2004 Begins

This is the latest incarnation of rothar.com. Most changes have been cosmetic, hope you like the result. I’ve finaly written up my time in central Switzerland from a few years ago, you can find it in the escapism section . There’s been a few other little tweaks here and there too.

The link between mountain bikers and the environment is never far from thought esppecially when you’re out there in the countryside. The idea is investigated a bit further in this dirtrag article from Philip Keyes. “The Church of Rotating Mass”, what do you make of that? Maybe its a code by which many cyclists already live, others like Gaansari Cycles‘ Gary Boulanger still like a more traditional approach. It’s a big world and there’s room for all views.

On a similar note you may have heard about “Critical Mass” events in various cities around the world, well what’s it all about? The name “Critical Mass” is taken from Ted White’s 1992 documentary film about bicycling, “Return of the Scorcher“. In the film, George Bliss describes a typical scene in China, where cyclists often cannot cross intersections because there is automobile cross-traffic and no traffic lights.

Slowly, more and more cyclists amass waiting to cross the road, and when there is a sufficient number of them — a critical mass, as Bliss called it — they are able to all move together with the force of their numbers to make cross traffic yield while they cross the road. Critical Mass has a very different flavor from city to city; there’s a big variety in size, respect of traffic laws (or lack thereof), interaction with motorists, and intervention by police. If you want to know more about Critical Mass, find out what your local ride is.

Snow reports for this season are looking good, here’s the latest from the American East coast, which can be best described as epic. Whiteface, New York, has an 85-inch base, Jay Peak, Vermont, just scored a dump of more than 40 inches and Sugarloaf, Maine has a base of 62 inches. The snow keeps coming and the East keeps ruling it. Can you say, “White Christmas”? More at Freeskier.

Jimbo from sussex-mtb has been in touch and there’s now a link to the ‘site in the left hand column of the main page. Happy New Year.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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