Inspiring Interview: 15 year old Samantha Kingshill

What is your FIRST mountain bike memory?
My first mountain bike memory was when I first got a mountain bike on my 7th birthday, my dad took me out to Auburn State Rec. Area and we rode culvert/tunnel trail to confluence trail. I crashed and tumbled down a cliff. Luckily I landed on a rock ledge and my dad was able to pull me up. Then I went back up to hit the line again and made it out alive.

Who do you ride with the most?
I ride the most with my dad and family or my coach, Michael Masuda.
What professional freerider (any gender) inspires you the most and why?
My favorite professional freerider is Gee Atherton, I love all 3 Athertons and it’s very hard to pick between the 3 because they are all awesome, but I think Gee is my favorite because he does both freeriding and races World Cup Downhill
What is the biggest feature you have hit so far and what was it like?
The biggest road gap I hit was the Bender Sender and the biggest table top I hit was a line on Candy Land in Angel Fire bike park. I think for hitting both I was in the air for an equal amount of time.

2015 Nevada State DH Champs Womens Results

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!

Shine Goes Green! 2015 Devinci Womens Weekends Tour is rolling, Shine Gravity Race Team will be supported by Auburn Bike Co.

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!

Van-cation of Shred: S.W. Colorado and Utah

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.

2014 California Enduro Series Queen: Lauren Gregg

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!