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One of the coolest parts of being a Bend mountain biker in is how the riders behind their fellow neighbors.  Last Friday on a stunning fall day Project Bike, a local shop tucked among the trending restaurants, breweries and retail shops of Bend’s Old Mill Historic District, hosted a catered live viewing of the 2018 Redbull Rampage.

With school out for teacher conferences local mountain bike shredders of all ages gathered to watch local rider is Carson Storch and new Bend local Reed Boggs compete in this year’s event.  Bend’s mild descends and smooth, flowy singletrack do not exactly cater to steep drops and big mountain lines, but with amazing terrain hidden throughout the nearby Cascades and the recent Mt. Bachelor Bike Park addition, Bend’s scene is gaining momentum.  Now several of the top riders in the country call Central Oregon their home.

Several local enthusiasts camped out for the whole event wile many Bendites including myself, dropped in to watch a few runs and catch up with friends.   Although the day did not go as planned for our local hero’s, it is always a treat to watch your neighbors going incredibly HUGE and drawing cheers from the onlookers.  Just one more reason I am stoked to be a part of this community.

Thanks to the generous (and incredibly fast) staff of Project Bike for hosting this event.  Live Dirty Bend!

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