Friday, May 30, 2008

Good Luck, Allie!

One half of the Freeride Foundation duo now resides on the East Coast. Allie Burch left Novato, CA last week for New York state, a real house, and whole lot of boxes to unpack. Watch for our ripping Velo Bella at Diablo Freeride Park and all of the other fun places to ride out there! Good luck on the other side, Allie!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

CCCX #6 Results

CCCX Downhill, Toro Park, CA

Expert Women
1. AnneMarie Hennes
2. Rosie Bernhard

Sport Women
1. Deborah Vitale
2. Roxanne Canent

Beginning Women
1. Jill Henrich
2. Lauren Brown

Jr. Girls 18 & Under
1. Morgan Compton
2. Alyssa Hansen

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Canada Cup #2 Results

The second downhill race of the Canada Cup series took place in Mount Tremblant, QC this weekend. Danice Uyesugi took her first major win, and did so with a decisive 15-second margin over second-place rider Kim Huard.

Pro Women
1. Danice Uyesugi
2. Kim Huard
3. Sophie Poirier
4. Genevieve Gagnon
5. Sheila Morris
6. Claudia Paquin
7. Emilie Audet
8. Mylène Kim Fortier
9. Audrée Vaillancour

Junior Expert Women
1. Miranda Miller
2. Anne Laplante

Senior Expert Women
1. Stephanie Adams

US Open of Mountain Biking Results

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Diablo Freeride Park hosted the 2008 US Open of Mountain Biking. A tough course with high-speed sections and gnarly rock gardens saw some rain before the race, and conditions had dried a bit for the riders' final runs. Kathy Pruitt had the fastest qualifying time, but Fionn Griffiths bested her by 3 seconds in the final for the pro women's win. Fionn also won the pro women's dual slalom win over Pruitt.

Pro Women
1. Fionn Griffiths
2. Kathy Pruitt
3. Joanna Petterson
4. Marie-Eve Marcotte
5. Dawn Bourque
6. Katrina Strand
7. Alexis Wruble
8. Katie Holden

Amateur Women
1. Stephanie Gubernat
2. Isabel Georgian
3. Vicki Koch
4. Heather Brennan
5. Rosy Metcalfe
6. Kristine Koch
7. Annmarie Wheeler
8. Trish Bears
9. Jessica Hoeverman
10. Amanda Pilling
11. Meredith Mansfield

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Now That's a Long Drive

I just got back to Marin, CA from New Mexico. Ouch. That's a long one. And monotonous. What was not monotonous was the weather at the Angel Fire Chile Challenge this weekend. With dry-ish conditions on Thursday, sloppy muck on Friday, frozen mud on Saturday, nearly dry conditions on Sunday, and a dry and balmy Monday, the mountain kept us on our toes. The relentlessly rocky course only had a few high speed sections, and those were nearly as tough to hang on through as the bumpy stuff at the top of the course.

Melissa Buhl walked away with the Pro Women's downhill win. And she won the UCI mountaincross race on Saturday, as well as the National Championship mountaincross jersey on Sunday. Except for the National Championship race, the Chile Challenge races counted toward the National Mountain Bike Series, the USA Cycling Gravity Calendar, and the Mountain States Cup series. Jessica Vogt now leads the MSC series, Melissa will maintain her lead in the NMBS.

Pro Women
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Lisa Myklak
3. Abigail Hippely
4. Jacqueline Harmony
5. Darian Harvey
6. Rachel Bauer
7. Addie Stewart
8. Wendy Reynolds
9. Stephanie Hatalsky
10. Mariska Chuse
11. Sondra Williamson
12. Michelle Rivera
13. Allegra Burch
14. Lisa Reinhard
15. Connie Misket
16. Kimber Gabryszak
17. Jackie Baker
18. Jessica Vogt

Expert Women
1. Jennifer Wolf
2. Erika Joehnck
3. Amy Scherm
4. Christen Boyer
5. Sage Wilderman
6. Lainey Aldridge
7. Nancy Harris
8. Soraya Khalje

Beginner/Jr. Women
1. Danielle Shewmake
2. Katy Monger

UCI Mountaincross
Pro/Expert Women
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Jessica Vogt
3. Neven Steinmetz
4. Stephanie Hatalsky
5. Rachel Bauer
6. Darian Harvey
7. Nadia Steinbrecher
8. Lainey Aldridge
9. Soraya Khalje
10. Christen Boyer

Sport/Beginner Women
1. Janna Renfro
2. Jennifer Johnson

USA Cycling Mountaincross National Championship
Pro Women
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Neven Steinmetz
3. Jessica Vogt
4. Sondra Williamson
5. Jackie Baker

Thursday, May 22, 2008

On Our Way to Angel Fire!

