Welcome to 2014! We are really looking forward to this year, with plans to be more active in the recent growing mountain bike advocacy campaigns, as well as helping NICA (the National Interscholastic Cycling Association), that have already taken affect. That and of course more enduro racing and shredding videos! Here’s all the radness that’s already gone down.
Will participated in a panel in Santa Cruz:
“Other highlights of the month include participating on a panel at UCSC, joined by professors and land managers, to discuss the future of mountain biking in the school’s incredible Upper Campus Preserve. I was honored to be chosen to represent the cycling community and was blown away by the attendance of local mountain bikers. It was truly inspiring, and I hope that the discussion leads to a sustainable way of legalizing mountain biking on the preserve.”
The Upper Campus trail network in Santa Cruz is easily one of the best in the world, where besides all the local pros, weekend warriors, and college kids out shredding, you also find visitors from all over the world and industry folk testing the latest. We hope for a day when we no longer have to advocate constantly for something that in our eyes is obviously so great.
The whole team, Will, Riley, Tony, and Colby, volunteered at the Norcal High School League 2014 Winter Camps, among the likes of many mountain bike legends such as Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler. And Lindsey Voreis! You’re awesome!
Team Highballs on Tam with matching X Fusion Slide 29er forks, Easton Wheels, and everything else!
“I was happy to help out at the NorCal Cycling League’s beginner camp in Fairfax by showing some extremely promising young riders my local trails.”-Will
After mostly riding just to instagram his bike in scenic Santa Cruz, Will and Riley got up to some racing to start opening it up for 2014!
From Will on his CCCX sufferfest:
“I was excited to get out, get in a hard effort, and not get completely smoked in the process. Up next is the Cal Poly Collegiate Criterium & Time Trial this weekend, followed by the next CCCX on Feb. 15. Stoked to get the season underway and excited for what it brings!”
Riley and Colby got in a hard effort much further north in the infamous Grasshopper called Old Caz.
“For this year’s sold out Old Caz Grasshopper, a 51 mile route with 5000+/- feet of climbing I chose my Highball C with cyclocross tires. The X Fusion Slide 29 fork combined with Formula R1 Racing hydraulic disc brakes really gave me the advantage over a standard cross bike. While riding on the road behind the world class rider, Geoff Kabush, hitting speeds of up to 35 mph on the flats, it was a struggle to hang on.
Old Caz is a race of survival, so I brought a mass amount of food including lots of GU Roctane and two bottles full of electrolyte tablet GU Brew. Crossing the line in 20th place out of roughly 425, this was a great day of training and putting my bike body to the ultimate test. The Highball was wonderful and did everything I could have asked for. After the ride I had a GU Brew Recovery Chocolate Smoothie waiting for me in the ice chest in the car. Another great successful Old Caz for the books.”
Colby with more gas in the tank at the end!
Enjoy 2014 and we hope you are excited as we are!