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Pedros Faces: Read what festival goes had to say about PedrosFest

You couldn't make it to PedroFest this year? No sweat, there were several thousand knobbie-tire loving folks who did. You want to know what they thought about the new location? The trails? The mud? The new bikes on parade? Well, read on and see what other riders had to say about what they saw at PedrosFest 2007...
Abe: Everybody is just great, you know, and everybody is friendly around here and it's just a lotta smiles and that's why we're back
Abe and son Devon

Gary: Devon, (the kid) How many times have you been to PedrosFest?
Devon: One time - Zero times (Laughter and prompting- many times?) Yeah!

Gary: What's your best part?
Devon: Ummmmm ahhhh - mud! Ahh the dirt bikes.





Gary: Abe, How many times?
Abe: Third time being here.

Gary: And what's your favorite part? The showers you just had?
Abe: The showers are great, but it's probably the camaraderie. Everybody is just great, you know, and everybody is friendly around here and it's just a lotta smiles and that's why we're back. It's a good vibe!

Gary: You going back up to camp?
Devon: (enthusiastically) YES!

Hillary: Mudilicious, Mudilicious fun!
Steve and Hillary - Williamsburg, Vermont

Gary: Ok Hillary and Steve, How many times at PedrosFest?
Hillary: Fifth
Steve: First time

Gary: So then you've had both mud years?
Hillary:Yes I have! (laughter) Mud is good mud is fun!

Gary: How do you like the new location?
Hillary: Honestly? I like the old one better. Because, it's closer to the riding, the loops, I loved that "Vicious Loop" 'cause it flowed a little nicer. The camping here is nice and level though, that's pretty cool. But Pedros is always awesome, it doesn't matter where you are.

Gary: Steve, your first year here, what's your impression?
Steve: Well, I'm a downhiller and I cross country quite a bit, so the cross country trails a pretty fun, and it's a good time.

Gary: You been up to Jiminy Peak yet?
Steve: No, I'll probably do that tomorrow.

Gary: You gotta! I mean look up at the top of the hill there, be careful though, because you can get going real fast... (Laughter)

Gary: PedrosFest in a single word or phrase?
Hillary: Mudilicious, mudilicious fun!
Steve: I don't know, (tongue in cheek) pretty boring fun (laughter all around)

Al: You know it's a good vibe and it's a safe environment for us, you know?
Al - Concord, New Hampshire & Floyd - New Town, Connecticut

Gary: Floyd and Al, how many Pedros for you?
Floyd: Probably five
Al: Third year, Nob Hill, 2002, Brody in 2003 and here now.

Gary: And you come to PedrosFest for?
Al: To be with another 2500 people that just love mountain biking. You know it's just a good vibe, and it's a safe environment for us you know?
Floyd: I like to come because everybody's really good people. If you need something, they'll share it with you. And people come from all over and the conversation's great and they tell you new places to ride. I want to add my appreciation to those guys who had to build he trails here. They had to do it so fast, they did a really good job and we had a lot of fun on 'em. Thank You.

Gary: If you had to sum it all up in a word or phrase, What would it be?
Floyd: Live the ride! Ride to live, drink some beer! (Laughter)
Al: Dammit, I didn't win the mud bog challenge!

Sam: It's awesome, we got to demo a few bikes, we got over to Jiminy and did some downhill...
Sam and Merrick - Northboro, MA

Gary: How many PedrosFests for you?
Merrick: It's my first time. It's lots of fun, it's awesome, all the riding and all the demos
Sam: It's awesome, we got to demo a few bikes, we got over to Jiminy and did some down hill...

Gary: Did you go all the way to the top?
Sam: Yeah was really fun, we got on a trail that was a little too advanced for us, but it was fun anyway.

Gary: Did ya keep the rubber side down? Merrick how'd you make out?
Merrick: Good, but not as many crashes though... (Laughter)

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Sam: Fun
Merrick: Awesome!
It's tough to measure up to the first year you experience something, but Pedros Festival has come full circle.
Nicole - New Jersey

Gary: How many years at Pedros?
Nicole: This is our fifth year

Gary: All in a row?
Nicole: No, we actually missed one because we were at our wedding. (laughter)

Gary: We'll give you a pass on that one.
Nicole: My husband, he actually proposed here. The previous year, 2004 he proposed here. So it was wonderful and memorable. We were sad when it moved because it was on the other farm and it was nice to actually find that spot when we were able to come back. Like, "That's the area where he pretended to fall." So it was awesome, So yeah, PedrosFest has wonderful memories.

