This the time of year that it is hard to be really passionate about cycling. The weather outside is crap, there hasn't been enough time off of the bike to be willing to hit the trainer hard, there is no race news, no team news, no industry news and, at least for me, not a lot of enthusiasm to overcome all of these things.
Personally, I have decided to take a couple of weeks off of the bike to rest, recuperate and rebuild the furnace of excitement that tends to carry me through a new year of riding. That doesn't mean, however, that I have forsaken my cycling world, despite the appearances on this blog. No, I am working on a new racing team for 2012, I am looking at a new bike for 2012 (and maybe, just maybe, two new bikes - don't tell my wife, yet), and, somewhat unbelievably, I am trying to help pull together the parties for a new and VERY COOL bike race in downtown Spokane for next year.
At the shop, Steve has placed an order for his first shipment of BMC bikes, which should build some interest and enthusiasm for riding, and he has signed on to be a Cannondale dealer for 2012. I have to confess that I don't know a lot about Cannondales except for two impressions - one, that their road bikes are reportedly very light and very stiff (in the good way), and two, that they have that crazy single-sided front fork on their mountain bikes that looks scary but I have been told personally by a couple of rider who have them that they love them. I am looking forward to checking them all out.
So, it might be a bit quiet here, but like a duck, there is plenty churning beneath the surface. More later.