The first time I took
note of Jason was at the 2000 Tish Tang Tangle. I was shooting video
at the finish, and out from the trees popped a dudded up DH'er on a
Palmer Specialized. The first serious looking DH'er I saw that day at
my second event ever. He burst from the trees, drifted out into the
road, leg hanging out, plowed right over a giant orange cone, hooping
and hollering the entire time, "Yeah! Fuck yeah man! Whooo!" Since
then Jason has lost absolutely no enthusiasm and can get a snail pumped
up for DH racing. His passion and contagious appreciation of our sport
earned him the title "Superfan" on this years NORBA circuit. Vocally
supporting, and befriending, all riders with his daring charisma. In
the last two years his riding has improved dramatically, which touches
on below, from riding by "brail" to feeling smoother then ever, Jason
continues to improve each day. After putting our nerves at ease, the
interview flowed as naturally as water from a spring. Jason's complete
honesty and genuine character come through in his interview. At many
points in our sit down the spirit would move him to rise from his seat
and reinact a particular scenario. I hope some of that excitement is
captured herein. The interview is lengthy but worthwhile to any who
know Jason through reputation or from shared experiences. Enjoy, my
fingers thank you.
|Rider Profile - Jason Reiman
"I'm hitting it dude, like a frog skipping on a leaf"
Justin: March third 2005, could you state your name and your vitals?
Jason: My vitals. Well my name is Jason Reiman, I was born 06/07/77, about 170, five ten's my height.
Justin: What have you been riding?
see this last year I've been riding a 2003 Pro Big Hit DH. With a
Marzocky, how do you say that, Marzocchi Shiver on the front, Been
working pretty well for me so far, needs a little work but...
Justin: Where are you origninally from?
Jason: I am
originally from Morgan Hill California. I was born in San Jose
California, then I grew up in Morgan Hill. That is where I began
riding, cross country. I just started riding cross country, this guy
gave me a mountain bike one day. He said hey dude go do this. I just
started doing miles, I'd go out to the woods, we had Henry Koe State
Park, we could go for miles. That's how I got into mountain biking.
Justin: When did you enter your first race?
first race... man, it was back in... I can't remember the exact day
but I remember the month, it was in April 199...5, yeah. It was a
cross country race, the beginner class. Did pretty well for a first
timer, I took twelevth, I won't forget it, it was crazy man. That was
Grant Ranch, on the east side of San Jose, up over the hill. Just a
bunch of wide open territory, and that is where I found out about DH.
I was like 'what's this DH on Sunday?' That's how I met Marla Streb,
was at that first race, I still have the autograph. Came back out to
check out the downhill race, and I walked up the course and sat in this
one section and people were doing like 60 (mph) dude, and I was like 'I
gotta try this man'. That's how it all started for me. It goes a
little bit deeper then that, the guy who gave me the bike knew I was
getting in a lot of trouble, you know, doing a lot of shit that I
shouldn't have been doing. This guy happened to notice, this kids too
young to be fucking up this bad. So he gave me this bike, and was like
'dude go ride this thing'. That's how it all started basically, then I
found out about racing. It goes pretty deep, mountain biking to me is
like a passion, I love to do it. Something I am always gonna do no
matter how old I am, you just gotta have that adrenaline rush. I will
probably learn, for the rest of my life how to ride a bike, and never
stop learning. It's deep like that for me.
Justin: Did you play any other sports first?
know what man, at a young age I always played baseball. That was my
thing dude, I was deep, I could play ball, I could hit, do whatever you
fucking know. But then it was later in life I got into mountain
biking, I got introduced to it. Then I got into snowboarding,
Christina and me, she was like 'we gotta go try this'. She dragged my
ass out to Tahoe one day and showed me how to do it. It it wasn't for
her I wouldn't know how to ride it, so that is what else I do, yeah.
Justin: What do you think is unique to your riding style? What terrain favors you?
know high speed man, i call 'em "Demon Runs". you know what I mean,
real high speed, I feel comfortable at that speed where everything
feels like it is flowing, I'm not fighting nothing, I will take high
speed over technical stuff anyday. But I can ride the technical stuff
you know. I guess that is kinda my style, going fast. Big Bear was a
good one, on some of our course you could let it run as fast as you
want, wide open, wide open man pinned.
