Preparation, Never More Important for Enduro Success-Jake’s Blog

IMG_3444Enduro Racing is a blast!  From: traveling to new places and adventures, getting to ride and race, awesome, fun and unique trails, to meeting cool people. Throughout my 8 years of racing I have gained a lot of experience, from maintaining my bike, knowing my limits and knowing when to eat and hydrate. There is one thing experience can’t account for, and that is NOT BEING PREPARED!  So, when race day comes around, you’re at the start line, and the buzzer sounds, there is only one thing that is going to guide you to success and that is PREPARATION!!!  There are multiple things you need to do to be prepared.

Being prepared is the key to success, and to be prepared you need to:

A)    Keeping Your Body Is At Peak Performance, by having proper nutrition and by staying hydrated, drinking lots of water and electrolytes and making sure you aren’t tired and fatigued, but well rested.                                                                                                                       B)    Pre-check Your Bike, make sure you check, your shifting, tire pressure/tread wear, shock pressure and anything else you think might be damaged or worn.                                                              C)    Prepare All Of Your Gear, make sure you have enough energy and water, check to see if you have the tools and gear you need to fix your bike if you have a mechanical problem, and if you have an early race it is especially helpful to lay out your clothes, helmet, shoes, glasses, gloves and anything else you’ll need.                                                                                             Version 2D)    Pre-ride, in my opinion pre-riding is essential to prepare yourself for the race!  When pre-riding I take mental notes of the trail, like what gear to be in on a certain obstacle.  Pre-riding is also helpful because you’ll  know what is coming up on the trail. It also tells me how long I’ll be racing and how much food and water I’ll need to take.  Knowing these things helps me go much faster on race day!

 

Though pre-riding is a huge benefit!  Completing it, is not always an easy task!  There are many differences between pre-riding a cross-country course and an Enduro course.  On one hand pre-riding a XC course is relatively simple, you park near the start line, get your bike ready, and go for a ride that is only about an hour or two long.   Pre-riding an Enduro course is much more difficult!  Enduro Events are held many hours of travel from our Home, so going there prior to the event never is an option for Us.  Having working Parents means scheduling extra time before the race is difficult, too.  Plus, with the stages spread out over 50 or 60 miles and multiple days, accessing an Enduro course can be quite difficult, let alone having the extra days to get pre-riding done.  So we are faced with the daunting task of trying to pre-ride the day before we race-it’s a difficult situation!  IMG_3409If you wanted to pre ride the day before the race, you would use up a lot of energy, but you would gain valuable knowledge of the course.  It rarely comes down to that choice, because the lack of time, it still is logistically not feasible to preride an entire course!  Those racers who can preride have a monumental advantage!  Contrast our last 2 Enduro races.

Bend Enduro                                                                                                                               IMG_3385We arrived at Bend Friday afternoon and set up our camp at the race venue. Saturday we  decided to get up early to pre-ride all 5 Enduro stages.  We spent most of the day pre-riding the stages, scouting the fast lines and riding the fast lines until we comfortably knew the course.  We took mental notes of what gears to be in before obstacles, and figured out how much water and energy we need to take. On race day we felt that other racers didn’t have an enormous advantage!  In just my 3rd Enduro, knowing the trail and it’s obstacles helped me place 4th in the U18 category, only 9 seconds behind third!  That wasn’t our only benefit from pre-riding.  We were the last group to start, there were so many racers before us, and the Enduro suffered race delays, so there wasn’t any water left at the feed stations.  It effected many racers who relied on it, but not us, because we pre-rode we knew how much water and energy to bring!

