I could never be that guy. He rides too many kinds of bikes too far, and relates to bicycles in too many ways. We appreciate your optimism though, Mr. Steed.
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Wow, what a tragedy. Yet, I can't help thinking it's a beautiful ending when someone gets to live their last minutes doing exactly what they love. And If I know Mark, he was probably doing it very well.
I only rode with Mark once, but it was a full day of Northstar last summer. Mark was very friendly and helpful, refusing to leave me and do a run when I flatted twice. He even took a turn on the pump. He also flew all day long, giving me and my grad-student buddy a run for our money from first run through last, killing livewire and hitting all the drops. But what I remember best is his wicked moustached grin after every run, as he talked about the highs and lows of the last five minutes like an excited teenageer.
Re sterl's comments on the last shot, you for sure gotta shoot it all. I remember shooting the Sea Otter MTX 2006, and I had shot the first three guys coming around a little step up-turn-jump, then I lowered my camera as the fourth guy came around. And then he stacked on his face, with a perfectly painful looking slide on his grill for a few feet. And it was Cedric Gracia. Oops.
Shoot it all!!
I did not mean to imply that not getting into a premier entitles anyone to anything, it was Brian's promise to the crowd that entitled us to the terms of said promise. It may have been a necessary compromise to keep the windows up in the venue, the crowd was getting pretty rabid, but making the promise implies that you'll keep it, and verbal agreements are not only what we've taken as law since prehistoric times, but legally binding in California by court precedent. Sure, Cannondale's no fortune 500, but you can visit their offices in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Switzerland, New South Wales, or even Osaka. And they're owned by a company with holdings as diverse as german mineral trading corporations. Of course big business is a subjective term, but what does it for me is the not returning emails thing.
All that's irrelevant now, though not hearing back from Cannondale bugs me. Turns out Brian doesn't even work directly for Cannondale. Either some companies do still lend creedence to angry mobs and internet message boards or Brian's just a good guy, cause
Brian has made good on his promise to the mob. We're getting our free hats. We're psyched.
I was really hoping to use that to authenticate any responses, because Brian promised something to everyone who was there. I'm gonna keep at this through other methods until I either make the twerp pony up or give up and just start a smear campaign, either way you'll all find out then if you check back. Meanwhile, if you know anyone who was there, have em post.
Word, keep big business accountable.
Was anyone else there at The Cut Sevenvision premier at Sea Otter? And didn't get let in?
Let me know if you were/didn't. I really want to make that guy Brian from Cannondale marketing make good on his promise, and so far Cannondale has said nothing about it. They won't even return my e-mails.
Here's the quote from the website:
"When the CUT arrived at the club, there was already a line of eager fans stretched down the street. It was super rad to see that many people so excited about DVD. We apologize to all of those who were not able to get in and we thank you for your understanding and support. "
I understand what Brian promised us. We, as a mob, kept up our part of the deal and dispersed without much argument. And he, for his part, OH WAIT HE HASN'T DONE HIS PART.
Let me know, let's organize. There are only two forces in business, the government and THE CONSUMERS. I have some photos I want to post up in a publicly visible place.
Hey. My bike was stolen February 2nd from the SF bay area, but I just found out about this topic and I figure the bike's got a good chance of being in BC by now. The decals are SC decals that have been doctored up to say DRIVER 8 and D8, which is the name of the factory dog at Santa Cruz. He's a giant timberwolf, you can see him in the SC employees film "We just work here."
Trans blue Medium VP Free, progressive 5th rear that's 1/4" short for the bike (so it looks a little sagged with no one on it), 36Van fork, XT parts, E13 chainguide. Serial ends in 0265. Let me know.
That was super sad. That film really hit me, and it didn't make me want to ride, it made me feel like I really really have to ride. I should be calling up my brother and planning a ride right now, even though he lives eight hours away. I see my brother a couple times a year, and we always ride. It's gonna really really suck when one or the other of us gets too old too ride, even though I'm sure that won't be at least another twenty years. Twenty more years is not long enough.
Here's to riding.
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