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This month’s Spin to Win contest is for the Fernie Tears & Gears Trail Running/Mountain Biking Duathlon on September 3.

Five hours in and the sun is out in full force. Your mind is whirling, your muscles are firing and your fingers are like cocktail sausages. But for some reason it feels just right. You feel strangely free. Free from everyday life, reality, decisions and time. 

It all started a few years ago on a Brodie Bruzza - a freeride mountain bike so obviously not suited for me but it was just the right price. I had recently moved back to Fernie after nearly eight pasty years between Uni and working in a cubicle under hideous fluorescent lights. It was time to get back into mountain life, and mountain biking seemed like the thing to do.

Under the wing of what I aptly named the "Biker Bitches" (attempt walking down a trail with these girls on your rear and you’ll understand why) I quickly became enthralled with the sport. Some used the word obsessed.