Bangin’ Lids – The International Intergalactic Global Open WTF!

Nothing renews friendships blurred by a winter of solitude and too many Klondikes and revives bodies, long melded to crusty popcorn littered upholstery, from unending Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Walking Dead marathons, contorted into a bizarre mashup of Claire Underwood swinging katana blades in battle with Jon Snow, while Rick and white walkers face a Siberian labor camp imprisonment for spying on the US government with that curly haired hottie from that late 90s chick show, quite like the International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championships!!!

As I re-read that I’m struck by the thought that this may be mostly autobiographical to this point.
And that I may have some other show in there…?
And that it was a long winter and I probably had far too much to drink.*

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

What I am pretty sure of is that the first weekend of April means it is first weekend of our season with our 8th (maybe? IDK)  Lupine #IIGOmtb!! The kick off party of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series where everyone races everyone and no one really gives a hoot who wins the thing. But everyone gets in some great riding, gets to hang with buds, and just has a really freakin’ good time. Above all else, that’s what we’re always going for here.

 

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

Most of the times everyone was kicking ass and loving it.

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

Except for the times when they weren’t.

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com  THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

and sometimes it could go both ways…

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

But, grab a poptart,

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

shoot something,

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

gather a bunch of friends together,

THE 2016 International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Team Relay Championship of the Multi-Friggin-Verse (IIGO Mountain Bike Relay), in Marysville, PA. www.firespirephotography.com

and it is pretty damn good.

A.E.LANDES PHOTOGRAPHY: 160402 IIGO MTB Relay &emdash; 1604020090

More here: http://aelandesphotography.zenfolio.com/160402-iigo-mtb-relay/h715e756b#h76ec9fad

All these damn fine photos credit: Firespire Photography

If you were here, you know it kicked ass. And you’re awesome. I’m flabbergasted that you’re not rich and famous already, that’s how awesome you are. If you weren’t here you’re likely wallowing in self pity and cursing your misfortune. Don’t despair, we’re here to help! There is a light at the end of the tunnel for you!

August 26-28 we take all this up another notch (yea, you heard me, we’re going up a notch) as we launch the Dirty Dirty Weekend – three days celebrating the end of summer, the finals of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series, the start of ‘cross season and a gathering of a hell of a lot of kickass people. It is a relaunch of the long lost MASS Festival weekend and will feature a Night TT(T?) on Friday, the MASS XC and Endurance finals on Saturday, and the ‘cross version of this relay – IIGOX – on Sunday. Lupine is bringing a band, we’re bring some tricycles for the dual slalom, we’ll grab a murffy to toss, food trucks are on their way, camping is on site, and we’ll roll out the rest of the plans as we figure out exactly what the hell it is we’ll be doing.  Aug 26-28. Oesterling Farm. Marysville, PA.

Book your flights. You only get one shot at this.

 

Each year.

 

You only get one shot at this, each year.

 

Get your butts out here anyway.

 

Huge thanks to our buds at Lupine, Stan’s NoTubes and Julbo for helping make all this good stuff happen. Now go reg for a race on some the best damn trails in the entire mid-Atlantic — Sunday’s Rattling MTB! Three distances. Camping on site. Food for all after as part of the gig too. (I hear the promoter is a jackass, but the trails are incredible and totally worth it!)

 

*By “long winter” I mean, “It snowed over the weekend and I took it out on a case of dogfish head 90.”

And yes, probably everyone in that mashup was nude. It’s crazy what they can get away with on cable TV. Thankfully.

 

 

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