MAMMOTH, CA Jill wins the Downhill and Slalom national championships, making for her 17th USA title across 5 disciplines. Aaron Gwin won the men's DH event, and Mitch Ropelato won the slalom and enduro titles.
Round two of the Crankworx World Series headed to Les Gets, which is a fresh venue to the tour, and a iconic location for mountain biking in the Alps. Home to the 2004 World Championships, and also tied to the european mountain bike mecca of Portes du Soleil, miles and miles of trails link up to make this zone World renowned. Unfortunately, with excessive rain several weeks leading up to the event, the ground was saturated, causing difficult conditions for the organizers and riders alike. Delays and schedule changes pushed the limits for all events, particularly Slope-style, which was cancelled and unridable. All other events proceeded, but were a little messy.....
May was kind of all over the place with racing and media projects :)
• PRO GRT 1 - PORT ANGELES, WA • PRO GRT 2 - VERNON, NJ • NYC + BROOKLYN BIKE PARK • SHIMANO Di2 COMMERCIAL - ANTHILL • WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN • LEAVENWORTH PUMPTRACK • WHISTLER OPENING WEEKEND • STEVIE SMITH MEMORIAL • PHOTOSHOOT- FREEHUB MAG • BRYN -MICHELOB ULTRA COMMERCIAL
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:)