Lehigh Valley Free Riders...Hucking the (Hudson) Valley one trail at a time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Inspired Bikes - Danny MacAskill

I've watched this video about 100 times over the past year and it never ceases to amaze.

With the year rapidly coming to a close, I figured one last time for 2009.

Danny MacAskill ladies and gentlemen.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

2010 Vertical Earth Series Gravity Games

Vertical Earth has released the race and event schedule for the 2010 VES Gravity Games at Blue Mountain.

Kicking off on May 22nd with a Le Mann's Style Super D race and a Big Air Downhill Race on the 23rd, the series promises to be a great opportunity to get on your bike and test your skills...or just catch some awesome race action and see some of the best riders in the East compete.

Over the summer the VES Gravity Games will feature Downhill, Super D, Short Track XC, 4X, and Dual Slalom races. No matter what your age, skill level, or what kind of bike you ride, there is a class and race style for you to compete in.

  Gravity East Series

The Gravity Series East will also be featuring a Vertical Earth event...dates haven't been announced by the Gravity East Series yet, but expect it to be the 3rd or 4th weekend in September.

Check out the Schedule below and the Vertical Earth website for more info.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

DIRT Magazine World Cup Roundup

Who are we kidding....even if most of us don't actually race, racing is pretty cool. And let's face it, whether you are racing your buddies to the bottom of the mountain or trying to clean a section better than the guys you're riding with, racing and competition is a part of mountain biking and freeriding.

So even if you don't race...have no interest in racing...or don't like racing....check out this little trailer from Dirt Magazine UK b/c the World Cup Racers are pretty rad.

Dirt Magazine will be releasing their World Cup Highlight Video soon.

Check back for the full video when it is available.

For now...check out the trailer below.

More Mountain Biking >>

The Ultimate Freeride Feature????

What the What????

Some kind of multi-use bridge feauture posted on Ridemonkey....probably a little overkill.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blue Mountain Snow 4X / Mountain Cross Race - 1/9/10

Mark your calenders and start screwing studs in your tires!!!

The Blue Mountain Snow 4X Bike race is set for Saturday, January 9, 2010.

The race will be 4X / Mountain Cross style with 4 racers per heat on an saaweet course running down the mountain constisting of berms, drops, rollers, tabletops, double, etc. And the best part.....THE COURSE IS ENTIRELY MADE OF SNOW!!!!

There are no requirements for the type of bike you need, so bring your downhill hucker or your little sisters My Little Pony bike with the bell and basket.

When: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Where: Blue Mountain Ski Area
            Palmerton, PA
Time: Registration is from 8am until 10am
         Racing will start around 10.30am
Entry Fee: $20 per racer

Race is 4X style with 4 racers per heat. Top 2 racers per heat advance to the next round.

A helmet (and bike obviously) are required. Pads are optional but recommended.

Studded tires are permitted.

Check out the video of some of the previous years races.

Blue Mountain 4X Biker Cross from Spinteck Limited on Vimeo.

This race is sponsored by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC), Ed’s Course Designers, and Blue Mountain Ski Area. For additional information or to register, contact Blue Mountain Ski Area at (610) 826-7700.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Neko Mulally (Reading, PA) Joins Trek World Racing Downhill Team

16 year old, young gun, racer Neko Mulally, from Reading, PA, has signed with Trek World Racing to race the full World Cup series as well as other events in 2010.

Check out the bikeradar.com write up on Neko here: Neko Mulally joins Trek World Racing Team

Neko Mulally racing for Specialized Team America at our very own Blue Mountain in 2009.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Photo of the Day

Awesome live motion shot from Dave Mossop Photography of some ridunkulous trail work from Rilor Wilderness.
Click to see the full picture.

VMB December Meeting

Well...after years of riding in the Lehigh Valley, I attended my first Valley Mountain Bikers meeting last night at Saucon Valley Bikes. It was great to meet some of the people who have been stewarding mountain biking and riding in the Lehigh Valley for a long time.

It's amazing how much time and effort goes into building and maintaining a trail system and these guys (and girls) have been working to make sure it gets done right. Of particlur interset...check out the VMB website for info on the TREX Trail System they are working on in Schnecksville on the Trexler Nature Preserve land near the Lehigh Valley Zoo. (Formerly known as the Trexler Game Preserve)


The VMB group organized several trail building seminars with the friendly and knowledgeable folks from IMBA and the trails at Trex are coming along nicely.

In addition, as you know, the mission of my little blog is to promote Free/Enduro/All-Mountain Riding (or whatever you want to call it) in the Lehigh Valley, and we discussed expanding the Trail system at Sals to build some new trails that would take advantage of the amazing natural features and to build some new free ride and all-mountain type stuff to huck and roll.

I should be up at Sals in the next couple of weeks doing some scouting with a few other VMB'ers and will post more soon.

Hopefully we may have some new trails to be huckin' in the spring!!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

It could use some berms......

The Official Jaguar Pump Track....in front of an actual Jag dealer.
 Pretty funny.....

Friday, December 4, 2009

Custom Specialized S-Works Enduro Carbon - Preview - Pinkbike.com

Custom Specialized S-Works Enduro Carbon - Preview - Pinkbike.com

Pinkbike.com is building up and testing what they describe as their "Perfect All-Mountain" machine...and it happens to be a new Spesh Enduro. Check out the preview at the link above.

The new crop of All-mountain bikes coming out look pretty serious, including the new Enduro. They are lighter, slacker, and able to handle everything you can throw at them.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Photo of the Day

Great shot for Photo of the Day. This picture comes from Rilor Wilderness Mountain Biking. Check them out here: Rilor Wilderness

Riley McIntosh started Rilor Wilderness Tours to share his vision of the ultimate mountain biking lifestyle at his Nelson, British Columbia lodge.

Photo Courtesy Rilor Wilderness Mountain Biking Inc.