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I think sports, namely mountain biking is what makes my non-traditional little family a tight knit trio. Maybe saying it IS what makes it is a tad too strong of a word? But it definitely helps keep that strong bond going on. For anyone that happens to be reading this and doesn’t know a thing about me I am the proud owner of 2 strapping young lads. Currently at ages 20 and 14. They began their mountain biking careers at ages 5 and 11 give or take a few hours. And some might feel I am wrong about this but I feel like this sport, aside from bringing us close together has taught my boys valuable life lessons.

For one it has definitely taught them both the value of being a good and loud bike race heckler. See for yourselves:

I give you Exhibit A

I give you Exhibit A in which you can see my oldest son in the green jacket doing what appears to be a pelvic thrust while undoubtedly screaming his head off.

And here is Exhibit B in which I didn't realize upon snapping the pic that my little one was up on the road with his pants at half mast and in a manner similar to his older brother, also screaming his head off.

And here is Exhibit B in which I didn’t realize upon snapping the pic that my little one was up on the road with his pants at half mast and in a manner similar to his older brother, also screaming his head off.

Not every parents dream but hey, we’re mountain bikers. If you aren’t one of us it can be a little bit hard to explain. For us its quality family time. Some girls like to go shopping with their moms. My boys and I go out and yell our heads off on race weekends and can barely hear each other speaking the following day because our vocal chords won’t let us make a peep.

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Here’s Gordo around 8 years old hitting some jumps in Roswell, GA. Knowing how to jump is very important.

Another thing it has taught us is to be outgoing. I think both of my boys have started off as kind of shy but what better way to break yourself of that than to get out and shred a trail that stokes the shit out of you? Good trails equal some hooting and hollering and high fives or chest bumps, depends on what you are into. They’ve even met some celebrities of the mountain bike world along the way.

Mylan with Andreu Lacondaguey; Crankworx Colorado 2008

Mylan with Andreu Lacondeguy; Crankworx Colorado 2008

Gordo arm wrestling Cam McCaul earlier this year.

Gordo arm wrestling Cam McCaul 2 years ago.

One of Gordo and Joey hanging trackside at the Underworld Cup with Greg Minnaar and being clowns as usual.

One of Gordo and Joey hanging trackside at the Underworld Cup 2012 with Greg Minnaar and being clowns as usual.Not bring afraid of photobombing yourself is a great lesson.

Aside from the usual list of life lessons we get from riding bikes; i.e. if you fall down get back up and try again, practice makes perfect, look before you leap, if you’re not first you’re last and other important things like that there are a few other lessons to check off the list.

How to take a top tube to the groin.

How to take a top tube to the groin.

Don't wipe sweat off your face when you're digging around poison ivy.

VERY VERY IMPORTANT LESSON: Don’t wipe sweat off your face when you’re digging around poison ivy. This was AFTER the swelling had gone down!

How to do a fork rebuild the night before getting up early to drive 6 hours to a race.

How to do a fork rebuild the night before getting up early to drive 6 hours to a race.

The ever important how to look like you are having the time of your life when you are wet and muddy.

The ever important how to look like you are having the time of your life when you are wet and muddy.

The art of taking photos at golden hour!

The art of taking photos at golden hour!

Little brother off on the left filming his older brother shredding this berm.

The art of videography. Little brother off on the left filming his older brother shredding this berm.

I will leave it at that for now. All these are very important skills. Most importantly we all have fun doing all these things together. Makes for a good little family unit and prepares the kids for the future in more ways than you would think. For example a few years ago my youngest was having some trouble with a bully at school who wanted to fight with him. My pacifist kid was worried about getting in trouble for fighting and about getting punched. How did I fix his fear? Simple. Mountain biking. I said dude, its a kid. You’ve hit trees head on at speed and been ok. You really think a kid is going to punch harder than slamming into a tree??? He smiled and said probably not. Boom! Problem solved! Feel free to use that one if you’re kids or other mountain biking loved ones run into a similar issue. Works like a charm! Whoever said parenting was boring is a fool. There is never a dull moment, I can attest.

Crankworx Whistler. My First Time

So I had the pleasure of heading up to Whistler B.C. again this past week for the first half of Crankworx Whistler. I’ve never been to Whistler Bike Park until this year and had never been to Crankworx Whistler. Needless to say I was pretty stoked. Speed and Style was awesome to witness. The EWS race went on while I was there and I got to watch some Red Bull Joyride practice as well as the Garbanzo DH Race.  Whistler is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and Whistler Bike Park (as cheesy as it sounds) really is Disneyland for all mountain bike kind. There is something there for all disciplines and its no wonder people from all over the planet flock there to ride every summer.

