*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

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mike H. - San Diego, CA

For some reason every time I find a new sport I don't just go out and learn how to do it but instead I go out and learn how to do it well and then teach others how to do it and have fun. Skiing, I became a ski instructor. Scuba diving, I then became a PADI dive master. Cycling, I'm now a coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training Program teaching others how to complete 100 mile bike rides. I find no greater pleasure than helping others find enjoyment, at all leaves, with outdoor sports. My passion is to continue on that path thru organizations like LLS as well as on my own. I can't help myself but stop for a moment when I see a cyclist at the side of the path trying to fix their flat tire or broken brake cable. I give them a hand and then usually make a friend and we start riding together. I have several friends who I started with 1 mile of mountian bike riding and we slowly added a few more miles at a time and even some hills. Sure it's hard at first but in not too long a time they see the beauty and start to enjoy the out doors. This, to me, is how we create a society that enjoys cycling and other sports. Get out there and help educate others with what you've learned no matter how small. The end result will be happy and healthier people. Mike H. San Diego, CA