Friday, December 12, 2008

Middle School Drop Out

When we made this video- it seemed as if the fall riding season would never end. Tonight as I write this- some snow flakes have begun to fall in the mountains. High winds are expected to hit us late tonight and all the trailbuilders are on edge to see what happens in this storm. Dave Bisset wrote to me "Its in gods hands now."

Enjoy the short clip!

BRMBA Hosts A Falls City Work Party Dec 13th

Our brethren in Falls City Oregon are hosting a work party. Here's the information provided by the Black Rock Mountain Bike Association. So if your chasing some ride time this weekend- We at the GFRA are expecting a hard hit of weather, enough snow might be shutting down this entire  area. 

The work season has arrived!  Now is the time to do maintenance and work on new projects (trail and features)!   BRMBA can use your help! We will have one build day each month on the 2nd weekend of the month rotating Saturday and Sundays. 

Here is the schedule:

Oct 11th Sat                 Jan 11th Sun                 Apr 12th Sun

Nov 9th Sun                  Feb 15th Sun                May 9th Sat

Dec 13th Sat                 Mar 14th Sat                 Jun 14th Sun


The First 3 work days will be dedicated to maintenance the remaining (if maintenance is complete) will be dedicated to new projects. 


Normal Rules for work days:

Start time @ 9:00 AM

If you are working only then drive up, if you are riding and working then please ride up and we’ll get you where you need to go.

No parking in the camp field!

Bring liquids and lunch unless other wise noted!

You may want gloves (we try and have extras just in case)

If you want to work on a specific project contact so Sean can get you in touch with the trail manager.

There are projects that beginner, intermediates and advanced riders can work on so come work on what you might ride next! 


Thanks for your help and come on our and make the 08/09 build season successful… it’s just more items for you to ride!


Questions contact Rich at or Sean at

Monday, December 8, 2008

Trail Report: 3 Blind Mice

Its official folks....the new warm up trail called '3 Blind Mice' is ready for ripping. Today during an extended lunch break I met Shovelpick's Miles Sullivan for a session on the new trail. We started self filming this cool little one minute long video to show you all how fun it is- enjoy! 

Local beginner rider and poster boy for this trail- Steve Hutchinson became our guinea pig and successfully managed to navigate the first 2 features and then he busted out a triple strength Rockstar to celebrate. 
The final lines are complete. 

Support the GFRA by donating- contact us at 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ben Boyko Visits "Frankenstein" On Scouting Mission

 All photos by Carl Warren

This recent Monday,  a surprise guest of Sam Pinners NW School Of Freeride showed up to gander at the goods on 'Frankenstein'. Norco/Addidas/Dakine /Rockstar's 2007  World Slopestyle Champion Ben Boyko walked down the '116' to Frankenstein with Shovelpick's Miles Sullivan to 'check it out.' 

Looking forward to his return.............

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Work Party Announced For Dec 6th

Teamwork on Pratt Lake Trail

Saturday Dec 6th is a busy time for Dave Bisset and Jim Mudry. They just announced a work party to continue the efforts of restoring 8-Track, repair work on  'Extended Play' and if the group is large enough- a crew will be assigned to a simple project on the new "3 Blind Mice" warm up trail. 

If you can attend the meeting spot is "Extended Play" at 9:30 am to organize the plan of attack. Bring water, snacks, gloves and tools of choice (McCloud, Lopers, Rakes, Handsaws, Strong Back, Shovels and a bucket never hurt) 

Please donate to the GFRA. We welcome materials, if your able to make a donation- contact us at

Sure love the videos we are finding, this one of local youth dominating the trails. If this doesn't inspire to get out and contribute- I don't know what will........enjoy the flick! 

NW School Of Freeride Hardtail/BMX Jam Dec 6th

We have had a ton of requests to open the indoor facility for another BIKES ONLY Jam.   The first jam was a great success.   Riders had a great time.   For this next jam we are trying to step it up by integrating a box jump and additional outdoor street jibs.   Obviously the dirt will be out of commission due to the mud and rain, but we well do our best to have the cement clear of debris and water.  The Jam will go from 12PM-8PM and will also feature a DJ and some food/drink options.


The Liability waiver is now available online by clicking the link below.  If you are under 18, please have your parents take care of this ahead of time.   Booyeah.

Don’t Sue Me Shananagans


Price is $20, and $10 after 5PM.   Your $20 will include some RedBull Energy drinks, cool goodies and a kickback for the DJ.   The DJ is super good by the way.   Good Rock and Roll mix with some added juice from the Hip Hop end of things.   Also, we know its not “Cool” to wear a helmet, but at our spot, you gotta wear a helmet!   If you don’t want to wear a helmet, then ride somewhere else.   If you think helmet rules are stupid, then move to Canada or Switzerland where people don’t sue each other when they get hurt riding their bikes.   So until the USA changes their liability / insurance laws, you will be wearing a helmet at the NW School of Freeride @ Windells.


If you are interested in seeing some of the terrain available, here are some simple video clips of the fun on bikes from the first Fall Jam Last month.



However…….if you really want to see some good footage?   Check out this video of our Pro Hardtail Riding Fool, BILLY LEWIS, getting all jibby wit it.   This Tonic Fabrication rider hooked up with our video power bro Aaron Lutze and slayed it.

Click here to see the video!

Check out the NW School of Freeride website here for camps and clinics.