Welcome To Weir's Backyard Adventure

Dec 2, 2016
by Cannondale Bikes  
Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.

Mark Weir is good at life. He made a habit of climbing more than a million vertical feet in a year, and is always ready to work harder, and play harder, than anyone you’ve ever met. He’s ready to give you the shirt off his back, the last bit of food in his fridge and the best chicken in his coop. But Weir is most in his element, and at his best, when he’s able to share trails with other mountain bikers — friends and strangers alike.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
Maddie leading Campbell on our first day out.

Mark Weir
Age before beauty. Mark Weir shows Thomas Ravina how it's done.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
Long Lake pit stop.

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Last decent after a long and memorable day.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
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Randy sends it into the late night hours.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
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No one was quite sure what the rules were to this game were but it was clear that Thomas beat Marco.

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Count Cutty and his co-captain courageously carving corners and crashing.

So, when a mix of mountain bikers were invited to join Weir for a long weekend of riding at his newly christened compound in Graeagle, California, they were a blessed bunch, whether they knew it or not. They understood that it wasn’t going to be easy. This is Weir country, after all. They might’ve eaten sandwiches in the dirt but it wasn’t a picnic. Wake up calls at 4:00 A.M. to catch a glimpse of the rising sun were mandatory. So were half-mile hikes in the snow to “get to the goods.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
Loss prevention tactics were a must.

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Thomas Ravina holds his line on Mills Peak.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.

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Itchy & Scratchy.

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Not lost. Far from it.

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Early to bed... You know the rest.

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Mills Peak descent was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.
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Mark and the town of Graeagle kept us happy and full.

Cannondale images for the EXTRAORDINARY PURPOSE article on the Graeagle zone in the Sierras.

But winning at life requires extraordinary purpose. And the ability to share it with others. Weir has a refreshing outlook on sharing these epic places with others.

bigquotesNever to exclude, just to carry the respect for the place. That's what makes me who I am everyday. These places are not here for us to keep close. They are here to share. Relationships are built on chance. I'm happy to know chance brought us together to share a place we all need to respect. - Mark Weir

All images by Paris Gore.


MENTIONS: @Cannondale / @parisgore

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64 Comments

  • + 80
 Weir's mustache needs its own Twitter page
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  • + 62
 Mark Weir is some real good shit. Been a fan since trying to win that weekend Santa Cruz trip with him
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  • + 80
 Mark Weir is the Chuck Norris of mountain biking.
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 @Endurahbrah: Not even close. Chuck wishes he were the Mark Weir of ...Texas Rangering...
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 @VwHarman: Love this comment! Too funny!
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 I won that trip and bike (2008 hellride) ....needless to say mark weir is the man! It was sad to see him leave Santa Cruz. Hopefully ill get a chance to ride with him again.
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  • + 41
 Another example that Mark Weir knows what he's doing: no Lefty on his Cannondale.
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 Pretty much none of their factory riders do. Says something about them that no marketing can cover up. Cannondale should really do away with their silly proprietary parts. Their bikes are starting to look pretty antiquated.
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  • + 19
 @bridgermurray: because most of their riders are also sponsored by RockShox or Fox. Also Cannondale understands and is putting Pikes on the Habit SE this year as well as the upcoming Trigger and Jekyll.
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  • + 5
 Because Cannondale only sponsors the the frame and other bits but for the suspension, its sponsored by other companies.
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 @Questlove967: Yeah I'm aware of that. I just think it says something tht canondale can't convice any professional rider to ride a lefty when they're distributing that piece of junk to the masses as some "super fork". They're all smart to find suspension sponsorships elsewhere.
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 @bridgermurray: No pro would ride downhill at race pace with only half a fork! Wink
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 @Questlove967: I am only commenting because I want to tell people I met QuestLove
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  • + 11
 @vikb: Didn't Marco Osborne win the Mammoth National last year on a lefty? It might have been the year before...
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 @bridgermurray: did a lefty once touch you inappropriately?
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  • + 23
 why cant this be a advent giveaway ?!?!?!?!
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 driftmonster, just what I was thinking reading the article, would love to ride with Weir on mills peak.
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  • + 1
 Hang out and ride with him and find out what the #germanSwank actually is
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  • + 9
 Phenomenal! Weir is King! A real OG!
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  • + 8
 Got a huge man crush on Weir.
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  • + 4
 Graeagle is a secret! Shhhhh! My family has had a cabin there for the last 60 years. Amazing place. Amazing trails, unbeatable back country everything. I want to ride with these dudes and see what they know that i don't...trails are endless and deadends all at the same time.
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 Mark Weir in a lot of ways got me into mountain biking. Back in the day when he was doing the Downieville thing, the interviews with him, and his reasons and attitude for doing what he does and how he does just seemed more authentic and relatable than most pro MTBers at the time. Super excited to see him on PB again.
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  • + 4
 And love me some Downieville downhill\ action too ! One of my favorite places to ride in California.. great fishing, camping, bikepacking, rad singletrak action in the lakes basin. area
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 That first shot of the jeep on MTR's with the bike on the back!! Im building an early bronco on 37's that will have a bike rack on the back. Cant wait to be doing this! Mark Wier is awesome guy, saw him on South Fork trail in Folsom rippin, guys a beast! Hope to be rippin still at his age ( no offense to age meant)
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  • + 2
 Second on the early bronco! true mtb shuttle rigs classic crawlers
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  • + 1
 Go full-on Weir and have the bikes on the front and the back. Who needs to see where they're going when they know the trails so well!
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  • + 2
 @The-Sober-Fox: cool, I was unaWier of that technique
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  • + 5
 Get Brett Weir I said!
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 Haha! That's an old pull, jerky!
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  • + 3
 He's a Weir dude. I like him.
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  • + 2
 Have been a happy 160mm lefty owner for 2 years and can confirm that the worst part about it is the haters!!
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  • + 3
 Mark weir is mountain biking
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  • + 6
 Chazz Michael Michaels IS figure skating
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  • + 3
 Weir insulted my mustache at Sea Otter last year. #blessed
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 Sure do miss the riding and the vibes in that area. Graeagle and Weir will be very happy together. Looks like a great weekend out.
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 Itchy and scratchy, my constant riding companions.
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  • + 1
 Just Google map searched "Graeagle" followed realtordotcom "Graeagle homes and land".

Weir is the all time King of MTB.
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  • + 2
 when i grow up i wanna be mark weir.... serious life goals.
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  • + 1
 Don't understand the lefty hate at all. Why go out of your way to slate a particular design that works?
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  • + 1
 Wier runs Fox up front but rides for Cdale so he hangs with lots cdale folks , hence Lefties...
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 New addition to bucketlist , ride with mark weir!
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 Check. Got a personal ride at the ranch. Legendary times for sure. -TraxFactory
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  • + 2
 Mark's da man...
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  • + 1
 Looks about like my life!
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 Weir is the man, he is who he wants to be! Total respect Weir!
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 Nice Jeep c5 trial truck)
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 So what's the deal with Weir's "newly christened campground" ?

Any info?
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  • + 1
 The Coors boycott is over.
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  • + 1
 Did you smoke him?
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  • + 1
 Randy Bobandy
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 nice shuttle rig fleet!
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 You lost me at Lefty
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 What a weir-do
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 Did I just spot a Lefty ?? That's so last year, mate
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