When Moab Had a Chairlift and DH Racing 6

Tour of Canyonlands DH Race from April 2001.

  • Moab Rim trail that was accessed by a chairlift in town.
  • Basically 100% slickrock trail that was pure brutality, a brake burner and had tons of rim-eating step-up shelves. The course primarily followed the Moab Rim 4WD climb, but went down (obviously).
  • If you blew that left corner that overlooks the river w/ the white, metal fencing, you could fall off a 50 foot cliff (maybe more?) down to the road below. #nightmares
  • Matt Thompson (Santa Cruz Super 8), Bernie Frederick (Lenz DH Descender w/ 24" rear wheel), Rob Sears (RIP) on a Dirt Works. His line and fluidity up the steps in the practice vid below made me crap my pants. I think O'Driscoll is in there. Brian Ballard on a sweet, steel 3D Racing DH bike. Krispy on his dual 24" Karpiel. Gene Hamilton and plenty of O.G. guys from the Rockies. Good stuff.
  • The first race I ever filmed with the VX1000. I took my entire desktop computer setup in the car with me for this. Filmed in the day, edited in hotel room down the crappy 6 megabyte file used above (that's why it's so crappy, i need to find the source files) and uploaded via dial-up to the internet. I was not aware of music copyright back then. If a song was in the current Mack Dawg snowboard movie, I used it LOL.
  • Feel bad for the bikes in this video.
Here's practice from the day before, edited in the hotel room, so technically this is the first race video I did. Like I said, Mack Dawg music. Again, sorry for the quality. Our phones shoot bigger files for photos than these original files were. If I ever dig out the computer (yeah right), I'll upload originals.
Credit: gordo
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