1800 meters of climbing on mostly dirt roads in 85km? How else do you think Don would have celebrated his birthday? Make sure to check out the #DonsNonBdayRide hashtag on Instagram for more photos from the ride!
Last year I (Rudy) was lucky enough to join Deux North, Specialized and a really solid crew to ‘Hunt’ from Barcelona to Valencia. The crew was myself, the Nord brothers James and Dylan, Chris Riekert from Specialized, Jered and Ashley Gruber, photographer Jon Baines, videographer Aaron Vazquez and driver/mechanic Patrick ‘The Tree’ Miller. It was the first time I met of the group, but after a few minutes together we were getting along really well, but that was needed because we were going to spend the next 3 days cycling together.
The Hunt 5 was one of the best bike trips I have ever done. Beautiful, tiring, hard and fun, all at the same time. We went through some roads that I probably would have never been through if it wasn’t for this trip. Unforgettable stuff! I will let the video do the rest of the talking. Check it out! Make sure to also head over to Deux North for more photos and words by Dylan Nord.
“Inspired by the sport of professional rally car racing, Deux North took a special group of riders to the Rally de Catalunya in Spain for Hunt 5. In Salou, they met one of the world’s best drivers, Kris Meeke, and recorded his story of passion and adventure. Traveling along the route of the World Rally Championship, from Barcelona to Valencia, Deux North ran into some of the most beautiful places on earth as well as some interesting surprises and setbacks. It was Kris’ story that inspired Deux North’s hunters over their four day trip and to this day. This is Hunt 5, as told by World Rally Championship driver, Kris Meeke, and Deux North’s Hunters.”
This summer, Specialized approached Deux North with an idea. They were planning to release a new bike in July, a bike built for every kind of road. They wanted us, Deux North, to sort of test their new bike on gravel roads, single track, up Mt. Tam, and along the coast from Morgan Hill to Santa Rosa, CA. We knew we needed a Hunt unlike any other before it to meet this new bike. So, we gathered the best group of people we could think of, picked a challenging route, packed our tents, left (more than) a few things unplanned, and caught a flight to California.
On June 4th, 9 hunters met in San Jose. Coming from New York, Vienna, Tucson, and California, together they made up the largest group that Deux North had ever put together. Over the following three days, we all rode from Specialized’s HQ in Morgan Hill together to Santa Cruz to compete in the King Ridge Hopper Adventure Series on the final day.
The Hunt 4 route included nearly 30% dirt roads, over 300 miles, 30,000 ft of climbing, and 24 hours of riding across 3 days and some of the most beautiful landscapes west America offers. Nights were spent at campsites and inside borrowed barns.
We will never forget this trip.
Stay tuned for the full story and video on July 15th
The subject of the film, released in January 2014, will focus on the Red Hook Crit Milano. It will not only appreciate the qualities of pedaling riders but also to have their testimony on the Red Hook and cycling: Evan Murphy (Stanridge Speed Cycles), Kyle Murphy (MASHSF), Cooper Ray (Kingkog – Rosko). These riders who come from all around the world to confront a sometimes dangerous and treacherous circuit are much more than more amateurs and imposes tough workouts for the podium. We also have the testimony of Antonio Colombo, President of Cinelli and partner of the Red Hook Crit. And as is always a story of encounters, you’ll find people with whom we left, with whom we spent time after the race and the people we met on site.