Monday, August 8, 2011

How I Learned that Downhill/Freestyle Mountain Biking Is Cool

Over the last weekend in July, I was hosted at Winter Park Resort through the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce. The visit coincided with the fifth-annual Crankworx Colorado, "one of the largest gravity-fueled mountain bike festivals in the United States." I camped out for a couple hours on a steep, sunny hill by the Slopestyle course and got the shots above and below.

Better yet, I got to strap on the body armor, throw a multi-thousand-dollar downhill rental onto the special bike-ready chairlift (which I failed at, by the way--they had to stop the lift--felt very "bunny slope"), and ride up for a 3-hour lesson with Winter Park lead instructor David Deveny.

The pic below was taken during our first run on a trail called Greenworld (bike trails being labeled by difficulty using roughly the same system as ski runs). On my second run, we were rolling down 10ft rock features and hucking off wedge jumps. I looked so dumb, yet I felt so cool.