Flyingcracker Trailride Video
Friday, July 13, 2007

composite MantisYesterday evening the flyingcracker staff raced in the local Powerade Pinnacle summer race series. This first event (of five) was a hill climb from the base area to the top of the Silver Queen lift, ascending 1850 vertical feet in 4.4 miles. We covered the course on a fully-rigid composite (aluminum and steel) frame Mantis circa 1986 built by Richard Cunningham. Our trusty steed was outfitted with a modern Shimano XT nine-speed rear derailleur but retained the old reliable WTB rollercams and WTB GreaseGuard front hub. Needless to say our time (50:41) was much slower than the winner, Brian "Where's the T.P.?" Smith (33:53), but we had a great time. Everyone who raced received some kind of schwag as well as a hearty dinner. Eric "H" Baum informs us that the remaining four events will consist of two XC races, a Super-D (!), and a criterium. Come out and join us, you'll have lots of fun.

Earlier this summer we made a flyingcracker trail-ride video, edited and produced by the Suitcase Of Courage staff. We shot hi-def footage on several rides including Teocalli Ridge and Strand Hill. Even our hero Duke has a few cameos. Enjoy...