A girl riding downhill…

Back in July, 7 Springs Resort held a “free” bike park weekend to promote their slope side lift-accessed trails. Complete with tasty food and complimentary demos from Kona, Trek, and a few others courtesy of the guys from Speedgoat. Since Kona Jeff, WSD girl Chris, and Trek Demo Dave were all going to be wrenching their demos at the resort event, I went up to give them a hand; to chat with riders, swap pedals, and be another friendly face representing our three main brands (Trek, Gary Fisher, and Kona).

With over 400 people registered for the free lift tickets on both Saturday and Sunday, we were quite busy! Towards the end of the weekend I was encouraged to sneak away for my first ever lift-assisted run down the front face of the mountain. 7 Springs has done a really nice job with the trail layout and design, contracting an outside pro guy to determine trail fall and layout. Even though the resort is still in its infant stages as far as resort bike parks are concerned, there were still plenty of freeride table tops, berms, and rollers mixed with some more traditional DH style rock garden trails with picky lines.

This sport will make any type-A an instant addict; adrenaline, finesse, strength, and speed mixed with some mechanical technology and friendly competition… WOO HOO!  

So now it’s January. Still 4 more months before the lifts stop carrying bundled skiers (or snowboarders) to make way for a slightly muddier, more cumbersome cargo of rider and 35+ lb. downhill bike, but I’m as anxious as if bike park season was going to start up next fortnight. After some thinking, I decided I would trade in random rentals and build up a my very own DH/freeride bike. Pictures to be uploaded soon! For value I settled on an ’08 Kona Stinky Air frameset, with a mix of Bontrager and Shimano parts, capped off with a Rock Shox Totem fork for 6″ of travel for my girlish figure. I know as soon as I start putting the pieces together, I’m going to feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve.

…was that a reindeer or the sound of spring?


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