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    I heard it snowed pretty good yesterday!? Can anybody report if that's the case and is it rideable?

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    Mills Peak trail is all clear except for one log half way down the upper section above the helicopter landing. A few patches of snow are left, but may be gone by your stay. If you are going to shuttle and depending on vehicle, there are two almost impassible mud holes on the road to the look out. May want to consider riding up and down. Don't forget to ride Phil's Loop portion at the bottom of the trail, it adds another 1.5 miles to the trail and passes the north edge of Mohawk Valley. Usually ride up this clockwise up from the Graeagle Billboard and return adjacent like to the hwy. This is also a good for those who may be up for the trip, but would like a short ride and some shop time in Graeagle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fill the void View Post
    Mills Peak trail is all clear except for one log half way down the upper section above the helicopter landing. A few patches of snow are left, but may be gone by your stay. If you are going to shuttle and depending on vehicle, there are two almost impassible mud holes on the road to the look out. May want to consider riding up and down. Don't forget to ride Phil's Loop portion at the bottom of the trail, it adds another 1.5 miles to the trail and passes the north edge of Mohawk Valley. Usually ride up this clockwise up from the Graeagle Billboard and return adjacent like to the hwy. This is also a good for those who may be up for the trip, but would like a short ride and some shop time in Graeagle.
    Such awesome news!!!

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    So stoked! Still need to get a proper hitch for the jeep... but everything else is about ready to go!

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    I designed a logo for my group NorCal Gravity months ago using the likeness of that logo. Is it your companies or just for this event? Several members on here are members of the group which is based out of Santa Rosa, Ca. Im just wondering if we somehow came up with the same idea? Also if your down to advance our cause I'll consider a merger....read the flyer for details about our cause and contact info.
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    We cleared the last of the snow drifts to Packer Saddle today.
    We are shuttling to the normal drop off spot and things are
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    I've got the time off from work and I'd love to get in on this epic adventure! I don't have a campground reservation. Can someone squeeze me in on their reservation?

    I'm a married 31 year old easy going dude who rides a Turner 5 Spot. I can bring several growlers of Russian River and plenty of bottles. I'd prefer to crash with somebody who has done this before since it will be my first time in this area. I'll also bring my DSLR and take some pics of the riding as well.

    I'm looking to arrive on Thursday evening before sundown and split on Sunday. I'd love to get in 2 days of riding on Friday and Saturday. Any of you Downieville vets have room in your campsite?

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    There's 2 of us coming, we don't have a camp site reserve, we're thinking of coming on evening of 7th, will there be camp sites available for us? We are coming from SoCal area (IE/OC).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasintrane View Post
    I'm a married 31 year old easy going dude who rides a Turner 5 Spot. I can bring several growlers of Russian River and plenty of bottles. I'd prefer to crash with somebody who has done this before since it will be my first time in this area.
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    sounds like something you'd find in the Craigslist M4M section to me!
    there's so much empty camping space in that area you'll have no problem if no-one is tempted by your growlers.
    here we go again

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    Hi Isaac, my name is Kyle and I'm a happily married 39 year-old father of two. I ride a Santa Cruz Nomad and I like shredding the gnar and drinking good beer. It sounds like we might be compatible!

    :-)

    In all serious, you'll fit in just fine, we do pretty well with sharing camp space. There's a fair amount of overflow parking there, so shouldn't be a problem at all. My advice to anyone is just come with an attitude of self-sufficiency and with a willingness to share and everything works beautifully!

    I'm in campsite 10, so come on by and introduce yourself. Looking forward to this awesome weekend!!!

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    Taha, same thing I told Isaac. Just show up, say hi, share a beer and make a friend! You'll definitely find a campsite to pitch a tent. We're all friends here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleven-yo View Post
    sounds like something you'd find in the Craigslist M4M section to me!
    there's so much empty camping space in that area you'll have no problem if no-one is tempted by your growlers.
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    Hi Isaac, my name is Kyle and I'm a happily married 39 year-old father of two. I ride a Santa Cruz Nomad and I like shredding the gnar and drinking good beer. It sounds like we might be compatible!
    Haha! Yeah, I did feel a bit like I was soliciting myself! Good news none the less. I'll plan on showing up with my gear and crashing. Looking forward to it.

    K-max, are you familiar with the area? Are you going to be there Thursday night?
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    My buddies and I are planning to go and I'm glad I found this thread. Does anybody have room for 3 more? I've only been to Downieville once, and when we came it was too early in the season as we had to trek in the snow. So I've been looking forward to getting back when the trails are open.

