Nicole Miranda, on the trail at Reagan Park in Medina.
Thanks to a few kids, I’m back to riding trails on my mountain bike, and I feel like a kid again, too!
Last August I discovered the Youth Mountain Bike Clinics at Reagan Park in Medina, and next thing I knew I was on my bike every week — taking my step-grandson Stanley to learn the finer points of trail riding. As we both honed our skills, we also met a bunch of cool people, including the Miranda family: five avid mountain bikers, who regularly race in Ohio, and out of state, too.
This photo was commissioned by the parents, Linda and Patrick, for Nicole’s senior portrait. They asked me if I ever do senior portraits. Because I usually shoot editorial portraits I gave them my standard reply: just for family and friends. So I made some new friends this past summer too. : )
By the way, although we left it out for this pic, Nicole and every mountain biker I know always always wear their helmet when riding …
At races, Nicole regularly places high in the standings— actually her younger sister and brother do just as well. (Check this link)! Most notably, Nicole won the Midwest Regional Cyclocross Championships in December (and the coveted Stars-and-Stripes Jersey that comes with it). She will study mathematics at Brevard College in North Carolina — a mountain biking mecca — and will race for the mountain bike team there!
I’ve always loved riding the trails, but it was tough getting to a legal mountain bike trail in Northeast Ohio. Emphasize was. The Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) helped me find all the trails in the area, with updates about their conditions. I decided to join CAMBA and have been putting in time building new mountain bike trails in the Cleveland Metro Parks! Yes, you heard that right: there will be mountain bike trails — many miles of them — in the Cleveland Metro Parks!
Actually, there already is one trail open to bikes, at the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation. Its short but sweet. I can get there in 20 minutes and ride it in twenty. It kicks my butt, but hey I’m having fun getting back in shape.
So if I’m not out shooting, I’m out on the trails— and sometimes out shooting on the trails. Stay in touch… if you are in the area maybe we can go out riding together! It’s a blast!