Justin: Tell us a little bit about what you did this last summer?
yeah, this last summer... where did it all start, damn dude? I guess
it started back in the winter time when we went up and started mobbing
Hoopa, started building trail out there, and all of a sudden we are
having events. I started riding so much that my skill was starting to
get to a pretty good level, and I started asking "Can I go race this
NORBA stuff man", sure man sure you can do whatever you want. As soon
as I knew my skill level, we started building new trails, all of a
sudden we are riding down library at night, we are hitting crack,
hitting those two trails with no problem, with ease. Then go mob the
801 and just have it pinned wide open, 'dude this is sick!' Then my
skills started to develop, and my balls got big enough where I figured
I could go try racing. We were coming back from Hoopa, it was Me,
Curtis and Brian going to Horse Mountain, because we always hit Horse
before we came home. Curtis was all "Let's go race the NORBA's" and I
was like "Oh shit let's go!" That's how it all started, and from that
time on I just saved my sheckles man, worked my ass of. When July
came, the race we had up on Lord Ellis, the Bigfoot, right after that
man we hit the road. Forty day'er 8100 miles man, it was on, NORBA
racing dude, riding everywhere. You know we had some difficulties
getting into Canada, so we bagged Canada, which is all good we'll ge
there some day, not a big deal "let's press on, let's go to Idaho." We
hit Idaho buddy and it was on, it was the first race, bam we're here!
I was like "Yeah, i'm ready to roll, feel pretty good." I hiked that
trail so much man, I upped and downed that thing, everday I would hike
it. One day they weren't letting bikes up for practice yet, so I would
hike that son of'a bitch all the way to the top, you know, I had shit
in my mind dude. Idaho was good I took second there, that's where I
qualified for Mammoth, I was stoked. Had a good time in Idaho with all
the locals man.
Justin: Can you talk about your run at all?
run?! Sure I can talk about my run... Yeah my run, Captain Andy, yeah
dude it's crazy... Jar of sardines buddy (laughter), it was crazy, it
was crazy, you just had to be there you know? It was wild. Curitis it
helped me get down so much man, I was like "how do we do this National
scene man?" He's done it before, he's pretty hip to it. So I asked
him for a lot of knowledge, like "how do I do this?" and he set me up.
How you ride these courses, what you do in practice, how you practice,
whay you should be working on you know. Hiking up and down the hill
you know, making sure you got that thing in your mind. So Curtis
helped me with that. As far as my race run, it went pretty well, I
took second. I had one bobble on the bottom, everything else on the
top, it was a bunch of switch backs, I was nailing those. It was rocky
dude, fucking rocky. I mean the expert/Pro course is nothing but rock,
that's all your riding on is goddamn rocks and big hits. 'Altar boy',
'Bowling Alley', you name it. I saw Kirkcaldie fold his bike, it was
crazy dude. Happy (Brian) and i are standing there, we're watching
practice, and he just went 'whhaaaa', coming down through the Bowling
Alley, just 'whack whack!'. I run down there and he gets back up on
the bike and mobs down the hill, I went by the Maxxis tent like 'Bro
are you fucking okay, that was gnarly?' His bike was just bent, crazy,
he stacked hard. Anyway my course consisted of a bunch of switch
backs, at the top they just had you swtich back, that was key you had
to stay real smooth. Didn't want to be coming in like a mad man, but
with good enough speed. I would come in, go around a turn, then pedal,
pedal, pedal, and then just pump in to the next turn. Come out of the
turn pedal some more, that was the basic switch back technique I was
using, smooth you know no bobbles. Then it put you out on this demon
run, a fire cut, rocky as hell dude. Baby heads, rocks, you name it
Justin: You got second in Idaho, did that give you new focus and resolve having a good finish under your belt?
