Trail Bound is an enduro crew based out of Northern California created by my buddy Chris Riesner. Like a lot of us Chris started out riding BMX bikes and when a nasty fall took him out he eventually switched directions and fell in love with Moto.
The problem I have with cyclocross in Oregon is that it comes during a time when our mountains are at it’s best and as mountain bikers we live for these days!
My good friend whom was a very serious racer for a very long time once told me “there will come a time when you will have to decide if you want to mountain bike on the weekends or race around in circles for 40 minutes.”
It took just a few races for me to realize that my weekends would be spent chasing the best trail conditions around the PNW and not at a race. To each his/her own.
This is why I love the Portland Trophy Cup! The Tuesday race at the Portland International Raceway was a good excuse to go hard for 40 minutes and party with your friends.
When my teammate Charlie asked if I wanted to join him on his first trip mountain bike trip to Oakridge I immediately said yes!
Oakridge is a small town on Highway 58 just 40 miles East of Eugene. Oakridge is home to over 300 miles of pristine singletrack and has been called the Mountain Biking Capitol of Oregon (sorry Bend).
I've been super fortunate this year and have already been to Oakridge four (I mean three) other times. You can read about one of my last trips here!
I inherited an Olympus XA 1 from my grandfather after he passed away. He was really into hiking, exploring the foothills surrounding the Bay Area and the Sierras.
So when I first got this camera I knew I wanted to respect his legacy and capture moments of my life that are spent outdoors. So earlier this year we took a week long trip down to Santa Cruz and I decided it would be a good time to give the XA 1 a try.