Round2 of the ProGrt National DH series went to Vernon, NJ, which is an hour and a bit outside of NYC. I really enjoy this place, it was once home to the US Open, which was an incredible event. Gwin and I took the victories. There was a good turnout of US riders, since its an easy trip to Scotland after that. Luca Shaw, Mitchypoo, Binggelli, Dakota, Max Morgan, Kiran Mackinnon, even Richie Rude came out for a lap yesterday. Unfortunately, Neko Mually Broke his arm real bad, but other than that, good event, cool trophy, sweet prize purse. Good job.
Chairlift season has arrived! About time too, winter seemed to drag on forever, and all the homies were up in Canada this weekend. Dunno if I have ever been up there when it's that smooth, but fun none the less. Get up there and enjoy!!
Stevie's death is pretty hard to come to grips with. Some people seem like they will be timeless and never pass, but accidents happen and we lost someone special. I wrote this for him...
I remember Steve Peat taking on the nickname "cappachino steve" for his love of cappachinos, while Stevie commented one time that he just liked "shit drip coffee", thus affectionately being referred to as "shit drip steve" from there on out:)
Round #1 of the US National DH series kicked off in Port Angeles, a spot I know all too well. The courses in PA are super fun, and Scott and Casey run events buttery smooth after years of hosting regional and top national events. It was a little smaller of an event this year with the timing of the world cups after Sea Otter, but super fun none the less. The course was my favorite one here, well there are a couple new favs actually, but this one is the best for racing. I won, as did some new faces in the men's classes. Tanner Stephens pro, Steve Walton Jr.
This place is amazing! The story behind getting this pumptrack made is even more touching and the people out in Leavenworth have set the bar pretty high. Good work to Claudio at Velosolutions and Craig paddle plus all the volunteers. More communities should get these made, it's the best skill building tool for bikes period, it has the most fun elements of bmx plus cornering, which you don't get in BMX. I love riding pumptracks:)
The Wings for life run is the biggest race in the world. Everyone starts at the same time all over the world and runs until the catcher car catches up, thus eliminating people until there is one runner left. All proceeds go towards spinal cord research. Run for those who can't. It's simple, and such a worthy cause. I've had direct competitors effected by these injuries, so it feels good to do this in their honor. I think I was passed at 11.5 km, but waled to the 12km mark, and then some. It hurts the day after since I only run like once a year, but worth it. Run with us next year!! Wflwordrun.com
Good times up in Squamish filming with the fellas from Anthill Films for Shimano. Anthill has made some real sweet MTB videos over the years, and had the fanciest gear I have ever seen. For sure a pro set up and the XT Di2 is gonna look real sweet on my tiny little bike.
Remeber to film on grey days kids, and also bring the intensity:)
The highlight of Sea otter, apart from seeing our friends and sponsors, is the slalom. This discipline is my jam, love it; high speed, big turns, tech skills. Fans come out with their USA flags and enthusiasm ready to watch head to head battles. Sea Otter is an expo for new products, and the racing pretty mellow, but highly competitive. It took me awhile to figure out how to win these events, but now I got it fairly figured out.. 10th pro win. Not too shabby, sick and all this time...