Tour Lyfe – Episode 7, Part 1 – Colorado, USA

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So after a few months in Europe, Radface made his way to the United States. While staying with me in Denver, Colorado, Dylan ate all my food, drank all my beer and broke my couch and we occasionally rode. On one of those occasions we went down to Rampart Range where we met up with the rest of the crew, havoc ensued.


Tasting The Dirt – Frisco Bike Park

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A few years back the town of Frisco, nestled high in the Rocky Mountains a mountainbike park was constructed for the public. At the time it was far from perfect, the jumps were just big rollers, the berms weren’t steep enough and speed was impossible to carry. They’ve since vastly improved upon the park and Benton Jackson and I had the pleasure of sharing a few runs together through it. This is the first episode of a new series(it might be a one episode series) i’m calling Tasting The Dirt, raw footage from the parks.


US Bike Parks and Winterberg

Over the past few year there has been a serious emergence of Bike Parks around the world. Recently, I made a trip back to my home state of Vermont and rode the Burke Bike Park on the Kingdom Trails which has full lift access and some amazing top to bottom runs. One of there best trails is Knightslayer which has tons of tables and possibly the biggest wallride I’ve ever hit, towering around 25 feet!

Jereme Leafe at the Burke Bike Park

Jereme Leafe at the Burke Bike Park

Colorado has also stepped up their game with the construction of 4 new bike parks in the past two years. Starting with Rhyolite Park in located the open space of Castlerock, CO, here you will find a long line of rollers berms with an option of hitting a 10 foot wall ride into a 6 pack of jumps. The other stand out park is the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO. Valmont has a wide range of lines and features containing jumps of all sizes, a fast and technical dual cross track and a straight line of jumps into a wallride.

Some how all of these parks fail in comparison to Winterberg in Germany. Maybe it’s the fact that they’ve been catering to mountainboarding for four years now so they’ve got our best interest at heart but the bottom line is they have built a park that mountainboards can absolutely slay!! Here is a clip that was just posted, possibly the best freestyle clip I’ve seen in a year.

Planning to put together a comprehensive list of riding spots in the next few weeks, if anyone has a park to add please email me here, evan@the-dirt.net.


Dylan Rad*unt Warren

Summer has arrived, lots of riding, lots of new spots to ride and we’re just two months shy of having out good friends from around the world come out to the states for some riding. Last year Dylan & Nicky Geerse did a transcontinental tour and made a stop in the states for some demos and events. It sounds like it will be going down again. Here are a few clips that Nicky shot of Dylan on the road last year.

Dyl Dawg in the UK ’10 from nicky geerse on Vimeo.


Summer Nostalgia

Unfortunately this new lifestyle has effected my ability to update The Dirt on a regular basis, so my apologize. to the few readers out there. The one great thing about being a freelancer is your schedule is flexible, for example i’m in a coffee shop in NYC writing this post, I was also able to spend a week riding with Dylan Warren when he came to visit Colorado in August. I also took a trip to Ohio last month with Mason Moor, Dave Starfighter and Devin Garland to ride in some demos at GearFest which turned out to be a really great event.

Anyhow this all saddens me as I know the snow will be coming soon and the hot summer days spent mountainboarding will be a distant memory. Here are a few clips I shot on the Panasonic LX3 this summer.

Summer Nostalgia from The Dirt on Vimeo.


Colorado Through The Eyes Of A Sheep Shagger

Words by the Sheep Shagga aka Dylan Warren

Big Money, Big Problems Dylan Warren

Big Money, Big Problems Dylan Warren

Wellllllllllll first of all I’ve been home for a month now sorry this has taken forever haha.

Anyways I was meant to be in Cali for a week doing an MBS demo. But when we decide to leave for Colorado the truck decided to die. So I ended up spending a week in Willits which is in the middle of nowhere.

MBS Demo Ramp & Truck

MBS Demo Ramp & Truck

But finally I got to Colorado a week later and met up with Evan aka Ecar aka Grandpa Carlson. I ditched my bags at his house and we went and rode Goveys which is a sweet little park that’s in Hot Action. Evan did a sick gap out to bonk 180 on a pole. Me n Nick Trill Hill seshed up the brick wall ride which was a load of fun. That night we had a good sesh with Mad Dog 20/20 into the early hours of the morning.

Mad Dog 20-20

Mad Dog 20-20, Bling!

Next morning we got up and took the bungee down to the park and hit up this sick sculpture. We did some stunts and got some photos. Then we drove down to boulder and rode a sweet little BMX track and swam in a river.

Denver Sculpture Park

Dylan forgot to mention that it was about 100 degrees out...

