any damage. Seriously, check out the Substance Projects Facebook page. These folks CARE about the trails and are knocking themselves out to make the race a reality. Dan, Substance Projects, and MTB Kingston support us, and it’s time for us to support them. Cold and (torrentially) rainy, with a chance of snow? Can’t think of a better time to crush it on a bike. Boom.
- Behind on your chores? Spend a bit of time catching up. Seriously, with three races in April (and three in May…plus a few weekly race evenings), I am behind in everything that doesn’t have to do with bikes. My bikes are tuned, and my kits are ready to go, but my garage is a mess, my lawn needs a rake, the shower may be growing things, and the laundry pile is threatening to topple on one of my kids if they put one more sock on top.
- Forgot to observe Star Wars Day? Say hi to Chewie, Han, Leih, Obi Wan, Luke, and the droids (even though they aren’t the ones you’re looking for), and watch a Star Wars movie (hint, episodes 4-7 are a good place to start)
- Forgot what a non-biking weekend looks like? Read a book, watch a play, sleep in, snuggle someone, bash the mud off your shoes from last weekend’s P2A (or is that just me), clean your bike, visit a bike shop, spend the day in your pajamas and binge watch a new show, get caught in a Youtube Vortex, or otherwise revisit your non-biking life that usually gets put on hold during riding season.
- Want to support our sport so there are many Demo Fests in the future? Renew your DMBA membership. DMBA, YMBA, IMBA, HAFTA, GORBA, Team Van Go, SCMBC, Shorthills, WCC, MTB Kingston, whatever. Each of us should be a member of one of our organizations. Each name above is a link. Get clicking!
I’m not glad the Demo Fest is cancelled, but I’m happy that our trails and our sport will remain strong and healthy because of the great leadership and forward thinking of the DMBA. I really believe that we’re stewards not just of our trails, but of our natural environment, and it’s nice to have a reminder about the effects of our actions.
So what if we can’t play bikes and eat pancakes tomorrow. There’s plenty of summer ahead of us.
Ride…just not at Durham tomorrow, and probably not for the next few days (unless you’re racing in Kingston).
PS. Hey, anything to say about the trails, riding, or bikes in general? Comment, or send me an email at: email@example.com
In no time, we’ll be doing this again: