Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Jake all over Velo News...you see that Team Sponsors? WTF are you thinking, this guy just threw down on some of the BEST IN THE WORLD. Get all over this guy before your competition does...jesus, what the hell are you thinking?
Cross Vegas 09...here we go.
Jones chased by Driscoll as they move off the front..
Compton devestated on her new Stevens Cross Bike..
The Gurls come through after lap one, Compton in control
Jake Wells starts his move to the front, this is a HUGE effort as he attempts to close on all the big heavys, including Vervecken, a three time world champ. This is when the text messages from all of Jake's bros back home started coming in hot and heavy, it was AWESOME.
As for my own personal race, well, I can't say I've had more fun ever racing. Many thanks to all of you who cheered loud and rowdily, I heard all of you and it made me go harder every cheer.The course had some really nice subtle changes from last year including a second "Boulder Cup" style run up which was just in the perfect location. The crowd this year was way more subdued and quite a bit more quiet it seemed, but no biggie I suppose. The grass on course was grippy and the Industry field was BIG with 122 registered starters. No surprise after my "issue" with the promoters over charging $8 to get in that I was staged in row 16 of 16 rows, starting dead last of 122. I did manage to fight up through 72 riders and finish 49th in a 30 minute race, pretty damned pleased with that, it was a great and fun eve for sure.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
HD Helmet cam that is the shizzle.Early morning recon, day 1
And of course the always famous "Girls" fat tire ride, with custom chainstay sticker. I hate my job....And a couple of hot Jelly Belly rides that need no pedals...
Friday, September 25, 2009
BEST 29ER CARBON FULL SQUISH I RODE.....
The Santa Cruz Tall Boy, this thing is Bullet Proof and the suspension ate up Bootleg Canyon. Unfortunately I'm pretty much off the Carbon kick on the mtb scene after this season...I've just seen and heard of it breaking too often...all over the place.
BEST METAL THING 29ER I RODE....
The Turner Sultan..this thing is a dream, eats shit right up, and has a "stiff" rear end that is super active. Killer fun bike to ride.
BEST BUDGET 29ER FULL SQUISH....
When I took this GT out for a ride, the "Marathon" first "looked" a bit clinky. HOWEVER, this bike rode sick. I thought that this bike for the price point was by far the best value out there. The build is not waaay high end, but the ride is. I thought this bike had the best "feeling" suspension system of all the bikes I rode. I had all the rides set up super squish, and this GT killed it....
BEST FULL SQUISH 29ER I DID NOT GET TO RIDE....
Charlie Brown from the Mountain Pedaler told me to check this ride out but I never got the chance. NEAR SIX full inches of travel on the rear end. Are you FUCKING kidding me? This may be the ride I end up on next year because I would like a DOWNHILL 29ER in my quiver, and it's not carbon, which I'm going to shy away from in the future as everyone I know that has one, broke it...back to other materials for this kid, especially for a non racing bike...sleep well A2B fans. I'm heading home in the AM.
Meanwhile, I caught this terror attack on vijeo on the strip in Vegas this evening while walking back from the Ben and Jerry's ice cream joint where I got a single scoop cone for $6. Psych, this was really an attack of Butt Pirates across the street from Harrahs, get me the fuck out of here, now.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Last night's grouse walk discovered another new ride for the future, just needs a little love. Shhhh don't tell anyone.
Old Cycling friend Tom Desposato was recently on a long road trip to visit family in Bolivia when he noticed these "local" riders with a strong affliction for Squirt Lube. Tom is an old 24 Hours of Moab teammate and was under the Mason Dixon line visiting family and tasting the local Bolivian MTB scene when he slid these pics my way....looks sweet.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Yeah dawg, it's that time of year when you may get a call at 8:30 at night from the homies saying lets go night ride, in the rain. Of course this presents just another fine opportunity to get out and ride a bike. So why the fuck not eh?
Photo Graham Watson
Monday, September 14, 2009