Wildwood Enduro                                                                                                                         IMG_3876When scheduling our Season, we decided to spend our week between the Bend Enduro and the Wildwood Enduro races by taking a vacation down the Oregon and California coastline.  So as we typically do, we arrived at Fort Bragg, near the Wildwood race venue (our 1st 2 day Enduro) the day before the race.  We realized that the posted Course Map wasn’t sufficient to direct us to and around the Jackson State Demonstration Forest, so we had to wait until 3:00 PM for Racer check in to see about better maps. We were pretty frustrated since many riders took advantage of the Race Promotor’s guided Tours of the course 2 weeks prior to the Event and had been practicing it ever since.  The guided tour was something we couldn’t take advantage of anyway, because Wildwood was a 16 Hr round trip for Us!  After we checked in we knew we needed to set up our camp because the camp areas were tight.  By the time we finished setting up it was around 4:00PM.  However, now we finally had details to get to the Race Course area!  We went over to Saturday’s start area of the Enduro (Wildwood was a 2 day event) and were deciding whether or not at this late stage, a preride ride of just the 1st of 8 stages was even worth it, at this point!   We knew, if we did more we would have been miles from where we parked and would have finished just 2 Stages late on Friday night.  IMG_3732Brianne Spiersch, fellow Marin Bikes Racer convinced us it had to be somewhat helpful to preride at least one stage.  So we did and came back to Camp and prepared our: bikes, bodies and gear for Saturday’s race.  My race started at 9:00am and I was glad that I had already prepped myself for the race.  All but one of the stages on Saturday were narrow, difficult, tree lined trails with lots of blind corners and super sharp, blind switchbacks.   After each stage I kept thinking to myself, “it would have been so nice and beneficial to pre-riden that trail”!  The final stage was the one we pre-rode and I felt like that was the one I did best on because I knew what was coming up on the trail!  Sunday went just the same way as Saturday, the trails were very tight and technical with lots of ruts, sharp corners and undulating terrain which put me at a disadvantage not knowing what to expect.  In the end I came away with a 7th place in the U18 category.  I’m certain, difference between my results at Bend and Wildwood proved how vital it is to pre-ride!  Whether or not my family can get me there beforehand, with sufficient time to do that is another question!

IMG_3457I truly belive that no matter how skilled you are, if you don’t Pre-ride and Prepare yourself you won’t be highly successful. The Bend and Wildwood Enduro races are perfect examples of how pre-riding and NOT pre-riding can effect your race!  So next time you consider whether or not to pre-ride and prepare yourself, just remember that it could cost you a lot more, like a serious crash, than just the top spot on the podium!

Stelvio Elite….a Great Bike Takes You Amazing Places—Nye’s Blog

IMG_8178Road racing this year seems so much different racing on Marin’s Stelvio Elite Road Bike. I haven’t ridden and raced on a better road bike so far in my career. Combined with Visions Metron 40 Wheelset it crushes the steep climbs and glides around corners carrying momentum and shoots you out of them going even faster than before. They are also very attention grabbing with the red Vision logo. When you go fast enough it looks like a red lightning streak.  There are a lot of great things about the Marin Stelvio Elite Road Bike, how great it performs and the great places Cycling takes you.

The Stelvio Elite Road Bike is Fantastic! It’s so light, picking it up feels like you’re picking up a newspaper. I’ve had four road bikes in my life and I can tell this one is tops.  Wimagee do all of our local Road Races, Time Trials and Criteriums on our Marin Stelvio Elite Road Bike and it seems to have a nitch for every one of those races.  In Crits it’s perfect, the bike is very maneuverable, which is just what you want to keep you out of danger and position yourself for the podium.  Since we don’t have a Time Trial specific bike we do all our Time Trial races on our Stelvio Elite Road Bike.  Its great for Time Trialing, the bike is very aerodynamic and stiff, and that benefits me a lot.  In the Road Races, going up the steep climbs is much easier with such a light bike.  Earlier this year Jake was doing a race in the men’s Cat 4 Road Race and they were coming down the finish straight away and someone swerved across the entire peloton and took many people out! Jake made a split second decision to crash into the ditch rather than into the big pile of people in the middle of the road. Once he crossed the finish line he was scratched up a bit but his bike survived undamaged! No damage! That’s a durable bike!

