Bits and PiecesApril 17, 2012
After the past couple weeks I was fortunate enough to spend some time with my brother, Kyle, who was flown out by Team Sho-Air to come and visit and see what my new avenue in life is all about.
Needless to say, there wasn't a moment we weren't laughing... From the second we picked him up from the airport I couldn't stop smiling or laughing... Over the course of his three week stay we tried to jam in as much as possible to try and make his stay a memorable one. I even got him to do a lap of the absolutely BRUTAL, Fontana City National race course, and if I'm not mistaken, I believe he said, " Dude, I now have mad respect for you cross country guys!" To be completely honest, I didn't think he'd make one lap of the track, partly because he was on a large, 16kg, 29er. I have to give him mad props for grinding a lap out with Team Sho-Air manager, Ty Kady, and I.
Then came our visits (two of them) up to Ventura for achange of scenery and of course, the all important introduction to my girlfriend, Kendall. While up in Ventura we managed to borrow a bike from the Ryan family, which enabled Kyle to get in some good riding. I have to againgive him mad props for sticking out a couple 4-5hr rides along the coast toSanta Barbara, not bad for a downhiller!
The second of our two visits to Ventura was definitely an exciting one. Over the Easter weekend, Kendall's mom, Mary, picked us up from our house in Santa Ana, drove up to Ventura, picked up Kendall and her two siblings, Alexis and Morgan, and made a beeline to Magic Mountain/6 flags to give Kyle a taste of some real roller coasters! The look on his face during the first ride was priceless. His face turned white and his eyes seemed to pop out of his head, he even let out a little whimper as we made the first drop. His state of terror soon turned into one of pure and utter enjoyment and by the end of the first ride he couldn't wait to get onto the next. Unfortunately due to the park being extremely busy we had to wait close on an hour to get onto each ride, but to be able to spend time with my brother was well worth it.
I am extremely thankful to Team Sho-Air Owner, Scott Tedro, and team manager, Ty, for making my brothers trip possible. The time with him was absolutely priceless and definitely gave me that much more motivation as the run into Sea Otter Classic is approaching. Another huge thanks needs to go out to the Ryan family, who put up the Davids' shenanigans for close on twoweeks of his 3 week stay. And how could I forget, Johnny and Mari, my amazing room mates, thanks for everything while my brother was here, it really meant a lot!
Now with only 2 days till we embark on our trip to SeaOtter, I can't even begin to describe my excitement. My coach/mentor Burry Stander will be out there racing and my former team manager, and big brother figure, Max Cluer will be doing the honors of commentating. Its gonna be one awesome event, I can't wait to see some familiar faces!
I'll keep you posted over the next couple of days!