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Throwback Thursdays: 1979 Appetite Seminar

26 November, 2014

 1979 illustration by Pete Barrett, from Chalie Kelly's Hubsite, the BEST website you will ever find.

This Thursday marks yet another Appetite Seminar as throngs of mountain bikers will congregate in downtown Fairfax before heaving (ok, speaking for myself here) up Bolinas-Fairfax Road to complete the Pine Mountain loop in an annual event that has occurred since 1975.  You can read about the history of the event HERE on Charlie Kelly's Mountain Bike Hubsite.  

Read the recap of last year HERE and check back next week for a potential recap of this year.

So, why choose the 1979 illustration?  Well, aside from being drawn to comic style, depictive storytelling, I also found this on Mr. Kelly's stellar website:

 

I'd encourage you to read it on the website, but I'll do even better than that.  You should buy this:

And you should buy it HERE.  You can find Darryl Skrabak's clever article tucked within Kelly's pages.  Charlie Kelly's recent book is the best gift you can give to a mountain biker of any level.  Scratch that, it's the best gift you can give to a person of any level - bad person, kinda ok person, slightly good person, good person...  It's the best $29.95 you can spend on a gift this season, it just came out this fall.  Intoxicating words and tales, stunning, captivating photos of mountain biking's beginning - a time period even before WTB's official start in 1982.  I open my copy and each time I marvel that it could cost $100 and still be an exceptional value. You have your holiday gift instructions.

If you check out the article on Charlie Kelly's website, you'll find very clever musings - that klunker shouldn't have been the appropriate term for the finer dirt worthy trail steeds of 1979 (Kelly and Fisher had started MountainBikes just before,) that bike parking lot ogling and part scrutiny has been a staple since apparently forever, that the spirit of adventure has always been there, and finally, that there's an exponential merit to misery riding, especially when recounted.  History seems to have caught up with us.  So go out, get some, pay your homage to the longest running annual mountain bike event and buy Fat Tire Flyer as a holiday gift - be it for yourself or others.  Happy Turkey Day.

 

Fresh Tracks

24 November, 2014

The Downieville parking lot.  Empty.

It's that time of year.  Road trips seem an afterthought or their destinations creative, daylight becomes scarce, charging lights becomes as second nature as taking one's shoes off at the door, and there's always that re-realization that I still don't truly have any real winter riding clothes.  Doesn't mean you can't shred though, you're just faced with a slightly different landscape.

A winter wonderland awaited us, transforming Downieville's Packer Saddle parking lot view from the usual too hot, dusty, looming crag of forlorn terrain to a serene, blanketed playground of empty, silent beauty.  Enough transfixing, we had business to attend to:

Shredder McFadden ahhhem, Heather McFadden following Jeremiah's Breakpout tracks.  Did I mention berms are fun in the snow too?

2" layered everything.  It's amazing how smooth and inviting everything looked - every twist now appeared tilted and soft.  I couldn't fixate on every pebble, had to see long sweeping turns, must be how people who know how to ride ride.  As we descended, it only became better.

Jeremiah O'Riordan, WTB Industrial Designer, putting his Breakout tires and a prototype saddle to the test. Oh yeah, our smart people shred too. Oh yeah yeah, Breakout 2.3s are in stock now, snow-tested, shred-approved.

Slippery rocks became less slippery, confidence built, sloppy became tacky, tacky became better, better seemed to get perfect.  More perfect.

Shredder McFadden searing the best berm on Third Divide.  Yep, you all know that berm. 

So next time there's a little dust on your crust, swap out your frumpy pants for your happy face - it's lurking somewhere, probably beyond the next muddy berm or snow covered roll over.  Here's to a good season of winter riding.

Just like in Batman, when the WTB wolf head logo hits the winter sky, it's time to heed the call.

Breakouts, come and get your Breakouts, Breakouts HERE.

Supermarket Street Sweep Approacheth

21 November, 2014

Sho' enough, one of the raddest charity events to happen all year will happen, yet again Saturday, December 6th at the Embarcadero in SF.  So, skid your Thickslicks, grab some cans, win some Thickslicks.  Simple.

Throwback Thursdays: Wilderness... It's Our First Name After All...