    We're planning to arrive Fri night and head back Sunday.

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    Indyrace85-There will be room for you-even if its with Melt. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy aka Rut View Post
    Indyrace85-There will be room for you-even if its with Melt. :-)
    hehe he said "Melt"

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    Sweet! Looking forward to meeting you folks!

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    Hoping thie quote thing works:
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    I'm so excited about D-Ville that I'm offering a $25 incentive to MTBRers to come ride with us.

    Specifically: For anyone attending the the gathering, I'm offering a $25 discount on the DirtBaggies bib+baggy combo. To avail yourself of this offer you must to pre-order at DirtBaggies.com by noon (Pacific time) 6/7/2011 and enter coupon code "GnarCal25" during checkout; offer only valid for purchases collected at Campsite #2.

    I'm looking forward to meeting y'all in person.
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    Anybody from OC want to carpool? I'm hoping to leave on Thursday and return Monday.
    I'm happy to provide a vehicle (can take 5 bikes and 5 people, but honestly 4 in comfort), or to jump in yours.

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    Ah Melt......Well TkBlazer and I are heading up late Wed night from OC, 2 shuttles booked for thur and fri and thinking nice long ride sat.

    Cannot wait to get back up there!!!!

    Andy, do you want us to make sure your campsite #2 is ok?
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    Thanks for the offer 1x1 but our reservation is Federally backed so there is NO NEED FOR YOU TO CAMP ANYWHERE NEAR US! but thanks. :-)
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    As of 12:30 pm Monday June 4th it is absolutely pouring heavy rain in the D'ville area per the Doppler radar. So much so that I am glad that the trails have a few days to drain and tack up before the gathering.

    No more rain is predicted before the gathering so I'm fairly certain that hero dirt will be the predominant trail condition. Woot!
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    It is raining steady here at the base of the Mills Peak Trail. Conditions were getting dusty at lower areas, trails should be golden mid-week through the weekend.

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    How about up at the peak?

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    Dusting of snow on Mills Peak from my window... Trail was getting Dusty at exposed sides, this will be the return of total velcro.

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    Big Boulder on Saturday morning

    GMM and I are meeting at Packer Saddle at 10am on Saturday for a Big Boulder ride. We'll roll out by 10:30, so I might squeeze in a warm-up Sunrise loop if the shuttle drops me off by 10. Pace will be moderate, regroups at the top of each big climb, Strava Kings running late will have no trouble catching up. If you've never ridden BB this is a good chance to get a guided tour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29erchico View Post
    As of 12:30 pm Monday June 4th it is absolutely pouring heavy rain in the D'ville area per the Doppler radar. So much so that I am glad that the trails have a few days to drain and tack up before the gathering.

    No more rain is predicted before the gathering so I'm fairly certain that hero dirt will be the predominant trail condition. Woot!
    Are you going, and if so, where are you camping? You've got PM's. Last time I went, I about needed a boat or a raft more than a bike with all the rain every day and night.

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    Wow, 5 pages... So, does anyone have a summary of group rides, or are we on our own as far as organizing group rides? I'm kinda lagging behind in the planning department.

    I have booked site #7. I thought we had one more tent site left, but it is taken now! I think we are full up.
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    Julie, I'm kinda thinking Friday will be a Big Boulder ride into town, leaving from camp, Saturday a more epically-sized Graeagle backcountry adventure, and Sunday, maybe take it easier with two shuttle runs into Downieville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    Julie, I'm kinda thinking Friday will be a Big Boulder ride into town, leaving from camp, Saturday a more epically-sized Graeagle backcountry adventure, and Sunday, maybe take it easier with two shuttle runs into Downieville.
    Thanks! Mr. Shred is up for an epic backcountry ride Saturday (me too). We did some sort of lakes basin epic once, but I think we went a non-traditional way. Is it starting from camp or do we need to drive/carpool somewhere?
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    Julie, I'm kinda thinking Friday will be a Big Boulder ride into town, leaving from camp, Saturday a more epically-sized Graeagle backcountry adventure, and Sunday, maybe take it easier with two shuttle runs into Downieville.
    I like this plan. Seems paced pretty well!

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    Lakes Basin Update:

    Heavy rain and dusting of snow on the peaks and ridges. Should be epic conditions by mid to late week. Oakland Pond Trail, Elwell and other high trails will not be ready by the weekend though the standard DVille Downhill trails should be epic. Don't be fooled by the lack of snow on the south face of Elwell. The north side will punish all but the very adventurous.

