As if staying up in Whistler couldn't get any better, Crankworx was upon us and awesome times were unleashed. It's always insane every year when pretty much everyone you know who rides a bike comes to the same place for a week of shredding. The arrival of Iggy and Luke brought new motivation to switch up our routine. John Rempel took us out to a bunch of local trails, which made for an unreal week of shredding with the homies! At some point, it had to come to an end though, and I made the sad but necessary journey home.
It Came Out of the Sky - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
Physical therapy for my shoulder went perfectly and I got cleared to ride! Two days later, Keegan and I were northbound on I-5 in the trusty Ranger, en route to Whistler! Max, Cooper, and Will met us up there for an unreal month of bike park shreddin', dirt jump cruisen', sink clogging, rope swinging goodness!
Freeze-Frame - The J.Geils Band
20th Century Boy - T. Rex
The Long Run - The Eagles
One Step - Slackstring
Some of my best friends Iggy Strbac, Luke Hutchison, and Mike Hoenisch moved up to South Lake Tahoe last year, where they've got an awesome set-up going. With rad downhill trails everywhere, a sweet dirt jump spot, their front yard pump track, and the lake, they've definitely got it going on! With my recovering shoulder, I decided to spend the weekend up there to visit them and watch X-Games. Keegan Quiroz joined me, and our buddy Brad Pierce jumped in at the last minute on the way! It was nothing but a good time and my shoulder's coming back quick!
I've Got a Woman - Ray Charles
Old Friends - Salazar and the Nuthouse
I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
Shake Our Tree - The Rosebuds
The Fogelsodes are back! As you may have noticed, they began to get pretty repetitive with plenty of Post Office and step-up riding to go around. What better way to spice them up than to buy a laptop and create them through the action-packed summer. My goal is to reveal the road-trip lifestyle that goes along with each contest or riding trip; showing that each trip is more of an adventure than it is a result. The days are long, the weather's great, so climb on in the trusty Ford Ranger and let's get on the road!
Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
Black Mountain Rag - Doc & Merle Watson
Boogie - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
I Don't Live In A Dream - Jackie Greene
It started with Jeff Herbertson, Alex Kachlakev, and I meeting up in my driveway last Sunday to load up the trucks and depart for Vail, Colorado. We made it up to Auburn that night, and got an awesome session in at Woodward Tahoe the next day, with Christian Wright. Stoked to get in a bit of foam and resi time before the comp, we eagerly made our way through the daunting Nevada desert, through Utah, and into Colorado where we began our ascent up the Continental Divide. We got in at 2:00 AM, waking up Carson Storch and Ray George so they could let us in to the three-bedroom condo that Ray booked for us. Morale was high as we went grocery shopping the next morning. We got out to the course a bit early to check it out and register, and before we knew it, practice was on! Adam Hauck and Jeremy Witek did an awesome job, making a course that flowed great, while maintaining good sized jumps with three possible lines down. I felt good on the course, and got a few tricks in before grabbing some food. It was all-in-one on the next day, with practice, qualifiers, and finals. We got out there to get warmed up, with the weather cutting practice short with some heavy winds and rain. As soon as the sun came back out, qualifiers started with riders not getting a chance to warm up before their runs, as TV was there and had to stay on schedule. I dropped in, tailwhipping the step-down, 1-foot x-downing up the box, to a 1-foot x-up off, to a flip on the spine, followed by a flip 1-foot x-up, finishing with a tailwhip on the big final jump. Psyched, I watched the other runs and made my way up for round two! I did my same run, but instead of the flip 1-foot x-up, I went for a flip no-foot x-up. I’d been briefly working on that trick into foam, and this seemed like a great time to try it to dirt. It came around dialed, and I ended up stomping it!
I was so stoked that I didn’t realize that I had cased at little bit, and when I sent the tailwhip on the last jump, I found that I didn’t have quite enough speed. I cased decently, and due to the size and speed of the jump, I got bucked off the bike and flew towards the bottom of the landing. Going straight for my head, I stuck my right arm out to try to prevent a concussion as I slammed into the ground. Thinking about my head, I was stoked that I wasn’t seeing stars when I got up. I soon realized that there was something wrong with my shoulder though. The medics rushed up and found that it was dislocated, and they got me down to the ambulance, over to the hospital, and into the ER where it was x-rayed and popped back in.
