The GS Giant says thanks!
Everyone had a huge time at The GS Giant event in Oregon. Sorry for taking so long to write, but I've been off the grid in places like Hells Canyon and the Lolo Motorway over the past week.
Over 150 people registered, and at least 30 other riders sign up during the event.
The four GS Gypsy Tours were very well attended, with rides starting from CA, ID, NV and WA. Over the past week I've ridden portions of the routes myself... great stuff!
[B]Mr. Claude Gagne[/B] from Quebec, Canada is The GS Giant for 2013.
[B]Tad Haas[/B] was second for overall
[B]Terry "Did I look pro?" Rance[/B] was third
[B]Chad Yo s h i tomi[/B] of Alaska finished 1st on the GS Giant's Adventure Track
[B]Felipe Maisonnave[/B] of Uruguay was 2nd
[B]Brian Bennett[/B] of California rode a strong 3rd.
Big kudos go out to Claude, who showed what adventure riding is about. He rode the Gypsy Tour from Idaho, got the Hells Canyon GS BS points, volunteered at the event, rode very well on the track, and shared the love on-line with his friends.
At the event, volunteers helped set up the show, build the track, lead day rides, shoot pictures, pick up bikes, judge the competition, put on seminars and clean up afterwards. I know I am going to miss someone, but BIG thanks go out to:
[B]Nicole Beachboard[/B] - Route Maker and Ride Leader, Women-only ride
[B]Linnea Alvord[/B] - Ride Leader, Women-only ride
[B]Colleen Sepulveda[/B] - Ride Leader, Women-only ride
[B]Steve Miller[/B] - Oregon Route Guru
[B]Claude Gagne[/B] - Ride Leader, Opal Creek Day Ride
[B]Jason Slutsky[/B] - Ride Leader, Opal Creek Day Ride
[B]Russ Kruse[/B] - Track Judge and general help
[B]Jim Kalahan[/B] - Track Judge and general help
[B]Gary Nesmith[/B] - Track Judge and general help
[B]Mike Cornett[/B] - Track Judge and general help
[B]Jerry Matson[/B] - Scorekeeper
[B]Dick Kreutzer[/B] - Scorekeeper backup
[B]Coach Ramey Stroud[/B] - Training, Seminars, Track design
[B]Clayton Anderson[/B] - GS Giants dude, sign up new members, make the mud, run the motorbike games
[B]Matt Mahmet[/B] - GS Giants dude, general help
[B]Randy Owens[/B] - GS Giants dude, CA Gypsy Tour kitten herder
[B]Phil Anderson[/B] - general help
[b]Gerd Kolbenschlag[/b] - general help
[B]Steve Swenning[/B] - Photographer
[B]Lynn Camp[/B] - Photographer
[B]Tad Haas and Gaila Guitierrez[/B] - Seminar
[B]Dan Townsley[/B] - Seminar
[B]Grant and Susan Johnson[/B] - Seminar
[B]Erik Stephens[/B] - Seminar
[B]Paul Guillien[/B] - Seminar
[B]Harold Olaf Cecil[/B] - Seminar
[B]Klaus Huenecke[/B] - Seminar
Certainly I've forgotten someone, and I apologize if I did, so please reply to this e-mail asap if you volunteered. I am working on an article for the BMW ON, and in Facebook and Forums and you need to be included.
Speaking of articles, we need photos of the event. I've shot a few and we'd love to see your view of the event, too.
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Please take a moment to thank our sponsors and prize contributors.
The GS Giant was sponsored by the BMW MOA and The GS Giants club. Please write to [email]email@example.com[/email] and [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email] to share your thoughts about the event. It is extremely important that they receive your feedback, so I would appreciate you taking a few minutes to do this.
And these fine companies donated prizes for The GS Giant event:
- [B]Black Dog Cycle Works[/B]
- [B]Giant Loop[/B]
- [B]Happy Trail Products[/B]
- [B]Klim USA[/B]
- [B]Machineart Moto[/B]
- [B]Puget Sound Safety Off Road[/B]
- [B]Twisted Throttle[/B]
Please also take a moment to write and thank them for their generosity in donating prizes.
Well, keeping it as brief as possible here, I hope everyone had a good time and remembers to:
- [URL="https://www.facebook.com/GS.Giant"]Thank The GS Giant[/URL] on his Facebook Page
- Join the [URL="https://www.facebook.com/groups/gsgiants/"]GS Giants Facebook Group[/URL]
- Join the GS Giants club at [url]www.gsgiants.com[/url] and getcha a cool sticker
- Post about the event on [URL="http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=887408"]ADVrider[/URL] and in this thread here in the BMW MOA forum.
Hope to see you all soon out on the trail.
So here's what all happened...
Sorry for this taking so long, got home from OR late last week and have been working on the print article covering the event.
Here's what happened.
GS Giants from all over rode across the great Pacific Northwest, starting their GS Gypsy Tours from point in California, Idaho, Nevada and Washington, all with a common destination: Salem, Oregon.
Along the way, riders camped (or hoteled it?) together and had a great time making new friends
There were prizes to be won, earned through points for stopping at various GSBS Locations, shooting pictures and sharing them with friends. The scorebook contained routes, destinations and riding advice for riders of all skill levels.
The rides were designed for larger enduros carrying camping gear, but every now and then a little extra adventure might get thrown in.
As the four rides converged, the rider-friendly Korner Post in Detroit Lake, OR was a spot to stop for lunch, and to prepare for the last Adventure Detour through the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area.
The swimming holes in Opal Creek were very cool?
During the competition, the action was intense
Professional announcers Shawn Thomas and Dylan Lane really made for a great show?
There was a whole lot of other stuff going on...
Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez gave a great seminar about their yearlong roundabout.
And Dan Townsley (DRTBYK) gave two unbelievably well-attended GPS seminars.
Coach Ramey Stroud gave demonstrations of adventure sidecars
Of course, GS Giants were out in force...
The women-only ride was led by three great women riders: (l-r) Colleen Sepulveda, Nicole Beachboard and Linnea Alvord.
What else can you say except "wahoo!"
[B]The 2013 GS Giant is Mr. Claude Gagne...[/B]
Second overall, Tad Haas with Gaila Gutierrez
Third overall went to Mr. Terry "did I look Pro?" Rance
Winner on the track was Mr. Chad Yosh i tome, Anchorage, Alaska
Mr. Felipe Maissonave of Uruguay was second on the track.
And Brian Bennett, Sacramento, California, was 3rd on the track
From what I hear, everyone had a great time! :nod
Me? My adventure started after the rally....