Stories submitted by readers
Illustration by David Biber.
In the fall of 2001 we sent out a request to our readers to share with us their reactions, their experiences and their feelings about the events of that day. What we recieved was a flood of contributions. Far more than what we expected. Here are some of the notable responses, ten years later:
The complete women’s field at the Trans-Sylvania Epic. Looney is at far-right.
By Sonya Looney
Transylvania Epic. It ended only 3 days ago. In some ways, it feels like it’s been weeks since I said a heartfelt goodbye to our crew at Boyscout Basecamp and in other ways, I feel the pain like the swollen lump on my leg with every footstep as a reminder of the joy and the suffering.
By Sonya Looney
Transylvania. When we hear it, we think of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror, Dracula. In one month’s time, The Trans-Sylvania Epic will commence. While I don’t think there will be any vampires trying to suck my blood, the course over the week will be trying to suck the life out of me, but I will overcome.
The Ales and Trails Festival is May 21 in San Rafael, Calif., and if you make it there, be sure to bring a print out of your favorite cycling photograph to enter in the Dirt Rag Photo Contest.
The winner will be chosen anonymously be attendees and will be published in our Rider’s Eye photo section.
Editor’s note: Readers Write is a collection of essays and fiction written by readers. Have something you’d like to submit? Send it firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Jim Murren
The Mountain Bikers Liberation Front (MTBLF) says to the bosses of the world, “there are days in this life that the trail calls us in such a way that we are not able to resist.” We do not say that out loud to them, but rather we say, “I am sick and will not be in to work today.”