Community Service = Yackle Brothers Racing! – Nye’s Blog

imageI have been doing Community Service since I was 8 years old, helping Nationally, and in the Cortez and Reno communities!  Yackle Brothers Racing has done many years of community service, fund raising, assisting the less fortunate, trail building and many other things. Community Service is a great thing to be a part of, it feels great to help other people and there are some great benefits.

In Cortez we fundraised over 7,000 dollars for the Livestrong Foundation and participated in the Mellow Johnny’s Classic and the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Livestrong Team, in 2011 and by doing so we, not only helped people in need, but helped Our first sponsors Osprey Packs, Full Speed Ahead, Panaracer and Canari,  be proud thimageimageey supported Us and were pleased to see us giving back to the community!  We also did a community trail work day on the Phil’s World Trail System which was how we caught the attention of Osprey Packs.  Moving to Reno NV in 2013 for more competitive races, we wanted to continue our tradition of Community involvement.

imageOur first volunteer trail work day was on Peavine Mountain with the Poedunks trail builders.  It was a blast doing our first trail day in Reno. We’ve done several trail work days in 2014, like the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway where we helped build a section of trail so they could connect a bike path from Lake Tahoe along the Truckee River to Pyramid Lake.  Building the trail was very fun and it could bring many more people to the community and encourage more people to ride in the future and help the community.   imageAlso, we went to the Renown Children’s Hospital to talk to the kids and pass out bike swag from our Sponsors.  It brightened their day!  It was a great thing to do and many people in Reno thanked us for our community service work!  We are now, working with the Reno Bike Project’s Major Taylor Program (Major Taylor was a African-American racer in 1890 who was the fastest racer in the world) which encourages and teaches (with a classimageroom based program) kids and teenagers to stay fit and ride bikes, I think other communities should hold events like this because they’re really fun and it’s good for the community. Late last year we volunteered at the Kawanis Bike Project and we helped build bike for kids and people who couldn’t afford them.

Just recently I volunteered to help stage the Varsity, JV, Sophomore and Freshman Girls categories for the NICA high school league and helped them take down the course. I enjoy helping others and made it a lot easier on the league’s staff.  I can’t wait for the next time I can volunteer locally and in the NICA High School League!image

I’m very glad we moved to Reno and got to do all of these great community service projects and events and meet all of these cool people!  All in all Reno is a great place with lots of imagecommunity service work to volunteer for!  There are many benefits from doing community service, so I’m encouraging you to do community service work and help people out and trust me they won’t be the only ones who were proud you made that choice.

Jakes Blog-Having Fun At The Fort- NorCal NICA High School League Begins

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(Photos from Fun At The Fort 2014)

imageI’m really excited about this year’s first NorCal High School League Season!  Sunday is going to be a blast, I can’t wait to ride against the 90 racers in Junior Varsity Division 1 North (that is only about 1/4 of the total NorCal JV racers) so I can have a new racing experience, meet some new friends and, of course, Have Some Fun!

 

I’m looking forward to this trip. Saturday we will do a cool ride in Santa Cruz and check out the Soquel Demonstration Forest, Braille Loop Trail which has super fun jumps, and fast technical descents. Sunday morning we will arrive at the race in beautiful Fort Ord California, to start my first NorCal High School League MTB Race. Hopefully the rain will get the course wet and packed down, so it will be like riding a paved racetrack, and when we race it we will set course records! imageI’m really looking forward to Fort Ord course which has: quick descents, steep climbs and fast roller coaster like trails (which are the bomb). Even though I have been used to starting on the front row, it will be important for me to learn and experience starting further back in the group.  So that I can learn to pass to get to the front of the race, so I will be able attain starting position in each class I move up through all the way to ithe World Cup Races.   Before races I always seem to get anxious, but I hope this race is going to be like the NorCal State Championship where I met some new friends at the start, which helps me stay calm and confident! imageMy favorite thing about being at a race is after I finish when I’m hanging out, riding around, talking to friends, meeting some new friends and being on the podium representing our wonderful Sponsors and The Yackle Brothers Racing Team!

 

Being at race events and racing is really fun, but what I like most about racing is meeting cool and interesting people, hang out with and talk to like minded people, because that is what I think makes cycling fun: The People You Meet!

