The First Annual
Wolves in the Wild
A Dirt Fellowship
Photos by Trevor Lyden, Chili Dog, “Grumpy” Greg Flack, Nic “U-Turn” Hall
Video by Samson “Rides With Wind” Hatae
When I woke up last Monday morning, I couldn’t believe we had done it. Since this wild idea popped into our heads last February, it’s been a stressful few months trying to balance regular website work with learning how to be “event planners.” What a learning process it’s been.
When we started The Loam Wolf, our goal was to connect riders together and reignite the stoke of riding bikes. Wanting to put our money where our mouth is, we created Wolves in the Wild to get people off the computer, away from the normal routine of life and remind us all what’s so great about mountain biking.
Like everyone, we too, get caught up chasing the latest trends, marketing gimmicks or waiting for race results, which is fine, but, we feel like our community has drifted away from the raw, gritty history of our sport. Back when rebellious souls made nature pilgrimages to get away from the squares and rules of the city and recreate together.
What made us fall in love with mountain biking was the experience, not the equipment. Those guys in Marin County riding modified cruisers prove that fun doesn’t only come wrapped in carbon fiber. And after watching from the sidelines last weekend, you guys did a great job recreating the birth of our sport and what mountain biking is all about, and for that we thank you!
We had riders come from as far away as North Carolina and crews ranging the full gamut of skills from beginner to world class professionals like Tyler and Cameron McCaul and Ryan “R-Dog” Howard. Whether they showed up in lycra or skinny jeans and a full face, our weekend family was the best we could have hoped for.
For our crew and most of the brands, the event started Friday as we set up the expo area and made preparations for the weekend. We wrapped up in the late afternoon and wrangled a shuttle ride to the top of Kings Castle for an industry shuttle that started the weekend off strong! I’m glad we did too, cuz it was the only ride I got in that weekend!