After the race Tuesday night, do you ever find it difficult to sleep? Perhaps it is the endorphins, the simmering adrenaline, or the residual excitement of banging bars and eating dust. Or maybe you lay in bed replaying and analyzing the race, thinking about lines, corners, climbs and key moments where you got dropped or dropped someone. But if you are like me, those restless Tuesday nights are a hunger and an eagerness for the next week. Sometimes I need a little bedtime story to get me back there
“Stories are, quite simply, our native language.” William Mooney.
For all its well-documented ills, social media is a brilliant and efficient way for people to share their stories. Your story might be a short 360Fly video posted on YouTube. Maybe a visual story in the form of a perfectly framed photo posted on Instagram. There is nothing better than a perfectly framed shot, especially when it comes to uploading these photos on Instagram for the world to see. We all want to have as many followers as we can get on these platforms so that we can share our experiences with more people. Users are able to get instagram followers if they wish so that they can boost their popularity. Who doesn’t want to have more people liking and commenting on their posts anyway? Likes form a big part of a public image that displays success, which is why many users, brands and influencers on the platform buy Instagram likes in the hopes of boosting their online presence. There are so many other things that social media is good for. You might prefer crafting words, and post a race recap on your blog or Facebook wall. OTH even has a strong Strava network to find you other Over the Humpers that ride the same trails you do; opening up possibilities for a new riding buddy or training partner.
An electric aspect of Over the Hump is connecting riders not only on race day, but throughout the week and then throughout the year through various electronic and social media platforms. OTH staff is committed to presenting as many opportunities to keep the story rolling forward and allowing this mountain bike community to relive the incredible Tuesday night experience throughout the week. Speaking personally, I can think specifically of a solid handful of OTH competitors that have become friends and solid riding or training partners. These ‘competitors’ challenge and push me to be faster, safer, and friendlier not just at OTH, but at all races, events and ride gathering.
Your story is needed!! Your connection is coveted.
We want to hear your voice, see your picture, read your ride report, watch video and analyze training data!
Instagram: Share a photo and hashtag #raceoth or tag @raceoc with your photo to bring up a plethora of visual stories.
What is the story behind this ‘stache?
YouTube: Got those video skills like Kobe dropping 60 in his final game? Shoot, edit, add some music (not country please and thank you) then send it over to us and we will post it on our YouTube channel. Check out the stories already on YouTube HERE
Facebook: Drop a visitor post on our FB page, comment on a update or share a anecdote with us. Stay connected by turning on post notifications under the ‘Like’ button on the cover photo.
Blog: Do you blog? I do…kind of here on my Tumblr page. But if you run a blog, do product reviews, race reports, or something that might be of interest to the OTH community, share it with us. Let us know and we will amplify your voice to the racers and families of OTH.
Strava: Join the almost 200 member Strava club. See who is putting in the top miles, elevation gains and who has done the longest ride. This is a great way to see who might be out there to ride with, train ‘against’ or secretly follow!!
Keep the ride rolling Wednesday through Monday.
Stay connected, share your story, and join in the Over the Hump conversation!