Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I know we've all seen his famous youtube video .... Today, Danny MacAskill made it to the front page of the NY Times sports section, kid is seriously blown up. Good for him http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/29/sports/global/29cyclist.html?_r=2&ref=sports
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Solid day of skiing. Funky view with a massive low-lying cloud that covered ground all the way over into VT and through the Champlain Valley. At the end of the day, the cloud started to move and creep up the hill, as seen in the last pic. Good times. And then I went sledding today. We called it early because we were soaked from rain. Fin.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
and so does global warming. the rt 7 pumptrack is still runing strong. got the xc bike out today and rode into a tree @ f.s. 2009 has been a great year for riding bikes due to the lack of snow (march-december) and destroys the old excuses for not riding in the winter. so much for the off season, more like the post season. Everyone is fired up about Drummer's 2o1o season.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Vacation was nice. Did a little tripod filming and photography. So of course I shredded the hell out of this berm in my yard. Check out that rut: booshtastic. I'd say like 4-5" tall, 3' long, and 2" deep. Yup, still talking bikes here, thankyouverymuch. Cornering is fun. Listening to the tired literally shred the dirt was baller. Not to mention the SX rips so hard. <3 staking my prey. just for fun.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This would not come as a huge surprise to those in the know, but it would still be sad to see because I know I wanted to see this happen in a BIG way. Hopefully things pull through and it stays, but the UCI is a picky mother and Windham dropped the ball when it was under the gun and had the eyes of the MTB World glued to it. Only time will tell if this is actually a rumor or not. Yikes. (For more information perhaps supporting this potential decision, read the collectors edition of Decline that came out in October. The article in question was written by Matt Delorme and brings the issues at hand to light).
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The header is new and improved at Mer's request, picture is from the old Vital, aka Litter Mag, from Schaldming in 2008 taken by Damien Breach. In other news, XC rides at Saxon Hill on a DH bike while sick as a dog are not highly recommended. Fun, but harsh. The Rt. 7 pump track saw me for the first time yesterday. Good fun in the dirt with Jack and Jay. Some digging to be done soon. And at some point we should have a legit team meeting if people are down, basically just to voice ideas and air grievances while holding onto the ceremonial boobar. That is all I have for the moment.
Monday, November 2, 2009
we should try to get some more support for next year.
please email me all of your seasons results. so we can compile them
if you can't find them
or usacycling.org results and rankings you can search by your norba lic number
dave doug and zach all got 5th GES in cat 1 and pro respectivley
oliver and dave placed 2nd for the vt state series in age groups
jack placed 2nd @ ny state series
lauren took a win in W.virginia
mer didn't get stiches and took a 2nd at platty
cody didn't get arrested
sam had a 4th @ highland and took home the drummer win 2/3 races
if anyone else has any highlights send them to me
Had a blast riding at Diablo closing weekend. Saturday kinda sucked, it rained all day and the lift line was longer than it was at the U.S. Open. However, Sunday was one of the best riding days I've had all season and made it all worth while. Rode most of the day with Sue and her bros from VT. (awesome pose) then linked up with Memmelar and Gavin Vaughn and tried to keep up with them for a couple of runs, which was awesome. For the last run of the day, everyone waited at the top till they shut the lift down and trained the whole upper mountain down dominion to the top of alpine. At Alpine, someone suggested the idea of a Le Mans style race, so we all put our bikes down, and hiked up the hill. Thanks to my strategically placed bike and getting the wholeshot I won the Le Mans race! Great way to end the season at Diablo. Yuroshek took some helmet cam footy of all the shinnanigans, which can be viewed here.... http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Diablo-FreeRide-Parks-Last-Run-Down-Train-of-2009,753/Yuroshek,1184
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
SIck GES FINALS . Results are up. Zach killed it in Pro. http://www.plattekill.com/summer/images//dh%20race%20%236%20-%20oct%2011.pdf
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Its was bone dry all weekend. Perfect weather. Dave showed up on Sunday and pushed some new lines into the plan for my race run. The course was the jumptrail/fun run which was fast but alot of work into the mother of all plattekill features- Hardcore- ( I now need a backiomitomy ). Then into some fresh new stuff in the bottom. Dave placed 5th 329with a crashin his run. I again placed 7th 315 with a clean run. 8 seconds off first and 3 off box. Psched not to wad up and crash but with 3 people in my second everything was important. There are only 3 platty races left . One of the is GES Finals. Get there
Monday, September 7, 2009
Doug, Steve and I have been up on Drummer for the past couple of days laboring over the 2 new sections of trails we're going to have for the Drummer Race this time around. We're building a sick new course on the upper power lines and a new lower section of double drop. I'm inviting anyone who wants to come up and practice the courses on saturday to stay at my house and party if they want saturday night. So start training, we mean business this time around
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
You know it is mid season when your bikes are roached like your tires and you begin counting down the final events on your schedule. As well loving the bone dry conditions of the past week in comparison to the new sport of swamp dh.