    I took the big saw out today and got a good beating in the weather, but cleared a ton of stuff.

    Mills: Phil cleared most of Mills, and I went up today and got a recent tree that fell this week at the top. It is clear of snow and holds up great in the rain. This is a great climb and then descent or a fantastic way to climb and connect to the Basin.

    Round Lake Trailhead to Bear Lakes Loop: Cleared all the trees today. There is some tread damage from weather.

    Bear Lakes Loop: Cleared the one log today. In good shape with a few minor snow drifts.

    Long Lake Connector Trail: Hiked in and cleared a nasty tree while enjoying sideways rain and wet snow. A few snow drifts, and a wet crossing at the dam but otherwise good.

    Long Lake Trail: Cleared numerous trees on the lower end. Otherwise clear with some flowing water near the top and a some tread damage. Totally rideable by techy riders. (FUN)

    Smith Lake and Creek Trails: Clear of snow and most trees.

    Gray Eagle Creek: A little wet but clear of most trees

    Gray Eagle Creek to Smith Creek Connector: Clear

    You can put a great ride together with this list, even without the high stuff. We'll get up there soon with the saw.

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    ronski, I won't be at Downieville, but thanks for setting up an awesome weekend for my friends.
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    D-Ville

    I was up in Downieville on Sunday...So nice....I bypassed sunrise due to snow...went down butcher and third, then rode up second and went down third again....been wanting to do that ride....what can I say...It was a great day...

    I wanted to give folks a heads up. They are doing road construction on hwy 49, between D-ville and sierra city. You can expect a 20 minute delay. Sunday is the only day of the week that there is no construction and no delay.
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    Wow Ronski, i'm not familiar with the area but that seems like a LOT to get done in a day. Nice work and thank you!
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    I was up in Downieville on Sunday...So nice....I bypassed sunrise due to snow...went down butcher and third, then rode up second and went down third again....been wanting to do that ride....what can I say...It was a great day...

    I wanted to give folks a heads up. They are doing road construction on hwy 49, between D-ville and sierra city. You can expect a 20 minute delay. Sunday is the only day of the week that there is no construction and no delay.

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    Shuttles for this weekend are filling up fast! Check the shuttle schedule here: Downieville bike shop and shuttle to the Downieville Downhill - YUBA Expeditions

    Early Bird Special: Reserve a spot on the 8:30am shuttle this Saturday or Sunday for just $15!

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    Wow Ronski, i'm not familiar with the area but that seems like a LOT to get done in a day. Nice work and thank you!
    Haha. It was a lot of hiking to get to all the trees, and it was POURING the whole time. The actual saw work was pretty easy this time. We got snow down to 4000 feet last night but the ground is warm and its melting fast. I'm off to ride to the top of Mills at 11am and will check things out. It should be a great weekend with velcro conditions and mild temps.

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    Questions from a newb.

    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    Julie, I'm kinda thinking Friday will be a Big Boulder ride into town, leaving from camp, Saturday a more epically-sized Graeagle adventure, and Sunday, maybe take it easier with two shuttle runs into Downieville.
    K-max, can I pick your brain a little?

    Friday: Big Boulder ride into town leaving from camp. Would you recommend a shuttle ride back up to camp from in town? If so, which one?

    Saturday: epically-sized Graeagle adventure. Am I correct in assuming this day would require no shuttle service?

    I'm just trying to figure out which if any shuttles I need to book. I've never done Downieville before with ya'll.
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    Sure ya can! Yeah, for any rides ending in Downieville, you'll want to have a shuttle/ride back arranged. The good thing about this though, is that it's a lot easier to get space at the end of the day. Some people self-shuttle but that requires a good 1.5 hours of driving down the mountain then back up. That's a lot of work. Just call either Yuba Expeditions or Downieville Outfitters and tell them you'd like a ride to the camp in the afternoon. Plan on a 3+ hour ride, then however long you'd hang out in town. Most people chill along the river for a while, especially with the nice weather coming. Sometime around 4pm is probably good.

    Graeagle rides all tend to be self shuttles. There are loops and out & backs from the town, but most are point-to-point. Those, we'll play by ear, but we'll have a message board set up at the camp for ride coordinating. That way, riders will know what they're getting themselves into!

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    Will we really need to book shuttles in advance for the ride back to camp in the evening? Or will we be ok if we are flexible and don't mind hanging around town a bit? I am a bit hesitant to book shuttles in advance because that pins me into certain rides on certain days.

