Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I came pretty prepared and even built a practice jump in the woods at home to feel out my whips before I went to the contest. I also built up a special bike for the event that I thought would be well suited for the course. It's a prototype GT frame called the Ruckus 7 and I built it up as light as possible to help me whip it around. I even put a semi slick rear tire on it to help me gain as much speed as I could into the jumps which were super big and definitely suited my style. It started out with a 45 foot slightly stepped down double into a 40 foot step up and ended with a 30 foot hip jump. There were lots of different types of riders that came to this event from top dirt jumpers to world cup downhill racers. We had a practice session Friday evening and once we started riding it was evident that there were about 6 or 7 people that were standing out, including Thomas Vanderham, Brendan Fairclough, Kevin Aiello, Ryan Howard and Sean McLendon. I felt good and never really stepped out of my comfort zone in practice and was feeling that I could possibly take the title the following day.
On Saturday we woke up to howling winds but tried to make it happen anyways. I think it's safe to say that everyone that tried to jump on Saturday had a near death experience. The wind was coming head on and killed all of the speed that we had going into the first jump. We were all optimistic about making it work until until we saw Cody Warren sprinting into the jump and still not gain enough speed to make it over the landing. He came up about 3 feet short and broke both of his cranks off on impact. Once we saw that, we decided it wasn't safe and that we should wait it out in hopes that the wind would stop. Unfortunately it never did. The wind just kept getting worse so the event holders decided to call it. Results were then based on the practice session the day prior and it was rider judged.
Later that night we went to a local sports bar where they announced the results and they went as follows:
1st: Sean Mclendon
2nd: Tyler McCaul
3rd: Brendan Fairclough
4th: Ryan Howard
5th: Thomas Vanderham
I was bummed that the contest ended the way it did, but I was super pumped with the outcome. There's already talk of trying to hold these types of contests more throughout the year and it's something that I think could get really big in the future. It was a fun contest that wasn't as dangerous as most but still put on a really good show. Hope to see more in the future like it!
Thanks to all of you for the continued support!
Just had my one week check up at the docs for my wrist. Everything is looking great they said and I got the OK to head back to Australia on Monday. He said I can start pedaling around in 2 weeks and start jumping in about 6 weeks! so hopefully after that time Ill be riding with no pain in my wrist!
I also just finished up with my signature flix trix finger bike too, so hopefully they will be out in stores soon!
Here is the Xray of my arm after surgery.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Have a great weekend everybody!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
You can check out all the details at
And don't forget about the 2nd annual Tri-Flow XC Indoor Invitational.
Hope to see you there!
Monday, November 30, 2009
I'm heading out to San Diego on Tuesday to meet up with Dr Chao and get my wrist fixed! I get new xrays Tuesday and they will book me in for surgery Wednesday. I plan on heading back to Australia after surgery and be chilling out there while I recover! Not happy about surgery but I'm happy I will be healing and getting better for next year's season!
On Saturday night I had a little in prompt premier of the ride bmx range of motion dvd. Most of the Greenville locals made it out and everyone though it was a decent flick! Here is a pic of my lounge room filled with riders.
So next time i'll be updating with my wrist fixed! Can't wait.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
In other news, I recently signed with X Fusion and there was a press release that came out about it the other day. I shot with local photographer Justin Brantley and we worked hard for two long days of shooting to get the shots. I'm super happy with how it turned out and I'm also very happy to be working with X Fusion for 2010! Here's a link to the press release:
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It's been a while since I've done an update and I've been up to a lot the past few weeks so I figured I'd send one out. At the end of last month was a jump jam at the post office jumps in my hometown of Aptos called the "Ham and Steeze Jam." It's always fun when events get organized here because this is the place that I grew up riding and digging at since I was 10 years old. The beginning of the day started with an amateur contest and then it ended with a pro demo that had awards for best trick, best steeze, and best overall rider. I rode real well and had a lot of fun and ended up getting 2nd place in all three of these categories. There were no prizes for 2nd here but it still felt good to know that I was up there in all of the categories. There were a lot of good photos and video that came from this jam and I've attached a few of them. Here is a link to a really good video that was made by a local filmer. I appear at 1:40
Since then I was lucky enough to get the chance to go out to Ray's MTB Park in Cleveland, Ohio for their grand opening. GT sent me out there and I met up with Romo to shred some of the best indoor riding in the world. There was a super big turnout and Ray set us, along with a few other riders, up in the kitchen and we served food to all of the customers and local riders.
I plan to get back on the bike again tomorrow and take it slow. I'll be preparing for AT's Showdown at the Cow Palace in San Francisco this coming weekend so hopefully I'll be ready to go by then. After that I'll be preparing for the X Fusion Side Flight Championships in San Diego on the weekend of the 5th. It's a contest to see who can do the best whip and it's something that I'm pretty excited about. I'll let you know how all of that goes for me.
Thanks again for all of the continued support!
Amazing. So what you are saying is that for $100 plus parts, plus labor, plus however long a lead-time, you can have your bike actually ride like it's supposed to. Wow. That is innovation at its finest. I'm typically not one to add fuel to a fire (who am I kidding, yes I am!) but we here at GT felt the need to craft our own press release, albeit fake. It's no industry secret that there has been no love lost at an executive level between the letters G, T and S, but this opportunity was just too good to pass up. To my friends at the S, you know I love you, For everyone out there, enjoy.
