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Entries for 2007

Dirt Jum . . um . . Snow Jum. . no . . Snirt Jumping

{ Sunday December 2nd, 2007 }

Tony called me last night and told me that the Sunday session was still on. A little snow on the jumps doesn’t keep us down in Minnesota. Buck pulled himself out of his sick bed to shoot some video.

Digging out the jumps took a surprisingly short amount of time with Tony and I shoveling and Buck buffing everything out with the broom. I broke a personal record when on the first run I clipped a pedal and went over the bars on the run-in to the first jump. Bruised, pissed and limping with a swollen knee, I got back on the bike and eventually hit the whole line but the fall knocked me off my game and I spent most of the day taking pictures.

Tony stepped up and killed it for the cameras. The whole thing worked out much better than I expected. Here’s to more winter jumping sessions!

Hwy 8 Jump Session

{ Sunday November 25th, 2007 }

We had a great session at the Hwy 8 jumps this morning. There were at least 15 mountain bikers and bmxers out there sessioning the jumps. Scott took some amazing photos as usual and Shad put together a great video.

My First Attempt at Nighttime Photography

{ Thursday November 8th, 2007 }

Last night I took a solo night-ride at Lebanon Hills. I took all the photo gear because I wanted to try taking some nighttime photos. The results are less than spectacular but not a bad start I think. I had several more spots that I want to set up on but I ran out of time.
Nighttime at Lebanon Hills

Whistler 2007 – Part 2

{ Tuesday November 6th, 2007 }

One week after an epic week in Whistler with the MN crew, I was back in Whistler 5 days later for another round in the bike park; this time with a couple of the Vultures from Santa Barbara.

Whistler 2007 Video

{ Tuesday October 2nd, 2007 }

My friend Rob put together a little video from our Whistler trip in August. It’s hard to stop riding and set up shots when you are churning out runs in the bike park so most of the footage is from the “River Runs Through It” trail. And there is a little Santa Barbara dirt jump and dancing filler at the end. Enjoy!

A Rainy Saturday

{ Saturday September 29th, 2007 }

A little rain wasn’t enough to keep me off the wallride. I even convinced my wife to take a picture.

Wallride - Photo by Ellison Yahner

Whistler Recap and more Pictures

{ Monday August 13th, 2007 }

Just got finished with a great week in Whistler. We didn’t have the greatest weather for picture taking but the trails were in great condition despite some slickness. This trip, like all trips to Whistler wasn’t without carnage. Buck went through a couple of wheelsets. Thor blew up his rear shock and ended up buying a brand new bike. Pete broke a frame and had to rent a bike the last day. I left a good portion of the skin from my back on the trail as a penalty for brake checking before the wooden booter creek gap on Dirt Merchant. Daryl ejected off the 4X course and landed all the way over on the dual slalom. JJ almost lost a couple of fingers due to the cold and Brandon cracked the lowers on his 888 due to overtightened pinch bolts. But the “Crash of the Week” award goes to Scott who fell about 6 feet to his head off of the rock wall ride on Golden Triangle and concussed himself hard enough to forget the whole thing. He kept asking us the same questions over and over for about 20 minutes. It would have been funny if it hadn’t been so scary. OK, it was pretty funny.
Pete on Side TrackDaryl on Side TrackPete on Golden TrianglePete on Freight TrainScottThor on Freight Train

Whistler 2007

{ Tuesday August 7th, 2007 }

We’ve been in Whistler for two days now, but we’ve been having too much fun to stop and take out the camera. I did manage to get a couple of pictures yesterday.
Kris on Flithy Ape - Photo By Pete KoskiScott on Clown Shoes

New Trail at Keystone – Evenflow

{ Monday July 30th, 2007 }

On Sunday I got a chance to ride Evenflow, the new trail at Keystone. This trail has been highly anticipated because it provides a bypass for part of Wild Thing. Not that Wild Thing isn’t a great trail, but it’s a tough trail and riding it every run can be a little brutal.

Evenflow is a great little trail. It’s got some steep, twisty parts up top, wood switchbacks in the middle and a rock jump at the end. My only complaint is about the placement of some of the grip tape on the woodwork. In a couple of sections the grip tape was placed immediately entering and exiting a turn but there is no tape at the apex of turn when you are leaning you bike the most and those 2x4s can get very slippery when wet. But overall it’s a great trail and a great addition to the park. Keystone keeps getting better and better.

Start of new trail, EvenflowNew Trail - EvenflowNew Trail - EvenflowSome of the new woodwork on Evenflow\Rock ride on EvenflowRock jump at the end of Evenflow

The Girls’ Weekend

{ Wednesday July 25th, 2007 }

This past weekend my wife hosted a girls’ weekend at the Colorado house so when the boys flew back to Santa Barbara, CA I tagged along. The trails we rode were steep and loose. They had Manzanita trees that tore at my flesh and stumps that grabbed at my pedals, but they were incredibly fun and at the end of the day cold beers at the Chino Shop helped clear the dust from my throat. It was a great weekend!