Evan Carlson Backside 180

Ecar Back 180

The next night we made a dope gap over a construction site. They were putting in new drainage and had left a giant hole in the ground which left a perfect opportunity to build a jump over. True Grizz smashed up a jump and a landing in like 20 minutes. We set up the bungee and seshed it. It was super sketchy because we didn’t have much light and there was a big metal sign more or less directly in front of the landing. We got used to it and got some sick snaps. Trill almost got hit by a fox.

Congress Park Gap setup

Congress Park Gap setup

Nick Hill Guinea Piggin The Jump

Nick Hill Guinea Piggin The Jump

The next day we rode at this siiiiiiick step up we had found when we were in boulder. With a few modifications we’d made it rideable. You had to get pushed in jump over a small gap ride down a narrow track then hit the step up. Ecar was getting sick and trying to get down some gnarly cork BS 5s and Trill did a sick backflip. I also managed to get a fs cork 5 and a rodeo up it.

Sizing up the step up, Trill Hill

Benton Jackson Frontside 180

Benton joined us briefly and thru a few 180's

Dylan back 180

Every 180 variation was done, Dylan shifty late 180

Nick Hill Step Up

Trill locked in a few B flips

JLee called us up and invited us down to Colorado Springs for a ride. We went and checked out his local spot the Colorado Springs bike park. The bike park is amongst some amazing red rocks. I got some sick shots of Evan and Chris Jesse slaying it.

Crail Snatching, Evan Carlson

Crail Snatching, Evan Carlson

Then we made it back to father’s house where he cooked us up an amazing dinner. Then we drove out to some national forest and camped out next to the fire. Next morning I found some nice burn marks in my sleeping bag because Evan dragged me to a different spot, he is a bad man. Anywaaaaay um next morning went freeridng in the woods, smashed down some trees and jumped off some logs. Then we met up with Benton and searched for some new spots. We were pretty UN successful but we saw some crazy people with guns and confederate flags. God bless America. We finally arrived in Empire and met up with everyone.

Crew staying hydrated

Crew staying hydrated, Chris Jesse, Nick Hill, Dylan Warren & Benton Jackson

The traffic was a nightmare but we arrived with enough time for a quick session. That night had dinner with Jezza Leafe and had a few beers. Woke up next morning and I rode the small jumps for a few hours before the boarder X started. I’m not the biggest fan of boarder x but it seemed like everyone had fun and slayed it! Honorable mention to Nick Hill for doing every race in only short shorts.

I mean they were very short shorts. Jezza took out first place with some close competition from my boy Mat Silva, Jlee and Grandpa. That night we all went out to one of Empires local restraunts and they made us some good tucka! Some stayed and got crazy on the Indo boards but we ventured back and created our own fire of death with Matty K. We pretty much burnt a tree standing up. J also tried to jump the fire but didn’t quite make it. We also thought it be a fun idea to Mountainboard in the dark in our boxer shorts after a few beers. So everyone drove their cars down put there lights on the jumps and we got crazy.

Me and Trill slept on a concrete slab near a grave yard and I think the rest of the guys might have actually slept in the grave yard. After breakfast and coffee we started to practise for the day’s freestyle comp. There were 3 sections to the freestyle. The jib line, small line and the pro line. We were given 3 runs on each and the winner won with the most points on each line. Mason killed the jib line with a sick nose Manuel across the entire box! Next was the small line where I finally got switch back flips on lock. Devin was mad cus I bet him haha, but I love him. Then after that was the pro line! The pro line jumps are huge and you get alot of speed into all the jumps. Some gnarly stuff went down with Jezza and Mason trying 7s and Mat Silva after punishing himself all day got a sick line down.

Then we had a quick break and warmed up for the best trick competition that afternoon. Everyone was giving it all they had left! Devin definitely deserved first place with his sick cab 5 over the huuuuge step down! He won himself a brand new 2011 Never Summer snowboard! Then we had some pizza and chilled out and found out the results for the weekend.

I had the most amazing trip in Colorado and America! Can’t wait to come back and hang out with everyone. Thanks so much to Evan for letting me crash at his house and leave my shit everywhere. Thanks to J for his support and love. All the MBS boys! Everyone who gave me lifts. Benton and Bjo for letting me play in your hammock. True Grizz for telling me to wear my pads and being my mother. The empire and Altitude Sickness crew and all the guys who drunk beers with me!
Love
Dylan warren


Wild Horses in Denver

Great adventures have been had here in Colorado over the last few weeks, from 100 degree city sessions to trespassing on mustang ranches, we’ve had some fun. Luckly we’ve had a camera on hand to document it, here is a little edit from the past few weekends of riding from Brando.

