Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tinker's Christmas Gift Ideas

If you have not already picked out that perfect present for someone special or even if you are shopping for yourself, here are a few ideas. These are my favorite things that I use daily:


Without a doubt the best mountain bike on the planet is the Cannondale Scalpel. This is the ultimate gift for that someone special. But seriously honestly, any Cannondale bike you pick will be an excellent choice. Cannondale makes a bike for every enthusiast, not just for professional racing. Check out the website for all the choices:

Cycling Shoes:
Diadora cycling shoes It takes a lot for me to break in to anything new. A few years ago I started using Diadora cycling shoes and I have been continually impressed with them and I plan to use them for the rest of my professional career and way way beyond. Yes they are awesome cycling shoes. I use the Diadora Pro Trail Carbon in white. Diadora also made me a special pair of shoes with rainbow stripes and presented them to me at Interbike in September. I feel like I can win anything when I wear them!

Finding my way (GPS):

Garmin Edge 705 - This is one of the coolest gadgets I own. I am still learning all the bells and whistles but without a doubt one of my favorite things for training, racing, and fun riding.


Tifosi Optics My favorite is the Q3 but they have so many nice selections it is difficult to choose. My favorite thing about this company is their optics. They offer excellent quality eyewear for a reasonable price. Don't let the cost fool you - they are excellent quality eyewear - and my all time favorite for fit and comfort.


Niterider TriNewt and Flight 2.0. Niterider lights have a long standing high quality reputation for their cutting edge technology, brightness, and battery life. Keep an eye out on this company as they expand their product line. Right now my favorites are the super dependable TriNewt and Flight 2.0. I could not have been so successful in the 12 and 24 hour venues without the Niterider lights.


All terrain & racing: Dred Treds;
All terrain & racing: Karma;
Road: C2C
Kenda makes a top notch product no matter which one you pick. These are my top pics for mtb and road. I use these almost exclusively for all my riding. Keep an eye out for my newest design in 2009. We hope to announce it in the spring.

Cross Training:

If you want something really special for your cross training with the kids and better half, I highly recommend the Chariot child carrier. Here are a few photos of Joshua and I with the new Chariot Cross Country model CX2. This buggy is the ultimate in luxury and toughness. Kind of like Angelina Jolie. Take one of these home to honey and she will be endlessly grateful!!! (Big time brownie points on this one!!!)

Healing Power Inside and Out:

Start you year off right with Mona Vie! I cannot say enough about how much I have realized the healing power and healthful benefits of Mona Vie. It proved it's power for me when I was recovering from the car accident. I have never healed faster than that. I also notice my gray hair is not coming in as much! Ha! It is awesome, tastes great, and a must for your wellness program. They have a special going now for the holidays. Holiday Gift set: Jacqueline Pittman Distributor

Well, that is all for tonight, I have more on my list of gift ideas and will post photos and links later this week. Here is a preview:

Reynolds Wheels
Crankbrothers Quatros
Exustar hydration system and gloves
Cannondale Scapel
Cannondale Super Six
Magura brakes,
Fizik Dolamite saddle
Crocs shoes

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bike Action Brazil Magazine

The trip to Brazil last month was awesome and one of the many highlights was being interviewed by Fabio of Bike Action Brazil magazine. I don't have the hard copies yet, or the article text, but here is the cover. I have to admit that being on a cover of a national magazine is an honor.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Epic Racing Around the World: Destination South Africa Sabie Experience

December 6, 2008 4:45 AM PST: Bags packed, feeling mostly recovered, and looking forward to a fun trip and a great race. Mostly, we were looking forward to meeting Ian van der Walt of DCM Chrome and Janse van Rensburg, my partner for the Sabie Experience, a 4 day MTB stage race in Sabie South Africa. Sabie is really close to the Kueger National Park and we were also hoping to get a chance to see zebras, a giraffe, or some other exotic animals and wildlife. I was feeling much better after the accident but I think I will have a scar for the rest of my life to remind me how dangerous this sport can be. And I thank God every day for my custom painted Uvex helmet that I think saved me that day.

The travel crew included myself, my 23 month old son Joshua, wife Terri, Elmo, and Tracy Clinton who we recruited to help out with us and Joshua. Here we are after unloading at 5:30 AM at LAX.

