Thanks to Don Stefanovich for his editing assistance and helping me get this article published!
MOAB, UT – The 2015 Moab THAW hosted by Poison Spider Bicycles went off March 6 through 8, signaling spring and an unofficial start to the mountain bike season. Now in its fifth official year (previously a Yeti Cycles event), the annual THAW features demos, organized rides, bowling, parties and a ladies only ride and skills clinic including guided rides on Moab’s infamous Brand trails. ColoRowdie and THAW veteran since 2008, Carrie Dittmer of Golden, CO, made the pilgrimage and recounts this year’s fun in the sun.
SUNBURN, SORE LEGS AND BIG SMILES
Every year, while Colorado is still frostbitten, I bring my daughter and as many of my Front Range friends as can be convinced with me to “thaw” out in sunny Moab, UT. Poison Spider, the infamous bike shop, promotes this fun event full of rides, skills clinics, food, demos and parties! As a veteran, I can certainly say that this year did not disappoint and the temperatures became increasingly warmer as the weekend continued.
Greeted by my lady friends, Friday started out with a women’s only skill and ride clinic and the largest turnout I have seen in my five years attending. After splitting into groups by ability, we were off riding the Bar M Trails. Maggie Wilson, from Magpie Cycling, lead the advanced group aboard the new Yeti Cycles SB-5c.
Instilling confidence in women riders, she spoke about the correct positioning for the steep, rocky terrain that Moab has to offer. There were plenty of opportunities to session sections of trail to perfect those skills. For me, I find muscle memory is the hardest to correct.
After the skills clinic, we got ourselves cleaned up and headed over to the Love Muffin for the meet and greet party. If you haven’t eaten there, you are missing out! With appetizers, beer and camaraderie, this was a fabulous way to start the weekend.
Saturday began with coffee, donuts and pancakes by Rim Tours and then we piled in shuttle vans to the top of the Magnificent 7 trails. Demo bikes were available for the early birds, but were all spoken for by mid-morning. Our group started descending and we all had ear-to-ear grins, enjoying the flowy, rocky, goodness as the sun kissed our faces.
Spring is in full force with evidence of moisture on the trails as the emphemeral pools fill up with rainwater.
Saturday night was the bowling party at Gravel Pit Lanes with a full taco bar and margaritas. I almost didn’t last until the raffle at 10:30 p.m., but thankfully for friends, dancing and bowling, I was able to pull through!
Sunday came fast and furious as we lost an hour due to the time change. Against my will, I crawled out of bed so I could demo one of those Yeti “Super Bikes” and enjoy the biscuit and gravy breakfast sponsored by Dakine. We headed up to ride Hymasa to Ahab. The sky was blue, the temperatures were in the mid 60s, and there were no gusty winds. It was perfect weekend, catching up and riding with old friends and making new ones.
You should put this on your “must-do” list for next year; for a mere $69, it includes demos and access to all the weekend’s festivities, including guided rides on Moab’s infamous Brand trails, skills clinics, food, parties and plenty of swag.