Fifteenth Annual Ellsworth Jam Kicks off in Moab
MOAB, Utah—Nearly 50 Ellsworth owners from around the world are converging this weekend for Ellsworth’s 15th annual owners gathering.
After a welcome reception last night at the Ellsworth Compound (a hijacked condo complex), riders met up this morning as the sun was just coming up for a breakfast catered by Escape Adventures, the tour group run by Moab Cyclery.
After a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit and coffee the Ellsworth Convoy headed out to ride Klondike Bluff.
The weekend’s events include Ellsworth group rides Saturday and Sunday and two group dinners. Tonight the Ellsworth owners will converge on Moab Cyclery owner Jonny Hymas’ house for dinner and dirt jumps.
"I’ve been coming here for 30 years, every November since I was a student at BYU,” Tony Ellsworth said. “I call it my pilgrimage, and now with children and a business to run and a mortgage to pay, it’s only down to once a year. Over time I’ve invited friends and it’s just sort of evolved into this. We've capped the attendence at 50 because we like keeping it personal.”
Hanging out with the group for the weekend are Ellsworth-sponsored pro riders Josh Bender and Monique Sawicki (who graces the latest cover of Mountain Bike).
"We’re all just here riding as friends,” said Ellsworth vice president Dave Wisenteiner, who announced the days activities at breakfast and introduced the pro riders and thanked all the Ellsworth owners for making the trip out.
Wisenteiner said that Ellsworth runs three other events throughout the season for Ellsworth owners to come and ride. He said the other trips—in Idaho, New Mexico and on Utah’s White Rim Trail—are usually smaller, more intimate groups, including Tony Ellsworth.
“We’re glad you’re all here and thank you for being an Ellsworth customer,” Wisenteiner said to the assembled group. “You’re the only group of customers I know of that are willing to spend your vacation with us."
Wisenteiner introduced “the fastest woman in the world,” Monique Sawick, to the group this morning. “She just won the Endurance 100 in Park City, where she set a new course record and beat every man on the course but the overall winner, so if you’re interested in racing going fast or just getting your ass kicked, then talk to her.”
Josh Bender came to Moab for the event from Keystone, Colorado, where he has been helping cut trails for the mountain’s new mountain bike park. “We’ve already got one trail done and another half finished,” Bender said. “The one trail has 23 jumps and 21 table tops 15- to 25-feet long. By next year we’ll have six more trails cut.”
Marc Barros of Twenty20 Helmet Cameras also showed up at the event to wire Ellsworth group riders.
Check back next week for a complete weekend wrap-up, pictures and helmet camera footage.
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