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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Joyride 150

Having time off school for the holidays provides you with an abundance of free time, and what better way to spend it than at Joyride 150! Since I was there last winter there has been several changes, and by changes I mean more fun. More skinnies have been added in the beginner section as well as a whole new expert section, which includes drop offs, teeter todder, and a very narrow pole you have to try to ride across. The pump tracks haven't changed at all, but not to worry they are still as fun as ever!
When I went to Joyride previously I brought my XC bike with, but realized quickly that everything but the XC course is designed for a bike with a smaller wheel base, thus making it much more fun to ride a dirt jumper or bmx bike. That said, my XC bike stay at home this time and I decided to rent a dirt jumper. Much more fun for this type of riding! It does take some getting use to not being able to sit down and using non clip-less pedals, but after a while you adapt.
I warmed up with a few XC loops and riding the pump track till I was nice and toasty, then I was off to the other room. Before hitting the jumps I thought it would be smarter to ride some skinnies and get a good feel for balancing this bike. Surprising to me, I found the jumper easier to balance on the skinnies than the XC bike. Nonetheless, I was ready for some air! I had some trouble the previous year getting air and had my mind set that I wasn't leaving till both wheels were off the ground for a respectable amount of time. Two or three times around the jumps and we had take off! After completing my mission faster than I expected I spent the remaining couple hours off and on riding the jumps, taking breaks and riding other sections.
All in all it was a great day! Wish I could spend 6hrs there riding everyday.

In addition I promised I would post some music I listen too while training. Here are just a fewthat I would recommend. Enjoy :)

Deadmau5 - California Love Vs Velile & Safri Duo - Helele (Dj Loofslaw Mashup)!/search/Deadmau5%20-%20California%20Love%20Vs%20Velile%20%2526%20Safri%20Duo%20-%20Helele%20(Dj%20Loofslaw%20Mashup)/1/

Diplo & Don Diablo – Make You Pop!/item/14fhm/Diplo+Don+Diablo+-+Make+You+Pop

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Jakwob Remix)!/item/w8bb/Ellie+Goulding+-+Starry+Eyed+Jakwob+Remix+

Tiesto Feat. Diplo – C’Mon!/item/13754/Tiesto+Feat+Diplo+-+C+Mon

Zeds Dead & Omar LinX – Out For Blood!/item/15tks/Zeds+Dead+Omar+LinX+-+Out+For+Blood

David Guetta ft. Busy Signal & Red Rat - Da Remix Deh (D&H Remix)

Hyper Crush - Keep Up (Chew Fu Cold Crush Fix)!/search/Hyper%20Crush%20-%20Keep%20Up%20(Chew%20Fu%20Cold%20Crush%20Fix)/1/

Kid Cudi - Pursuit Of Happiness - (Steve Aoki Dance Remix)!/item/xp0b/Kid+Cudi+-+Pursuit+Of+Happiness+Steve+Aoki+Dance+Remix+

The White Panda - Escape Day 'N' Nite (Kid Cudi // Tiesto)!/item/1621k/The+White+Panda+-+Escape+Day+N+Nite+Kid+Cudi+Tiesto+

Tokyo Police Club - Favorite Colour (PUNCHES Remix)!/item/16zs3/Tokyo+Police+Club+-+Favorite+Colour+PUNCHES+Remix+

Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Fare Soldi Remix)!/item/15rsr/Duck+Sauce+-+Barbra+Streisand+Fare+Soldi+Remix+

AudioDax - Thoughts (Crystal Castles Remix)!/search/AudioDax%20-%20Thoughts%20(Crystal%20Castles%20Remix)/1/

Barletta - Large Marge Anthem (Major Rager)!/item/13d85/Barletta+-+Large+Marge+Anthem+Major+Rager+

David Guetta ft. Busy Signal & Red Rat - Da Remix Deh (D&H Remix)

Mohombi - Bumpy Ride (Chuckie remix)!/item/13bcp/Mohombi+-+Bumpy+Ride+Chuckie+Remix+