Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Chugging along and getting hosed along the way

Hey Yallz'. I have to be quick cause I'm strapped for time, but I wanted to check in and let everyone know that I made it back safe from the GRO tour and Pinned it straight to the Moto-X Championships in San Diego to put in some lackluster rides and take home a 2nd in Speed + Style as well as a bogus and in my opinion, incomplete 2nd in the Step Up comp.
The Great Ride Open season 2 ended up turning out quite alright even with Mother Nature trying to torture us at every stop.  I'm confident the folks @ OneEyedBird Productions will put together an amazing 6 episodes from the trip!  It was a great time, but I can't help but feel like I enjoyed the 1st seasons trip better.  The weather was the main factor regulating our good times and goofiness around the fire.  However, we made the best of it and had a killer time.  Keep your eyes and ears pen for it on Fuel later this year!

After only spending 1 day home regrouping, I headed to San Diego for the 1st Moto-X World Championships.  What a unique experience to say the least.  My boy Dane Herron and crew built a spectacle of a course/track that had to be seen to believed.  My weekend went so so.

Here is a post I put up on FreestyleMTX.com regarding my situation at the Moto-X Championships in San Diego this past weekend where I really go the short end of the stick during the final moments of the Step-Up comp:

I lost on a freegin COIN TOSS. Plain and Simple.  I respect the fact that we are given the opportunity to have the event and all, but if it is BS, what's the point?  I was actually really pumped that it was thinning down the way it did. i would have much rather gotten beat buy Matt than RC. I like and respect all of those guys i'm riding with,..... Props to him for getting over the bar, but I would not have wanted to take the win like that and I feel like being a person who believes in fair competition and also a person not intimidated by corporate BS, If if our roles were reversed, I would have not accepted the win until the other guy got his fair shake (maybe I am just stubborn like that).....I am not mad at Matt, but I am furious with ESPN and the organizers. I did not get beat. I got shafted. I am 110% confident that i could have cleared that height easily with 5 more feet of run in ant the poles being held back like he did. I didn't even get the opp. That event is my livelihood and to them they just wanted us off of the course asap...Corporate BS.

RC was going high, but he got out of control and wadded up, so if anyone thinks he should have won, suck it. i could have pinned it harder, looped out and cleared the bar only to sketch out on the sub-par landing. It was a competition, get over it. It sucks that he couldn't do his second jump and sucks even worse that he got busted up.

I cannot wait for Summer X. If I'm invited.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Great Ride Open 60% done....:(

Well, so far so good on the filming of the second season of Red Bull and Fuel TV's hit series, "The Great Ride Open".  I have once again been put on the road with a swell crew of peeps in search of the next perfect day of riding.  Drake McElroy, Tommy Clowers, rookie Lance Coury and Myself along with some cameos from Jeff Tilton, Tarah Geiger and Myles Richmond are the riders involved with this seasons filming.  Choosing to hit some less popular spots this year has for sure been an adventure in itself.  We started the tour with Gordon's Well (South of Glamis), then shot up to Dumont Dunes for a wild wind filled experience.  After the dunes, the caravan blew right past vegas in route to Caineville, Utah for some guaranteed thrills on our third and most popular stop.  After some great riding at Caineville, we ripped over to a new spot and were shown an amazing new playground in the foothills near Grand Junction, Colorado.  I don't have any riding pics to post, but hopefully you'll dig the shots I took during my downtime! I'll do a recap next week along with some action shots (i hope)!