20 November, 2014

Adventure isn't exactly something new to WTB.  Getting out, exploring, taking the path less traveled, finding your own way, thinking differently... that's what WTB is all about.  I found these photos while digging in my greater mess area and it was crazy.  I had just been there.  Well, near there - poking around in trucks on ridge lines wondering if there was bikepacking potential.  I could have sworn I even passed the same house:

Same once was semblance of a stoop, dilapidated siding, roof now with greater... ahh yes, ventilation.  There's even the same shack in the back, now just viewable from the front of the house.  Think I'm kidding?  Above is from the early 90's.  Below is from October.  October 2014:

The shot is from further to the right when facing the house, but you can still see the shack, now through it, all a little worse for wear but not bad.  Fine, it could be another identically built ramshackle.  Either way, it's all still there, waiting for you:

Ready for adventure:

 

So what are you doing sitting around for?  Go get some.  Same spirit from the beginning, same for today:

 

Grab a set of Nano 40s or a pair of Trailblazers once they're back in stock, think they'll get you there, wherever that may be.

Wilderness... it's in our name.  The same quest for adventure, from the beginning, now just as much as then.

Ooops, Brett Did it Again...

19 November, 2014

Brett Bellchambers taming Scotland, WEMBO 2014.  Beautiful Photo Credit: Anthony Pease.  Want more beauty? Peep his jaw-dropping gallery HERE, my favorite, Seascapes

Another WEMBO (World Endurance Mountain Bike Organization) 24hr Championship went down in Scotland this October and what do you think that means for our man with the big beard and bigger sense of humor?  Yes, yes, Brett Bellchambers, yet again crushed the solo single speed class, claiming another victory while finishing 7th outright, pitted (yes, I said pitted in the real, less fun sense) against those with gears.  Brutal doesn't even begin to describe it:

Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

Even big, tough guys have to push too.  Gotta love the single speed.  At this point, having ridden 22 hours straight, Brett had already amassed more feet of climbing than Everest.  Brett finished with over 36,000 feet of climbing under his belt... errr... bibs.  There appeared to be fun too:

 

Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

Dark beer, mud on chest, and a hat that says No Fuss (event organizers) on it.  Life's good - what's better?  Well, with the race is over, onto the goody schwag bags, Scotland style:

Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

In Australia, apparently you get energy gels in your schwag bag.  In the US, you definitely do.  In Scotland, you get Scotch bottles, two per racer.  There was ripping trail:

Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

Beautiful scenery:

Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

Bag pipes:

Everyone I know who's raced Scotland, all two people including Brett now, tell me there are bag pipes at the start of the race. I can only assume that's true for all races. 
Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

Bright Lights:

How does he capture it?  Pure magic, yet again, Anthony Pease.  Stunning Photo Credit: Anthony Pease 

Race banter:

"My beard. It is as big as your head," must be what Brett is smiling about. Jason English (Merida/G8 Performance) is a stud - wins and won this WEMBO. Brett has never seen him finish fewer than 400 km (+/- 250 miles) in a 24hr race.  Last year, 460 km.  He won Scotland outright by a solid 42 minutes but amassed 347 km / 215 miles, very low for him. Everyone seemed to agree this was the hardest course yet. Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

And family:

 

Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

Brett's awesome wife, laughing and making it happen.

And that was it, a monster of a course that the guy cracking jokes with the course marshals at the start of the race won in the single speed class, even if he didn't get the memo that this was a long sleeves race:

Photo Credit: Russ Baker, Mountain Bike Australia President

 Brett described the course as a sleeper in the hurt department because it was so fun to race with slow and technical descents that Brett favors.

Brett's a champ, our hats are off to him yet again - another victorious feat defying both pain and rain aboard a single speed.  No flats, no worries.  7th outright, first in SS.  Brett ran a Nano 2.1 29" front with a Nine Line 2.0 29" TCS rear tire on Frequency i19 29" Team rims and a brand new Volt Team saddle that was comfy right out of the gate.

Almost crazier to me is Brett's return.  He arrived home at 1AM, shredded to work - Brett is a super commuter, and had to cover doing his boss' job as well as his job, which he faces for four weeks.  No skimping on single speed commuting be it sleepless morning after WEMBO SS title, double work load... anything.  Brett is unreal.

Get some rest... some day.  Until then, keep shredding trail.  Congrats, yet again, from all of us at WTB.

