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Aaron Hautala, Reed Smidt, Todd Orjala, John SchaubachCLMTB Crew president Aaron Hautala and Cuyuna legend John Schaubach drove down to the Twin Cities from Crosby yesterday to attend last night’s MORC board meeting.

John and Aaron had never ridden anywhere besides the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails so they decided to check out Lebanon Hills before the meeting. I joined them, along with MORC VP Reed Smidt and fellow Northfielder Todd Orjala.

We spent 3.5 hours riding every trail at Leb. I was glad worried when they crashed a few times but I still think they enjoyed themselves and maybe even learned a thing or two.

I also walked them through the soon-to-be-opened skills park at Leb and then took them over to see the Lexington Pump and Jump park in Eagan, as they’re scheming to add similar features to Cuyuna.

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CLMTB Crew president Aaron HautalaAt last year’s Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, I was a wide-eyed spectator who didn’t even own a mountain bike and therefore had time to take lots of photos of every event.

Not so this year.  I was having too much fun participating this past weekend to take many photos. Plus, I knew that CLMTB Crew president Aaron Hautala, quite the photographer (see his blog) was on duty with his monster camera.  Keep an eye on his Facebook photo album for more of his festival photos.

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The guys from the Factory BMX Stunt Show brought their Mega Jump ("the largest portable jump in a five state area with a 7’ tall landing") to the festival. I didn’t get show photos but as you can see from the above photos of one guy warming up, the talent was amazing. The two shows they put on were a huge hit with the crowd.

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Seek Joy Productions brought a US Airbag free-fall station to the festival and a steady stream of kids and adults took the plunge into the big baggie throughout the day. It took a while to convince this kid to jump but he did it.

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I was pleased that Aaron took photos of me making the plunge, first from below and then from above. I returned the favor later in the day.

Evidence of shredding the red at Cuyuna Evidence of shredding the red at Cuyuna Evidence of shredding the red at Cuyuna
I love how, when you shred the red at Cuyuna, your bike comes home with the evidence.

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