image There are always memorable road races, Crits and TT’s that just stick in your head, sometimes, like if you had a crash or you won your category.  2 years ago I raced in the Valley Of The Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, AZ which was a super cool experience.  That was one of our first really competitive races and I placed 2nd in my age group and that made it a very memorable experience.  In Reno last year we got to do a charitable ride with the Schleck Brothers and Jens Voigt. I had a blast!  It was fun talking with professional racers about their experiences in their races.  We were driving back from one of our races in California and stopped to watch the finish on the Time Trial in The Tour Of California last year.  We even met Peter Sagan!  I asked him what he liked more Road or Mountain Bike Racing?  He said he liked road racing more because there’s more money in it.  That made sense.  The Sea Otter Classic this year would be unforgettable because I met my bicycling hero Nino Schurter! WOW!!! I didn’t think I’d ever get to meet him.

imageOne pretty memorable race was the Nevada City Classic Criterium in Northern California.  The race course was really challenging.  There was a 1/2 mile climb with an average grade of about 8% and a steep decent with two pretty sharp corners at the bottom starting the climb.  Last year I didn’t do as well as I had set a goal for.  This year coming into the race with my new Marin Stelvio Elite Road Bike with Visions Metron 55 Wheelset and Shimano’s Ultrega Drivetrain and Brakes I’m feeling really confident that I’ll achieve my goal!

imageMy thanks to all of my fantastic Sponsors: Marin Bikes, Shimano, Full Speed Ahead, Primal Wear, Yakima Racks, Panaracer Tires, Osprey Packs, MET Helmets, Sidi Shoes, Lauf Forks, Slime, Genuine Innovations, Marzocchi Suspension, Xpedo Pedals, Ergon Bike Ergonomics, White Lightning Lubricants, Light and Motion Bike Lights and Velo Reno Bike Shop because I couldn’t do it without you.  Thank you Mom and Dad for all of the hours you dedicate to me and our team.

14 + JV = V Jake’s Blog

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2015 was a great year in the NorCal High School League.  I was sad to see it come to an end, but on the bright side I had a GREAT time at all of the races.  I had a good performance at the California State High School MTB League Championships race, my best so far this season. I came away with a 2nd place only 15 sec off the winner, and had the 2nd fastest time out of 190 Junior Varsity racers!IMG_3097

We arrived at the venue at around 6:00pm on Friday evening.  My duty was to get out for a pre ride!  Quickly, I found that the course was not yet marked. So I just took my best guess of the race course and did a hard 30 minutes of riding.  By Saturday the size of the venue was HUGE!  it was 1/3mi long and 1/8mi wide with hundreds cars, RV’s, campers and trailers parked in it!IMG_3053
It was definitely the biggest venue in the League history!  Later Saturday morning Dad and Nye went and ran the course to get a detailed look at it.  They told me what to expect, and I went out and did  a couple of practice runs until I knew the course like the back of my hand.  I woke up Sunday morning excited and ready to shred!

After getting myself prepped, and finishing my warm up, I headed to the start line ready to try to claim a State Championship Title. As the announcer called me and the racers up, 2 people were missing from the call up so they decided to start us 4 across. In order to put my strategy into play, I lined up in the 3rd row on the far left side of the road. “Your going to start in 5 seconds” said the Announcer, 5….4….3….2….1….GO!  I took off like I was shot out of a Cannon and immediately passed the racers in front rows and shot into the lead. After about 1/4 mile I was passed but I quickly regained the lead. Just before the single track I was passed the SoCal leader Mikael Rogers and a NorCal High School MTB League racer, Charlie Velez.  IMG_3016We knocked out the first mile on a frantic pace, once we hit the first long, steep and switchbacking climb (the Firestone Wall) we had developed a large gap on the next group of racers.  We reached the top of the first climb leaving the rest of the 90 JV racers a long way back. Surprisingly, we were leaving them behind, but thinking back not really because we were really cranking out the Watts!IMG_3019

