Well, it’s almost that time… For us in Alberta the snow has coated the ground, the stocking are placed by the chimney, and hopefully all y’all are either with family and friends, or off in a distant land enjoying warmer climates.

I know most of us aren’t going to have sugarplums dancing through our heads, so I thought I would include a cycling-infused version of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” for those with dreams of a different nature.

All the best over the holiday season from the Bikeridr crew!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the trail
not a creature was stirring not even a snail.
We approached the trailhead with anticipation and care,
in hope that other riders would soon be there.

Our wives were still nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of shopping danced in their heads.
With Sheldon in his kerchief and I in my cap,
we started for the trail, we didn’t need a map.

When out of the bush there arose such a chatter,
what we both almost bailed as we pondered the matter.
Away up the trail we road in a flash,
afraid that something would eat our ass!

When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
but our ‘ol riding buds, each with bottles of holiday cheer.
More rapid than eagles, they bombed down the trail,
with this crew at our back we could not fail.

They road Trek, Specialized, Titus and Norco,
and even a 29er that belonged to big Gordo.
So we rode and we rode, we climbed and flew down hills,
on that magical night, even Smart and I had mad skills.

We finished our ride – grinning from ear to ear,
admitting that there may be time for just one more beer.
We peeled away from the trailhead and headed for the pub,
Sheldon turned to me and grinned, “It doesn’t get better than this bud.”

With good friends and good riding, I had to admit,
Hitting’ the trail with buddies was pretty much a perfect fit.
Once the pints were done, I said to our friends, before going home to my bride,
“Happy Christmas to all, and thanks for the great ride!”

— Adapted from “Mountain Bike – Twas the Night Before Christmas” by John Bean