 

First Race, Oh Yea!! – Nye’s Blog

IMG_8254Our XC Bikes were extremely fun and lightweight, but this year we’re exploring Enduro racing for some new fun.  Last years first race was on a MTB bike converted to a Cyclocross bike, our Jamis Dakota D-29 Carbon hardtail bikes and this year it will be on our new Enduro Bikes.  We know our Marin Attack Trail Enduro bikes will perform great in Enduro racing but we’ll also be racing them in Cross Country to see how great they can perform there too!  We had high expectations for this years Enduro bikes in our first race of the year and they didn’t disappoint!

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Our first race was the TBF MTB Classic on February 8th at Granite Bay, California.  As mentioned in my last blog, we are racing the Marin Attack Trail C-XT 9 Enduro bike this year and we tested it for the first time in a XC Race.  I was ready to see how our new bikes were going to perform on Cross Country courses.  I was expecting the Attack Trail Enduro bikes to ride as well as a XC bike and not let the extra weight slow us down and which was the case.  imageI like the fact that I can compensate for the weight and gain more power and fitness from this!  On our training rides so far the Attack Trail C-XT9 climbed like a Cross Country bike and descended like a Full Suspension, but that was the real test!  That was the first time that we have ever ridden on a full suspension bike and I’m loving riding down the trails and feeling like I’m flying through the air. I’m a lot more free to bomb down the trails and jump off ledges and other things now too.

imageOur 2015 Sponsors products are working to our highest expectations.  Their products are working great on our new Full Suspension Enduro bikes (I want to ride on the trails all the time they’re so fun).  imageWe also raced Marin’s Stelvio Elite Road Bike in our 2nd race of the year!  The Folsom Winter Classic was my first Cat 4 Peleton finish and I was in the front of the group the whole race because I have worked so hard on my fitness. Also, thanks to my sponsors products working so well!  Unfortunately there was a last lap crash that I had to slow down for, I was disappointed because I was very excited to see what I was able pull off in the final sprint!  I’m very excited to ride and promote Full Speed Aheads new Vision Carbon Road and SLK MTB wheelsets on all of our adventure rides and races.

image2015 is going to be a very exciting year, racing Enduro, Road and Mountain Bikes.  We have many expectations for the performance of the Attack Trail C-XT 9 Enduro Bikes on XC Courses, but I think they will fill all of them and much more in our races to come!

Jake’s Blog- The Building Blocks Of Success

imageOver my 8 years of racing I’ve seen many people on the side of the trail trying to fix flats, broken chains and all sorts of other stuff. One of the skills my Coach/Trainer/Dad taught me early on was “Bike Preservation”. Paying attention to my tires, derallieur, and other components to avoid damage, and to ride within my limits.  Another skill I was taught was how to fix my bike by myself so when I am in a race I could always make it to the finish line.  Since my Dad taught me when I was young to preserve my bike, I have never had a DNF in my 8 years of racing. Learning these skills is important because they will make a huge difference throughout the long run in your race results.

imageBuilding out bikes is really fun, it’s like putting together a puzzle, getting all of the components precisely placed so that everything works in perfect harmony.  After a few years of watching, helping and learning from our Dad  as he fixed and maintained our bikes, Nye and I, at 8 and 11 years old learned how to build out our first bikes, our Jamis Dakota D 29’s. We began with just the frame and started building. I started with the fork, which was pretty easy. The handlebars were easy too, but the wheels were really fun learning to tape the rim and to make the wheels tubeless. Though we couldn’t have done it without our Dad who had years more experience than us and knew quite a bit about bikes, as he had ridden in southern Utah and Colorado since 1990.

Aside from it just being fun, it is very helpful learning about building bikes because during a race you can be confident that if you have a mechanical you will have the knowledge to fix your bike and make it to the finish line avoiding the dreaded “walk of shame“.  This saves you and your bike!  Even though learimagening to maintain a bike is great. Another great skill is to learning “Bike Preservation“.  To learn how to preserve my bike my Dad taught me to be attentive to where I put my tires, like not to bomb down the trail without paying attention and run over a sharp rock or root.  In just a split second of inattention  you could have hours of work to repair your bike.  Which can cost you a first place finish, or podium, not to mention the money you could spend to repair or replace it!  That is why it is so important to preserve your bike and know how to fix it                                                                                                                                                                   too!

imageSince I started riding and racing I have learned a lot about my bike, like how to build out a bike, how to maintain a fork and most importantly how to fix my bike during a ride or race.  Learning about your bike and how to fix and maintain it is important to learn because if all you know is how to ride a bike you won’t be able to finish every race with Both Wheels On The Ground!

