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Video: Official Highlights from the Strait Acres Slalom Invitational 2020

Oct 5, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  

Kyle Strait invited a handful of riders to compete on his own dual slalom course and with such a high calibre of talent the racing was incredibly tight.

Video by Brock VanHeel


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 Not a mask in sight.
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flag Dnik (Oct 5, 2020 at 13:55) (Below Threshold)
 And your point?
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 @Dnik: 210,043
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flag ryankxf (Oct 5, 2020 at 14:42) (Below Threshold)
 Don’t worry, they were protesting, Covid doesn’t infect protesters.
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 Baby mama wants free antibodies for her baby
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flag JEDDE (Oct 5, 2020 at 17:56) (Below Threshold)
 Do you ride with a mask on? They are outside with friends and family.
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flag scotttherider (Oct 5, 2020 at 18:40) (Below Threshold)
 Dude I’m in Idaho and there’s no infections here. Nobody is wearing masks...
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 'MERICA! Land of the free baby! Don't hate, appreciate good people doing good things for their fellow friends and riders!
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 You know the cool thing about private property?
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My favorite things about private property:

1. No one can force you to be a responsible empathetic member of society
2. U.S. property law mandates that viruses are not permitted to cross property boundaries... so, no worries bro.
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 @thegoodflow: cool story bro.... you should check Idaho out. You wouldn’t think there was any cases here by looking at the general public unless you go to Costco.
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 @scotttherider: Yeah, i've been there a few times... incredible place... definitely one of my favorite states. Not sure what your point is though... that you can't see viruses with the naked eye so they don't exist? No one has died because there's no bodies piling up on the sidewalks? That there's no infections there because no one is wearing masks? What?

Don't let any facts get in the way of your preferred interpretation of reality.
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 @thegoodflow: I’m being a smartass... but thank you for indulging me and going full factual with your response.....

Remember it’s just a joke not a dick... Don’t take it so hard....
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 @scotttherider: Oh, I thought you were just a dumbass, my mistake. Hilarious joke btw. The homophobic buttsex quip is super clever too, well done.
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 What the video doesn't show is the fact that we had very limited racers, a few volunteers to make sure the event would run properly, our timing crew of 2 people, 2 medics, 7 media professionals, and the few sponsors we allowed all on 11 acres outdoors in 100 degree weather. I had hand sanitizing stations throughout the property, along with COVID Guideline signs stressing the importance of practicing social distancing,, avoid touching your face, and to wear a mask if immune compromised.
Here is a bit from the COVID waiver everyone signed on site:
I am not experiencing any symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
* I have not traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
* I do not believe I have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
* I have not been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as non contagious by state or local public health authorities.
* I am following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting my exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

COVID is serious and this event took it serious. The racing and the vibe of last weekend was absolutely phenomenal and we took safety seriously. Kyle and I worked so hard to put together a well planned event for the racers, who, like many people this year have had it hard, and mental health is low. The joy on the faces of everyone competing made the work worth it.
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 I was photographing the event and all CDC COVID-19 recommended guidelines where in place and followed
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 @lambertphoto: the CDC recommends the use of masks when social distancing of >6' is not possible. By their definitions, this event seems to fall in the category of "highest risk"...
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 @thegoodflow: my god you’re a c*nt
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 @drunknride: your god is a c*nt
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 @drunknride: I’d prefer to call him summers eve fornication.
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 @scotttherider: Awww, you guys are bonding. That is so cute!
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 @THROO001: good on you guys for doing such an awesome thing for the biking community!! And for putting in countless hours of selfless work for others to enjoy. 99% of the biking community is stoked on this effort and for the events success! Don't let the 1% make you feel otherwise!
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 @skidmarkbro: So, a bunch of anti-maskers gather to ride dirt jumps and berms in some guys backyard, and broadcast this to their social media, while stroking each others genitals and making false claims about adhering to cdc guidelines, and this is somehow some kind of altruistic act of generosity that serves the greater cycling community? You're delusional.
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 @thegoodflow: haha you’re a real douche, Clearly your mask is on way too tight. Keep on believing your god fauci, and while you’re at it you may as well double up on the masks. Stoked to see comps happening thanks to Kyle and don’t mind the haters, I’m sure they would lock down the country to destroy businesses and livelihoods because they are afraid of a virus with a 99% survival rate. Start thinking with your dipstick jimmy!
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 @skidmarkbro: Thank you so much!! Good Times were had and we can't wait for more races to happen in the future! Long Live Slalom!!
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 @ryankxf: I’m pretty sure he’s a lost cause. Drank to much of the cool aid. He’ll be first in line for the rushed vaccine.
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ok, so you're not afraid of communicable diseases... that makes you tough or cool or something?

Why does this stuff have to be so black and white with you people? Is it not possible to heed the warnings of the scientific/medical community during a pandemic and wear a mask when you're in close proximity with other people without being accused of fear mongering or worshipping Fauci as a god? There's a middle ground between living in fear and sheltering in place under a rock, and signing a waiver and pretending that masks are pointless during a viral pandemic with airborne transmission.

