Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Exploring Milwaukee on two wheels

Erica and Evelyn ready to explore!
Sven's European Cafe

Lake Michigan, South Beach Milwaukee

Lake Michigan, South Beach Milwaukee


Lake Michigan from downtown Milkwaukee


Evelyn and Erica and Lake Michigan

Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park

Ray’s lived up to expectations, in fact, it far surpassed them! I’ve been dreaming of riding here for quite some time. Some of my friends from the mid-west have posted videos and photos. My friend in Las Vegas has visited both of them while working to get a bike park built (The Hub, the project has been stalled for now, but I want to help him get it off the ground again!). When I looked at the maps and our race schedules I almost did a flip on my bed! Ray’s is only open every other Sunday in the summer time. We lucked out with a Saturday race and a flight out of MKE and a Sunday between the two where it was open. I talked Evelyn and Crystal into joining me (which was easy, but slightly nerve wracking since National Championships are less than a week away and we all want to do our best there). We all had a crazy good time and luckily no injuries were incurred. We rented dirt jumpers and explored all the open lines. The lighting was really low so the photos didn’t turn out, but you can get the idea. 
They have a 4 turn pump track, a wood skills/bridge area and a longer jump line. No gaps, no drops (unless you make it that way), just keep the rubber side down and rolling and you’ll have nothing but fun! I’m telling you this, every one of you readers: if you are in a 4 hour driving radius of either Ray’s bike park, do it. Absolutely do it! You will not regret the effort, it just might be one of the best afternoons you ever have!
Crystal

Evelyn

Erica

Pump Track

Erica, Evelyn, Crystal

Crystal, Evelyn, Erica

Evelyn on the jump line

Pump Track

Sunday, July 13, 2014

ProXCT# 6 /Subaru Cup, Wisconsin

The 6th round of the Pro XCT was in Wisconsin this past weekend. I nearly cracked the top 10, rolling in 11th place. I was sure I had a top 10 in laps 3 and 4 but I wasn’t able to catch 10th on the last lap. 
The course was a blast again this year, the WORS people do a great job making courses even though they have very little elevation to work with. The built a skills section at the end of the course that I looked forward to each lap. There was a pile of large rocks to get up and over, a “staircase” made from railroad ties, a steep dirt drop, 3 small rock rock bars and a bridge built slightly off camber between two trees. The rest of the course was twisty single track through thick trees, low ferns and all was so green!
I rode my Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Team with Stan’s NoTubes Valors. My team mate, Rotem and I both agreed that the full suspension was the right choice for that course, it made getting over the rocks so much smoother. I was happy to have my Valors for the short and sometimes steep climbs. This is the first race I’ve had my RockShox dual lockout system. I utilized it on the steep climbs as well. Since there was rain forecasted I chose to run my Geax Sagruaros, they can handle slippery conditions as well as dry. We had a little rain at the end of our race, but the course stayed in good shape for us. Not so much for the men’s race after ours, they were covered in mud and grass by the end of their 6 laps!
The highlight of the race was meeting Chris, Ben and Dianne from Mt. Borah. Mt. Borah is a great supporter of Team Jamis, they have been for a few years now. They make our custom kits which are top notch quality. I wear my kits every day in every condition and I’m always comfortable. They look sharp and hold up to a silly amount of abuse and washing! I talked to Chris about possibly racing the Mt. Borah Epic next summer, we shall see!

PS-as soon as I get a photo of me racing, I'll post it. So far I haven't found any!




Views during my warm up



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Antelope Island





Summer

I’ve become friends with a really great family from Draper, UT. Their daughter races for her high school mountain bike team. Last year they bought her a Jamis Dakota D29 and she has been racing really well ever since! This spring I gave her some of my jerseys from last year and below you can see the cute result. She is darling! It is so neat to see teens so excited about racing and getting involved in the race community. This girl has a bright future in racing, that is for sure!

Swag for Summer, my Jamis protégé!




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cat 5 tattoo before I even leave the driveway!

The BBQ/Tour de France replay evening with our cycling friends!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mid-season love from Jamis!