Tara Llanes Classic, Race For A Reason
Tim Krentz 9:42.27
Brian Lopes 9:48.54
Duncan Riffle 9:50.53
The Tara LLanes Classic (TLC) was a real success again this year. With new record number for racers and volunteers it was a real honor to be involved. Getting hurt is a part of our sport and we willingly accept the risks. Minor scrapes and broken bones are common on the trail, however, spinal injuries are a very real threat and can happen in the blink of an eye. Tara knows this feeling and has used it as motivation. She now works closely with many companies and centers towards not only preventing future injuries by riders, but to also aid in the healing and coping process should a fellow rider fall victim.
We caught up with Tara for a nice morning chat and got to pick her brain a bit and get the low-down on the TLC and what Tara's up to. Aside from planning this very successful event, she has been working on a movie with some other disabled athletes that is going to be very heavy. We were shown the trailer which documents Tara's rainy day training rides as she is working towards her ultimate goal, which will be shown in the movie. She meets with former motocross and BMX athletes who all share similar stories about just wanting to ride their bikes again. It was an extremely touching moment and I applaud Tara for her aspirations, determination and generosity. Tara tells us she has always felt a tight bond between mountain bikers. We are a close family and we should look out for each other, whether it be a spare tube or tool in the pits or helping with therapy and off road ready wheelchairs.(Active Force)
Tara's event has grown into a well known weekender packed full of riding, fun events and of course, the infamous raffle. Northstar helped out by hosting the event and having some premier trails for us to ride all weekend. The kids race was a blast and we all enjoyed the BBQ and movie showing of Life Cycles.
It truly was a great weekend of riding and hanging out with people. To be able to do the things we love most is a blessing, and the fact that so many people work above and beyond to get injured riders back on the mountain is something to be a part of.
Check the sites and read up, we hope it will never happen to us, but the reality is, things happen quickly and we should do what we can to help our fellow riders.
Tara would like to thank the people who helped make this event happen. See you next year.
"I would like to thank Northstar and all their staff, our entire TLC Crew and volunteers, the Reeve-Irvine Research Center for bringing both their doctors and their support, to Giant Bicycles, Shimano, Fox Shox, Sierra Nevada, Leatt Brace, Michelin, and Santa Cruz. We also have got to thank each and every racer that came out and competed even if there was a little rain and a little mud! Without you guys there wouldn't be a race, period.
This was also the first year that he had the Shimano Kid's Race and we had no idea what to expect. So when about 16 kids showed up we were ecstatic! We outfitted them in the Troy Lee Designs GP gear and they had a blast! I also have to give a huge shout out to Derek Frankowski and Ryan Gibb for allowing us to show the highly-anticipated film LifeCycles. We were the very first race event that was allowed to show the film and everyone was absolutely stoked!
I want to give a personal thank you to Brook and Brandon from the Active Force Foundation for bringing up the 4-wheel DH bikes. You guys have allowed me to feel the freedom of riding and racing down the mountains that I love to much so thank you guys for that! Last, but certainly not least I want to thank Drew and Decline for coming up to our event and doing this interview. The more press the better and next year we hope to have a few more surprises up our sleeve!"
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