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With community’s support, Team Zoobomb focuses on Maryhill

Posted by on August 27th, 2008 at 10:51 am

Team Zoobomb’s Gabe Tiller after a
training run in the West Hills
last Sunday night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland’s Team Zoobomb will vie for the crown of fastest gravity bikers in the world at this weekend’s Maryhill Festival of Speed. The event takes place on legendary Maryhill Loops Road in Goldendale, Washington and it’s the official International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) World Championships.

After spending the last few days applying layers of duct tape to their racing leathers and ordering parts for their bikes, Team Zoobomb members Chuck Bridge, Aaron Truman, and Gabriel Tiller are already taking practice runs on the course. And, because of an outpouring of community support, they can focus solely on the task at hand.

Maryhill Loops Road.
(Photo: Jocelyn | McCaulifower/Flickr)

The trio has raised over $2,200 in recent weeks. The money has paid for their entry fees, modifications to their bikes, and safety gear. According to Gabe Tiller, a benefit party thrown on August 9th was “a smashing success”. Gabe says the team has been, “floored by the outpouring of support from our community.”

In addition to individual donors, the team is now sponsored by Portland-based Black Sheep Bakery, bike fun group Shift, New Belgium Brewing, BikePortland.org, and others.

And the support doesn’t stop with financial contributions. A huge fan contingent (including hopefully myself if I can find a ride) will be joining Team Zoobomb on the slopes of Maryhill Road.

I stopped by Team Zoobomb headquarters just before they headed out yesterday to snap a few photos of their bikes. It was great to see them all tricked out with fairings and emblazoned with sponsorship logos:

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Gabe’s bike.
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Chuck’s bike.

The event will be shown on NBC Sports’ Jeep World of Adventure Sports program on October 11th.

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  • RyNO Dan August 27, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Chuck, Aaron, and Gabe are currently tied
    for 9th in the overall world gravity bike


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  • travis August 27, 2008 at 11:51 am

    GO AARON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • bDave August 27, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Team Zoobomb Represent!

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  • Le-oh! August 27, 2008 at 1:25 pm


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  • Dag August 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Go team Zoobomb!

    BTW, those aren\’t fairings, they\’re \”number plates\”. \”Fairings\” technically aren\’t allowed…

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  • emily b. wings August 27, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    hey jonathan! check the Zoobomb forum, there is still room in RyNO Dan\’s van to catch a ride!

    just call buffalo Dave, his contact info is posted in one of the organizing threads..

    that is, if you\’re down to party for the rest of the weekend!

    yay! zooooooobomb!

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  • Donald August 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    and just the other day my lad was asking me: Dad, how come they don\’t make a Skuut your size?

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  • Jonathan Maus (Editor) August 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    \”hey jonathan! check the Zoobomb forum, there is still room in RyNO Dan’s van to catch a ride!\”

    Just talked to Dave…. I\’m headed to Maryhill! Can\’t wait to check it out….and of course shoot a bunch of photos ;-). See you there Emily.

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  • KT August 27, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Awesome!! I hope one day to get to compete on that fantastic piece of asphalt….

    ZooooooBOMB!!!! 🙂

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  • Todd B August 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Good luck Zoobombers…though those bikes look a little big for ya! 😉

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  • Lenny Anderson August 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    While you are up in Klickitat county, check out the Klickitat Trail. go to http://www.klickitat-trail.org for a great map and information.

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  • Gibby August 28, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Too bad i can;t be there in person, but I\’m there in spirit.. go Zoobombers!!

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  • Oliver PDX August 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    This looks awesome – great vid of the boarders at the 2007 event on that site (http://www.maryhillfestivalofspeed.com/site.html).

    Go ZooBombers!

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  • revphil August 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    proudly representing sexy bikers everywhere

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  • Gibby August 30, 2008 at 11:06 am

    havn\’t been able to contact the Zoobombers at Maryhill by cel phone and just can\’t wait to hear how they are doing– anyone out there have any idea?

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