Tree on Cold SpringsNik riding Cold SpringsNik riding Cold SpringsKris riding Cold SpringsNik riding Cold SpringsCustom Trail Spiderweb Removal ToolNik riding Cold SpringsChilling at Treehouse RockNik riding Cold SpringsThe unprecedented 4 bike and 4 passengers in the vw caddy shuttle

The Jackalope and the Bull in Colorado – Day 5, Keystone

{ Thursday July 19th, 2007 }

Rob on Jam Rock at Keystone Bike ParkKris on Jam Rock at Keystone Bike ParkNik on Jam Rock at Keystone Bike ParkKris on Jam Rock at Keystone Bike ParkNik at Keystone Bike ParkKris at the Drop Zone at Keystone Bike ParkNik at the Drop Zone at Keystone Bike ParkRob at the Drop Zone at Keystone Bike Park

Kris on Wild Thing

The Jackalop and the Bull in Colorado – Day 4, Keystone

{ Thursday July 19th, 2007 }

Nik on Fuzzy Bunny at Keystone Bike ParkKris on Fuzzy Bunny at Keystone Bike ParkRob on Fuzzy Bunny at Keystone Bike ParkKris on Jam Rock at Keystone Bike ParkKris at Keystone Bike Park
Kris on Wild Thing at Keystone Bike Park

The Jackalope and the Bull in Colorado – Day 3, Keystone

{ Tuesday July 17th, 2007 }

The Bull got laid up with altitude sickness, so while he was at urgent care huffing oxygen, Nik and I were dodging thunderstorms at Keystone Bike Park.

Nik on Voodoo at Keystone Bike ParkNik on Voodoo at Keystone Bike ParkKris on Barracuda at Keystone Bike Park

The Jackalope and the Bull in Colorado – Day 2, Sol Vista

{ Monday July 16th, 2007 }

Yesterday we drove over to Granby CO and rode Sol Vista. They have a great little setup over there. 3 or 4 downhill trails, free lifts from 10am – 3pm on the weekends and the biggest, smoothest and most fun booters I have ever hit.

Rob at Sol VistaRob at Sol VistaKris at Sol VistaKris at Sol VistaRob at Sol Vista

The Jackalope and the Bull in Colorado – Day 1

{ Sunday July 15th, 2007 }

Nik (aka The Jackalope) and Rob (aka The Bull) are visiting from SoCal. I picked them up from the airport yesterday and brought them up to Breckenridge. After the bikes were unpacked and rebuilt, they needed a shakedown so we hit up the Breckenridge Freeride park that is located next to the 4 o’clock run.

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Crankworx Colorado – Pictures

{ Sunday July 8th, 2007 }

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Willingham’s BBQ at Grand Old Day

{ Sunday June 3rd, 2007 }

If you’re going to be in St. Paul today for Grand Old Day be sure to check out Willingham’s BBQ. They have the best BBQ I have ever tasted! Look for them at Grand and Chatsworth.

Murphy Hanrehan

{ Monday May 28th, 2007 }

Got out today and rode the newest collection of singletrack in the Twin Cities area. I’ve been out there a couple of times for trail work this spring but it was my first time seeing the entire trail. I was also testing out my new Small Block 8 tires. I was loving them until I got a flat after the log ride and of course I neglected to bring a tool to remove the bolt-on rear wheel so I had to walk out. Other than that I had a great time.

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Murphy Hanrehan

Rebuilt Step-up

{ Sunday May 6th, 2007 }

I finished construction on the new step-up today. The last one had a terrible transition that was way too tight. You just got spat out the top. This new ramp should be much smoother.

Step-up 1

Step-up 2

The trails may be wet but the pump track is dry

{ Monday April 16th, 2007 }

Railing Pump Track Berm

Pump Track from Above

Entering the Berm

Red Bull Ride the Sky 2007

{ Wednesday February 28th, 2007 }

On Monday night the St. Paul skyway system once again played host to the Red Bull Ride the Sky bike race. I wasn’t able to race this year because of my knee but I volunteered to be a course marshal.

Helmet Cam footage of the course.

There’s more great media and discussion here and here.

Race Results

New Video – Unaffiliated

{ Monday February 19th, 2007 }

Unaffiliated is a movie made by my friend Nik Blaskovich. It features riders riders and trails from Montana and Wyoming in the summer of 2004. It’s good. Go watch it.

New Video – My Spot

{ Friday January 19th, 2007 }

I just put up a new video. It shows some of the building I’ve been doing this past season.

Nomad Envy

{ Sunday January 7th, 2007 }

A couple of members of the crew came down with a bad case of Nomad envy. The Jackaolpe and El Toro did the only thing they could. They got a couple of new bikes themselves.

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