If you hadn’t heard of Irwin Cycles in Las Vegas before, it could be because they are one of the newest bicycle shops in town. Located an easy warm-up distance to the main trailhead of Bears Best, Irwin Cycles celebrated their one year anniversary, just last week. Owned and operated by Lifan and her husband Carl Irwin, the shop is warm, welcoming and is stocked with the favorite products that both Lifan and Carl prefer to use for cycling. One of these products is Devinci bicycles, and with Shine’s Devinci Womens Weekend Tour, this common ground is where we all came to meet. The Womens Weekend at Irwin Cycles included an evening of socializing, a Ladies No-Drop MTB Ride, and a FUNdamental Skills Clinic. A selection of Devinci Mountain Bike Demos were available to rent for the rides and were included in registration for the skills clinic. In addition to the Shine demo fleet, Irwin Cycles also has a great selection of Devinci demos to rent at anytime. Overall the weekend was a success, bringing many women together in one great bike shop.
Who says winter is the off season? Here at Bootleg Canyon MTB Park, in winter-friendly Boulder City, located in Southern Nevada, the “off season” is the BEST time for mountain biking. While summer, and even spring and fall temperatures can be unbearable, winter is the time to come shred the canyon, and compete at the Bootleg Canyon Winter Gravity Series and Bonzai Enduro. Each year, Downhill Mike and Evil Elias travel out from Whiteface Bike Park in now frigid and frozen upstate New York, to produce a series of gravity races that draw competitors from as far as Canada (Bonzai Enduro is presented by Gear Works Productions). These races have a history of drawing the most talented professional racers and the opportunity for some big-time freeride fun. Read on for a little Bootleg Canyon Racing HERstory, a day by day re-cap of the weekend from the eyes of LBC, a mini womens photo gallery, links to official results and more media. AND most importantly, Don’t forget to check out Sam’s re-cap of her experience hitting the Bender Sender for the first time. This young lady is already making MTB HERstory!
My experience hitting the Bender Sender was crazy. It was amazing and loved every bit of it. I knew this was something I wanted to hit ever since I first saw it. I felt like this was my first step to competing in Red Bull Rampage. I wanted to follow some one into it, because I’ve never hit a road gap that big at all. I knew deep inside I had it….although I still had those little voices haunting me. I was nervous at first because I felt like I was pushing my luck. I had already cleaned “poop chute” on the downhill course and I didn’t wanted to destroy my self with the jump. After I cleared my mind I was confident and ready to hit it. Luckily, 16 year old Lorin Whitaker was glad to hit the Bender Sender with me. Sitting at the top of the hill I knew this was a jump that I had to stay committed to. Not a problem. Once I decided to go, I went and didn’t stop. Lorin and I pedaled as fast as we could and hit the jump. Once I was in the air I could feel my stomach turn. Then I hit the landing and made it all the way down. Lorin looked back and shouted throwing his hand in the air. I joined in, I was so excited. I screamed and shouted then came to a stop. I gave Lorin a high five then a hug. I couldn’t process what exactly was happening. All I knew was that I wanted to hit it again. I got to the top shaking again. I got so many high five’s and congrats from all of the people standing around. Lorin and I went back up to hit the jump again and cleared it perfectly. I loved it. By the time we got back up to the top of the hill it was getting dark and they were setting up awards. I figured that, 2 jumps were gonna be it. I stood next to the jump, still trying to process what I had just hit. IT WAS SO FUN!!! I sat there for a minute then squealed like a little girl. I had just hit the Bender Sender! I was super excited and in love with how my weekend went and looking forward to next month.
Perhaps you have noticed that there has been loads of green in our Instagram photos, our Facbook avatar, on the new website, and the 2015 Shine Gravity Race Team official Jersey. What does going green mean to Shine? While we have always been grassroots to the core, with sustainability and environmental conservation main concerns, for Shine in 2015, green means new growth. It means new potential, new programs, and new partnerships. Think strong pine tree with new little needles!
The 2015 Nevada State Downhill Championships, taking place in rugged Bootleg Canyon, Nevada, is the first race of the year for the Shine, and also the first of the three part Winter Gravity Series. Directed by Downhill Mike and his side-kick Evil Elias, these races promise exceptionally technical off-season gravity races, an amazing crew of athletes, volunteers, spectators, vendors, FOOD, BEER, MUSIC, and of course great PRIZES.
Dirty Jane Ambassador Megan Zemny, an accomplished Professional Gravity Mountain Bike Racer, is also 1 of 4 Founders of the California Enduro Series, a globally recognized mountain biking event series that quickly grew to fame in just two years. Additionally, Megan is a board member & Co-Director of the Santa Cruz Super Enduro, the race with the roots of the California Enduro Series: the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival. In this Inspiring Interview, Megan gives a little background how she got into creating such an epic all-volunteer run event series, the events greatest supporters, and what we can look forward to in the future of CES.
When mountain bikers get married, mountain bikers have small weddings so that they can go on BIG mountain biking honeymoons. The big trip meant driving 12-hrs from the home trails of Ashland, Oregon, through the trees and over the desert to Salt Lake City, Utah, where it all started by picking up a completely stocked-for-awesome-times camper van. This rented black beauty would be home for the next 3-weeks while we traveled to trails in Utah and Southwest Colorado – to do nada but ride, ride, ride.
As it would be highly dangerous to take notes while riding, we’ve created this FUNdamental Skills Cheatsheet for our past students to download as a reminder of all they have learned and what to practice before moving on to Enduro Skills, or another of our more advanced skills courses. For prospective students who are curious about what skills we teach in FUNdamentals, this sheet serves as an excellent preview to what you will learn. Keep in mind, this sheet is by no means a replacement for real, live coaching with a professional. Be safe, have more fun, enroll in a skills clinic today!
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Boulder City, Nevada – About 30 miles outside of Las Vegas, Bootleg Canyon is an excellent place to practice and become more comfortable with looser terrain and serious rock sections. Although an infamously rowdy venue, trails for all abilities, with scenic views of Lake Mead, do in-fact exist. All Mountain Cyclery, a well equipped mountain bike specific, service and retail shop is located on the main road, just below the canyon. The shop offers rental bikes from Specialized and a great protective gear and mountain bike parts selection.
Over the past few years, Lauren Gregg, the new 2014 California Enduro Series Queen, has made quite a few appearances at womens specific gravity mountain biking events. From participating in the Shine Ladies Jump Jam on the Camp of Champions Air Bag at Sea Otter in 2013 and 2014, Lauren has also competed in Sweetlines Sugar Showdown and has enjoyed dirt jumping for several years. As unfortunate it may seem that Lauren was not out showing the world her stellar skills on the gravity circuits, it is all a part of her master plan for becoming a world class professional downhill racer. When she made the statement that she would progress on to Enduro for 2014, we knew we needed this strong, inspiring, female on our team. Lauren went on to having an excellent season, beginning at the Sea Otter Classic Enduro, the first stop of the California Enduro Series. Read on about Lauren’s season highlights, how she got into mountain biking, her progressive plan from cross country to downhill, how she trains, her biggest challenges racing gravity, and her favorite stop of CES 2014. Lauren also describes her most inspiring competitor, junior racers, and her plans for the off season. Watch out ladies, Lauren plans to defend her CES title in 2015 and hopes to take top 5 for the very first USA Cycling Enduro National Championship. Thank you Lauren, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to see where you go with your skills and talent!