Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tyler McCaul Checks In

Man oh man, I owe an apology to everyone out there. Things have been fast and furious lately. In addition to moving over from the 'Goose, I spent a week in CA at our Lake Forest office as well as Sea Otter. I'm trying to keep my head above water. If anyone has any GT water wings, (or can get them made) I could definitely use a pair!

So it turns out I'm not the only one keeping busy out there. Tyler McCaul has been representing GT out there (albeit shirtless). I just got this update with some pics:

Hey Everybody,

Just wanted to give you all a quick update on what I've been up to the past few weeks. I haven't done many of these in the past but I wanna start doing them regularly.

I saw most of you out at Sea Otter but for those of you that weren't there it was a good time for sure. I raced dual and downhill and had a blast. I ended up 46th in the Pro Downhill which I was pretty happy with considering how many people were entered and I wasn't to far off of the pace. As for dual slalom, I had a little bobble in qualifying that cost me a transfer spot by only .1 seconds. I was bummed for sure but it was still super fun and I think that I got some real good shots with the media over the weekend.

The following Monday after Sea Otter was our annual post office dirt jump jam in Aptos, California. We had a real good turnout of riders and media and people were real stoked on how it turned out. I landed my first double tailwhip that day too so I was really happy with that. Theo from Allout Productions got a really good shot of it so keep an out for that in his next film.

I'm in the airport right now on my way home from Grand Junction, CO for the Ranchstyle Jam. It was supposed to be a pretty small comp that I decided to come too just cause I had nothing better to do this weekend but it ended up with a really good turnout. It was a lot more fun than I ever expected and I ended up getting podium in every event that I entered. On Saturday they had a dual slalom race with a real unique track that was about 50 seconds long and super fast. There were about 50 or so people entered in the Pro class and I ended up taking the bronze medal. I wanted the win real bad but I made a mistake in the semi finals forcing me to settle for third. Sunday was the day of the Slopestyle Jam and I ended up getting third in that and winning myself $500 bucks! I also won the best trick contest that took place after that comp by tailwhipping the biggest jump on the course. It was a big 40+ foot double and it was definitely one of the scariest things that I've ever done. Justin Olsen, who's shooting pics for a Decline article on this contest, got one of the raddest pics I've seen in awhile so that made it all worth it. Over all it was a real good time and I definitely think it was a worthwhile trip for me. Keep an out for the article on the Ranchstyle Jam in Decline Magazine sometime within the next few months or so.

I'm home for a few days after this and then I'm gonna be headed off to Port Angeles, WA for the first round of the Pro Gravity Race Tour. Since Qashqai got cancelled this year (and I would normally be in Europe for that right now) I'm trying to keep busy and fill my schedule up as much as possible so I'm stoked to be able to squeeze a few races in there. After that trip I'm gonna hit the dirt jumps hard and try to learn as many new tricks as possible before the next few contests. I'm also gonna be preparing for the US Open next month as well. I'll keep ya guys updated on how that goes and any other events that I go to in the mean time.

I wanna thank everybody for all the help and support that I received at Sea Otter. Being with the GT team is a whole new experience for me and I was so happy to have all of that help throughout the weekend. Looking forward to the following years to come working with everybody. I've attached some photos for you guys to check out. If you'd like to use any of them, let me know and I can get you in contact with the photographers...

Thanks again everyone!


Hey, THANK YOU Tyler! Great job out there. You may not be aware of this, but in addition to being able to nail sick tricks, he does a MEAN Austin Powers imitation. Hit him up on Facebook to check it out.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hans Rey in USA Today

Mountain bikers of a certain age probably remember Hans "No Way" Rey from their countless hours of trying the master the incredible bike stunts on Rey's famous 1995 how-to video, "Monkey See, Monkey Do."...full article