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    Demo forest Ride Report - May 5

    Yesterday, the excuses ran out and the old mtbr guard made it to Demo Forest. Saturday, it was hot but Sunday, it was cool and windy. I was worried about fallen branches on the trail but I got my ass up and got my stuff together.

    I have a love affair with a couple 650b bikes right now for the Demo jumps but I have a new 29er test bike for a week so I felt compelled to ride it and 'jump' it at Demo. Oh well, things I have to do for the j. o. b.

    We got to the parking lot and none of my crew was there. Instead, there were about 30 cars of these bikers where I did not recognize a single one of them. I think it was a meetup group and they were riding down Aptos Creek fire road from Demo.

    A few minutes late and the regulars Switchbaxr, Kmax, Squashyo, Markmass, Tburger, Dan51 and many others arrived. We shot the **** and we were off. This was a special ride because of the food. Ron aka Switchbaxr was cooking and it is always an adventure when he brings out the happy pans. I didn't really care what kind of ride I did as I was sore from a week of rallying.

    What commenced is one of the greatest rides in Demo ever. We did the singletrack on the climb then at the top, we did upper B and lower B. They were truly incredible.

    The growing groups got back together and our plan unfolded. It was going to be Saw Pit and Braille.

    About the test bike. Ok, it is a 29er but it is the one that is making waves. It's called the S-Works Enduro with 150mm front and rear travel. Going down Ridge, I had to brake check several times to avoid ramming to the fast riders in front of me. Oh it was on!!! I let Switchbaxr go ahead on the Corral intersection and it was rally time again. Dan51 was right behind me and two new guys, Ben and Mike Manuel were in formation.

    What happened next was magical. We did every jump in sight and Ron did not stop. We fricken railed it all the way through the rock garden and went full bore. Ron hammered the climb after the rock garden and kept going. Dan and I paused and reveled in the stoke. We then hit the rest of Saw Pit and started high fiving.

    I was so stoked with the bike that I had to let Ron try it. We swapped bikes and we were off. Climb then Braille and it was again an orgy of cornering and ayer. It was a special day as everyone pushed themselves and no one even dropped a chain.

    Got back to the car and it was food time. I'm running out of descriptions so I'll let the photos describe the picnic. Let's just say we were still there three hours later.
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    Sounds like a great day! Sorry I missed it but we shared a couple of trails that day
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    Thanks for sharing the stoke! You were already ripping on that bike when we saw you on Friday, so it's not surprising that you continued at Demo.

    It was a pretty crazy day out there with so many people. Did you see that dad with 2 young kids? I'm pretty sure he said it was their 2nd ride ever, and they had ridden Quicksilver for the first ride--but "it was too hard for them"! Hope they made it out okay! Everybody else that we saw was tearing it up and having a blast.
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    Dude... did you see me on Friday? What do you look like?

    On Friday was a frickn awesome death march for me. No lunch, ran out of water, just sat by my car for 30 minutes sipping water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Thanks for sharing the stoke! You were already ripping on that bike when we saw you on Friday, so it's not surprising that you continued at Demo.

    It was a pretty crazy day out there with so many people! Did you see that dad with 2 young kids? I'm pretty sure he said it was their 2nd ride ever, and they had ridden Quicksilver for the first ride--but "it was too hard for them" ! Hope they made it out okay! Everybody else that we saw was tearing it up and having a blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornfish View Post
    Sounds like a great day! Sorry I missed it but we shared a couple of trails that day
    Dood. Doooood!

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    Here is Paige. She said she used to fear Demo. Now she is starting to have fun with it.
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    Dan51 just swallowed Tweedy bird and is looking a little satisfied
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    Tburger has been so enamored with the North Bay that he as forgotten about Demo til now.
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    There was climbin but there was no racin.
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    Here is Ron glove testing and bike testing.
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    Kmax is flexin.

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    MarkMass before he made his disappearing act. Riding with Mark only lasts a few minutes. He will venture out on his own route fer sure.
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    Here comes the food.

    Here is the camping chair As Seen on TV
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    Ron with the Specialized Sante Adairius beer and Aaron Gwin bike
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    Yeaaaah!

    Wish I coulda joined yall. Hung out with the kid and went on a date with my wife instead!
    Looks like you all had a great day out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    ... Did you see that dad with 2 young kids? I'm pretty sure he said it was their 2nd ride ever, and they had ridden Quicksilver for the first ride--but "it was too hard for them"! Hope they made it out okay! ...
    Yup, I saw them. They were right by Braille and the two kids were walking up with their bikes. One of the kids could hardly take a step and could not keep his head up.

    I think they were about 8 years old. I'm guessing they did one Braille or Saw Pit loop in 5 hours. I'm all for getting kids out riding but this one looked like a monumental mistake. Live and learn i hope.

