2017 Portland Short Track Race 3

I didn't race bikes but I drank beer and shot some photos. Kris is doing a really good job with these Monday races, making them fun both on and off the bike. That's the point right? Fun? Thanks for providing the stoke Kris! 

P.S. DIY rock garden + jump line for the next course? Come on =)

Where do you hide the motor Tay? 

Where do you hide the motor Tay? 

Austin's dumpster bike goes hard. 

Austin's dumpster bike goes hard. 

Susannah is a boss! 

Susannah is a boss! 

Shellz has grit! Slaying it with flats too! 

Shellz has grit! Slaying it with flats too! 

This dude is having a good time!

This dude is having a good time!

Bike stack. The new Ritchey Timberwolf is looking good!

Bike stack. The new Ritchey Timberwolf is looking good!

Rather be doing homework?

Rather be doing homework?

Ethan is so dreamy.

Ethan is so dreamy.

Our team shirts are pretty rad. I am pretty sure will be selling some soon to fundraise for the team. Stay tuned. 

Our team shirts are pretty rad. I am pretty sure will be selling some soon to fundraise for the team. Stay tuned. 

I kinda wish I could make silly comments on all the photos but that would be crazy. 

Well, that was exhausting. Yesterday was a blast and I've come to learn that Short Track is best enjoyed from the sidelines. Will see what happens next week, maybe I'll go single speed. 

P.S. Those Team Coastal shirts are fire! 

Pink Bike Interview with Ryan Nyquist

I grew up riding BMX and watching Ryan Nyquist turn into the Athlete he is today. It's really cool to be able to still follow his journey as he begins to break into the Slopestyle scene. Pink Bike just dropped a killer interview, brew up some coffee and take a few minutes to get some insight on the legend that is Ryan Nyquist. 

For me, my background is in BMX, and BMX probably has a range of jumps I’m pretty comfortable hitting, and so when I come to the slopestyle events, a big jump is like 40 foot, and that’s way beyond the realm I’m used to jumping on BMX bikes, so when I show up and see this massive jump I’m still kind of freaking out because my mind hasn’t fully shifted from BMX. It’s like, “Woah, this is massive.” But then I have to realize that these bikes can handle higher speeds, that they’re a lot more stable in the air, so it just works.
— Ryan Nyquist

Tales on Tyres: 10 Things We Learned In Peru

Head over to Tales on Tyres where Franzi and Jona discuss the 10 Things We Learned In Peru. So stoked to have these two in our next issue of Broken & Coastal! If your not following them on Instagram do it now! 

10. Take your time | So many places in Peru are rich in tradition and it’s worth spending some days in little towns to observe the colorful every day life, to meet people and to learn about the history of this divers country. Also make sure to spent enough time in the the ‘Panaderias’ in Peru, they offer some great tasting treats for the chronically hungry stomach of a traveling cyclist.
— Tales on Tyres

It's Always Sunny in Hood River

Chances are if it's shitty in Portland the weather will be pretty amazing in Hood River. Portland gets almost 44 inches of rain a year while Hood River gets about 29 inches. From what I've found online they both get about the same amount of sunny days a year but I definitely call bullshit. Anyways the weather has been shit in Portland and driving out to Hood River has really been good for my soul and for my tan. 

I rode some new trails on this ride and it ended up being a really good loop. I started off climbing 7 Streams to Lower 8 Track. I then climbed upper 8 track and connected with the 140 to BMS connector after taking a few laps on the jump line at Extended Play. From there I went left and picked up 140 which is a multi-use trail. I could hear dirt bikes in the distance but it wasn't until later in the ride that I actually ran into some. 

I took some time to check out the infamous FMX and X Chorus X trails which are absolutely bonkers. Huge jumps that I'd mostly likely not send on a DH bike. Seriously big shit. 

My wife was waiting for me in town so I felt like it was a good time to head back. So I jumped back on 140 which was super flowy going down and connected with Blue Car Down Hill which was a blast! Blue Car is multi-use so definitely watch out for motorbikes. I ran into two at the bottom and I am glad I didn't run into them on the way down. I've never shared trails with motorbikes and I really don't know the rules around it. Drop a comment below if you have the goods. Lastly, I snuck in a Mitchell Ridge lap in and pedaled into downtown Hood River where I met up with my wife and had lunch at Kickstand Coffee. It really doesn't get any better. Haven't been to Kickstand Coffee yet? It fucking rules.