I flew back to Canada in late June. In my first week back I met with the guys at Race Face, rode with the Camp of Champions in Whistler and made it to Vancouver Island to hang out with the guys at Straitline.
Once I got back to Fernie I got my Wildcard built up with parts I smuggled over from Taiwan. It was going to be my back up bike for the summer but after a couple of rides on it I was not sure I would be able to put it second.
Once I had my Scythe finished it was not hard to put my Wildcard into the basement. Just based on the look of my Scythe I was in love. After my first ride on my new bike I was hooked. After the first couple of rides my face was sore from the permanent smile I had while riding.
My 2010 Banshee Scythe:
Frame: Large Banshee Scythe
Fork: Manitou Dorado
Shock: Fox DHX Coil
Headset: Cane Creek Flush
Stem: Spank Spike Direct Mount
Bars: Spank Spike 777 Evo
Grips: ODI Ruffian with Blue Camp of Champions Locks
Rims: Spank Spike Evo
Hubs: Hope Pro II
Seat: Spank Subrosa
Cranks: Race Face Atlas FR
Chain Guide: Straitline Silent Guide
Shifter: SRAM X.O
Derailleur: SRAM X.O Short Cage
Chain: SRAM Hollow Pin
by Rob Dunnet on Aug.09, 2010
As far as racing goes, its been up and down. After the high of Pan Ams, I have definitely struggled with my season. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well (because I know I can) and I think that in a lot of ways I kind of lost touch with the actual journey. World Cups are hard, its tough going to a different place every week and learning the most difficult of tracks in one day. There are a lot of fast riders, lots of spectators and everything is just on a whole other level. I learned so much though and I am definitely a much stronger rider because of it all. It’s not like I didn’t have fun because I loved it, its just hard…thats all I can say to explain it!
This past week I have been back home in Whistler coaching for Camp of Champions and I have had an absolute blast. We all ride bikes for a reason and I think that my week with Camp of Champions showed me what I so easily lost touch of. I just had so much fun riding my bike…not that I don’t have fun riding my bike at races because I love races…something was just missing and I feel like I found it. I was riding confidently and riding good because I was having so much fun. I feel like a new rider after this past week!
You can catch up with the latest Camp of Champ photos and vids on my website www.katieholden.com
by Katie Holden on Jul.08, 2010
So after a fairly successful hockey season and an early exit from playoffs I started switching over to bike mode and training for the upcoming season. Our new bikes from Banshee came in soon after and did they ever look nice! My dad and I quickly scrambled and threw together the 4 legends and my spitfire that myself and my teammates were going to race on down at the Sea Otter Classic in the DH and Super D classes respectively. Once they were built and looking sharp we loaded them up into the truck and started on our gruelling 25 hour drive from Calgary to Monterey. We chose to drive this year to save on airline bike costs and also to be able to take all the tools, parts and other spare items that we would need. After a fairly uneventful drive down we pulled into Laguna Seca and went about setting up our joined pit with Banshee, Team Geronimo and ourselves.
by Alexander MacMillan on Apr.29, 2010
Part 3 – The final conclusion to a roller coaster 2010 Sea Otter!
by Brett Tippie on Apr.26, 2010
With the spring season in full swing it is finally time when people get out on their bikes again. Long gone are the days of snow on the trails. Well maybe.
Recently Brett Tippie and I headed out on an adventure and agreed to each write a small piece about what the ride was like to compare our adventure. We bore witness to “Thunderpow” and big flakes… basically we were skiing! (continue reading…)
by Dan Gronross on Apr.21, 2010
Part 2 – Tons more quickie interviews and video from Sea Otter. How I ended up in the park ranger’s building I’ll never know!
by Brett Tippie on Apr.21, 2010
Here’s episode 1 of my Sea Otter coverage – enjoy!
by Brett Tippie on Apr.18, 2010
Just rolled back home to Revy after an amazing month in Cali. It started off by hitting a 30 foot creek gap on the way to Sea Otter to checking out the Post Office Jump Jam in sweltering heat, doing a bunch of shuttle days on the classics runs in Santa Cruz, being taken to secret DJs and Slalom Tracks, coaching a few Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps, getting some great beach time all along the coast, two amazing rest days in Big Sur, riding the local goods in Laguna Beach and shuttling Tunnel and Cold Springs in Santa Barbara the morning their BIG fire started! Crazy! I miss the super hot days, fresh fruit and dry dusty trails but can’t wait as soon enough summer will be full on here…Bring it ON!
by Lorraine Blancher on May.13, 2009