Allie and I are on our way to New Mexico. We can't wait to go play and also to see everyone at Girls' Night at 7:30 Friday night!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

We Have Gift Certificates!

What downhill diva wouldn't want to see a Freeride Foundation Gift Certificate show up in her Hotmail account? I can't think of any. We now have $25, $50, $75, and $100 gift certificates available for purchase online. The purchaser emails the gift certificate and a personalized message to the lucky recipient, and all she has to do is log on, pick out some sweet product, and enter the included code at checkout. Whoohoo!

Santa Ynez NMBS Results

Melissa Buhl continued her reign of the National Mountain Bike Series gravity events at Santa Ynez, CA this weekend. She won the dual slalom and the downhill, and maintains her lead in both events in the series. Melissa bested gravity legend Leigh Donovan for the slalom win! The next NMBS gravity race takes place at Angel Fire next weekend (it counts for UCI pro points, the NMBS, the MSC, and the USA Cycling National Gravity Calendar). Don't forget about Freeride Foundation Girls' Night at Angel Fire on Friday!

Pro Women
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Michelle Rivera
3. Sondra Williamson
4. Mariska Chuse
5. Darian Harvey
6. Christine Hirst

Jr. Expert Women
1. Erika Joehnck

Expert Women 19-25
1. Jennifer Wolf
2. Tara Johnson
3. Nova Hairston
4. Kelly Moore

Expert Women 30+
1. Joy Martin
2. Mairin Rooney

Sport Women 19-29
1. Rachel Throop
2. Allison Mann

Sport Women 30-39
1. Erika Oel
2. Kerry Howe

Beginner Women 19-29
1. Keri Albrecht

Beginner Women 30-39
1. Jana Wilcox

Beginner Women 40-49
1. Erica Phillips
2. Leah Jensen

Dual Slalom
Pro Women
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Leigh Donovan
3. Sondra Williamson
4. Darian Harvey

Open Women
1. Kayla Meadows
2. Joy Martin
3. Nancy Harris
4. Kelly Moore
5. Brittany Jackson
6. Nova Hairston

We found our results on

Monday, May 19, 2008

Bromont Canada Cup Results

The first Canada Cup downhill of the season took place at Bromont, QC this weekend. Micayla Gatto eeked out a win over Danice Uyesugi in a competitive women's field. The next Canada Cup race takes place next weekend at Mount Tremblant.

Pro Women
1. Micayla Gatto
2. Danice Uyesugi
3. Kim Huard
4. Sheila Morris
5. Claudia Paquin
6. Genevieve Gagnon
7. Sophie Poirier
8. Emilie Audet

Friday, May 16, 2008

Girls' Night at the Angel Fire Chile Challenge

Camping or sharing a condo with 8 dudes and their smelly gear can wear on a girl. We'd like to offer a means of escape--at least for a few hours. On Friday, May 23 at the Angel Fire Chile Challenge, Freeride Foundation is hosting a free Girls' Night to all the ladies at the venue. We'll provide snacks, a movie, and free goodies for everyone. Hooray! It'll go from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Check posters at the venue or email info@freeridefoundation for the address to the condo at the resort. We hope to see you in New Mexico!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Gravity East Series Race #1 Results

The Yee-Ha downhill at Massanutten Resort, VA kicked off the 2008 Gravity East Series. Cross country legend Sue Haywood used her fitness and local knowleged to slay the competition. She took the win by nearly 30 seconds over Ellen Adams. The next race at Massanutten is the Super D on May 31, 2008.

Pro Women
1. Susan Haywood
2. Ellen Adams
3. Stephanie Gubernat
4. Amanda Pilling
5. Vicki Koch
6. Kathi Krause
7. Tamara Peloquin
8. Anne Vig
9. Alicia Hamilton

Sport/Beginner Women
1. Lauen Daney
2. Kristin Koch
3. Kristin Cousin
4. Amy Coleman
5. Dreama Davis
6. Tammy Allison

Women Under 14
1. Taylor Allison
2. Olivia Allison

We found our results on

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fluidride Cup #2 Results

Katie Holden slayed the pro women's field by 19 seconds at the second Fluidride Cup downhill race of the season last weekend. Once again, the Cup was able to attract impressive numbers in the Expert and Sport categories. Leana Gerrard took the win over Katie in the Dual Slalom, proving that Leana is indeed the Northwest's queen of gated racing.