Gary: So since you have been on several of the venues, what do you think about this one?
Nicole: I actuallylike this one it reminds me of the first one we were at. Closer quarters, you know, tent car, tent car. But everybody gets to know each other. I'm really impressed with the setup downtown, you know downtown in the expo area in terms of the food and the beer garden. It's kind of nice to see it circle back to how we first remembered it. I like the fact that the trails are really well marked by the various vendors. It's tough to measure up to the first year you experience something, but Pedros Festival has come full circle.

Gary: What was you favorite part this year?
Nicole: Actually the road climb leading up to Jiminy Peak, I loved the endurance there trying to get up that road cutting into the woods there, so it's nice. I love the challenge. We dropped into the woods and did the single track back there and we had a blast with all the twists and turns and hitting up some of the downhill sections.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Nicole: A time to remember. Yeah, Don't miss it, be there or be square!

It's tough to measure up to the first year you experience something, but Pedros Festival has come full circle.
Abbey Brisco - Team Luna Chix

Gary: Abbey your one of the Lunachix?
Abbey: I am.

Gary: I can tell by your blue outfit. You look pretty mudded up, did you have fun today?
Abbey: Yeah I did

Gary: How many years at Pedros for you.
Abbey: This is my third or fourth. I was here for my 21st birthday, so that was 2 or 3 years ago

Gary: So what's you favorite part:
Abbey: I just like the camaraderie of everything. Everyone is just here to have fun, there is no pressure of racing, the mud bog was fun, we did clinics with Alison Dunlap today, and we had a huge turnout and it's alot of fun teaching those women.

Gary: How long have you been with Luna Chix?
Abbey: It's my second year.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Abbey: Awesome!
It's probably the best riding experience I've ever had
Joel and Dan - Concorde, New Hampshire

Gary: What do you think?
Dan: It's a lot of fun, a lot of fun! It's good to be doing this much biking with a bunch of people who like it as much. It's also humbling.
Joel: ...probably the best riding experience I've ever had. Back in Concorde he's the only guy I can ride with, and here there are hundreds of people that are at my level and just love to ride, so...

Gary: So ability level what would you call yourself?

Joel: After today, intermediate. (Laughter)

Gary: Before today?
Joel: In Concorde, I was one of the faster guys.

Gary: Dan, you said it's humbling, why?
Dan: For similar reasons.

Gary: In terms of what? Climbing speed, endurance?
Dan: Probably climbing, endurance. I mean back in Concorde, I'm usually at the top of the pack. And this time I am in like the top third. So, it's very humbling. And, you know I'm feeling my age too... (laughter)
Joel: Big fish in a small pond

Gary: We don't talk about age, it's not something we talk about. What's your favorite part?
Dan: Riding, riding with a group is fun. It's a lot of fun. The single track I was just taken on was a scream. A lot of fun.
Joel: Definitely the single track coming down from Jiminy Peak.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Dan: Fun!
Joel: Fantastic

Mostly we did kid's things today, but that was neat, I could pretend that it was easy for me but it actually wasn't (laughter)
Kevin and Mark - Pittsfield Mass

Gary: How many times?
Kevin: First
Mark: First time

Gary: Even though you're from just down the road in Pittsfield?
Mark: Yep.

Gary: Kevin this is your first time, too? You didn't come last year without dad?
Kevin: Nope
Mark: He's not supposed to drive yet.

Gary: Did ya have fun?
Kevin: MMMM yeah!

Gary: What was the best fun part?
Kevin: Probably the dirt track and the mud. That mud thing.

Gary: You did the mud thing?
Kevin: No I just watched it. People do belly flops, whoosh!

Gary: Dad what was your best part?
Mark: Mostly we did kids things today, but that was neat, I could pretend that it was easy for me but it actually wasn't. ( laughter) We went on the kid ride and that was fun, We did the pump track too, that was fun.
Kevin: We went on the climbing wall.

Gary: So you are a one day person, do you think you are going to come back next year?
Mark: Oh definitely. We've got a four year old, so maybe next year, we'll bring both of 'em.

