Enduro World Series

We out here in Winter Park for the first of the two N. American EWS races. Today was a full day of track inspection. All of which was chairlift assisted which was nice but I’m actually a little tired. Maybe it’s that 9500 ft elevation out here… wow, I’m out of breath just typing that. The format up here is a little different, it’s 3 days with 2 stages on day 1, then 3, then 2 on the last day. Stage 4 on Saturday is going to be a 1 time preview, right prior to the race run…should be interesting.

The courses are fun, Stage One starts out with some switchbacks but then opens up into a fast double track section, then on to the Trestle Bike Park jump trail called Rainmaker and a pedaly sprint to the line on an elevated wood bridge which it kind of cool.
Stage Two starts of which a ladder drop into on of the more techy downhill tracks on the mountain then onto a lower section of big sweeping turns and a last section of super roots and rocky pedal section.

Tomorrow we race in the morning and then do course inspection on stages 3 and 5 afterward. I’m starting to get the hang of riding the bike park style tracks, gonna be good.

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Last Minute Trips!

Made a quick little weekend trip up to Downieville to get at least one look at the course before the race weekend is upon us. I can’t believe that it’s only a week and a half away. We ate plenty of Mexican Food, rode plenty of bikes and of course went for the post ride river jump.

We rode the XC Loop late Saturday afternoon and finished up right in town at the local taqueria. Late evening ride to burritos…perfect! And then on Sunday we went for 2 of the classic Downieville downhills. Unfortunately we were about 10 minutes from finishing the last run on sunday and wound up getting two flats…so that just prolonged the end of a long day of shuttling but an awesome weekend. Good Times Though!! And the views you get even when your stopped on the side of the trail are unreal.

Headed out to Colorado tomorrow morning for the Enduro World Series race in Winter Park. Gonna be a good time out there and I can;t wait to race with the best in the world as well as see just how fast those boys are! Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

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2015 Product

Fatboy, Venge Lunchrace Edition, S-Works Allez w/ D’Aluisio Smartweld, Diverge! More to Come!!

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World Champion Bikes

Zdenek Stybar and Jaroslav Kulhavy ‘s World Championship winning rides!

Pieces of World Champion History frozen in time.

What’s better than mixing Cycling and Formula 1 … Nothing!
The McLaren Tarmac is a true beauty.

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2015 Specialized Dealer Launch

We’re out here in Monterey with the Specialized crew to launch the 2015 Product Line.
Got out for an awesome ride today down to Pebble Beach along 17 Mile Drive to start the week off. Awesome riding and beautiful scenery.

While I’m out here, let me know what you want to see and I’ll try my best to post up photos of the new product!

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Enduro 1, Complete

First Enduro Weekend in the books and it was so much fun. Ended up finishing in 32nd, which was a bit further down the order than I had hoped but can’t complain too much. I was only able to ride each stage once on Friday’s PreRide so I tried to pick up on as many little things as possible and really focus on anything major that might catch me by surprise. I ended up forgetting quite a bit of the small stuff which meant there were some turns I could have gone way faster through and a few that I had to slam on the brakes pretty hard for…oh well. All in All an awesome weekend.

It gives me some things to work on leading into the next one in Bend in a few weeks. I know I need to give myself more time to inspect each stage and get more out each one. The Enduro29, killed it again! That bike pedals so well and just feels like a big wheeled DH Bike. Love it!!

Oh yeah and Hood River is RAD!!! I could definitely see myself going back there soon to hang out and do some riding.
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Hood River Enduro

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted some stuff up and I think it’s time to get this thing rolling again.

Hood River is RAD. I had driven through here about 4 years ago on my way from Portland to Bend for CX stuff. It was snowy and cold and almost impossible to drive on the highways. So now that I’m here in June and the temp is 80 degrees it’s rather enjoyable. The trails are awesome, the town is cool, there’s just a few good brews here and the location right on the Columbia River Gorge is about as rad as it gets.

Today was Day 1 for the first round of the Oregon Enduro Series. I was feeling pretty comfortable out there even with the trails being as dry and loose as it could get. Yesterday when we were pre riding all the tracks I had a bit of a pucker factor. I wasn’t quite in shred mode having just sat in a car for 6.5 hours. Today, a whole different ball game. Had a blast and was riding really comfortably out there. Tomorrow, should be good!

I’ll try to track down some rad action pics from the races but for now, enjoy Shasta in all of it’s glory!
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Shred Sled

So this bike has been a highly talked about item since it made it’s Instagram debut with Kinetic Cycles. So here it is in all it’s glory. The Troy Lee Designs / Specialized Enduro 29. Built up with all SRAM XX1, Rockshox Pike Fork and Avid X0 Trail Brakes. The shoes on this bad boy are the new Roval Traverse SL matched up with the all new Ground Control GRID Casing on the tires. Truvativ Jerome Clementz Handlebars and Stem. New Specialized Command Post IR, Phenom Saddle and Crank Brothers 3 Pedals.

This bike is a beauty. I almost don’t want to ride it and just stare… ahhhh oh well time to go ride this thing!! HUGE thanks to SRAM for helping me get this together, the new All Mountain package that they have is unbeatable. Thanks to Specialized and Kinetic Cycles as well!! You guys are awesome!!!!

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MTB Skills Video Series

I’m working with Kinetic Cycles to develop a Mountain Bike Video Tutorial series that starts from the very basics of riding technique and position and slow progresses to more advanced techniques. The perfect tool to have to improve your trail capability and maximize the fun! Definitely take a look and stay tuned for more.

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Final Product

 

Oh yeah and here’s the finished Product! Make sure to come down and check it out in person.
…I tried but they still kept my photo up on the wall…hahaha

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