Didn't work last week so I rode. Killington 2x. Got to Highlands with Len on Sunday as well.
2009First 3 races = good results. Would have been nice to Q @ Open but it was a dope weekend.
Following 4 races - crashing bug had laid larva in my brain.
Race #8 at Mt Snow was ok except I took a poll and some course tape with me but i exorcised the crashing larva.
Race #9 is Whiteface coming up in two weeks. If
Race #10 Platty #4 Double Points. Oli sits in 1st for series. I sit in 3rd for series.
Race #11 Platty #5?
Race #12 and 13 are ! Platty also.
Drummer Race #2/3is coming up quick also and the mudslinging has begun.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
cut n paste and learn how to keep your 4o factory
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
bush is 40 min. from my house and are slowly developing a mountain that could eventually compete with killington in 5 years if they keep it up. the race course from last year was awesome from the half lap i did. I need to tone down my race runs by a see you next tuesday hair. the entire mob will be in attendance.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Being that the Fall Semester is approaching, I thought it was appropriate that we start to think about a date for the next Drummer Race. I thought the weekend of September 12th-13th might be appropriate. There is a Diablo race that weekend but I don't think any of us will be traveling down there for that. If anyone has any objections or better days, speak now or forever hold your peace. Holla
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I got the 2010 Cannondale schpeel today from our rep. NO judge, NO perp, NO chase. Cannondale's longest travel bike is the Moto with 160mm. I can understand them dropping the judge and even the perp but the chase?????. Their bikes aren't even made in America anymore. F**k C-dale. End Rant
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday was absolute muck and rain. Sunday was awesome all the mud dried up, James, Dave and Sue along with little Dylan and Dave ripped laps all day. Finding all sorts of ninja lines while shopping at K mark this year. The pump track skills are definatley translating well.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
If you all recall, after the most recent Drummer race our recorded times went missing under my possession. There was some skepticism as to weather or not I was just upset that Jack had beaten me by 9 seconds on the upper single track BUT whilst parking/cleaning my car yesterday morning I made a very exciting discovery. The missing 2009 Drummer Race #1 results have been found. So here they are.....
Holy Mud Batman...but the massive amounts of running/standing water and mud on course, it was actually a cool race. 4 and half minutes on average for pro times and good pitch off the top with flow on the bottom resulted in a rather fun to ride course. Racing it was a different story, but all in all it was well put together after some mods were made post practice on sat. I finished mid pack (16/32+), doug got 5th, and a i am unsure as to where sam finished. All I know is that i am buying mud spikes and tear-offs before the next race. cheers.
Monday, June 29, 2009
The weekend was awesome ripped runs with a lot of familiar faces at Killington. Winter was good to the trails not much has changed. Some sections are super bombed out but it just makes the riding better. Rumor has it that they are re opening the closed 30's eventually The GES race at Highland is in two weeks followed by GES Attitash. Hoping to make it to 1 of those before heading back to Plattekill for race#3 and then GES Sugarbush which are back to back weekends.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
MT SNow #1 was a awesome event ... I know, can't believe I just said.
Everyone is looking forward to ripping ski slope again along with some roots this weekend.
Oliver even asked me to bring a trainer so he must be for real. Hopefully the rain stays away.
I am looking to get on the box by going 5 seconds faster and not crashing out.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Super Duper Weekend. The course was totally rad with lots of steeps, drops and corners. Plus it was freakin' fast! Practice on Saturday was the bomb-diggity. So much fun, even after the brief rain that passed through (read: hero drifts!) Sunday was slick from a night of rain, but still awesome. One of Platty's best courses I think... Results: Ollie won Cat 1 by 6 seconds which was really exciting and a long time coming. Congrats again! Jack came in 8th in Cat 1 even with an off in his race, so a solid recovery gave him a very respectable placing. I (Zach) came in 4th in Pro, my first good result of the year and Pro rankings, so I was really pumped. A great weekend all around!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Oliver and I are making the trip out. The course will be sick with sections from the May 07 race for those that remember those things. Zach is the edge and is Douglas. http://www.ridemonkey.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219345 Pics of the June course in above link.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I have a friend who lives in Boulder, CO and I wanted to make plans to visit him this summer. Coincidentally US Nationals are about 2 hrs away from where he lives in Colorado. I'm seriously considering taking a trip out there in Mid-July for the race/visit. Let me know if this is tickling anybody's appetite, rolling out there with a Drummer posse would be the best way I could imagine it.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
was not to do anthing this weekend and just ride trails in town and relax. That didn't happend as i got dragged into riding xc on saturday then went to the kingdom trails and did shuttles with the crew up there. So fast so much pedaling . Platty #2 is up for Sat and SUN. the course is already hyped up as epic so we will see. This week is ride some xc keep the dh bike fresh and rip pump track laps.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
So sick. So tight. It is truly dizzying. I will post pics and vids when i get my hands on such equipment. Dirt SHovels Carpets water and bikes = pump track. Even the chinook knew because the chain broke yesterday. Been posting 5.45 for best lap time to give you an idea how small this guy is. Working on a cross back and adding two smaller dj in the middle is also possible. It is easy to rip 5 laps before getting sloppy. that and getting out takes about 50 seconds.
