September Sabbatical

September was a quiet month for the Harlots. Super-D season is pretty much over, a couple of us are taking care of injuries from the series final in Sandy Ridge, and it’s just been a good time to slow down a bit. A little sabbatical can be good for the shredder’s soul (…and lower back…and hip flexor…and ribs…and shoulder).

We bade a sad farewell to our dear teammate Jessica Robinson a couple of weeks ago, wishing her the best as she migrated north to Bellingham, Washington for a year of higher education. We already miss her, on and off the bike. The good news is, she lives all that much closer to Whistler. I see an early season Canada trip in the Harlots’ future next spring…

Hood River lady rippers just wrapped up a great first season of the weekly Post and Pinot ride, sponsored by Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair and Naked Winery. What a fun summer it was, meeting new women who are stoked to ride, laughing until our guts hurt, eating popcorn popped just for us by Gary at Dirty Fingers, and drinking enough wine and beer on a Wednesday evening to make it feel like a Friday. Good times, ladies! I already can’t wait until next season.

Stoked to be Shredding -- Post and Pinot

Thanks to Heather Pola for all of the fabulous schwag she scored for our raffles!

Ocean Frog/Heather Pola Rides!

The fall riding season in the Gorge is something I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of months. The trails are tacky, the temps are perfect, all bathed in that gorgeous fall light that is the stuff of dreams. I am personally very excited to ride the Syncline again, after the typical hiatus from the dust, heat, and poison oak it’s famous for  during the summer months.Post and Pinot might be over, but I do see potential for Syncline and Solstice on Wednesday evenings, shredding followed by all-you-can-eat pizza at Solstice Cafe in Bingen. Hells yeah!

Fall riding in the Gorge.

As far as the team goes, we are in the process of planning for the 2012 season. It may seem a little early to be thinking about it, but it’s never too early, really, to start looking for more sponsors. We hope to expand the team to six or eight lady rippers, all based in Hood River. I see potential for good exposure for sponsors, as we all did very well in the Oregon Super-D series this year, with Hood River ladies taking top podium spots for each race, and for the series overall. Besides looking for more sponsors, we plan to attend more races–ideally all of the Super-D races in the Northwest, an XC race or two, and maybe even some DH. We’ll keep you posted as things evolve — and we’ll be introducing new team members very soon!

Happy Fall Riding!

Next Up: Races in Black Rock, Moab, AND Bend on Halloween weekend — How to decide?


About sheshredsbikes

Writer, rider, trail runner, cook, dog lover. Livin' it up in the OC. View all posts by sheshredsbikes

One response to “September Sabbatical

  • Jen

    Nice blog….I used to be friends with a Heather Pola many years ago at UMaine. I would love to hear from her as last I heard she was living in Portland, OR. If you can ask her to email me, I would love to hear from her…I am married now and living in Italy:

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