When i asked Nate what time i should show up at his house he said, "Well... early. I want to be able to get there and ride," explains Gabe Keating.
My buddy Nate Miller, owner of TASCO MTB invited me to join the team for a trip to Sedona, Arizona to ride bikes and check out the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival. Here are a few of the images that I collected from our trip. This was an amazing venue for a mountain bike festival. It absolutely has it all. I met some new friends and caught up with some old ones. I was turned on to some great music and indulged in some perfectly crafted brews. Also learned about some new, and upcoming bike technology.
Hot cup of coffee and a nice comfortable beanie to start the drive off on a good note.
On site, there is a concrete skate park, a full band shell with a proper stage, along with grass seating and spectacular views of the classic Sedona Mountains that fill the background. I heard this area was referred to as the Sedona Sports Park and I have to say, it should send a message to every city in every state across the country on how to support and promote outdoor recreation for all ages and all skill levels. It's a thing of beauty.
Nate Miller riding along the Mescal Trail.
So imagine grabbing a demo bike and hopping on a shuttle to one of the many amazing trail systems in the area. Then when the shuttle drops you back off at the festival, ride on over to the beer garden. Grab a brew and chat with some other folks all about bikes, trails and beer. On your way to drop your demo bike off stop and grab a hat or a shirt that completely depicts your love of this MTB life. Then go grab another demo bike and ride past all the rad vendors and past the skate park and choose one of the two perfectly sculpted 'flow trails' that wind down the hill, filled with berms, jumps and drops. All designed for the advanced rider to totally shred, or the beginner rider to learn some technique. All while some good music fills the air.
We met Brian Kennedy on the Chuck Wagon Trail. He posted a rad video of our ride together on his YouTube channel - BKXC. Click on the picture to see his video of our ride together.
This is what we came here for.