SRAM Athletes Bust Out in the Big Apple

9 04 2007

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SRAM Athletes Bust Out in the Big Apple

Jeff Lenosky along with fellow SRAM superstar, Kyle Ebbett recently coordinated with IMBA on a unique, urban trail project. The new trails are located in Highbridge Park in Manhattan.

Clearly, IMBA sees the growing trend with the freeride and technical riding scene. Chris Bernhardt, IMBA Coordinator, said, “IMBA recognizes two important trends in mountain biking: the need for trails in urban areas and the increased desire for technical riding. The Highbridge Park project provided us with an opportunity to address both issues by building sweet dirtjumps and a flowing pumptrack right in the heart of New York City. Thanks to the efforts of SRAM athletes, local advocates from NYCMTB, and IMBA’s Trail Solutions, riders in the Big Apple now have legal, close-to-home technical riding opportunities.”

SRAM-So tell me about the Highbridge project, Jeff.

Jeff- It’s a really cool project going on in Highbridge Park which is just North of the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan. Off road riding was illegal in all city parks until this project started, now they have Cross Country and Freeride trails and a cool Dirt Jump Park.

SRAM-How did you get involved?

Jeff- The New York City Mountain Bike Association contacted IMBA about helping them plan out the entire project. I had met one of the guys from IMBA a few years back at a contest in North Carolina. He contacted me because he knew I was fairly local and wanted some riders involved in the planning and building of the jumps. He also knew that I have been doing more and more course design so he figured I’d be a good candidate.

SRAM-Who did you work with?

Jeff-I worked with Judd de Vall who used to be a pro downhiller, but now works for IMBA. I also worked with Kyle Ebbett who is a pro freerider for Scott and SRAM. I’ve done some other jobs with Kyle in the past and figured I’d get him involved since he can build good jumps and drive the wheels off a Bobcat. We had a ton of volunteers on the weekends but after being there for a couple of days, we had all kinds local kids asking us if they could help. It was really cool to see how psyched the kids were to just get involved with something. They’d be out there in there baseball uniforms and cleats, digging dirt jumps.

SRAM-How long did the job take?

Jeff- We worked there for 10 days straight. The weather wasn’t too cooperative so it took a little longer than usual. The park is bigger than the size of a football field and we moved over 400 tons of dirt, it was a pretty busy week. The first couple of days we were stressing every time a kid would stand on a jump or disregard typical dirt jump etiquette, but as the week wore on we could see how excited the kids were, so we chilled out. Every day when school let out, there would be kids riding BMX bikes, mountain bikes, borrowing our bikes and if they didn’t have a bike, they’d literally run around the jumps on their feet. Their energy was unbelievable! I really hope the locals take care of this place and make it a killer jump spot for a long time, but either way, we made a impact on the neighborhood, and that was really cool.

SRAM-When does the park open?
Jeff- I’m sure kids are over there right now, but the official grand opening for the entire project is May 19th. If you live in the New York area, make sure you check it out sometime.

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Scott USA Announces Addition of Kyle Ebbett

7 11 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sun Valley, ID, November 7, 2005- Scott USA announces the addition of Kyle Ebbett to its family of riders.

“Kyle is such a versatile rider. His ability to ride park, vert, slopestyle, dirt jumping and big mountain make him a valuable part of our marketing efforts,” remarked Adrian Montgomery, Marketing Director for the US Bike Group.

“Kyle has been on my radar for a long time now, and I am stoked to finally work with him.”

“I’m pumped to be on board with a dope company like Scott and with great people, especially Adrian and Scott Montgomery. It is good to be involved with a company that knows the industry and wants to support the riders involved,” said Ebbett.

“I just received my first Scott bike, Timo’s signature bike, the Voltage. He did a good job! I hopped on that bike and went straight to my jumps and had one of the funnest days in a long time."

"On a bike designed by Timo, I knew one of the first tricks I had to try was the back flip. The bike was on auto pilot, perfect flip first try."

"All you have to do is hit the signature sticker on the top tube before you drop in and Bam! Perfect flips. I’m still trying to find the super sick suicide no-hander button. I’ll have to ask Timo where he hid that one.”

Kyle will be riding the Voltage series hardtail, the Nitrous freeride bike and the High Octane for big mountain and DH riding.

For more information contact:

Adrian Montgomery

Kyle Ebbett



SCOTT USA, Inc., established in 1958 and located in Sun Valley, Idaho, is a leading international manufacturer of premium bike accessories/equipment, motorsports, and wintersports products.