Right next to the dirt pile was the Ride Tent. Mary the ride Director coordinates all the rides and ride leaders and generally makes certain that the rides go off smoothly. The rides for the day included the K2 Road Ride, The Iron Horse Downhill Ride, The Beginner, Intermediate and Expert Rides. Pretty much rides you could ride all day, which is after all precisely the point.
Across the road was the Vendors area. This is also the place where all the events pretty much occur. Personally I found the "Bunny Hop Contest" very impressive. We all know bunny hop to get past a root or curb, but this Bunny hop translates into how high into the air can you jump with your bike, while pedaling furiously toward a cross bar. The answer today was 33 inches and today's winner was Chris W.
I mentioned the family concentration at Pedrosfest, and the tykes are not left out. There is the sticker ride - in which kids, small and larger, ride around vendors row and collect swag in the form of stickers and posters. There is a rock climbing wall for the teens and young adults, and old adults who like to think they are young! Then there is the Bike Decoration Competition where those riders with an artistic bent are given free rein!
For the serious riders and those who wish to become so, the main event at Pedrosfest can be seem as Vendors Row. Pedros, Clif Bar, Eastern Mountain Sports, Cannondale, Trek, Sinister Bike, and Mavic Wheels are just a few of the manufactures exhibiting here, but more than just exhibiting, they are there to service the festival attendees. Their service can come in the form of information, or in many cases actual service.
You need the derailleur on your Cannondale adjusted, the guy from Mavic Wheels may well see to it, he did for Dan. Or if you need a floor pump to inflate the tires on your Trek, the Guy from Cannondale is happy to help you! If there is one word to describe Pedro's Festival I would have to say that that word is community. People coming together looking for and finding good clean (yeah Right), healthy (lest you crash), Fun (Definitely Fun)!
Tomorrow, Pedrosfest continues and picks up in intensity. Our coverage will feature the Jiminy Peak Free Ride Park, some trail action with Tinker Juarez, coverage of the Tyler Hamilton Foundation Lymphoma Research Marathon, and Pedro's Sting Ray Criterium to name merely a few of the exciting action items for Saturday. Of course we will be certain to keep the candid shots of camp action online as well. Be certain to check out the full collection of photos in our galleries by clicking here.