Next, after a longer, flat we hit a minor climb.   Mikael and Charlie went so hard I had to dial it back, I knew that we still had 16 of our 18 miles still to hammer out!  That allowed them to gain about 30 feet on me and it stayed that way the rest of 1st lap.  On the 2nd lap I was starting to catch back to Charlie and by the time we reached the top of the Firestone Wall climb I had passed him.  Now all I had to do was catch Mikael who was now 2 switchbacks ahead. All through the 2nd lap the gap between me and Mikael stayed consistent and I had the final lap to close this gap.  On the last lap looking up the Firestone Wall switchbacks I could see Mikael was going slower than I was, so I pushed harder to catch him. Halfway into the last lap on a really tight and switchbacking climb, my job of closing the gap was DONE!IMG_3041

 

Soon after we caught a group of racers. They let Mikael by with no problem, but they seemed set not to let me pass. So when I did pass it was very forceful.  They got so mad and yelled some pretty bad words!  Not what I expected, but I have a job to complete!  I tried to catch Mikael again but since I was held up so long he had reestablished the lead I worked so hard to close.  So I chased, for the rest of the race (which was about 2 miles) as hard as I could!  Race traffic made that a daunting task, but I came to within 15 sec of him, I happily took 2nd!  All total there were 255 Racers on the 6 mile loop course.   I passed 90 of the 97 Division 1 wave of Junior Varsity racers that started 6 minutes ahead of my Division 2 wave, plus probably a few other Varsity and my Division 2 class JV racers!IMG_3043

I was REALLY happy with my result.  What if was what I felt, I felt I could have beaten Mikael if I would have been allowed to pass (the group of racers that held me up) as easily as he did.  Still, I had my best result of the year a 2nd place in the Junior Varsity D2 Boys (and the 2nd fastest JV time out of 155 racers) at the NICA California State High School League State Championships!

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Racing in the NorCal High School League this year has been a blast!  I had a great time, racing for nearly 3 months and I am super sad that they are over.  I can’t wait for next year’s NorCal High School League to start.  I am super honored and proud that as a true 14 year old I have been able to accomplish the entire set (when I only need one) requirements for automatic Varsity Upgrade, very few, if any, race age 15 year olds accomplish that!  I also look forward to when my brother Nye will be able to race Freshmen and to help represent our team!

Osprey Packs, The BEST Pack Company In Existence!— Nye’s Blog

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Shredding Enduro races and tearing up Trails!  The stuff Mountain Biking dreams are made of and Osprey Packs, one of our great sponsors just made it easier with their brand new Zealot Enduro Pack!  Enduro is challenging and fun to race!  It builds technical skills but if you’re not careful,  it comes with a price, you might end up on the side of the trail with a broken bike and body.IMG_0812

IMG_1265This year we started racing Enduro to rebuild our technical skills that have been dormant since our days of living in Southwestern Colorado! California XC racing though fun are really on nontechnical courses.  We also wanted to explore some new trails and have a lot of fun!  We’ve done 2 Enduro races so far and have had a blast: the Sea Otter Classic Enduro race, which was unique with the awesome downhill course that they made Stage 1.  Stage 4 was Sea Otter Classic’s signature Dual Slalom course!  We also did the Battleborn Enduro Race right here in Reno.  It was so fun finally doing a highly competitive race on our home trails.  Racing Enduro sometimes can come with a price, if you don’t manage your bike properly! That’s where the Osprey Zealot pack shines!  It has the correct design to allow you to store and carry the gear and the tools to fix your Bike in the field. IMG_0815

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Now that I’m racing Enduro I have my Osprey Zealot Enduro Pack stuffed with gear in case I have any problems.  I’m pretty good at managing my bike and my body when it comes to flying down the hill.  You need to bring items to protect your body and to repair your bike in case of a mechanical and the Osprey Zealot Enduro Pack is perfect for that.  I carry these items to protect my body and to repair my bike if I have a problem: knee and shin guards, elbow pads, 3 liters of water, tire pump, shock pump, tube, Slime tire levers, co2 cartridges, patch kit, sealant, tire hole plugs, valve stem and inflation head, bike tool, spare dérailleur hanger extra lube and cable, zip ties, goggles and nutrition.

