Name: James Willis Foster Age: 21 Hometown: Redlands, CA
Where did you grow up? James: I grew up in Redlands, CA. It's a little town about an hour east of L.A.
Who was there to ride with? James: I started off racing when I was about 10 years old, and as I got older I just started building dirt jumps with my friends around town. There were incredible jumps in Redlands, the local riders at the time were all really good dirt jumpers and they were all a lot older than me, and I just hung around them all the time and rode their amazing jumps.
When we went up the mountain this morning we saw mama bear and her three babies. It was amazing, riding next to a few wild bears.... Practice tomorrow starts at ten. Let's see if some bears show up. One guy who can't wait to ride the course is Ryan Nyquist. Here's what he has to say about the Red Bull Elevation comp:
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? Over the past 2-3 years, Elevation has quickly made itself into the premier dirt jumping event of the year for us.
Adam Baker recently had a good part in the etnies Grounded video. Adam is not afraid to dig. In fact, it's part of riding trails. Adam understands, that's why he appreciates contests like the Red Bull Elevation. Adam might not make top three if he cruises over the last big set but you can count on Adam having fun on the dirt course.
Jay Miron offered Bibi a ride at the 2000 X-Games in San Francisco. Bibi didn't know what had just happened to him. His hero asked him to ride for him. Since then Bibi has been around. He has his own model at MacNeil too. Riding for Macneil has its perks when the boss puts on international (invite only) contests. Bibi isn't complaining, he never is. Are you sure he's French?
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? Hopefully it mean big jumps, a good time with good friends and why not some new ones, good partys, the sushi village, for me seat and see the other good riders...and tons of other good stuff. 2) Do you fancy riding real trails going down a hill? Fancy mean funny??? oh yeah, if it’s not too dangerous I’ll like that. I like to be scared and riding fast.
3) Have you seen photos of the 2007 dirt jumps yet? I saw some videos of Nick and it looks really dope. But I know Nick, he is really good and smooth, so it looks easy, but when you are on the top, it’s not the same
Dave Dillewaard did some very sweet inverts over the hip in Whistler last year. So good in fact that I had a photo enlarged and put it up on the wall in front of me. I look at it all the time, so fucking awesome I could cry. Dillsy will be back this weekend. Let's see what the Aussie has to say about the comp and about the X-Games dropping dirt this summer.
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? It's the best dirt contest I have ever been to. That's it, that's all.
2) Do you fancy riding real trails going down a hill?
It's not far away, the Elevation comp in Whistler. You can count on Chris Doyle to be there and blast a couple of turndown 360-s over the biggest sets in a way that only Doyle can. Here's what Chris had to say about the comp.
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? Good times, great location, and good friends.
2) Do you fancy riding real trails going down a hill? Heck yes! Who wants to pedal?
3) Have you seen photos of the 2007 dirt jumps yet? I saw a couple photos but not the whole course and it looks incredible.
4) How bad do you think it is that Dirt is no longer a discipline in the X-Games?
The Red Bull Elevation contest is coming up this weekend. We asked some of the competitors what they think about the contest. Here are the answers from Alejandro Caro, a rider who surprised a lot of people in Whistler last year.
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? It is just the best dirt contest of the year, this is so much fun. It's the best riders of the sports riding amazing huge trails
Q : What made you decide to want to move to America with your bike? A : Well, I grew up riding my bike and knew that the US is one of the best places to ride your bike, there is a lot of riders around and bikeparks, and bikeshops. I always thought that the US would be the best bet, and in 2003 a friend offered me a job in Dallas, TX, so after that I just decided to come.
Q : What is the best place you have ridden so far in the States?
Name: Kye Forte Age: 25 Hometown: Newton Abbot, Devon, England
Sponsors: Red Bull, United Bikes, Oakley, DC, The Movment, Green Machine bike shop.
Let’s talk about the Empire of Dirt event. You’ve organized jams before but this one is of a whole other level with people coming over from all over the world. Are you ready for it? Kye Forte: I think the event is going to be pretty nuts, at least I hope so, we put a lot of work into it. It has been a year in the planning. It’s going to be different. Everyone’s there, everyone’s having fun, you can’t compare it with anything else, it’s going to be a week where everyone is really going to enjoy themselves. Normally people say they’re having a great time at a contest but half the time they’re not. They’re lying but the Empire of Dirt is going to be really fun.