Bike DealerCamp 2011 began with a bang, literally, as thunderstorms rolled through the Deer Valley area Tuesday night. Exhibitors received an e-mail around 1:00 a.m. notifying them that they should probably show up early Wednesday morning to clean up the carnage from the night before. Wind gusts and rain wreaked havoc on exhibitor tents and displays. There were even a few tents floating in the nearby lake (including an Osprey competitor). Fortunately, we have displayed at enough events during inclement weather that we took no chances and had everything covered and heavily anchored. Other than a few damp boxes, the Osprey booth was unscathed.
After 15 straight days and almost 4000 miles of road tripping, the Osprey bike crew has circled back to base to replenish the giveaway supplies, service the van and unclog the overfull inboxes before departing to Deer Valley for DealerCamp. Even with the 14 hour days of driving, greasy road food, and missed family commitments, it was hard to bring this road trip to an end. The Downieville Classic was a top notch event that brought in some of the best riding talent in the country, yet retained a grass roots feeling. The entire town seemed to embrace the event as it took over their narrow streets. It was awesome rubbing elbows in Sun Valley with so many world class athletes and upcoming superstars. Both events left us just enough time to get out and explore the local riding scene for ourselves. As a matter of fact, I had to take a couple of days off the bike because my legs could take no more by the end of the trip. The riding was so spectacular in both Downieville and Sun Valley that I will be heading back on my own time to explore further for sure.
As promised, here is a list of Osprey sponsored athletes that made it on to the podium at the National Championships:
Nye Yackle – 2nd place, 10 & under boys Cross Country
Jake Yackle – 3rd place, 11 & 12 boys Cross Country
Stephen Ettinger – 1st place, Under 23 men Cross Country
Jack Hinkens – 2nd place, Under 23 men Cross Country
Kerry Werner – 5th place, Under 23 men Cross Country
Erica Zaveta – 5th place, Under 23 women Cross Country
Krista Park – 5th place, Pro Women Super D
The journey will continue with DealerCamp in Deer Valley, UT 7/26 – 7/28. DealerCamp is an industry event where bike and accessory companies show off and demo their current and upcoming products to top bike retailers. Osprey will have a full demo fleet available at DealerCamp as well as daily giveaways including the biggest raffle prize Osprey bike has ever given out (valued at approximately $2500)! Let the road trip and mountain biking continue!!
Osprey sponsored athletes Jake and Nye Yackle from Cortez, Colorado put on a clinic in tenacity and determination at the USA Cycling National Championships on Friday. Jake was the first of the brothers to test his fitness against some of the best 11-12 year old racers in the country. As the winner of last year’s 10 and under category, Jake got a call-up to the front row for the start but still got tangled up on the first corner and lost much of his advantage. Slowly but surely, Jake picked off riders and really put the pressure on through the rock garden sections. Late in the race, as most riders were fading and just looking to survive, Jake seemed comfortable and charged hard, sprinting for the finish. When the dust settled, Jake was proudly standing on the podium with a 3rd place medal around his neck.
Immediately following the 11-12 year olds was the 10 and under race where Nye Yackle was looking for his chance at some hardware. Less than 30 seconds after the whistle, Nye was standing on the track trying to get his chain back on. The rules do not allow riders to receive any outside assistance, so Nye was on his own to get things sorted out and rolling. With the entire field well ahead of him, Nye finally got back on the bike and launched himself up the brutally steep climb, making up time like his life depended on it. As he came around for lap two, Nye was back in the hunt but suffered some minor mechanicals, again losing valuable positions. By the last lap, Nye decided it was all or nothing and launched an attack that would make any rider proud. Moving from 11th to 2nd in less than 1 lap, Nye also ended up on the podium for the silver National Championship medal.
Racing continues through the weekend with Pro categories, short track XC racing and a Super D race that features a 4+ mile course. Come check it out or stay tuned for a post event report with results for all the Osprey athletes.
Today brought absolutely amazing conditions to Downieville, CA for the Downieville Classic All Mountain Championships. In the weeks leading up to the race scores of volunteers put in endless hours digging out the upper reaches of the race course from the epic winter snows. All of the hard work payed off and the race went off with just a minor reroute. Both of the 2010 Pro winners defended their titles with Carl Decker taking the men’s field and Kelli Emmett leading the way in the women’s division.
