When we recorded the third episode of the Midwest Cycling Podcast with our guest, Todd Poquette, we learned pretty quickly that Todd was a special individual. We already knew that we had him (and Danny Hill) to blame for the suffering we will endure this September at the Marji Gesick 100. But what we didn't know was what a thoughtful, introspective person he is. We learned pretty quickly, when Todd speaks, you listen.
So when we got the chance to talk with Todd about something more important than racing -- the future of mountain biking itself -- we jumped at the chance. It something a lot of us probably don't think about that much, let alone do anything about. But Todd is not like the rest of us.
Todd cares about you. And he cares that you have great trails to ride and that the future of mountain biking grows from a stable base. That's why Todd made us feel bad about wanting to exclude equestrians from some of the trails we use. And we listened. Because we want to be part of the solution!
Todd also laid out plans for the Bothwell Middle School Mountain Bike Club. Because as cliché as it may sound, kids are the future. And what better way to preserve the sport than by doing what you can to usher in the next generation of riders and trail advocates? Since recording the podcast, we know that Todd has cleared the hurdles he talked about in the podcast and the Bothwell Middle School Mountain Bike Club is up and running. It's good news and I'm pretty certain it will become a model for other youth mountain bike clubs to follow.
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--Mark & Sean... & Todd.