Archive for December, 2007


December 31, 2007

WEEK 16 – New Years Eve!

As I drove into work today I gazed longingly at the north shore mountains. It’s been weeks since I’ve rode the shore and judging from the low snow-line, it looks like it going to be a few more until I can rip it on some of my favourite trails. So for others who are also experiencing post-traumatic-winter-holiday disorder, this video is for you. May we all soon feel the wind on our faces, the sun on backs, and shore dirt under our tires. Spring is just around the corner!

Filmmaker: Dr.Gee
Riders: Howey (TEAM MUDDBUNNIES) and Dr.Gee

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December 18, 2007



WOW! What a year it’s been! When I think back to last year’s Calendar release party we were worried about fitting 30 people into a private room at the Clubhouse Restaurant in Vancouver! Thanks to Alvara at BellaCandellas for providing great food and service for all the bunnies and company. This year we had close to 100 people coming and going throughout the night, including Wade Simmons who crashed the party after 9pm!

Bella Candellas

The night began with a slideshow of the bunnies throughout the 2007 season. Gord Smith, from Beastgear enjoyed a Bunny sandwich with Ms October, and Ms.December.

What’s a party without a little Cox and Kitty?

Jerusha and Rob (and friend), with Greg and Denise from the Freeride Dawgs

Judy Garren (Team Muddbunnies) and Tina Yiu (WebMistress)

Bunnie Ina and the Jackrabbit!

For once I am at a loss for words. Okay I lie, I’m not! I feel so honoured to be a part of this incredible group of people who have all come together for one thing: the love of the ride! Of course the Calendar Release Party is always more than a celebration of our calendar project, it’s also a night to honour ever single member, sponsor and supporter of the Muddbunnies. And that’s just what we did.

Dorothy Luebke gave a humourous and…ahem inspiring speech about the NSMBA and Ripper Series.

Michelle Santos was our evening MC and Jeannie Darcy. Don’t get her started!

Yummy Bunnies! Photographer Danielle Baker and Ms March.

One of the first four members of Muddbunnies: Syd Vicious

Left: Photographer Jeremy Goodrick and his lady. Right: Ride Leader Lucy Reiss

Michelle, Corey Leclerc and Me

Here’s another shout out to all those who helped us reach and surpass our goals for the 2007 season:
Tina Yiu – WebMistress
Susan Sheldon – Gate Keeper/Forum Administration/Team Muddbunnies
Aimee Dunn – Everything Bunny:Supreme Advocate/Site Author/Calendar Model/Ride Leader/Team Muddbunnies Racer/Master Cake Baker
Lucy Reiss – Ride Leader/Club Advocate/Master Carrot Cake Baker
Ina Hunt – Den Mother of Women’s Weekend in Whistler
Veronica Kacinik – Event Planning Goddess
Denise Britton, Greg Rector of FreeRide Dawgs – Clinic Coach and Death-Defying Shuttler
Andrew Summers – Brodie Go-to Guy
Brigit Jensen – Site Author
’07 Team Muddbunnies: Edith Jansen, Jerusha Millar, Judy Garren, Aimee Dunn, Erin Lewis, Lisa Howey, Jen Miller, Susan Sheldon, Kirsten Jasper and of course Michelle Santos and myself.

The Dirt Wolf and Ms.October

The Deadly Duo: Photographer Dan Barham and Ms.August

Lastly, thank you to all of the women who joined the club this year! You are the heart of Muddbunnies!

For those who are still unsure of who we are and what we do, the following is a list of events we were involved in this season:
Vancouver Outdoor Show/NSMBA Gear Swap
Women’s BMX/MTB Clinic with Abbotsford BMX
Beginner Race Clinics with the Freeride Dawgs
Brodie Rat Race at Roberts Creek
Beginner Ride Clinics with Sherri Sadler
Surrey Bike Park Rebuild
Surrey Bike Festival
Stanley Park Bike Festival
Women’s Weekend in Whistler
Arduum Challenge (hosted by Freeride Dawgs)
NSMBA Trail Days
Pipeline Bike Park Pump Races
2008 Muddbunnies Calendar
2008 Calendar Release Party

Raffle Prize Table – A TON of goods from our incredible sponsors!

Congratulations on an incredible season! Ride on Bunnies!

A lineup for the famous Ms.December to autograph calendars.

Represtin’ the Valley are Ms.May and Red

More star sightings of Ms.February and Ms.January

Yes that is Ms.September and YES she did really get that much air!!!


Michelle Santos and me, Ryan Petersen


December 18, 2007



If you passed Darcy Turenne on the side of your favourite trail you’d likely take notice. The beautiful 23 year-old brunette stands nearly six feet tall and wears a seemingly permanent grin. The trouble is you wouldn’t pass Turenne at trail side, she’d pass you.

No matter what the sport it’s seldom that an athlete enjoys the sweet taste of victory in their first attempt at competing. For Victoria resident and professional mountain biker Darcy Turenne the taste was very sweet indeed.

Full article here…


December 18, 2007

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The professional mountain biker paralyzed in a racing crash in Colorado this summer is wrapping up her rehab at Craig Hospital and making big strides in her recovery every day.

Tara Llanes will soon be heading home to California. It has been 3 and 1/2 months since the accident that paralyzed her from the waist down.

Llanes is determined to get better.

“The first time my left leg moved in the water, I was almost speechless afterwards,” Llanes said. “I just couldn’t stop smiling. I knew I felt my muscle go in bed, but when you do it in the pool, you can see how much you can actually move.”

She knows there is still much work and rehabilitation to be done.

