Where did the summer go?
In September we attended both the Oakridge, OR Super D and the Sandy Ridge Super D and these races were events to remember and will soon become “must attend” events! I have to elaborate a bit on these races/trails…
Oakridge, Oregon is quickly becoming another Oregon hub for mountain bikers with high alpine forests and incredible singletrack in every direction. The Alpine trail was the perfect Super D. It has climbs that push your heart out of your chest and downhills that are so easy to go fast on that you have to imagine you’re on a speeder bike racing through the forest on Endor with Ewoks surrounding you.
Sandy, Oregon has the hidden gem of a trail network. The trails have everything from rocky, rooty tech sections, to tabletops and pumptrack flow. The race was chaotic and challenging and one of my favorites to date. To go fast on this course required some serious skills combined with lungs and strong climbing legs. It was a whippy, zippy good time! Oh, not to mention we all stayed at Windell’s<http://windells.com/> which is heaven for all ages, especially grown up man-children.
Kirt was able to switch between his skateboard and p bike<http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkFamily.jsp?sid=11P.Bikes&scid=1004> constantly until he finally fell on his face after attempting to ride them both at the same time. Forget racing, Kirt could have stayed at Windell’s all day to play with the kids!
Our friend Melodie unfortunately lost her Specialized Stumpjumper to a bad thief the night before the race! BOOO! Luckily Kirt was racing a Stumpjumper that fit her and their start times were far enough apart that she was able to borrow it for her race run. Sorry about your bike Mel, I hope you get a new Specialized asap!!
Ian Hylands<http://www.ianhylands.com/wordpress/> came down for a quick few days to shoot Kirt for his next Fox<http://www.foxhead.com/us> ad which they shot down at the glorious Umpqua River. They also flooded our street to get a shot of Kirt spraying water at night and it turned out pretty cool. I’m not sure where that one will end up, but knowing Ian it will pop up somewhere sweet.
Next stop: Dirt Demo and Interbike in Vegas.
Kirt was invited to join the legends ride at Dirt Demo. (Trying to locate a photo) Kirt was honored to join the likes of Ned Overend, Greg Herbolt, Brian Lopes etc.
Interbike was just as exciting as usual. It’s always fun to walk around and see the new products and the posters or ads of Kirt lurking on different booths.
Immediately following Interbike Kirt zipped up to Mt. Hood to watch Austin and Mikey at the final Fluidride Cup DH race. Mikey won pro men by 6 seconds. Austin was 3rd Cat 1 U18. Yeah AllRide Academy. Here is a link to the story on that: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Fluidride-Cup-finals-recap-2010.html
AND our east coast threat Richie Rude came in 5th overall pro men in the Gravity East Series. He missed 2 races, and again, he’s 15 !!!
We flipped the calendar to October and headed to Northstar at Tahoe for the Third Annual Tara Llanes Classic fundraiser event. http://www.tarallanesclassic.org/ Specialized<http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/home.jsp> was generous in their contributions as usual, and we had some of the AllRide crew there to slip and slide down the muddy course. Mikey came out to practice, but he’s still healing a wrist injury, so it was Cierra, Kirt and myself, Lindsey left to shred the slop in the pouring rain. I have to say it was a really fun race. Hard as heck, but super fun! Most importantly, Tara was very happy with the turnout and the obvious support she has behind her. The event is a good reminder about helping the unfortunate victims of tragedy in our otherwise wonderful sport.
We also let some lucky people shred DH runs on our demo bikes, the SX trail<http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?spid=52841&scid=1000&scname=Mountain> and Demo 8 II<http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?spid=52700&scid=1000&scname=Mountain>. It was not easy releasing the riders’ grips from the bikes when it was time to give them back.
Next up: Kirt has video and photoshoots scheduled in the next few weeks, then he heads East for the new Ray’s Indoor re-grand opening: http://www.raysmtb.com/index.php
We are currently working on a new website and I will have a much nicer way of sending updates, so we’re looking forward to that!
Thank you all for your support.
Brrr, it’s getting cold here…