Basically man it took some weight off my shoulders, knowing that I had
qualified, that was all I was focused on and I wasn't able to do that
in Big Bear, Big Bear I took like eighteenth. It also gave me some
confidence man, knowing I could race these courses, cause I didn't know
what the courses were going to be like to race on. It gave me a bunch
of confidence in my riding skills and my ability to race those type of
courses. I can be honest with you man, the Hoopa riding out there has
helped me so much. When it comes to a steep part in the course, it's
nothing, you know what i'm saying? It's like mobbing down the 801
(fire road) and having a good time. Going into Aspen I was up, I was
ready, I was there all week practicing, Aspen Colorado man. Been
practicing all week Burtis and I, Brian and Hank, we'd been mobbing my
course dude. I had that thing in my mind, I knew, I could sit there,
shut my eyes, and bring up sections, blam there it is. Like a picture
man. Going into the race I had it won, in my mind it was mine. If you
don't have that in your mind already you better be standing in the
condo, you know what i'm, saying. That was kinda my thought after a
while, you get so used to being confident in what your doing, but you
can't get too confident cause that shit can bite you in the ass. It is
that fine line of confidence that I learned. I was there all week,
we'd been mobbing my course. Bam, Bam, Bam, I mean I had some runs
in. I had at least 150-200 runs, that's off the top of my head. Going
into race day, just sitting up at the top dude, took a nap right
there. I showed up early that was the thing, woke up from my race and
was up there early. They were like "they're still racing the whatever,
dadada..." They were racing the cross country still, and it happened to
go on longer then scheduled, you know. Went back down to the condo and
chilled out, was like 'Man i still got time!' Got my grinds, got my
shit together, and went back to the top of the hill. Man I was the
first one to go in my class. I guess they went from Idaho standings, I
don't know what was going on, but I was first to go. Man I cut it
loose out of the gate, roll it, bam. Aspen was this single track,
where you could just pin it, know what i'm saying. Some turns in it,
then into some single track, pretty technical, but it was still fast,
you had to be keyed in, you had to hit your marks. I had a bunch of
marks everywhere, I would stack rocks. Curtis would trip out on me
dude. I was hiking the trails and I would stack rocks for my marks,
where I needed to hit. I knew where my marks were at cause I would
stack rocks, and as long as I hit those things I knew I was on. I was
mobbing dude, it is won, it's done, all I had to do is cross the
finish. I'm telling you right now dude, i'm mobbing "whoo whoo yeah!
whoo whoo! just bam." Well you know man, sense I was the first man in
my classI was right after the beginner folks, OK. Didn't tell the guy
in front of me, 'Hey man if you hear me hollerin behind you, I'm comin
through.' Sure as shit, I get three quarters of the way down this
course and there's that boy in front of me dude. We're in the single
track at this point, and I'm hollerin, for fifty yards just hollerin
like this 'move, you gotta move, just fucking move, move!' as loud as
I can. Finally I'm like 'I'm hitting this boy'. I bumped his tire,
and when I bumped his tire dude it just took me off, and I lost all
focus from there... My program went straight out the window, you know
what i'm sayin, the flow was gone. When I got to the bottom Curtis was
like "What the fuck happened to you man?" Cause I was looking all
sketch, I was all over the place. So it didn't go right for me in
Aspen, I ended up taking seventh. But I wasn't too pissed because I
had already qualified in Idaho. I was bummed, I had it in the bag, had
it won, all I needed to do was cross the finish and it was mine. Right
at the start line I was like 'This is me baby'. You could feel it, you
know what I'm saying, yeah dude it was crazy. Anyways I wasn't too
upset there, had a good time anyway, Aspen was fun, had a nice condo.
Big Hank hooked it up you know. Had a great time there hanging out
with all the pros, once again, you know what i'm sayin', supposedly
they call me superfan so you know (laughter) yeah.