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    That is some serious grubbin' - you guys aren't messing around out there - how does one get on that evite list!

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    Demo forest Ride Report - May 5

    reflecting on yesterday:
    - Bacon as an appetizer to 5K footies
    - PR's broken all over the place
    - Blast of a run down Sawpit and a run down Braille on a super Specialized Enduro 29er
    - Everyone pushed it to the limit and no one crashed
    - Great times, good grub and fantastic beer to share afterwards
    - sharing the day with my bros...fantastic! ...still stoked!
    thanks to everyone for a memorable day...grateful to have you as friends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    That is some serious grubbin' - you guys aren't messing around out there - how does one get on that evite list!
    just like the rest of us.... just show up to any group ride and get to know the crew!

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    Here's the Switchbaxr video. Fast forward to the 2 minute mark to get to Braille.



    It's like a big 'malcolm' riding.

    Play this tune in a new window in the background OVERWERK - Daybreak (GoPro HERO3 Edit) [Free] - YouTube

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    Demo forest Ride Report - May 5

    raw footage of Ridge to Braille on the Enduro 29er following Benny H.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Dude... did you see me on Friday? What do you look like?

    On Friday was a frickn awesome death march for me. No lunch, ran out of water, just sat by my car for 30 minutes sipping water.

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    I'm pretty much a generic round-eye! I was squashyo's wing man. We also ran out of water and were fried by the time we got to our car. But that Felton burrito place revived us!

    Btw- too bad about those kids. We saw them on the beginning of Ridge, and Josh recommended that they go down Braille. In my mind I did a little Scooby "Huh?" But at least they could've walked down it, and cut out a bunch of miles. That's a long walk out for little kids...
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    Dude, you guys were shredding! One thing I have to say. Ron, you dominate that trail. Every single hit. Every jump. You nailed them. I'm afraid to do what you do. Mad props!!!

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    Switch - you deserve mad rep after that ride. Love watching you rail on braille. I wish I could have been out there with you guys. One more month and I'm there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    Dude, you guys were shredding! One thing I have to say. Ron, you dominate that trail. Every single hit. Every jump. You nailed them. I'm afraid to do what you do. Mad props!!!
    Um, I think he needs to hit this with me someday...missed quite a few jumps (some hidden/some just passed) though not on purpose I am certian...rad riding though chef!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    I'm pretty much a generic round-eye! I was squashyo's wing man. We also ran out of water and were fried by the time we got to our car. But that Felton burrito place revived us!
    Frick dude, so good to meet you again. I am so sore from the descending!

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    Awesome! Fast time down Braille also.
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    ere's the bike. Ron's never ridden it before and that was his first descent on it. It rides like a familiar steed. Only thing is Ron rode the front with 120mm travel instead of 150mm by mistake!!!!

    Here's the bike in 150mm
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    the stiffest 29er rear end around
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    Best part of those videos is all the "woo" and "yeah" I hear. You guys were having a blast.

    I wish I knew about these rides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    Dude, you guys were shredding! One thing I have to say. Ron, you dominate that trail. Every single hit. Every jump. You nailed them. I'm afraid to do what you do. Mad props!!!
    Every ride with Ron is a discovery of how good a rider he really is.

    Those new dudes Benny and mike were amazing as well.

    Timmyc and team Buycell came by and hung out. He started complaining about how tore up Braille was. I looked at his ibis tranny and just smiled!

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    Thanks All!

    I got a late start on Sunday waiting for a sitter to watch my kids. Would have been fun to get in the ride, but caught the after-party and helped close down the bar. I got in a loop by myself and the trails were really good. I hit several jumps that I had never would have hit on my smaller bikes.

    Nice riding Ron... I wanna ride that trail like that. You and Ben tore it up on Braille!

    Once again, Thanks to all that shared an amazing selection of beers that I had never tried and to Ron for throwing down the goods! Food was amazing and hanging out at the after-party chatting with everyone rocked!

    A couple beers that I had never tried...
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    Big props to the Ron and the mtbr crew. Probably my first ride with this group. I've been on other rides with Ron but not too many. He and I go way back and it's always "Pure Awesomeness" when we get together for a ride.

    What can I say, I got behind Francis on Lower Sawpit and he was railing and ripping that S Works Enduro 29er. The grin on his face at the end was priceless.

    Then I got the chance to ride behind Ron and Benny (in the video) and only wished that I had a go pro for all to witness what was going down right in front of my own eyes. Benny and Ron going big, hitting every hit with tale whips, and trading back and forth on the lead. In the video Ron's Wohoooo's on every hit just sums it up. SOO EPIC that I got to hang and rail with those guys on braille.

    Then we ended the day with the Happy Pan???? I don't think I need to say anymore. The pics show it all. Good times everyone and glad to have met you all. That's one for the books! Hope to ride with you guys again soon. Epic Epic day in Demo!!!

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