I drove up the Thursday before to meet up with some of my awesome work buddies from around the globe. Upon arriving we setup our Spank/iXS booth at the base of the main lift and got to work spreading the good word (read product information) on all of our 2015 gear and products. Met tons of awesome people that were stoked on all our products and informed a lot of people on our two awesome companies as well. Also met some of the great riders our companies sponsor and some awesome bike industry peeps.

I didn’t get too far from the lift area as I had to stay close because I was working the booth after all but managed to get a few images in that will show what it’s like there in Whistler for those of you that haven’t been.  I know I can’t wait to get back and I promise more photographs next time!  Hope you enjoy.

Solo drive north on I-5; Downtown Seattle in the distance

Solo drive north on I-5; Downtown Seattle in the distance

Tantalous Mountain Range near Squamish, B.C. along highway 99

Tantalous Mountain Range near Squamish, B.C. along highway 99

Lift Lines

Lift Lines

Cedric Gracia getting the Enduro World Series Whistler race underway in style!

Cedric Gracia getting the Enduro World Series Whistler race underway in style!

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the Whip Off

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the Whip Off

The view from our booth

The view from our booth

Speed and Style; Tuck No Hander over the final jump.

Speed and Style; Tuck No Hander over the final jump.

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Mike Dutton posing with the Oozy Trail pedal; photo inspired by the magazine cover he is holding

Mike Dutton posing with the Oozy Trail pedal; photo inspired by the magazine cover he is holding

Not a creature was stirring

Not a creature was stirring

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the whip off.

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the whip off.

Enduro Super Saturday Crew

So… ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO Tim came down from Seattle ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO We waited at DQ in Rhododendron ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO vENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO shuttled up to Timberline and rode Timberline to Crosstown to Bridal Veil ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO the trail was sick ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO tons of berms ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO  Mylan crashed, he was ok ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO climbing sucks ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO we ate at Charlies. The end.

Schmitty Enduro-Flex

Schmitty Enduro-Flex

Duro-Birthday Girl Uma!

Duro-Birthday Girl Uma!

Sriracha Duro in pursuit

Sriracha Duro in pursuit

Evil Sriracha-duro Sock Steez

Evil Sriracha-duro Sock Steez

Enduro-Rasta Steez

Enduro-Rasta Steez

FRO Enduro Specific Specs

FRO Enduro Specific Specs

Timberline Disorderlies Crew

Timberline Disorderlies Crew

Can't Shift Out Of My Hardest Gear-DURO

Can’t Shift Out Of My Hardest Gear-DURO

Enduro on a 2007 Specialized Enduro

Enduro on a 2007 Specialized Enduro

Single-For-A-Month-DURO

Single-For-A-Month-DURO

Relaxing in the shade.

Relaxing in the shade.

Yacolt Burn Enduro MUDFEST 2014!!!

This past Saturday was the Yacolt Burn Enduro, also know as the 1st stop of the Cascadia Dirt Cup (CDC) this season. It’s an enduro race series and you can get information on it at their website http://www.cascadiadirtcup.org/  The race went off without a hitch and Mother Nature even through in some nice early summer rain to spice things up for the racers and spectators alike. I decided to keep this post short and sweet and added a gallery with enough images to make up for the lack of words. Everyone had a great time and hopefully you enjoy the race images! Thanks to all the event sponsors and CCMTB for doing a great job with the trails!

Congrats to Alex McGuinnis for the win in Men’s Pro Class!

View race results here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/8f4322_af57b1723db04721a261322703aef470.pdf

Alex McGuinnis for the win!!!

Alex McGuinnis for the win!!!

Race prep row

Race prep row

Riders meeting just before the fun

Riders meeting just before the fun

Someone needs another cup of coffee

Someone needs another cup of coffee

All aboard!!!

All aboard!!!

Off we go!

Off we go!

"Good morning racers, hope you are ready for this tour de mud!" said the SW Washington mountains

“Good morning racers, hope you are ready for this tour de mud!” said the SW Washington mountains

It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll

Wet foliage? Check!

Wet foliage? Check!

Muddy MUDDY trails?   CHECK!

