After reading The Cycle Chic's top ten list, I was inspired to write my own. So, with apologies to Andrea for ripping off her format, here it is.
Top Ride November trip to Coach Bill's cottage in Pinawa. Riding trails in November after a busy cx season was a gas. And Bill made pancakes.
Top Bike My Crosscheck. I was unfaithful during cross season, seduced by one lighter, sexier and cooler who promised Truelove. But like many such flings, it didn't work out so well. So I am back with my first love. With a new lighter fork and a brake upgrade, it is sweeter than ever. And I will never be unfaithful again.
Top Badass Dallas Sigurdur. No explanation required.
Top Douchebag Pretty much everyone who drives an Escalade. I ride all the time and thankfully dangerous episodes with vehicles are a rarity for me. But almost every time there was an incident this year, it was with some dumb ass driving an Escalade. If you own one and aren't a douchebag, maybe you should think about getting a different showy pretentious car.
Top Local Race In a year of great events this took some thought, but I have to pick the New Year's Eve cx throwdown. I didn't have to do any work to make it happen, riding for fun with friends was a great way to close out a great year, and I beat The Awesome One. That won't likely ever happen again.
Top Playlist Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan. It is my favorite Christmas album. And she's dreamy; She can skate away on my river anytime.
Top Gym My basement. It's a bit grubby, my old steel plates are rusty, I have black plumbing pipe in the floor joists for pullups and a home made wooden squat rack. Very old school Rocky. And you can't beat the commute.
Top Male Rider Me. I had my own summer and I won the Butter Belt. Duh. Philippe Gilbert was a distant second.
Top Female Rider Katie Compton. Apparently she's been winning a lot. And cross is boss.
Top Bike Shop There are only two shops on my short list for this: Bikes and Beyond and Olympia on Portage. I like both stores; Good staff, good selection and they both are comfortable places for me to hang out and visit. So it's a tie.
Special Bonus Category, Best Group Ride Everybody knows there is only one place to be Tuesday nights. A TNR is always the highlight of my week.
2011 has come to an end with me sitting on the couch, watching the Jets, and stuffing my face with all things that go with sports TV. My resolution—get fat as a means to get skinny.
Getting this project off the ground has taken a bit longer than I had hoped, but things are coming together. Using parts that I have laying around and previously forgotten about, the build is nothing special, but should be reliable. One more hour or so to complete the build and "The Joker" will be ready to roll.
Thanks to Larry for hooking me up with his first-generation Purple Pearl Sizzurple Pugsley FF and wheels. It's the shzzit.