    I've never been to the area and am looking forward to just joining in with whatever group rides seem like they'll be my speed.
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    Troy-I'm sure you might be OK without booking the shuttle, but if you miss out because the shuttle is full, you are looking at a hell of addition to the ride back to the top of the mountain.
    My advise is its better to be safe than sorry.


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    Will we really need to book shuttles in advance for the ride back to camp in the evening? Or will we be ok if we are flexible and don't mind hanging around town a bit? I am a bit hesitant to book shuttles in advance because that pins me into certain rides on certain days.

    I've never been to the area and am looking forward to just joining in with whatever group rides seem like they'll be my speed.
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    Not the kind of road where one can easily hitch a ride eh? OK. Well I guess I'll make some calls.
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    I wanna say its a 40-45 minute drive-up hill.

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    Not the kind of road where one can easily hitch a ride eh? OK. Well I guess I'll make some calls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    I am a bit hesitant to book shuttles in advance because that pins me into certain rides on certain days.

    I've never been to the area and am looking forward to just joining in with whatever group rides seem like they'll be my speed.
    I wouldn't be too concerned - there are a lot of options from the shuttle drop-off point, and no doubt there will be lots of different groups heading down different ways...
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    Yeah! First appearance of this sock will be at Downieville. Merino Wool, soft, tall and awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
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    dang, buddy reserved shuttles weeks ago for this weekend and yuba called and said they're overbooked and bumped him.

    I'd call and make sure you still have a spot!

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    Does anyone have space left at their site for a girl and her toaster...aka honda element? Was able to make some last minute shift changes at work so Downieville here I come! Was hoping someone could give me a hand with the compression settings on my new fork too? Its the 36 Talas 160 with both high and low compression setting. I've only had it a few days, with one 5 minute DH run and I need some help?

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    No way. Seriously? This weekend just got so much cooler! Happy to have you, Noelle. You're welcome anywhere, but swing by campsite 10 first. We'd love to have you in our party!

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    Awesome thanks Kyle! I'm working till 1130p tomorrow..so figured i'd leave SLO early friday morning. Definitely need your help with my fork, I just don't get it? They add another compression setting and now I'm lost? Or maybe its just my freakishly small head thats the problem? I can;t wait to ride my new HD out there Its going to be awesome!

    You guys planning a potluck or anything? or just massive cook your own? need some ideas of what to bring something besides beer and meat...those are a staple of the event. Any thoughts let me know? I know you guys are heading up tomorrow lucky bums but if you forget anything shoot me a txt or call and I'll pick it up no problem. is beer in bottle or cans better...i proffer bottle but the me, Any requests?
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    I want one! Any chance you could swing by Yuba Expeditions with a C-Guide for me?

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    Hey All! gonna make it to hang out on Saturday afternoon and eve, not bringing demo bikes this year but will have some tasty new ones with me for you to check out. Also, I am Kicking some C.Guides into the SWAG PILE for the Saturday night festivities, and I am going to offer a D-Ville Summer Kick Off Special and have them for $40 on Site! Bionicon USA C-Guide Chainguide

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    I'm bringing 5 bikes from the demo fleet. Yeah... carbon hardtails with rigid forks.

    Uggh, no loaner car. I might have to take my Mini Cooper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    I'm bringing 5 bikes from the demo fleet. Yeah... carbon hardtails with rigid forks.

    Uggh, no loaner car. I might have to take my Mini Cooper.

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    Am new to MTBR but saw this thread and booked myself a camping spot. Hope you don't mind. There should be plenty of spare room at site 15 - even has room for a horse! Booked Fri, Sat and Sun nights.

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    would anyone be up to pedal a loop sunday?

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    Hey everyone!
    Wanted to drop a quick note to let folks know that we have expanded our shuttle offerings for tomorrow. Due to high demand we have added a 10am shuttle and a 3pm shuttle, 11 passengers each. Hopefully this helps out anyone that was not yet able to get a shuttle.

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    Evan and I are heading up there early tomorrow morning. Staying in Campsite #16 and hoping to take a run into Downieville in the afternoon. Hope we can getting a shuttle back afterwards. Trying to save energy for a long XC ride on Saturday (with a pre-booked shuttle) . I am excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YubaExpeditions View Post
    Hey everyone!
    Wanted to drop a quick note to let folks know that we have expanded our shuttle offerings for tomorrow. Due to high demand we have added a 10am shuttle and a 3pm shuttle, 11 passengers each. Hopefully this helps out anyone that was not yet able to get a shuttle.

