Trek Women
August 11, 2007

This is burley...

So, said Ross Rushin after 20 minutes of climbing during my first ever mountain bike ride. I'd never heard the word before, but if it means what I think it means -- awesome, incredible, challenging, and down-right thrilling -- then burley rocks my world. Literally.

Ross works for Trek traveling around the South hosting "Fit for Women" WSD bike demos. Ross knows her bikes and even better, she's a lot of fun. You see, I drove up to attend one of her events in Asheville, NC. Hosted by the wonderful owners of Liberty Bikes, Claudia and Mike, Ross set up her demo racks of WSD bikes at a busy trailhead in Pisgah National Forest

As I was getting ready to take a WSD Madone out to tackle the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway, Ross asked if I was interested in mountain biking after the demo event. Heck ya, I'm always up for trying something new.

I took the Madone for a spin and it was like I was floating over the road. The OCLV 120 carbon frame and Bontrager Race wheels were super light and super fast. In comparison, my old bike felt like I was pushing a sofabed uphill both ways. I could have stayed out there all day, but I wanted to save some legs for my ride with Ross. Am I glad I did!

We set out with five guys from Florida who were in town for the Off-Road Assault on Mount Mitchell, a 63-mile race featuring 11,000 feet of accumulated climbing. The guys took off after giving us a piece of advice, when the path splits, stay left. Oh, and the first climb is a steep one. Okay, the first climb lasted like 40 minutes! Over rocks and gravel!! I had a couple of dodgy moments when I thought I was all but doomed to fall onto the sticker bushes lining the side of the trail.  Yet, we soldiered on and landed at the top.

Faced with a trail choice, we went left to singletrack. Did I mention I was riding a sweet Trek Fuel EX 7? Ross was in her element, catching air over dirt jumps and navigating tight turns. I was having the time of my life throwing myself down the mountain.  We rode for a couple of hours, then met up with the guys for dinner.

It was so burley.

P.S. And, yes, Ross and I thought the guys were really cute. 


Laura ... you rule! Looking at your pictures brought back fond memories. You left out the part about how you beat me up the hill!

Posted by: THE Ross | Aug 26, 2007 10:30:22 PM

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