Thanks to the fact that Sarah is sick AGAIN, I'm not going out tonight. It'll be some trainer riding and movie watching, and my guess is I won't make it to midnight. But honestly, who cares? The Julian calendar is as arbitrary as any other. But grumbling aside, thanks to everyone who helped make 2007 a really good year for me. Some highlights:
-Really getting into building full suspension bikes. The Ventana/Waltworks custom combos have worked out super well and I've gotten several orders for them, and my new 29" DH bike is the best long-travel bike I've ever ridden. I'm super proud of it, even if the DH crowd isn't quite ready yet (hence not one order for one... c'est la vie).
-Racing. Sarah had a great year and won the Winter Park series as an expert. Maybe she'll have to move up next year. I managed a 2nd place, a 6th place, and a 9th place in the uber-competitive Tipperary finale (you know when 50 pros roll off the line and JHK and the Schultz boys are among 'em that it's a serious race). Missed my goal of making the final podium due to a stupid DH crash. Maybe next year...
-As a side note, I was in both first place and last place at some point during EVERY race I finished at Winter Park. Not that weird, given that I usually spin out on the SS in the starts and get to the singletrack last, but still interesting.
-Sarah passed all her exams, jumped through all her hoops, finished all her classes, and is an official PhD candidate. Plus she got a raise (woo! $24k a year!)
-My good friend Lee and his wife Linda had a baby boy (congrats!) and my friends Shems and Crystal announced that they're expecting one as well. As those are my first college friends to end up in a family way, I'm feeling a little old, but I'll get over it, I'm sure.
For those of you who were waiting, here's a final shot of the Ventana frame. Shown are the shock mount and toptube/seat tube brace. I'll do a shot of the final powdercoated and assembled frame as well when it's ready.