THEE HOLY MOUNTAIN V2: Suffer Report

I was working in Seattle when my buddy texted me about doing the OMTM Thee Holy Mountain V2 ride.

THEE HOLY MOUNTAIN V2 IS AN EXPANSION ON LAST YEAR’S ASCENT INTO THE RARIFIED AIR OF WY’EAST. BLENDING GRAVEL, FOREST PATH, LOAMY TRAIL, DOWNHILL SINGLETRACK AND HISTORIC WAGON ROAD, THE V2 IS BROKEN INTO BIG AND EPIC ROUTE OPTIONS FOR A SPIRITED ROMP THROUGH THE LESSER KNOWN BYWAYS OF MOUNT HOOD. BY THE NUMBERS, THE EPIC FULL RIDE FEATURES OVER 19 MILES AND 5570 FEET OF SUSTAINED DESCENDING IN A SINGLE SHOT FROM THE SILCOX HUT TO ZIGZAG.
— OMTM

OMTM separated the route into BIG and EPIC. The BIG route is 42 miles and 4361ft of climbing. The Epic route was 54 miles and 7180ft of fucking climbing!

I am a rule breaker, so naturally I made my own route.  I cut out a section of the EPIC to make a 50 mile route with 6000ft of climbing. What should we call this one Ron? Bigger? Here is a link to the Bigger route in case your interested: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23978009

I am not sure if anyone got a head count, but the parking lot at the Zig Zag Ranger Station was packed. 

Rolling deep. 

It didn't take long for me to get dropped. Climbing alone is probably one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy being lost in thoughts and just settling into my own cadence. 

P.S. Short socks and not giving a fuck. 

We took a wrong turn and climbed Timberline to Town instead of taking the paved road to the Timberline Lodge. Bonus points because this view was the best one on the trip! 

P.S. Enduro bros you're supposed to yield to uphill traffic. 

The Ritchey Timberwolf is the latest addition to the stable and it's quickly become my favorite bike. The spare tube setup on this rig is fucking rad. 

P.S. We still have a few bottles left. Hit up the web shop and use the code below for 20% off. 

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So the EPIC route included a 1000ft climb to the Silcox Hut... Wine at the top because you just died pushing your bike to the top. 

DKLEIN laying down some smooth lines, follow him on Youtube to see his video on the ride. 

Well that was fun. Huge shout out to at OMTM for the route and getting everyone together.

Head over to OMTM for more routes and trail wisdom. 

Dustin Klein's Ritchey P-29er

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Dustin Klein reached out to me about going on a mountain bike ride and shooting his Ritchey P-29er. I am never the one to pass up on a mountain bike ride and I am always down to shoot photos in the woods. I mean who doesn't right? Unlike Dustin Klein's Ritchey P-29er his Toyota truck is sketchy as ####. Yet we made it to the Gale's Creek trailhead in one piece and embarked in a photoshoot deep within the Tillamook Forest.

Enjoy the set.

 

The 2016 Portland N.O.I.S.E Ride

North Portland holding it down in the yearly event that is the 2016 N.O.I.S.E Ride. Rules are meant to be broken and the only existing one is comrades who partake have to be upon a single speed rig. This event was put on for folks that couldn't make it to SSWC years and years ago. So the urban adventure rally churns through the streets like you are kid on your Hutch Pro Star BMX or a 30 year old looking for the best curb islands to launch after drinking fifteen beers. 

JLO the winner of the 2015 event organized quite the feats of strength for this years event. No bones were broken this year but many bags of Cinnamon Bun Oreos and Olympia beer were crushed. Bike-Buzkashi was had at the first stop with the black dice team taking the win after the bike polo folks decided that their smash abilities were working. Many other events occurred throughout stops in our fair haven of NOPO, and you will just have to come out for the 2017 event to experience the majesty of launching your hefty soul across the single track of the Willamette.

Last but not least. The Seattle crew came South and set up the mini battle drome at Peninsula Park where the battle of the belt took place for the 2016 winner. If anyone knows how to throw a party its when Portland and Seattle get together aboard a wooden track of shred.

Written By: Scott Wanhala
Photographed By: Christopher San Agustin

Syncline : My First Mountain Bike Ride in Oregon

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I spent all winter in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It was the worst winter the city had seen in over 50 years. Good things come to those who wait. New York is behind me now. I will never go back. I am back in Portland Oregon and we’re driving into Washington on our way to Syncline. This is my first experience mountain biking in the Pacific Northwest and it’s raining hard. I am assured that the weather system near Hood River will be perfect so I sit back and take in the amazing Columbia River.

