Video and Photo Epic: Life Beyond Walls With the Smith Team - Trans-Cascadia 2015

Oct 29, 2015
by Smith Optics  
Part of SMITH dedicating the month of October to celebrating the strong, beautiful, and unstoppable women in action sports, we are excited to launch "Life Beyond Walls - Trans-Cascadia". With only their bikes, gear and tents, SMITH riders embark on a unique backcountry mountain bike race in the misty mountains surrounding Oakridge, Oregon. Unfolding over four days with 21 race stages and 32,000ft of descending on unknown trails, the SMITH riders discover the magic that comes from venturing into the unknown with your closest friends and fellow competitors. This is the Trans-Cascadia 2015, from her perspective.

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Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.

bigquotesI was really looking forward to the blind racing format. Mostly because it would put me completely out of my comfort zone. Sprinting on a straight away with exposure on one side, and not knowing where the trail turned next, or if I'd be hanging a left or a right, it put every fiber in my body on edge. It makes the days more exhausting physically and mentally. There is no autopilot. Every stage you were going to have to be on your game to make it down the trail.
- Sarah Rawley

Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.

bigquotesThe most memorable moments are nearly always the non-racing ones ... sharing a beer and telling stories at the end of the day, riding the transitions with a bunch of new and old friends, the views from the top of the hill after a hard hike a bike, dancing around the campfire, that's what truly makes the experience. I've raced at a high level for 10 years now. I'm ready to step away from the intensity of international racing, but I still love riding and racing my bike. I'm really excited to take part in more races like the Trans-Cascadia where you can still push hard and ride fast, but there's so much more to the whole experience than just the racing.
- Rosara Joseph

Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.

bigquotesEnduro racing is beginning to teach me that "less is more". I don't need to race every single weekend to have a successful season. On the contrary, it has pushed me to explore new exotic places, and others in my own backyard. Sometimes with friends. Sometimes solo. My favorite races have essentially been an organized tour of the best trails in a region, with good food, great people and the structure to just show up and play.
- Sarah Rawley

Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.
Trans Cascadia 2015 results
Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.

bigquotesIn racing, you race for yourself, ride the best you can and find out how you did after the race is complete. Anything can happen and change the results, but at the end of it all, you have to be proud that you rode the best that you could and hopefully made some great memories from the experience!
- Liz Cunningham

Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.

Photos By Paris Gore / @parisgore
Video By Tom Teller Digital / @TomTeller
Riders: Rosara Joseph, Sarah Rawley, and Liz Cunningham
Featured Product: SMITH 2016 color collection of the Forefront Helmet, PivLock Arena glasses, and Squad MTB Goggle / @SmithOptics

Get Involved: SMITH is dedicating the month of October to celebrating the strong, beautiful, and unstoppable women who devote their time and energy pursuing outdoor adventures. In addition to highlighting some of our most decorated female athletes, we’ll continue our philanthropic support of First Descents, a non-profit offering young adult cancer fighters and survivors outdoor adventure experiences, empowering them to reclaim their lives. For every sunglass sold on smithoptics.com in October, we donate $1 to First Descents. Male or Female, help us spread the word! All you need to do is use the hashtag : #SMITHWomen and tag @SMITHoptics on your favorite social channels to be a part of the action.

Visit www.smithoptics.com for more details and the latest products.

Images from Smith Optics from their trip to partake in Trans-Cascadia.



36 Comments

  • + 14
 brilliant video and write up gonna have to get myself over to Oregon for trans-Cascadia next year!
  • + 7
 "My favorite races have essentially been an organized tour of the best trails in a region, with good food, great people and the structure to just show up and play."- Sarah Rawley - This is the heart and soul of what I see in races like this.
  • + 6
 "strong, beautiful, and unstoppable women who devote their time and energy pursuing outdoor adventures" nuff said
  • + 4
 Rosara Joseph is a bad ass! Heck of a rider. Hope everyone got to enjoy the Oakridge area. Amazing riding in there. I swear I see bits of Tire & Cloverpatch in these photos.
  • + 3
 Doesn't get much better than tire and clover!!
  • + 2
 You got that right. Rosara kills it!
  • + 7
 Great photos Paris!
  • + 5
 You know you've made it in life when Mark Weir delivers you a beer!
  • + 1
 Great little piece of riding... makes you want to get out and ride!!! Cool portuguese music as well... Well done, Smith, well done!!! Slowly falling in love with those helmets.
  • + 4
 A camp full of girls, bikes and beer – haven must be near.
  • + 3
 Oh, and them laughing! I'm so into happily laughing women, that's just too rare.
  • + 2
 So stoked! Those girls are great ambassadors of the sport! Now I go ride my bike!!!
  • + 2
 Two current Yeti betis and a former one. Smith must have some algorithm to pick women riders.
  • - 2
 Please PB,

Show us videos with less stereotyped postures...

Year after year the video's industry is directing us the "right behaviour" for the mtbikers... sorry but many mtbikers (men and women) are differents and do not ride with beer in carburettor !!!
  • + 1
 Rosara is my kind of gal! Shreads MTB trails and a Rhodes scholar/PHD from Oxford!
  • - 9
flag MojoMaujer (Oct 30, 2015 at 20:10) (Below Threshold)
 Get a life
  • + 2
 Drinking COORS LIGHT in Oregon??? Really? Terrible.
  • + 2
 I didn't even watch the video...i just love Coors light!!!!
  • + 2
 that tanwalled SB6c is beatiful.
  • + 0
 The Trans Cascadia looks like it has a lot more to do with camping out and having a mellow time with your pals than it has to do with railing down bike trails.
  • + 2
 Gorgeous pictures!! I´m jealous as hell!
  • + 1
 Well that a good marketing video and photo epic
  • + 1
 All this Smith gear looks great.
  • + 1
 SMITH ??? where....? pas vu !!! aurais-je manqué qqchose ? Smile
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/12838571
Le modèle est bien, mais le matos aussi Wink
  • + 1
 Amazing photos and forrests!! I really really want to ride there!
  • + 1
 Chicks and bikes...what more is there to say, BRAVO!
  • + 2
 Very good pictures!
  • + 0
 Omg... Bike industry get an hold of yourself.
  • + 1
 nice helmets!
  • + 1
 very beautifuf forest)
  • + 1
 Looks so RAD!
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