Archive for March, 2010

Love to Ride!


 I just wanted to share this with you guys…the official poster + postcard for the Love to Ride women’s ride day. The first ride day, as I mentioned will be April 3rd…it is FREE and limited to 20 ladies so sign up soon if you are interested! Hope to see you there!!!

by Katie Holden on Mar.18, 2010

Going for Gold!!!

Well, the Olympics has come and gone to Vancouver and it sure was a blast. I used to race snowboards on the World Cup circuit for the Canadian National Team for years and I had some friends win medals. So cool!!
Maelle Ricker took the gold in womans Snowboardcross, Maelle Ricker and I Mike Robertson took silver in the mens Snowboardcross, Canadian Mike Robertson, Silver Snowboardcross winner
Jasey Jay Anderson took gold in PGS, jaceyjay1and Asleigh McIvor took the gold in womans Ski-cross. ashleighAt one point at one of the VIP victory parties I was dancing wearing Ashleighs gold medal and damn near chipped my tooth with it! They`re heavy! Ash is totally into the Whistler Bike Park and Rocky Mountain is setting her up with a Flatline DH bike pimped out with GOLD Raceface parts!!! Sweet!
The final event of the games (except for the Golden hockey game) was the mens PGS at Cypress Mtn. It was crazy weather with horizontal rain all day. I was surrounded by a hardcore cheering crew consisting of my girlfriend Sarah Fenton, my mom Bridget, my brother Jake, the biggest Indian from Kamloops Jim Leonard, fellow Raceface team rider and buddy, Andrew Baker and his BMX dad, Steve. gang
We were loud, happy and drank a lot of beer! Joanna Magic, the live event announcer interviewed me on the megatron big screen in front of 5,000 people and asked me about the old days of racing snowboards and what it was like testing product for Raceface and Rocky. A nice unexpected plug there fer sure for a media slut like me…ha ha. In the end, Jasey carved the hell outa the course and won the Gold spectacularly in the middle of a cloud! I was laughing, crying, and screaming all at once with my little posse! Such a wild vibe to the place!!!

Gold Medal Board

Gold Medal Board

I had an unreal time and can`t wait til my little girl wins the Olympics in 20 years in mountain biking!!!

by Brett Tippie on Mar.17, 2010

Vegas to LA to Lake Elsinore to Santa Cruz


I just had a BIG weekend.

Flew to Vegas as the ‘suprise’ for my friend Kristen’s birthday…there was a crew of 10 of us girls and it was FUN….Veryyyy FUN…I have a lot of gooood stories. I hang with the boys all of the time and I forgot how fun it is doing girl things, loved it.


From Vegas I drove to LA with the girls, switched into the boys car who had come down from Santa Cruz to ride Lake Elsinore and headed south to Lake Elsinore for the day. The place is pretty sick, I don’t have my DH bike built up yet so I was riding an Enduro which was cool but you def want a DH bike on that track to get loose. I can’t wait to go back there with a little more sleep under my belt and my DH bike! ha.


Yah so now I am back in Santa Cruz getting caught up on things. I flexed it up this morning at the gym and now I am wearing spandex about to go for an XC ride… :)

Oh yessss, also I got named to the US Team for Pan Americans!!

by Katie Holden on Mar.17, 2010

Chanoko MTB Duathlon Race Report


So this was my official 1st race of the season (2010). for me it was a training race. i was just coming off of a 3 week build in my training program, so i only had 1 reason to do this race: to get sharp. and thats it. nothing else. dont care about results, i wanna make sure my transitions were lighting fast as they have been in the past and get my race sharpness together….. this mountain bike duathlon consists of 2 mile trail run, 12 mile, 2lap bike course, 2 mile run. (continue reading…)

by Race Face on Mar.15, 2010

Sweet shots in Decline!

Decline’s feature article this month is on a trip I did with the STUND Crew, Mike Kinrade, Steve Romaniuk, Garret Buehler and James Dorfling. So lucky! Sven Martin met up with the crew as we filmed the 4th STUND Webisode with Tam Forde and put this story together.  Here’s a little peak…


I wanted to get a shot that would catch ANY rider’s eye and inspire.  I wanted them to check it out, think it was a super sweet move, THEN realize it’s a girl!  Pretty stoked when Sven figure we got the shot with this!

My ultimate goal was to get a shot that would catch ANY rider’s eye and inspire. I wanted them to check it out, think it's a super sweet move, THEN realize it’s a girl! Pretty stoked when Sven figure we got the shot with this naural gap!

Big thanks to master minds of STUND, aka Kinrade and Romo, for inviting me on the trip. You guys RULE!

Also got a great rider profile in the current Freehub Online Magazine.  The coffee table edition goes to print later this Spring.


Pipe Dream, Silver Star - Photo by Mason Mashon

Aline,Whistler.  Photo by Mason Mashon

Aline, Whistler - Photo by Mason Mashon

Can’t wait to see where my Rocky Flatline takes me this year!

by Lorraine Blancher on Mar.10, 2010




I am a bit of a sucker for good weather, It doesn’t have to be hot but I just hate being cold and wearing thermals and big jackets all the time. ha. Such a little whinnnner :)  California is totally my style, loving the hoodies!  It’s great being down here. Been flexing it up in the gym and getting some riding in. I think I am going to go shred some DH this afternoon…

I have a women’s ride day coming up on April 3rd in conjunction with Specialized and Scotts Valley Cycle Sport. Everyone is welcome! It is limited to 20 women and FREE. If you are in the Santa Cruz area give SVCS a call (831.440.9070) or stop in to sign up. There will be 10 Specialized women’s demo bikes available and a couple more men’s bikes will be available if needed. It should be a rad day…I am pumped to get some women out on bikes, teach some basic skills and give everyone the opportunity to make some new friends! Once you start riding, you can’t stop :)

by Katie Holden on Mar.08, 2010

New Bike!

I built up my new hardtail for the season and went and shot a little video. I built it up using a lot of the new respond parts so check it out!

You can see the whole bike build here.

by Jarrett Moore on Mar.04, 2010

Trek Dirt Series & Some Serious Girl Power

Race Face introduced the ‘For Her’ women’s clothing and protection lines in 2009. The collection addresses the need for performance garments and protection that can stand up to punishing rides while maintaining a sleek and flattering fit on the active woman. Not just a sized-down version of a men’s garment or ‘unisex’ protection, this gear had to be specifically styled and perform for women. The response from the female riding community has been overwhelmingly positive. The 2010 rider roster is a true indication of this boasting a higher percentage of female athletes than ever before; women eager to provide feedback and get their hands dirty during the development and fit process. Add to this the highly skilled group of Dirt Series coaches who are keen to test and provide invaluable feedback on the protection side and you can expect we will push the limits of the “For Her’ line in future seasons.

photo by: Mason Mashon

Race Face has been directly involved in supporting women’s cycling via the sponsorship and collaboration with the Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps for many years. The North American based organization develops and hosts instructional camps in major Canadian and US riding destinations throughout the season. The focus of the Dirt Series is to develop technical mountain bike skills for women in a safe, progressive, and motivating environment; offering a much needed venue in which female riders can learn and progress.

The Dirt series sponsorship was a great success in 2009 as were the custom crank auctions held throughout the summer with all proceeds benefiting the Series’ Scholarship program. At last count the collaboration raised enough money to send six deserving riders to camp this season. We are please to renew our commitment to both the Dirt Series and female riders for the 2010 season.

by Race Face on Mar.01, 2010