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Aug 012011
 
Riding bucket of blood in Cumberland

Riding bucket of blood in Cumberland

After racing Downieville I spent a week on Vancouver Island checking out the local trails. The riding was amazing it made the trails back home seem more like highways.

 

The Enduro was one of the coolest racing experiences I have ever had.  Saturday was a short time trial on black comb to decide the starting order of a five stage race on Sunday. We were told results would be posted a few hours after the finish which turned into a email sent out the next morning.  I was pretty curious as to how I did. I felt like I had a pretty good run but knew that I was up against a very talented field of riders. I thought about this all night and was up early to check for results. It was like Christmas except when I got up there were still no presents under the tree. The results finally came in while I was getting ready. I pulled them up and looked at them in disbelief. First was Brain Lopes, Second was Nicolas Vouilloz, Third Remy Absalon and Fourth me. I couldn’t believe it these were the guys that I have watched in movies as a teenager and thought that I could only dream of going that fast.  What a day! Not only did i get to meet some of the best riders in the world, but i was actually racing  with them. We raced five stages that day not knowing any times or results until the end of the last stage. In the end this is how it shook down for me.

Stage 1 18th, Stage 2 14th, Stage 3 4th, Stage 4 17th, Stage 5 13th, Overall 12th.

Complete results

Slide show of the event By Blake Jorgenson made second to last slide

The last stage was broadcasted  live on freecaster I roll through 15:19 into the video

Jul 082011
 

Oregan Super-D #2 Bend Podium Shot

Going into my fourth race of the season, I recognized that lots of  practice time is imperative to being competitive in enduro events. To prepare for Bend, I arrived four days before race day to begin practicing and learning the course. The course was very flat and pedally and obviously catered to XC racers. On race day, I had a solid start but held back in the early turns, knowing that they had been blown out in practice the day before.  After I made it through the log ride and the few drops in the course, I knew I could start to really suffer with out any major consequences. By the end of the run, my preparation and efforts payed off, earning a 5th place finish. Here is the link to the full race run in two parts shot with a GoPro HD.

2011 GOPRO Bend Super D – Anthony Diaz – Turner Bikes

2011 GOPRO Bend Super D – Anthony Diaz – Turner Bikes 5th with 26:04 2/2

2011 Bend Super D — More Mountain Bike Photos

Jun 142011
 

 

Anthony Diaz riding his Turner 5.Spot on opening day at Middle Mountain

Sunday June 12th was opening day at Middle Mountain, one of our favorite local DH trails here in Durango. Many of my friends showed up for a full day of shuttling. Local photographer/rider Jerry Hazard was there taking pictures and video to document the day. Here is a link to a video Jerry put together of the trail from top to bottom. Middle Mountain 2011

 

Jun 072011
 

Congratulations to Darian Harvey on piloting her DHR to a first place finish in the Pro Women

Angel Fire was a short trek of about five hours south from Durango. I drove down Friday morning with fellow racer Darian Harvey. Well actually, Darian drove while I caught up on sleep after a late night of prepping bikes and packing. The Super D course was a blast; it had everything including high speed straits, burmed turns, flat loose turns, and of course sweet jumps. Here is a link to a practice run. Angelfire Practice Run

The race started out pretty well. After the first turn I managed to work my way from near last to fifth. I managed two passes  when the course opened up onto one of the ski runs. I thought all was good only to get passed right before flatting about a quarter of the way down the course. Here is a link to the race run. Angelfire Race Run

May 302011
 

Memorial Day weekend brought together approximately 250 mountain bikers to Hood River’s Post Canyon to race one of Oregon’s most epic trails. The course covered a variety of technical terrain that had everything from rocky high-speed descents to sweet, flowing single track. It dropped 3,000 feet in seven miles, and had close to 400 feet of climbing to even the racing field between the baggies and the lycras.

Sunday morning’s Super D race run started off great, hitting all of my lines that I had been practicing and not flatting in the high-speed, rocky upper section. All was good until I arrived at the first climb where I was reminded that I had been focusing on Downhill racing for the past five years. Official race time clocked in at 22:52, tying for 5th place overall despite a surly run-in with a Northwest Douglas Fir that sent my bike half way down a ravine close to the finish.  First place honors went to Oregon native, Nathan Riddle and the complete results of all categories can be found HERE.

An excellent slideshow recap of racers and the course can be viewed on Vital MTB.

Turner demo fleet at Hood River

Pro Mens podium