Sometimes it is planned out far in advance and sometimes it is accidental...but when it happens it usually results in something memorable. The group ride. A bunch of friends...each with different backgrounds, different professions, and at different stations in life...brought together by the love of mountain biking. A group of guys spending time talking, laughing, riding, creating memories, and simply enjoying life. Recently, I've had the opportunity to look back through all of my pictures. I discovered a treasure trove of great pics and I chose 10 of my favorite group shots. Here they are in no particular order (however, the last shot posted is my all time favorite mountain biking picture). Some of my friends still ride and some do not. Regardless, no matter where each of us are in life now, the memories are there...and no one can go back and wipe those smiles off of our faces. Sometimes, there is nothing better than some "group therapy." Enjoy!
BLACK WATER FALLS, WEST VIRGINIA (June 2007)
| Glenn Medice, Dave Raymond, Bill Graves, Mike Nardelli, & Mark Lentz (posing) |
Four wet and muddy days camping and riding the trails near Black Water Falls, West Virginia.
Black Water Falls State Park
RAYMOND B. WINTER STATE PARK (July 2011)
|Mark Lentz, Mike Nardelli, & Dave Raymond|
We hooked Mikey's pop up to my Silverado and headed out for three day's of mountain biking in northern Pennsylvania.
Raymond B. Winter State Park
RATTLING CREEK, LYKEN'S, PA (March 2008)
|Tim Sindlinger, Dave Raymond, Mark Lentz, Kristian Hains|
Taking a break on the rock gardens that litter the trails at Rattling Creek. Everyone loved to make fun of my primer color helmet.
Rattling Creek Trail System
MID-ATLANTIC SUPER SERIES RELAY--MARYSVILLE, PA (April 2008)
|Mike Nardelli, Glenn Medice, Dave Raymond, & Mark Lentz (front)|
Okay...not just necessarily a group ride...but a great post race pic. Gotta love our bumble bee jerseys.
Mid-Atlantic Super Series
SWATARA GAP STATE PARK (August 2015)
|Dave Raymond, Tim Sindlinger, Matt Linnane, & Brent Shirk|
Pausing to chat and document our ride near some freshly cut timber piled along side of trail A.
Swatara Gap State Park
AMERICAN STANDARD TRAIL--JIM THORPE, PA (2008)
|Dave Raymond, Glenn Medice, Mike Nardelli, Mark Lentz, Bill Graves, Kevin Hardy|
A three hour road trip to ride one of the most famous trails in Pennsylvania...American Standard. Fifteen miles of single track and rock gardens just to pose with a urinal that is nailed to a tree deep in the forests of Pennsylvania.
American Standard Trail
ROCKY RIDGE COUNTY PARK (April 2014)
|Chip Fissel, Tim Sindlinger, Dave Raymond, Chris Keller|
Getting geared up to climb to the top of the ridge on trail 8.
Rocky Ridge County Park
THE ALLEGRIPPIS TRAILS--RAYSTOWN, PA (October 2013)
|Mark Lentz, Mike Nardelli, Dave Raymond|
A quick road trip on Columbus Day 2013 to Lake Raystown. Nothing gives Mark and I a bigger grin on our faces than making Mikey feel uncomfortable!
The Allegrippis Trails
ROTHROCK STATE FOREST (November 2008)
|Mike Nardelli, Glenn Medice, Gary Johnson, Kevin Hardy, Mark Lentz, Tim Sindlinger, Dave Raymond|
Nobody would criticize us for pausing to catch our breath after a three mile fire road climb to the top of the ridge in Rothrock State Forest.
Rothrock State Forest--DCNR
DUPONT STATE FOREST, NORTH CAROLINA (August 2008)
|Mark Lentz, Kristian Hains, Glenn Medice, Dave Raymond|
My all time favorite group photo. The four of us spent an amazing week mountain biking and camping in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina.
Dupont State Forest
Life is a journey, not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- April 3, 2016