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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Jumps with Nicoya

This year at the Downieville Classic, Rachel Lloyd had a much better DH run than I…everybody had a better DH run than I. I flatted in the second turn. And, at the 1st water crossing. And, in the rock garden on Butchers, and then on First Divide. My DH run took an hour and half.

By the time I got to town the sun had climbed high enough in the sky to take a direct and unobstructed aim on everybody’s head. I drank a lot of water, breast fed my baby, and then chugged a cold Sierra Nevada.

I knew that tomorrow’s cross country would be a suffer fest, and that there was no way I could climb out of the all mountain hole I had dug for myself, so I decided to enter into the river jump contest.

My husband says I have a bigger competitive streak than the ‘other’ kind of streak in his underpants, so I really wanted to nail the contest with a jump that nobody else could come close to.

And, I think did, with my baby’s help. The jump wasn’t as dangerous as it appears in the photo…Nicoya and I have been practicing for weeks in my back yard foam pit.
She felt comfortable in the air, but didn’t like all the water up her nose in the landing…thank god her crying did not affect my score.

marla streb
Marla and Nicoya go for a jump.

Downieville is a Classic in every sense of the word. The small Sierra foothill town of a few hundred, now a mountain biking mecca because it is surrounded by hundreds of miles of single track, originally cut by gold prospectors.

The Classic features an epic 40 minute DH, a grueling 3 hour cross country, and a unique All Mountain category where you race in both events on the same bike. The bike is actually weighed before the race start to prevent competitors from swapping out wheels sets, forks and other cheater stuff.

Mark Weir (WTB/Santa Cruz), is the Burgermeister-Meisterburger, of the whole shebang, crushed in the DH and still had enough in the tank to secure a fourth place in the XC, cementing another All Mountain win.

Rachel Lloyd, who formerly used to race for Gary Fisher, recently beat all other women in the Quad Dip-Sea Trail Run and scared the bejeesus out of a lot guys because she was really close to winning it outright. Anyway, Rachel smoked the DH and scored a 3rd in the XC so she was also All Mountain champ.

Rachel smashed the existing DH record, which was set two years ago, by…me. My river jump set two records though: one for distance with a baby, and one for poor taste.

(Disclaimer: Don’t worry. In the jump I was wearing a stuffed rag doll; Nico was safe in my husband’s arms the whole time.)


Anonymous said...

Ummmm, I think it was Jason Moeschler that won the all-mountain overall deal.

4:56 AM  
James said...

Rag doll, huh. Yikes, you had me going there for second.

2:31 PM  
marla streb said...

ooops, sorry about that, Jason!! I'll be sure to check the facts next time...

4:15 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hey Marla...

Love the site... keep it rockin'... just thought that you and your visitors may be interested in a site I am working on. I helped cover the recent Crankworx festival and shot video of the entire event. This includes interviews, helmet cam footage, downhill, trials, slopestyle, and more. The website address is I hope you find it cool and interesting.

Aidan Henry

2:26 PM  
Jeremy Payne said...

Sweet jump. Getting the little one hooked on riding at an early age, nice!
I have just read about your Singletrack Jungle resort in Costa Rica. How goes it? More to the point, how do I volunteer to help out? A search of the net hasn't revealed any contact info for it. As I plan on being in Costa Rica for considerable time this winter, I would love to help out. Please contact me at Looking forward to getting muddy in Costa Rica.
Jeremy Payne

6:18 PM  
Jonathan Cragle said...

That was both mortifying and then hilarious! I'm about 1/4 done with your Gravity Goddess book and have been using your Century Training program book to train for my first century ride. Thanks for your great riding style and for having Dave, your brother do the training with you, since it's been a HUGE help for this 41 year old in getting back in the saddle after five kids and eighteen years.

4:35 PM  
TreeSaw said...

Marla - you rock!!! I absolutely love the humor and the competative nature. Keep these write-ups a-coming!!!

6:50 PM  
gwadzilla said...

read the fine print

I posted that image on my blog
and well
I am sure that some people may have jumped the gun

as well
many of us are not so good at reading
myself included
on this time I caught the fine print


you are a cool mom!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous said...

awsome !!
Hey my wife and I are going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon. I am intersted in hitting your bike park. Can you give me details or send me a link

5:47 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Marla!

I write from Costa Rican web page We know you are going to run La Ruta de Los Cosquistadores, Please write me to in order to do some question for our web page related to your participation in Conquistadores and about your project Estancia del Mar

Henry Perez

7:31 PM  
David said...

I would not call Mark a safe place for Nicoya.

6:17 PM  

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