The most awesome thing!

What a weekend. I was able to ride, with others, that wanted to ride as hard and as much as me on my home turf. It is always good when Geritt, Jeff and Karl come into town. The only thing missing is Ryan Bloch. But this just in…. he’s going with us to the US Open! He called lastnight and informed me that he was missing the action too much and wanted to go. This is good news because he is the dirty glue that keeps us together.

I have done some good rides on Monday and Tuesday. Monday I tried to ride my DJ at Haw Ridge. What a mistake. The fork was messed up and in a matter of a few miles, my hands were numb. I cut my ride short and went to Bigfoot for some jumping. Good thing too. There were a bunch of new faces out there enjoying the place. Bret is a newcomer and has good video skills… check this out:

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More Clemson Pics

Found some more Clemson DH race pics. These show how cool it is to hang out after the race. We call these “lifestyle” shots.

Everyone enjoying the free Redbull

Finish line sprint

Finish line jump

Josh… what can you say?

Windrock Session

Matt, Devin, Damon, Josh, and myself got in some great runs at Windrock yesterday.

Matt had some bad luck and was ejected from his bike when his brake caliper backed out and lodged in his brake rotor. To get him down the mountain we rigged up this…


Plus Damon doing a huge no footer of the new, smaller road gap…

Matt over the road gap…

and Devin in the chute…

Clemson DH Race

The bike club at Clemson University held a small DH race yesterday and it was a really good time. I have been having problems getting fired up about the season since I spent so much time on the bike this past winter. I had felt that my skill level was on par with the top guys so I worked a lot on my fitness this winter by riding a lot of XC. I think I am seeing that it is starting to pay off. I placed 5th out of 20 pro/open guys on a very pedaly course. Here are a few pictures of me.

Wednesday WR session

Sorry for no pics lately, but I’ve been under the weather with a sinus infection. But I did some runs at WR this afternoon with Josh, Damon, Matt, DJ, and some other cat. We got sprinkled on off and on, but the rain made the trails better. I did some good quality runs on the lower trails and started to find my race rythym for the first time this year. It felt good.

Perfect Conditions

Trying to beat the weekend wet weather forecast, I grabbed my Shova and did another most excellent ride at Haw. With the rain from Wednesday and some sprinkles today the trail conditions were PERFECT. I did a nice loop while jamming out to my mp3s. Had one good fall, so I know I was riding.