Added reply in a thread Show Off Your Backyard Pumptrack (Or One You Dream About) 8/7/2017 8:37 AM

It sucks to work with and takes 10x longer than it should, but after a year a recent pumptrack build in New Castle has proven that those chunks eventually do break down and create a solid surface, its not ideal, I'd work with it if it was the only option,

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Added a comment about video Greatest Run of All Time? Aaron Gwin's Miraculous Win at MSA 2017 8/6/2017 9:49 PM
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I cannot call this the greatest run of all time, however the tight line choice and commitment was amazing at such high speeds in varying conditions. From personal experience, St Anne is a blast to ride in wet conditions, the track allows for control and confidence. Gwin does such a phenomenal job of making it look easy, if you watch the YT team video Neko explains how crafty he is with line choice. Visibly Gwin was on another level, but not much different than Hart, whereas Hill in 2008 was absolutely in another galaxy before falling at World Champs in Val Di Sole. Hill and Hart both made their Champery winning runs look as if they were doing it in the dry compared to the sheer catastrophic effects it took on the rest of the field. Other rides that stand out, PEATY winning 2009 World Champs, just such a flawless run, Greg and Stevie Smith in 2013...and then Gwin tossing a chain in 2015, too many amazing performances, can't possibly quantify a greatest run of all time. This is why this sport is so amazing!

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Added a comment about video Greatest Run of All Time? Aaron Gwin's Miraculous Win at MSA 2017 8/6/2017 9:16 PM
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I caught that on the reply and had to watch it again to comprehend what he had just done!

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Added a comment about video Aaron Gwin Talks 2016 Season, YT Mob, Downhill and Being a Badass! 9/19/2016 7:41 PM
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"that is retarded and retardidly awesome" Love me some Gwin interviews, but this dude seemed a little unprepared and uneducated adding to the poor MCing.

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Added reply in a thread Time to Say Goodbye to USAC? 7/16/2016 9:54 PM

I recommend that everyone bitching and moaning never attend a USAC race again. Also, a little late, but if you really wanted to demonstrate your dismay a mass urination would have been a hilarious form of resistance! Maybe one can be organized for the ... more »

Added reply in a thread What Single Piece of Advice Would You Give the Aspiring Racer? 6/13/2016 1:09 PM

This advice isn't about how to perform, its about how to set yourself up for success. If I were to get in the way back machine to 10 years ago I would slap myself in the face and give this advice: Natural ability and strength can only take you so far, ... more »

Added reply in a thread What Single Piece of Advice Would You Give the Aspiring Racer? 6/10/2016 6:32 PM

The best advice that comes to my mind at the moment that I have received from a proven winner(GM) was this: When approaching your race run, break down the course into shorter courses, this will create attainable goals and will make a track like Fort ... more »

Added reply in a thread Show Off Your Backyard Pumptrack (Or One You Dream About) 4/21/2016 7:12 AM

Winter Pumptrack PT from Brian Buell on Vimeo. Carbondale Bike Park

Added reply in a thread Show Off Your Backyard Pumptrack (Or One You Dream About) 4/21/2016 7:11 AM

The freshly finished product of pumptrack #2 from 2010

Added reply in a thread Show Off Your Backyard Pumptrack (Or One You Dream About) 4/21/2016 7:03 AM

This forum topic might be my favorite one ever! I'm absolutely obsessed with with pump tracks, backyard projects and bike park development. I've built two on a piece of property I live on, but do not own. While I dig up evidence of those, I'll post this ... more »

Added a comment about video Are Walmart Bikes Safe to Ride? 1/12/2016 12:52 PM
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Throwing 3's on a walmart bike, yes! Good watch to kill some time, that drop was rough, glad he's ok.

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Added a comment about video Semenuk, Strait, Zink, Andreu - Lemonade and Ducktape Stuffs is Now Available 12/16/2015 7:10 AM
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Good stuff, very colorful, party footage, fireworks, as it should be!

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Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/28/2015 10:30 AM
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A day late and a dollar short as usual while this quick moving world rolls on. I've digested a lot of information since the event(I attended) and have privately discussed this matter with some individuals, even had dreams about it. As an athlete that has competed/managed at the highest level and has tasted some level of success, I feel like I have a moral duty to comment on this issue from my perspective.

What's my worth?

I always aspired to be the fastest person down the mountain. I wanted to win! The lifestyle surrounding the sport kept me involved and interested. In the beginning I worked throughout the winter, and found a flexible summer job so I could compete. Over the years I got better, started to understand how to be a professional and eventually managed a national level team. I understood what a partnership was and how to provide a service in return for support and product. That was the main concern, just receiving enough product and support to be remotely successful. It took me a long time before I realized that I was selling myself short as an individual and didn't understand my true value as an athlete. I was uninformed and uneducated as an athlete, and was part of the problem as I risked my life, for a free ride and some minor financial support. This mindset created the current status quo. Why should sponsors include a salary, insurance and other benefits, when the majority of top level athletes don't ask for them!

This process took over eight years of competing at the pro level for peanuts, sure I enjoyed it and I was having fun, but, I had this realization of self worth as an individual seeking support for the 2015 season.

To create a salary baseline I wanted to see for myself what others in my profession at the same or higher level were being compensated, so I bluntly asked many of my peers and the results were revealing, and all across the board. Athletes being represented, or that knew how to communicate well with their partners were creating a living for themselves, but this was the minority. Many of the sports elite were just happy to receive product, travel and support. They didn't realize, like myself, that we were devaluing not just ourselves, but the sport as a whole. I advocated to all of them that it was important to realize their worth, and to not settle the next negotiation cycle. Better yet, seek out someone with knowledge, and have them represent you as an athlete. Create a budget, show your potential employer how it stacks up, as many partners don't understand the financials.

I don't want to get long winded, so I'll wrap it up and keep it simple. Athletes across the MTB spectrum have to value themselves, plain and simple. If they do not, the risk will always outweigh the reward at the pointy end of the stick.

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Not the time or place to post this nonsense. But since you did...

Hey Buddy, I don't need to provide links to studies and blabber on and on about an opposing view regarding your post. Mountain biking is a healthy lifestyle, one that has probably saved more lives than its lost. If it wasn't for mountain biking I wouldn't be the person I am today, I wouldn't have married my wife and I certainly wouldn't have seen the world. Mountain biking has done so much for me, I'm so grateful for that.

I wish the best for Paul and for a full recovery, I'm sure he has no regrets about living his mountain bike life and I respect him so much as an athlete and competitor. Paul, today I ride for you bud!

Lets enjoy our experiences, and learn to share the path to happiness.

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Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/21/2015 10:38 AM

These athletes need to value themselves more. What are they worth? That is the question they need to answer collectively. If Redbull wants to sponsor them, then the athletes need to come up with their price, collectively. Redbull and the other sponsors...more

Added reply in a thread Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/26/2015 9:55 PM

My $0.02 The idea of Enduro racing was what got me excited, show up, ride a trail once or twice and race. I know that it isn't illegal to ride public trails or to buy a lift ticket and ride behind a fast local, but it really pisses me off to see so many ... more »

Liked a comment on the item World's Longest Flow Trail? 20 minutes of Pure Fun 7/2/2015 10:42 PM

Am I the only one that thinks this trail looks boring?