By Malanda Murchison
On May 7th, SORBA Woodstock’s Pedalpalooza Festival returned with a full-day celebration of bike demos, competitions, group rides, prizes, and the grand opening of Quehl Holler, Blankets Creek’s newest attraction. Over 200 riders of all ages came out to enjoy the sunshine and festivities. Demos were offered by Out Spokin’ Bicycles, Free Flite Bicycles, Reality Bikes, and Unicycle.com. A raffle, benefitting the Woodstock chapter, sent participants home with gift certificates from Thompson, REI, and Van Michael Salon, plus helmets, cyclocomputers, multitools, and pumps from Specialized. Good food was on hand, everyone enjoyed the festival, but the star of the day was Quehl Holler.
After months of planning, obtaining approval, and working, the grand opening of the new downhill/free-ride flow trail, Quehl Holler, was celebrated in style with a Jump Jam Session and Mini-Super D competition. Prizes for these events were provided by Leatt Brace and Specialized Tires. While many riders showed off their skills on this new trail and wall ride, a huge crowd jammed out to awesome tunes and enjoyed the show. Quehl Holler was named in honor of the trail designer and builder Ethan Quehl, who soldiered out sporting a broken leg to see his trail opened in grand style. Ethan had the vision and operated the heavy machinery to build the trail, but the trail building crew at SORBA Woodstock saw it through to completion, and they deserve a HUGE thank you for this amazing accomplishment!
Aside from the raffle and competitive prizing, SORBA Woodstock also gave away two Specialized mountain bikes. The bike give-away was made possible through a grant from Specialized created to promote mountain biking for a healthy lifestyle. The men’s bike was given away through a dice run at Pedalpalooza, and the women’s bike was given away to a lucky ticket holder who earned tickets by attending group rides throughout the year. Congratulations to the men’s bike winner, Patrick O’Sullivan, and the women’s bike winner, Nikki Adams.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, bike patrollers, and vendors who made this festival a huge success, with beautiful weather as a bonus. Visit www.sorbawoodstock.org for more exciting events.