Training Camp, Adventure Camp-Jake’s Blog

IMG_8070Our Winter 2015 Team training camp was an awesome way to officially start the 2015 season. Our first ever trip to Death Valley made the training awesome, I really enjoyed it more because even though we were training, riding in Death Valley made it more of an adventure.

 

Even though the name of the park is Death Valley, it is really, full of Life and Adventure.

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Our first ride was one of the best. We rode for the first time our new Marin Stelvio Elite Road Bikes. The Artists Loop was a beautiful ride with a very unique geographical phenomenon, the Artists Pallet.  With numerous colors like green, orange, pink, beige and grey.IMG_8178 It was so cool! The best part though was having a one way road to enjoy a peaceful ride.

 

 

 

 

Two days later we rode to Badwater, the lowest place in North America at 282ft below sea level. It was cool because Badwater salt flat was perfectly flat, but right across the road was a sheer cliff, and 282 feet above us on the side of the Clif was a sign that said elevation SEA LEVEL!

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Our next ride was Dantes View, the climb was awesome because for the last 4 miles the road wound up a canyon, until the last 1/4 mile where the road changed into a 15 percent grade climb, which I thought was super fun because I love a challenge!IMG_8214

It was Awesome, but my favorite Ride/Adventure had to be Titus Canyon.

The first three miles of the Titus Canyon ride was a gravel road, but things started getting interesting once we entered the canyon!IMG_8251  The Titus Canyon Road (one way motorized traffic) was an awesome adventure.  While riding up to the canyon you could never guess that there was a canyon, until you get within a 1/4 mile of it. There you could see the mouth of the canyon which was maybe 40ft wide.  The first 1.5 miles were the best, the park named it the narrows, and you can see why. The average width was probably 25ft with sheer 500ft cliff walls on each side ( hence the one way traffic ) and it was so fun. Especially coming down as we were catching and passing all the Jeeps and SUV’s ahead of us, it was a blast!  As we rode up cars passed us going down, as we went up, they shouted encouragements like, “Your doing awesome”, and  “You guys are amazing, that looks hard”!  People cheered for us when we rode past through the whole ride. IMG_8252Halfway up the canyon we saw some Indian petroglyphs of Big Horn Sheep and other carvings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another three miles was an abandoned mine shaft, which was cool to check out and look at. There was also a tailings pile which was exciting to ride down becease of the steepness and scree!IMG_8254  After that we rode past an abandoned mining camp, ghost town which we passed by because the highest point of our ride was getting near.  The highest point on our ride was Red Pass at around 5,5000ft high.  With a 5,5000ft decent you can imagine we were flying down the road.  It was perfect for our new Marin Attack Trail C-XT9 Enduro Mountain Bike!  It took us 3:30 to climb time Titus Canyon and we descended it in 1:00. That was awesome!

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In the short amount of time we were off our bikes we continued our awesome adventure. On our very first day in Death Valley we had just walked out of the visitor center and saw a Coyote taking a stroll through the parking lot, apparently he forgot where he parked his car!!! The next morning just after we ate breakfast the morning maid service (aka Blackbirds) came to clean up our camp of crumbs we dropped, they came each morning at 8:15 to clean up our camp.  One morning Dad was cooking eggs and accidentally spilled the eggs and later when we came back from our early morning run they were gone!IMG_8227  They acted like they hadn’t eaten in months, even though they came through everyone’s camp, scavenged and ate food each morning!

At night we heard numerous Coyotes  howlin’ at the Moon, one night one was only 20 -30ft away from our tent, Nye was so tired he didn’t even here it, amazingly! It was amazing how many Coyotes there were, on one ride we saw some walking down the side of the road only about 5ft away from us!IMG_8238  When we were leaving we stopped at Scotty’s Castle, a Mansion at the north end of the park we saw two more Coyotes beggin’ or more likely stealin’ someone lunch! It just goes to prove that Death Valley is REALLY full if life!

 

If you or your family is going on a vacation or looking for a place to ride or train don’t go somewhere you’ve been before, go somewhere where you can find an adventure, you won’t regret It!

Bike Racing Paar’tee-Nye’s Blog


IMG_8178 We are very motivated to show our Team’s vast talents.  Few, if any race teams will do this, but, we’ll be attacking Enduro this Season, while staying the course in Road and Cross Country Racing!  Our Team Director is having us focus on things a little differently for the 2015 season like:  focusing more on physiological skills (lhaving good coordination, flexibility and having a solid body structure to excel in any sport or activity), rekindling and building on our technical skill talents by putting them towards a priority of Enduro racing, and helping new and old Sponsors bring exciting new products to the market in the 2015 season, all while keeping a watchful eye on our specific racing goals.

