it would appear that team steel*wool’s racing season is starting in earnest with tomorrow nights copper mountain winter mountain bike race. to prepare, most of the team met up last night at the west magnolia recreation area for a bit of a test run. heyride, bobB, mt and toop were joined by newcomers, trailmaster and the genius. meriwether had gone out earlier but would eventually join us for gluten-fest. after some intervals (or boBervals as we’ll refer to them in the future) intermixed with hiking we were treated to a downhill. upon regrouping at the bottom the trailmaster acquired a flat, forcing she and the genius to make an early return to the vehicle. the rest of the crew marched on mixing boBervals with hiking, up to the “bench” for some refreshments followed by the final downhill to the road. did i mention that the trail was covered with a few inches of fresh snow and some 2-3′ drifts? yeah, it was fun in a steel*wool sorta way. i believe we’re ready to own the race. especially the section that crosses the ice skating rink. we’ll definitely be busting out the full-face headgear for this event.