We would like to wish happy birthday to Alistair Whitton who turns 28 today, and to Travis Sexsmith who turned 22 yesterday.
I’m proud to say that Alistair is the longest standing member of the team. He got on just after Interbike of 2000, a week after we got our first prototype frame done.
I’m also proud to say that Travis is now the newest member of the team. Yes we’ve been hooking him for a few years now but as of today he’s officially a member of the pro team.
Travis won’t be the newest team member for long however. Ali and Lindsay are due to have their baby boy Brener anytime now. We’ll let you all know as soon as we have news.
Alistair and his birthday cake
It wasn’t that long ago that good bike shops were hard to find. Now they’re everywhere. We just got this video sent to us from our Hungarian distributor. It’s a look at their new shop, and it's amazing. Anyway the video also reminded me of my first trip to Europe for the 92 worlds in Budapest, seriously one of the craziest trips of my life.
Read the story after the jump.
I was on the GT summer tour driving to shows in Spokane, Washington with another guy when the van broke down. We got it fixed but lost a lot of time. So we got into town six hours late. When we picked up the other guys there were no hotel rooms left in the city. After an hour of driving around we found the last room left in town at two am. We had to set the ramps up at 8:00 am for a mall show. When we got to the mall later that morning there were a bunch of riders waiting for us to help set up. They said that they had two cases of beer on ice, a jet ski, and a boat with water skis ready to go as soon as we were done the shows. You can imagine how that went. We all forgot we were tired. At about eight that night we were on our way to a club with my wallet at the bottom of the lake and I didn’t care one bit, because we had so much fun at the lake. The night got even better, but the next morning I had a horribly hung over drive to Seattle for my flight. Then shit got really crazy.
Fucking Budapest was nuts! There I am for my first time in Europe with my passport and a hundred bucks cash in my pocket. It was two and a half years after the fall of communism and the country was still in party mode. That translated to the contest as well. Everyday there was amazing riding from guys I’d never seen before, and every night was a crazy party. Some day I might write a book with all the details but for now you’ll just have to trust me. It was one fo the best contests ever.
I did a google search to see what would come up and found some footage of the vert contest. The funny thing is that I had just learned 360 tailwhips a month earlier. So I tried a 540 tailwhip in the contest. I didn’t even come close, the frame wouldn't whip for me. Everyone just thought it was a fucked up 540, but if you watch it now you can see what I’m trying. I didn’t try another one until the day I learned them in 97 and I was still stressing that the frame wouldn't come around. How funny is that? There's also some classic footage of Hoffman and McCoy in it. That's back when men were men and vert riders were idiots. We all take a hard slam but Dennis takes one of the hardest slams ever. Check it.
1. Most people know of you because of your web videos. How much time do you spend filming in a typical month?
Not a whole lot because I work too much, maybe 10 hours or so, or whenever I get to ride with a filmer.
2. What do you like about filming?
Having fun with the hommies, riding with good people gets you motivated.
3. What do you hate about filming?
Not pulling stuff!!! I’m sure everyone can agree with this, I hate when you try something over and over and still don't do it
4. Who do you usually film with?
Marco S. and bay area locals.
Photo by Joey Cobbs - joeycobbs.com
5. Tell us your most fucked up filming story. I don’t want to know about a sore toe you got either. I want cops or dead hookers or something like that.
A pool in Petaluma, rode it one day with one of my buddies, amazing pool, perfect trannies, no problem the first day, came back the next day, and the guy who lived in the house waved a shotgun out the window and then threatened our life, fuck crazy tweakers in Methaluma
6. What are some of your favorite video parts from other riders in the last few years?
Kurtis Elwell - anything such a good rider.
Eddie c. - Lotek mix tape.
Ian Schwartz - anything really, guy is so creative.
Zac Coasta - franchise web, amazing.
7. Who would win between you and Alistair in an arm wrestle?
I think I can take him. He might workout and train for it though, but I eat a lot of Slim Jims, that always helps.
8. Name some of the best spots you’ve ridden in the last year.
Anything in England was great. I loved that place, can’t wait to go back. Also de Young Museum in San Fran, San Jose, Berkley, Ca.
9. You just did a bunch of filming for a Lotek web video. Are you stoked on how your footage turned out?
Yeah I guess, I hate watching myself ride, but I’m happy with some of the things I’ve done, hope people liked it.
10. You’ve been filming for a MacNeil web video, how’s that going and when is it coming out?
It’s going good, haven’t had too much time to film because It’s hard to work and then ride, but I’m getting it done. Should be out soon, weather permitting, ha ha. Fuck the rain and the cold.
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