Sunday, September 28, 2008

National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest (NMBO) Race Update

Got a few updates to the NMBO races...even more reasons why you should head to Davidson, NC on October 24! Just 20 minutes from the Charlotte International Airport - and flights are still reasonable. Register now!!!

Race Starts/Courses
Check out the website to view or print the course map. Note: the final course layouts for each race are subject to change by the race staff. Click here for the course maps

Friday Night Lights
Half a mile of short-track fun.

Oktoberfest 8-Hour Endurance Race
Approximately 8 miles, using existing single track, and lots of fun, new stuff!

Terror Time Trials
Individual time trials on the existing 4 mile course.

The "Beast"
Can you slay 3/4 miles of short-track, cross-country, cyclocross thrills?

· This race is a fundraiser for the Ada Jenkins Center, which supports families in need in Iredell and Mecklenburg counties—even more important for at this time of economic craziness, so the more of you racers and supporters that come to the NMBO weekend, the more we can donate to the cause.

· Maps of the courses are up on the website... remember, these are the tentative course routes, subject to change if anything comes up...

· NiteRider is the Official Lighting Sponsor of NMBO, sponsoring the Friday Niterider Short Track Race. When the sun goes down the lights come on, and NiteRider will award the Fastest Lap at Nite Female and Male in the 8-Hour Endurance race on Saturday. They are bringing out the truck and trailer for the whole weekend too…

Race Adjustment to the Friday NiteRider Short Track Race: The original idea was to have a motorcycle out on the short track race to be in front of the lead pack and if a racer got caught by the motorcycle, the racer would get pulled. We wanted to make the short track race more interesting and more challenging--to push yourself in a short time limit. Similar to how the NMBS Short Track races are done, with the goal of having a true national style short track race in the area. Since we announced it, Taylor heard it was not a good idea to have a motorcycle out on the grounds of the park and after reading a few emails, with questions and a few forum comments, we’ve modified the Friday NiteRider Short Track Race … Not to worry, we have a good timing system coming to the NMBO race and we’ll time everyone racing. Now every racer can race the whole time during the short track race and be tracked –you may get lapped but you won’t get pulled.

· Thanks to Specialized for sponsoring the King and Queen of the Mountain race within the Oktoberfest 8-Hour Endurance Race on Saturday. The Lady that climbs to the top of 5 to 7 climbs (still finalizing the checkpoints!) will be recognized as the Queen of the Mountain, and will receive the Specialized/Komen pink Propero Helmet and 2008 Women’s Factory Team Jersey--also in pink—to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The man who will be “crowned” King of the Mountain will be awarded a Red Propero Helmet and a red Specialized Factory Team Jersey ...

· Cool Breeze Cyclery has come on board to be part of the NMBO activities for the weekend. Not only will they be providing neutral support for all the racers out there during the events, they’re sponsoring the Kids Races. And stop by their booth/tent to enter the raffle, cool prizes given away each hour during the weekend …

· Grip It and Rip It for the Whole Shot at NMBO, sponsored by ODI Grips: First racer to get around the course in the short track race, first racer out of the prolog and onto the endurance course, fastest time trial racer and first racer around the Beast course will be awarded ODI Grips …

· Mark Sullivan of The Cycle Path has been out making some more sweet flowing single track to the course and he will be out on race to provide neutral support during the event.

· I will race on Saturday and will be on hand all weekend long. I would love to meet you so don't be shy!!

· and Last...Entry prices go up ten more dollars on 9/30, save some bucks and pre-register! Need a place to stay? Days Inn Cornelius, just a few miles from the race venue. Bike friendly, convenient and an awesome deal. But you must call the hotel directly at 704-892-9120, online reservations do not qualify for the discount. The room is just $58.95 per night.

· Bookmark the site and check back for more details on demo rides, prizes and other really important stuff …

Many thanks to the Sponsor that are helping make the race happen, check them out here

Saturday, September 27, 2008

American Mountain Classic Wrap Up - We raced, we saw, we conquered

Don't know if anyone realized it but next week October begins. What the.....?????? How did that happen? This year and especially the last couple of months has gone by fast and I know before I realize it we will be celebrating the new year and welcoming in a new president. Damn.

Anyway, I owe you a few stories and I'm starting with a wrap-up of the American Mountain Classic - a four day stage MTB race in Brian Head, Utah with 140 miles of racing. Sho-Air International, Team Big Bear and Blue Wolf put on America’s richest XC/Endurance Mountain Bike Stage race. First of all, I just want to say that was a really well organized event and a super beautiful place. Staged at over 10,000 feet, in a small ski town far enough away to still be quaint and quiet.