IMG_8236Since we ended our 2014 Season in August, we took 3 months off from competitive racing and training. It was really beneficial to do other sports and activities to stay fit.  Our break has made us very motivated to start competitively cycling again!   There are a lot of things that we are ready to tackle and explore this year…  Some of the racing goals we’ve set for the 2015 race season are to be the Downieville Classic Champions, win a USA Road Championship and grap some more gold at the Mountain Bike National Championships, a California Road Race Championship and a California Enduro Series Championship.  Jake’s would also like to be a NICA League Champion, too!

IMG_8056One of the things our Team is looking forward to the most this year is racing Enduro because we love those races that go into the backcountry where it’s filled with cool animals and plants to view.  New for this year we’ll be racing on Enduro bikes, riding our new Marin Attack Trail C-XT 9 Full Suspension Bikes.  I’ll be moving up to the 13-14 and Jake will be moving up to the 15-16 year old age groups this year and for Enduro Races we’ll have to compete in either U18 or U21 which will definitely offer up some big challenges!

IMG_7915We’ll be promoting a whole palate of sponsors this year both new and old.  The companies that we’ll continue to promote from the 2014 season are: Full Speed Ahead, Yakima Racks, Panaracer Tires, Primal Wear, Osprey Packs, Shimano USA, Sidi Shoes, Xpedo Pedals, Light and Motion Bike Lights and Ergon Bike Ergonomics.  Our new sponsors for 2015 are: Vision, Marin Bikes, Marzocchi Suspension, Slime, Genuine Innovations, White Lightning Lubricants and Velo Reno Bike Shop.   We’ll be riding Marin’s Attack Trail XT9 Full Suspension Enduro Bike (We’ve only ridden on the trails a few times but can tell this bike is awesome!!!!) and The Stelvio Elite Road Bike (which is as light as a newspaper in my perspective!).  We’ll be using a Dropper Post, a great addition to already fun Attack Trail Enduro Bike.  We’ll be helping FSA/Vision bring their sweet new carbon fiber MTB wheelsets to the market.  Slime/Genuine Innovations will be supporting Yackle Brothers Racing with some of their cool products.  White Lightning will be lubing up our rides and races in 2015 and Velo Reno, our local bike shop will be supporting us also this year!!!

We know our Team can make 2015 a great year, what about you, I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out?!IMG_8257

Announcing Yackle Brothers Racing 2015 Sponsors

IMG_8254Hard to believe that we’ll be entering our 8th year of Racing!!!

We have put in the hard work over the years and have also been honored and blessed to have Sponsorship from the Industry’s finest Companies.  We have endeavored and are so proud to retain the support from nearly all of our Partnered Companies, year after year.  That goes a long way to tell Us we are going about the Racing business in the right way!  Though we would love to have every Sponsor carry forward, we have enough wisdom to know that we are in a business and there are decisions that We have to make as well as Sponsors to look out for each of our well-beings.  We definitely want to graciously say “Thank You” every Sponsor from our 2014 Season and of course, on back!

Looking to 2015 we are excited to announce our line-up of Support!

Marin Bikes * Full Speed Ahead * Vision * Shimano * Panaracer * SIDI * Primal Wear * Osprey Packs * Marzocchi Suspension * Yakima Racks * Xpedo * Light And Motion Bike Lights * Ergon Bike Ergonomics * White Lightning *  Slime * Genuine Innovations * Velo Reno

We are excited to support all of the products these fine companies offer.  We will also be tasked with supporting some major initiatives of several sponsors.  Racing the same bike, the Marin Bikes Attack Trail C-XT9  used by Kyle Warner to win the Overall in the North American Enduro Tour will be a great honor for the Team, in its quest to branch out for valuable experience in the Enduro race scene.  We will also mount their Stelvio Road Bikes to carry forward with our Road Race activities.

We are also excited to saddle up with new wheels!  Vision’s Pro Tour proven road wheels will be a awesome addition to our Team.  On the MTB side, Full Speed Ahead has been developing a new Carbon Wheelsets coming this Spring.  No doubt our fantastic, long-term relationship with FSA was the reason we were chosen by FSA to be one of the select Teams to Race these well anticipate gems!  I love to go on , but there is a limitation to how much info can be passed at one time!  Without question each of our Partnered Companies has fine, new and existing product that we have found to be of excellent quality and we look forward to talk about them throughout the coming year!!!!

Stay tuned, its always and exciting ride………