Cross Country National Championships
After 15 straight days and almost 4000 miles of road tripping, the Osprey bike crew has circled back to base to replenish the giveaway supplies, service the van and unclog the overfull inboxes before departing to Deer Valley for DealerCamp. Even with the 14 hour days of driving, greasy road food, and missed family commitments, it was hard to bring this road trip to an end. The Downieville Classic was a top notch event that brought in some of the best riding talent in the country, yet retained a grass roots feeling. The entire town seemed to embrace the event as it took over their narrow streets. It was awesome rubbing elbows in Sun Valley with so many world class athletes and upcoming superstars. Both events left us just enough time to get out and explore the local riding scene for ourselves. As a matter of fact, I had to take a couple of days off the bike because my legs could take no more by the end of the trip. The riding was so spectacular in both Downieville and Sun Valley that I will be heading back on my own time to explore further for sure.
As promised, here is a list of Osprey sponsored athletes that made it on to the podium at the National Championships:
Nye Yackle – 2nd place, 10 & under boys Cross Country
Jake Yackle – 3rd place, 11 & 12 boys Cross Country
Stephen Ettinger – 1st place, Under 23 men Cross Country
Jack Hinkens – 2nd place, Under 23 men Cross Country
Kerry Werner – 5th place, Under 23 men Cross Country
Erica Zaveta – 5th place, Under 23 women Cross Country
Krista Park – 5th place, Pro Women Super D
The journey will continue with DealerCamp in Deer Valley, UT 7/26 – 7/28. DealerCamp is an industry event where bike and accessory companies show off and demo their current and upcoming products to top bike retailers. Osprey will have a full demo fleet available at DealerCamp as well as daily giveaways including the biggest raffle prize Osprey bike has ever given out (valued at approximately $2500)! Let the road trip and mountain biking continue!!
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.