Somewhere after grade school, meeting someone for the first time gets wrapped in a guarded cynicism. Why should I care? is the cost of modern life. The older one gets, the harder it is to share a real experience. Ride a bike with them, though? Pedal through hours of High Sierra terrain and the thin air? That tends to strip away the guarded layers.
She turned the pedals with me in the high noon sun.
He was super steady ripping that descent.
We were together when the rain blew in quickly.
Those are the types of shared sensations that make a meeting about experience rather than expectation. Those were the types of shared experiences that marked our four days near Mammoth Lakes, California last week, our western summit. We brought together our ambassadors to meet, pedal and to share what defines riding. Here’s what we learned.
Photos by Meg McMahon