Gary: Your favorite part?
Mark: Probably the trials demo.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be. Kevin?
Kevin: Speechless
Mark: Yeah we're speechless!

Mostly we did kid's things today, but that was neat, I could pretend that it was easy for me but it actually wasn't (laughter)
Michelle, Carly and their parents Mike and Monique - West Springfield, MA

Gary: What do you think?
Michelle: I'm having a blast so far. There's a bunch of free stuff and we went down some Jiminy Peak Downhill trails.
Michelle: There's the mud bog...

Gary: Are you guys downhillers?
Michelle: We're more free riders, so it was kind of scary doing the downhill, but we did it!

Gary: Did you keep the rubber side down the whole way?
Carly: Uhhh, No! (laughter) I actually fell over a sign and broke it in half.

Gary: What was your favorite part?
Michelle: I enjoyed the Mud Bog
Carly: I enjoyed the pump course next to the mud bog. But it was upsetting when the little kids could do stuff better than I could. But I did it!

Gary: You should have challenged them to a race and raised the bar a little bit.
Carly: Precisely they raised the bar for me.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedroFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be.
Carly: Ridiculous... ly awesome?
Michelle: Spectacular.

Gary: You think you're gonna come back?
Together: Definitely
Michelle: and I'm gonna bring my friends.

Gary: Dad I didn't get your name?
Dad: Mike

Gary: I would guess you've been here more than once.
Mike: Nope. My first time. I really like it a lot. I tell ya, I had a problem with my chain and I brought it down and talked to the guys at to the Mavic tent. They bent over backwards to help me they were very, very pleasant. They went and fixed it for me and they went, 'Oh you got a spoke missing.'and they were gonna fix that, everybody's been great. It's been a real, real good experience.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedroFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Mike: I honestly think, as much as this sounds like a shopping thing, I think it's all the vendors. I think they do a great job and put on a great show. And I liked watching the girls do the mud bog. I like seeing them get interested in it.

Gary: Come back next year?
Mike: Oh yeah!

Gary: Monique, you're here with your family and if you were to look at this from the viewpoint of a spectator, what have you enjoyed seeing?
Monique: Oh God, it's a blast, they're here having fun, I'm watching them having fun... She was in the mud bog with her friend, and so was Michael. It's just hilarious. Everyone's really friendly too. It's nice. I thought I'd feel like a fifth wheel, but I really don't.

Gary: So then you feel that there's enough here to just be around and watch?
Monique: Sure, sure.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be.
Monique: Pedrolicious (laughter)

Gary: That may be next year's branding.
(I ride) only road right now, but I just bought a mountain bike, so I’m mountain biking soon.

Gary: You're here, and you're in a roadie outfit, this is a mountain bike festival, what's that all about?
Lauren: Because I live fifteen minutes away. It's very convenient.

Gary: So how do you bike, what do you do? What's the deal for you?
Lauren: Only road right now, but I just bought a mountain bike, so I'm mountain biking soon.

Gary: How many miles you do a week?
Lauren: Between 100 and 250

Gary: So you're a serious road biker?
Lauren: Yes

Gary: A competitor?
Lauren: Yes, I ride for both Williams and Nav

Gary: So, what do you think of PedrosFest since it's your first time?
Lauren: It's pretty cool, pretty cool place

Gary: Did you take out any demo bikes?
Lauren: No I didn't I got here after noon, we did a road ride

Gary: Much climbing?
Lauren: A bit!

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be.
Lauren: Could you ask me that in the morning? I hear they're all about the nights... (laughter)




Pedros Faces: Read what festival goes had to say about PedrosFest

You couldn't make it to PedroFest this year? No sweat, there were several thousand knobbie-tire loving folks who did. You want to know what they thought about the new location? The trails? The mud? The new bikes on parade? Well, read on and see what other riders had to say about what they saw at PedrosFest 2007...
Abe: Everybody is just great, you know, and everybody is friendly around here and it's just a lotta smiles and that's why we're back
Abe and son Devon

Gary: Devon, (the kid) How many times have you been to PedrosFest?
Devon: One time - Zero times (Laughter and prompting- many times?) Yeah!

Gary: What's your best part?
Devon: Ummmmm ahhhh - mud! Ahh the dirt bikes.





