The snow here in Flagville, USA is almost all gone, though I haven’t ventured far into the woods to see what the trails look like. I’m planning to ride this weekend in Sedona, but I’ve got a Grade A cough that says otherwise. After spending the last week in Snowbird, Utah, I must say I’m excited to get back on the bike.
But let’s talk ski for a moment.
Snowbird’s got some pretty killer skiing. I definitely found myself in over my head a few times, and ass over teakettle more than once. This here’s Mineral Basin, which was ass-deep powder later in the week. Best turns I’ve ever made, if you don’t consider how piss poor of a skier I am.
Some friends and I managed to score a slopeside condo for the week, thanks to some old friends of the D2 family. The apres ski activities were good. The hot tub was crucial. The 3.2 Utah beer was piss weak. I think even Caveman would drink a Fat Tire over that stuff.
The downside to such a trip is the rude awakening: after four solid days of skiing terrain well above my ability level, it dawned on me what kind of shape I’m really in. This does not bode well for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race coming up next month. My legs felt like a bag of smashed assholes by the end of the week, and my body rejected the proposal of a fifth day of skiing by contracting a sweet virus. I cough like that dude’s mom from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, or as I like to call it, “The Least Amusing Pile of Crap on Television.”
Luckily, I got these puppies to help me through the long nights and blistering days in the Tucson desert:
I used these for a few laps last year and was pretty impressed… but I’m hoping to get more riding in with them to see if they can outduel my favorite grips, ESI:
These have been my go-to grips for a few years now, and I can say I’ve never used any better. Can Ergon take ’em down? We’ll have to wait and see.
Has anyone ridden both grips? Which grips ended up victorious after the battle royale?
Rumor has it that Judi is heading this way. Perhaps a shred is in order…by