Video: Cam McCaul, Carson Storch & More Session their Local Dirt Jumps

Dec 8, 2020
by Cam McCaul  

What's better than a chill dirt jump session at the local spot with a good crew? Not much... It's pretty much the best thing ever -- Plus, if you have the right crew, it might not be a chill session for long. This one heated up quickly. The dirt went from slushy and slow muck to hard-packed and speedy blue-grooves. The riding followed suit and soon the chill whips and tables switched to combos and links that had bikes and bodies whirling around everywhere you looked. 'Twas a great session indeed. The first of many as this Bend Oregon winter is shaping up to be one that'll keep us mountain bikers mountain biking. Let's keep it rollin'.

Riders: Dusty Wygle, Carson Storch, Oatman, Ryan McNulty, Jacob Guthrie, Tristan, Joe, Nephew Parker


19 Comments

  • 3 0
 Hooray the Lair is still alive! Thanks for the vid Cam and Carson! Peace Pinner
  • 2 0
 I'm curious about how the Lair works. You seem to know a bit about the spot so can you tell me about if it's private or public land? Can anyone show up and hit the jumps or is it a secret spot?
  • 7 0
 @maxgod: Public.
It is in the Phil's trail area, right outside of Bend, Oregon.
Created and maintained through COTA (Central Oregon Trails Alliance) with permission of the USFS.
  • 2 1
 @sambulance: I'm so jealous that a pro level jump line like this can be maintained and made publicly available by a trail association. We can only dream of having stuff like this where I live in Quebec. I think there's too much liability issue with bigger jumps and their associated risks with our free collective healthcare
  • 4 0
 @maxgod: I think the risk-aversion comes down to the fear that the trail association or land manager will be sued by the folks who injure themselves. Not that the injuries will be a burden on the health care system.

At least, that's how it typically works in the US.

In Bend however, there's a strong culture of outdoor recreation and the cyclist/skier/rock climber/back packer/mushroom hunter assuming all of the risk.

Well, that's how I see it.
  • 2 2
 @pmhobson: I think that any mountain bike association whether it is in Canada or the US has to have a liability insurance for users that could injure themselves on the trail network and decide to take legal actions so we do share that. I think that the main difference is that you have to have your own insurance to cover your risks in the US otherwise you'll have to pay the bill at the hospital so you're responsible for your own safety in some way. In Canada, you can break your leg and go get treated at any hospital for free so the responsibility of your own safety is shared collectively with everyone living in Canada as we all pay for the system. I might be wrong but I think that this could be playing a role on what type of risk the insurance companies are allowed to allow. But then again I think about the Kamloops bike ranch and their massive jumps so my argument might be wrong...

How would it work if I go ride the Lair and break my back on one of the jump? Couldn't I sue the COTA blaming that I bailed because the jumps were unsafe or not properly maintained? I understand that having a strong outdoor culture plays a role in people being more aware and willing to accept the risks of their sport but all it takes is one dude with a bad injury and a good lawyer to put the COTA in trouble, no?
  • 3 1
 @maxgod: Trail orgs in the US definitely carry big insurance policies. Speaking from NWTA's perspective, insurance is one of the largest expenses every year (but that also covers our equipment). The insurance is primarily for volunteers and not users though.

In the US, you can sue anyone for anything if you can cover the legal costs. But that doesn't mean you'll win. You might even have to pay COTA's attorney's fees if the judge thinks the lawsuit is especially frivolous. In central Oregon, I'd wager that suing a volunteer-based non-profit because you wrecked yourself after not scoping the jumps won't get you very far.
  • 2 1
 @pmhobson: This is why I donate to COTA. Also the only real bummer about the Lair is all the houses getting built right on top of it and all the old ways to get in are Private Property now with houses.
  • 1 1
 @pmhobson: Thanks for the insight! I assume that the cost of insurance policies in Canada would have to be similar to yours and the reason why I don't see any jump proline around me is probably because I live in a region where mountain biking is only starting to catch up so most of the effort spent on trail networks is geared toward more accessible trails (blue, green, single black) to attract more riders.

On a less serious note, I don't know about the legitimacy of all that we read on internet but I remember reading about a US based dude who broke his hip at walmart because he tripped on something and got a couple of millions out of a lawsuit so that being said it does seem like any type of lawsuit can get you very far in the US hahah
  • 2 1
 @krumpdancer101: Thanks for donating to COTA. Don't take this as an attack, but that property was always private; there just wasn't anybody telling you not to trespass. I also don't understand why people insist on driving out to the lair. It is an short, flat ride from the main trailhead.
  • 2 0
 @maxgod: the best part is that it’s not the only one. There’s another rad lineup about a mile away, and you can ride single track to get between the 2. And a Velo solutions pump track 20 min north on the highway. And possibly another one being built in town in a few years.
  • 1 0
 @snowFFFFFF: Word! Bend is changing. Don’t violate private property and bring heat into the bike scene. Co-exist!
  • 1 0
 @snowFFFFFF: yes I know it was just nice if you had a big crash or taco your tire to be able to make it to your car on a quick walk.
  • 3 0
 Cam McCaul is an absolute gem!
  • 2 0
 That just makes me happy !!!
  • 2 0
 Always a joy to watch Cam's vids.
  • 2 0
 Think your Nephew deserves a hand me down bike Cam!
  • 1 0
 i'd rather sit and watch this stuff for hours and hours then 90 percent of the theater movies nowadaysBig Grin legend

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