*A trip for two to sunny Las Vegas, entry to 2007's Interbike and the chance to ogle all the new cycling goodies slated to hit the shelves in 2008*

*A 2008 Mission 3, Diamondback’s versatile all-mountain machine. Nimble, efficient and stable, the Mission 3 features Shimano’s new Deore XT components, including the Shadow rear derailleur and high power disc brakes.*

*15 minutes of fame in a Diamondback ad that will appear in Dirt Rag featuring the winner on their new Mission 3.*

*Swag from Dirt Rag, Diamondback, Fox Racing Shox, Rockshox, Shimano and WTB. *

To enter, simply go to diamondback.com and click on the “What’s Your Mission?” button to submit your all-mountain inspiring description and photo.

You will also find the fine print there, too, but here’s some to get you started: No purchase necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. Void where prohibited by law. Contest submissions will be accepted from May 1 through August 1, 2007. Entrant must both author their description and take the photo submitted

Thursday, May 31, 2007

David R. - Walla Walla, WA

Damn - What turns my cranks? This: It is the never ending search for that sweet, sweet, feel of flowing single track through a forest – or desert, alpine, rock; anything goes. It’s the camaraderie, the parties, and the feeling of fulfilling the often-heard statement, “Lets get the f#@& out of here and go ride.” With this sport, the flow of the earth directs you where to go; you are not kept to a road, track, lane, or sidewalk. I ride for those times when you ask yourself seriously, “did that just happen?” – and to your delight, or horror, answer: yep, that happened….and in the end, it always turns out to be a sweet ride: Broken derailleur at the bottom of the climb back up to the fire road: we started at the top, bombed down the gnarly single track over snow, logs, rocks, and rivers, then we were going to ride the steep five miles up the canyon wall to make a loop. It’s the Cow Camp Climb, an offshoot of the North fork trail in the Blue Mountains. About a hundred yards into the climb, and after a serious safety meeting amongst riders at the bottom, a well-placed stick took off my rear derailleur. So, it became a single-speed. Due to the suspension sag, it became a 46/12 single-speed that chattered at me while I grinded my way back up to the top. I left my friends in the dust (sorry guys), and as I pedaled at ~8 rpm up this death march, I reached nirvana through endorphins and adrenaline. Mountain biking is an adventure with few bad endings – no matter what happens, you will come back smiling covered in dirt.