Finally, a group of true professionals shred my spot and return the love. It's a privilege to be internet famous once again... for another 15 minutes on Life Behind Bars. It was a damn bummer I didn't have a bike during the shoot, but that's the price you pay being an abandoned athlete in the game of high-stakes MTB. Woes me. About a month later, I actually bought a bike and jumped the big set for the first time in 4 years. Who cares about me though, check out Semenuk, Fairclough and Vink rip shit up!
Makken's new edit embodies my vision of mountain biking. It's a harmony in my head - using the force of gravity and a bike to blast into the lower atmosphere with enough hangtime to accept the creative expression that is style. If you've never felt it, chances are there's a limitating voice in your head keeping you grounded. Push beyond it. This style of riding is the greatest feeling in the world.
TO HELL WITH CIRCUMSTANCES
Here's a well documented story of a man named David that is highly motivating. This fellow gets it. Notice the determination, positive state of mind and lack of self-pity. 2010 was a tough year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
2013 proved to be an awesome year to be alive. I learned that my life wouldn't be bitchin' if it wasn't for all my bitchin' friends. grizlives.com mashed it up for the youtube to say thanks for being bitchin' and shoutout 2013 hashtag highlights. Happy New Years and may the best of 2014 be with you. Love, Griz.
KENNY POWDERS VS. BERNARDO CRUZ
Earlier this year, Kenny Powders ProDH traveled south to Brazil for Desafio das Cruzes - a dual format urban downhill. This event was the third dual DH race in RedBull event history and Kenny managed to qualify despite mechanical problems with his bike. In this practice lap, Kenny goes head to head with Bernardo Cruz (Bernardo went on to finish 3rd in the race) High speeds and wedge ramps through historic Ouro Preto. One gear. One lap. Quien es Kenny Powders?
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
This video left me in tears. It was an honor to meet Steven Murray, chair to chair, at the BMX Supercross race in September, 2010. The brief conversation we shared continues to fuel my fire to restore vibrant health in my journey. Stephen suffered a horrific spinal injury over 6 years ago that left him a quadriplegic. With true grit and perseverance, Stephen has restored a connection in his quads! Rule number one is never quit. Nothing is impossible! Credit: Stay Strong
A TOUR OF EL CAMPITO FARM
I remember being a skeptic of the whole "organic food" scene when I was a naive 20-something. At the time, I was more concerned about the hippie stigma to be honest. After shattering my pelvis, my opinion of organic foods changed forever. I've even come as far as growing my own food but I can't grow enough for everyday life... yet. Luckily, our local organic farmers at El Campito provide wholesome nutrition that enables the body to regenerate. This is universal. We are what we eat and commercial agriculture is obsolete in my opinion. Old is new. Farming from sun up to sun down is the hard way. The hard way is the right way. Honor your local organic farmers.
KYLE STRAIT WINS RAMPAGE
I called it! Kyle Strait "Lyle" became the first rider to ever win Rampage twice. He also walked away as the only rider to have competed in every Rampage final after Thomas Vanderham hurt some ribs and took himself out for finals. We broke our backs building the winning line for Strait and Zink to make history. I'm just happy my bros are alive and well after that one. Vacation, anyone?
STRAIT DOES PINE LIFE FOR RAMPAGE TRAINING
It's almost go-time for Rampage. Lyle came down the other week to get comfy on his new GT Fury and we filmed this little nugget. We did some cool shit and shot guns but that clearly didn't make the cut. At least the 2004 Rampage winner is looking good on his big bike. Personally, I'm nervous as shit because I know he's a contender to win this year. If you're not first, you're last and Rampage is not the spot to get last place.
New school meets old school. For those of you that missed out on the Kamikaze Bike Games, this edit is for you. Even if you went to the Kami Games, this edit is for you. If you call yourself a mountain biker, this edit is for you.
3 YEARS LATER
Three years ago the best worst thing happened to me.
This is the wreck that changed my life and today I'm honestly grateful for it.