Pro Women
1. Katie Holden
2. Leana Gerrard
3. Joy Mutoli

Expert Women
1. Dawn Lambert
2. Chelsey Stevens
3. Jaime Rees
4. Caryn Cantu
5. Brooke Shore
6. Kat Sweet
7. Carolyn Mayer Hope

Sport Women
1. Cassandra Stamm
2. Monica Bergmann
3. Cindy Bartles
4. Summer Northern
5. Kathy Malvern
6. Jessica Serdowich
7. Julie Reilly
8. Jen Schenk
9. Ashley Smeltzer
10. Sandy Densmore
11. Asta Sestrap
12. Leslie Simpson
13. Cherry Thomas

Sport Women 18 & Under
1. Shelby Reilly

Beginner Women
1. Carolyn Prentice
2. Ruth Klein

Beginner Women 18 & Under
1. Cheyenne Smith

Dual Slalom
Pro/Expert Women
1. Leana Gerrard
2. Katie Holden
3. Chelsey Stevens
4. Leslie Simpson

Junior Women
1. Cheyenne Smith

We found our results on

Monday, May 12, 2008

California State Championship Series Recent Results

There have been two California State Championship downhill races so far this season. The first was run during the Fontana NMBS event. The second was run at Woodward West on April 27, 2008. The results from both races have been posted on the Southridge USA website. The next race will take place at Fontana, CA on May 31-June 1, 2008.

Woodward West
Pro Women

1. Michelle Rivera
2. Christine Hirst

Expert Women Under 35
1. Jennifer Wolf
2. Joy Martin

Expert Women 35+
1. Nancy Harris

Sport Women Under 35
1. Heather Zargoza

Sport Women 35+
1. Carla Bray

Beginner Women Under 35
1. Stephanie Jury

Beginner Women 35+
1. Erica Phillips
2. Kim Finch
3. Lala Mijares
4. Lisa Guzman

Pro Women
1. Christine Hirst

Expert Women Under 35
1. Jennifer Wolf
2. Joy Martin

Expert Women 35+
1. Nancy Harris
2. Laura Drexler

Sport Women Under 35
1. Mandy Oliekan

CCCX #5 Downhill Results

The fifth race in Northern California's CCCX downhill series took place this weekend in Toro Park. The next race is May 25.

Sport Women
1. Eryn Hughes
2. Leigh Etheridge
3. Deborah Vitale
4. Ashley Hernandez

Beginner Women
1. Roxanne Canent

Junior Girls 18 & Under
1. Morgan Compton

We found our results on

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Maribor World Cup Downhill Results

Sabrina Jonnier continues to dominate the World Cup scene with a win at the first race of the season in Maribor, Solvenia. She narrowly edged out Rachel Atherton for the victory.

Downill Finals
1. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis 3.14.31
2. Rachel Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal 3.14.49
3. Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center 3.21.80
4. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team 3.23.61
5. Floriane Pugin (Fra) Playbiker - Iron Horse 3.23.95
6. Céline Gros (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team 3.25.98
7 . Tracy Moseley (GBr) Kona 3.26.89
8. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) MS-Intense Factory-Racing 3.29.54
9. Petra Bernhard (Aut) 3.33.45
10. Myriam Nicole (Fra) 3.34.78
11. Claire Buchar (Can) 3.35.81
12. Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Sport Promotion 3.37.83
13. Katy Curd (GBr) 3.38.27
14. Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn 3.39.33
15. Anita Molcik (Aut) 4 Elements Yeti/Hotec/Rsp 3.40.27
16. Kathleen Pruitt (USA) 3.40.48
17. Joanna Petterson (RSA) 3.43.86
18. Dalma Kiss (Hun) 3.47.63
19. Birgit Braumann (Aut) 3.49.30
20 . Pascaline Reusser (Swi) 3.52.13

We found our results on

Maribor World Cup 4X Results

Anneke Beerten controlled the women's mountaincross event in Maribor, Slovenia this weekend. She won both the qualifier and the final to take the first World Cup 4X victory of the season.