IMG_2406My Osprey Zealot Pack is great for holding all of my gear.  It has a fold out tool pouch for the small parts and repair tools which I have never seen in any other pack!  There is a 3 liter water bag and the cool Airspeed Zone, a ventilation area for your back to cool off during hot rides.  Osprey is a great company with so many friendly, unique and interesting people who have some of the greatest stories to share with you!  We’ve known a lot of the workers at Osprey Packs since we first started racing.  They were the first company to get behind Myself and Jake and then supported Yackle Brothers Racing when it evolved!  This year at The Sea Otter Classic we stopped by the Osprey Packs Booth.  I looked down at my watch and we were talking an entire hour because they were so friendly and outgoing.  I think Osprey is among my favorite sponsors, the workers at Osprey Packs are at another level!!!!  Osprey Packs is an industry leader in the support for Outdoor Conservation and is always involved with Community Service!  Owning an Osprey Pack means you can support this too!

IMG_0817Try racing Enduro and you will be surprised how much different, fun and physically challenging it is!  The Osprey Zealot Enduro Pack is perfect for Enduro racing, stowing all of your gear and it’s so comfortable to ride in!  Osprey Packs is a great company with great products so if you ever get the chance stop by talk with them and try out their products, you’ll be amazed!!!

NorCal High School League, Let The Good Times Ride-Jake’sBlog

DimageSo what makes the NorCal High School League so, unique, fun and inspirational? The best things out the NorCal High School League is that they help get kids on bikes and help them have their hard work pay off! What I also like about the NorCal High School League is that the people are super friendly and ready to have a good time. Racing against them is fun because there are so many High School Athletes to race and it really makes you push yourself.

FUN: My favorite part about the racing aspect of the NorCal High School League is hanging out with the other racers before and after the race. It is so fun talking, and it helps me be more relaxed for my upcoming race and to have a great time!

imageAnother thing that I like about racing in the NorCal High School League is that, because there are so many racers, over 850 in NorCal, and between 60-90 in Junior Varsity (division 2).  Given my age, It’s inevitable that there are going to be people who are as fast as you. Many Pro Cyclocross racers, Cross Country Mountain Bike Racers and Road Bike Racers once raced in the High School Leagues across the country.  That is how fast you can get racing in the League and I think that makes for a super competitive and challenging race!!

 

 

 

UNIQUE: The NorCal High School League is also great about bringing people together.imageAll of the Teams are having a good time and the racers, even if they didn’t have the race they  hoped for, they are always happy. The League is also helpful for team work, so many people, like Nye, our Mom, our Dad and Myself and many others volunteer and work together as course marshals, race stagers, scoring assistants ect. At the end of the season, NorCal had a Podium to recognize the volunteers.  I thought was great because without the volunteers thy couldn’t hold these race events! Since Nye couldn’t race In the High School League this year he volunteered many times at the races. At the conference championships, when they called Nye up to the podium, he looked super happy.  It was great that they recognized the volunteers for their hard work!!!image  Having hard work pay off is an awesome feeling, and the NorCal High School League is defiantly the place to have your hard recognized.

 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL:                                      The proof of how the NorCal High School League gets people on bikes is a boy named K.C. Fontes.image After the 4th NorCal race we read the race recap and saw that there was a boy ( K.C. ) that completed the entire Petaluma race with one leg!  We found that super inspirational, so we met him at the next NorCal race and presented to him some items that he could use to purse his dreams of racing bikes.

