Saturday, March 29, 2008

A battle loom's on the horizon

One week until the Fluidride Cup starts. DH and Slalom. Maing and i are doing this series and a few other DH races this season, but this first one is gonna be a battle. Should be really wet and the ten day forecast calls for rain on race day, but that could change. I'm still waiting for my rear shock to come back from being re-built so I'm not exactly ready bike wise, but I'll be fine. Going to wear my new Troy Lee helmet so i hope i don't break it the first ride. We'll see. Stay tuned for a big write up of the race weekend. O..the pic is Olivia (our 4 y/o with my new helmet)

FRCup 1
Port Angeles
April 4th - 6th
FRCup 2
Mt. Hood
May 10th - 11th
FRCup 3
Port Angeles
June 6th - 8th
FRCup 4
Mt Hood
July 12th - 13th
FRCup 5
Port Angeles
Aug 22nd - 24th
FRCup 6(Finals)
Mt Hood
Sept. 27th - 28th

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Black Rock Fund Raiser day

The Black Rock Mountain Bike Association( Check their site ) has been building a great trail system for a few years now, and they have been doing a BIG raffles to help raise $$ for all that goes into that. We headed down in the Maing bus to ride, heckle and go to Padingtons Pizza. I'll sum it up.....Arbys is slow, People in Woodburn don't like us, the gas station was a gong show, Santiam Bikes locked the cash register when we walked in, Mtn Rider looked like a mugger, people in Falls city don't like us, no where to park and we see hardly any riders, Mtn Rider crashes, Lon Darts, Moostache, High 5's rule, packs laying in the bushes, load the stuff, get a flat on the van after driving 100 ft, unload the stuff, jack up the van, take off tire, dig a hole, put tire on, eat pizza, stand in line too long, Raffle too long, we heckle, we heckle, movie projector lame, Jamie's movie great but projector lame, drive home way too late, Mtn rider win's 2 year Sub. to unknown Magazine, Flying j has Grip, Raja cut off. I'm tired.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Port Angeles Shuttle day (AKA-Road trip #1)

A few years back i heard about some races at "Dry Hill" in Port Angeles, Wa. Sounded like a cool area but i never made it up there. I heard about the shuttle day's they had on forum's like ride monkey and mtbr.So a month or so ago i heard they we're having a spring fling thing and the first thing i thought was i had to get some of the freaks and go. So i got Maing,Whiplash, Rubberdown,Josh, Darren from Van and we headed up. The Raja and his band of thieves wanted to head up the night before so they could make a big entrance but we left EARLY sun morning. I went to bed too late ( as i was getting up at 3:45 and it was daylight savings) so when Irish Rob text messaged me at 12:30 AM and woke me up half way into my 4 hours of sleep i was not too stoked. Rubberdown said he would be at my place at 3:45, so at 4 i was thinking i should call him. I did. He's like " I'm just leaving man" I'm thinking .....ok....and he says " Mind if i get a cup of coffee on the way?" I was like How about on the way. So he shows up, and then a cop pulls in. After he charmed the officer away we loaded up and headed for Josh's. He was waiting a while but was still awake. While heading for Whiplash's house, Rubberdown figured out it was time to set the clocks ahead. He was bummed, and offered to buy coffee for all of us. but not at starbucks. So when we got on the road i was telling rubberdown how Irish rob woke me up with his text message, and i said " a few years back and i would have called there hotel for a 6 am wake up". He said " How about me". So he called the Red Lion and got the Raja's # and gave them a wake up call. SO... we had a good 4.sompin hour drive and got to the trails. Lot's of people there. When we we're driving through Port Angeles i was thinking "i hope this trip was a good idea" but after we registered,payed and did our first run i knew it was worth the long drive. The trucks were moving fast. One driver must have been having a fun time as he was rocking the truck really good. I was having trouble standing one trip up. Anyway...the trails were great. Rooty,rocky, and plenty of steep sections. Wet but not muddy. A few jumps, steep roll downs etc... The Pro course was nutty. I got stuck on one off camber rock slab but other than that i was good. The other trails i rode had plenty of cool tech sections. I did 9 or 10 runs with no crashes. I guess i wasn't riding hard enough. Whiplash broke off half of his visor, and bounced off a tree or two on the pro course. ( lot of visor problems lately) Irish Rob had some sort of crazy dismount, but was ok. Josh crashed once i think. We did about 5 Weeks of riding compared to what we do at Falls City. We ended up getting home around midnight. Typical. Up at 7 to go to work and try to stay awake all day. The video i took was sub par..but those things happen i guess. Thanks to the O.D.S. for the hard work on those trails and for having a great shuttle day, and thanks to the Westside Freeride guys who made a 21 hour day seem like no big deal. Looking forward to road trip #2

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Falls City Again and again

Back down to Falls City for more abuse. Maing, Robholio and i picked up Lon from Boise for a sweet day of riding. Spring like weather and mostly good dirt. Flying J and Mtn Rider showed a litle after us and the fun started. MTN RIder was in Basic and was hitting the Simulator, did a big no footer and couldn't get the pedals back. He must have been 8 or 9 feet in the air and drooped like a rock. Slam! Looked like he fell out of a tree, belly flop style. Shoe came off, visor shattered. Visor shrapnel cut up his face a bit. Got up, took off the rest of his visor and went back and did it again. He's a tough guy and a great rider. I crashed like a fool on the entrance to Sunday stroll twice. Soft dirt is my friend. Mtn Rider crashed there also. Later Robholio crashed hard on a stump jump..o ya and Lon from Boise crashed in Basic. We showed Lon some of the other trails and he seemed to like the area. good day but way to much Carnage asada.