Justin: I heard there was quite a bit of partying on this trip.
big partying man, got to uh... yeah after that it was time to rock to
Durango for the finals man. Got to Durango and got the sick, sick,
condo. It couldn't be any better man, you walked on the deck and there
was the whole scene right there. It was fun. There I won, that was
great man. I won in Durango, took the sport class but goddamn. I had
it won, once again when I got to the start house I had it won. Just
needed to cross the finish, keep it smooth, and hit my marks. I did
everyone of those things, and I won. I got to the bottom, Curtis was
right there, and he was like "You won dude." He handed me my hat, my
glasses, a bottle of Rumplemens and it was on. The whole time we were
there, we were there for like a week, just mobbing, getting ready for
the finals, hiking the course, getting to know the course. The course
was great man, for sport people. They did a pretty good job of it.
Out of the start house, a nice phat berm, right hander, over some
rocks, bam, shot you through some single track, then it came to a wide
open jump some waterbars, into some wideopen off-camber, you know what
i'm sayin. It was just wide open ski run as fast as you can go. Boost
a road, around some rocks, over some rocks, it was just a good course
all around. I'd been at altitude for a month already, so I had that on
my side also. Spent some time in Telluride, Telluride was good, I
wanna go back. That was good riding. And Vail, Vail was one of the
highlights of the trip. We were staying right underneath the Honda
G-Cross folks, (Greg) Minaar and (Cyril) Kurtz. Little Hannah was
there, I can't remember her name, Mick's sister, was riding there too,
got a chance to ride with her. Hooked up with Kirt Voreis and Lyndsay
Voreis. I got a chance to ride with Kirt, and that was the first time
I got to ridew with somebody who is at the professional level. For me
to keep up with him I had to ride over my head, and if he'd slow down
for me it was a treat cause he could show me what lines to hit and how
to do it. They have those certain skills they can show an amateur,
something that I don't know, to make things faster for me, if I could
keep up with 'em. Sometimes he was gone, you know, just gone, there's
no way you can keep up with him. He had mad skill, he's just got the
skills to kick my ass (laughter). Humbles you a little bit, you know
what I'm sayin'.
Justin: You made it to interbike didn't you?
Jason: I did,
I did, I did. I got a chance to go to Las Vegas, go to interbike
through the SWD folks down in Modesto. That was quite a treat man.
Girls, alcohol, you know, uh bicycles, bikes. I mean how much can you
take in, it was insane. Whether it was at the Fox tent, wide open
kegs, partying with every pro in the world, or just going around
checking out the new 2005 stuff. You know what's coming out, dude this
is sick shit, you know, it's nice to see the stuff that's coming out.
Not everybody gets to go to that, basically you gotta be somebody to
go. You gotta be a dealer, this, that, or whatever. So it was great
to go see all that, do some partying with a lot of people, partying
with Kirt and Lyndsey, basically a big party down in Vegas. Uh,
strippers, strippers man (laughter). Strippers and alcohol, you know
what i'm saying. Suddenly you go to the ATM and your like "Oh fuck I
gotta go home still!" (laughter)
Justin: So you were
there with SWD, do you want to talk a little bit about how you got to
know Steve and became involved with his program.
know I got involved with his program through Hank Matheson. Last
winter he was riding that SWD the whole time, and I've seen the kinda
stuff he's done on his bike. Steve, I remember Steve from the
Hollister days man, having the Ride Series. I remember him from there
but he just didn't know me. That's also how I met Curtis, through the
Ride Series in Hollister. The only guy going down the trail winning
and singing dude, you know what I mean, I was like 'Damn that's some
shit dude." But that is where I first remember Steve, then I think it
was Northstar... went to Tahoe when I first me Steve. (pause) I truly
can't remember but I am gonna say that is it. Ever since then I've
been racing and he's been watching, keeping up on what I'm doing. So I
decided to order one of his frames, and that is what I am gonna be
riding this season, the Crazy 8, the SWD man. Should be here shortly,
get that thing built up, get it ready to go. See how I can do. It is
gonna be a different ride, single pivot bike, I'm used to that four bar
FSR linkage. It is just gonna be a different ride to get used to.
Justin: Is he (Steve) gonna be able to help you out at the races?
know, I think it's just I'm a privateer still you know, but I'll be
riding his bike. Whatever, no big deal, I am just stoked to be riding
his bike. Something new, something different. It has a 26 inch wheel
in the rear, rather then that 24 which didn't do me no good in the
National series. Not really a race tire, more of your free ride bike.
