SRAM Athletes Rule Ray’s Mountain Bike Park

Feb 13, 2007
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
This past weekend was the second annual, Ray’s 3Ride event in Cleveland, Ohio. SRAM athletes from the U.S. and Canada descended on the indoor mountain bike park for the two-day competition.
Things really heated up when the skinny ripper from California, JD Swanguen beat out Brian Lopes in a head to head battle on the Gary Fisher Pump Track. As if that wasn’t enough, JD boosted a never before ridden line in the Subaru Street Park. As he linked the two jumps, he just happened to knock out one of the fluorescent lights that was mounted above the rafters! This kid has some flair, but was respectful enough to help clean up the shattered glass. SRAM athletes had a terrific showing, with multiple athletes on every single podium.

At the end of the weekend, though, the rider with with best overall skill would be crowned 3Ride Champion. It would be none other than the 17 year old ‘San Diego Sensation’, JD Swanguen. When asked, Swanguen said, “My bike worked perfect the entire weekend. It allowed me to relax, have a good time, and focus on my runs.” JD is a recent addition to the Vancouver based Cove Factory Team. The entire Cove team rides SRAM, RockShox, Avid and Truvativ products.

SRAM and RockShox continue to sponsor the park, but also sponsored the 3Ride event again this year. Throughout the weekend, the crowds of attendees were showered with T-shirts, gloves, and other swag. On each day, there was a drawing for a SRAM X.9 trigger shifter and derailleur set as well as a RockShox Argyle 409 fork.

1. Brian Lopes
2. Kirt Vories *
3. JD Swanguen *
4. Jeff Lenosky *
5. Greg Watts *

1. JD Swanguen *
2. Brian Lopes
3. Cody Warren
4. Greg Watts *
5. Cam Zink *

1. Phil Sundbaum
2. JD Swanguen *
3. Adam Hauck
4. Omar Romero
5. Greg Watts *

1. Phil Sundbaum
2. Omar Romero
3. Adam Hauck
4. Greg Watts *
5. Kyle Strait *

Ray's 3RIDE Overall:
1. JD Swanguen *
2. Greg Watts *
3. Phil Sundbaum
4. Kyle Strait *
5. Adam Hauck

* SRAM sponsored athletes


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 rays is sick and those dolla bills are badass
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 fuck yeh

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