*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

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Stephane T. - Gatineau, QC


Here in the Outaouais region we have lots to choose from. We have trails scarring the hills that test your balance and control in a way that generates internal dialog that include words like “why am I doing this”. We have cardio pumping paths to the middle of nowhere, which takes so much out of you that you just want to stick your teeth in the next maple tree you see and suck the sap out of it; lung wrenching climbs that leave you spewing saliva threads that reminds of the silk worms you ran into earlier (which are probably crawling around in your helmet’s vent holes); rock garden steeps that jar your brain to the point of blurring your vision leaving you with only a mental picture of the trail to pick a line from. So, is it the scream in a descent, or the heavy breathing in a climb, from a fellow rider threatening to pass you? The thrill of pushing Gs on your pedals in a berm that makes your lower jaw drop or that instant you second guess yourself as you come to a complete stop on a cliff-side switchback? I guess what turns my cranks the most is seeing the smile on my 14 year old son’s face when he proudly gets over a trail section that took me all I had to complete myself…

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