Throw a derailleur on it, some big travel, and go ride some trail some
where you know. It's really not a 'DH' bike even though they call it a
DH bike. But it's OK I had fun on it, it's all good.
Justin: With that Big Hit you qualified for the National Finals, what went down in Mammoth?
Jason: What went down at Mammoth, man, that was an ugly scene.
Justin: Where was your head at that point?
Obviously in the fucking clouds, not thinking about what the fuck I was
doing. Full confidence, once again I had it won all I had to do was
cross the finish. Going in to it, going in to it. Going into
practice, 'What's this practice J, find your lines, get it down, focus
on what you have to do.' I took some runs, in my mind I'm thinking
fully 'All you gotta do is cross the finish, you win, that's it' that's
how it's been the whole time, you know. It just happened to me in
practice, I tried to go lit ball off the top, figuring it would be
faster because in one of my runs I come off the top, and got off my
bike in one of the sections and kept watching people ride this
section. They were coming down sketching, way slow, slower then I want
to come down the fucking thing man, I'm here to win man, fuck that! So
I come down the hill, i'm standing thinking about that section, if
anything else I got it down, I'm hitting it dude, like a frog skipping
on a leaf. That's the way it felt, they would paint dude, they would
paint, they would paint all over the rocks, the stumps, jumping off
everything dude. I had this line through a rock cropping, people were
dicing through it, I was taking it straight on! Using the back rock to
jump off, land and jump again, bro I had it down I was in. 'Watch the
fuck out' I woulda won. I'm standing in line saying 'OK bro, what you
do off the start line is pump over the fucking water bar' cause there
was a water bar like this (gestures) with a big ditch behind it. So
you had to pump over the water bar and go over this little hill. I
knew that if I pumped over the water bar with enough power that it
would shot me up over the little knob without any pedaling whatsoever.
I come off the start line, this is in practice man, I should have known
this you don't be doin this shit in practice man, you save it for the
race run. So I'm like dude, mmrrrp, I pump over the water bar, loaded
the front shoock up again to go over this little hump you had to go
over, load that fucker up, it shot me up over dude, and when I came
over I had ass end up in the air, right at the start line. Off the
back side it goes like this and then it goes like this again (gesturing
a very steep drop off) and man when I came to the top abnd crested dude
I let it run dude, I let it run and let go of the brakes and let it run
after my little momentum shot and I came down that thing, loaded up the
shock as soon as I came down in, right between the next hit down. So I
came off the top, boom, load, then another shot before it ran out into
the open. That's where I got fucked up, right before the open. I
loaded up it up so much the bike shot me out, it like projected me bro
it was weird. Came in whoo, whooa, next thing you know man I am
looking down at the ground like 'this is gonna hurt man.' That was it
dude. The shiver went like this when I loaded it, like POP, like an
explosion. It was weird it shot me out, cause I guess I loaded up too
hard and it shot me out like a spring. When I landed I landed head
first, left side, blew my shoulder out right there, and I just crawled
over to the fucking side ans was just like 'Yeah leave me alone', was
just walking around in fucking circles. Bummed that I just took myself
out, i'm sitting there talking to myself going 'Man you just took
yourself out of the fucking championship.' I was hella pissed, I get
stupid cause I'm pissed, throw my helmet back on, my goggles back on,
my visor hanging off to the side, it's an ugly scene, i'm spitting
rocks outta my mouth, I took a digger you know what i'm saying. So I
just put my gear back on, shake my head like this, decided to get back
on the trail. My adrenaline is rushing I fucking guess, and I don't
know my shoulder is blown out and there's a hit coming up right after
that and I took it and stacked again. The worst pain bro, I just said
'You are done dude.' I tried to go some more you know, and you know
the whole time my bars are like this (very crooked) and I'm like 'This
isn't good man.' Yeah, it was psycho man. Like a little bitch man, I
just crawled off to the fucking side like this (stands up, walks away,
squats down) and I just sat there saying 'Fuck, fuck man' pissed cause
I had wiped myself out. I had the course down, once again, blam. I'd
lay there at night and I could run the course in my head. Once that
happens to me, once the projectors running, I know I'm good. Now that
I know I've picked up on it. But I happened to go big at the wrong
time, not basically landing because of the way I was pitched out.
