On Oct. 3rd 2014 the 2nd Wheels 4 Life Indian Summer Gala fundraiser was held at the Ranch in Laguna Beach, California.
Nearly 200 guests stepped up and dressed up to support Wheels 4 Life's cause, to supply more people with bicycles in developing countries in need of transportation.
Thanks to the support of all the sponsors and guests $ 54,000 was raised, enough to buy almost 500 bicycles for the likes of healthcare workers and students who often have to walk miles to get to patients or schools; or farmers that transport their goods to the market and people that find work thanks to access of a bicycle.
The highlight of the evening was the screening of the new Wheels 4 Life film "Riding Out Of Poverty", which was shown during the dinner and followed by an auction and dancing. Musical entertainment was provided by locals Nickei and Common Sense band.
Many industry folks, pro riders, legends and kind hearted people supported the charity that was founded and is run by Hans Rey and his wife Carmen.
Thank You All For Making A Difference! "Give A Bike - Change A Life"
Photos: Courtesy of Bill Freeman
After three straight years of coming in 4th place, Spanish athlete Andreu Lacondeguy broke his curse in a big way, coming out on top with an emotional victory after fighting back nerves and a stacked field of competitors. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Southern Utah landscape, 20 riders thrilled fans tuning in live across the globe to watch an event considered the pinnacle of freeride mountain biking.
VIRGIN, UT – (USA) – The sun came out in Virgin after a weekend that saw severe weather and flash floods in the area, and many of the biggest stars in the sport were shining with runs that combined speed, style and big tricks. Lacondeguy topped the field with one of the steepest and most difficult runs possible, capping with a huge flatspin backflip off the Polaris RZR booter. Previous Rampage champion Cam Zink earned the Best Trick, presented by Utah Sports Commission, for a massive 360 drop 60 feet off a cliff. His run also earned him the second place spot on the podium. Canadian rider Brandon Semenuk earned 3rd place and the People’s Choice with a line stacked with tricks, including an opposite 360 and backflip one footed can-can.
Finally the One
As Andreu Lacondeguy prepared for his run, his nerves were running high, but so was his desire to finally be on the podium. His first run proved to be all that he needed to finally accomplish his dream. “I knew I needed that extra little bit to be on the top and this year I just picked the steepest line. As soon as I heard the countdown I just got out of the cage and pinned it to the bottom.” As he went to the top to prepare for a second run, he watched the rest of the riders try to beat his score without success. As soon as his fiercest competitor Brandon Semenuk finished his run and he saw the score would not top his, he put down his bike and wiped away tears, as his dream was finally realized.
To see all the action and how it went down, fans can tune in to NBC on December 27th at 4pm EST to broadcast of Red Bull Rampage presented by GoPro, and supported by Dodge Dart, Polaris RZR, Army National Guard and Utah Sports Commission.
Review the live stream also via: www.redbull.com/rampage
Red Bull Rampage 2014 Final Results
1. Andreu Lacondeguy ESP 95.25, 2. Cameron Zink USA 89.50, 3. Brandon Semenuk CAN 89.25, 4. Kyle Strait USA 89.00, 5. Brett Rheeder CAN 88.50, 6. Kyle Norbraten CAN 82.75, 7. Jeff Herbertson USA 82.50, 7. Brendan Fairclough GBR 77.25, 9. Paul Basagoitia USA 76.50, 10. Mitch Chubey CAN 76.25, 11. Szymon Godziek POL 76.00, 12. Kelly McGarry NZL 73.25, 13. Thomas Genon BEL 71.50, 14. Louis Reboul FRA 70.75, 15. Carson Storch USA 69.25, 16. Pierre Edouard Ferry FRA 67.50, 17. Geoff Gulevich CAN 66.00, 18. Ramon Hunziker SUI 37.75, 19. Tom Van Steenbergen CAN 35.00, 20. Mike Montgomery USA 24.00
Best Trick presented by Utah Sports Commission:
Cam Zink, 360 Drop (60+ feet)
People’s Choice Award presented by Army National Guard:
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Gee Atherton is 2014 World Champion!
Gee Atherton is World Champion for the second time! Gee is celebrating his win, six years since he first took the title in 2008 but Rachel loses her rainbow jersey by the cruellest of margins, pushed into 2nd place as Manon Carpenter goes faster by a miniscule 0.088 seconds.
Hafjell’s World Championship race was unanimously labelled “intense”. It’s a challenging and technical track and it took its toll on many riders – including GT Factory Racing’s Juniors. Taylor Vernon finished in 40th after a big crash, while Martin Maes, the team’s young Enduro star suffered a puncture finishing in 59th.
