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Every ride is a good ride.

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We’re always looking for another reason to throw around the word “epic”.

But most rides are not epic. Some rides are merely good, or great, or fun, or “I’m glad I got outside today”.

If everything is exceptional then nothing is exceptional.

So three cheers for good rides with friends both old and new, on roads both old and new.

Hat tip to Rocky Mountain Road Club. They know how to put together a good ride.

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Colorado: Rodeo Team Night Nov 10th

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RSVP HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rodeo-labs-2016-colorado-team-hangout-night-tickets-29023844099

2016 is drawing to an end and we haven’t yet had a proper team party and get together. We need to fix that! If you are Rodeo or if you might be Rodeo but aren’t sure then come on out and meet your team mates and friends in the real world. Rodeo does a lot online but one thing we want to do is get better at getting the crew together in the real world. We’ve got people flying the colors all over the world so it’ll be difficult to get everyone together, but if we could get a solid crew of Colorado people under one roof that will be a great place to start!

 

Dinner and some drinks will be provided. Currently we are leaning towards some sort of taco setup from a local food truck but that isn’t quite locked down yet. If you have a favorite drink or brew bring a six pack to share.

YOU REALLY NEED TO RSVP if you are coming so we know what to plan for. You CAN bring friends, etc but you need to RSVP them. Kids are allowed but it might not be the best idea to bring them because there is finite space and they tend to get a bit bored at bike hangout events.

On the agenda:

1. Hang out and meet more of the team in real life. Connect names and faces.

2. Talk about what it means to be on the Rodeo team.

3. Talk about what we’re getting right and what we should be doing better such as:

– Group rides

– Rallys

– Communication

– Including more people

– Drawing out lurkers

– Road trips (2017)

– Races? (2017)

– Etc

– Ideas from EVERYONE are welcome.

4. Discuss the possibility of a team board of some sort to help break leadership into bite sized chunks.

5. Talk about leadership incentives.

6. Talk about how Rodeo the bike company relates to the team.

7. Eat food

8. Drink things

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Andrew, eh?

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The surprising thing about Canadians is that many of them actually do say “eh” a lot. I’m not going to lie, it kind of makes me smile when they do.

Andrew is from Vancouver, BC and he also uses a fair number of phrases that I haven’t heard since moving to Colorado from Washington state. I think there is a mix of Canadian and Northwest Corner factors involved there…

Andrew has been visiting Colorado over the last week. He’s been Rodeo since… well, for a long time, so we saddled up and headed for the hills together looking to see and ride some of our very own stereotypes: Peaks, Buffalo Bill’s Grave, Gravel, and Red Rocks, that sketchy part of town with lots and lots of green buildings…

It’s always great when a Rodeoer visits from far off places. Watching them see our state through fresh eyes gives us an added appreciation for what we have.

I can’t wait to visit BC some day and ride Andrew’s roads.

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Bad weather. Good people.

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The weather had been rain, sleet, and snow for three days. The forecast predicted a four hour break on Saturday morning from 10am to 2pm.

The forecast was 100% wrong.

We don’t ride in foul weather because we are suckers for punishment. We ride in bad weather because there are good people to do it with.

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Evening climbing vibes

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I’ve been putting in some great miles on the Traildonkey 2.0 prototype so far this year. I’ve only done three actual rides but they have all been big and up high. Treating the Donkey like a road bike is a good series of tests. Does it feel stable, stiff, and planted on climbs and descents? Yes, yes it does.

It isn’t a race road bike, but it has done really well on tarmac, gravel, ice, and snow alike.

Bonus: When road racing season arrives I’ll probably be that much stronger from pushing around a bike that has a few more pounds on it than the average road racing thoroughbred. When I race a lighter bike it’ll feel like lightning.

 

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December Rodeo Rally.

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Rodeo Rally. Last minute invite. December 20th. 8:30am. Buffalo Creek lower lot. 55ish miles of single track, Tarmac, and gravel. CX bike and MTB will work. CX bike encouraged for radness points (bring spare tubes!). High gearing encouraged. Bring lots of water and food. IMPORTANT: This is an advanced level rally on technical trails in the winter. This is NOT a no drop ride. We expect everyone to be on pace or self sufficient as we have limited daylight so we can’t wait around. There are plenty of bail out points earlier in the ride if you only want to make it a 20 ish mile round trip. Just remember: You must be self sufficient.

Route Here:

https://www.strava.com/routes/3711593

 

The Steamboat Ralleye via Kitsbow

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197 dirty, epic miles and 19,302 brutal feet of climbing from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, Colorado with Niner Bikes and the Ralleye Riders.

Our own Timothy Fegel was along for the ride on his beta Flaanimal on what was no doubt an amazing adventure.

Music: Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Dirty Laundry

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