*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, July 12, 2007

Matthew B. - Durham, CT

I love just about everything there is that involves mountain biking, long epic climbs and long fast technical downhill sections, but most of all i ride for the moment I make a mistake, after all if you never make mistakes you can never improve. Of course all cyclists are striving to get a little better or a little bit faster than the competition. While flying down a tight single track descent you have only inches of wiggle room. One inch, normally insignificant, can be the difference between you riding away and having someone carry out of the trail. This is the thought that really gets my adrenaline running as I’m weaving in and out of the trees. Any cyclist will agree that biking is not only a great exercise but also very therapeutic. When out plowing through the woods your mind forgets everything that normally weighs you down, work, school, relationships, bills... finally you can forget about everything and just ride. I find that after making a mistake, in that one instant before you are certain of the outcome, my body is truly relaxed. Time seems to freeze, your body and mind go completely numb, it is this moment where you your flesh and sweat may be about to collide and mix with rock and dirt but yet there is still a chance, you can regain control and ride away with your heart pounding and a thought running through your mind, "Damn... that was close." I have learned to love this moment, even when it doesn't turn out so well, there is no feeling like the one you get right after you've made a possible fatal slight mistake. This adrenaline rush, not found anywhere else, is my reason to risk everything, worry about nothing, to go out and have a blast on my mountain bike.