The annual celebration of bikes called Dirt Fest takes place on a hilly, chipmunk-infested peninsula in Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. There are 34 miles of fast, fun, flowing trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few steps away from the campground. The expo area will showcase more than 50 vendors from all over the country with everything from demo bike fleets, wheels, apparel and accessories.
These are our type of our people! To us, Dirt Fest combines the best of both worlds: this weekend-long event celebrates both biking and camping by offering one hell of a set-up at the base of River Raystown Lake.
With the addition of skills clinics, group rides, and a variety of post-ride beers, you can’t describe a better day out on the trail. Check out the schedule for a full list of activities going on all weekend long.
The best part? A portion of the proceeds from Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System, through the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Thus far the event has donated nearly $20,000 to the trails to keep them open, maintained & accessible to all mountain bike enthusiasts!
Osprey will be attending with a booth full of swag and look for our team out on the trail!
Here is what will be going on at the Osprey Packs booth:
- Display of all of our Hydration Packs- That’s right, come check out what the Osprey fit is all about! We will be displaying all of our hydration packs so that you can see what makes an Osprey pack Osprey!
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If you are in the Big Apple May 3rd and 4th, don’t miss the chance to attend the Bike Expo New York as there will be more than 60 vendors attending, one of them being yours truly, Osprey Packs! This event is great for road bike aficionados, and we’ll be showcasing and selling our recently redesigned line of hydration packs.
Over 50,000 spectators are expected to attend and admission is free and open to the general public. Hours of the show will be from Friday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. -8 p.m. as well as on Saturday, May 19th 9 a.m.-7 p.m., so come after work and check out the product tonight or head over first thing tomorrow. The event takes place at the Pier 36, 299 South Street, Basketball City, New York, NY.
Want to know a little bit more about what to expect? Here’s the rundown from last year’s awesome Expo:
In keeping with its mission to provide free bicycle education in New York City, Bike New York held several of its signature Learn to Ride classes throughout the event. Garnering more than 43,000 attendees, Bike Expo New York 2012 presented by Eastern Mountain Sports was the most attended inaugural consumer bike expo in the country. BE NY carried an unmistakable New York flair with street signs, carpeted bike lanes and even a massive Verrazano Bridge suspended from the ceiling.
We hope to see you this year!
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The Sea Otter Classic proved to be bigger than ever this year as the 22-year-old event brought together racers, fans and bike companies from around the globe to start the spring season with four days of festivities, races and all things bike. The attendance was staggering this year; it’s grown exponentially since 1991, when only about half a thousand gathered around the course, to nearly 65,000 people attending, all in the name of love for our two-wheeled friend, the bicycle.
This year, there were a variety of races from road races to downhill mountain biking. Sea Otter serves as the first race to kick off the season as top pros in North America and from around the world flock to Sea Otter. However, all of the events are also open to amateurs so if you want to race your bike, you have the chance!
One of the greatest things about Sea Otter is that it is open to the general public, which allows everyone to check out and demo different bike product for the upcoming season from a wide range of vendors. Osprey teamed up with Cambria Bike shop for a four-day sale of Osprey Hydration packs and demos.
Osprey mascot Talon also made an appearance at the event as he cheered on our Osprey athlete Macky Franklin and even had a photo shoot with the Sea Otter himself!
Start planning your trip here for next year as everyone is welcome!
Photo via Alex Strickland
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Alison at Gears and Beers Bike Parade
It was a love/hate relationship with my former hydration pack for biking. The hose hit my leg and got water everywhere except my parched mouth, the bladder was hard to fill, hard to clean, tasted like plasti, and became a bloated sausage that wouldn’t squeeze into my overfilled pack.
Then one day Osprey founder and head designer extraordinaire Mike Pfotenhauer had an idea: to design the world’s best hydration pack. A few years ago, he laid out the conceptual plan to a focus group of active Osprey dealers from around the world, U.S. champion athlete ambassadors and the ever-exploring, outdoor-loving Osprey staff. What did we think? Would it be worth spending four years designing, testing and then forging into a new market?
We all eagerly agreed, and excitedly talked for days about what we didn’t like with existing hydration systems. Mike went to work with his design team and now, many years later, we are all reaping the benefits.
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Osprey’s Canadian distributor has selected the 10 Canadian mountain bike riders that are going to form the 2010 Osprey Hydraulics Team.
And the lucky winners are:
- Glenda Martin (Cobourg, ON)
- Glenn Peck (Garibaldi Highlands, BC)
- Guillaume Lazure (Mirabel, QC)
- Harper Forbes (Campbellville, ON)
- Jordan Timmer (Maple Ridge, BC)
- Julie-Anne Perreault (Saint-Casimir, QC)
- Maxime Clerk-Lamalice (Montréal, QC)
- Melinda Davie (Toronto, ON)
- Sam Nayet (Regina, SK)
- Sean Ritchie (Moncton, NB)
Each team member is going to receive a pack from the Raptor Series. Come back soon on this blog to see them in action!
It’s a long way from Salt Lake City to Friedrichshafen, Germany, but the design and function of our brand new Hydraulics™ collection turned heads across two continents this July! Right before our momentous trip to Outdoor Retailer, we secured a first for our 35 year-old company when we received the Gold Award for design achievement at Europe’s biggest outdoor trade show, the July 15-18th “OutDoor” trade fair.
The new line is comprised of:
- the Manta Series: a group of three packs great for day hikes and multi-use activities
- the Raptor Series: four packs made for trail running and mountain biking
The Manta 25 was the pack that brought home the Gold!
As you can imagine, this collection is getting a lot of buzz from the bike community and several bloggers captured the excitement of the Hydraulics™ collection from Outdoor Retailer. Have a look at these sites for some sneak peaks:
Adventure World Magazine
The jury had this report on the winning Manta 25 hydration pack:
The problem of integrating the drinking system into the backpack has been solved in an innovative way. The very lightweight design, outstanding fit and good ventilation are what make this backpack stand out from the competition. Osprey Hydraulics is a new line of backpacks with a drinking system. The anatomically formed, easy-to-fill, antimicrobial Nalgene reservoir is fixed in the frame and can be easily inserted even when the reservoir is full. The reservoir is stabilized to prevent it from bulging out and keep it close to the back. The constant pressure also makes it easier to drink when the reservoir is only half full and minimizes any water sloshing from side to side.
For more details, check out the official press release here!