Knowledge, is there ever enough of it?

by Jože

A wise man once said: “Knowledge is of no value, if you do not put it into practice” (Anton Chekhov). In light of this statement our guides/teachers/gurus decided to share some knowledge and put us to the test. And they both did a good job. The whole “practice makes perfect” was part of our regular SmallFriday ride. They said that we were test subjects, kinda like guinea pigs or lab rats. Hm, why does that not sound appealing? Anyway. We gathered on our regular meeting spot and started our ride. About 15 minutes before we reached our destination, we reached a junction and the MTB workshop took place there. Gaber had some small cones with him and the course was set. Instructions for us were to simply go round the cones in a slalom or maybe giant-slalom way. Gaber and Gašper were observing us, giving pointers, creating some clips for analysis. Then the lecture came. Simply said, we all got our minds blown by the fact how much we need to change when we ride our bikes. I always thought that my position while riding was quite OK if not darn good. Bummer. How simple can it be to improve your riding skills? Easier than making an apple pie some would say. And they’d be telling the truth. Some minor adjustments of one’s riding position, straighten your back, elbows out, eyes forward, weight on the pedals and some other details about hip and knee positions. Yes, cornering around cones just got much easier, more effective and way more poppy 😀 Just the way I like it 🙂

I know, I know, we all know that practice makes perfect. So now, on my rides, I prepare myself before the descent. In my mind I repeat what needs to be done to have the right position on my bike, so I can be as effective as I can be. I hope you get to have a similar chance to improve your riding position. Maybe we’ll organise a riding workshop…Time will tell.

Until then – go out and ride 😀

A simple reflection

By Jože

I do not know about you girls and boys, but for us SmallFriday the year past two years were successful. Not only did we build a trail called Foreplay, we also started to grow. Growth is something that is ogranic, it is natural so it is only logical that our comunitiy grows.

First things first
Late in the summer of 2018 we made a maiden descent on a newly built trail called FOREPLAY. The whole scouting part was upgraded when we got all of our paperwork done – that meant that it will be a legit trail :D, a great success for us all and for the MTB community in here. Then the work began. I don’t recall exactly how many trail building days we had in all, but I can assure you it was a double digit number (i guess even beyond 20). Luckily the weather worked in our favour and it was the 23rd of August that we ”baptised” the new trail. It was a bit damp – like nature had tears of joy for us. And we were happy too. A BBQ at the trail exit was a pleasant surprise from a part of our community. Some riders had a great idea but they sacrificed the ride. Kudos to them!! You guys know who you are and you rule 😀

SmallFriday FOREPLAY opening ride BBQ

So, that was the biggest achievement for us on that year.

Fast forward to 2019. No, we did not forget to ride almost every SmallFriday in between 😉

So, in 2019 we decided to kinda upgrade our community status. A few of us (around 15) started to think out loud about getting new bikes. Lucky for us, we have some very business orientated community members who took upon themselves a big task of picking out a brand, model and a provider of the bikes. We all know that no good deed goes unpunished so we offered some assistance. This is how, hopefully, a strong cooperation began.

So in 2020 we started to work together with a super team of the Šport 11. Just like we recognised their potential as a shop that can help support us, we can help support them and their activities.

Saddly the whole world came to a stop in the middle of March and many activities were suspended. But with slow and steady steps we will overcome this situation.

Some of our activities have been rescheduled and are going to happen in the near future, others will take place later this season. Have no fear, we will inform you all early enough. Maybe the first event is a bit on a short notice but who ever is interested, we have a guided MTB tour to a beautifull Zabreška planina on June the 14th. If this is too soon, maybe the 21st will be perfect for you.

See you out there on those trails we all have missed during the lockdown.

Corona and after

by Jože

Oh my, how hard it was to be locked down in our own municipality… Was that a familiar feeling for you as well?

Yes, I do have plenty of trails to ride and plenty more hills to explore. Sadly, it’s not as fun riding on your own. Those two and a half months or was it only two, I’m not sure anymore, now that it is behind us, were tough.

Well, I spent a lot of the time I had outside. I even managed to clean and repair a trail that was not in use for, by the looks of it, more than a decade. It took me three afternoons just to clean the majority of leaves and debris. Then it was time to pick up the shovel, a saw and a hammer. Time to build some supports on those nasty off-camber parts. Those were the days I had a lot to do and was looking forward to riding what I have built. The feeling of being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor were fantastic. Yet, there was something missing – the company of my fellow riders.

As weeks flew by, I’ve discovered many new trails and hidden jewels but there was no chance of sharing them. Every weekend I sat in front of the TV waiting to hear those magical words that would remove the restrictions – finally we got to hear them and it was a huge relief.

Now we wait for the first after quarantine ride… 😀

As i found out, i was not the only one digging and building and, of course, riding. Finally we decided to go for a ride together. It was a sunny afternoon as we left the meeting point. An hour and a half later we were putting on our protection gear, checking tyre pressure, unlocking suspension and preparing for the descent.

Yes, the wheels started to roll, voices I’ve missed have been brought to my ears again. Lungs filled with fresh mountain air, mouth stretched into a big smile – that is what we all love and it was about time.

Lots of fun we had that day. It was like going back to school after summer vacations, without the school part 😀

Some love for Natalija

The title says it all – last Thursday we got together to tend to our newest local trail – Natalija. We raked all the leaves off the trail, cleaned it of the fallen branches and dry trees, reshaped the areas of the trail that needed reshaping, cleaned all the water channels, made a couple of new berms to make the ride safer and at the end created a short but sweet new line to a ridge to get a bit of more flow on the trail.

10 of us were at work on the trail and it is now ready for the next ride – all we need is for the weather to cooperate and for the sun to dry and harden it.

Really cannot wait to ride it soon 🙂


No dig, no ride

Yesterday we picked up our tools and brought a whole lot of positive energy and good will to a trail maintenance work action together with the local mountaineering society. We managed to build back more that 10 drainage ditches on one of the most popular hiking paths in the region and also covered all the ditches created by the rain in the last couple of years on the same path.

It was a great experience to work together with the mountaineering society and to contribute to a well maintained infrastructure in the region that we also frequently ride.

But the day could not be complete if we didn’t tend to our “Natalija” – so we shoved her some love as well and cleared her of the fallen trees from winter time and cleared out all the drainage ditches.

Still some work awaits – there are leaves to be raked and a couple of bends to be reshaped, but other that that she is ready to be ridden 😉