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

Sea Otter Day 2

After the marine layer finally burned off it turned out to be a really nice day. People rolled in and so we spent the day talking product with consumers, selling Spank and iXS components and protective gear. I even had the chance to shoot some enduro race. Here are just a few of the shots I was able to get from the races. There will definitely be more to come after the weekend is over!

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Benny, George and Vic

Benny, George and Vic

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Sea Otter Day 1

Dual Slalom view from the parking lot.

Dual Slalom view from the parking lot.

The first day of Sea Otter was today and Gravity Cartel/Spank/iXS kicked ass! Our team riders strolled by with their Spank equipped race rigs and they looked sick. All of our riders are stoked on the products and looks of their bikes for the races this weekend. We had our booth displays up and ready to go in the early morning and they looked great. We hung out at the booth all day answering product questions and poster along with stickers were on hand for anyone that wanted them. I managed to sneak in a chance to step away while I got Gordo registered for the Juniors DH race on Saturday so that he can represent The Gravity Cartel and PNW Life on the course. I also roamed the exhibition floor and snapped a few pics of some of the products I found interesting and awesome. Tomorrow will include some shots of our racers out on the course so be sure to check out the action on the trails.

Wheels display at the Spank/iXS booth.

Wheels display at the Spank/iXS booth.

Our Spank pedal display with Spike and Oozy pedals.

Our Spank pedal display with Spike and Oozy pedals.

Vic hanging out with the kids from Lil Shredder.

Vic hanging out with the kids from Lil Shredder.

One of our iXS walls with leg protection.

One of our iXS walls with leg protection.

Alex from Madkats and Mike.

Alex from Madkats and Mike.

Our Spank stem display.

Our Spank stem display.

Cavalierie belt driven mountain bike with Spank wheels and pedals.

Cavalierie belt driven mountain bike with Spank wheels and pedals.

One of our iXS displays.

One of our iXS displays.

Spank Spike and Oozy display.

Spank Spike and Oozy display.

Alex from Madkats stoked with his Transition Covert dressed in Spank Spike Enduro wheels and Bearlaw Spike bars and stem.

Alex from Madkats stoked with his Transition Covert dressed in Spank Spike Enduro wheels and Bearlaw Spike bars and stem.

Mike with a couple of Madkats riders who came over to show off their bikes after outfitting them with Spank products.

Mike with a couple of Madkats riders who came over to show off their bikes after outfitting them with Spank products.

Sick Spank Spike 28 Race wheel.

Sick Spank Spike 28 Race wheel.

Our iXS helmet display.

Our iXS helmet display.

One of my favorite things around the Sea Otter show!

One of my favorite things around the Sea Otter show!

Shinola's sick truck behind their booth.

Shinola’s sick truck behind their booth.

Gordo riding around on a BMX bike at the Sea Otter Grounds.

Gordo riding around on a BMX bike at the Sea Otter Grounds.

iXS side of our booth.

iXS side of our booth.

Sea Otter Setup

So after a long night driving down from Vancouver, WA. … the trailer coming off the hitch on the freeway… and two and a half hours spent sleeping at a rest stop along I-5 we finally made it Monterey, CA for the Sea Otter Classic. Luckily we made it in one piece and the weather couldn’t be any better! We spent the day unloading and finishing setup at our booth in preparation for the next few days out here at Laguna Seca. If you are at the event come by the booth to say hi to the team and to check out all of the new products we’ve got on display.  Some of the products we will have available for sale and we can also answer any questions about the products.

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Unloading all the merchandise to sell throughout the weekend and gear for our team riders and for the displays.

Unloading all the merchandise to sell throughout the weekend and gear for our team riders and for the displays.

Marcos on sticker duty.

Marcos on sticker duty.

Vic and his war face.

Vic and his war face.

View of our 2 tents side by side.

View of our 2 tents side by side.

Mike and Marcos setting up displays for tomorrow.

Mike and Marcos setting up displays for tomorrow.

Marcos from iXS and Mike from Spank stop for a quick photo.

Marcos from iXS and Mike from Spank stop for a quick photo.

Display of our wall of Spank stems.

Display of our wall of Spank stems.

View of some of he other vendors around us and around he pond.

View of some of the other vendors around us and around the pond.

The Gravity Cartel van on the sand behind our tents.

The Gravity Cartel van on the sand behind our tents.