That was a huge relief, and once they got me all cleaned up and squared away, I was released in time to watch finals. The staff there was incredibly kind, and I was blown away with how much they helped me out! We stuck around the next day to enjoy Colorado, and embarked on the three day drive home after. I’ve followed up with my local doctor since, and everything seems to be in place. I’m set to start physical therapy on Monday, and I’m fired up to get my shoulder back to strength so I can get back on the bike! I’m grateful that everything went as well as it did, and for the help that so many people have given me!
I was beyond excited when I first heard rumors that Jamie was going to have his event again this year. As it got closer, the format was announced, which was a game changer for sure. Riders would be split into random teams and have three days to film and edit a seven minute themed video. I had butterflies when we got there; the same butterflies you get when your fifth-grade teacher begins to read the years seating chart. Everyone’s name was in a hat, and the filmers lined up. One by one, the riders were called, and I ended up with Carson, R-Dog, Max, Jordie, Lorny, Sam, and Garrett. Our filmer situation got a bit complicated, but Lorny ended up filming most of it, with the help of Adrean and Max’s dad Micha. We were quick to come up with a theme; mock all the latest trends in mountain biking. Strava, Throwback Thursdays, First Try Fridays, Power Hours, the FMB, World’s Firsts, claiming tricks, the list went on. Our plan was to create an edit that was raw and focused on fun, because that’s the reason that we all ride. The teams were set loose on Bend at dawn, and it was a jam-packed three days fill with hard riding, funny skits, great food, and sabotage.
Best Trick was Friday night, which went off! R-Dog and I messed around with some funny goon tricks, and got serious as the session went on! I was psyched to nail some flipwhips and even a flip pendulum! It was so much fun jamming with everyone. Jamie always wins at having the best vibe for a contest, because it never feels like a contest. Just a ton of friends from all over, stoked to ride with one another. Sam busted out two 360 double whips, and some stretched tailwhip-to-super-seaters! Eric even rode out of a 900 on the quarter! Jordie dropped in and sent a 3-flip, stomping it perfectly and taking the win! As if that weren’t enough, Jamie quickly put together a jump over the bonfire! That went off with some flips, spins, whips, and Tom front-flipping it twice! After the bonfire riding was wrapped up, the bonfire chilling started, and so concluded one of the funnest days of my life!
As time went on, we tried to figure out what the other teams had up their sleeves, but everyone kept things quiet. That made the premier that much better, as we all gathered around the projector in Jamie’s front yard on Saturday night, while the exhausted filmers handed in their hard work. It was so awesome to see everyone’s different take on the contest, as the lack of rules allowed for tons of creativity. Each video was so different; Root 1’s being very entertaining with a hilarious theme and sick shredding, Rupert and Harry’s being very cinematic with incredible footage and smooth steezy ripping, and ours being focused on fun with a funny and raw feel.
Everyone got together the next morning to rewatch the edits and vote. Suspense was high when Jamie walked in with the wad of cash for first place. He tossed it on Lorny’s lap, and none of us could believe it! We definitely did not expect to win, because of our filming confusion and antics the whole time! Hats off to Jamie and Adrienne for making it all happen and for their hospitality! It was an incredible weekend, and everybody had a smile on their face the whole time! Rumor has it that the Goldman Games might come to a new town next year! We can only hope!
Ranchstyle 2013 is in the books! I rolled in Thursday night, got my tent set up, and met up with some buddies from Colorado. Practice started in the afternoon the next day, and the previous rain made for perfect conditions. The builders did an awesome job, as the course flowed great and was super fun. Practice was a big jam, and after a course maintenance session, it was time for best trick. Everyone threw down, and I was stoked to get a flipwhip in. We got some good trains in too, as well as some wacky tricks for good measure. Everyone was fired up, and stoke was high for the next day.
We cruised out to watch the open class throw down, which always gets me stoked, and soon after was the final practice. I got warmed up and figured out my line, feeling good for finals. For my first run I overshot into the whale tail and didn’t have the speed to flip out, so I kicked a last-second tailwhip. I slipped a pedal on the landing and had to stop, so it was all or nothing for run two. I tailwhipped the drop, x-upped into the whale tail, flipped out, tailwhipped the hip, flipped the Five Ten Booter, x-upped the drop, and ended up sticking a flipwhip to finish it off! That feeling of getting your run is unreal, and everyone shared the stoked!
We made it down into town for the awards and dinner, and I ended up taking 5th! The whole event was a ton of fun, with a unique vibe. It was a great way to get the season started, and to dust off the roadtrip cobwebs. Onto Goldman Games!