It is our great pleasure to announce
that the 3rd Annual D-Day Mountain Bike event, held on June 13, 2009, was a
big success for the Lynn Woods Reservation. The event generated
$750.00 to help support the trail network. Despite the cold
rain-soaked week, D-Day was blessed with one day of perfect sunshine.
Thanks to the weather we were able to pull off a full day full of events,
games, group rides and demo equipment.
This year we had a record number of
registered participants, totaling over 150; double that of last year. Along
with this record number of participants came a record amount of funds
generated for Lynn Woods totaling $750.00; a 50% increase over the 2008
The event opened to the public at
9:30am with the first group ride of the day-for advanced riders led by our
own Pete Slabysz at 10:00am. This first ride drew over 20 participants
and covered many well known (to the mountain bike community) trails
including Shark's Tooth, Espresso and Pow-Wow.
Group rides were in high demand during
the morning hours. There were four scheduled group rides of varying
levels, as well as a number of 15 minute demo rides throughout the course of
the day. Two additional trail group rides were added due to popular
demand. The afternoon session of games and trials show commenced at
1:00pm at which point the ball field was still overrun with attendees!
This year we were proud to introduce a
new series of mountain bike games and contests to interested participants.
Games included mountain bike limbo (ride your bike under the limbo bar,
which gets lower with every round), team wheel-toss, an obstacle course and
the high jump contests. Games were available for attendees to compete
in and interested parties to watch. Prize packs were of course awarded
to the winners.
The high jump contest was absolutely
the crowd favorite with over 20 contestants jumping their bikes over a bar
using an 18" launch-ramp. The contest began with the bar set at 24"
above the ground. At each round, the bar was raised 2", narrowing the
field of contestants to one winner. At 40" the field of contestants
was eliminated to all but two riders, who drove the bar height past 50" (4
feet above the ground).
Bill Ward (Western Cycles) won the
contest at a height of 54" eliminating Tom Brownlie (Dieselbikes Rider) and
setting the first high jump record for our event. This contest was
loved by all and is expected to become a staple competition at future
Food and drink concessions were
extremely busy all day with the smell of hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage &
peppers and homemade meatball subs filling the air. Eric, Doug and Ken
manned the grills at lightening speed, keeping the flow of hungry mountain
bikers moving throughout the day.
The Mountain Unicycle crew was back
for their third appearance at D-Day hosting a MUni trials competition and
learn-to-ride clinics throughout the course of the day. There was a
record number of MUni riders attending this year and the variety of
unicycles on hand was vast ranging from 19" to 32" wheels.
Jeff Putnam of MountainUni.com was the
organizer and lead rider for these one-wheel trail rides. MountainUni hosted
learn-to-ride clinics designed for individuals who have never ridden a
unicycle before, but who were willing to give it a try. In addition to
riding around the event field and parking lot, the crew went into Lynn Woods
show-casing their talents on trails that even two-wheeled mountain bikers
face difficulties riding.
One more highlight at this year's
events was seven-time, National Trials Champion Mike Steidley. While
this was Mike's first tour at a Dieselbikes event, we are sure it will not
be his last. Mike performed the Kenda/Steidley Mountain Bike Trials
Stunt show for audiences twice. Showing each time, without dispute,
why he has been the National Champion seven times!
Mike's body manipulations and his
rapid directional change drew crowd pleasing gasps of awe and wonder.
To quote Lisa Savage of Quincy: "Mike was amazing and the show was fun to
Mike's final display of balance and
pin-point accuracy was highlighted unquestionably by his ability to launch
his bike, from a stand still, off a 7+ foot height (the top of his trailer)
and land squarely on an empty soda can, crushing it flat with just his rear
tire & the weight of his body and bike.
A number of event sponsors returned
this year including Sinister Bikes (Gloucester, MA), Western Cycles
(Danvers, MA) and Wheelworks (Belmont, MA). New sponsors for 2009
included Intense Cycles (Temecula, CA), Kingdom Trails (Burke, VT) and
Highland Mountain (Northfield, NH).
Attending sponsors provided demo
bicycles, outdoor equipment and information regarding their services.
Lenny Merserve of Belmont Wheelworks was quoted as saying, "The event is
great! A good size crowd and plenty of people asking about new bicycles."
Product donations and free swag
provided by all the sponsors was huge this year. The amount of product
given to Dieselbikes for this event far exceeded past events. Kenda
Tire & Tube of Reynoldsburg, OH was the lead contributor for the event
raffle, while the EMS Peabody Store led the way in free give-aways for the
One of the crowd's favorite raffle
prizes was a Sunday River Resort one-day mountain bike pass; this was
closely followed by the Kingdom Trails Association's park pass.
Dieselbikes wants to thank each of our sponsors for their generous product
support and looks forward having them back next year. We could not
have had such a successful event without the generous support of each of our
The 3rd Annual D-Day Mountain Bike
Expo was truly a successful event not only for the Lynn Woods Reservation,
but for the bicycling community as a whole. This event combined well
over 150 cyclists and their families for a day of riding, fun, competition
and social activities.
The help we received from our staff of
volunteers is commendable. Without their help, this event would have
not run so smoothly.
Dieselbikes looks forward to its next
social cycling event: The Spookbikecular Halloween Mountain Bike Festival
scheduled for Saturday October 31st! We also plan on bringing D-Day
back for its 4th year with bigger and better events & activities.
Once again, we would like to thank
everyone who attended the D-Day Expo, and give special thanks to our
volunteers and sponsors, without whom we could not have made the day what it
was. We look forward to working with them at all of our future events!