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    Put me, Robert and Mark on the 3pm. I'll email.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    would anyone be up to pedal a loop sunday?
    fer sure. I plan on doing all my riding on the Lakes Basin side. Depending on snow, I might dip into the western slope off Lavezolla Cr. Trail, but don't have any plans on "ending up" in Dville proper.

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    we got there kinda late today, but I managed to talk four others into a loop from town. I saw mr crash, dbug, raf, and a few others before they left for forest city.

    Conditions were great!

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    Did anyone else up in downieville this past weekend hear about the guy who RAN into a bear, and broke his bike and collarbone? I didn't believe it until I heard many confirm the rumor was true. I saw the ambulance but didn't know it was carrying someone off due to running into a bear!

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    Wow! Did not hear about running into bears.

    I did chase a mule deer on 1st divide today. These deers make good pacers!
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    My wife witnessed it. It happened right across from our camp grounds. Crazy!
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    Waking up in my own bed today with memories of the great experience is A+.

    Plus I don't have a scratch on me which is unusual

    Here's the bear story:
    A rider was going down Lavezolla trail at high speed when a full grown black bear shot out in to the trail and hit the rider from the side. The bear took out the wheels of the rider and ended up under the bike. They were tangled for a bit and the bear finally broke free and ran off. The rider ended up with a broken collarbone and the story of his life.

    Source: Wayne-O of Yuba Expeditions brought us a ton of schwag and had a beer with us on Sat.
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    Epic weekend. D-ville holds the best downhill runs I have done in continental US. It was also wonderful to hang out with all the familiar mtbr friends and meeting new faces. Thanks K-Max for organizing such an amazing event and everyone else who was there to make it all ultra spectacular.

    Fc- love the new mtbr bottle. You're always so generous! Thanks!

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    It was great great weekend!

    My memories include:
    -- hiking loops on the Packer Saddle campground begging for a tea bag
    -- Mills Peak! Fooking Super Awesome!
    -- 3rd Divide - the more I ride it, the wider and faster it feels!
    -- FC's socks - 3 minutes after dipping legs in Pauley Creek, the feet were warm! Wooool Power!
    -- Jan and firestarting kung-fu
    -- K-Max's drumming was fantastic. The guy knows how to add spice to the song.
    -- Mountain Men Barbells, or "Strenght training with Bruce, in which I learned that a log can be broken by a rock"
    -- Stan's strips are great. Many a "ka-clungs" from the rim area, and not a single burp.
    -- Fixing torn tires with dollar bills
    -- Trying to keep up with people who were faster - that's a good place to stretch some skills (within reason)
    -- The beeerz! I gained some 3 lbs just by having the beerz!

    Good times...
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    Super bummed I missed the shenanigans. But I am just a stoked that everyone had a good time. Downieville and its surrounding are a great place. Yuba Expeditions, SBTS and MTBR Norcal are role model stewards for our sport. It is exciting to hear about all three coming together for an Epic weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
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    Big kudos to Wayno for shuttling us up at 2:30 yesterday, and for kindly offering to use the phone. Wayno, you are the king.
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    A great time, even if Karen and I did not ride or literally tangle with a bear. Dig you all!


    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Waking up in my own bed today with memories of the great experience is A+.

    Plus I don't have a scratch on me which is unusual

    Here's the bear story:
    A rider was going down Lavezolla trail at high speed when a full grown black bear shot out in to the trail and hit the rider from the side. The bear took out the wheels of the rider and ended up under the bike. They were tangled for a bit and the bear finally broke free and ran off. The rider ended up with a broken collarbone and the story of his life.

    Source: Wayne-O of Yuba Expeditions brought us a ton of schwag and had a beer with us on Sat.
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    It was a delight to finally check out Mills Peak with a great crew! It's refreshing to ride a purpose-built flow trail at Downieville, rather than a mining extraction route. It was also fun sharing camp site with Rhynolite who is a bit more charming than his moniker would suggest! Thanks K-Max for springing the party on our campsite, and to Jan and Bruce (aka Mr. Shred) for stoking the bonfire without burning the whole forest down. And of course thanks to Francois for providing the mtbr stoke and beer stoke... and Aaron for the sip of the row 2.... thing... from Russian River - that is the pliny killer, IMHO. (I have not tasted pliny the younger yet).
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    Good times! Nice to see familiar faces at the bonfire, and meet new ones.