Bethel, CT – GT Bicycles has launched No-S-Tune – a basic concept in which you do not have to spend any extra money on custom shock valving to make your bike work properly.
Since 1998, GT has offered a patented suspension technology that allows the rider to get the most out of his/her suspension with minimal effort in pedaling. This all without a special shock or custom tuning on the valves. In an effort to raise the bar even more, in 2001 GT simplified its suspension system to make service and maintenance even easier. By using common parts found in any shop and making the pivots easy to service, GT has found that No-S-Tune is exactly what dealers and consumers are looking for.
For 2010, GT will continue to offer this same, no cost service to all of its customers. “Riders shouldn't need to spend money on their bike to make it work right.” says GT Marketing Manager Robb Zbierski, “Our commitment is to provide the most efficient and effective suspension system available right out of the box, and this is another step toward that commitment. We love big riders and small riders and riders in between and we don’t want to see individuals spend unnecessary funds to tune their suspension just because everyone's a little different.”
Regular No-S-Tune service will start at nothing, and for those older hard to find models service also starts at nothing. In the event you need new bearings, no need to search around for or ship your bike to a service center that only works on one brand. GT pivots are so easy to service, you can actually take your bike to any bike dealer and use common parts that are likely already in stock.
Zbierski also noted that No-S-Tune is a simple, service concept that GT has seen work well in other industries and can’t believe other bike manufacturers haven’t caught on to it. “We’ve done plenty of research and studies” adds Zbierski, “and found that once a person buys a bike, they just want to ride and not worry about spending more to make it work right.”
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I was going into the comp with a bit of a hurt wrist so I wasn't too excited. I rode dirt on Thursday and my wrist wasn't holding up too well. I ended up in 24th place. Saturday was park prelims and I still could hardly pump around the course, it was real annoying cause I was looking forward to this contest but couldn't even give it my all. I ended up taking it easy and took 30th place.
I went to the doctor this morning in Greenville and had some x-rays. everything looks normal but it does not feel like it. I have a MRI appointment tomorrow at 4 30 to get it checked out more.
I'm flying to Cali Friday morning for the Ride BMX video "Range Of Motion" premiere that I have a full section in. The premier is Friday night at the Ride offices in Orange County. Then I will be in Cali for the weekend. Back home Monday and then to the doc Tuesday to see the results of the MRI. Hopefully nothing too crazy going on in there. Until then I will keep you posted!
Louis and the GT Demo fleet will be at the Jambo-Ree on Nov 1 in Elkton, MD.
The 4th Annual Mountain Bike Jamboree, hosted by the Delaware Trail Spinners, is a celebration for mountain biking in the Mid-Atlantic region. This is a no cost event, with free food, and free entertainment.
In case you can't read the flyer, head over to www.trailspinners.org.
Anyone headed out there needs to make sure to give our new sales rep Brian a hard time. If that isn't the best kind of free entertainment, I don't know what is!
So head out to the Jambo-Ree, and be sure to post pictures of your GT test ride on our Facebook fan page.
See you there!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I swear, all I want to do after I watch this video is roll around on shag carpeting. Does anyone else envision EC in his editing room working on the first part of this video wearing a huge Ron Jeremy mask, kind of like how John C. Reily does his taxes in Stepbrothers?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Don't forget that opening weekend is right around the corner. We'll be sending one of our pro athletes out to join in the festivities. Who is it? You have to come to the park to find out!
Friday, October 9, 2009
This is definitely one of our favorites throughout the year, he said.
It is always exciting to do a race with such a good history, he explained. This race is so well organized and has a lot of support in NSW, (the state in which it takes place) it is great to be a part of.
When asked what was unique to racing in Australia, Kiel Reijnen explained the difference in racing style down under.
From what Ive heard, racing in Australia is pretty aggressive, Reijnen said. They have a lot of fast guys, especially sprinters, and I imagine they wont do down at their home race without a fight.
A difference from Australia to racing in other countries is that there are kangaroos and a lot of little bugs that will kill you, Routley laughed. On the racing side, though, the Australian racing is tough and aggressive. It's the kind I like.
The Jayco Herald Sun Tours 58th year runs from October 11 through 17. Jelly Belly is bringing Will Routley, Kiel Reijnen, Bernard van Ulden, Brad Huff, Matt Rice, Matt Crane and Johnny Clarke to contest the final trophy this year. To find out how the guys do at each stage continue to check the Jelly Belly Cycling website for details."
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Philip Keys, the man with the plan at NEMBA. This is as close as he got to being a Golden Race winner...
Thanks again to NEMBA for letting us be a part of the weekend. For more info on the great stuff going on out east, visit www.nemba.org.
For more shots from the weekend,
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Leon represents GT over in the UK, and based on this video, it looks like he's doing a hell of a job doing so.
As they say on the other side of the pond, Cheers!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Got a crazy gearing pic or story to share? Send it over! For anyone out at Interbike ODD, Sniper is working the Demo booth. Be sure to stop by and give him a pat on the back for a job well done.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
For those of you not in Germany, don't worry. You can still check out all the new stuff. How? Well, the all new, totally improved gtbicycles.com went live today and it is awesome.
Some of the exciting new features include:
Links to all of GT's social networking sites
Close-ups and 360 shots of our key platforms
Updated team rider info
a user interface that is actually usable
But don't just take my word for it. Head over to gtbicycles.com and see for yourself.