*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

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Chris T. - Bloomington, IL

XXXX DANGER XXXX THIS DOCUMENT WILL SELF INSTRUCT XXX NOT TOP SECRET XXX STATISTICAL DATA: Weight... 220lbs, Height... 6'1", Eyes... blue, Hair... blond mohawk, Occupation... Bicycle Mechanic (Vitesse Cycle Shop 206 S. Linden, Normal, Illinois 61761 309-454-1541), Birthplace... Natchez, Mississippi, Education... Basic High School (BHS), Henderson, Nevada. Navajo Community College (Dine' College), Tsaile, Arizona. University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Reno, Nevada. United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Ashland, Oregon. MY MISSION: Fly to the 2007 Las Vegas Interbike Expo. DAY 1.0: Before sunrise, commute 20 miles on the Mission 3, from Section 27 to the Sands Hotel for Badge Holder Pick Up, then back up the hill and over the River Mountain Range to Bootleg Canyon where I will BOMB the Mission 3 on those gnarly Dirt Demo Trails! DAY 2.0: Ride the Mission 3 from Section 27 over the River Mountains and start the day off with the Hangover Ride, then BOMB the Bootleg Canyon trails some more! DAY 3.0: Commute on the Mission 3 from Section 27 to the Sands Hotel for the Opening Seminar. Plan a show floor assault by scrutinizing the Show Daily. Go by the Dirt Rag booth to get a mag and a poster. Attend Shimano Tech Seminar. Obtain as much swag as I can drag around. Crash Interbike Bash party. Commute on the Mission 3 back to Section 27. DAY 4.0: Commute on the Mission 3. Attend Sram, Avid, Truvativ, Rock Shox Seminar, as well as the Fox Shox Seminar. Walk the show floor obtaining Info and Inspiration till they kick me out. Commute. DAY 5.0: Commute. Walk the floor again and again. Listen to people. Look at cool things. Buy some stuff. Grab propaganda. Play a Fender guitar. Commute! TOTAL ESTIMATED MILES on the DIAMONDBACK MISSION 3 for the 2007 Las Vegas Interbike Expo... 280. 80 miles Extreme All Mountain Riding. 200 miles of Las Vegas urban warrior road riding, much with heavy swag in tow. MY PHOTO is of a poster I made for the last two races of my 2nd annual cyclecross race series, 'Recyclecross', also known as 'Tumacross'. Look up 'tumacross' on YouTube for video action (documentary currently in progress.) The races are held at Twin City Wood Recycling 1606 West Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, Illinois. The 6 race series starts on the first Sunday after Halloween and runs every three weeks thereafter. I make trophies, this past year bicycles on crosses, out of recycled wood and bike parts, and award swag from Interbike. A bottle of red wine goes to the Muddiest or Bloodiest. After a Le-mans start, the first obstacle is a mud pit under a log archway. Taller riders must duck. Next up is the mulch pile in the poster, 'R1', about 30 feet tall, and steaming eerily in the cold morning air. At the top of the course is off-camber single track I call 'Hilltop.' Go down the hill, fast, and attempt to ride over 'R3'. Turn back up the hill and run over 'R2'. Go up and over 'Earth Mound', where I placed a railroad tie on the top of the hill and another at the base. Proceed into the forest for greasy single track and emerge into the orchard for grassy switchbacks and a log just big enough to crush your big ring if you choose to plow over it. After the orchard, tight single track will cause you to scrape your hips and shoulders on the abrassive tree trunks. Slippery roots may throw you down. Next, a quick jaunt over 'Camel Back Ridge', then some high speed swooping single track through the 'Swamp', and finally over 'Sod Mountain' (see poster insert.) The Finish Line is under the arch of an excavator. Helmets are mandatory. All Bikes Welcome. No protruding bar ends. Bike Wash/Pit Area provided. Race will be held in Extreme weather. Be prepared for heat, ice, snow, mud, rain, hail. Sponsors, promotors, directors, volunteers, anybody or anything associated with these events are not held responsible for any injuries to body, bike, or other that may most likely occur. FINAL ANALYSIS... Please consider me for the Mission. My boss is not paying for my Interbike excursion this year and I will have to use my vacation pay. I have been racing a 10 year old rigid steel cyclecross bike with riser bars at mountain bike races. Last year in a race I crashed hard over a log pile crossing, cracked my ribs, busted my collar bone, and sustained yet another concussion. But what I am saying is the DIAMONDBACK MISSION 3 is an Awesome All Mountain Bike that I would RACE and LOVE to DEATH!!! Thank You, Chris Tuma... Shop Manager/Head Mechanic, Vitesse Cycle Shop P.S. I am fully recovered from the crash and will be racing in the First Annual Mattoon