Migrations - A Summer on the Move with Matt DeLorme and Anne Galyean

Dec 17, 2015 at 11:42
by Matthew DeLorme  
Let's face it, being in one place for too long can cause a creative person to stagnate. Once routines become stale, it's time to move on. Anne Galyean and I had been on the East Coast for close to a decade. While Anne was finishing up her Ph.D. at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Gaithersburg, Maryland and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we resided in Frederick, Maryland. We chose Frederick for its proximity to a great trail system and friends we had made after years in the East Coast DH scene. Frederick is home to the rockiest, most technically challenging riding on the east coast. As Anne was coming close to wrapping up her nine years of college (yikes), it was time to think about our next steps. Anne is originally from Idaho, and while I was born in Maine, I spent half my life in Oregon. We knew that we wanted to relocate out West, but we had a few requirements when we were searching for our new home.

First, a postdoctoral position that Anne would feel challenged by; being in a Ph.D. program gives most scientists a very specialized field of expertise, and they can become burnt-out on being hyper-focused on one thing for so many years. The second target was proximity to a major international airport since without that, my job becomes incredibly difficult. Finally, we needed good trails and an Enduro series that Anne could compete in while riding for the SR Suntour/Marin enduro team. After much research on postdocs that fit our goals, Anne chose one at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

With that, it was time to slim down our belongings and head west after saying goodbye to our wonderful friends in MD. We wanted everything to fit in a Toyota Rav 4 with a 4x8 trailer and a Mini Cooper S, including our eight bikes. There's something freeing about a mass shedding of things - I suggest everyone try it at least once. After hitting the road and dropping most of our belongings in CO, we continued on to visit our parents, who both reside in Oregon. With a busy World Cup Schedule, I stayed in Europe for much of the summer, while Anne moved us into our new home in Golden and went on racing locally in the Big Mountain Enduro series. Anne took wins at the Scott Enduro Cup Canyons and BME Winter Park events and took 5th overall in the North American Enduro Tour. She also joined her SR Suntour teammates at the Megavalanche in Alpe d'Huez, finishing 7th overall. Here are some of the highlights from our summer.

With spring came bitter sweet last rides through the Shed s many rock gardens. As the spring air warmed it was time to migrate.
  With spring came bittersweet last rides through Frederick's many rock gardens. As the air warmed, it was time to migrate.

One of out last rides in the Shed in MD on a crisp spring day. Soon we would be trading the rocky east coast for the Rocky Mountains and bits of single track along the west coast.
  One of our last rides in MD on a crisp spring day. Soon, we would be trading the rocky East Coast for the Rocky Mountains and bits of singletrack along the West Coast.

I might still feel a bit guilty about making Anne drive the trailer across the country while I goofed around with my camera in a Mini.
  I might still feel a bit guilty about making Anne drive the trailer across the country while I goofed around with my camera in the Mini.

Passing storms and rainbows as we leave the vast prairies of Nebraska and enter Colorado. We couldn t have been happier to have crossed into the west.
  Passing storms and rainbows as we leave the vast prairies of Nebraska and enter Colorado. We couldn't have been happier to have crossed into the West.

After dumping the majority of our belongings into storage in Colorado we headed straight for our parents houses in Oregon. We promptly got to the business of riding bikes. Rainy day shuttles on Mary s Peak in Oregon was just the way to start things off.
  After dumping the majority of our belongings into storage in Colorado, we headed straight to see our parents in Oregon and Washington. We promptly got to the business of riding bikes. Rainy day shuttles on Mary's Peak in Oregon was just the way to start things off.

Wet roots and loam. The PNW has them in spades. To this day it s my favorite type of riding.
  Wet roots and loam. The PNW has them both in spades. To this day, it's my favorite type of riding.

Anne riding amongst giants in Oregon s coastal range.
  Anne amongst giants in Oregon's coastal range.

Big trees and fog. Anne attacks Mary s Peak.
  Big trees and fog. Anne attacks Mary's Peak. Having Anne's Mom to shuttle us was an added bonus.

