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Almost ran over on the trail

August 3rd, 2014 by *MoonDogg*
Cruising the bike trail

Cruising the bike trail

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Moondogg: 0, Bones: 1

August 8th, 2013 by *MoonDogg*

2013.08 – Bones Wipeout from MoonDogg on Vimeo.

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Finally got a 1st place

July 2nd, 2013 by *MoonDogg*

I drove 6 hours up to Lakeshore, CA this weekend to race in the China Peak Enduro. Race #3 in the California Enduro Series. I was a scorching hot weekend all over California, but fortunately we were at an elevation of 8000 ft, so the temps were a bit cooler than elsewhere.

Lake

I registered Saturday around noon, and was able to get in 4 practice runs. The trails were really fun, and fairly long with lots of pedaling. The berms were mostly soft and deep, there were some tight trees sections, some rock gardens and some flat out speed sections. Overall I would say the best course I’ve raced so far.

Friends

Sunday was race day. I was in the second wave of riders to leave the start, so I had a bit more time in the morning to get ready. My brake magically decided to stop working. I messed with them, debating whether I should bleed them or not, and decided I didn’t’ have time.

Climb

There was only one climb during this race, right in the beginning, up to the start of stage one. After that, everyone rode the chairlift. At first I was pretty disappointed, but after actually starting the climb, I changed my mind. It was long and steep, with several hike-a-bike sections. Though it turns out we could have avoided those sections if we stayed on the correct road. Regardless, it would have really sucked to do that climb more than once.

I did pretty well on stage 1, no mistakes, but I did get caught behind a slower rider for quite a long way. I probably should have been more vocal about my desire to pass. For some reason I just felt bad.

Stage 2 I had a pretty big wipe-out in deep and soft turn. I got a mouth full of dirt and my goggles were hard to see out of after that. Probably lost about 10 seconds. The rest of the run was clean.

Stage 3b

Stage 3 was a lot longer than the first 2, and I had a good run, except for getting stuck behind several other riders. Still I don’t think I lost too much time. But looking back and realizing I only won my class by 9 seconds, I realize how important it is to get by other riders ASAP.

Stage 4 we epic. I wiped out in the first turn, and from then on I was just all over the place, overshooting berms, clipping rocks with my pedals, getting off my line. I hit a rock really hard with my rear rim, it made a really loud ping sound, and I though for sure it was going to pinch flat and my race was over. But to my surprise it held, and that gave me some extra motivation to ride faster. From then on I was in the zone, and really had a fast clean run.

Podium

In the end I was able to hold off the competition and stand at the top of the podium. It was a good feeling. The competition was pretty stiff, and I haven’t been training as much as I had hoped to. But I think my technical skills made of for any lack of fitness.

One race left in the series, and I’m in second. There is only one point between each of the top 3 guys. Santa Cruz will be the showdown.

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Rattlesnake I met on the trail today

August 9th, 2012 by *MoonDogg*

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Aaron Gwin – Saint Prototype Testing

April 26th, 2012 by *MoonDogg*

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Sickest Ever – Red Bull Rampage 2010

October 4th, 2010 by *MoonDogg*

What is sure to be seen as the most epic mountain bike event to date, the Red Bull Rampage went off once again.

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Labor Day in Mammoth

September 12th, 2010 by *MoonDogg*

I spent Labor Day in Mammoth, camping and mtn. bike riding. It was a nice break in my essentially 24/7 work schedule the past couple months. Drove up with my Dad in the Sportsmobile, and camped with the Browns, Bietz, Panas, and Herranan families. Got some good riding in, especially on Sunday. Tried to hit as many of the drops and gnarly sections that I could. Ever since Whistler, I’ve had the desire to step up my riding, but there is just not the terrain for it where I live.

Dad crashed pretty good trying to ride is XC bike with bald tires on the mountain. I convinced him to put some new tires on, and he had a much better day on Sunday. Josh was charging and so was Brent, until a close call due to brake issues convinced him to hang it up for the day.

All in all a nice relaxing weekend.

Pictures Here

Mammoth MTB – 2010.09 from MoonDogg on Vimeo.

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Sweet Air Sequence

October 8th, 2009 by *MoonDogg*

Thanks Steve!

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Rad Train Jump

July 21st, 2009 by *MoonDogg*

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