The Jump Ship Dirt Jump contest is going down this weekend in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Our team riders Andrew Taylor and Casey Groves will be holding it down! If you’re in the area, be sure to check them out.
Billy Lewis gave us an update on his shoulder injury situation.
“Over a year ago while getting rad “in a wet skatepark,” I washed out and dislocated my shoulder for the first time tearing my Labrum….. After recovering from the first time, I managed to re-dislocate my shoulder something like seven times. After going through all of that I knew it was time to get this broken wing fixed. I’m really happy with how the surgery went. It seemed like it was going to be forever before I got better during those first couple of weeks but a few months of recovery and physical therapy put me back in the saddle again. I also had a ton of new bike parts to act as a little motivation to get back on the bike a little quicker.” – Billy
Phil Sundbaum filmed some clips of Andrew Taylor tricking the boner log at this year’s Teva Games Slopestyle event.
Congrats to Dave Smutok (1st) and Eric Porter (3rd) for killing it at the Teva Mountain Games speed trials event! Photos via Pinkbike/Justin Olsen.
36-year-old Austrian Markus Stöckl, director and owner of the MS Evil Racing Team, set a new world speed record for serial mountain bikes on gravel on a volcano in Nicaragua when he hit 164.95 kph. By doing so, he eclipsed the record which the Frenchman Eric Barone set nine years ago.
By the numbers….
The all-important top speed in kilometres per hour set atop the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua. Stöckl’s run beat the previous record set by Frenchman Eric Barone nine years ago by just 1kph! Barone, who also holds the record for prototype bicycles, was seriously injured on the same slope as he was slowing down having set the previous record – a crash which abruptly ended his career – but he returned to witness Stöckl’s record-breaking feat.
The 550-metre-long track for the current record attempt on gravel on the still active volcano Cerro Negro in Nicaragua led directly from the rim of the crater to the base. “The surface is like riding down a 45-degree beach of sand and pebbles. Only once you hit higher speeds is it possible to ride with some stability,” said Stöckl, explaining the treacherous nature of the attempt. “Riding this fast under these conditions is definitely at the limit,” said Barone.
Stöckl, or ‘Hercules’ as he is known in the mountain biking community on account of his imposing size – he stands 190cm-high and weighs 103 kg, has form for it! In 2007, he set the record for a bike on snow, achieving a top speed of 210.4kph in Chile, 23kph faster than his own record from eight years earlier.
Just like his most recent record, a lot of difficulties had to be overcome in 2007. South America’s springtime weather had melted away much of the snow alongside the piste, shrinking it to a narrow strip set up between bare mountain cliffs which made the test runs difficult to carry out. His aerodynamic helmet also fogged up while practicing, so Stöckl decided to hold his breath for the record attempt which lasted a total of 40 seconds.
Markus travels the world as an event manager and leads the MS Evil Racing Team. The cyclist has declared that his new aim is to break the speed record for prototype bicycles, set by Barone at 222kph. Stay tuned! Credit: Red Bull
Good to see our freeride team riders reppin’ in the slalom at the US Open! Kelly qualified 16th, not bad!
Here’s another look at Kelly’s prototype Diamondback DH bike. The big kiwi gives it the two thumbs up!
Sundbaum (red shirt/purple frame), sessioning the Duthie Stepup with his local WA crew.
The boys from UNIT CLOTHING showed up to film some clips of Me and my Diamondback/UNIT team mate Nate Birkheimer riding some siiiick Northwest trails..
There are some insane trails around here and we were so lucky hook up with the right people be able to ride them, massive thanks to all the crew that shovel massive amounts of dirt here in WA! We had a bit of dicey weather but we had one sweet day of trail “roastin”. I guess an edit will be comin out soon …should be coool. -McGazza