Summer evening hikes up to Mount Hood were a nice way to spend a little down time when we weren t on the racing circuit.
  Summer evening hikes up to Mount Hood were a nice way to spend a little down time when we weren't on the racing circuit. We found nearby Sandy Ridge to be our favorite spot to ride near Portland. So much so, that I forgot to shoot any photos because I was having too much fun.

One of the most memorable moments of the summer was diving with Steelhead on the Washougal River in Washington. My brother and I spent many a summer day doing this as kids and I was stoked to be able to do it once again.
  One of the most memorable moments of the summer was diving with Steelhead on the Washougal River in Washington. My brother and I spent many a summer day doing this as kids, and I was stoked to be able to do it once again before I left for Europe.

Somewhere out in the back country of Chatel France Lee Trumpore and I stopped at a refuge for a mid ride espresso and a quick peek at our route. Photo - Lee Trumpore.
  I spent most of the summer in Europe following the World Cup Circuit and riding in new places. Here, we were somewhere out in the backcountry of Chatel, France. Lee Trumpore and I stopped at refuge Haute Sex for a mid-ride espresso and a quick peek at our route. Photo - Lee Trumpore.

Longs Peak at sunset. The back country doesn t get much better than this.
   Once the World Cup Season was over, I packed up and migrated to Golden, CO to reunite with Anne. It took a couple weeks to get settled, but with a trail network just a half mile out of our front door, we were able to get in nice evening rides. We also took to exploring nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. Longs Peak at sunset. The CO backcountry doesn't get much better than this.

Our goal in sight way out in the distance. The higher peaks of the Colorado Trail and a 12 mile descent where what we were looking forward to. We earned our turns that day.
   With fall rapidly approaching, and our lungs starting to acclimate, it was time to get out on some bigger backcountry rides before the snow started flying. The higher peaks of the Colorado Trail and a 12-mile descent where what we were looking forward to, our goal in sight way out in the distance. We earned our turns that day.

After 11 miles and 3 000 plus feet of climbing we top out at the Continental Divide at somewhere around 12 000 feet up. We were feeling the lack of air this being out first big ride at altitude.
  After 11 miles and 3,000 plus feet of climbing, we topped out at the Continental Divide at around 12,000 feet. We were feeling the lack of air.

A laugh or two while resting after a solid climb before dropping in on Lenawee.
  We spent the rest of the fall finding new trails and adventures in CO. A laugh or two with friends after a solid climb before dropping in on the Lenawee trail, one of our favorite trails in the Front Range.

Enjoying a nice long descent somewhere out past Loveland Pass.
  Enjoying a nice, long descent somewhere out on the Lenawee trail.

Fun times with friends. We have a fair amount of good friends out here already and rides are more fun when shared with friends. The local knowledge is a plus too.
  Fun times with friends. We have a fair amount of good friends out here already, and we have had a wonderful time riding with them. The local knowledge is a plus too.

Loose dirt and miles of descending. These are the perfect days.
  Loose dirt and miles of descending. These are the perfect days.

The best part of of our new home is all the places we can get to within a relatively short drive.
  Next up we decided to head west and hit up Fruita during Anne's Birthday weekend. The best part of our new home is all the places we can get to within a relatively short drive.

A Summer on the Move with Matt DeLorme and Anne Galyean
  Exploring some of the many trails in Fruita, CO. Photo taken with an Anne Galyean remote unit.

Riding out at the end of the day when the shadows are long legs are tired and hearts are happy.
  Riding out at the end of the day when the shadows are long, legs are tired, and hearts are happy.

Birthdays are best spent outside camping and riding bikes.
  Birthdays are best spent outside camping and riding bikes.

A nice campfire and wood grilled steaks are the perfect end to a good day of riding.
  A nice campfire and wood grilled steaks are the perfect end to a good day of riding.

Now we have settled into our new home and new roles in the world. Anne is developing Bio Nano Sensors at the Colorado School of Mines in her Post Doctorate.
  Now, we have settled into our new home in Golden, CO. Anne is developing nanosensors for biomedical applications at the Colorado School of Mines with her shiny new Ph.D.

