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!!
Today brought absolutely amazing conditions to Downieville, CA for the Downieville Classic All Mountain Championships. In the weeks leading up to the race scores of volunteers put in endless hours digging out the upper reaches of the race course from the epic winter snows. All of the hard work payed off and the race went off with just a minor reroute. Both of the 2010 Pro winners defended their titles with Carl Decker taking the men’s field and Kelli Emmett leading the way in the women’s division.
Downtown Downieville was taken over by the street fair and vendor expo offering spectators plenty to do while awaiting the racers arrival. Many of the industries top bike, accessory and apparel companies are here showing off their wares, giving away promotional items and answering questions on their products or services. Osprey offered up free pack demo rides, loads of giveaways and sneak peeks at some upcoming product line additions. The expo continues tomorrow while the downhill of the All Mountain Challenge is taking place. Riders must ride the exact same bike they used in today’s XC race with no changes, additions, or subtractions. Total time between the XC and downhill events will be combined and the winners will be crowned as the “All Mountain Champions”. All of this will definitely make for an awesome day in Downieville. Come see the excitement and stop by to say Hi to us in the Osprey tent.
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.