Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Keyesville Classic race coverage on MTBR

Derek posted a great summary about the race last weekend on reviews.mtbr.com.  I've been trying to get back into the blogging mode, and hope to write up my story later today.  Enjoy this for now!

Keyesville Classic 2011 – Fresh Singletrack, Legends, Airborn EZ-ups & Teletubbies
Thursday March 24th, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Posted by: Derek

The 23rd Annual Keyesville Classic was a Huge Success: More Racers, Great New Staging Area, New Single Track and a Shuttled DH Course

Keyesville, California – March 20, 2011 – Despite surly weather forecasts and conditions, this year’s Keyesville Classic was an astounding success. Top pro’s, a beautiful new staging area, over 2 miles of new single track, a challenging and fast downhill, beer can jousting, dirt jumping teletubbies and free beer from the Kern River Brewing Company created the best vibe this event has seen in years.

The turnout for this year’s event was well up over last year, thanks to all the dedicated racers, volunteers and vendors who braved the weather. Friday rain made for a fast and tacky XC course, but the rain held off for Saturday’s XC race. Sunday saw some drizzle and showers, but not enough to dampen anyone’s spirits. At one point a powerful wind gust sent vendor EZ-up tents flying across the short track race course.

Two note-worthy Pro’s this year were Adam Craig and Tinker Juarez who took 2nd and 3rd in the Bionicon All Mountain Stage Race behind Champion Jim Heweit. Graeme Pitts, rockin’ his USA skin suit put in an outstanding race run to win the Pro DH just 1.5 seconds ahead of Adam Craig. Vincent Lombardi took the Cross Country, and Tinker hammered to a convincing win in the Short Track. All made for a great showing of professional talent.

The new, more open staging area allowed for more vendors than previous years, and gave the 23rd Keyesville Classic a much more festive feel. Along with the new staging area, over 2 miles of fresh new singletrack was added to the XC course, eliminating the dreaded Pearl Harbor road climb. While the new singletrack was still pretty raw, racers reception to it was overwhelmingly positive.

“I had a great time at this event and in the surroundings around Lake Isabella, with the Kern River, snow topped mountains and a hundred trails as far as the eye could see,” said Tinker Juarez about his first time in Keyesville. “I’ll come back again no problem,” he continued.

This year’s DH course was fast and furious, with shuttle access, newly built berms, singletrack and a new center of attention, the Slab. DH racers launched off a granite slab into a maze of padded trees, looking for the fastest line. This was all possible with the support of our local BLM office who are willing to help us make Keyesville a major mountain biking destination. We are continuing to work with the BLM to make the new singletrack a permanent addition to the trail system. Plans are also in the works for more single track on the XC course next year, and a new DH race trail and Super D course for the future.

The future and growth of the Keyesville Classic and the Kern River Valley are looking bright thanks to all of the hard working and hard racing people who are making it happen. Check out the Keyesville Classic Facebook page and website for pictures, videos and comments on CBO’s Beer Can Joust, the dirt jumping teletubbies and all the awesome race action.

See you at the 24th Annual Keyesville Classic Mountain Bike Stage Race. It will be even better!!

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Paul Ferguson
Bionicon Bicycles

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

2010 Leadville 100 (Rare Footage)

"A little older, a little wiser."

2010 Leadville 100 - Cannondle footage

"A little older....a little wiser"
2010 Leadville 100
Helmet cam footage from the front of the race courtesy of Alex Grant.
Footage from various points on the course by Doug Dalton and his motorcycle.
Additional footage from before the race, during the race in the feedzones, and after the race by Matt Ohran.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Tinker's Golden 50th Birthday

Hey All,
We want to thank everyone for the happy birthday wishes from across the globe and for the folks that could join us for the party - you all rock!  Thank you for sharing the day with us - and for all the old fart stuff and all the wine!  Also a special thanks to Tony and Paul of the band The Federales for rocking us!  You guys were great! 
Here is a collection of photos we want to share with you.
Thank you!
Tinker & Terri

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Hey all you Maryland folks!!!  Come join me and the Chain Gang at the Bike Dr of Warldorf on March 11th!!!  After the big birthday this weekend I am really looking forward to kicking it back and doing some cool rides.  There will be plenty of stuff to see and people to meet.  Come on out!!

3200 Leonardtown Rd

Waldorf, MD 20601

The event kicks off March 11th at Bike Dr Waldorf with autographs at 6:00 and an unforgettable evening of video's, swag, and a raffle to support Wheels 4 Life starting at 8:00. We encourage you to join the boys at a location near you for a great riding experience, autographs, and endless Red Bulls.