Nano Sensors all meant to fluoresce in the presence of certain ions within tumors. Hopefully they will unlock some of the secrets of how tumors grow.
  Nanosensors. One day, they will help us better understand and treat human diseases.

Now that we are situated we have plenty of new riding spots to explore. It will be awhile before we sample it all but we sure are having a damn good time riding the diverse terrain Colorado and Utah have to offer.
  We still have many new riding spots to explore. It will be a while before we sample it all, but we sure are having a damn good time riding the diverse terrain Colorado and Utah have to offer.

We traded the hustle and bustle of the urban east coast for something slower paced quiet and more wild. We still can t get over the view out our front door and we can t wait for all the adventures to come in this amazing place.
  We traded the hustle and bustle of the urban East Coast for something slower paced, quiet, and more wild. We haven't even scratched the surface of all the riding around us, but that's just part of the adventure; why we came here. There is plenty here to keep us busy and our outlook fresh. We still can't get over the view from our front door, and we can't wait for all the adventures to come in this amazing place.


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62 Comments

  • + 8
 Welcome to Colorado. My wife and I did the same thing three years ago. We moved from the Philly area to Golden. I graduate from Mines on May 13th, 2015 as a Civil Engineer, and will continue on to get my masters in Structural engineering. Hope to bump into you sometime, either in town or on the trails. I ride a Miami Vice Nomad on the trails and an orange and black Kona Stinky at the bike park. However after graduation, I may be on a fresh DH rig.
  • + 5
 Thanks! Congratulations on graduation and good luck with grad school. See you around - I work in Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • + 1
 What is Winter like in Colorado? I tend to imagine that everyone is snowed in and that riding has to yield. Is that true? Are there places that avoid Winter better?
  • + 2
 Actually winter is not too bad here. Most of the year it's actually nice. Nothing like the mid-west where snow just linger forever.
  • + 10
 But Colorado people suck, so don't move here...just visit!!!
  • + 1
 Cool to see Mines and Golden represented on here.
  • + 12
 Colorado sucks. Don't come here.
  • + 1
 Quit trying to save its treasure for yourselves!
  • + 2
 truth.
  • + 4
 I love Matt's photos and I met Anne at Ray's Indoor Bike Park a while back. What a shredder!! Good luck in your new adventures out West and hope to rip some trails with ya sometime!!
  • + 1
 Thanks Tippie! Hope to catch up with you soon
  • + 6
 That picture with the stars!!!!!!!!! Can almost see Darth Vader up there. You have talent.
  • + 4
 Mary's peak is such a rad ride. I definitely took it for granted when I was at OSU for grad school.
  • + 2
 Both North Ridge and East Ridge are some of the best, natural, old school single track in the PNW. With the Alsea Falls trails close by, and Blackrock, we have some truly epic riding right around Corvallis!
  • + 1
 Awesome article! I did the exact reverse of you guys: former Colorado res, now living near Frederick Smile I used to teach engineering students from Mines Environmental Ethics courses at Red Rocks CC in Lakewood too. Good to see some love for The Shed on Pinkbike, and best of luck to you guys in CO!
  • + 1
 That's awesome, I definitely miss riding in the Shed. Enjoy the mid-Atlantic, definitely great riding and scene. Thanks!
  • + 3
 I like your screen name, very fitting. Epinephrine, no?
  • + 4
 Indeed!
  • + 3
 also known as adrenalin !!
  • + 1
 Hi Anne: It's Bill from Mizzou Bioengineering. Congrats on your new post doc and keep us in mind when it's time for a faculty position. I taught in ChE at Mines years ago (while working nearby at NREL). We'll spend the summer at our home in Salida. Fantastic riding there (not crowded like the Front Range), give us a shout if you are in the neighborhood. Happy New Year!
  • + 1
 Hey Bill - Thanks and enjoy Salida. Happy New Year!
  • + 1
 Dang. I just moved from CO to NOVA. I spent the last 7 great years in CO and miss it everyday. Sadly, my MTB activity has declined sharply out here. Can you name a few trails in Frederick I should try out? Can't see to find them on MTB Project.