Muddy MUDDY trails? CHECK!

Volunteers at a road crossing on Stage 2 having fun watching the racers book it through the road crossing

Volunteers at a road crossing on Stage 2 having fun watching the racers book it through the road crossing

Last minute Search & Rescue instructions.

Last minute Search & Rescue instructions.

Volunteers at the ready!

Volunteers at the ready!

CDC's gotta be doing something right if the racers are smiling in between stages!

CDC’s gotta be doing something right if the racers are smiling in between stages!

The traverse from Stage 1 to Stage 2 had offered some gorgeous views

The traverse from Stage 1 to Stage 2 had offered some gorgeous views

Party in the woods everyone!

Party in the woods everyone!

3...2...1...GO!

3…2…1…GO!

Start of Stage 2

Start of Stage 2

First part of Stage 2 was tight, wet and windy through the woods

First part of Stage 2 was tight, wet and windy through the woods

Scenery, thrills and a free mud bath! Seriously, what is not to love about this day??!

Scenery, thrills and a free mud bath! Seriously, what is not to love about this day??!

Flying into a redesigned section of Stage 3. Rain or shine is how we roll up here in the PNW!

Flying into a redesigned section of Stage 3. Rain or shine is how we roll up here in the PNW!

He must be sponsored ;)

He must be sponsored ;)

Move over 650B and 29'er wheels! Earth shinguards are the newest fad in mountain biking!!!

Move over 650B and 29’er wheels! Earth shinguards are the newest fad in mountain biking!!!

Blasters line in Stage 3 had all the jumpers in the race showing off their style while having some extra fun on the course

Blasters line in Stage 3 had all the jumpers in the race showing off their style while having some extra fun on the course

I almost got taken out by local celebrity Kyle Thomas!  [DISCLAIMER: No photographers were hurt in the making of this image.]

I almost got taken out by local celebrity Kyle Thomas!
[DISCLAIMER: No photographers were hurt in the making of this image.]

Race steeze

Race steeze

Nikon Sports Photog field trip in the woods!

Nikon Sports Photog field trip in the woods!

Dirt ribbons are for wrapping presents kids!

Dirt ribbons are for wrapping presents kids!

Berm to Berm air time at the bottom of Stage 3!

Berm to Berm air time at the bottom of Stage 3!

Nick...what can I say? He's inspirational. That is all.

Nick…what can I say? He’s inspirational. That is all.

Smiles all around after the end of the last stage.

Smiles all around after the end of the last stage.

Until next time everyone!

Until next time everyone!

You Win Some…You Lose Some

When it’s spring time in the pacific northwest anything can happen. Mother Nature will have her way with you and you can’t do a damn thing about it. So the day before the forecast called for light morning showers and a break in the clouds with the sun coming through by lunch time. Sticking to our original plan to get out and do some photo shooting we packed up, grabbed the bikes and met up at the trailhead. There was some light rain but we figured no big deal. We got out and started the hike up to the towers from the gate at Thrillium. I’d guess about half way up the road to the towers the rain started to get heavier. Hopefully it will mellow out by the time that we get to the top I thought to myself and pressed on. My girlfriend who has never been out in the woods with us and doesn’t ride bikes tag along for the experience and she wasn’t complaining so I figured what the hell and kept hiking. Once at the top the rain hadn’t let up. But I was hopeful that the sun would peek through and burn off the clouds. Jared even agreed with me about having checked the forecast and seeing the same thing. It gave me a bit more confidence but I was still a bit skeptical. Being the photographer, sans bike or bike gear makes me feel guilty of having dragged everyone out in heavy rain for nothing. Once my “models” were yelling and bitching about being cold and wet (which I didn’t blame them for) I really began to feel like a jerk. I had to remind myself that they were on bikes and could get off the mountain in minutes while I lugged a 35lb pack full of camera gear strapped to my back. And I couldn’t roll down and get warm in minutes, I had to suck it up and hike. My girlfriend and I opted with hiking down after we stopped for a few minutes to try and stay positive and take some shots to boost morale but the sky wasn’t having it. As we hiked down the trail my models hauled ass down to the car and either passed out in the car while and/or went home to bed.

I managed to pull off one shot I really liked so all in all it wasn’t a total waste of effort :)  Hope my dudes are ready to do some filming next time under more favorable weather conditions! I’m sure these images will remind us of that time as well as remind us that you can’t trust weather forecasting equipment in the future.

