Mar 31, 2012

Ride cookies! 

Yes it's a bike I can't ride!

My cheeky sponsor Santa Cruz granted my wish and sent me a bike I can't ride. It must be them just humoring me and my playing with fire. I asked for a Jackal as part of my 2012 sponsorship package. Given that I'm known as an endurance racer 1st and a Super-d/Enduro guy more every day, they must have thought it interesting I'd ask for a bike so far out of my range. A Jackal has three purposes. Jumping pump-tracking and dual slalom racing.

Pump-tracks I got. As a matter of fact the Philly Pumptrack is about ready to be built and I'll be ready for that epic day. We've worked long and hard and the reward is almost here. If you want to learn more about the Philly Pumptrack go here. I figured with my involvement in making that happen I'd represent the bike pretty well.

The other reason I told them I wanted the bike was to race the new dual slalom series at Launch Bike Park this summer. I've never done anything like that in my life. I want nothing more than to survive. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like to race for 30 seconds to a minute at a time!

Thanks to Santa Cruz, Industry Nine and Stans NoTubes!

 Be careful, some of these pics are sexy style.

So this is new territory for me and it's exciting. I still have a couple more frames to build up for my more "normal" style of racing. I'll post those soon. 

These are from a couple weeks ago. Plates from a little race we did for Matt Miller's sports science education study. 

This was my number. Oddly appropriate.