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Hello Mammoth!

September 16, 2013

I just spent Saturday with you, as I was riding in the Kamikaze Bike Games.  I wanted to share with you my experience of spending the day in my “happiest place on Earth.”

First off, I want to send a huge thank you to the town of Mammoth Lakes, Bill Cockroft, and Caroline and Amanda for hosting/promoting such an excellent event. 

It’s been far too long for such an event at Mammoth, and though it may not be as big as the heydays of the 90s, I can see it growing to such a level in the not-too-distant future. 

The venues, the expo, the courses and ride offerings, all of it was just too wonderful to pass up. 

Though I only rode in the MTB XC event, I can tell there will be more to enjoy in the future. 

And yes, the fact that the skies were clear of Yosemite smoke/ash made it that much more enjoyable.

Why did I attend? In short, it was to honor my 4-year-old daughter, Alaina, who was called back to heaven in 2003. 

While here, she would love to come to Mammoth and pose for pictures by the statue next to the Adventure Center. 

In fact, I have used that picture on several of my cycling jerseys so she can be with me on my rides. 

I know she was flying with her angel wings next to me, and I talked to her almost the whole race (heck, there were a few spots I needed to stop talking and concentrate on my riding). 

Probably the absolute best part of the ride was requesting a special number plate, and it being granted to me. 

The meaning behind it is too special.

To find out after my event that there are plans to continue this event the same time every year, well, I just hope I can put a reservation for my plate, and honor Alaina again and again.

Who needs Disneyland when Mammoth is here?

Shawn Lester

Alaina’s daddy

Gardnerville, NV

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