There was no way I was gonna be able to land this, decided to just take
the digger and it wiped me out. That's what happened.
emergency room they took their x-rays and shit, put me in a sling,
handed me some pills and said "Dude you better go home and chill."
Meantime my knee is blown up to the size of a fucking cantaloupe, just
from impact. I'm limping around 'Yo, whatever, it's all good.'
Justin: So how long all together were you down for?
happened in late September... it was about... I want to say four
months. There was a month there where I couldn't do shit. You just
lay there cause you are hurting, you're just one big bag of ice, that's
just how it is. But yeah man, it was four months of just not doing
Justin: How did you keep busy?
know what, I got into reading, I just started reading books. Before
would read a mag, a bike mag or whatever. There was nothing i could
really do physically, I couldn't go to work, I couldn't ride. So I
just got into reading. i got this book about climbing Everest, I was
into that, real true life shit you know. Just reading haha.
Justin: You started riding a trainer at some point?
Jason: I did,
it was after the first month of just laying around, I kinda got board
with just laying around, the swelling was starting to go down and
everything, my knee was starting to look good. I had some cash still
so I decided to go down to Rev and pick up a trainer. I got on that
sucker man, there was a week there where i cloud just spin for a little
bit, and just spin real slow.
(flip the tape)
Jason: Am I answering your questions? I feel like I am wandering off, "J come on back!"
Justin: it's good man, can't be all questions. Coming out of the injury has it changed your mindset at all?
Honestly I can say yes. A, it's because I gotta go to work Monday
morning, I gotta make some money, to be honest, but when race season
comes I kinda cut it loose. I guess it has, it's made me a little bit
smoother then I was before. Where I was on the demon run every run,
every run! You know, smacking trees, taking diggers all the fucking
time, I was shredding my shit up you know, breaking my equipment. I
don't want to stack so much, i'm not afraid to stack, it happens, it's
part of the game. But the less I can bail the better off I'll be. The
more I can stay in the saddle and stay smooth and develop my confidence
and get that speed back. Right now I am lacking the speed. You know,
after being off the bike that long. After riding the bike so long you
develop this speed, like you said it comes natural to ya, you can be
hauling balls and you don't even fucking know it, cause you're used to
it. So I've lost that, right now I'm trying to get it back.
Justin: Your current status then?
current status right now? Riding pretty smooth. There is always
residual pain, the pain is never gonna go away in that shoulder, that
sucker's blown out. You don't repair that shit unless you get
surgery. But I don't feel it when I'm riding, you know what I'm
saying, I don't feel it when I'm riding. I'm riding smooth right now,
I can see, the visual thing right now, I've got glasses. I'm seeing
the trail real well right now, it's unreal. I seeing shit way up
there, seeing turns way up there.
Justin: So with your
glasses, the entire time I've known you you've never worn glasses. How
did that start and how has it changed riding for you?
Jason: I was
mobbing back from Tahoe one night, with Hanky, and when it got dark I
had a hard time driving. I realized that a while back, I got glasses
when I was fifteen, then I boycotted them cause I got sick of 'em.
These things are a pain in the ass. I'm not realizing 'You need to see
brother, you need to see.' I get glasses now, I put 'em on, i'm riding
down the hill, I can see dude. I'm not smacking trees, Jake was
telling me "Now I can see why your hitting fucking trees all the time!
Cause you can't see dude. You need to be able to see this shit." He
was telling me this last weekend (No Chains DH). So yeah I got the
Justin: Whereas before you said you were piling up rocks to find marks was that something...
yeah, that is something I had to do because my vision wasn't sharp at
all, I don't have 20/20 vision. So I had to put marks on the trail, to
hit my marks. Whereas now I can see the mark coming, boom, hit it,
go. Before I had to do that. It's almost like brail, going down. Now
that I think about it I trip out the shit I've done on a bike not
seeing it. It's weird (laughs). Like night riding, now if I go night
riding I'm on it brother watch out.
