Sometimes I feel that 2018 was just monkey business. So many things happened, but yet we didn't document it. The year flew by way to fast for this monkey. Overall I personally road less this year than any year prior, I raced a bit less, commuted a bit less, had fun a bit less. What does that mean? It means that 2018 is over and 2019 is going to be better. RideAMR has always been about getting people out on their bikes. If it was a charity ride, race, social mtb ride or whatever we just wanted you to go out and ride. We had some amazing feats by members in NC who hit personal records of millage to PA member who just killed it at being cool on the single speed at races. Few podiums here and there, but that isn't why we ride. As the founding member of AMR I look back over the years of the members who have come and gone, and those accomplishments achieved. I am very proud of how this team has worked over the years. I am also very excited that we know we need to improve for 2019. As leaders of the team the board has discussed new ways to challenge our members. This year we will be doing a little bit more fun with some internal competitions. We will still be our relaxed selves allowing members to ride what they want and no pressure attitude. This time though we will have some more structure with these fun challenges. I am looking forward to having more fun on the bike this coming year. I am looking forward to hearing new stories and accomplishments. I am looking forward to being a Monkey for the 7th year now. Come join us! March 1st is the deadline.
Happy Riding. #RideAMR
After Ride Report: Tour de Pickle....75 (+2) miles, .
So the TdP was a success. Three North Carolina AMR representatives attended (Bethany B, Captain John, and myself, Keith Morehouse. ) we all completed the course. Conditions were beautiful albeit windy and getting warm in the high 70's...how's that sound WI folks? The first 35-40 miles were great and thanks to the Captain he and the mixed bag of riders we werewith, graciously dragged my butt the last 25...maybe 30 miles. Around mile 49 we remembered our AMR compatriot, Michael A. as he has his b-day this weekend. I had my phone/camera with me during the entire ride but at certain points I couldn't remember my name, address or time of day and may have been hallucinating. So all you get is a picture of my sweaty jersey and the hard earned reward of a jar of pickles after a long day in the saddle. Next year...
Keith Morehouse— in Mount Olive, North Carolina.
Angry Monkeys is growing. We need more members to fill the top spots on the team... or just any spots on the team. So far this year we have had gotten new memberships from places like Denver (CO), Athens (GA), Carolina Beach (NC) and more. We are looking for members who are ready to step it up in racing or just riding. Members are asked to participate in at least 2 events (race or charity ride) as an Angry Monkey, but other than that this is a no pressure team, except right now when you need to join us. Take some time and read about us on our About page and the Join page. Deadline to join is March 1st. Our Hincapie Sportswear Kits will be ordered by March 12th so that we can look cool for MTB, CX & just riding along all year.
Not typical cyclocross weather in Wisconsin, however we made the best of the unseasonably warmer temps. High was roughly around 50's for the end of the day. No snow or mud, more of a dusty fast track. The course had lots of great turns, a few off camber areas, two dismounts and a cheeseburger. Yep... Cheeseburger. The women's race even had an award for the first 3 women to jump the cheeseburger. Proudly the first and third racer to do so were our very own Heather and Heidi. Liz had the best podium finish with a second place finish in the Women's 4/5's. Congrats LIZ! Not shown in the photos, Mike Van Dyke & Chris Brown also raced, but it was during races where the photographer didn't get a chance to take photos. Also a few shots of Brandon racing his second race of the day in Single Speed fashion with a Wrestling mask on to please the promoters and their wrestling theme event. Hopefully more photos to come. Again lots of fun to partially end the season. The Mid West Championships will be held tomorrow in Sun Prairie.