 

By presenting him items we worked hard to earn (Genuine Innovatons Inflation products, Panaracer XC Tires, a Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Bike Pack and our 2014 Yackle Brothers Racing Team Race Jacket) We wanted to remind him that his racing Dedication, pays off!!!!!  

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Racing in the NorCal High School League is great. If you want to: meet lots of great people, get this generation, and the next on bikes, have a super fun race, and know that you hard work will pay off, then you should get a High School League started in your area!

Service to OUR Community-Oh So Important! – Nye’s Blog

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imageLots of things are good to do in life!   There are some things that are just fantastic. There are a lot of things that you can work to accomplish.  Community Service is a fun, unique and a good thing to do.  l love doing charitable things and feeling proud of myself because I gave back to people.   Helping out in my community, being a role model for my family, friends and my Sponsors.  Being charitable is very important, it well benefit you and others a lot and is a very good thing to do.

imageJake has been racing the NorCal High School League for 2 years and now he is racing in the Junior Varsity category. Since I can’t race the League until next year I’m loving helping out the NorCal community by volunteering.  I’m doing some fun things like: Podium assistant, staging the racers, being an assistant for the Merchandise booth and many other fun things. Last weekend was the Boggs Mountain NorCal High School League Race.  We saw an occasion that inspired our Team and we were motivated to do a act of Community Service.

imageK. C. Fontes, racing the JV category from the South Conference has lost his right leg due to cancer.   When we saw him racing (2 weeks before) the League and tearing up the trails and that was very inspirational for us.  So we wanted to show him that hard work and dedication doesn’t go unnoticed!  We decided that we we’re going to present him a few items we worked really hard to earn, that reflected our passion and dedication for Cycling. image Jake’s race was Saturday and we usually never stay the second day when the South Conference races, but this time we did so we could be at the post race, Salinas Cowboys team meeting where we presented these items to K.C.. We gave him our last year’s Team Race Jacket, an Osprey Packs Raptor 14 hydration pack, hat, tote bag, coozie, a pair of Panaracer 29er Driver and CG tires, Genuine Innovations tire levers, patch kit, co2 cartridges, an inflation head and X mount. We gave him these items to inspire him to always work hard and never give up!  That really inspired us and I think kids should look up to K. C. as a Hero!

imageOur family and Team has been involved in community service all our lives.  In 2012 we fundraised around 7,000 dollars for the Livestrong Foundation to help people who had cancer and that was a great thing to do as a Team.  It was weeks of Hard work, but well worth it’s!

imageWe’ve helped many local trail crews build new trails and repair old ones.  We recently worked onrepairing the Truckee Bike Jump Park and now 2 months later it looks like it’s alive again!  Once we moved to Reno in 2013 we visited the Renown Children’s Hospital and gave out some of our sponsors products, talked with the kids and that definitely brightened their day!

imageWe participate in the Major Taylor Program.  The Reno Bike Project helps at-risk-kids from all across Reno and the area get on bicycles to stay fit and healthy while enjoying nature.  It’s a great program for the big community of Reno.  It also teaches them what is safe while you riding, all of the traffic laws and they do really fun rides!

imageI think K. C. is an great example of why we do all of the charitable things we do.  He is a amazing person and people should be inspired for helping other people because he/anyone can be a Hero, some just need a little encouragement to be!  Always be charitable and give back to other people, you’re a better person if you can do that, you’ll feel proud you did and the people you help will too.