Our Mona Vie Cannondale team was there and I registered in the Elite Master's category. I arrived less than 2 days before the race started and as a sea level resident, and admittedly, at 47, and with a decent purse for the class, I decided I would put my ego aside and try it out. I just wish there were more races with this category and good competition (like AMC) where I would feel like it was fair for me to race. The first stage was a prologue and I crashed and broke my handlebar. I was hammering, my pedal caught a rock, and I went sailing. That sucked, but it turned out OK since the prologue didn't count for the overall, so I nursed my wounds and got my brain together to make up for it as the race continued.

The next three days was tough but was a treat of sweet single and double track and incredible views everywhere they sent us. We had awesome sag stops (if you stopped to enjoy them) and I can't say enough about how well organized the event was. The prize money was excellent and brought in a tough field of competition. I think this was the best racing I've done at altitude in a long time and this race and the place became one of my favorites of all time. Kudos to the promoters for making this happen for us!!! Thank you! I managed to stay on my bike most of the time and finish first place for the next three stages and first overall in the Elite Master's category. Things went as good as I could ever ask for and this was one of the best races since winning the World Solo Championship last year.

Another thing that made this one so special was that both my sons and my wife was there. David, my 24 year old son, and I went fishing after the third stage, and figured we would be back by the awards ceremony. Well we found a good spot and the trout were nuts about our bait and we kept on pulling them in! It was awesome!!! We realized that we were late but the fish were still biting and we were out of cell phone range. So, it was a good thing that Terri and Joshua went to the ceremony and Joshua accepted the award for me!! Joshua kept on pointing out all the glitter and Terri said I smelled like dead fish, but it was all worth it! We had a nice trout dinner when we got back to CA.

Thanks to my teammates, especially Matt Ohran, and the race promoters and volunteers, the spectators, and the excellent competition for an awesome event!!

God Bless,


Friday, September 26, 2008

Updated Event Schedule

The last two months has been busy!! We just got back from VEGAS! last night and have a few days to rest and recover. This weekend I plan tol post some overdue race updates from the last few events and write up my Interbike 2008 review. Meanwhile, I looked at my schedule and it needed to be updated so here are the events left for the rest of my season:

2008 Schedule

Oct. 11-12: 24 Hr MTB - 24 Hours of Moab (Moab, UT)
Oct. 24-26: 3-Day Festival - National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest (Davidson, NC)***
Nov. 5-8: 4-Day MTB Stage - Baja Epic (Baja, CA)
Nov. 15: 12 Hr MTB - Sampa Bikers (Brazil)
Dec. 13-16: 4-Day MTB Stage - Sabie Experience (Sabie, South Africa)

***Final Race of National Endurance Series replaces Shannon Ridge Showdown

After all the bad luck I had recently, I am ready to hammer it and get over the mechanicals and injuries.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Signature Dred Tread Tires - Great for just about anything!

Someone asked me recently if I use the Dred Tread Signature tires I designed and I saw something on the internet saying that I don't. It is important for everyone to know that I love the Dred Treads and I recommend them for anyone who wants a multi-use tire that is primarily designed for endurance and durability but also one that is fast rolling. It is true that I don't use them all the time, because I choose tires to race based on the trail conditions. Sometimes they are right and sometimes not. Sometimes I want something super lightweight. Depends....and because Kenda has such an excellent variety, and because they take such good care of me, I have choices. The Dred Treads were designed for people that want to pick one tire that is good for a lot of things, and may not have the option to buy a bunch of different kinds for each trail condition. My wife loves the Dreds and so do a lot of other people that I meet that tell me how it is the best tire they ever tried. The folks up in the north east like it because it's good in the mud.

So, beware of what you read on the internet and try them out for yourself. Send me a note and let me know what you think.

Dred Tread Product Features:
Dual Tread Compound (DTC) for longer tread life and added traction
Low profile knobs for more race speed
Lightweight and fast rolling
Front or rear use

Product Description:
Tinker is your typical cross country racer - skinny, fit and fast. He wanted to build a tire that was a racer’s dream, but felt equally at home in an all day epic. From this criteria the Dred Tread was born. Thanks to the low profile knobs, it’s a fast rolling tire. Tinker designed it using our Dual Tread Compound to provide needed cornering grip with the added benefit of longer wear in the tire’s center and low rolling resistance. Each knob on the tire accomplishes a specific duty and we added Tinker’s initials on the side knobs for that personal touch.

Sizes Available:
26 x 1.8 (UPC: 047853835441)
26 x 1.8 UST Tubeless (UPC: 047853835434)
26 x 2.1 (UPC: 047853835427)
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

National MTB Oktoberfest in the news

We have been hard at work getting ready for the NMBO. Check out the latest article: Tinker Juarez Promoting North Carolina Event. The race is shaping up real nice and it looks like we will have some top pros out there along with all the families and other fun stuff. It truely will be a festival atmosphere!

Come on out and join us!

You can register on line: Register now

See you there...