Added a comment about video Are Walmart Bikes Safe to Ride? 1/12/2016 12:52 PM

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

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

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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Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/21/2015 10:40 AM

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

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Added a new video Organic Angel Fire - PRO GRT #2 6/26/2015 1:34 PM

Raw highlights from Saturdays practice and qualifying.

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Added a comment about photo RACE REPORT: Oregon Enduro Hood River, Mitch Ropelato, 1st Place 6/24/2015 4:34 PM

Lots of push ups!

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Added a comment about photo Loic Bruni's Lapierre DH Team 4/14/2015 11:34 AM

The logo on the tire doesn't match up on the rims front and rear, amateur hour, hope Loic fired his mechanic, never gonna win looking like a squid!

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Added a new video EWS Whistler Rider Diary - Brian Buell 8/12/2014 10:25 PM

The Whistler EWS was one hell of an event. 5 Stages of close to an hour of timed racing and transitions that challenged in the 100f heat as we circumnavigated the Whistler Valley and climbed 8k. Fallow me up, down and around in this EWS Whistler rider diary.

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Added a new video Pedal Turn Pedal 6/24/2014 12:55 PM

Snowmass BME

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Started new thread 2010 Carbon Specialized Enduro $2800 5/28/2014 12:30 PM

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Hello Ladies and Gents Due to the lack of DH in my area and the explosion of Enduro I never had the opportunity to ride this bike. It is brand new, never been ridden and has an extremely strong parts spec that makes this a world Cup ready machine. Full

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Added a comment about video Maxxis Tire Testing - Dave's Trail Moab UT 2/18/2014 7:23 AM

Frenchie! It was last week, trails are really good right now. How's Sochi?

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Added a new video Maxxis Tire Testing - Dave's Trail Moab UT 2/13/2014 12:17 AM

Got away from the snow and found myself in Moab testing tires for Maxxis on the infamous Dave's Trail.

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Liked a bike check Lear Miller's 2013 Banshee Rune Enduro Bike 6/20/2013 10:02 AM
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Added a comment about slideshow RACING ACTION: Urban Prologue from Enduro World Series, Punta Ala 5/19/2013 10:07 AM

Super rad!!!

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