Gee rode strongly – it wasn’t a perfect run, in fact he declared himself “not pleased” with his ride but it turned out to be closer to perfect than anybody else could put together on the day! Gee was fourth man left on the mountain and Neko Mulally was in the hotseat. Mulally had put together an amazing run, crossing the line in first despite riding most of the track without a chain but Gee was about to better him. Gee rode a fantastic top section, going 2nd through split 1 (Sam Hill was fastest at the split but had dramatically come to grief near the end of the track). Gee made a slight mistake after the main rocks where he dabbed a foot, still 2nd at split 2, but his trademark power came into play as he pushed all the way to the finish crossing the line 2.2 seconds up on Neko. Sam Blenkinsop was up next but couldn’t get into contention,11th at split 1 he crossed the line in 5th, then Troy Brosnan also had a strong mid section and finish,10th at split 1 he crossed the line in 2nd, 0.566 behind Gee. Finally Josh Bryceland was on track. Tension was high as Bryceland went first at split 1, by split 2 he was ahead of Gee by more than a second could he hold on? Josh looked threatening but in the last 200m he landed flat off a jump coming down heavily enough to break his foot. He still managed to cross the line in 2nd place. But the World title belonged to Gee.
"My run was messy," said Gee " Hafjell is the kind of track where you are going to make mistakes, you have to expect things to change. Sitting there with riders like Sam Blenkinsop, and Troy and Ratboy still to come down I wasn’t at all sure that what I had done was good enough for the gold. I hope Josh is gonna heal up soon! "
Martin Maes was the first of GT Factory Racing’s juniors to ride in the World Championship Finals. Martin pushed hard. After coming 4th in timed practise he had decided to run a lower pressure in his tyres for Finals, searching for that infinitesimal extra edge. The strategy didn’t work. Despite a strong top section (he was 6th at split 1) he punctured and came down in 59th position.
Taylor was 2nd from last to ride. He attacked the race like he needed to, pushing super hard out of the start house. He was 4th at split 1 but a crash before the main rock garden put an end to his World Champs.
Team Director Dan Brown said “We’re proud of Tay going hard and all out, neither the team or Taylor would have been happy with 4th today…”
In the Women’s race Rachel was last woman down. She had a tough run. Manon Carpenter had put in a good time but it was only just quicker than Rachel’s timed training run, definitely within the reigning Champion’s reach. Rachel rode solidly but it was far from her best, she was up at split 1, up by over a second at split 2, the crowd and the team held their breath but a mistake on the final rock section meant that her 1.2 second lead had disappeared by the time she reached the finish line and she crossed into 2nd, a cruel 0.088 seconds behind Manon.
Dan Brown said “ We’re all gutted for Rachel, who’s shown such determination this season to get back up there where she belongs. It would have been the fairy-tale ending and it’s what we all came for this weekend but that’s racing. We’ll see you next year.”
1 Gee Atherton GB 3.23.769
2 Josh Brycelend GB 3.24.176 +0.407
3 Troy Brosnan AUS 3.24.335 +0.566
4 Neko Mulally USA 3.25.979 +2.21
5 Brook MacDonald NZL 3.26.797 +3.028
1 Manon Carpenter GB 3:49.407
2 Rachel Atherton GB 3:49.495 +0.088
3 Tahnee Seagrave GB 3:52.870 +3.463
4 Tracey Hannah AUS 3: 55.862 +6.455
5 Jill Kintner USA 3: 56.879 +7.472
1 Loris Vergier FR 3:29.09
2 Laurie Greenaland GB 3:34.08 +4.99
3 Jacob Dickson IRL 3:36.384 + 7.29
40 Taylor Vernon GB
59 Martin Maes BELG
Indian Summer - meaning a warm autumn day, which we believe René Wildhaber had, on this month's nice cover picture. Check out his interview and see what he has to say about biking as a professional. For me, Indian Summer has also the meaning of, India, this summer. I was in India almost two months, meeting lots of people from the bike industry but also of course riding my bike where ever I could. Among the Indian adventures, I rode in a heavy monsoon in Mumbai, when we tested the Scott Scale 950, and you can read more about this bike inside. I also rode the only bike skill park in Gurgaon at Pedalers Village, to meet this month's featured Young Gun Akshay Chaudhary. Elsewhere on our planet, Dan Atherton and Hans Rey went to the French Alps, where they even saw snow, just like in autumn, when the first snow comes down. More stories from India will be coming out in next issue.