The Specialized AllRide Tour is finally official after Specialized opened their doors to us late in the season which has been amazing. We could not be more proud to partner with such an incredible company with a vision that parallels our own; GET MORE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY KIDS, PASSIONATE ABOUT MOUNTAIN BIKES! Our job description is to get out and make a spectacle at events with the AllRide Academy youngsters, bring bikes to eager riders to race and play with, find kids who need help enjoying mountain biking and find a way to get them started and share the camaraderie, love and passion that is mountain biking.
The Specialized AllRide Tour’s first official event, the Sram XX launch and the marvelous Ashland Super D were great venues to show off our new graphics!
What an awesome 4 days in Ashland, Oregon! Kirt and I had been anxiously waiting for the van and trailer to be wrapped with the new Specialized AllRide Tour graphics. Kirt sent Specialized a drawing of what he envisioned and BAM! It has come to life!
Proud of our new bright vehicle that clearly screams “WE LOVE TO SHRED!” we headed to Ashland to meet up with the Sram crew for their 2×10 product launch. We were joined by members of the cycling media and other Sram athletes, Rebecca Rusch (Specialized, RedBull, Adventure racing extraordinaire, 24 hour solo world champion and all around rad woman) and Ross Schnell (Super sweet and talented Trek rider).
The first day of riding with the Sram crew and media was a real Bipolar Oregon experience. We started the ride in dumping snow with 3 or 4 inches firmly on the ground. The fireroad at the start was completely covered in large 2 ft deep patches of snow with giant slick ruts down the middle.
The course was muddy and slick and fun as heck that way! Over the next few days “happy Oregon” emerged and the sun popped out, the snow melted (and was plowed) and we had beautiful sunshine and a perfect course for the 2 days of racing.
This was Kirt’s first official Super D race and he had a blast. He rode all week doing interesting human tricks on a bike for members of the cycling media and the Sram crew and was really excited to race the course! Our friend and filmmaker, Taylor Sage took some good footage of Kirt ripping it up. www.pinkbike.com All that dirt jump and pumptrack building in Bend hasn’t left much time for pedaling, but he said he was blazing the downhills on his Sram XX Enduro!
And of course, in Kirt fashion, when they counted down for him to start his race run he pedaled off the line in a stand up wheelie! Not cool that I didn’t get it on film. dang.
I (Lindsey) raced my first PRO race. Scary. Ashland is one of my favorite races where the long high speed sections and punchy climbs suit me. I rode my 24lb carbon S-works ERA with 3″ of travel and railed that bike! Most people were on 4″ or 5″ and that little ERA rode like a machine and climbed like an angel. It’s just that I didn’t really have my legs race day… Although I felt amazing on the downhills and was having a fairly good run when I pedaled full speed into a rock on a FLAT section, broke my pedal, slid across the ground and cheese-grated my hip and arm, fixed my bike then finished the fast lippy downhill water bar section and switchbacks with one foot clipped in and boy was it hectic. Poopy. We celebrated as usual after the race with fans and racers with our yummy Deschutes Brewery beer!
When we returned from Ashland, Kirt did a “Bike Rodeo” (that’s what we call them here in cowboy country) where he taught a group of kids from Cascades Academy about helmet safety by doing his infamous melon drop. He shows a “brain” splatter without a helmet and a “brain” somewhat held together while wearing a helmet. It’s quite effective. Then we took them to the pumptrack and let them loose while teaching safety and skills. Kirt has been out at the pumptrack every day all day when he’s home so he can get his project finished before hitting the road for a month!
More photos and video at: http://iamspecialized.com/xc-mtb/rider/kirt-voreis/1106/%23/blog/#/blog
source: Lindsey Voreis