Angel Fire- Press launches, parts fixed and racing go hand in hand.

Aug 2, 2005
by Tyler Maine  
10 a.m. Thursday morning found me at the 2006 SRAM World Cup product launch. Here, we were introduced to the new Rock Shox Boxxer line up, the Team and W.C. Reba’s, W.C. SID and Pearl rear shocks. Truvativ had a few highlights that were touched upon as well. When we finished the technical side of the launch, Greg Herbold headed out on the Epic XC with a bunch of riders-the destination was Taos.

I hear Ben at Bicycle Retail and Industry News took a tumble, but is thanking his helmet and talking about sticking with road. Tyler Morland took Aaron from Albuquerque and I on a few gravity laps to get a feel for the 2006 W.C. Boxxers. I’ve owned nearly every model of Boxxer since 1998 and I can honestly say this fork feels nothing like the forks of years past. The ’06 W.C. Boxxer is the next step and a cut above its ancestors. Angel Fire’s terrain features tones of rocks on all the trails, so we got to give the forks a nice work out. The Boxxer has always been a privateer’s choice and now you can run the same fork as only the likes of Rennie and Hill have been able too. 2006 will be a good year for Rock Shox.

The amateur DH and 4X qualification took place on Friday. The folks at Angel Fire have build a kick ass 4X course that featured some “BIG” air that had more then a few pros second guessing. After supper, Red Bull put on a Freestyle MX session in the parking lot for spectators and racers to enjoy

While the DH semis were taking place on

Saturday morning, I was having the fine folks at Fox Racing Shox give my rear shock a once over. With new O-rings in place, my ETSX-50 was ready to see a little dirt again. The DH finals were off the charts! Since I’d ridden a few sections of the pro course, I knew what areas too watch. Bloody Hell, the W.C. pros are sickly fast. Not only do they make the technical sections look easy, but when it comes to opening their bikes up, these folks hit 5th gear power band like 1, 2, 3!!!!BRAP!! After a bad seating run, Chris Kovaric turned on the after burners and found himself in the hot seat until the last two racers unseated him. But really I sure he was happy with third just the same. For top finishers in DH and 4X, click HERE.

Sunday’s pro XC races let me see how much the body can take at elevation, with a little heat thrown into the mix. For XC results click HERE. Celebratory beers and pizzas were consumed before hitting the sac, as we needed to be on the road by 2 a.m. to make our 6 a.m. flights.
Note to travelers-If you’re staying 3 hours away and need to make a 6 a.m. flight, do 1 of 2 things.
1-stay closer the night before the flight
2-schedual a later flight.

Another $80 US was thrown down to get the bike home, but at least I was getting used to being charged. I arrived in Vancouver around 10:30 a.m. and my ride got there around 3:00 p.m.
Note to travelers-when going away, make sure to have arrangements made to be picked up BEFORE you arrive. (Oh and bring a good book)

All in all, my trip was a good one. Even with the $42 CDN to Greyhound and $160 US to United for carrying my bike along on the trip. My advice to those traveling with bikes would be if you are on a shoe string budget, you should get longer laces!!

Thanks again to all those that made this trip happen, especially Angel Fire Resort.


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