Yet another beautiful photo from Anthony Pease - check him out HERE

 

Throwback Thursdays: Biopace... Ewwww

13 November, 2014

It happened.  I can't believe it actually happened.  I swore it wouldn't.  It couldn't.  It shouldn't.  By what stroke of misunderstanding... by the Hammer of Thor.

BioPace is back, da na nun nun na naahh.

NooooOOOOOooooOOOOOooo you say.  But yes, dan nun nun na nahhhh.

You don't believe me, you must, behold:

It's green so that means it's cool this time.  You still don't believe me, I must have distorted the photo.  Fine, here's one you can't argue with:

Q Ring style too, made for the burgeoning fantasy racer boy segment.  Okay, more than enough trash talking on my part, that's a waste of a perfectly good idea repurposed again.  Apparently, round chainrings give you a dead spot, fewer watts bro, and though round, actually give you a less smooth pedal stroke.  There are claims of more traction and better looks too, in your kit that is...  That was more or less the premise of BioPace and it must still apparently hold true.  Where did this BioPace you speak of exist?  Well, here:

Yes, this lovely 1989 Kona Fire Mountain is from my absolutely rad KONA R.I.D.E. 2015 trip this past summer. Remember, the trip went like this:

There was also more beer, super rad bikes, humu-pump trackin', donette slammin', suggested tequila, curious outfits... man, still miss that trip.  Anyway, I guess the moral of this story is that if something originally is a good idea, like lots of the things covered in Throwback Thursdays - early monster cross and gravel tires, Grease Guard press-fit style bottom brackets, mutiple width saddle shapes, wider hubs... it comes back around again.  If it's a bad idea... I'm just kidding, BioPace must be a good idea, right?

Rad People Who Ride: Bill & Sue Roussel of Ashland Mountain Adventures

11 November, 2014

It happens: that blissful epiphany following the mandatory journey to get there - bike on rack, rumble of van, banter of the bike-obsessed and gravity-enthused, sway of ascending turns with dude-ness intermittently plaguing the air (that can't be myyyyy helmet) - pass all that and euphoria seems to uncontrollably boil over after a few arcs into dirt perfection.  You get it.  Life isn't really all that bad.  In fact, it's good.  Quite good.  Ok, it's cheating.

Bill and Sue Roussel bring that enlightenment to you and it couldn't be easier, all you have to do is show up to the door of Ashland Mountain Adventures in Ashland Oregon.  If you know what I'm talking about, you know what I'm talking about.  If you don't, you haven't lived life.  You really haven't.

 But there's more to it even than the sensation of it can't get better, but it DOES get better as you smoothly sail down the slopes of Mount Ashland tying loam to duff to clay to granular in twists that don't tire and strangely don't tire you - there's a future.  Bill and Sue are part of that future.

 Having pulled up their Salinas roots and gained year-round permanence several years ago, Bill and Sue have wholeheartedly, unquestioningly, and relentlessly poured their very being into Ashland.  Need proof?  Last weekend over 30 volunteers showed up to work high mountain trails into perfection before being put to bed for winter beneath a blanket of snow.  Bill is an active board member of the Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association, helping mobilize the work force while both he and Sue shovel alongside those who also care.  They run the Ashland Mountain Challenge, juggling shuttles, entries, organization, timing, all last minute needs with a smile.  Go out for a beer and you might just find the pair sharing a laugh and good times with friends and clients (it becomes impossible to discern - who doesn't want to be part of this?) downtown after a full day of shuttles.  It's more than a job, it's life.  It's what they live for.

Fast doesn't even begin to describe Bill.  It seems like it isn't a Sea Otter Classic if I haven't seen him and if I have, he's already both tamed and shamed the treacherous slalom course - it's his home turf after all.  Mention his name and you'll witness a solemn air nod of reverence to a shred of yore.  Sue couldn't be a kinder nor more positive person - catch a warm smile and shuttle ride up from her and you know the world is a good place.  And that's just it, life's good.  So clamber aboard, grab another shuttle and muse over what type of detergent you're going to employ on those odious pads and thank Bill and Sue for making life better - one shuttle, event, and trail day at a time.

 

Name: Bill & Sue Roussel

Home Shop and City: Ashland Mountain Adventures, Ashland Or.