Sure enough the rain fades into a brilliant blue and we’re bathed in sunlight as we pull onto Courtney Road.

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BlackRock

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The Blackrock Trail system is located three miles west of Fall City and just over 70 miles from Portland Oregon. The system is divided into four primary lines : Banzai Downhill, Sicker Gnar, Sunday Stroll/ Brake Check and Grannies Kitchen. The trails are maintained by the Blackrock Mountain Bike Association and each primary line has their own dedicated maintenance crew. The entire trail system is super dialed and the parking lot even features a changing room. [portfolio_slideshow id=4386 width="1200px"]

From the parking lot we pedal down a dirt road that is shared with a church camp. We stay left as the road points up. After 10 or so minutes of climbing we arrive at Basic Training. Basic Training acts as a staging ground featuring trail maps, bike parking and a port potty. It truly takes on the term basic training and is littered with jumps, logs, ladders and other obstacles that will be found in the more advanced trails.

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Here is a breakdown of the trails via BRMBA:

Banzai Downhill: Green Rating (Easiest)

Trail Overview: Banzai Downhill (BD) can best be described as the “bread and butter” experience at Blackrock. It is the most versatile trail on the mountain, allowing each rider to challenge him or herself according to their skill set, so everyone, from first-time to the most-experienced riders, will don a smile as they ride BD. This trail offers groomed dirt and wooden berms in addition to wooden features that meander through the forest. All features on BD have B-line ride-arounds, allowing riders to skip those features with which they are uncomfortable and add them into their BD experience with practice and time. First-time riders especially should scout all wooden and dirt features before attempting them. Individual riders can apply varying degrees of speed and select increasingly challenging lines, which may result in an experience that can be viewed from beginner up to intermediate and advanced.

Sickter Gnar: Blue Rating(intermediate)

Trail Overview: Sickter Gnar is characterized as the name implies, just when you thought it was the sickest trail you’ve ridden, you drop into some Gnar. It begins off the upper platform into a rock garden section and winds into a ribbon of sculpted berms, jumps including tabletops, doubles along with wooden ladders and technical features of various designs. Sickter Gnar is a blue rated trails and riders should scout each jump and feature before committing to riding it. Black rated sideshoots and alternate lines can be found within this trail. Sickter Gnar is a bit more raw than the Banzai Downhill trail and is best suited for intermediate/advanced riders to experts.

Grannies Kitchen: Black Rating

Trail Overview: If your granny had built a trail, she would have no problem pulling out all the tools she needed from the pantry and drawer’s in her kitchen. From the steep black rated roll in on GK1, the trail just keeps whipping up something new at every turn for your appetite. GK1 provides the riders who posses the skills required a variety of natural and wooden technical trail features. Infamous drops and stunts such as the meat clever, the cheesegrater, salad tosser,and disposal inspire riders to fly high in the magnificent understory of the Mt. Brown forest in it’s amphitheater style setting upon the hills landscape.

Other notable features on the grannies kitchen system include 2 wall rides, GK3’s section of grannie’s doubles, ET and the Halo’s on GK4. Grannies foot has some of the most technical riding blackrock has to offer. As with all blackrock trail systems, each trail section and its feature’s should be scouted before committing to the line.

Slayer: Blue Rating

Trail Overview: An intermediate line that began its life as a tribute to the freeride skill set that the northshore skinnies and platforms require. It is currently being revamped as a blue jump line that will help to develop/hone airborne jumping skills and trail flow.

Dino’s Runaround: Black Rating

Trail Overview: Dino’s Runaround begins at the base of the Bonzai Downhill 4. Originally developed for a New World Disorder film, Dino has revamped this trail into a high flying trail that incorporates wooden ladders, drops, jumps and natural dirt jumps and berms. Many of the features have b-lines but still maintain the black level rating of the trail.

This is an expert black level trail and should only be attempted by riders who have examined each of the natural and technical trail features.

Sunday Stroll/Brake Check: Black Rating

Trail Overview: Sunday stroll is just a stroll on the boardwalk, if the boardwalk was in the air and required jumping on and off ladders and jumps with mandatory gaps. This is not for the beginner and requires expert skills to perform properly. As with all trails on the mountain scout each feature and measure trail speed and risks involved.

Brake Check is a high flying jump marathon that is characterized by mandatory doubles with few ride arounds. This trail requires expert skills and proper scouting of the jumps and features.

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I definitely enjoy more of a back country experience when it comes to mountain biking but there is no denying that Black Rock is a blast. Head over to BRMBA to learn more.

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