So this past Sunday the second round of the NW Cup (or Underworld Cup as has become it’s nickname) was held and turnout was great! Lots of big names racing in the Pro classes and that in turn brought out tons of insane PNW spectators/hecklers. The top of Dry Hill was a little gloomy but cleared up as you made your way down the track. In the pro mens class Stevie Smith came away with the win (again. He also smoked everyone last year.) with a time of 2:22 down the track. And in pro womens it was Jill Kintner that put down a 2:41 for the win. All in all everyone had a great time. Racers had an amazing track to ride and crazy fans all over the place, and the fans had some amazing riders to watch tear down the track all weekend. Groms were out in full force which is a great sign that our sport is growing and evolving. Kids are getting on this bandwagon younger and younger! And why not? You get to be outdoors, get exercise, play in dirt and go as fast as you can handle! On top of that this sports people and athletes are amazing as well! I can’t want for the next round of the NW Cup.
Port Angeles, WA and a bunch of World Cup level riders are here on Dry Hill racing the second event in the NW Cup. I drove up from Vancouver, WA early this morning in time to catch some of the practice runs and seeding runs for race day. And also just in time to hang out with some buddies. These are just a few of the images I captured yesterday while out on the course and among friends and crazy spectators here in the PNW.
The West Coast Banshee crew/members of The Wolf Pack packed up and made their way up to Port Angeles yesterday morning to get some practice in and get ready for Sunday’s races. The weather was great and from what I hear, Dry Hill was living up to it’s name this time around. The last race left everyone’s bikes and everyone’s cameras full of mud and rain. Good luck up there you guys and keep the rubber side down. I will catch up with you guys on Saturday morning to walk around the courses and set up my gear in hopes to get some good shots. With all the world cup level pros that are going to be on hand for this weekend it is sure to be a great show of speed and skill and I expect the crazy NW spectator turn out to be insane. See you guys there!
Mountain biking. A sport that has changed my life. I thought it only fair to publish a post on what it has done for me, so this is the summary of my account with mountain biking to the best of my knowledge.
It all started when my old car’s transmission broke down. Long story short I didn’t have time to fix it myself so I bought a new Trek 800 from the local shop(www.donsbikeshop.com) in Rialto, CA for $250. At the time I thought that was a TON to spend on a bike…little did I know. An old Air Force buddy of mine found out I had bought a mountain bike for a commuter and invited me out to ride some single track. I went to give it a try and became instantly hooked. My oldest son wanted to see what all the fuss was about and tagged along on his full suspension Next. He got hooked. Then my youngest finally asked to have his training wheels taken off and in no time was out on the trails with us in Loma Linda, CA at Hulda Crook Park. My 2 boys have been riding single track since ages 11 and 5. They’ve both raced. We’ve adopted it as our family activity and have ridden in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and probably some other place I am leaving out. It’s made me lose weight…well, it did until I discovered downhill at least. We’ve taken at least a dozen friends/family out on their first rides ever and created a few new lifers.We’ve met some awesome friends that are more like family along the way. It probably sounds cheesy to admit this but I honestly think this sport has kept my 2 sons and I really close. Outings consist of riding together, caring for each other during emergencies/accidents, giving each other advice, cheering each other on and most importantly having a blast together with our friends. It’s one of the few sports I feel that is very welcoming to new comers and is very accepting of those at lower skill levels than others. We’re all very supportive of each other and don’t want to see fellow riders getting injured because injuries mean less riding. And less riding means less fun. Riding really does make grown men feel like kids again. My bicycle is my fountain of youth. And as an added bonus I feel its taught my sons valuable life skills as well. Skills like not going in over your head, look before you leap, commit without hesitation, helping others, teaching others to do things correctly and most of all confidence. I’m sure any fellow riders with kids will agree with me on that.
We even went as far as to move up here to the pacific northwest because it has the best trails and dirt in the country! The riding community is great, shops are great and all these sick trails are just a short drive away. All you need is a rain jacket occasionally and you are set. My sons and I also have a large group of mutual friends which consists in large part of our riding buds. I highly recommend giving mountain biking a try to anyone with a sense of adventure and at least average hand eye coordination. You will not be disappointed. The best way for me to describe mountain biking is to say that it’s on par with riding a roller coaster sans seat belt or harness to keep you in place. You do all your own driving and control the speed to as fast or slow as you want it. And the more comfortable you get on it the faster and faster you will go. Until you are riding at the edge of your abilities and your body kicks in some adrenalin to help you stay focused. It’s impossible not to have a blast doing it. It’s even hooked me as far as trying to make a job out of photographing others having a blast on these 2 wheeled joy machines!
Here’s to hopefully having coerced some of you into giving the most awesome sport on the planet a try. Cheers! Now get out and ride!!!
For anyone looking to get their enduro on again OR for the first time ever you should go and register for the Cascadia Dirt Cup! And for anyone who is asking themselves what Enduro Mountain Bike racing is…well, basically its racing on trails that are comprised mostly (but not all) of fun and flowy descending sections. In all reality its all the best and most fun parts of the trail on trails that don’t require full body armor.If I had to guess I’d say that most participants rock a 4″ – 6″ trail bike built to their riding style. I can’t wait to get out and get some shots of these events here in the beautiful PNW.
For registration information and dates checkout http://www.cascadiadirtcup.org and don’t wait too long! Registration opens up 4/12/13 at noon. It will be a great time for everyone. Get out and RIDE!
What a L O N G weekend I just had! I’ll let you guys have a small glimpse into single parenthood. Worked 8am-3pm on Saturday morning. Hauled ass home as soon as 3pm hit and loaded my car to head up to PA(Port Angeles) so that my youngest son would have time to get some rest before having to wake up early and be semi awake for his practice runs before the race. I was pretty beat from driving ALL day, but it was worth the strain. My oldest had been up in PA since Friday practicing so I went up to see his race and watch some of my Portland area buddies that were up there racing as well. Went up to show them some love as well as shoot the racers to hopefully sell some prints and give some cool people something to look back on later in life on their walls.
All in all we had a muddy blast! Shot photos, had some brews, hung out with my buddies, introduced my girl to all my buds, kids had a blast and no one got hurt! Caught the ferry on the way back to Vancouver and stopped to hang out with all the unique people that stop to eat at Lower Queen Anne’s awesome Dick’s Burgers.
Here’s a few images from the race and if anyone wants to purchase any just head to my site: http://www.ralbisurez.com and click the “Print” tab on the navigation bar to head to the galleries. Can’t wait to see everyone at the next race!!
Check out http://www.nwcup.com for event dates and information.
My buddy’s Jack and Pete from Hopeless Jack and The Handsome Devil are looking for some help to keep their dream alive. If you’ve listened to their amazing music watch this clip and donate a lil sumthin’ sumthin’ to help out these 2 extremely talented musicians! Go to http://www.hopelessjack.com to donate !!