The mission statement for MonaVie-Cannondale is "Epic Racing Around the World". One thing about epic racing around the world are all the cool stamps you get to accumulate in your passport. Mine include such places as the UK, Brazil, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Peru, Singapore, Japan, etc.... It is an awesome portfolio reminder about all the cool stuff I have had the good fortune of experiencing on a bike! I was more than ready to get a stamp for South Africa. I have never been there and was really looking forward to it.
We arrived in Atlanta at around 4:00 PM EST. We had a good lunch, and then went to stand in line to get on the flight to Drakar and Johannesburg. Terri and Joshua went ahead of me but the guy checking passports prior to boarding held me back. He said I needed 2 full pages in order to travel but I only had 1 and 1/2 pages available. Huh?
We asked, begged, pleaded...there was nothing we could do on a Saturday in Atlanta. The passport office is closed on the weekends and even if we tried, you can't get a US passport in less than 2 weeks. That meant no trip and no race for me. Terri said she could go without me, but she was just joking of course! (maybe...)

Not much to get mad about. They wouldn't let me on the plane to South Africa and that was final. So they booked a flight for us back to LA. There wasn't much more we could do so we made the best of it and had a beer and let it sink in. Joshua ran around checking out all the cool Christmas decorations in the Atlanta airport.

There are people that only take one trip like this in a lifetime. We felt like one of those people with our hopes and dreams of waking up with a giraffe looking at us in the window, riding bikes for hours in Sabie, and hanging out with Ian and the rest of the folks at the race. Yep it was disappointing but what really gets to me is I made a promise to race with Janse and I had to let him down. Good luck Janse...I hope you the best with who ever gets to race with you.
The most disappointing part of it all was telling Ian and Linda that we couldn't be there and why. Meanwhile we worried about the luggage but that showed up later in the day on Sunday. All in all, we were really grateful we found this out before leaving the US. We are also trying to schedule a make-up trip sometime in 2009. Will let you know what works out.

Today I filled out my passport application and it is ready to be processed.

December 6, 2008 7:30PM PST. We arrived back at LAX. The baggage didn't arrive so we filed a report. We also looked into recovering the $300 I had to pay to take the bike with me. Damn - the airlines are nuts these days!! Most people don't have bikes that cost that much.

So after feeling sorry for ourselves the rest of the night, we decided to head to Las Vegas for a couple of days. We needed a break so once the bags arrived we loaded them into the truck and headed to the Red Rock Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.

Red Rock was awesome. We woke up each morning to a breathtaking view of the red rocky mountains. I got some good riding in, and we enjoyed a few good meals. We didn't even spend a penny on slots or gambling though. Neither of us are big into gambling but we did go to the arcade and won some tickets which bought us a toy train whistle, rubber snake, and a big green bug.

Then, one of the most incredible moments happened. Joshua pooped in the potty for the very first time on Monday morning. It was so awesome! We are just hoping he doesn't wait a year until the next time!

God Bless,

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sabie Experience 4-day stage race in South Africa

I have to admit that jumping into a big trip after recovering from a big injury and the flu has made me a little more than nervous but I think I'm feeling good. Today I went for my first long ride since the injury. I felt pretty good! I went on the same mountain loop as that day. But I came home on a different route. Still feeling a little gun shy around car doors.

Working up to today has been tough. I woke up and felt so bad. Couldn't stop coughing for over an hour. So I took a nap and rested a while until I got a second wind. It was so beautiful today I had to go out and I'm so happy I did. It looks good for the trip and I'm really excited about that and to talk with my sponsors tomorrow. And also to return some calls. This is a tough job to live up to and you've just got to deal with it and what comes with it. It is not easy being on top of your game all the time. I am just so happy I feel this good because I wanted it to be great not just for my race but for the family since we are all going. It will be so fun and I was hoping it would go well.

Now just preparing for that 25 hour trip with a 2 year old..... Those are the REAL challenges in life!! Ha!

I did everything I could to try and get well and recover. One thing, though, that stood out and what I think helped the most was the Mona Vie. Seriously, it really helped me feel better and heal my injury. I've had a ton of crashes and injuries but the difference in the healing from all of them and this one was the Mona Vie. It was a miracle! Here is a photo from a few seconds ago. You can see the scar and remnants of the bruising - which pretty much covered my whole chest area. Well, it's bad and I was a complete grump in the last two weeks but my wife hasn't left me yet and she is still smiling. Maybe the Mona Vie helped out with that too? Well at least I like scars better than tatoos....I'll take a scar over the ink any day.

Here is my Toyota door scar.

Here is a really cool press release about the Sabie Experience: Sabie Experience Press Release

They said I am 'enigmatic'. I have to go look that one up...
en⋅ig⋅mat⋅ic [en-ig-mat-ik, ee-nig-] –adjective - resembling an enigma; perplexing; mysterious.

Ok so that means I am perplexing? I am perplexed. How could I be perplexing?? Or maybe I am mysterious.... I like mysterious better.

