The Old Growth Classic is a new bike race in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. It's the first time a bike race has ever been held there. We're happy to be partnering with Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz to bring you this weekend-long event in August.
Official website for the race: www.oldgrowthclassic.com
Convinced already without even looking at all the pretty pictues? Register here: https://timeyourrace.com/OGC/RegMain.asp
The winner of our Ante Up for Trails campaign with Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz is Brad Lackey*, of San Diego, California! Brad bought 100 tickets, donating $500 to MBOSC. This campaign had over 3,000 donors contribute to a record-breaking $86,435 towards trail development in Santa Cruz. That's pretty amazing!
These funds will be used for various trail projects, including the West Englesman reroute in Wilder Ranch State Park this fall, trail improvements in Soquel Demonstration State Forest, construction of a new bike park, pumptrack reconstruction, and much, much more. All of these trails and pumptracks are built and maintained by MBOSC staff and volunteers.
More About the Winner
Brad is no newcomer to advocacy campaigns; "I have donated to this and other fundraising campaigns over the years to promote more trails. I particularly like the idea of destination spots with lots of trail options (Moab, Vancouver, Santa Cruz, etc.) My daughter now lives nearby so I thought this might be a good place to visit and ride. And besides, I am a huge Ibis fan and the outside chance of winning one was a great bonus. I don't buy lottery tickets, but it sure feels like I won it now!"
Brad continues by saying, "I don't it think it has sunk in yet, but I feel like a sponsored racer, getting to ride the best stuff! Ibis was very generous with its contribution to the program. I own a nice bike, but this one is some next level stuff. I'm sure that my brother and riding buddies will be pretty damn jealous. But you've got to enter to win! And it's for a great cause. We all need more trails and advocacy support."
When asked if he was going for the new Ibis Ripmo, Brad's response was no surprise: "Definitely a Ripmo all the way! In blue of course. I can't wait for free speed."
We're excited to ride with Brad in Santa Cruz on his new Ripmo. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our most successful Ante Up for Trails campaign yet!
*We asked Brad if he was THE Brad Lackey and he said "Of course". He's just not "THE" one who won the 500cc Grand Prix Motocross World Championships oh so many years ago (1982 to be exact).
The 2017 EWS Championship winning Ibis Cycles Enduro Team returns for 2018 with some new faces but determined to hold onto the title of the ‘Best Team In Enduro’.
Team leader, Robin Wallner returns for his third season on the Ibis team hoping to build on what he achieved this past season and finally score a podium and Top 10 overall ranking for the series. The 29 year old Swede had a breakout year in 2017 with four Top 10 results, including a steller 4th in Whistler.
Joining Robin at the head of the men’s field will be newcomer Lewis Buchanan of Scotland. 2017 was a comeback year for the 24 year old Scot, after suffering a serious injury that prematurely ended his 2016 campaign. His steady results in 2017 hinted that Lewis wasn’t far off the form that previously had him in the Top 10.
“I’m honestly over the moon to be with Ibis for the next 2 years. Their bikes are proven, and I am looking forward to a really successful upcoming season. Being able to work with Fox and Shimano again was a huge thing for me, as I have good relationships with those brands, and I’m excited to carry on and have a really good season with the whole team.”
Also, joining the team this year is Rebecca “Bex” Baraona. Another 24 year old, Bex has been one of the top privateers in the EWS over the past two seasons, scoring a host of top 10 placings without the support of a team. The native of the UK doesn’t do anything by halves. Shockingly, her first ride on a mountain bike was a rip down the DH track a Fort William. With a start like that, racing the EWS must seem easy by comparison.
“It feels really crazy to have just signed my first pro contract! Pinch me! Meeting everyone at the Ibis factory in California was great! We had a good laugh, rode bikes and ate good food! Mum, I'm in safe hands for 2018! Looking forward to racing and traveling with the crew and making the most out of all the team support, as I step away from privateer racing to professional racing. 2 years as an EWS privateer got me to this point and I am ready for the next 2 years with the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team. Now let's go racing!”
Only 21, and already a veteran of the Ibis squad, Dillon Santos returns to the team with his sights set on contesting the entire EWS season. Taken under the wing of Robin Wallner and the other more experienced riders on the team Dillon has been a willing apprentice. The California based rider hopes to prove that he has what it takes to compete with the world’s best.
Rounding out the roster will be Julie Duvert of France. Winner of the 2017 French Enduro Cup and a former EWS U21 race winner, Julie is hoping to break into the top 10 of the EWS for 2018.
2018 Ibis Cycles Enduro Team sponsors: POC, Maxxis, KS, Fox Factory, Shimano, Joystick, LizardSkins, Muc-Off, Feedback Sports, Industry Nine, Honey Stinger, One-Up.
Follow the adventures of the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team through all of the Ibis Cycles channels