With the snow situation being quite a bust for the 2013/2014 winter, the mountain biking never stopped. At some point my buddy Adam brought Paul Basagoitia up to our jumps on peavine. The spot had a lot of potential and we ended up helping Paul dig a new jump line all winter. It was cool getting to work with someone who has been in the mountain biking scene for as long as Paul has, especially in a zone we had found and started up. Here is a link to a video he put together riding the finished line.
Galena if filled with fun rides, nothing crazy, but plenty of fun and flowy trials. This is a combination of footage from Brown’s Creek and Dry Pond with some friends. Good fall weather allowed for a lot of riding great times enjoying the outdoors.
Riding: Brian Mandio, Ben Jones, Ross Ramage, Cameron Bender, Gram, and myself.
Music: Iron Horse – Pickin’ on Modest Mouse – “Polar Opposites”
Filming and Editing: Quincy Shanks
Tyrolean may be one of the most fun trails around town, it’s loose and fast, real fast. When we showed up at the summit last week we were met with a couple inches of unexpected new snow on the trail, only at the highest elevations though. The top third felt like full blown winter, transitioning into the middle section with slush and melted snow. The dirt was awesomely tacky and wet there. Eventually we descended back into the fall more toward the bottom. These were the best conditions that we had ridden the trail in, making for one of our most memorable rides on Tryrolean to date.
Riding: Brian Mandio, Quincy Shanks.
Filming and Editing: Quincy Shanks (additional filming from Brain Mandio.)
Music: Phantogram – “When I’m Small”
If you want to see more of what Mandio has been up to check out his personal blog site at sierraklunker.blogspot.com/.
Give it a look and get out for a ride!
Whether you want it or not, to each his own, you can’t fight the winter if you live around the Reno/Tahoe area. It’s best to just embrace it since it’s coming regardless, ride bikes until you can’t anymore then switch on over to skiing; that has always been my way of thinking. No stagnant time or seasonal depression (haha) waiting to switch sports that way. Just stay in the evershred mindset. Evidence of the variable weather can be seen in these two pictures taken from the top of peavine shuttles within a couple days apart.
This is the first video in a series of webisodes we will be posting throughout the fall and early winter. Every few weeks we will try to put up a new video from the area.
This first video is a montage of previously shot footage both from the Sea Otter, as well as some from and old trail up in the Caughlin Ranch. The trail up in Caughlin is no longer able to be ridden but it deserves a little screen time as a way of paying tribute..
The premise of the project is just to ride our bikes and have fun, plain and simple. That is the reason we all started riding bikes in the first place and it’s still what keeps us hooked. ~Enjoy
Music By: The Cardigans – Erase and Rewind
Edited By: Quincy Shanks
Murphy, Josh, Erny, and myself got in a good ride on mills peak a couple of weeks ago. Waking up with overnight rain in Reno only to find Snow at the top of the ride seems to be the theme of the fall. The start of Mills Peak had us riding through five or six inches of snow which melted quickly as the day warmed up and we descended. Soon we were mashing down a newly created stream that followed the trail or pooled up into good sized pudles, tear offs would have been a nice thing to have. Eventually we got down below where the snow line had been the previous night and got some good dirt in the middle section of the trail. When all was said and done we had sopping clothes on and only one over the bars superman.
Opting out of taking a second run for the sake of time we decided to try to find something fun on the way back to town. Some other riders we met at the bottom of Mills Peak told us to head over and check out the Animal on our home. Turned out equally awesome, although not seeming to get any moisture at all. The lower section of the trail had perfect end of the day light.
Winter has begun to show its face in the eastern Sierras. In the past month we have had several dustings of snow in the higher elevations, daytime temperatures have gotten noticeably lower and the daylight hours have gotten shorter. Soon, the trails around Tahoe will be snowed in and unridable. Quincy and I have been working hard lately to get enough footage collected from the Tyrolean before we have to wait for the spring thaw.
We were greeted with about 2-3 inches of snow at the top of Mt. Rose to start our day of filming. Our goal was to refilm specific sections of the trail to juxtapose our footage from the previous week. With the snow up top and the rain in lower elevations the trailed turned out to be perfect. We spent the day getting the finishing touches, fighting the cold and unpredictable light conditions. As the sun dipped below the mountains to the west we were just finishing up. Stoked on how this first video is going to turn out, setting the tone for the rest of the videos. Having fun and shredding with your friends is the name of the game.