Our first ever mountain bike event was a
complete success! On Sunday June 3rd, Dieselbikes was proud to host a
DEMO day mountain bike event in Lynn Woods (Lynn, MA) titled "D-DAY".
This event hosted 14 local bike shops and 5 manufacturer reps showcasing
2007 and some 2006 DEMO bikes for the general public to ride. The
weather was not the best with overcast skies, cool temperatures and the
threat of heavy rain, but the event went off without a hitch.
With over 60+ DEMO bikes available to
test ride, event attendees did not have a limited selection of bikes to
choose from. DEMO bikes ranging for light weight XC models to full
suspension downhill rigs were on display ready for all to ride. Our
sponsoring manufacturer reps lead the charge; bring some of the sweetest
bikes along with their technical knowledge of bike setup and riding
technique. Attendees were not only able to test ride these bikes, but ask
questions and compare different model/manufacturer bikes side by side.
In addition, technical information, bike brochures, pricing and model
lead-time was available upon request.
There were to forms of group rides held
during this event. Throughout the day Dieselbikes lead DEMO bike rides
on a pre-determined trail through a small portion of Lynn Woods. This
course providing a little climbing, technical rock gardens and a short flowy
downhill section to give attendees riding DEMO bikes a good all round feel
for the bike they were test riding. Their were also three non-DEMO
group rides in Lynn Woods for attendees who wanted to explore and/or was
their first time visiting Lynn Woods. Our local sponsors stepped up to
this challenge leading groups as big as 20+ into the woods. We were
told by many people during the event, "We have never seen so many bikers in
the woods at one given time".
Mountain bikes were not the only vehicle
to DEMO ride. Jeff Putnam of Mountain-UNI was present showcasing
off-road mountain unicycles. Jeff had available a Trials Unicycle,
Freeride Unicycle and XC 29" unicycle for attendees to DEMO ride on the
event field along with a few wooden stunts. With his booth set-up,
Jeff was a busy man with many individuals wanting to try these one wheel
wonders. Way to go Jeff!
If you were not there to ride DEMO bikes,
you were most likely hung around for the Sinister Jump Jam. Sinister
put on a show that was beyond expectation. Back flips, 360 spins and a
host of other aerial stunts were on display as the Sinister jump team hit
the ramp. After the jump jam show, Sinister had the crowd going wild
with tons of free swag ranging from t-shirts to MAXXIS Tires. In
addition, Sinister donated a sweet "HOT PINK" Ridge hardtail bike frame as
first prize for the Dieselbikes event raffle. We were amazed by there
support and efforts with this event, thanks guys!
Among DEMO bikes, unicycles and a jump
jam show, this event featured food and live music too. Redbones was in
attendance serving a host of great food. We heard from a number of
attendees the JERK BEEF sandwich was a must! The smell coming from the
Redbones tent was so potent, people attending the softball game next to our
event drop by to have some great BBQ.
Our music venue was directed by Chris
Keating Productions and featured musicians such as "Walnut - da lyrical
"James Nation" and "Mallary Cutler" just to name a few. The support
from these local New England music groups added another level of karma to
this event. The genre of music ranged from bluegrass, to funk, to
rock. All we know, the vibe was flowing from the moment the bands
started playing until the end of the event. Again, we want to thank
all the bands and the efforts of Chris Keating Productions. If you
want to know more about these bands, you can contact them through Chris
Keating Productions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last but not least, we have a list of
thanks we need to send out. First off, we want to thank our volunteers
who took time from their own busy lives and helped support our event.
With out them, this event would not have functioned so smoothly. We
want to thank all of our sponsors who spent time and money to come out and
support this event. With out them, this event would have been a bust.
Our thanks also goes out to the City of Lynn for there trust and confidence
in Dieselbikes abilities to hold such an event. There is always an
unknown when someone new approaches the City with a large scale event, but
they gave us the green light to proceed. Without their support, this
event would have never happened. We look forward working with the City
to bring bigger and better mountain bike events to Lynn Woods.
Again, thank you to all and look forward
for this event in 2008!
Links to our
2007 D-Day Sponsors