Make sure and get out to the Springs and ride Jones Downhill. Such a great long ride of varying terrain and a nice sweet finish on The Chutes!
  • + 1
 The best trails in that area won't be on any maps/apps. I'd suggest looking up trails in Gambrill State Park to start and stopping by the Bicycle Escape in Frederick for some local Intel. Additionally, you've got a whole urban trail network in Richmond and fantastic trails in WV, PA, VA, and even DE. You might have to look a bit harder to find the gems, but they're worth it. Enjoy the area!
  • + 1
 I've heard that from a couple people about the maps. Thanks for the leads...I'm on my way! Enjoy CO!
  • + 1
 Cool story and some really great photos (really!). Finding a job in academia and combining it with outdoor lifestyle and relationships is threading the needle. Starting a postdoc is an exciting time, I hope it works out, and it's never to early to be thinking strategically (given the threading the needle thing). Best of luck to you guys.
  • + 1
 Thanks. I've got absolutely no intention of an academic career, so I'm strictly research. I think racing/grad school was much tougher, given the 24/7 nature, but I suspect that when a real job comes around my priorities will change.
  • + 1
 Unbelievable photos. Just stunning! And Anne is an inspiration in many ways. Thanks for the photo essay and for sharing your life with us. As a former 28-yr CO resident, I miss it quite a bit. Spent many fun evenings in Golden, as well as many rides in the local hills right outside your door. Not bad. Not bad at all. Cheers! And keep the photos coming! Good luck in your position at CSM, and thanks for doing work that will make all of our lives better.
  • + 2
 Thank you!
  • + 2
 Congrats on all your accomplishments. Driven people build their dreams, instead of waiting for them. Hope to see you on top of the podium again soon.
  • + 1
 Thanks, Calvin! Hope all is well
  • + 2
 OMG OMG OMG the "shed" got a tiny bit of PB coverage! stocked to see some of my local trails on here!

check it out @bennyt11
  • + 1
 I learned to ride at the Shed. Love that place and the guys who built it.
  • + 1
 That's how you do a proper year-long TR... great pictures and a great story to go along with them. If that doesn't make you want to go explore and ride your bike, I don't know what will.
  • + 1
 "mass shedding of things"...... 8 bikesSmile sounds about right! Nice write up and photos Matt! and Ann, It's all DH from here! ya'll have fun in ColoRADo!
  • + 1
 100% everyone should have a crack and slim down their possessions once in their life... It is amazing how little you actually really need.
  • + 3
 Photos are amazing, nice work.!
  • + 4
 Radness
  • + 2
 That Marin looks pretty sick. Iv never owned one but all ways liked their bikes.
  • + 2
 Great article guys, what a cool story. Lucky to have a good photographer to capture such memories as well Smile
  • + 1
 Thanks, and yes, it's great to have him home when he isn't traveling.
  • + 2
 Well if this isn't the dream, I don't know what is..
  • - 1
 I love reading about trails that i get to ride regularly. I got some hidden gems in Summit county...

Check out some of our shop (CARVERS) and some of our races, Breck100, Beck Epic, Fircracker 50,
  • + 1
 great photos! as a Golden resident myself, I hope you enjoy it, great place to live and work.
  • + 1
 Thanks! Please say hello if you see us on the trails
  • + 1
 Will do! we met on a lift once in angel fire too, you raced with me sister in law, small world..
  • + 1
 Wow, great read and some excellent photography as well! Welcome to Colorado!
  • + 1
 That's the dream right there. I'm on my way...
  • + 1
 Welcome to the rugged West Coast!
  • + 1
 Keep up the good work you guys.
  • + 1
 Variety is the spice of life, great work
  • + 1
 Epic story guys, keep killing it!
  • + 1
 That is so awesome, look at the lanscaaape!!! happy new year boys
  • + 1
 Mm the shed. Such an east coast gem
  • + 1
 Agreed
  • + 1
 You are definitely one of the best story tellers Matt, thanks for sharing.
  • + 1
 yeeeah matt miss you dog, looks like life is goooooood!!!
  • + 1
 The Shed to the Rockies! Congrats Anne on the position at CSM as well!
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 1
 Lenawee is one of the best in summit by far.
  • + 1
 Good stuff.
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