Legends of the Kamikaze Downhill Photo Gallery

DH Race Coverage

For many others, it was just an opportunity to get out and relive the glory days. “Tattoo Lou” DeAngelis is 49 years young this year, and he was looking forward to once again surf down the pumice plunge of the Kamikaze, pushing nearly 60 mph.

“I’m just stoked that at my age I can come out here and participate,” said Lou. “Its also nice to have such a burly bike. It’s actually comfortable going downhill now. All the younger kids should take note and give some respect. The guys and girls around me, they were the pioneers, bombing down this hill on bikes with cantilever brakes and in some cases, no suspension.”

Although none of the Legends riders were rocking cantilever brakes yesterday, there was still some old-school technology out there. Tyson Mrosek showed up on an old Ventana with Shimano V-brakes. Mike Galeoto showed up on one of his old late 1990’s rigs, complete with what Mike considers a “small” 56-tooth chainring. Cindy Buccowich (Whitehead) bombed it on an old Turner with V-Brakes. Russell Worley was the lone hardtail rider, with bonus points for rocking barends.

Former Kamikaze and World Champion Dave Cullinan wore bright yellow and green, both on his Troy Lee Designs gear and his neon yellow Santa Cruz. But what really made him stand out was his no-gloves, one finger brake riding style – a style he’s rocked for more than 20 years.

But Ken Foraker trumped everyone – conquering the Kamikaze with only one leg in a mere 6:18. Huge props to Ken!

Leigh Donovan took the ladies title with a 5:51, but she was missing her signature handlebar streamers, which probably would have made her go a few seconds faster. Second place went to Italian downhill legend Giovanna Bonazzi and Amber Naughton (Tinstman) took third. Penny Lundgren (Davidson) and Mercedes Natvig (Gonzales) were also out there shredding it up.

Troy Lee Designs was a huge supporter of this event, and many of the riders rocked TLD gear in their downhill runs. John Tomac was supposed to be in attendance, but the word is he broke his wrist a few weeks ago while chasing down his son Eli while riding mountain bikes. Heal fast, Tomes!

For more pictures of the Kamikaze, peep the gallery below. For complete results of the Legends of the Kamikaze and more info on the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games, go to www.kamikazebikegames.com.

Legends of the Kamikaze Downhill Photo Gallery Gallery
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Amber Naughton (Tinstman) finished third.

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Italian superstar Giovanna Bonazzi finished second.

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Big chainrings were born here on the Kamikaze.

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Cindy Buccowich (Whitehead) rocked it in style on an old Turner with V-Brakes.

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Cindy and Penny Lundgren (Davidson) reliving the glory days.

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At 44 years young, Dave Cullinan still has the goods, finishing fifth on the day.

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Cully’s signature no-gloves, one-finger brake style still in effect.

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Mike Galeoto showed up on one of his old DH bikes from back in the day.

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Galeoto with his “small” 56-tooth chainring.

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Mike Galeoto charging into the first corner on the Kamikaze.

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Greg “H-Ball” Herbold was relatively stealth looking without all that bright neon he used to rock back in the day.

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Rich Houseman tearing into the first corner.

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“Insane Wayne” Croasdale is as full of character as ever.

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Kelly Lee finished 10th on the day.

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Ken Foraker took the “Hero” award for the day, racing the Kamikaze with one leg.

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Joe Lawwill absolutely charged into the first corner, helping him finish third on the day.

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No brakes into the first turn was Lawwill’s strategy that seemed to pay off.

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Leigh Donovan took the ladies title in style. But she was missing her signature handlebar streamers.

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Brian Lopes was like a black streak screaming towards the first corner.

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Rocking his Ibis Ripley 29er, Lopes dusted the Kamikaze in a 4:55.

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Huge roosts of Mammoth pumice trailed all the riders.

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Brian Lopes and Leigh Donovan taking the Legends titles.

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Lopes and Donovan getting their due props.

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“Tattoo Lou” DeAngelis with his game face before the Kamikaze.

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“Tattoo Lou” DeAngelis shredding it in the first turn.

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Mercedes Natvig (Gonzales) finished fifth on the day.

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Mike Klozer was one of the few brave souls without a full-face helmet.

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Tyson Mrosek was rocking V-Brakes on his old Ventana.

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Penny Lundgren (Davidson) with her old Evian team full-face helmet.

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Penny taking fourth place on the day.

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If you’ve never ridden the Kamikaze, there’s a lot of soft, loose pumice. A lot.

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Kick up a roost of pumice in the first corner.

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Russell Worley was the only dude we saw riding a hardtail in the Kamikaze.

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Ryan White took 13th on the day.

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Shredding the gnar from 11,000 feet to 9,000 feet in a mere 3.2 miles.

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Toby Henderson was in attendance, as was his company BOX that provided the rad moto-style number plates.

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The mood was nostalgic at the top of the Kamikaze.

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Tyson Mrosek ripping into the first corner.

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Jerry Vanderpool kicking up a roost into the first left-hander.

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Insane Wayne getting amped up before the Kamikaze.

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About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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