NunyO from Beej on Vimeo.


Summer In The City

God damn it was smoking hot this past weekend but it didn’t stop the crew from getting out there. Not an ounce of negative energy was expelled, except for Chris Adams fighting a homeless guy who was trying to take his torn pant legs.

Chris Adams Has No Leg

Chris Adams will punch your grand mother if you touch his pant legs

The city of Denver is vast and offers just about any type of riding you want. Despite the arid land, suburbia has tons of fresh grassy hills and the business parks as well, so we found ourselves deep in the Denver Tech Center slaying everything. We locked in the first session at Burns Park which has a ton of sculptures, one of which is a badass launch/wallride piece.

Burns Park Denver

The Burns Park Hit

From there we rode some funky looking grass nipple on the side of the highway. Then to the business park where Grizz found himself a nice gap.

Chris Adams Mountainboard gapper

Grizz olling something

One of my favorite things about mountainboarding is the exploration involved, this ain’t snowboarding, there is no pre-established riding spots, so you best get out and find your own terrain. Every now and again you gotta get creative, think outside the box. For example, Brandon Johanns got so sick on this work out bench.

Brandon Johanns Tailblock Stall

Brandon Johanns working out

Well, i’ve now been working on this post for two weeks, so it’s old new to me… sorry, I just got to get it posted.


Twenty Ten – Altitude Sickness Event Schedule

I might be in hibernation for the season but some people in the Colorado mountainboard community don’t sleep. Joe Ponce and the Altitude Sickness creu have been hard at work planning out the events and learn to rides . It looks like the fun will continue in Empire for 2010.

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Happy New Year from the Altitude Sickness Team and the Town of Empire. We would like to thank everyone who participated in events last season; spectators, sponsors, volunteers, friends and family- Thank you All!!!

This years events will begin in May with the Riders Festival and continue throughout the summer until the end of the season bash in October. We will have free Scheduled Learn to Ride classes for anyone who is interested in learning to mountainboard. Our team has prided itself in trying out new events like the frisbee toss and pinata bonk, so we are planning some new events and adding some twists to others. HIghlighting this season will be the highly anticipated  Altitude Cup where the Top 10 Pro’s get PAID!!  Teams are encouraged and will receive discounted entry fees.

The park in Empire is being designed and new features are being added. Anyone interested in donating features for the park or for any questions please call Altitude Sickness Board shop(303) 579-2719. Hope to see you all this season. Stay tuned for updates with scheduled events and times.

Altitude Sickness 2010 Event Schedule:

May 29-30 Rider’s Festival

June 26-27 Trash the Dress Weekend

July 31-Aug 1 Leadville Freeride Day and Copper Gathering

Sept 4-5 Altitude Cup

Sept 18-19 Video/Photo Extraganja

Oct 16-17 End of Season Bash(Contingency date)


Event Preview – Altitude Cup

Last year Altitude Sickness the United States only brick and mortar mountainboard shop hosted their inaugural Altitude Cup, which was a great event but their park was shall I say….miniature? Well regardless of what it was and wasn’t in 2008, it’s now 2009 and this park is sick!! With the towns support and a lot of hours put in by local riders and Altitude Sickness owners Dave & Phil, Colorado has yet another great park to ride with a handful of unique features and a ton of lines.

The second annual Altitude Cup will kick off 10am on Saturday the 12th in Empire, Colorado, starting the weekend off with some boarder cross racing and a slopestyle event on Sunday. Altitude Sickness is anting up big time for this event and giving cash prizes to the top ten pro riders for the weekend.

ATTENTION RIDERS: If you have at least 4 buddies that are riding and a least one of them is a girl, get some team colors, shirts, hats or even some sharpies and call yourself a team, in return you will get 50% of the entry fee which is $45.

Camping is available onsite and there is a casino 15 minutes down the road, so you can find me there on Saturday night.

Here are a few shot from the Empire Dirt Park.

The Empire

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The Big Hip Landing

The first berm into the waterfall

The first berm into the waterfall

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Johanns airing the roller with some style.

Johanns airing the roller with some style.

Phil's son Gadge getting after it on a board twice his size. He is the next generation.

Phil's son Gadge getting after it on a board twice his size. He is the next generation.

3 Options here, straight jump, or the left hand and right hand hip!

Two quarters, a tire jib and a jeep...just for fun.

Two quarters, a tire jib and a jeep...just for fun.

Ty Mork and Benton Edwards trying to find a rythm on the new track.

Ty Mork and Benton Edwards trying to find a rythm on the new track.

Large step up for the Banshee.

Large step up for the Banshee.