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Early in October we saw a Facebook post from Greg Minnaar about “The Ultimate Mountain Bike Experience”. After a bit of exploring we knew this would be an awesome experience indeed.
Instead of the usual Christmas with gifts under the tree, Jenn and I felt that collecting experiences and traveling were a much more worthy gift at this stage in our lives so we decided to do this for Zach and the family this year.
After some really fun decoys and unique school arrangements (re-arranging final exams) Zach and Jenn met me in San Jose. We led Zach to believe we were going to meet Bear Grylls as part of my company’s annual party. Little did he know. We headed south and decided to stop in Santa Cruz for lunch and explore. “Hey Zach,” I said, “Isn’t the Santa Cruz Bike Factory in Santa Cruz?”
After lunch and touring the town we decided to get a room in Santa Cruz and head for the company party in the morning. Zach still had no clue.
Jenn and I were both getting concerned that he was still not catching on to the whole thing. Later that evening I sent him an email outlining the event with a simple “ Merry Christmas” in the subject line. He was laying on the bed checking email and read it and started looking weird. “Merry Christmas? Hey we are in Santa Cruz, did you know that there is a Santa Cruz event where we can ride with Peaty and Greg and Josh, tour the factory and get to be part of Peaty’s premier of his new movie?”
“Duh, that’s why we are here.”
He flipped out. Needless to say the day was one of the most memorable for him, as it was for us.
Being in a position in life to provide for your family is a blessing. To be able to gift an experience to your family and amazing young son that has truly found his passion is priceless.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Santa Cruz Bikes, Rob Roskopp, Greg Minnaar, Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland, The Clymb, and everyone that made this experience possible and exceptional. Well done everyone–we will be back!