And I don't know where you guys keep getting this 99% stat from...
"Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza, or COVID-19 (PIC) for week 39 was 6.4%, which was lower than the percentage during week 38 (9.5%), but above the epidemic threshold. These percentages will likely increase as more death certificates are processed."

And even if only 1% of those infected end up dying, there's also the risk of long term complications such as lung damage that could significantly effect your quality of life: Seems like a bummer, eh?

Gonorrhea only kills ~2300 people in the US every year, but that doesn't mean I'd bang your mom without a rubber.

If you're so concerned with businesses and livelihoods you'd think you'd be more willing to take some slightly inconvenient precautions such as wearing a mask occasionally so we don't have to lock-down again and we can hopefully get through this sooner than later.

Looks like a rad event and I'm glad everyone had fun. These riders have incredible skill and style, and it's definitely fun to watch. Maybe I am being a d-bag, and sorry to be a buzzkill, but this stuff affects us all and it does matter.
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 @thegoodflow: No, I’m not afraid of it. I’ve already had it. Let me ask you this, disregarding stats for the moment, why is it that these “experts and governors/leaders” are trying to mandate mask usage but yet, aren’t following their own words? Why was every death recorded as a Covid death, just because the virus was present. There has been multiple recordings of the same people saying this isn’t that serious and masks don’t do anything and they are for theatrics, that are pushing them. Also the insult towards my mom, real chicken shit comment bud, it’s about time you jumpstart your brain and start actually using it.
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 @ryankxf: you're right, the comment about your mom was an unnecessary and childish low blow. But, perhaps you could consider why you guys are getting defensive and lobbing personal attacks my way in the first place. Or why you're now saying that I'm not using my brain just because I don't agree with you? Replace your mom with any random person and my point still stands.

Glad to hear that you were able to recover from your infection, and hopefully without any lasting complications. It seems to be widely accepted that the severity of peoples symptoms varies widely. Part of this seems to be largely correlated with age and underlying health conditions but there's been plenty of cases of otherwise healthy young people that have been hit very hard by the disease. I experienced mild cold symptoms in April but testing was not available in my area at the time so I quarantined and moved on with my life after two weeks. I'll acknowledge that I was privileged to have the option to do so. It's possible that it was covid, but that seems like wishful thinking to assume that it wasn't just a common cold. Were you tested to confirm that you had covid?

Can you link me to these recordings of credible members of the scientific or medical communities saying that "this isn't serious and masks don't do anything and are for theatrics"? There seems to be an abundance of scientific literature that concluded that masks are effective in reducing the spread of airborne viruses.

I'm not sure that it's a fair assumption that "every death was recorded as a Covid death, just because the virus was present". It actually seems likely to be the other way around... some covid related deaths are being recorded as pneumonia, stroke, etc., when these are likely to be symptoms of the covid infection.

I don't think that "governors/leaders" are necessarily the best source for scientific or medical advice, and I don't have a great answer for why politicians tend to be hypocrites and contradict themselves, but I think it probably has something to do with money, power, conflicts of interest, and a lack of moral fiber.

I think it's important to recognize that we don't have all the answers and likely won't fully understand this disease for a long time to come, and that there is a ton of intentional and unintentional disinformation being spread, but acting out of an abundance of caution with regards to simple things like hand washing and mask wearing is little more than a mild inconvenience in the grand scheme of things and is likely to do more good than harm.
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And I should reword what I said about EVERY Covid death, yes there is cases in which that is the direct cause, but certainly not 200k. Also, direct from the cdc website, they say the word “MAY” a lot, which isn’t very confidence inspiring coming from “medical professionals”. I’m not saying I’m a professional what so ever, but it just seems a little confusing.

I would would say your Absolutely right regarding The “gov/leaders” comment, and sadly I believe it has spilled into the medical professional side a long time ago. But I can only think for myself. So, I guess come up with your own decision on what you believe. Till then keep shredding!
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 Kyle Strait's Covid Classic!!
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 Pretty sweet! In regards to COVID-19, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Can’t stop life but for so long, just have to be cautious & careful, if you do get it please quarantine better than our president ????????
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 so old 5010 bike is still going strong...think the newest version is not playful enough for slalom
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 So he was on the old5010 ? I was wondering if it’s not some slope proto ofJackal
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 We got 16 real fast racers and.... 8 women! That got me lol
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 Yeah, that was so unintentionally savage.
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 ahh yes, the two genders: real fast racers and women
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 Event of the year!!! Long live slalom!!
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 Looked way fun! Hope next year will allow for some spectating too!
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 Mitch rocking that sick t-shirt with sponsor logos screen printed on. That’s way cooler than fluorescent jersey material IMO, for sure
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 Not a t-shirt, TLD Skyline trail jersey, wicking quick dry materials, just like his race kit.
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 When will the non-binary acres invitational take place?
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 These racers were pretty fluid.
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 After 20 Natty's....
Kyle: "can we do this every week"!?
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 I thought Kyle Strait stayed in Orange county, how come anything south of LA is considered San Diego?
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 But bbbbut COVID!?!
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 That covid bs was like a bad dream. I'm so glad it's finally over.
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 ... /s
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 Riders for Riders.
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 Pretty much 360 degrees of cool here.
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 Looks proper fun

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