Here’s a video that gets me absolutely stoked on life. One that serves as a reminder of the pure joys of riding. I’m sure Ben and the other BnC dad crew will appreciate it.
I love the attitude that kids can have towards doing fun stuff. I was working at the ski fields over winter and the groups of stoked kids in ski school would always leave me feeling good about life. I remember one tiny kid ending up going backwards down the run and it was the greatest thing that had ever happened to him. He busted out the hugest grin, then started laughing uncontrollably and yelling “I’m going backwards! Look at me going backwards! THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!” at the top of his lungs. Thinking about it now still brings a huge smile to my face.
I’m working with the MTB crew at the gondola in Queenstown this Summer and already there are kids heading up the hill with their mums and dads, getting amped on mountain biking early in life. There are kids who are riding bikes too small to hang on the gondola cabin bike hooks, yet they’re still out there riding the trails and having a mad time.
I can sometimes get a bit grumpy with myself when I’m riding, especially if I’m not feeling as smooth or confident as I like. I think it’s at those times that it’s worth considering videos like this and just remembering to just enjoy being on a bike, ’cause it’s bloody rad.