Its an annual tradition that there is an after-party at The Vernon Inn. Lets just say they didn’t know what hit them.
As you can see, we tried our best to show those Yankees how Southern boys party. We had so many people thinking we were there to kick some ass. Before our cover was blown as NASCAR Hill-Billy’s, we had the 2007 US Open winner, Bryn Atkinson thinking that we were going to whoop him just for being from Australia. It was so funny to see him backing away. We’ll wee eventually creeped him out for real, when Jeff got a little too close in the hot tub and I kept taking pictures. We’ll he is a pretty damn good sport and I hope he’s not to scared from the crap we did to him.
It was race day. I crashed going too fast into a section during my race run. I twisted my bars, knocked my headset loose, and burped my tubeless tire down to 10 psi. In this kind of race there isn’t much glory in getting 45th over 55th in the Pro class for a fella like me and with Andrew Neethling starting behind me, I pulled over and let him pass. I rolled down and have no regrets. I eventually finished dead last, but only one place behind the current World Champion.
We had practice and qualifiers on Saturday. Ryan, Jeff and myself raced Pro/Open and Ryan and I qualified. It was a big goal for myself to qualify this year since I had not the previous 2 years. The rest of the TN crew (DJ, Josh, and Ziska) plus Karl raced AM and only DJ was able to keep it upright down the course to qualify. The Pro class had 100 competitors trying to make 60 spots. In the AM class there were over 400 competitors qualifying for 100 spots. So as I said, its the toughest competition you’ll see all year.
Ziska crashed pretty hard just before qualifiers and busted himself up pretty bad. He couldn’t even try to qualify.
Well, it was upon us. The US Open in Vernon, NJ. Its the toughest competition we’ll face all year and most of us didn’t qualify for the show on Sunday, but its the best time we’ll have all year.
Karl and Jeff arrived late Wednesday night from B-Ham and Ryan arrived from ATL. We had a few things to get done on Jeff’s bike before getting to bed. But we packed the truck and got an early start.
This is going to be a dial-up killer since there are over 100 photos, but every single one is worth it. However please view at your own risk. Nothing bad, but a bunch of rednecks having fun in Dirty Jersey.
Well, it has been a long time since I updated anything. I have been really busy with my contract work at Nanotek and now I have started a DAQ job with Cane Creek Cycling Components to setup data acquisition on their rear shock, the Double Barrel. More on that later.
But this week is my birthday and Meghann got me a cool new digital camera to help put more pictures on this blog. We have a really nice digital SLR, but its bulky and I don’t want to break it while riding. She got me a Pentax Optio W30, which has lots of cool features, most notably its waterproof. My buddy Curt has one and he uses his to take pictures while he is fishing. Even underwater movies and stills of fish.
I haven’t had much time to play with it, but here are a few shots.
My DH bike with a few upgrades. Can you pick them out?
Here are some action shots Meghann took of me at Windrock lastnight. The Sport feature is a little tricky, but we’ll figure it out. I appreciate her driving shuttle for me as well as taking these.
I am heading off to the US Open of Mountain Biking tomorrow morning. I have tried to qualify in the Pro class the last two years and haven’t made it. last year I was 3 spots from qualifying. This year will be different.
Bret took this vid of me at Bigfoot on the 6 pack. I told him if you do slo-mo and add some cool music and riding can look cool. I think it turned out pretty funny with the circus music and the sun setting the background.
Well, last Friday was Meghann and my anniversary. Our 5th year anniversary. Its been a great five years and to celebrate we took a mini-vacation to Florida. We left Knoxville Thursday night and drove to Charleston, SC to spent the night at my sister’s house. We got there about midnight and went straight to bed. We got up early and drove north of the Daytona Beach area. We found a quaint motel on FL-A1A right close to the coast. We spent the afternoon on the beach, had some local cuisine, and enjoyed each other’s company.
The next morning we drove a little further south to Ormond Beach at met a biking riding buddy, Mark, who used to live in Seveirville and helped make some the early DH trails and DJs at Bigfoot. Currently he is attending school in Daytona and living on the beach. In addition to school and surfing, Mark has started to build some DJs on in secret location. While Meghann spent the afternoon lying on the beach Mark and I hit up the dirt jumps. He has pretty good start on some real fun jumps.
After some jumping, we started on a small pump track line that turned out really fun and technical to ride fast.
To try something new, Mark taught Meghann and I how to surf. Well, its much harder than it looks and its quite an aerobic workout. Flagger County, just north of where we were had a huge forest fire and the smoke drifted through, heavy at times. You can see the smoke in these pictures.
Mark is pretty good at it and makes it look too easy…
Meghann gives it a try…
One of the (very) few times I actually got up.
Mark and I together on the same wave…
Didn’t last too long
Then to cap things off Mark and I found a skate park and got in a little riding late Sunday night.