*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

Friday, May 4, 2007

Eric T. - Overland Park, KS




The “on” day Today’s 20-mile dirt jaunt in Okinawa, Japan, was like riding the perfect wave into shore at Ocean Beach in San Diego. It’s been a while since I’ve ridden alone, and despite not riding for a couple of weeks and pushing harder than I can remember, my burning thighs somehow felt distant. The oatmeal I had for breakfast provided more fuel than it should have and the constant thump of the MP3 player attached to my brain kept my legs moving mindlessly. I can only remember telling myself to “peddle in circles” to get the most of every revolution. "There is no pain, no doubt, no fear, no hesitation and there are no mistakes." My daughter and I were talking a couple of weeks ago about the feeling of being “on.” She had just returned from having an “off” day at soccer practice, but we reminisced about the buttery feeling of “on” days, when everything flows perfectly without even thinking about it. You’re mind’s not cluttered, and you feel completely detached from your body. Your body’s relaxed and knows instinctively what you’ve taught it to do so many times before. There is no pain, no doubt, no fear, no hesitation and there are no mistakes. Flying down La Luge today faster than I ever have, I can still feel the pillow-like flow of the bike absorbing every unexpected dip and root under my perfect attack position just inches above the seat; my legs and arms taking every shock easily and my unfaltering focus choosing the next line up ahead. Amazingly, this focus did not even waver when I intentionally ditched into the brush to avoid steamrolling a family of four hikers. These are the few and far-between days you live for as a rider – or really, as a person in general: the “on” days.