After the race there was a small jam going on over at our local bike park so I was sure to make it out for that. The timing was perfect because my new prototype ns soda had just arrived and I was dying to test it out. The jam was pretty fun, they had lots of mini competitions for the riders and each person could only win once so it gave everyone a chance to win something. I was set on taking home the trackstand competition but ended up putting my foot down pretty quick thanks to Nato (**cough** cheater** cough**). It was a devastating loss but I managed to bag the best boost competition so that lifted my spirits a bit. I really don't get out to the bike park enough, lots of fun jumps that are actually a decent size and it was a nice change from riding dreamland all the time.
A couple days later I got a phone call from none other than mountain biking's "Big Daddy" Jeremy Weiss asking if I wanted to go to Ranchstyle. I hadn't really planned on it but hey, the more competitions the better, so I packed my gear up and we got on the road. Ranchstyle got off to a rough start with Evan Guthrie of Kamloops going down hard in practice. He ended up in a coma for quite some time but being the trooper that he is he has now woken up and is making tons of progress towards recovery. His girlfriend Amanda has been nice enough to post regular updates regarding Evan's status on facebook. If you'd like to know more and support Evan in his recovery join the group
. With Evan's crash in the back of everyone's mind getting riding again wasn't easy but unfortunately it's a part of the sport and something we all had to deal with. The course was a lot of fun with a couple different line choices and some sizeable jumps. I ended up coming in a couple places short of making it to finals but I was pretty stoked nonetheless because I had tried and landed my first tailwhip off a boner log.