Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dirt Rag Table of Contents

I've had my photographs used in the City Paper, and several other printed publications...not to mention the thousands of impressions from all over the web, but a few days ago I received a very special edition of my favorite magazine in the mail.

Dirt Rag used one of my photographs from the Gravity East competition at Seven Springs for their table of contents background.  It's a shot of Eric McKeegan crashing and an unnamed competition launching over him in the rock garden.  It's not the most technically great shot, but I love it nonetheless!  Especially gracing the inside of Dirt Rag.  



Not only that, David Biber used a my downhill bike in an illustration alongside an article by my friend Matt Weatherbee.  Very cool...especially since he put my last name on the downtube.
Good stuff.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Downhill at Seven Springs

Sara, Ray, and I headed up to Seven Springs yesterday to get some downhill riding in. Yes, I know it was a weekday...but when you've got the time...live it up. The lifts weren't running, but the shuttle was just about as fast, and bs'ing with the other riders on the way up was kinda cool. I think there were a total of 8 of us during the day, no more than 5-6 on the mountain at once.

Gallery - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/seven-springs-downhill-0722

Some photos and video from the day

Video compilation from the day

Sara taking a break

Ray on Frankenstein

Monday, July 19, 2010

Guess where I've been riding.

Three guesses, the first two don't count.
Yep, Frick Park wins again.  Yesterday was a solo outing, today I headed over to Joe's and we ripped up the park for a bit.  Followed, of course, by a beer at D's.  Fortunately we missed all the rain while we hung out with John and Tara by the taps.

Frick,  yesterday - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/frick-park-0718
Frick, today - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/frick-park-0719

Grasshopper

Me not clearing a log

Joe riding the skinny

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Frick, Frick, Frick....

I think I spend way too much time in Frick...the dirt in particular areas is starting to look familiar. Oh well, I can think of worse problems!

Friday night I joined the PORC beginner ride, to freshen up my skills. Smaller turnout that I expected, but a good ride. Saturday morning I met up with DeeDee, John, and Karen at the blue slide park and rode Frick Park again. This time it was a little faster, and more technical....and that's good.

I was a little torn about tomorrow's ride, Roaring Run (Apollo) or Seven Springs downhill...but I think my body needs to feel the effects of gravity after all the climbing lately. Seven Springs wins. We'll be up there around noon if you care to join.

Enjoy some pictures from the last few days:

Beginner ride at Frick Park - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Frick-Park-0716
DeeDee's ride at Frick Park - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/frick-park-0717

DeeDee telling tales

John on Bradema

Rick and crew

Monday, July 12, 2010

Trail Maintenance weekend, Frick then the Dr J Freeride Trail in North Park

This weekend was set aside for some trail work.  Saturday was the first Frick Park trail day in a while.  Seth had been the steward, but I think his job at Venture Outdoors took up too much of his time so he passed the reins onto Jon and DeeDee.  Nice turnout, light workday.

Sunday was another killer day working on Dr J in North Park.  New trail was cut in, along with a berm to set up the entry onto a new deck feature we built.  Solid as always, fun as always.  Nobody rode it because the cement footers were still setting up when we left her.  The freeride trail is coming along, getting better every time I get out there.  Awesome!

Gallery from Frick - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/frick-maintenance-0710
Gallery from Dr J - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Dr-J-North-Park-Trail-0711

and a few cool pics from both


tree surgery

my artistic attempt for the day

dr j berm and launch

signage

collage

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Seven Springs Weekend

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at Seven Springs this past weekend to celebrate Jeff Wuerthele's birthday.  Saturday was an epic cross country ride.  Epic not so much in distance, we did about 28 miles, but epic in time...it took us six and a half hours!!!  Big group, lots of stopping, several mechanicals and falls.  But, no better way to spend a day than out in the fresh air burning calories while laughing and smiling.  Spent the night at Jeff's cabin, well I spent it out in Forbes forest (across the driveway) in a tree, but...
Woke up on Sunday to some French toast and omelets, followed by a great day of gravity on Seven Springs' downhill course. 

Photo gallery from the weekend - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Seven-Springs-Weekend-0703

And some select photographs -

Slow, children at play...perfect

Heidi took one for the team

Heinz had all he can take

Jeff making some torches

Heather killin' it out on the course

That's how we end things

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bud Harris Cycling Track, Pittsburgh, Washington Blvd Oval Crit

I had the great opportunity to attended the dedication of the Washington Blvd racing oval here in the 'burgh.  It was named the Bud Harris Cycling Track, in honor of one of Pittsburgh's great names in cycling....Forrest 'Bud' Harris.  I was fortunate to spend a few years of my younger life living next door to the Harris'.  Ann, Bud, Susie, and Mat.  You can see Mat's BMX gear in the Heinz History Center, he won the world BMX title in it...I think. 
Oh, and here are some of Bud's photographs http://www.budharrisphotos.com

I don't really get the whole oval racing thing to be honest..I mean it looks like it could be fun, but seems like Nascar on two wheels...not my cup of tea.  Anyway, it was great to see some friends and hang out with some of the Bike Pittsburgh crew last night.  Glad Susie and Mat could make it to town for the dedication; Mat even raced Bud's old bike in the C race.  

Enjoy a gallery from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Bud-Harris-Crit-Dedication0630

And a few pics...

Mat, Susie, and Ann unveil the new sign

Rob delivering some good eats

Mat racing

Proclamation from the mayor