I just had the parts stripped off this bike and I started to ponder that this bike was responsible for me being where I am in life now. This frame was my very first mountain bike ever! It now hangs over my garage at the Whitefish Bike Retreat (WBR) but this bike had one hell of a life. It took me to some amazing places on the planet. It took me to trails, races and rides where I met some of my best friends. It made me cry. It made me strong. It made me smile! It made me believe anything was possible! It made me fall in love with mountain biking!
Since that first Titus bike, I have gone through many bikes and many life changes. I had no idea what I was doing back in those days but I just keep pedaling forward and I learned new lessons with every rotation of those tires! I still have no idea what I am doing, but I have learned that you just follow your heart and hold on through the tough times and you will be further down the road. My sons are teenagers now and I am way down the road! I no longer race and I now own a place where I get to cater to and take care of cyclists racing and touring through Northwest Montana, just off the Great Divide Route.
My guests at the WBR always ask how the WBR began or about my background. I am nothing extraordinary - I knew nothing about mountain biking or racing or touring or starting a business - I just rode my bike, stayed focused and never quit!
Everyone I meet these days, I see the ability for that person to do anything even if they do not believe. Just look at my road and start believing you can!
Now I get to teach and share what I have learned over all those miles and years! I get to share my passion for bikepacking and mountain biking. I get to empower others with the skills and knowledge to go out on their own and explore with confidence. My road just keeps stretching out in front of me with many more miles to ride :) AND IT ALL STARTED WITH THAT LITTLE TITUS FRAME.
Checkout that the Titus frame had a Montana sticker on it way before I ended up here in Montana - ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....... Meant to be :)