“Then in the same respect you get so excited about it, then you get out of the pool and you get in the chair and you’re wondering why the hell can’t you do the same thing,” Llanes said. “It hits you again as to what you aren’t capable of right now.”

She still remains resolved to walk again.

“It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop keeping my positive attitude and fighting to make these little guys walk every single day, because they’re going to, whether they want to or not, they’re going to.”

She also renewed her original promise to CBS4’s Greg Moody to ride again with him.

Greg Moody DENVER (CBS4)

Tara Llanes
Road to Recovery Fund
4068 Green Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720


December 17, 2007

Muddbunnies Monday – Video of the Week

I love trials and I love girls who ride trials even more. So back to the world of trials riding we go with this vid from Nadine Staniforth – Trials Queen

Remember when they made bikes for girls with the dorky dip-bar and pom-poms on the handgrips?

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December 16, 2007

The MS-Intense Factory-Racing team proudly announces the additon of Anneke Beerten (NED) to their roster. As the winner of the 2007 UCI 4X World Cup Anneke represents one of the top athletes in women’s mountain bike racing.


After former downhill world champion Vanessa Quin (NZL) announced her retirement from World Cup racing at the end of the 2007 season MS-Intense Factory-Racing was looking for a strong successor capable of winning titles at World Cups and world championships. By signing Anneke, who is coached by former world class racer Bas de Bever, the team aquired a highly-talented athlete going perfectly with a race-oriented company such as Intense Cycles. The deal was made possible thanks to the support of Dutch Intense Cycles distributor Veltec and marks a first step of cooperations between European distributors. Both companies, MS-Racing and Veltec, recognize Anneke’s importance for the further successful European marketing and distribution of Intense Cycles.

What does Anneke have to say about all this? She released the following statement: “I am very exited to sign with the MS-Intense team. For many years they’ve been a big name in the mountain bike sport, especially on the gravity side. Intense is known for their great bikes and great support for their athletes. Many great riders like Shaun Palmer, Sabrina Jonnier and Chris Kovarik have been riding for Intense.


“It’s a honor for me to step into their footsteps and become a part of the Intense family. I am really looking forward to team up with Matti and Mio and I can’t wait to ride my new bikes. Many thanks to the Intense crew for giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do.”

Anneke will ride her first mountain bike competitions in the colors of the MS-Intense Factory-Racing team at the Sea Otter Classic festival in April 2008.


December 15, 2007

Last year PINKBIKE.COM organized cyclists in Operation Share The Ride and gave dozens of bikes away to kids for Christmas. You, as a member of Pinkbike and as a member of the cycling community can be proud of doing something amazing for society.

This year they’re going global. Join and support Operation Share The Ride.

Check out the website and videos.


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We have arranged the best prices, below cost for quality bike products and here is the basic break down when donating.

What can you get a kid?
$5 – Helmet for a kid.
$10 – 2 wheels and rims for a kids bike.
$20 – Bike frame for one kid.
$40 – Full Bike for one kid.
$100 – Large Full Bike and Helmet for bigger kid.

Donate Money Now

Larger donations allow more kids to get a bike this holiday season.

So even a small donation makes a difference to put a smile on a face


December 15, 2007


For those Bunnies and other riders who have been humming and hawing racing either a pumptrack race (Pipeline Bike Park), the Brodie Rat Race or any other 4X/DH styel race, this vid is for you!

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Curtis Robinson and Dylan Dunkerton have produced this stunning “how to” vid on Pumping and Cornering. This mini-instructional offers not only creative framing and editing, but an impressive music score too. Well done boys!
The first part takes place on their newly built pumptrack where Kyle Jameson, a Summer Gravity Camps coach, provides instruction. The second half brings the cornering to SSC’s Rat Race DH course with the help of the one and only, Micayla Gatto, World Cup DHer. That girls tears everything to shreds!


December 15, 2007


Okay this is just cool. Flatland riding on another level. Check it:


December 3, 2007



Just in time for your the rider on your list

Once again Steed is putting forward some killer deals on Sombrio gear. Just in time to fill your own stocking or to hook up someone on your list. Everything Sombrio is at least 30% off and a few items are discounted much deeper than that.

The Misfit Jacket could be useful right now. This 10,000 dpi waterproof soft shell is engineered for maximum freedom of movement. It comes with a zip off hood and water seal zippers. Underarm zip vents will keep you from over heating. Right now down to $174.99 at Steed Cycles.

These won’t last long. While supplies last pick up a pair of Apocalypse shorts for just $49.99. They are regularly $120 bones. These are heavy duty shorts. Constructed from a heavy weight 880 denier Cordura®. These shorts are built to last, and boast a wide range of useable pockets and features for the low key rider that spends time in the field building to riding to scoping to riding some more..

These shorts feel like nice soft tweed but they are fully lined and waterproof. The look pretty fly as well. A true four season short – $90.99 for the 06 model and $97.99 for the 07.

You’ll find more than just riding gear from Sombrio on Sale at Steed. Hats, belts, socks and hoodies are all 30% off or more.

For the dirty girl on your list. The Thirteen Jersey shown above is now $52.99 at Steed.

Make her even happier with one of these beauties. The Giant Simple Cruiser only $319.

Steed also has the complete Troy Lee line of helmets pads and casual wear.

Ride with Steve Peat on your side? Check out Peaty’s pro model Troy Lee helmet at Steed..

The infamous 2008 Muddbunnies Calendar is now on sale for $24.95!

To check out all the Sombrio Gear on sale at Steed click here.

Steed Cycles
969 Marine Drive
North Vancouver
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P. (604) 987-2168