    Our crew just rode on the Lakes Basin side... some typical early June adventure riding in the Sierra



    Thanks Andy for the spontaneous, bonus Mills Peak shuttle yesterday!

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    Thanks to all who organized and contributed! It was great to meet new people and ride new trails! Mills Peak was a blast, as were Sunrise and Butcher (my favorites). I hope to make it back for more.
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    Bear story from the person himself:

    Scott Steinwert
    Hi Francis. Heard you guys were up here this weekend. It was crazy. The bear came out of no where running at full speed on a collision course for me. I could 't do much. I was coming down county rd 93 and we collided. I thought the whole time he was going to turn around and eat me. He took out my front wheel. I fell on the bear then the ground and broke my collar bone. My wife is sending you the entire story we submitted to the mountain messenger.

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    I only took a few photos during the entire trip as I mostly enjoyed myself and the company. The photos below were taken on the Friday's evening. Jan made amazing camp fire and Viv's roasted marshmallow is to be remembered.




















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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    Thanks to all who organized and contributed! It was great to meet new people and ride new trails! Mills Peak was a blast, as were Sunrise and Butcher (my favorites). I hope to make it back for more.
    Hey Troy, it was great meeting you! Rhynolite (a.k.a. Omer)
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Bear story from the person himself:

    Scott Steinwert
    Hi Francis. Heard you guys were up here this weekend. It was crazy. The bear came out of no where running at full speed on a collision course for me. I could 't do much. I was coming down county rd 93 and we collided. I thought the whole time he was going to turn around and eat me. He took out my front wheel. I fell on the bear then the ground and broke my collar bone. My wife is sending you the entire story we submitted to the mountain messenger.

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    p.s. Glad Scott survived the encounter. Wow.

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    Awesome weekend folks - great seeing the gang and meeting some new folks. Thanks FC for the another memorable adventure. Thanks to all who shared their wonderful brews. SoCal - hope to see you guys down San Diego way later this month...aloooooha!

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    Empty Beer-Great getting to meet you and thanks for guiding us.
    We finally made it home after an unbelievable weekend of riding.
    Thanks to everyone for a spectacular weekend!

    Wooohoooo!
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    THANKS EVERYONE I HAD A GREAT TIME
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    Good times and good meeting lots of you all!

    I had to take off early on Saturday and as it turned out, had a small family crisis invloving my son and a really spicy pepper...

    Ill be heading back there later this summer for sho, maybe even on a bike with boingy bits on both ends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark59 View Post
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    Here's the embed brother. Good hanging with you. Thanks for all the camping gear.


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    Lost Jacket

    Did anyone find a dark blue north face jacket? Kyle, I think I might have left it in your camp.......

    I can remember slinging it on the back of a chair somewhere, but I know it's not here in Santa Rosa with me.

    Great riding and hanging out with everyone. I enjoyed the late night jam session with Kyle, with Monica and Eric performing dancing duties.

    If someone finds the jacket, please PM me.


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    Here's the embed brother. Good hanging with you. Thanks for all the camping gear.




    Your welcome Francis ! Thanks for letting me try the new bikes and the new tire.
    I left this weekend with a thought from my Burning Man adventures a few years back .
    There is a saying at Burning Man that goes like this.

    You better be prepared out in the hot desert and plan well at Burning Man or it's going to be a miserable experience for you and on the other hand if you show up with just the shirt on your back you will survive and be taken care of.

    There is a spirit of giving at BM like no other.

    Well, the MTBR Kick Off has the same flavor.
    I showed up with no bikes and ended up having two awesome bikes and new tires and lube and great beer and free shirts from the bike shop
    And great trail guides and food given to me that was very tasty and heat at night ( Great camp fire) when it is was damn cold I even broke my XTR pedal and Troy from Oregon took is pedal off and let me use it the next day.

    Yep I think you could say this event has the trails and the beauty but the real draw for me is the spirit of the people !

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    Looks like it was a good time. Hopefully my schedule works out for next year.

    I'll be heading up next week. Any specific trails to avoid for now?

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    when we headed up to the top sunday around noon, there were rumors thats sunrise still had snow patches on it.

    It was open, clear, and riding perfect except for 2-3 5ft sections that were easy to ride through. I'd imagine they've melted. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShralpSauce View Post
    Looks like it was a good time. Hopefully my schedule works out for next year.

    I'll be heading up next week. Any specific trails to avoid for now?
    Yeah, one's with bear poop on them.

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