Oh -OK-back to the story.....

I will be racing as part of a duo team in a 4-day stage race and will post the race stories on the blog. The team name is: Honeystinger/DCM Chrome and my 21-year old partner is Janse van Rensburg, the current South African under 23-road champion. Read more details in the Cycling news article: Sabie Experience Press Release

So tonight we prepared for the trip and decorated the Christmas tree so when we get back it will be all ready for Chistmas. Here is Joshua decorating his version of a tree! That's my boy.

One last thing: Thank you everyone for all your messages and prayers! Every single word helped me build up the confidence and healing. I can't say thank you enough!

Peace and God Bless,


Saturday, November 22, 2008

MTB 12 Horas Wrap Up

Just a quick recall of one of the best trips in a long time. It was an experience I will never forget and am truely thankful for. I am already looking forward to bringing the family next year and to help promote the new Bike Park in 2009.

I met Roerto Nogveira when I arrived to his property at the Bike Park Sao Silvano which is about 50 miles from Sao Paulo in a town called Morungaba. Driving up the farm driveway was not your ordinary driveway. Much more like a resort. It took about 9 miles off the main road to get to the house and my driver Fabio, the editor of Bike Action Magazine asked me what did I think of the place. I was sort of in awe. It was beautiful.

There were big birdcages with macaws and the offspring macaws flew freely; a parking garage with a collection of 30 classic cars neatly covered up - a legacy from a former car racing era; a Lodge; a lake; a mountain bike park; and horse stables and trails. All this in the middle of the property of LRC MADEIRAS - a green friendly lumber company that has been in the business for over 35 years. They are passionate environmentally friendly people that grow their own food and use and recycle every bit what they can. It was an awesome sight and very impressive.

These guys are loud in the morning. There were about 10 on the property.

Favorite passtime

Roberto raced this one recently

Here I am in my Crocs pointing to a car the same age as me!


The race: Gun started the race at midnight Saturday night. This is the only place I have ever been where they start the race at midnight. It's not easy getting your brain adjusted to race when it thinks you should be sleeping!! Brazillians like the late night routine...and even though this is the fourth time I've done the race, it is not something I can get used to. Early to bed and early to rise for me.

I felt good and took the lead within the first 15 minutes of the race. I stayed in the lead for a long time. Maybe 5 hours. It was a hard fast pace but I had good rest at the lodge for the few days prior, and that always helps me a lot. The track was perfect - just like I like it - about 800 feet of climbing per lap and a good fun course.

At the end, I completed 20 laps of the 6.5 mile course. I held my lead in solo through the whole race and I think this was one of the best races I've ever done in Brazil. I won by 2 laps. They said I have the course record for a solo rider for this race. This was by far the best performance I ever had there and I finished fifth overall for all the classes. Yep - it sure does feel good to do so well!

The biggest thanks go to Roberto for getting me there, taking such good care of me, and for all the awesome hospitality. And also to Fabio for being a big part of getting me there and everywhere when I was there. Roberto put together a good crew for supporting me during the race and these guys did such a great job. They saved me from a broken chain in the morning towards the end of the race and saved the day.

Next year I am planning to return to the Bike Park and hopefully will be there with the team.



Friday, November 21, 2008

Holy #@!%&*$ OWIE!!!!

GEEEZZZ!!!! It is unbelievable what hurts today. I woke up and now I know what it feels like to have a truck hit me - or in this case what it feels like to run into a truck.

I can't believe there isn't anything broken inside - I can barely move without sharp stabbing pain in my guts. I feel like there is something more serious going on that the x-rays couldn't tell. Except the pain is not only where I hit the truck - it is all inside under my ribs on the other side. It hurts to breathe, move, anything. So, we called Kaiser and they recommended another trip to the hospital today since the pain keeps getting worse and we spent the afternoon there...again. The Doc recommended a Cat Scan of my torso to inspect the bones better. They couldn't find any fractures and I still can't believe it.

I can tell you one thing, and that is how much I understand and appreciate how much pain my buddy Ed's son Paul has been going through since his motorcycle accident about a month ago. Paul hit a guardrail and shattered both legs - he is lucky to be alive. What I am going through is not even close to what he's gone through. You're the man Paul.

So now I need to try and rest and recover from the bruising and whatever soft tissue tears, or whatever is going on in there. But I have only been off my bike for one day and I am already crawling the walls. Yeah, I know I need to rest up and get well and ready for a 4 day stage race in South Africa in just a few weeks.

Well, at least I match my team colors! Purple and soon green!