Sweet Sea Otter – Nye’s Blog

imageThere are some cool race events around the country but there is just one that stands above the others. The Sea Otter Classic is an outstanding event with a variety of fun things to do and friendly people to meet.

imageWe’ve been going to the Sea Otter Classic for 4 years and have had a great time each of those years. No other event is as fun and unique as Sea Otter. If you’re competitive they have a variety of races: Road, Mountain or Cyclocross Bikes you can compete in the Circuit, Road, Cross Country, Enduro, Downhill, Dual Slalom or Grand Fondo races. It’s so cool that most of the races start and finish on the Laguna Seca Raceway and the Circuit Race goes around the entire racetrack. The downhill course was rad, it descended off the hill the raceway was on and down into the valley, and it was full of jumps, sweeping banked turns and steep grades. At the end of the course there were 5 super fun tabletops to jump and a couple of tail-whips if you wanted to be fancy.

imageI am super stoked with my results, I placed 22nd in my first ever Enduro Race and the category was 18 and under! I also placed 6th in the Cross Country Juniors 14 and under. I’m so proud of myself!

imageThe Expo is amazing! The vendors put on some cool events each day. Specialized had built a pump track in the expo for little kids and another for some more experienced riders. In that same area Oakley had a sprint challenge and the winner would get some sort of prize. Clif Bar had two awesome events. On Friday they put on a barbecue and clunker crit up in the Grand Prix Campground in the same loop that we were staying in. In the clunker crit they had four fixie, pedal brake bikes that you raced around a little loop that Clif Bar had set up, plus the winner would get a new bike! At their booth in the expo they had food and a little band playing in the grass area which was a great time, meet new friends and talk to old ones.

imageOne booth set up a jump were you ride down a ramp as fast as you can and jump into a giant airbag, I’m sure people loved that one! Lots of vendors had beer happy hour for the adults most afternoons. FSA, Kenda and Kool Stop had trials riding performances several times and that was really cool to watch. Vittorio Brumontti performed on a road bike for FSA, I mean a Road Bike! He rode along a 7 foot long 3″ wide pole 5 feet off the ground without falling off, that was amazing!

imageWe met so many cool, friendly and interesting people at Sea Otter this year! We finally met multi time world champion XC racer Nino Schurter! I was so excited I almost started jumping up and down! We also met pro 450 motocross racer Justin Barcia at the Shimano booth and got a picture with him which was totally awesome!

imageWe also talked with some of the pro races we’d met before like: Todd Wells, Howard Grotts, Emily Batty, Meredith Miller, Geoff Kabush, Mitch Hoke, Lea Davision and many others. We had a great time talking with the people at our sponsors: Jeff Fox, Tim Baker, Joe Lawill, Matt Van Enkevort, Chris Holmes, Mike Lawless, Matt Brown, Jeff Kerkov, Patrick Piller, Dustin Brady, Joe Bowman, Casey Mena, Jeff Zell, Ken Yamakoshi and Derek Goltz and more. I was really happy getting to talk to my Sponsors about how the seasons going so far and sharing stories with them, and they are great people which makes it even more interesting talking with them.

imageWe met a couple of new people walking around the expo making new contacts; Benedikt from Lauf Forks who also raced on Sunday, Eric from Met Helmets who we had a great time-sharing stories with and Saris from Kali Protectives. At the Marin booth we met and got a picture with the Safeway Airgas road cycling team. Marin even gave my parents a couple of bottles of beer for them to enjoy too. Our neighbors in the Grand Pri Campground were really cool, they were going to race their tandem bike in the race which was very interesting!

imageIt was nice to see these vendors doing these cool events for everybody to enjoy and that is one thing that will get your event very popular. The Sea Otter Classic is definitely one great, fun, exciting and unique event and a great place if you want to meet outstanding people and have fun too!  I can’t wait to come back next year and race the Enduro again and of course, enjoy the Expo and meet some new people.  Also a special thanks to my Sponsors: FSA, Shimano, Marin Bikes, Yakima Racks, Sidi Shoes, Primal Wear, Osprey Packs, Marzocchi Suspension, Panaracer Tires, Ergon Bike Ergonomics, Slime, White Lightning Lubricants, Genuine Innovations, VDO Cyclo-computers, Xpedo Pedals, Light and Motion Bike Lights and Velo Reno Bike Shop, I couldn’t do it without you and my parents!