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WMBC 2nd annual Shoot the Trails in Bellingham, Washington

Oct 22, 2012 at 10:36
by Brad Walton  
Bellingham's second annual Shoot the Trails (STT) event on Saturday October 13 was wildly successful and packed to capacity (or maybe a bit over). The venue featured beer from local breweries Boundary Bay and Kulshan Brewery flowing out of five taps, local videos and music were cranking, and the raffle was pimped out with bikes and tons of swag. This has become a favorite for local mountain bikers looking to catch up with some new and old friends. There were a total of 11 local videos in the competition and 24 photographs, all representing why we live and ride in Whatcom County.

First Place:
Dakota Huntley, Reilly Kintzele, and Trevor Parson
Views: 26,315    Faves: 449    Comments: 31

Second Place:
Chris Grundberg
Views: 8,549    Faves: 0    Comments: 9

Third Place:
Daniel Cichowski, Bill Hawk & Matt Durand
Views: 2,155    Faves: 6    Comments: 1

An additional category this year was the Contour Most Creative POV video. Contour was at the event and chose the winner. Eli Selch won and was able to sport their brand new line.
CONTOUR Most Creative POV Video: Eli Selch
Views: 2,282    Faves: 7    Comments: 7

There was also a twelfth video that played during the ballot counting, made by one of our local bike companies, Transition Bikes:

Views: 39,617    Faves: 361    Comments: 23

This years photographs were very impressive. While there weren't as many entries as the last year, the quality and skill of some of our local photographers is top notch. The top three photos were:

1st Place Photo: by Brad Walton Rider: Ricardo Broberg
entry for Deep Summer Photo Challenge 2012

2nd Place Photo: by Kevin Menard Rider: Lars Sternberg
photo by Kevin Menard

3rd Place Photo: by David Waugh
photo by David Waugh

During the event, the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) also debuted their new tool trailer that was built out, beer tap included, by Greg Mroz and Mark Mattson. The funds for the tool trailer were acquired through a grant award from REI for $5,000.


Thanks to all of the volunteers, especially Val Thompson, for orchestrating this event and making it happen! Also, thanks to all of the sponsors of STT that contributed to our raffle and continually support mountain biking in Whatcom County and Washington State. And lastly, thanks to the infamous EBextreme for emceeing the event.

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45 articles

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 It was a super rad event! Stoked to hear how much money it raised! So happy to be living in a place like Bellingham!!!
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 Dear event organizers and sponsors, Please continue this event every year. It was a very fun outing and great to see what locals are putting together. Cheers, Chad
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 Nice write up, Brad, and sick shot of Ricardo jumping that log. I heard we had 475 people come through the door that night, so....yeah, Whatcom County's mt. bike totally kicks ass! Special thanks to all of the photographers and videographers for their submissions....there were some rad ones that didn't make top 3. We'll get the acoustics figured out a bit better next year.
  • 2 0
 to everyone: Job done!
extra credits: Dakota Huntley, Reilly Kintzele, and Trevor Parson
and Kevin Menard Rider for capturing Lars Sternberg the ripper.
  • 1 0
 Thanks man! I love extra credit Wink

  • 2 0
 Love the PNW mountain bike community: sponsors, supporters, volunteers, builders, and riders!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Loved it all great work
  • 2 0
 Great event. Bikes and Brews
  • 1 0
 my name is so close to trevor parson
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 Great event! Crazy turnout! Good to see so much love for the trails!
  • 1 0
 "Groms"...schweet! And EB on the MC...yeah buddy!

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