I am just happy I can make a joke about something that scared the crap out of me so much and it could have been much worse. I am really really thankful.
God Bless,

Thursday, November 20, 2008



That is what Joshua said when he saw the cuts and bruises on my chest, shoulder, legs, and fingers. I was more vocal than that.

Yesterday after a great training ride in the mountains and about 3 hours and 15 minutes into it, I was well on my way home heading down Puente Blvd. A semi-busy 4 lane road with traffic lights, turning lanes, and parking along the side. Typical road in LA area but that is what we have here and I’ve been training on these roads for my whole life. Cranking along around 22mph.

I always watch for doors and people opening them.

But it completely caught me off guard.

Suddenly, WHAM, I was on the ground and the guy getting out of the car was pulling me out of the road. I was in a fetal position and had no idea what just happened. The only thought was what the hell is this guy doing picking me up when I might be broken? He didn’t want me to get run over by traffic.

The guy was nice and completely freaked out. He said he thought a motorcycle hit the door and that the door was bent.

I took the full force of the edge of the door across my chest and shoulder. I landed in a heap and didn’t even skid. Just dropped suddenly on my head. Wife says that landing on my hard head was probably a good thing….what does she mean by that??

So the guy dropped me off where Terri works and she immediately piled me and my broken bike into the truck and we headed to the emergency room. It’s been a long time since I was in one of them and was not too happy about it. I just wanted to go home and feel sorry for myself. I figured I was out and off the bike for the next 8 weeks and probably not going to be able to race at the Sabie Experience in a few weeks. Argh!!!

But the cat scan, blood tests, and xrays were all fine. I was a little dehydrated and scraped up and bruised but the Doc said I should be OK after a couple of weeks of rest and recovery.

But the bike won’t be so OK. There is a 4 inch crack in the top tube of the carbon frame. I’m not sure what else broke but the Reynolds wheels managed to hold up just fine.

Dangnabbit….I just finished putting the bike together. It was a brand new frame.

The photo doesn't do it justice since there isn’t much blood, but I’m in a lot of pain all in the inside.

I think I’ll go crawl up on the couch and feel sorry for my bike. I will be OK in a few days.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Ha! I don't speak Portugueze but can copy and paste really well. Here is the press release announcing my win at the MTB 12 Horas. Yippee! It was awesome. Will work on my story tonight...



De MediaBike ComunicaçãoPara Editoria de EsportesSão Paulo, 16 de novembro de 2008 TINKER JUAREZ É TRICAMPEÃO NO MTB 12 HORAS

O ciclista norte americano David Tinker Juarez consagra-se como o maior campeão solo da principal prova de endurance de mountain bike do país Em sua quarta participação no MTB 12 horas, o americano Tinker Juarez foi imbatível para conquistar o terceiro título na competição. Aos 47 anos, o atleta fez uma corrida perfeita: liderou de ponta a ponta para confirmar o favoritismo entre os 60 participantes da categoria solo.Tinker Juarez encabeçou a classificação geral nas primeiras seis horas da competição. "Pedimos para ele tirar o pé e administrar, pois naquele momento ele já obtinha uma grande vantagem sobre os adversários", conta o empresário Roberto Nogueira, responsável pela participação de Tinker Juarez no Brasil, a fim de promover o mais novo parque para a prática do mountain bike no Brasil, o Bike Park São Silvano, que ofereceu uma premiação de R$ 1000,00 para o campeão geral da categoria Solo.Com largada a meia noite no estilo "le mans", na Arena do Mountain Bike no Shopping Serrazul, em Itupeva (SP), Tinker Juarez saiu forte na corrida a pé e logo assumiu a terceira colocação geral, evitando tráfego pelo percurso, e assim, favorecendo seu desempenho ao longo da prova. Esta foi a quarta visita de Tinker Juarez no Brasil, onde já obteve duas vitórias no MTB 12 Horas (2003 e 2005), já sua participação em 2006, ele abandonou a prova com pouco mais de 8 horas de prova após problemas em sua bicicleta, devido a forte chuva que aconteceu naquele ano. Tinker Juarez é uma das figuras mais populares no mundo da bike, uma lenda que se especializou em provas de longa duração e que em 2001 entrou para o Hall da fama do mountain bike. Tinker tem um currículo invejável, como: medalha de Ouro no Pan Americano de 1995, vice-campeão mundial em 1994, sete vezes campeão americano de mtb e 4 vezes campeão americano de 24 horas e um título mundial 24 horas. O MTB 12 horas contou com uma grande infra-estrutura, com arquibancada para 3 mil pessoas, palco, telão, banheiros, água e hidratação para os atletas durante as 12 horas de prova e serviço médico. E para não deixar o pessoal dormir, a partir das 2 horas da manhã acontece o tradicional concurso Garota 12 horas. O evento aconteceu neste fim de semana, dias 15 e 16 de novembro, na Arena do Mountain Bike no Shopping Serrazul, no KM 72 da Rodovia dos Bandeirantes, em Itupeva (SP). A competição foi mais uma promoção e organização do Sampa Bikers Club e patrocínio da Philips e Centauro. O co-patrocínio é do Shopping Serrazul e apoio de Água Crystal, Deuter, Solid Sports, Spec, Bell, Vzan, Gu, Madis, Headwear, Vipal , Bike Park São Silvano e UNIMED Campinas.Saiba mais:http://www.tinkerjuarez.comhttp://tinkerjuarez.blogspot.com MediaBikeFotos: Fabio Piva/ PPPress