Monday, June 1, 2009
So it's Monday, June 1st, and the race finished up yesterday afternoon at around 1 pm. The rain held off for the most part, a few sprinkles here and there, but nothing course changing. On my end, I decided to replicate my fall from practice on Saturday, at the end of practice on Sunday, but into a giant mud puddle. Just as awful, but with more mud...read: mud in and on everything. Yuck. But, that aside the race itself was pretty good for eveyone. Ollie's chain gave up the ghost out of the start gate which was a huge bummer, as he was looking really solid all weekend. Jack gave Cat 1 a nice whipping with an 8th place finish (hopefully he'll drop another line and chime in) and a time of 3:47 and change. For my first debut USAC Pro race I managed 11th with a 3:49 and change. I was a lack luster run, but after two massive falls, I just wanted to get down in one piece. Doug had a great run as well, but I forgot his time, my apologies. Look out for Mr. DMD, as he is looking on point for 2009. Fun times.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Is moto city. Majority of the course is open grass fast muddy muddy ruts and holes. The woods are old school beginer sport sections from Nats. oliver is still recovering from the open. Zach is recovering from a crash on the noggin today. Thankfully he was ok. Doug is working the kinks out for his 1st race of 2009. Things dried up a lot today and should continue on into tomorrow.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Open was sick this year. Practice on Friday was a lot of fun. Diablo got the jumps right this year. The weather was perfect until Sunday afternoon during the finals and it dumped. I missed qualifying on Saturday by 8 seconds ran a 2:55. The cut was at 248 I think. It was a great race. It was great to see Martin and the the Liquid Lightening crew who are hooking us up again in 09.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
We finally got enough parts on my Kona to hit the local hill with it. Big ups to Len for the new fork, and to Jack for the knowhow to ghettorig any bike part! Jack and I hiked a few trails at Ethan Allen Park in Burlington yesterday and I'm feeling MUCH better about the DH season, now that I'm not ricocheting and bouncing off things on little paths with my 27lb. hardtail/commuter. Highlands tomorrow if the weather holds. US Open practice starts in 6 days. BRING IT ON!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
L.P. placed 3rd down in VA last weekend. http://www.derailedonline.com/archives/000372.html Way to go Lauren 2 races for Drummer and 2 podums thus far. Do I smell blood in the water? will o9 be like o5? wait and see
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thanks to everyone who came out today and rode. I think its safe to say we all had a great time. To all those who follow this blog and weren't there today (Zach), we hope you can make it out next time. The torch has been handed off to the current champion, a Mr. Jack Williams. Jack smoked everyone with a blistering time of 1:49 coming down single track 1 into the power lines, making it near impossible for any of the competition to catch up. The rest of the races were all extremely close and exciting, I will have the times all posted up as soon as I locate the piece of paper that I have currently misplaced (whoops). -Sam
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We are slowly tuning up the trails for the F1rst race of a 3 race series on Drummer Hill in 2009. Proposed Trails are: Single Track 1 and powerlines Threader, Jump Trail, and Clay Corners. Sam is fresh off the injured list and looking to keep his Pumpkinfest Title. Everyone else is tuning up for the 2009 season which starts May 2 and 3 @ Platty.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sicklines has the scoop. Decline has full results. Pro Men Mick Hannah 2:08.1 Greg Minnaar 2:08.2 Andrew Neethling 2:08.8 Justin Leov 2:09.0 Brian Lopes 2:09.2 Eric Carter 2:09.3 Dan Atherton 2:09.6 Jared Rando 2:09.9 Bryn Atkinson 2:10.3 Nathan Rennie 2:10.3 Cody Warren 2:10.3 Sam Hill 2:10.9 Cedric Gracia 2:11.2 Pro Women Tracey Moseley 2:21.6 Melissa Buhl 2:22.2 Kathy Pruitt 2:27.7 Claire Buchar 2:28.0 Lisa Myklak 2:32.0
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Okay, so let me tell you a little something about this picture...it is nucking futs. That is a good 25+ feet, dare I say 30... Leading up to it, is is a small uphill (peters into some flat), into a 90'er turn, into more flat, then that little gravity pit, then the lip you can see. INSANITY. Litter, coming through with the goods: GO TO LITTERMAG