Mylan on approach to the log drop

Mylan on approach to the log drop

A soaked Brian and Ursus

A soaked Brian and Ursus

Jared with his super stoked face on

Jared with his super stoked face on

Finished the day with a hike down the rest of Cold Creek

Finished the day with a hike down the rest of Cold Creek

Thrillium Build Day. SW WA… Balls To The Wall

 

If you build it, they will come.

If you build it, they will come.

This past Sunday I had the pleasure to hang out about 20 minutes from my house along with a bunch of guys answering their call of the wild. Really it was more like Maximum Radness’s call to arms(read shovels) for some of the gravity bunch to come out for a little trail maintenance. We came, we saw and we kicked its ass. Shovels, pick axes and a chainsaw were the weapons of choice. Berms were rebuilt. Rocks and logs were moved in and out of the way. Brake bumps were filled. Clogged drainage was brought back to life and when all was said and done … brats and beer were had by all. Then we rode. There was even a mini session on Godzilla where money was awarded to the longest jump and best trick. The day was great for it. Thanks to Max and Hi-5 Bikes for all the shwag and to CCMTB for the beer and brats! I’m sure the trail thanks us for it.

Tricks were being thrown.

Tricks were being thrown.

These 2 guys were duking it out for $50 in the long jump competition.

These 2 guys were duking it out for $50 in the long jump competition.

Our DNR guy is cooler than your DNR guy!

Our DNR guy is cooler than your DNR guy!

Cold, Hard, Cash. Courtesy of Hi-5 Bikes!!

Cold, Hard, Cash. Courtesy of Hi-5 Bikes!!

Daven in the berm

Daven in the berm

Cameron pushing it for the fi-tee!

Cameron pushing it for the fi-tee!

"So this one time in the showers...at the gym... no joke guys! No joke!"

“So this one time in the showers…at the gym… no joke guys! No joke!”

Come fly the friendly skies with Cole the trailbuilder!

Come fly the friendly skies with Cole the trailbuilder!

Wouldn't be much of a build day without Mr. Pruitt...naw meeeen???

Wouldn’t be much of a build day without Mr. Pruitt…naw meeeen???

It wouldn't be a build day without the shovel handle dick jokes. It just wouldn't be the same without them.

It wouldn’t be a build day without the shovel handle dick jokes. It just wouldn’t be the same without them.

Sure a lift would be nice, but then we wouldn't have those 5 minutes to chat on the push up from the gate.

Sure a lift would be nice, but then we wouldn’t have those 5 minutes to chat on the push up from the gate.

Everyone knows that if you wear suspenders you get to use the chainsaw. It's common sense.

Everyone knows that if you wear suspenders you get to use the chainsaw. It’s common sense.

Might as well go big when you're on a borrowed bike! Get some Jared!

Might as well go big when you’re on a borrowed bike! Get some Jared!

Sea Otter Weekend Photos

Had a great time this weekend at The Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA.  Met tons of awesome people, watched a few races and brought people up to speed with our products and even sent a few down the road with products in hand. Can’t wait to do it again next year. I’ll have a detailed post up later but for now here are a few pics of some of the action around the downhill track.

Even the groms came out to watch the Pro Class DH racers!

Even the groms came out to watch the Pro Class DH racers!

DH Racer rocking our knee pads!

DH Racer rocking our knee pads!

KHS/iXS/Spank team rider stylin over the tables on the course.

KHS/iXS/Spank team rider stylin over the tables on the course.

Luana Oliveira going all out into the first berm!

Luana Oliveira going all out into the first berm!

Crowds were gathered around the first set of jumps to watch riders hit the jumps with steez

Crowds were gathered around the first set of jumps to watch riders hit the jumps with steez

Some DH racers know just what buttons to push to get the crowd going!

Some DH racers know just what buttons to push to get the crowd going!

Voila!

Voila! Just look at their faces!!! Hahahaha

Even though he was totally about to fly off course Gordo is proud to say that he still didn't put 1 finger on his brakes!

Even though he was totally about to fly off course Gordo is proud to say that he still didn’t put 1 finger on his brakes!

Madkats rider speed jumping the last table in the upper section

Madkats rider speed jumping the last table in the upper section

iXS/Spank Rider Logan Bingelli rocketing the straight away on the DH course

iXS/Spank Rider Logan Bingelli rocketing the straight away on the DH course

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