The summer has come to an end here in the northern hemisphere and we’re headed into fall. The temperatures are dropping and the nights are getting longer. Summer of 2019 was an amazing season here at Steed Cycles, and we’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the best bits.
2019 Ride Club
Ride Club is a social road cycling club, with 5 different ability groups. 2019 was our biggest and best year yet for Ride Club. With a massive 270 members, we kicked it off in style back in April with monthly BBQs (thanks to Bridge Brewing for the refreshments!) for all members and a brand new jersey for everyone.
Amazing weather this summer meant conditions were great and barely any rides got rained out. We saw a bunch of old faces and new ones too with an incredible average turn-out of 100 riders. For those newbies, it was great to meet you and we hope you come back next year!
Notable moments include monthly tech-nights, the introduction of gravel rides for this year, and an expedition to Mt Baker back on the 24th August . The photos from this ride alone speak volumes!
Massive thanks to all of our 36 Ride Club leaders for 2019 for the grand total of 324 groups led! You all did an amazing job and we can’t thank you enough.
Click here to find out more about the benefits of joining Ride Club and to join for 2020.
NSMBA Fiver #4
This year’s fiver was an absolute blast! For those unfamiliar with the fiver’s, it’s a casual evening race series held by the NSMBA throughout summer between Seymour and Fromme with an enduro format. Each round is sponsored by a different local business (usually bike-related) with Steed and Patagonia headed up rd.4 on Fromme.
The route for rd.4 was absolutely killer, taking in some classic trails. Stage 1 was a real thigh burner – 7th Secret into Leppard. Stage 2 changed things up with a climb back up mountain highway to drop into Lower Oilcan. Stage 3 was a quick blast down the very end of Dreamweaver. All in all, a great mix of trails and a sweet race!
The race was wrapped up back here at the shop with live music from The Tanglers and a serious spread of food and drinks provided by the kind folks at Patagonia. The BBQ and bar were expertly handled by our pair of Australians Jarrad and Michael.
Follow this link to find out more about the Fiver series and all that the NSMBA does.
We do our best here at Steed to give back to the trails, and for the 2019 season, we adopted Pennzoil near the bottom of Fromme. This trail was getting pretty beaten up and rutted out, so we chose to give it our loving attention. This meant a financial donation and regular dig days with members of staff and customers turning up to lend a hand in giving the trail a new lease of life.
We re-sculpted some really rough trail before the wooden roller so that the right hand line around the rock feature was more easily rideable. Currently we are working on building a new exit that better utilises the available terrain and elevation so that mountain bikers needn’t ride the hiking path at the very end and can instead ride something with better flow.
For summer of 2019 we had an amazing crew on board. We work hard to make sure that we have the best staff around and this year was no exception. Everyone was motivated, keen to ride bikes and help customers ride their bikes!
We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making the 2019 summer what it was and for just being you!
If you want to put a name to a face, you can see our staff page here!
A huge thank you to all of the ambassadors and race team!
Ambassadors are a huge building block of the community, volunteering at trail days, group mountain and road rides, and races. We couldn’t do it without them!
John Ramsden, who has been racing for us as well as an ambassador for 15 years, gets an honourable mention for convincing Phil, Branden and Kim to enter the Trans-Cascadia 4 day Enduro down in Washington. From all reports it was an amazing and epic event with killer singletrack, and views that will never be forgotten.
Check out our Race Team page to see who is racing for us this year.
A bike shop couldn’t be what it is without the customers, and here at Steed, we think we have the best customers around! 2019 was an incredible year for all of us. We got some great rides in, met some amazing people, and the shop had it’s biggest and best year ever.
We truly have you guys, our friends and customers, to thank for this. From those that have been shopping with us from the very start way back in 1997, to first-time customers. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you for being a part of the Steed community.
Sorry if we’ve missed anyone out on here, we appreciate every single person that’s been a part of our journey so far, and we can’t wait for summer 2020!