UPDATE: Alex Grant
In addition to being home to some of the best mountain bike trails anywhere, Utah is the self-proclaimed home of “the greatest snow on earth.” That is actually why I moved here in the first place. After high school I was faced with the tough decision of where to go to college, and am happy that I chose the University of Utah. At that time snowboarding was my main focus, and Utah was the perfect place to follow that dream. Over the years I have shifted my focus to mountain biking but Utah still remains a great place to live. The riding possibilities are endless when the weather is good, and when it’s not hopefully it’s snowing and I can enjoy some snow sports.
Since I am off the bike for a couple weeks right now this is my time to get out to board and ski so I have been hoping for some snow. Last weekend we didn’t have much so I headed out for a day of moto riding in the desert with some friends. Mother nature came through a couple days ago and a big storm cycle started. I got out for a short ski tour with some friends over the weekend for some great powder skiing. Today I went snowshoeing with Sammi and am hoping to mix it up with some cross country skiing this week and some more ski touring around Christmas.
I really enjoy snow sports and it’s a great way to keep moving during the off-season and use some other muscles. I am hitting the gym two days a week for some strength and agility training, but I thrive on being outside. Hopefully the snow stays good for the next couple weeks so I can get my fill of skiing and boarding before getting back on the bike around New Years. I’ll be down in St. George for three days before New Year’s Eve, then Santa Cruz, CA ten days later for Sho-Air Cannondale team camp! It will be great to get in a good block of riding with the team.
The season will be on before we know it and my first race looks like 24 Hours of Old Pueblo on a 4-person team with Eric Bostrom and two magazine editors. I have always wanted to check that event out and am looking forward to some good company and hopefully some hot laps. We will also be cheering on Tinker Juarez as he goes for the Solo title. He never ceases to impress me with his motivation and drive to continue to race and push the limits out there.