Justin: At the
beginning you began to talk about how it is more then just biking to
you, it's something you'll do your whole life, can you expound on that?
Jason: I had
a dope problem and shit, I mean a real dope problem man. Like my dad's
buddies they were into fucking... they were into shit, a lot of trouble
man. you know a guy hands me a bike and says "Go ride it, see what you
can do." My dad always had a mountain bike in the garage, I would ride
that you know, another piece of the story. I'd always see how fast I
could go on it, up and down the street... I'm losing my train of
thought, gotta reel me back in... oh yeah the passion of mountain
biking. Kept me out of trouble, one of the things that got me started
was just riding around locally in Morgan Hill, on the streets. Go to
her house (Christina), you know just riding on the trail. Then I got
hip to going out into the back country, Henry Koe State Park, local
trails. That's what got me out of trouble, I had something else to do,
besides go hang out and get fucked up. Then I got used to being out,
that alone feeling where you are just tripping out by yourself out in
the hills that was always a great feeling to me, still is. Just being
out in the woods and riding, just riding, that's always been my thing
forever man, ride. Ride as much as you can, if you're not injured.
When I entered my first race, that's when it really became a passion
for me. I found out about competition, the feeling of competition and
racing against other people. That is where I really like it is that
competitive feeling, knowing that the dude behind you could kick your
ass, you better get it on. That's what I like, bring it on. Some
people they go "Ohhh", me Uhhuh. Why be like that, let's go.
Justin: So where are your goals at now?
gonna relate back to riding for the rest of my life. Let's go back to
that, cause I'm back now. Whether i'm fucking fifty dude, fifty five,
racing downhill or just out riding XC, that's how it's gonna be.
That's a way for me to release a lot of energy, find focus. I channel
a lot of energy through riding. I guess that's why I'll be able to
ride forever. Ride dude, if I want to get a tattoo dude it's gonna say
fucking RIDE, and Dainese dude (laughs). Dainese baby! Kept me from
breaking my bones, back to that story, but yeah. That's why I love to
ride man, I channel a lot of energy through that. But now days I am
all about DH, I love it dude! I could do it all day long. You know
what the weird thing is, I could find a trail and ride that thing all
day long. All day long dude, all day long, that one trail and have the
best time ever. That's always been the weirdest thing about me man, I
can hit that one trail and love, I'll go ride the Red Tail all day,
eight hours a day, and go 'Yeah!' every fucking time!. You know, cause
I find something new to do on it. That's why I love mountain biking
also dude, oh I fucking love it.
Power House... yeah I got more to say about that... skills, fast man,
footwork, that guys got the best footwork in the world, it's dope.
Fear Inhibitors: (following a brief explanation of recent U.C.I. rulings) Me as an amateur I think it's bull shit. Bull Shit.
NORBA: Fun, good time, that's two words, but, damn... (laughs)
Reggae: Love, yeah, Peace... i got so many words, you know it's crazy...
Drift: Love it man, yeah
Humboldt: It's better then the city (laughs) I'm having a hard time with this one word thing.
Clipless: Challenging, bam right there, challenging.
Trainer: Good, I can't say nothing bad about it. It's just gotta be like that if you're injured.
we're talking about my frame now... i'm trying to get to this one word
thing... I love it man, it's good stuff. Chromoly's good stuff. I'd
say good shit.
Spectacles: Awesome, as funny as that sounds for anybody who doesn't wear glasses, but for me buddy it's awesome.
Mobbing: Love it, love it forever man.
Pirate: Awesome, yeah, races. Hell ya shred man shred. That's what it's about.
Justin: I think that
about covers it, unless there are any parting comments you would like
to leave. Something you were just dying to talk about?
what am I talking about? I was going off pretty good earlier.
