Sunday, January 20th 2013

As the riders wound their way through the woods on this chilly January morning, rays of sun began to break through the fog, slanting between the frosted trees and vines. It wasn’t long before the spectacular and magical light effects had everyone exclaiming in amazement and reaching for their cameras.

This was the Whypass mountain bike trail system just outside of Eugene and the Disciples of Dirt’s 9th annual All Comer’s Meet. Hailing from all over Oregon as well as from California and Washington, 235 people participated in the riding and festivities at this year’s ACM—an event that has slowly grown from “group ride” to “festival” status. After signing in, the mountain bikers broke into groups according to fitness and skill level. Then led by DOD guides, everyone was treated to a fun-filled non-competitive day riding this network of recently buffed-out singletrack trails.

Returning to the staging area (“The Pile”), the now tired and happy riders got in line for hot chili, tomato soup and cornbread. And after filling their cups from the kegs of beer donated by Ninkasi Brewing, they stood around the bonfire socializing and waiting for the raffle drawing. Everyone was hoping to win the grand prize of a RockShox fork, although many other cool prizes donated by our sponsors were claimed before the lucky winner of the fork, Steve George of Portland, was finally chosen.

It was a great day … of riding … of catching up with old friends and meeting new people … and of sharing and showing off the Disciples of Dirt’s local trail system. Thanks to everyone who came out and added to the fun and who supported the DOD by buying raffle tickets and donating so generously. We hope to see you next year at ACM X! Mark your calendar for Sunday, January 19th, 2014.

Read more on the DOD forum.

Photos by Nate Pfeifer. See more of Nate’s photos here.