Downtown Downieville was taken over by the street fair and vendor expo offering spectators plenty to do while awaiting the racers arrival. Many of the industries top bike, accessory and apparel companies are here showing off their wares, giving away promotional items and answering questions on their products or services. Osprey offered up free pack demo rides, loads of giveaways and sneak peeks at some upcoming product line additions. The expo continues tomorrow while the downhill of the All Mountain Challenge is taking place. Riders must ride the exact same bike they used in today’s XC race with no changes, additions, or subtractions. Total time between the XC and downhill events will be combined and the winners will be crowned as the “All Mountain Champions”. All of this will definitely make for an awesome day in Downieville. Come see the excitement and stop by to say Hi to us in the Osprey tent.
Our Osprey bike team is on the road this month! The team is driving and riding their way to several events across the West.
To make the road trip a little more fun, they’ll be posting Twitpics every few days from the road. And to make it more fun for our followers on Twitter, the first person to guess their location wins a hot new Viper or Verve hydration pack! Our bike crew will pick relatively well known landmarks or locations, but the photo may be unusual, so it’s going to be a bit tricky. To win, you must must identify the exact area where the picture was taken. Geocodes are a plus!
So keep your eyes out for pics from our bike team on Twitter!
The Sprinter van is packed, bikes are tuned, coolers are filled, maps are downloaded and we are heading west for a couple of exciting cycling events. Downieville, California is destination number one, where according to the Downieville Classic web site, activities include “Downhill Racing – Cross Country Racing – Live Music – Cold Beer – Swimming Holes”. Could it get any better? Osprey will be there enjoying all of this (and squeezing in a few rides) while displaying at the Downieville Street Fair and Bike Expo. In typical Osprey style, there will be plenty of free schwag, “Try It Before You Buy It” pack demos, raffles for awesome prizes, and previews of upcoming cycling products.
Being fortunate enough to live in the Four Corners region of Colorado, where the towering San Juan Mountains merge with the wide open high deserts and canyon lands of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, I am often tempted to believe that we are the center of the mountain biking universe.
With so many world famous trail destinations available in our backyard, it seems there is no need to pack up the gear and head for distant singletracks. After all, our summers are filled with day long epics along the alpine trails in Durango and Telluride; winter days are passed riding the roller coaster slick rock around Moab or searching for vortexes in Sedona; spring finds us celebrating the cycling lifestyle in Fruita or Grand Junction and riding Crested Butte in the fall is to die for. Sometimes a catalyst must arise forcing us to escape our “bubble” and seek out new riding areas. Dirt Rag’s DirtFest event in central Pennsylvania was just that catalyst for me.
Fruita, Colorado provided a venue for the second stop on the 2011 Osprey Bike Pack Demo Tour. In its 16th year of existence, the Fruita Fat Tire Festival has proven to have a successful formula of business mixed with fun, with a much higher emphasis on the FUN!
Osprey Packs partook in the buzz by having our fabulous new line of hydration packs available for riders to demo and put to their own test on the world famous single track trails of Fruita. “Try It Before You Buy It” gets us instant feedback that keeps us constantly in touch with what users like and don’t like.
It sure is bike season. Just a couple of weeks after Sea Otter and we’re off to another two-wheeled extravaganza.
We will be strutting our stuff this weekend at the Fruita Fat Tire Festival. What’s in store? Plenty of good stuff:
- Viper, Verve and Raptor demo packs available for testing on Fruita’s famous singletrack trails
- Event special pricing offering 15% off all in stock Osprey Hydraulics packs at The Bike Shop in Grand Junction – if you don’t already have one, it’s time to get one!
- Daily raffles for schwag and Osprey packs (have to be present to win)
- Full display of Osprey Hydraulics and Commuter packs
- Tons of giveaway stuff at the Osprey booth — which means you have to stop by!
We’re also pretty excited about the Rippin Chix MTB skills camp with Osprey athlete Alison Gannett on Saturday April 30th.
We look forward to seeing you at the booth and on the trails!
If you love bikes, then the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California was the place to be April 14th -17th. Sea Otter, as it is most commonly called, is a celebration of all things bike and acts as a kick start for the spring cycling season. Besides the jam packed competitive schedule that includes road, short track, cross country, downhill, and dual slalom racing, Sea Otter is an amazing bicycle festival with something fantastic for bicycle lovers of all disciplines.
Companies from around the globe exhibit at the Sea Otter Expo, often introducing new or upcoming products and mingling with the 50,000+ attendees. Non-profits and bicycle advocacy groups are in attendance to promote their cause and raise awareness for cycling related issues. Top name professional athletes use the Sea Otter as an early season test of fitness and shakedown of the new seasons equipment. The entire vibe surrounding the Sea Otter Classic leaves you wanting to hop on a bike and ride, whether it be for a joy ride down the coastal bike route or a top speed flight around the grueling race course.
Here is a pictorial journey showing a few of my favorite Sea Otter memories.