Favorite WTB or Freedom product:

Or, favorite WTB or Freedom related memory (please elaborate):

Sue: Tires - any Bill puts on my Bike!  A smiling Mark Weir sitting on my shuttle while I'm driving. Worse WTB moment: WTB Christmas party 2007, Bill got hammered on Tequila and got in the Pixie Bike Race and wrecked everyone!

Bill: 2002 Mutano Raptor, It's tattooed on my right calf. After riding up Mt. Tam with Weir and crew, I was walking by Fred's office when he asked me...”Hey, what would you like in a tread design, I gave him my ideas and there was the Mutano Raptor.

Favorite memory: Riding my WTB Phoenix in Mill Valley, finishing at WTB and hanging with the crew there still stands out. I really dig all the memories though.

 

Bill Roussel, barrels good.

Favorite Ride:

Sue: Time Warp, Catwalk, Toothpick, Caterpillar, BTI

Bill: Hell Ride 2005, Weir went the wrong way and I almost caught up!

 

Background, how’d you get into riding, what kept you going with it?

Sue: 1992, boyfriend bought me a bike, Loved the sport, dumped the boyfriend, and kept the MTB friends!

Bill: 1995, Broken Knee cap, leg started to get real weak and doc said I needed a low impact sport, I don't think he meant Downhill MTB racing :) Good folks in my area that loved MTB riding, it was contagious!

 

No more boyfriend yet still the mountain bike - Sue's got things figured out.

Tube or Tubeless, why?

Sue: Tubeless, because thats what Bill wants.

Bill: I have been setting my wheels up tubeless sense 2002 and it was not easy back then! Weir insisted it was the way to go. The gas station I was at when I first tried told me to leave after using their air compressor for an hour and spilling Stans all over there floor multiple times! I flat tubes every time I ride with one.

 

3 most important things to bring with you on a ride?

Sue: Cell Phone for pics, Best friend, if they'll ride.... matching sunglasses to bike, trail running dog. 

Bill: GPS (for Strava reasons,) Shoes, Helmet

 

Craziest thing you’ve seen or witnessed on a ride? 

Sue: Bills dog Pete' (Jack Russel) took on 3 Coyotes at one time, and won!

Bill: Flatting on 3rd Divide in Downieville, losing the nut to the Quick Release, then using a Toe strap on a flat pedal that you get with a new bike to hold it to the fork leg and riding the rest of the way to town!

 

Good Trail Stewardship. Over 30 volunteers showed up to make it happen for Ashland's trails.  Thanks to Jimmy James at KONA for the pizza, Dave Fish Paterson for his tools and trailer, and Ray from Caldera Brewing Co for the beer. Photo: Sue Roussel

Most important lesson to teach the groms?

Sue: Good Trail Stewardship

Bill: Carry all the things you need on a ride, tubes, pumps, tools... so I don't have to keep saving your asses!

 

From shuttles to races to trail days, Bill and Sue make it happen for Ashland, all with a smile.

Left my wallet in… (fill it in):

Sue: Dakine pack and could not find it for a week:)

Bill: Yuba river at the Downieville Classic while doing the river jump. 

 

Anything you’d like to plug, courtesy of WTB’s blog?

Come to Ashland, come in our store, (Ashland Mountain Adventures) get a map and jump on our shuttle, rent a bike and Ride! Ride! Ride!

If your seat, grips or tires need replacing, we have all of the WTB stuff you will need to make every ride a Great one!

A momentary still frame in an otherwise non-stop blur of speed.  Bill lives to ride.  FAST.

Throwback Thursdays: 2001 Nano Raptor 1.85 (44/40)

06 November, 2014

Tempting as it may be to read the above as a 700 x 44 Nano of 2001, lovely as that sounds, it was a relatively narrow, speed demon of a 26" tread.  This doesn't mean that ideas of various sizes and applications of the Nano Raptor weren't already brewing - take a look at the 1999 Nano Raptor 2.1 29" tire after all, the first 29" mountain bike tire.  It does mean, however, that there was a Nano 44, something I'd heard about but never found - now there's proof; proof in the 2001 catalog, description below:

 Along the lines of experimentation, notice the red-orange band to the Nano 44.  You can scour the 2000 catalog, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004... you won't find anything referring to a red-orange DNA strand hinting at compounding.  You can even harass the poor Trail Boss himself, he'll kindly hunt (he doesn't have to but he still will) over old part numbers and defunct P,C, and Ds, surmising that it must have meant a lower durometer, which it must have.  Next to its 2002 description, top most photo which strangely didn't have the strand, was a lovely collage of present and past WTB employees:

Weir, top, obviously still is very much integral to WTB - Karpiel Disco in it's lowest possible travel configuration matched to a lovely Z1 fork, WTB Moto Raptor 2.4 DH tires, Shimano 646 awesome pedals, those almost look to be Hayes "Purple Hayes" downhill disc brakes - can't life get better?  Awesome time period.  Wesley Meyer I've had the pleasure of meeting at Interbike, now working for REI, and Dan Sherwood, formerly East Coast Sales, is reportedly well on the other coast.

This just in: the orange band found on the 2001 Nano 44 denoted a wet weather, yet lighter weight compound, you learn something new every day.  Feeling left out?  Go grab yourself a set of Nano 40s, a tire perfected through years of size iterations and experimentation.

No Rest for the Winning, A Tribute to Marco

03 November, 2014

Marco abs-o-lutely killed it this season.  It became shameless.  In August, he didn't stop winning.  He even won the Pro GRT in Mammoth in September during the Kamikaze Bike Games aboard his enduro bike.  160/95mm convertible bike with a Lefty versus discipline-specific downhill pros aboard full-on downhill bikes.  He won it.  Then he went on to grab second behind Brian Lopes in the California Enduro Series Kamikaze Bike Games that same weekend.  Crazy.  He took first at Big Mountain Enduro's grueling 5-Day Ultra in Crested Butte, cleaned up multiple times at Northstar, owned the gnar gnar Dirty Sanchez - if there was a race, chances are you'd find Marco in the top 5.  He'd be standing up there, that part was for sure.  He took 21st in Chile, his second Enduro World Series race ever, then secured a top 20 at EWS Crankworx in Whistler - a course that left everyone wincing, limping, and licking their wounds.  I could go on and on, list everything and it could get overwhelming.  He did it all in the cool, calm, professional poise that doesn't usually seem to emanate from burgeoning second season racers - well, second full season pro anyway.  Interbike mayhem time he cruised by in his early 90s Toyota pickup and dropped off his Crankworx race rig and asked if we needed a hand getting everything together, he meant it too - he stayed and made sure he said hi to everyone; seemed as though he wanted to stay longer even, we just shooed him out while throwing tires around.  While we were setting up his bike in our booth, he was winning on his other bike in Crested Butte, it was crazy.

I could go on.

Instead, Marco kindly took the time to reflect over his season and respond to some questions I abruptly threw his way.  Enjoy his responses and some photos courtesy of Nick and Brandon Ontiveros of Big Mountain Enduro and, in the case of the lovely photo below and atop, Nate Byrom, may his soul find everlasting happiness and comfort at the local police academy.

The Dirty Sanchez, The Focused Marco.  First place, baby.  Photo: Officer Byrom

WTB:  What was your favorite course of 2014?  Favorite race?  Why?

Marco Osborne:  Favorite race course of 2014...? Wow, thats a tough one. I would probably have to say stage 5 of the EWS Crankworks was the best stage of the season. Known as the Top of the World, this diverse stage was about 23 minutes long at race pace and dropped from high alpine single track to flowy bike park trails all the way to the village.

My favorite race would have to be EWS Chile. It was only my second time out of the country and was absolutely amazing to see the Chilean culture and take in the South American atmosphere. The terrain was mind blowing, we were surrounded by volcanic boulder fields, huge glaciers and endless rutted-out singletrack. It was fall while we were there and all the trees and bushes were changing colors, the orange and yellow leaves gave the scenery a very unique and beautiful appeal.  All the stages were so enjoyable to ride and just put a smile on everyones' faces.  

 

Smiles on faces - Ben, Marco, and Jerome at BME's Crested Butte 5-Day Ultra Enduro.

WTB:  How’d you feel the overall season went?  At a certain point did you feel like you hit your stride?  Sure looked like it following you but I’d be curious if you started to feel better as the season progressed.