Elite Women Finals
Big Final
1. Anneke Beerten (Ned) Ms-Intense Factory-Racing Factory-Racing
2. Anita Molcik (Aut)
3. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team World Team
4. Melissa Buhl (USA)

Small Final
5. Lucia Oetjen (Swi)
6. Helene Fruhwirth (Aut)
7. Castro Fernandez Eva (Spa) Esp
8. Diana Marggraff (Ecu)

Quarter Finals
9. Kathleen Pruitt (USA)
10. Marielle Jonker (Ned)
11. Tereza Votavova (Cze)
12. Katarina Tothova (Cze)
13. Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse - Iron Horse
14. Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)
15. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Ms-Intense Factory-Racing 1.02.13

Elite Women Qualifying
1. Anneke Beerten (Ned) Ms-Intense Factory-Racing
2. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team
3. Melissa Buhl (USA)
4. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Ms-Intense Factory-Racing
5. Lucia Oetjen (Swi)
6. Diana Marggraff (Ecu)
7. Kathleen Pruitt (USA)
8. Marielle Jonker (Ned)
9. Helene Fruhwirth (Aut)
10. Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)
11. Elisa Canepa (Ita) Playbiker - Iron Horse
12. Anita Molcik (Aut)
13. Tereza Votavova (Cze)
14. Katarina Tothova (Cze)
15. Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Plattekill Mountain Downhill #1 Results

In addition to being a junior guys' World Championships qualifier, the Plattekill Mountain downhill race on May 4, 2008 was also the first in a series of races at the Roxbury, NY resort. East Coast ripper Vicki Koch was the lone Pro/Expert woman to race, and there was a solid Sport women's showing. The next race at Plattekill will be a dual slalom on June 14.

Pro/Expert Women
1. Vicki Koch

Sport Women
1. Amanda Doughty
2. Tammy Allison
3. Gaelle Hudson
4. Stephanie Eannetta

Beginner Women
1. Taylor Allison

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Updated NMBC Gravity Standings

After two USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Calendar Gravity events, the Keyesville Classic and the Chalk Creek Stampede, Joanna Petterson leads the points race. The next chance to gain Gravity points will be at the Angel Fire, NM Chile Challenge May 23-26, 2008.

1.Joanna Petterson
2. Allegra Burch
3. Neven Steinmetz
4. Jessica Vogt
5. Bobbi Watt
6. Jackie Baker
7. Lisa Myklak
8. Rachel Bauer
9. Tiffany Allmandinger
10. Sarah Elworthy
11. Monique Hein
12. Stephanie Hatalsky

We found our results on

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

CCCX Series Points Update

These are the overall standings after four CCCX downhill races. The next race takes place May 10, 2008 at Toro Park, CA.

Pro Women
1. Sondra Williamson
2. Chrissie Pinney
3. Fionn Griffiths
4. Joanna Petterson

Expert Women
1. Kelly Moore
2. Lainey Aldridge
3. Sarah Land
4. Rachael Lambert
5. AnneMarie Hennes

Sport Women
1. Roxanne Canent
2. Deborah Vitale
3. Sara Jarrell
4. Rachael Lambert
5. Ashley Hernandez
6. Rebekah Gibson

Beginner Women
1.Roxanne Canent
2. Lauren Brown
3. Sarah Black

We found our results on

Tracey Hannah and the World Cup Series

I just spotted the post, Tracey Nicole Hannah Explains Her Decision on The post is a press release from Tracey about why she isn't pursuing the World Cups this season. It's a bummer that no one's stepping up to help her out financially. She's definitely one of the world's best riders and obviously she has a lot of potential. We'll miss her on the podium, but we know that when she's back, she'll be faster than ever!

World Championships Test Race Results

The World Championships organizers held a test event at Commezzadura, Val di Sole, Italy this weekend to prepare for the real thing next month. Several of the world's top women competed in the downhill and mountaincross events. Worlds is happening almost 3 months earlier than normal this year because of the Olympics. We need to remember that this is only a "test", but Sabrina Jonnier took second to Floriane Pugin in downhill. Anneke Beerten took the win in mountaincross.


