Trek Women
April 11, 2008

CycleFest ditch diver…

Cyclefest_ride It may have been cold and dreary last Sunday in Fairfax, VA’s Wakefield Park; but, who really cares when there are bikes involved. I met up with Chris, Dave and Jon from Trek at CycleFest 2008 hosted by the Bike Lane. Though Chris and Dave weren’t able to send people out on demo bikes because of rain, lots of folks visited us at the demo trailers to ask questions.

Here’s what surprised me… not everyone covets a Madone. In fact, almost all of the women Chris talked to while I was there wanted to know which bike would suit them best if they wanted to ride on a bike path or around with their family or friends. It seems the FX series is for Fairfax. But, I seem to remember Trek telling me that FX is the most popular everywhere. Heck, I’ve done 100-mile rides on a hybrid bike as well as 1 mile jaunts to get a cup of coffee. You can’t beat it for flexibility, speed and price.

Also, Mike Spinner and Nigel Sylvester from Mirra Bike Company were there to judge a competition at Wakefield’s Skate Park. Too bad it got rained out, but the Mirraco boys hung out and signed autographs for all the kids/teens. Spinner is the winner of the 2007 BMX Trick of the Year who just completed a triple whip over the hip and the 720 double tailwhip on the resi (say what???) and Nigel is a streetrider from NYC.

I got to spend some time with Spinner and Nigel, check out our “sick” photo in the gallery below. (Sick = totally rad if you’re a product of the 80s.) Anyway, the boys asked me where I like to party in DC. I think I looked over my shoulder to see if there was someone cooler-looking standing behind me cause my guess is that they didn’t mean “party” as in would you like another mini-quiche. Cripes, how did I get to be this old? They were nice kids and very respectful to the elder in their midst.

Anyway, after the event wrapped up, the rain stopped long enough for the Trek gang and me to go mountain biking on the Park’s trails. I took up the last position so that I could watch the others go over the obstacles. The mud was thick and within minutes we were covered. The first challenge for me was to ride over a log; I made it and let out a big whoop. I crossed ravines, rode over another log and started getting the hang of it. All the while, Chris would look over her shoulder to see if I was still there and to encourage me when the trail looked tricky.

Then, came a skinny bridge-thing which was probably about a foot wide and about a 3 feet above the ground. I'm sure there's a technical name for it. All I know is in trying to get up on to the bridge, I popped a wheelie, lost control and fell over into the ditch, landing with a gigantic thud. I sprawled there for a second to get my breath back. I'm sure Chris was thinking about where to hide my body after doing in a Trek Women. But, I got right back in the saddle and kept on riding. The second time we did the loop, I made it!!!

My thanks to the Trek gang and the Bike Lane for a great day!


Does Trek not educate their folks that riding on muddy trails can cause quite a bit of damage to those trails? I volunteer my time to maintain mountain bike trails do you? I spoke to you at the Cyclefest and encouraged you to come ride with us on the group rides Tuesday and Thursday nights at Wakefield Park. I even mentioned that it was too muddy to ride that day. Perhaps I should encourage you and your fellow Trek representatives to come help work at some of the trail days in our area to make up for any damage you might have inflicted at Wakefield Park.

I see comments don't show up unless "approved". I'm sure the Trek reps won't "approve" of getting chastised for something that they know they should not have done.

Posted by: Dr. Cathie S. Marshall | Apr 11, 2008 9:54:34 PM

Hello there Dr. Marshall!

I wanted to reply directly to the comment you left on Laura's blog regarding our ride following Cyclefest.

Please rest assured that everyone at Trek recognizes the importance of trail care and maintenance. It is for this reason that we didn't allow a single demo during Cyclefest. We care about your trails, and their integrity.

It wasn't until after we spoke with one of the long-time park representatives who was on hand at Cyclefest, that we even decided to go for a ride. He directed us to the trail alongside the river which he said was in fine shape and would suffer no ill effects from our traverse. He had been on the trail himself earlier in the day. That trail was indeed wet, but was not overly muddy. The muddy bit of trail that we encountered was actually the fireroad under the powerlines at Wakefield, and not the singletrack.

As an IMBA member, I have done several trail maintenance days and understand the adverse and long-lasting issues that riding wet trails can leave behind. Please understand that it was not our intent to display any disregard for the frailty of the trail system at Wakefield. Had we not been encouraged to ride a trail that was deemed by a park employee to be acceptable to ride on, we would not have ventured out.

Posted by: Shop Girl Chris | Apr 14, 2008 8:41:14 AM

Good morning, Dr. Marshall,
I want to thank you for taking the time to write me. First, I believe in fostering discussion about topics. This is a community and I approve all legitimate comments that I receive. As I have mentioned before in comment threads, the approval functionality is to weed out spam, not to prevent an individual from voicing an opinion. That’s not fair.

Also, please be assured that we spoke to a park representative before venturing out on our ride. And, while I volunteer my time participating in a variety of clean-up and other events in the area, I have yet to work on a mountain bike trail. I will certainly come help your group on an upcoming trail day. I look forward to learning about trail maintenance and sharing my experience with other new mountain bikers through this forum.


Posted by: Laura | Apr 14, 2008 9:28:24 AM

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