Today, while the rest were busy with the IMBA conference, I went for a walk around town hitting all the bike shops. Trek got me set up with a Fuel Ex 9.5 full carbon rig for today's ride. I found it a little twitchy but I'm not complaining.
Hui Min did the Intermediate advance, while Max, Ling and myself did the Intermediate. After our NZ experience, we thought we'd better start off easy. Good thing we did coz we are at 2800 masl, and whatever short climbs we did, we were breathless.
It was nearly all singletrack and the bits that go down were fantastic. All swoopy and curved. Nothing very technical at all. Our ride leader was a guuuurrrrrl. And man, was she fit but a little crazy. She went riding when she was almost 9 months pregnant (2 days before the baby was due) and her water broke on the trail!
So to top it off, we gathered at the local library after showering and indulged in free beer (as many bottles as you can take) from the microbrewery that supports IMBA and is situated around the corner. This was followed by a screening of several short films done by bikers and chosen by IMBA to showcase IMBA work as well as riders who ride really remote places in Canada and one guy who rode a fixie along the Great Divide, which is only about oh 2500 miles long (soul riders).
Then they threw lots of schwag into the audience (stuff like gloves, socks) and there was a raffle with stuff like forks and a full sus frame being given away.
After that, they screened Seasons by the Collective. http://www.thecollectivefilm.com/
And then it was off to buffalo burgers for dinner.
Ling has all the pics.