Pro Women
1. Floriane Pugin (Fra) Playbiker -Iron Horse
2. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis
3. Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center
4. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Japan Cycling Federation
5. Anais Pajot (Fra) Team Sunn
6. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) British Cycling
7. Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Swiss Cycling
8. Myriam Nicole (Fra) Teamayton
9. Céline Gros (Fra) Solid A-Class Factory Team
10. Petra Bernhard (Aut) Ancilloti-FSC Tieschen
11. Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Swiss Cycling
12. Elisa Canepa (Ita) Squadra Nazionale Italiana
13. Sophie Borderes (Fra) Lourdes VTT
14. Elisa Fantonetti (Ita) Ancilloti Team
15. Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut) Ciclopia
16. Katarina Pialova (Svk) CTK Zilina
17. Federica Perardi (Ita) Racing Team Dayco

1. Anneke Beerten (Ned)
2. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis
3. Lucia Oetjen (Swi) Swiss Cycling
4. Mio Suemasa (Jpn) Japan Cycling Federation
5. Fionn Griffiths (GBr) British Cycling
6. Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut) Ciclopia
7. Stephanie Teltscher (Ger) Bund Deutscher Radfahrer
8. Elisa Canepa (Ita) Squadra Nazionale Italiana

We found our results on

Spring Thaw Results

Ashland, Oregon's Spring Thaw downhill race is one of those gems you find just off the beaten path. I'd never heard of the Spring Thaw until a few months ago and I was worried about the fact that all of our pro cross country friends were excited about racing the downhill.

The course is fast enough in sections to warrant a big bike, but it's so pedally in other places that a small bike makes sense too. I rode my Glory, and Sara Johnson and Katie Holden showed up on their big rigs. Bend local Anka Martin, who just finished crushing the competition at the Cape Epic, brought her trail bike and schooled us all.

The race is definitely one to put on your list. It's 100% singletrack in the woods with tight turns, fun pumpy sections, and a high speed freeway section. The Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association gives everyone a free lunch with their entries, and there's a happy community feel in the pits. Oh, and Ashland itself is pretty sweet--if you're a fan of bikes, snow, and Shakespeare (which I am).

Pro Women
1. Anka Martin
2. Jackie Baker
3. Katie Holden
4. Sara Johnson
5. Mariska Chuse
6. Laura Johnson
7. Carrie Barton

Expert Women
1. Sandra Ross

Sport Women 19-29
1. Sabine Steichele
2. Leslie Simpson
3.Jen Schenk
4. Erica Roberts

Sport Women 30+
1. Therese Conner
2. Kerry Howe
3. Melissa Boyd

Beginner Women 19-29
1. Gretchen Sylvestre

Beginner Women 30+
1. Elena Ferch
2. Stephanie Rouse

We found our results on For information about riding in and near Ashland, visit Ashland Mountain Adventures.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Now in Stock: Twin Six!

Our first Twin Six order just arrived. We're carrying women's jerseys and lots of socks from this Minnesota-based brand. The three jerseys have exciting names like the School Girl, Speedy, and Argyle, and even more intriguing designs. Click here to check out the fun for your feet.

Chalk Creek Stampede Results

The first Mountain States Cup gravity races took place in Nathrop, CO this weekend. The racing was limited to the gated variety and counts for MSC series points as well as the USA Cycling National Gravity Calendar series points. Joanna Petterson won both the Pro/Expert women's Mountaincross and Dual Slalom races. She battled Lisa Myklak, who's just returning from an injury she suffered at the Holla for Ya Dolla Jam, for the win in slalom. Joanna took on mountaincross specialists Bobbi Watt and Neven Steinmetz in for the win in mountaincross. The Chalk Creek Stampede is the second race on National Gravity Calendar, and the next gravity races for both series will take place over Memorial Day at the Angel Fire Chile Challenge.

Pro/Expert Women
1. Joanna Pettersen
2. Bobbi Watt
3. Neven Steinmetz
4. Jessica Vogt
5. Soraya Khalje
6. Rachel Bauer
7. Stephanie Hatalsky

Sport/Beginner Women
1. Janna Renfro
2. Michelle Robertson
3. Jennifer Johnson
4. Brittany Engleking
5. Danika Gillespie
6. Erin Serra

Dual Slalom
Pro/Expert Women
1. Joanna Petterson
2. Lisa Myklak
3. Neven Steinmetz
4. Jessica Vogt
5. Rachel Bauer
6. Sarah Elworthy
7. Monique Hein
8. Soraya Khalje

Sport/Beginner Women
1. Michelle Robertson
2. Danika Gillespie
3. Erin Serra

We found our results on

Saturday, May 3, 2008

NMBS Finals Relocate to Brian Head, UT

The NMBS Finals, which were supposed to be held at Tamarack, ID have been relocated to Brian Head, UT. The Finals will keep their original date of August 30 through September 1, 2008. The gravity events at Brian Head will be downhill, Super D, and dual slalom. For more information, visit Blue Wolf Events.