(luaghs) I mean there are so many more stories I could tell you about
the trip. Fucking racing you know what I'm saying, as far as racing
and riding with these pros. I got a chance to ride with Colin Bailey
down at Mammoth, practicing the Kamikaze. He's been riding that
forever you know. So when day I'm heading up the gondola and there's
Bailey. You know I've been partying with these guys for the last few
months, knowing who they are. So I said what's up, and was like what's
up with this Kami. And he's all follow me. I was like 'Yeah dude this
is gonna be crazy man.' Got up the gondola man, he just took off. He
had a small chainring on, it was a forty toother, what he was racing DH
on all season probably. But I got a chance to ride behind him, showed
me some lines, some killer lines, total down speed where you didn't
ahve to scrub, through the chicain, no brakes, at like fucking fifty
man. It was crazy dude, I'd get going so fast on the bike my eyeballs
would shake, it was hard to focus, you really had to focus. It was a
trip riding behind that guy. Then he went and threw a big chainring on
and he was just gone, just gone, just gone. He was probably trying to
do sixty or something. He took second, Tomac won the fucking thing.
Insane man. Telluride was a great trip. We thought we missed, Curtis
the whole time was telling me about this mushroom festival. I was like
'Get the hell out of here, you're lying to me. There's a mushroom
fest?' "Yeah J mad mushrooms, just good partying you know." Like yeah
we gotta go, thinking that we'd missed it already. Man we roll into
Telluride and we see big signs "Mushy Fest", we were like YEAH! So
stoked man. We're low on smoke dude, thank god we're getting to
fucking Telluride, we're low, man, you know what i'm sayin, yeah
Telluride. We're up in this fat Motel at first man, and the gondolas
were free. When I heard about that I was like 'Man it can't get any
fucking better can it.' I'm walking down the street, see a reggae
flyer, Michael Franti was in town. Caught another show the Motet down
at this bar. It was crazy, did some mushrooms and shit, it's the
mushroom fest, you gotta do some shroomers. You can't not do some
shroomers, we're in teh fucking parade dude! The fucking mushroom
parade! Curtis is all "Let's go man, come on!", we get in the parade,
you just get done riding, your just fucking lit you know. Hippies are
handing me mushroom honey out of these honey jars, I'm just eating it
dude...then you make some tea, your just fucking zinging man. It was
great. I loved the gondola factor, fuck man you could ride at any time
of the day. They opened at 7 and closed at 9 for mountain bikes, but
it would go till midnight. Up the fucking ridge, down the back side
into this resort. It was killer man, it was killer. One night, just
shroomin dude, got up on the gondola just tripping out. Happy and I,
Brian, before we started shrooming we drank some tea, before all the
gondola shit, Happy and I we just got done riding man we're still in
our gear and shit. Curtis is shrooming by now, having a good time.
And our tea kicks in, and I'm like 'Nightride?' Happy's all "Yeah
dude." So I fucking drink half of my cup, knowing it would get me off
as soon as I got to the top of the hill, Happy fucking drank his cup.
We had to sit up there for a little bit for it to get dark, not knowing
that down off the trail it is already dark. Up on top of the hill at
like 10,000 feet, all of a sudden the shrooms kick in dude, turn the
light on and we're mobbing. Happy's fucking boosting man, it's crazy!
I'm like "Yeah Fucking shred!", Happy shreds dude. Mobbed this fire
road, felt like I was doing fifty but I was only doing twenty you know
what i'm saying. Came into some single track, just mobbed the fucking
single track, was awesome on shrooms, felt kinda like a roller
coaster. Yeah just did a lot of partying in Telluride, a lot of
riding, that's basically all we did, fucking ride and party. Thank god
we had Curtis to drive us around cause we would have gotten busted
everywhere we went. I swear to god man we were back and forth to the
grocery store, with cases of beer. In and out of the bar and shit.
Once we got to Sand Point it was like 'We want to go to that bar' just
pick a bar and go to it. Shit like that you know, but then the ridings
good you know. Find the trails at the resort besides the race
course. There was one downhill trail called the jump trail , we mobbed
that shit, it was fucking nutty dude. Happy was like jumping turns and
shit... Happy would just go off, the whole time he was just on it
man. Hell ya. That's enough.
Justin: I'm going to be typing for days.