Marco Osborne:  I feel the overall season went great, no big injuries and only a couple of poor finishes. I feel I hit my stride about two different times this season, for the month of April and August. The month of August was unreal, I had a winning streak going for 4 weeks in a row. It was a remarkable way to top off the season. I owe it to my teammates, especially Mark Weir, these guys gave me the opportunity to represent Novato and team WTB/Cannondale.  

 

Marco owning the Northstar Enduro.  He seems to like winning at Northstar, does it a lot.

 WTB:  Is there anything you’re going to focus on in the off season?  Anything you’re looking forward to now that, I assume, most racing is over?  Spending time with family?  Shredding Marin?  Giving Ben Cruz a hard time?

Marco Osborne:  During the off season I am going to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and hopefully start a more structured workout routine. This winter I hope to get a road bike and start doing big rides once or twice a week. Now that the season is over I need to get back on my moto and twist some throttle. Brraap braap!! I would also like to go chase a couple big storms in Tahoe and ride my snowboard. I would like to spend more time with my family and my girlfriend Maya as well.

As for Ben Cruz, he always deserves to be heckled...  But, it's good that he is going to be living in Novato again, having another training partner alongside Weir is key. Looking forward to putting in big days at the ranch.

 

A healthy lifestyle and routine starts with IT being SENT.  Marco sending it, BME Moab, photo: Nick Ontiveros.  Now, onto getting pitted:

The WTB Hightail Saddle: It doesn't buzz your tire... so you can.  Photo: Nick Ontiveros / Big Mountain Enduro

WTB:  Is there anything you’re going to try to do differently for next season?  Training for anything in particular?

Marco Osborne:  As for next season, I would like to stay focused during the winter by riding my road bike and putting in solid workouts. I want just be consistent and get through the long season. I will try to dominate local events and try focusing on EWS events. The EWS is on another level, it's so competitive and difficult to even be in the top 20. So one of my biggest goals for the 2015 season is to place in the top 10 at an EWS stop.

Aspens, lay tuck tuck triple, Marco, Snowmass, another stellar stop on the BME tour.

WTB:  What was the craziest thing that happened to you over the season?  You raced a ton, traveled even more, there’s got to be something wild that went down – either on course or off.

Marco Osborne:  The craziest thing that happened off the track this season is probably not worth repeating. As for on the track, I would have to say winning the Mammoth Pro GRT on my Lefty equipped Cannondale Jekyll was pretty crazy. I surprised myself and everyone watching. I didn't intend to win that race, I just wanted to have fun.  I thought of it as just another added stage to the Enduro race and tried to enjoy ripping a rowdy course. 

Marco putting his Breakouts to good use during BME's Keystone stop.

Here's to another great season to our Novato native - may the pow be deep, the rest time revitalizing, and the road bike... well, the road bike not purchased, ha.  Well done Marco, we couldn't be more proud nor more fortunate to have such an incredible representative from our home in Marin county out subjecting race courses worldwide to speed and shame, all the while helping hone in our never-ending quest to refine and provide even better product.  Here's to Marco in 2014 and to a great 2015!

Throwback Thursdays: Weir's 95-96 Race Results

30 October, 2014

Even the legendary Mark Weir had to start somewhere and in the awesome race resume above (big thank you to Anthony Medaglia for rounding it up) you can see that even in the beginning, Weir started full throttle.  Cross Country, Downhill raced in hardtail or even devoid of suspension class, didn't matter, Weir owned it.  In Weir's wording above, he had hoped to "improve my skills as an all around mountain bike competitor."  Remove around from that sentence and you have all mountain competitor.  Makes sense that the man (Weir is a man,) regarded by many as the Godfather of All Mountain, owned it - he rode 150 - 170 miles per week for crying out loud, of... everything.  What makes less sense to me is why he faxed it to DICRG - apparently that stands for Dental Implant Clinical Research Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan - perhaps a little sponsorship future planning with foresight that a life of shredding bikes is hard on the overall tooth count?  Can't say.  Can say that it's pretty apparent Weir's been a badass from the start.  Rad races in there too, Ring of Fire in Occidental, Downieville when it was still Coyote Classic, too many Lake Sonoma wins - you can tell sufferfest was Weir from the start.  Here's to Weir, riding everything before there officially was All Mountain, and to, well, dental implants.  Catch you next Thursday.

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