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Wow, that's nice of Santa Cruz. Good luck to the lucky winner of the AM entry. Does anyone know haw fast Rob Roskopp is? You need to beat him to keep the new Blur after the race. With my lack of downhill skills I don't stand a chance in the AM.
BTW: Menso will be racing the new carbon Blur as well. Good thing you don't have to beat him.
 

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Here is the shpeel 4 those who don't like clicking:

The guy who owns this company, Rob Roskopp, went and took one of our entries into the Downieville Classic All-Mountain race this year. It’s his company, and he gets to enjoy the perks of that kind of thing. But it still got some of our backs up. Since the guy has only ever shown up in that town once in the past decade, some of the more loyal employees who spend a lot of time riding and working on trails there felt a little miffed about their available race entries being snapped up by the boss.

So, as retribution, we’re throwing him under the bus and having a contest.

Up for grabs is one free entry into the Downieville Classic All-Mountain event, graciously donated by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. This is a $185 race entry for a race that is capped at 200 riders, and which sold out in about 3 minutes flat this year. There are at about a hundred people on the waiting list for the race. This free entry will automatically get the winner into the event, in the category of his or her choice.

Also on tap is the opportunity to race the event on one of our brand new carbon fiber Blur LTs. Not just any brand new Blur LTc though, oh no. This one will be set up IDENTICALLY to the super-trick rig our boss-man will be riding. AND, if the winning contest entrant BEATS the overall time that Roskopp posts up, he or she gets to keep the bike.

There are a few catches to bear in mind:

All contest entrants must be CURRENT members of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship in good standing, meaning all paid-up. The SBTS costs $50 for an annual membership, which gives you a pair of free socks and access to their stellar epic rides which usually include more good food and free beer than you’ll be able to comfortably consume. Stewardship membership also means that funds are making their way into a motivated, proactive, shovels in the dirt non-profit organization that is the ONLY force at work trying to maintain, improve and build trails in the Downieville region. Aside from being a Stewardship member, it costs nothing to enter this contest. Not sure if your SBTS membership is current? Drop them a note to find out.

Entrants cannot be employees of Santa Cruz Bikes, nor can they be pro racers.

Racing the Blur LTc is not optional. If you win the contest, this is the bike you’ll have to ride. And no parts swapping will be permitted, aside from the winning entrant supplying his or her own pedals. The bike must remain exactly the same as Roskopp’s for the event, aside from whatever frame size difference might be required.

The winning entrant is responsible for getting him or herself to Downieville, and doing all that is required to make it to the start line of the race in one piece. Winning entrant is also responsible for his or her own welfare out on the course, including staying in one piece and fixing his or her own flats. In other words, winning entrant better have all the usual precautions for an event of this nature taken care of. We want to give a bike away, but we don’t want to be babysitters, because we don’t want some weakling to win the bike.

That’s about all it takes. The contest will run from now until the end of July 1st. On July 2nd, we’ll take every entrant name and write it on a piece of paper and drop that piece of paper in a hat (shape and style of hat still to be determined) and Rob Roskopp will draw out a winner, and we’ll announce that winner here. All you have to do to enter is join the SBTS if you haven’t already, then click the link at the top of this blog that says “Win Rob’s Bike.” There’s an email link there. Send us your name, where you’re from, race category, bike size, and a contact phone number. When we shut this all down we’ll cross-check everyone with the SBTS membership list to make sure everything is kosher, then pick a winner.

Full disclosure: Roskopp’s been logging some good hard mileage this year, and is looking leaner than he has in a long while. But by that same token, it has been a long time since he’s raced. And, this is Downieville. The river of tears that place has meted out in flats and wrecks and broken bones is enough to float us all home. Anything can happen up there and nothing is a given until you’ve crossed the finish line. Just ask Mark Weir.

Okay then, who wants to play?
 
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