The Sprinter van is packed, bikes are tuned, coolers are filled, maps are downloaded and we are heading west for a couple of exciting cycling events. Downieville, California is destination number one, where according to the Downieville Classic web site, activities include “Downhill Racing – Cross Country Racing – Live Music – Cold Beer – Swimming Holes”. Could it get any better? Osprey will be there enjoying all of this (and squeezing in a few rides) while displaying at the Downieville Street Fair and Bike Expo. In typical Osprey style, there will be plenty of free schwag, “Try It Before You Buy It” pack demos, raffles for awesome prizes, and previews of upcoming cycling products.
Once the dust settles in Downieville, we will make our way to Sun Valley, Idaho for the USA Cycling Cross Country National Championships. Same gig here with the schwag, drawings, demos and raffles. Professional cyclist and Osprey sponsored athlete Nitish Nag will be joining us to lead a group ride(s) on some of the amazing Sun Valley singletrack. Look for the Osprey tent and event flags in the expo area if you are in the area or help us cheer on Osprey athletes Jake Yackle (10 years old) as he battles to defend his 2010 National championship and his brother Nye Yackle (8 years old) making a serious bid for a 2011 title.
Event photos, race results and general cool updates to follow; or better yet, hit the road yourself and join us for some fun in Downieville or Sun Valley. Hope to see you there!