XC Course Preview - Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games 2014

Last week I had the opportunity to pre-ride the XC course for the upcoming Kamikaze Bike Games at Mammoth Mountain. I rode with Gabe Taylor who designed a brand new track this year. He told me he wanted to make it BIG with all sorts of fun features incorporated. And that’s what I witnessed: a 13 miles loop with 1500ft of climbing, engaging single tracks, ‘flow trail’ downhill segments, perfect berms, table top jumps, ramps and wall rides (yes plural!). Now, before anyone gets a death-grip reading this, let me say that everything was easily roll-able (no mandatory air or drops). In fact, it’s actually an easier course than last year if you just roll everything. But if you can gap the table tops, if you keep the flow going by chaining the berms and if you hit that first wall ride (the second one is just for the show), then for sure you’ll be rewarded on the clock. And no matter what, your smile won’t wear out for days. It was so much fun, I think we’ll all want to ride it again after our race.

The XC race is Saturday September 20th. Make sure you register HERE.

You can check out the course map on Strava HERE. Gabe did a great job of stringing the best segments Mammoth has to offer. One very cool segment not shown in the video is the Shotgun trail, which was part of the course last year. You can see me riding it the next day in this video HERE.

Can’t wait. Who’s coming?

Race Report - Over The Hump OC Race #12 (Finale)

My second race at Over The Hump; Now I knew what it was about: An anaerobic freight train of fitness. So I step up the intensity and improved on all my 4 laps. But I still can’t keep up with the peloton, they’re so fast EVERYWHERE. It’s known there’s not much technical stuff there, but it still requires sharp skills to shred a fast sweeping corner on loose dirt. The guys (and ladies too I bet!) take it one leg out MX-style two wide; Beautiful! Fast! Fun!

I finished 19th in Elite Men in 1:21:05.8

Today I took the Bronson to some of the best trails in Pasadena. It took some getting used to, especially because of the wider / slower handle bar compared to my race XC bike. I was afraid to hit something and bounce off. These trails are narrow with tight switchbacks. There are sections with rocky walls on one side and steep cliffs on the other; One mistake at the wrong place and it’s game over, no continue, permadeath (x_x). It’s not a hard trail, just gotta take it easy and look ahead.

Downhill segments on this ride: Sunset Trail DHDH to Millard Camp and Top of Brown to Bottom