Here’s a quick preview of one of Casey’s bikes that he’ll be shredding on this season. Bike check coming up!
I have just spent the last 5 days in southern Utah with the Diamondback crew which consisted of myself, Eric Porter, Billy Lewis, Kyle Thomas, team manager Jono K, filmer Kevmo and photog Justin Olsen. All the riders went to Sea Otter then we hooked up with Justin and his big ass Chevvy 3500 1 ton duramax 7litre enormous TRUCK with a Polaris Ranger 4 wheel drive ATV in tow (what a RIG I LOVE AMUUURRRRICA!!) and then headed down to southern Utah to hang out and find some cool stuff to ride. We stayed in a pimpin house not to far away from where the Rampage is held and went out on day missions from there.
The southern Utah Zone has endless possibilites for freeride MTB, any where you turn you see a massive ridgeline to blast or jagged ravine filled with shoots and possible lines… plenty of mind riding happens when you’re hangin in southern Utah!!
For the first day we just set up in the house, built up all our bikes and went for a ride to scout out some potential spots and get used to the heat!
The next few days we spent getting up before sunrise and hitting spots in the golden light then building more stuff to ride after the sun got to high and returning when the evening light was firing to session our new jumps. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a week! We got some BANGER photos for the Diamond back catalog and for some ad shots too.
Blasting around the desert in Justins ATV was super fun, and handy as it had a four up bike rack to drag our asses to the top of the hill for more laps!
We also hooked up with Pinkbike photog Ian Hylands, Katrina Strand and Brook Baker which was cool. We had a big crew and look out for some stuff coming on Pinkbike soon!
Big ups to Diamondback for sending us out to the desert to GET RAD!
I’m over here in the good ol USA now!… Driving in BIG cars, Eating BIG meals, drinking BIG drinks, seeing quite a few BIG people walkin about but most importantly gettin some BIG air on my bike!
I have just spent the last week at the Sea Otter event which was COOL! It was my first time there and I had a blast. All the northern hem crew were there and it was super coool to kick it with them. I rode in the rain or shine dirt jump jam which was cool as it was sunny as. I built up my new Diamonddback Assault hardtail jump bike and christened it on the jumps. I also built up my DH bike and Dreamliner SS bike so they are ready to roll.
Sea otter had alot going on, events, movie prems, paaaartays, so it wasn’t hard to keep yourself busy!! I even snuck in an XC ride in Santa Cruz which stoked me up! Cool trails fo sheeez..
Now Im down in southern Utah shootin some stuff with the Diamondback team. It’s so rad down here! BIG STUFF.
Cheers! – McGazza
Congrats to team rider Ryan Howard for finishing 3rd in the Whip contest! Watch his silky smooth steez in this video (blue shirt, green bike).
Matt V gives us the lowdown on the newest additions to the Gravity Components product line.
(via Bikesoupracing.com – Photos By @samdavies24) Bikesoup Gravity rider George Gannicott, Junior Men, takes first win of the series at Round 2 of the Halo British Downhill Series, Moelfre in Wales.
The excitement and anticipation leading up the weekend was inevitable, with great weather forecasted and over 350 riders registered to race on the infamous track at Moelfre, a natural and superfast rolling track 2.32kms long, 545meters above sea level wide open for spectators to watch the exhilarating action. The track is a mix of long fast straights, switchbacks, a fast rolling middle section that runs parallel to the road and also incorporates the jumps and berms from the 4X track built in 2010. The fastest expected time was estimated to be around 2.25.
Day 1 for practice and the sun was out for an unusually hot April, a bonus for all riders with a fast, dry and dusty track. Arran and George were running their new 2011 Marzocchi 888 RC3 Evo Ti’s and Fi’zi:k TUNDRA 2 K:IUM saddles on the unmistakable, acid green Transition TR450 frame with super strong Gravity Components.
With such a fast track, the pressure was on for all riders to be consistently quick whilst managing the technical sections and fast switchbacks of the course. And practice was FAST! The balance of having a bike that had tight solid handling but light enough to have an edge and withstand the abuse the jumps and rocks thrown at it was a hard test to endure but both Arran and George felt their race machines were the best they have ever had. The new Marzocchi 888’s were a perfect match for the TR450 frame. They also commented on the strength of Gravity Light. In particular the Chainguide absorbed everything thrown at it, with hardly any evidence of abuse. Both boys absolutely hammered it, bottoming out the bikes, they think it’s the toughest on the market and it certainly lives up to its high-impact description.
The competition was tough this weekend, with so many riders registering and the Elite field of 46 was packed with top ten world cup riders, including the return of Gee and Dan Atherton. With all the Elite riders on fire the times were expected to be really close. Arran and George both had a great day’s practice with bikes in perfect condition.
Day 2 and race day! The sun was out and even hotter and hundreds of spectators arriving for a days racing. After practice runs, Arran and George completed interviews and bike set up with the media, then, on to seeding. Arran in Elite seeded a stellar 31st, with a speed of 40.81kph and a timed run of 2.39. This is still only his 2nd race in Elite and is competing with riders in this category with years more experience. Having been used to consistently winning in previous categories the change to compete from the start again in Elite is filled with pressure but is working hard to get closer to the top.
George nailed seeding and blew all of the competition out of the way by a staggering 3.2 seconds. His speed was clocked at 42.05kph with a timed run of 2:36.644. Had George been in Elite, he would have seeded around 28th place.
With George down last as he seeded fastest, he was firing on all cylinders for that win! A rider before him crashed on his race run however which mean’t George and the other last 2 down all had to roll down the course and be taken up to restart their race run. Not what any rider wants to happen, having to re-focus for the race run again without losing momentum. George had to wait another 40minutes for the restart, but despite this he smashed apart the competition and took the win by 0.58 seconds, a timed run of 2.37 and speed clocked at 42.05kph, just 2 seconds off 3rd placed Elite rider Brendan Fairclough. Arran had a good race, placing 35th with a speed clocked at 42.30kph, and a time of 2.36, super fast but with tight timings from all Elite riders, every second counts and will be working on focus and speed in preparation for the next round.
The clocks are turned back and the cold is coming in as my New Zealand summer draws to a close. It has been a another kick ass summer down here. Massive amounts of riding, roastin the barbie, a few comps, some fiming, plenty of photo shoots and also the opening of the Queenstown gondolla which is ramping New Zealand up to be a pretty dam sweet northern hemisphere off season mountain bike destination.
I lived in Queenstown for two months and as usual it was awesome and I will be heading back next summer …
Right now I am back in my home town of Nelson and in the process of packing away all my gear and putting my bikes in bags ready to head to the northern hemisphere for another season of riding and mayhem. First stop will be Sea Otter, followed by a filming trip to southern Utah with my new frame sponsor team Diamondback, and then over to Whistler to set up base. I will head out to comps and trips from there for the rest of the season. IT SHOULD BE RADICAL!!
See you out there!