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Temecula - Vail Lake - Magazine Photo Shoot

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Well we just wrapped up an exhausting weekend! Bicycling Magazine and Mountain Bike magazine came down to SoCal for the end of the season sunshine. Fortunately we got some! Which is such a good thing. The rains are amazing and so good for the trails. Anyways with the Tour Of California coming to town the editors of these magazines wanted to do a story on the Southern California Bike scene. So after a few weeks of phone calls and appointments we finnaly got them down here and ready to make miracles happen. The photographer ( Tim ) was awesome! He made the photo and video shoots so easy to do.

Saturday we started our shoots up at the Santa Rosa Plateau. It was a little overcast and grey. But all that only added to the experience. We were up and shooting by 5:30am. Gotta catch the early moring light! We got some really good stuff and after about 3 hours we headed to Starbucks for a warmup. After some lunch and coffee we headed out to Vail Lake Resort which was the focus area for the entire story. Our focus for the afternoon was the ridgelines and the freeriding downhill stuff. So I called up some friends who like to go big and we rallied some amazing shots. I have to give big props to Jake for hitting all the A-line jumps and making everything look easy. He must have walked up Burning Calves 10-12 times to allow the Tim to get a series of shots and videos. Jake rocked it and hucked the big gaps like a champ. This was a fun afternon for sure!

Sunday morning was another early day. We were out at Vail by 6:30. The weather was amazing. It was super cold but the sun was out and the light was hitting off the few clouds in the sky. The sky was all full of oranges and purples. Our focus for the morning was Cross Country and mainly the ridgeline rollercoasters. We put the hemet cams on and proceded to have the most fun of the weekend. There were about 8 of of us just freight trainng one behind each other. It was awesome. Tim got some amazing shots from so far away. He was able to film us rolling the whole ridgelines. It was awesome to see some of the video when we were done! Later that afternoon I called up some of the big air boys and we met at a local Downhill Jump spot that has the most amazing scenery. Jake and Tyler showed up and we got some sick shots of big air and big rock drops. We even shot some of the local kids ripping up the pump track! It was a super fun way to wind up the weekend. Thanks to Jake and Tyler for going big on camera. These guys have major Huevos!

All weekend long we got tons of footage and over 12 interviews. From what I gather this will be a major piece in the upcoming months. Plus I know Tim will put the videos up on Both Mountain Bike Magazine and Bicycling. The next SoCal exposure will be at the "12 Hours Of Temecula" this coming January. The Cycling Industry is very interested in what we are doing down here.
I am super stoked to be a part of the magic that SoCal is generating. After all this our home and home is GOOD!

Keep checking this thread. I will post some of the video and phots here as I get them downloaded. Should be the next couple of days!

Have a great day and enjoy the rain!

Jason Ranoa
Socal Endurance "12 Hours Of SoCal"
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Cool news Jason, thanks.

BTW, are you related to a teacher in the San Diego area?
Yep To the Teachers

Both my uncle and aunty are teachers down there. which one do you know?
Both my uncle and aunty are teachers down there. which one do you know?
Jeff Ranoa at Black Mtn. Middle School. Great guy, my kids' favorite.

Jeff is my cousin, from what I hear he is an awesome teacher. Lots of teachers in the family.
J - again, glad to see you're getting your due props! Keep it up - sorry I couldn't make the season finale, but there were plenty of guys from shop that showed up and all had the time of their lives.

I'll be doing the Jan event for sure with a couple friends. See you then!

Were they sure to include the facts that we close trails faster in SoCal than anywhere else in the Country!
Its nice for Vail Lake to get some positive publicity since they are one of the few locations supporing the scene down here.
It's an assumption but it sounds like Eric Carter and those behind the recent building and publicity weren't involved, and in my opinion that's a little weak. Yes it's great to see the growth of the area and mountain biking in So Cal, blah, blah, blah... but that "freeriding and downhill stuff" along with the planned DH trails are hardly up to the standards I know Vailocity is shooting for. For sure this story will be lacking without this involvement. Again, all my opinion.

In the interviews credit was given where credit was due. The actual main theme for the articles was for the endurance racing. But I thought that including some of the DH and jump stuff would round out the feel for our scene. Tell you this though the trails out there after the rains are sick! I have been out at Vail monday and today working hard on new trails and fixing stuff that needed some help. I love working in the rain. We are super lucky to have Vail Lake in our back yard. It has been great to see it develop over the last few years. Hopefully it will continue to get even better!
Jason Ranoa
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