Ride~A~Rama... Austin update

Jim stompin' at Hoodward
Jeremiah showing he's more than just a pretty face...
Chris flowing his backyard Hoodward set-up. Thanks for showing us around Chris.

Thomas with enough style to make the 9th st. locals watch
no caption needed for a cool photo... Thomas

Austin Local Lil' Chris destroyed it everywhere we went... 9th, Hoodward... Sunday's... so good
Oh yeah... 26" too....
Jim likes Austin too...
When Salty's not being a Gay...
He can blast the step-down at secret spot in Austin

I've wanted to check out Austin for a few years now and all I ever hear is how "cool" Austin is and "oh, you'll dig Austin!"... I think I've even been told I would, "Love" Austin.

Whatever!!! Just because you can ride at least 3 sets of dopest, flowiest trails I've ever seen within 10 min. of downtown, eat at Pita Pit then ride your bike to the swimming hole to cool off and then do it again??? Or the fact that everyone we met was totally cool... even the pimp at our Motel 6 was cool. Throw in riding places like 9th street and the T-1 ramp with Taj, Ruben, Jeremiah and the other locals. We were invited to ride some a backyard plywood playground called Hoodward with rippers Chris, Jason and Slasher... = this week has been awesome! Truly a dream come true... so, in short... I love Austin!!!

It was a refreshing change to hang out with BMXer's who didn't feel the need to start off on the wrong foot by talkin' shit or just being assholes in general until you prove yourself worthy of their attention. Taj was amazing at the T-1 ramp!!! One of those things you've seen on dvd a hundred times but nothing compares to Taj blasting a can-can in person... Thanks for showing us the lines and allowing us to ride!!! Here is just a sample of the best days of the trip even with the 5000% humidity.

Photos from "the Well"

JIm Tharp T bogs the tombstone
airing out the Double

Here's a few photos from a freeride spot in Santa Fe known as "the Well" which is another Rich Sprang original. All snaps by Caveman, Ben Tobin

Church Pics

Steven blasting for Caveman
Me realizing I'm spinning too slow... lights out!!!
Joe spinning
Millhouse never misses a shot...
Jimbo is killiin' it!!!
Carter on the Double ... Braaap...

More pics from Santa Fe's "Church Trails"...

Nissan Qasqai Final results are in...

2008 Nissan Qasqui Results are in!!!!Darren Pokoj
Benny Korthaus

We just read the results from London and were stoked on Adam finishing 8 th at the finals and 12 th overall... good job Adam!!! from the Pitabeggo trippers.

London Results:
2. Benny Korthaus GER SPECIALIZED
3. Lance McDermott GBR SCOTT
4. Phil Sundbaum USA HARO
5. Paul Basagoitia USA KONA
6. Darren Pokoj AUS FELT
9. Jamie Goldman USA SANTA CRUZ
10. Cam McCaul USA TREK
11. Kurtis Sorge CAN GIANT
12. Mitchell Chubey CAN NSMB.COM

Overall Results:
1. Lance McDermott GBR SCOTT
2. Benny Korthaus GER SPECIALIZED
4. Paul Basagoitia USA KONA
6. Phil Sundbaum USA HARO
7. Jamie Goldman USA SANTA CRUZ
8. Martin Soederstrom SWE COLORBIKES
9. Brandon Semenuk CAN TREK
10. Kurtis Sorge CAN GIANT
12. Andreu Lacondeguy ESP KONA

Ahhh... Austin!!!!

Steve stretching big no foot cans over this gnarly hip in the gnarly humidity prior to the whip of death followed by hours of who, want, when, why, how... followed by hours of who, want, when, why, how... followed by hours of who, want, when, why, how... followed by hours of who, want, when, why, how... followed by hours of who, want, when, why, how...

Steven and his whip of Deth...
This was me yesterday... this shit sucks!!!

Steve trying to regain his composure after a good head slap while wearing his helmet.

Well, we ditched Angel Fire for another all night drive into Austin, Tx. We went from 25 degrees and snowing to 95 and 90% humidity but at least we're riding dirt!!!