Thursday, November 13, 2008

ESPN Interview in Bike Park São Silvano, Brazil

This trip is turning out to be one of the best trips all season. Today I was interviewed by Renata Falzoni of ESPN at the Bike Park São Silvano located in the city of Morungaba, part of the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to be oficially opened to public in February 2009. The park has many trails, bmx track and a nice farm restaurant that will have local food as the main dishes. There is no web site yet, but there is a blog about the Short Track race they organized in October 2008

Here are a few photos. It was great!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

12 Horas MTB

Do you know how it feels after flying for 18 hours, taking a long car ride, a helicopter tour, fishing, and a training ride followed by a meal prepared within hours after picking the vegetables from the garden and plucking the chicken? Well I didn't know that until today either!! It started yesterday when my plane left LA for Sao Palo Brazil and it's been crazy fun since I got off the plane. Here are a couple of photos for now...more later.

I am here for the 12 Horas MTB race this weekend and they have an awesome new race course. More on that later too.

Sleep for now.

Me and Roberto Nogueira



Monday, November 03, 2008

Photo Journal of National MTB Oktoberfest

A little rain, a lot of mud, fierce competition and loads of racing and riding, the first National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest truly had something for everyone. From the Friday NiteRider Short Track Race on Friday, to the main event on Saturday, to the Time Trials and the Beast on Sunday, NMBO competitors clocked a lot of miles on their way to the finish lines.
Check out the stories on VeloNews and Cycling News, then hop over to Cyclepix to check out some awesome race photos by Ron Richardson and purchase a few for posterity!

And the Oktoberfest Grand Champions are ....
First Place: Jafer Beizer ( U23 Team) rode to a strong finish in the 8 Hour Endurance Race, and had podium finishes in both Time Trials and the Beast.

Second Place: Michael Nixon (SoBe/Cannondale) decided on the spot on Thursday to compete in every event, had a podium finish in the Time Trials and finished first overall in the Beast.

Third Place: Chris Baker (Bicycle Sport/Shannon Ridge Winery) rode toe-to-toe with guys half his age and competed in every event with strong finishes.

Get the Official Results at! And check out the story on our NMBO website: NMBO 2008

They say a photo is worth 1000 words...and since it's been so crazy catching up since the NMBO race, I figured we might be able to get by with a photo journal for this one. So, while I was attempting to upload 25 or so photos I realized it was nuts!! I opened a Kodak Gallary account and posted all the photos on there. Here are some of the photos, in no particular order....
Find the rest of the photos that Terri had on her camera at this link: Click here

One thing for sure is I wanted to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers for making this event such a huge success. We've received tons of emails thanking us and telling us how well organized the event was and that is was above and beyond much of what they have attended. We could not have done this without our sponsors and volunteers!


(Click here for the NMBO Sponosrs links below - in no particular order)

Anse Chastanet
Cool Breeze Cyclery
Cliff Bar
Pasta Provisions
The Egg at Davidson
Organic Systems, Lcc
The Right Words
Cowbell Challenge
DTJ Enterprizes
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
The Bicycle Sport
Summit Coffee

Some of the photos:


Nat Ross, Jeramiah Bishop, Harlan Price, and me - Nat won King of the Mountain

Paramedics on call - not much work for them to do this weekend.

Me getting a good luck smooch.

What is this??? A frog?

Some of the NMBO Race Staff and Taylor Sullivan

Bike Rumor interview with the pros

A fan with an old school shirt he wore just for the event

Me and wifey

Tommy from Niterider and me

The loot for the 8-hr race winners

Nixon and James from Cannondale. I could not have done so well on the 8hr event without James there! Thanks James!

Potty guy delivering the goodies. This was one of the best sights on Thursday!