This spring we attempted our first demo with Rocky Mountain Bicycles but were thwarted by, you guessed it, SNOW. You probably remember the weekend in May when every type of weather graced us on one day - rain, snow, thunder, crazy wind. While it was bad for us I can't imagine what it would have been like running the marathon in that weather (which hundreds of people did making them the toughest humans on earth). The short of it, the weekend was a total bummer but the Rocky crew vowed to get back up to our neck of the woods before season close.
When we found out Sam was going to be rolling through with the demo van in October we instantly knew where we had to host the event so we reached out to the Austin Badger Trail Crew. After numerous conversations with Jason Reinhardt we finally received word that the trail would be ready - the date was set.
For those of you unfamiliar with the newest trail on the NEO trail resume, Austin Badger Trail is located in Medina just south of Route 18 on River Styx Road. Built on a closed down golf course the trails offer up a variety of options for riders of all calibers. The first phase features 3.5 miles of flow with a good amount of elevation change, big berms and kickers galore allowing riders to try different lines with each passing lap. It's a must ride for all mountain bikers in the area and definitely a trail to watch out for as new phases are introduced.
With perfect weather, sweet bikes and a fresh trail in their minds riders came out in droves with the final tally on the day nearing the 200 mark. At the Rocky tent Sam, Mike, Jake and Louie signed up 70 riders, and handed out 3 dozen cookies, 3 cases of beer and 50 Beat Cycles water bottles. The response to the trail was incredible - everyone rolling off was grinning ear to ear and commenting on how versatile the layout is for big air and/or high speeds. Awesome trail. Awesome event.
A huge thank you to the entire Austin Badger Crew and Montville Township
for building a ripper of a trail.
We want to send a huge thank you out to our boy Sam who drove all the up for the event.
Rocky makes the best mountain bikes under the sun.
Props to CAMBA (Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association), The Edge Outdoors and Spin for bringing bikes and grub for all the people who showed.
And of course - our resident photographer, cyclist and all around bad ass lady - Brittany G.