And famous dirt at that... 9th st. This is everybody on the trip's first time to Austin and so far we love it!!! Just on the drive in we saw ditches and banks everywhere. After a quick stop to eat at Pita Pit we headed over to 9th st. to ride this ridiculous spot!!! Aaron Ross and Taj stopped by, Aaron and Steve switched bikes for a bit and Aaron wasted no time in downside whipping Steve's Riot.
Thomas was killin' shit at 9th st. and pushing everybody to step up. He and Bafus started riding the big line with a huge left hip for the 2nd set and they were both tricking it with tuck no handers, lazy 1 hander 1 footers, no foot cans but then Steve says... "I'm gonna whip it..." and rides away. I get set up in a tree for a cool shot thru the trees as Steve drops in and sends another beautiful tailwhip around to pedals and cases... blowing his feet off and sending him crashing head first into a roller at the bottom of a 7' tall, steep landing. I jumped down from the tree to find Steve twisted around his bike snoring and bleeding... after a few scary moments, he comes around and is doing fine except a headache and swollen eye. Steve is the 2nd knock out so far this trip... this has to stop now thanks. He's up playing video games right now. We decided to call it a day after that. Good night from the Motel 6 on I 35 N in Austin, Tx.


Ahhh... Austin!!!!

Antics from the road...

Here's a small collection of randomness from the road....

Ride~A~Rama... a photo update

Capt. Bafus at the Helm....
When Rick Nolte had to leave the trip it was like loosing 5 guys... it just got quite for a bit... you were missed... we'll see you in SD fo' sho'!
Randy Spanger was spotted running amok thru the New Mexico desert
early morning timing at Rick's House
How do you like the chrome???
If Radittude was a real word... this would be the description... Joe P.
Metzger ripping it up on a borrowed Intense SoCom... it was awesome having him and Travis Hart on the beginning of the trip but after a hard landing on the step-up some of his internal hardware became aggravated had he needed to get checked out. CAn't wait to ride with you again Mike.

Jimbo stuck this ridiculous high-speed step-up tuck transfer... it was badass!!!
Jim samples the clean Sante Fe air at the "Church"
This is how we have spent a lot of time... when we can 'rastle the control from Steven's cold dead hands.
gotta love Bafus!!!
High-speed berm blast
Emily dropping some of Woodward's freeride trails... Emily trained the big lower sets with Lisa
Lisa Myklak hitting the 40' er after the step-down and she hit the step-up too and made it look good.
Here she leaves Perrizo in the dust thru the Glory Hole at Woodward West.
Carter goin' 60' on the Transition Double
Here's the 35' step-up at Woodward
Joe Perrizo is a juggernaut of flips and flairs
Steven floats above the "Church Trails" in Santa Fe... this does not suck!
berm train at Woodward West
Bafus has been riding really well and hogs the video game!!!

All photos in this segment by Ben "Caveman" Tobin

We've been insanely busy between driving from Orange County to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1 day... blowing out a trailer tire and realizing we have no spare or tools to change it with, 12 miles west of Flagstaff, AZ. only to find out nobody will bring out a tire and wheel in AZ. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome... on the road again.

Drove through the night in order to meet up with Don Hampton again in Santa Fe. Hampton had Bender and Spangler in tow because they've been filming for Don's new movie, Latitudes. Once we met up with Hampton, he took us out to the middle of no where...30 min. on a bumpy ass dirt road pulling our trailer full of bikes. When we arrive we're shown around a handbuilt Free~Ride area that has drops, wallrides ( the same wall ride you saw Bender hit on the cover of decline), hips, huge fast doubles... it was sick. Rich Sprang has built his own Free~ride oasis right next to the Rio Grande and I'd like to thank him for doing the lord's work and no Bender... there's no bible thumping happening in the PitaBeggo.

I was really hoping to get to watch Randy and Josh ride but they just cheered us on having filmed the day before. The only thing that kept things from getting really rowdy was the 30-40 mph gusting winds coming thru the canyons in every which direction but some good shit definitely went down... Jim stomped a steezy downside footplant "au natural." A few of us shredded Bender's wall ride and a cool hip. I pulled a hip flip on my Transition short travel bike and almost landed a lookback but the wind was getting the best of me. Joe did a couple of huge hip flips, Thomas and Bafus t whipped it... Jim 270'ed it perfect with the camera off but had some issues when the camera came out. He did throw a huge toboggan off the 10' semi-natural 1/4 that was dope.

That night we drove to my friend Nancy's house who I haven't seen since I was 12 years old and it was an amazing reunion of sorts. Nancy and her daughter Georgia had prepared a full on fiesta for us. We had a great time, made new friend's and left with clean clothes!!! The next morning we headed out to meet Rich at one of his other masterpieces... I'm going to call them the "Church Trails". Another awesome riding spot that was flowy and fun. I managed to knock myself out by 830 am after bailing out of a flip but I'm all good. Every body loved this place and rode it well. From there we trekked to Angel Fire, NM. to meet up with Jeremiah Work and try our hand at racing but the weather is not cooperating. The weather told me 60-70's and sunny but it's snowing, windy and F'n cold Damn It!!! Not too sure we're gonna stick around for this when we could be in south Texas sleeping outside and riding shirtless.

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