Riding the edge of Falls City

Log trucks loaded with fir trees still roll past the Boondocks Tavern on Main Street in this bucolic corner of Polk County, but inside, bright biking jerseys mix it up with the plaid shirts.

Most Oregonians probably haven’t heard of the Black Rock Mountain Biking Area, but the trail system — 1,000 acres of awesome amid the clear-cut Coast Range foothills west of Dallas — is getting noticed by the growing and gravity-averse freeride mountain biking community.

“I’ve personally talked to a fellow from New York, someone from Virginia and a guy from North Carolina,” said Troy Munsell, owner of Salem’s Santiam Bicycles, which sponsors a local trail-building group. “And we’ve had a guy from Ireland come twice.”

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, January 26, 2007 

Dew Action Sports Tour Returns to Portland for 2007 Season

The Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, today announced Portland as the site of the Vans Invitational, August 16-19, at the Rose Quarter. For the third consecutive year, the Portland event will be the third of five stops on the Tour. The event will feature the greatest talent in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.

In making the announcement, Dew Action Sports Tour President Wade Martin said: “We are very excited to be returning to Portland. Oregon and the city of Portland showed a strong commitment to bring the Tour back to their community. Their rich history in hosting events along with a great passion for outdoor lifestyle sports made this a natural selection for the 2007 Dew Action Sports Tour’s Vans® Invitational.”

“The Dew Tour is one of the most electric, family-friendly events that we’ve ever brought to Oregon, and we are thrilled to officially welcome it back to the Rose Quarter in 2007,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO, Oregon Sports Authority.

Entering its third year, the Dew Tour is the most watched and attended Action Sports property in the world. Attendance for the 2006 Dew Action Sports Tour totaled nearly 250,000 and has had an average of 38 million viewers tuning in via NBC and USA each year. The top athletes in the world will take part in this year’s Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup which is awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the six disciplines. The 2006 Dew Cup winners include Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Anthony Napolitan (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park). A complete Tour schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Dew Action Sports Tour
Owned by NBC Universal and Live Nation, the Dew Action Sports Tour debuted in June 2005, and consists of five major, multi-sport events with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse – the largest in action sports – and an additional $1 million bonus pool based upon year-end standings. NBC and USA Network combine for exclusive Dew Action Sports Tour coverage with the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross, and at season’s end, the Tour awards champions in the six disciplines with the Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event’s festival village includes live cutting-edge music, video gaming, and interactive events. The Dew Action Sports Tour returns all of its founding partners including Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); and Panasonic, Right Guard Xtreme, Vans®, Toyota and PlayStation® (event title sponsors). Associate partners include MasterCard, Mongoose®, Slim Jim and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at

NBC Universal
NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

Live Nation
Live Nation is a leading live event and venue management company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates and/or has booking rights for 153 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. Live Nation operates more than 60 websites globally. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.” For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses, please visit the company’s website at

Oregon Sports Authority
The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy.

Relocating a team to Portland makes sense

The idea of baseball in Portland, Ore., is new for a lot of people. But it has been a lifetime habit for Boston Red Sox icon Johnny Pesky, and he’s 87 years old.

Pesky was born in 1919 and grew up following his hometown Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. He has spent most of his life on the opposite coast, but is intrigued by the movement to bring the Florida Marlins or another major league baseball franchise to Portland.

“What Portland always had was good fans,” Pesky said in a 2006 interview. “I haven’t been back in five years, and the growth has been phenomenal … Portland is bigger than more than a few other cities that host major league baseball. Why shouldn’t Portland have a club? I think they should get a shot. I think Portland will have a team in three or four years.”

 — Excerpt from, Phil Rogers, January 10, 2007

U.S. Grand Prix back at Bachelor

The top snowboarders in the country will once again showcase their skills in Central Oregon.

Mount Bachelor was selected Tuesday as the second stop for this season’s U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, according to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).

The Grand Prix is a three-stop pro tour that includes the best riders in halfpipe and slopestyle.

The event, originally scheduled for Mountain Creek Resort in New Jersey, is slated for Feb. 3-4. The venue was changed because of a lack of snow in the Northeast, according to the USSA.

This marks the 10th time that a U.S. Snowboarding event has been hosted by Mt. Bachelor. Last January, the top halfpipe snowboarders in the country competed in a Grand Prix at Bachelor as they vied for spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

 — Excerpt from the Bend Bulletin, January 10, 2007

Running notebook Eugene Marathon to honor city’s past

With all that has gone on in recent years to reinforce Eugene’s reputation as a runner’s sanctuary, Richard Maher figures there is no better time than now to bring back a marathon event to the city.

Maher, the race director of the first Eugene Marathon, said momentum for the April 29 race is picking up steam.

The marketing for this year’s race centers around the line “Running in the footsteps of legends” — an homage to the University of Oregon’s tradition of great runners, three Olympic Trials marathons (1972, 1976 and 1980) held in Eugene and the city’s long history as a running hub. 

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, January 8, 2007