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 (Kudzu.com 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 Buttar.com! 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!

THANK YOU!!!

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

Anse Chastanet
Cool Breeze Cyclery
MonaVieCannondale.com
Tifosi
NiteRider
Kenda
ODI
iBert
Strider
Hammer
Cliff Bar
Cannondale
Specialized
Trek
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
ByeKyle

Some of the photos:


Pua - QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN



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!

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