Wednesday, September 29, 2010

BeaveRun motorcycle track day

I finally was able to hook up with Ray Bradlau and join him out on the BeaveRun track this past weekend.  Ray has been the official photographer at BeaveRun for the last 5 years.  We just met this past year through the Dr J Freeride trail, and I've been trying to make some time to see what he does up at the track.  Pretty cool gig, and I got to use his 400 2.8 lens for a couple of shots around the track.  My lenses are all short focal lengths, and on a D700...so the I just didn't have the right equipment for anything except turn 1 where the bikes where 15 feet away from me.  Anyway, I had a great time...unfortunately Ray and Sara are moving to South Jersey so Ray can grow his sports photography business.  Good luck! 

gallery of from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/BeaveRun-0925

and a couple of shots from the day -

Ray catching the action as it crests the hill at BeaveRun
Ray Bradlau catching the action as it crests the hill at BeaveRun

motorcycle coming around the hill at the BeaveRun track
motorcycle coming around the hill at the BeaveRun track

Turn 1 at BeaveRun
Turn 1 at BeaveRun

A motorcycle after a crash at BeaveRun
A motorcycle after a crash at BeaveRun

opening it up at BeaveRun
opening it up at BeaveRun

Ray and Sara, The SB Image, BeaveRun track
Ray Bradlau and Sara King, The SB Image, BeaveRun track

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dr J Freeride Thursday, North Park, Pittsburgh

An incredible turnout for another edition of Freeride Thursday on Dr J in North Park. There had to be 12+ hitting the sick lines until darkness fell and closed the trail for us. Can't wait until we get a little better walking trail next to the stunts so we don't have to grunt our way back up pushing 40lbs downhill bikes alongside. Next up....a skills park at the top. Be on the lookout.

gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Dr-J-0923

some pictures

brunger hitting the drop on dr j
Dave Brunger hitting the drop on Dr J

Jarrod Bunk getting flexed off the newest Dr J freeride feature
Jarrod Bunk getting flexed off the newest Dr J freeride feature

William Kirk focused
William Kirk focused

Benjamin Ringelholtz leaning into the first berm on Dr J in North Park
Benjamin Ringelholtz leaning into the first berm on Dr J in North Park

Ray Bradlau jumps into the darkness
Ray Bradlau jumps into the darkness

Don Watt floats through space
Don Watt floats through space


Monday, September 20, 2010

Photos from the 2010 Rattling Creek Single Trackers Bash in Lykens, Pennsylvania

This past weekend we spent our days riding some sweet singletrack, and our nights drinking and eating at RCST 2010.  It was a blast, as usual.  Thursday was a wet, but fun, ride at Raystown Lake followed by pizza night at Camp Muckleratz in Lykens.  Friday was a fast swoopy ride at Swarata Gap State Park then some beer, chili cook-off, and more beer.  Saturday was the tour of Rattling Creek, a band, some beer, some prison wings, and a great sleep.  Sunday some rode, some packed and went home.  
Awesome time...if you haven't attended a RCST weekend, you should.

Gallery from the weekend - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/RCST-0916

Some shots

Scott had some problems at Raystown Lake
Scott Johnson had some mechanical problems at Raystown Lake

Camp Muckleratz, Lykens, Pennsylvania.  2010 RCST Bash
Camp Muckleratz, Lykens, Pennsylvania

Don Olson making some damn good pizza
Don Olson making some damn good pizza

Riding the trails at Swatara Gap State Park, Pennsylvania
 Riding the trails at Swatara Gap State Park, Pennsylvania

Shara Klevens, winner of the 2010 R.C.S.T. Bash Worst Chile In The Whole Damn Contest
Shara Klevens, winner of the 2010 R.C.S.T. Bash Worst Chile In The Whole Damn Contest

Hang glider launch, Lykens, Pennsylvania
Hang glider launch, Lykens, Pennsylvania

Scott Johnson navigating the rocks on Rock Ridge Trail, Lykens, PA
Scott Johnson navigating the rocks on Rock Ridge Trail, Lykens, PA

Sunday, September 12, 2010

2010 Steel City Big Pour at Construction Junction

Yesterday was the kind of day you just love.  Woke up happy, rested, and ready to go!  After lounging around and feeling content, Don Cunningham came over and we went for a great, short ride in Frick Park.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  After breaking a sweat, we went down to The Green Mango and grabbed a bite to eat.  Yum...  Walked home, gathered the troops and headed off to the Steel City Big Pour where we enjoyed 3 hours of sampling some fine brews!  Back home, dropped the bike off, down to D's...another beer or two?  Then home to pass out.  Awesome!

Frick Park mountain biking photos http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/frick-park-0911

Steel City Big Pour photos http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/The-Big-Pour-0911


Some photos

Looking back at the Parkway bridge next to the Squirrel Hill tunnels
Frick with Don


Jim and Karen
Jim and Karen at the Steel City Big Pour

One of the kegerators
Kegerator!

2010 Steel City Big Pour, sampling glass
2010 Steel City Big Pour, sampling glass

East End Brewing, Buy A Good Friend A Good Beer 
East End Brewing, Buy A Good Friend A Good Beer

more love
Fun at D's




Monday, September 6, 2010

24 hours at Seven Springs, Dirt Rag team

I had a great weekend up at Seven Springs, doing the 24 hour race on the Dirt Rag corporate team.  We did pretty well, 8 out of 19 corporate teams...even with two major mechanicals on the first two laps.  I got to do two laps, one nighttime and one daylight lap...1:20 day, 1:22 night.  Pretty good considering it was my first 24 hour race, and I was riding someone else's bike.  
Thanks to everyone involved, it really is a great way to spend a couple days!

A gallery from the weekend - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/24-Hours-at-Seven-Springs-0904

and some shots

karen brooks, dirt rag editor
Karen Brooks rocked out a 1:13 on her single speed Moots

Lee-Ann didn't want to run
Lee-Ann Beatty, trying to act like she didn't want to run

Seven Springs 24 hour race
A beautiful rock garden on the Seven Springs 24 hour course

Jerry Montesano around the lake
Jerry Montesano flying around the lake

Shannon Mominee
Shannon Mominee gets a riding partner for his lake lap

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dr J Freeride Thursday

Yesterday evening Jamie, Brunger, Justin, Kirk, Jared and I hit up Dr J in North Park for some freeride fun.  The top section is butter smooth...  We could use a little rain, the berms and little jump at the beginning are starting to show some wear because it's been so dry since they were built.  It's gets a little tricky to ride Dr J in the dark, so we all bailed around 8pm.  Can't wait for the next outing!

Gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/drj-0902/

Some shots -

it's easier than it looks
our new baby

Dr J
Dr J, the master

kirk off the end
William Kirk sending it

Jared Schillinger launching the new feature

Justin Scheifflee mixing it up a bit

flying through the dust cloud
Dave Brunger cutting through the dust

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

North Park, Dr J, Freeride, Pittsburgh

Well Dr J is now pretty much good from the top to the bottom.  We had a great turnout this past weekend and fine-tuned a couple spots on the trail, and installed a brand new feature to get you over the dirt mound at the top.  It's freakin' awesome, seriously.


Gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/drj-0829

Some photos from the day

dr j north park
Future spot of feature

dr j north park
Working away on the transition

Dan hitting the mandatory drop at the beginning of Dr J in North Park
Dan Spurk hitting the mandatory entry drop

north park dr j
Mark Kinneer on the new feature