Gary: Abe, How many times?
Abe: Third time being here.

Gary: And what's your favorite part? The showers you just had?
Abe: The showers are great, but it's probably the camaraderie. Everybody is just great, you know, and everybody is friendly around here and it's just a lotta smiles and that's why we're back. It's a good vibe!

Gary: You going back up to camp?
Devon: (enthusiastically) YES!

Hillary: Mudilicious, Mudilicious fun!
Steve and Hillary - Williamsburg, Vermont

Gary: Ok Hillary and Steve, How many times at PedrosFest?
Hillary: Fifth
Steve: First time

Gary: So then you've had both mud years?
Hillary:Yes I have! (laughter) Mud is good mud is fun!

Gary: How do you like the new location?
Hillary: Honestly? I like the old one better. Because, it's closer to the riding, the loops, I loved that "Vicious Loop" 'cause it flowed a little nicer. The camping here is nice and level though, that's pretty cool. But Pedros is always awesome, it doesn't matter where you are.

Gary: Steve, your first year here, what's your impression?
Steve: Well, I'm a downhiller and I cross country quite a bit, so the cross country trails a pretty fun, and it's a good time.

Gary: You been up to Jiminy Peak yet?
Steve: No, I'll probably do that tomorrow.

Gary: You gotta! I mean look up at the top of the hill there, be careful though, because you can get going real fast... (Laughter)

Gary: PedrosFest in a single word or phrase?
Hillary: Mudilicious, mudilicious fun!
Steve: I don't know, (tongue in cheek) pretty boring fun (laughter all around)

Al: You know it's a good vibe and it's a safe environment for us, you know?
Al - Concord, New Hampshire & Floyd - New Town, Connecticut

Gary: Floyd and Al, how many Pedros for you?
Floyd: Probably five
Al: Third year, Nob Hill, 2002, Brody in 2003 and here now.

Gary: And you come to PedrosFest for?
Al: To be with another 2500 people that just love mountain biking. You know it's just a good vibe, and it's a safe environment for us you know?
Floyd: I like to come because everybody's really good people. If you need something, they'll share it with you. And people come from all over and the conversation's great and they tell you new places to ride. I want to add my appreciation to those guys who had to build he trails here. They had to do it so fast, they did a really good job and we had a lot of fun on 'em. Thank You.

Gary: If you had to sum it all up in a word or phrase, What would it be?
Floyd: Live the ride! Ride to live, drink some beer! (Laughter)
Al: Dammit, I didn't win the mud bog challenge!

Sam: It's awesome, we got to demo a few bikes, we got over to Jiminy and did some downhill...
Sam and Merrick - Northboro, MA

Gary: How many PedrosFests for you?
Merrick: It's my first time. It's lots of fun, it's awesome, all the riding and all the demos
Sam: It's awesome, we got to demo a few bikes, we got over to Jiminy and did some down hill...

Gary: Did you go all the way to the top?
Sam: Yeah was really fun, we got on a trail that was a little too advanced for us, but it was fun anyway.

Gary: Did ya keep the rubber side down? Merrick how'd you make out?
Merrick: Good, but not as many crashes though... (Laughter)

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Sam: Fun
Merrick: Awesome!
It's tough to measure up to the first year you experience something, but Pedros Festival has come full circle.
Nicole - New Jersey

Gary: How many years at Pedros?
Nicole: This is our fifth year

Gary: All in a row?
Nicole: No, we actually missed one because we were at our wedding. (laughter)

Gary: We'll give you a pass on that one.
Nicole: My husband, he actually proposed here. The previous year, 2004 he proposed here. So it was wonderful and memorable. We were sad when it moved because it was on the other farm and it was nice to actually find that spot when we were able to come back. Like, "That's the area where he pretended to fall." So it was awesome, So yeah, PedrosFest has wonderful memories.

Gary: So since you have been on several of the venues, what do you think about this one?
Nicole: I actuallylike this one it reminds me of the first one we were at. Closer quarters, you know, tent car, tent car. But everybody gets to know each other. I'm really impressed with the setup downtown, you know downtown in the expo area in terms of the food and the beer garden. It's kind of nice to see it circle back to how we first remembered it. I like the fact that the trails are really well marked by the various vendors. It's tough to measure up to the first year you experience something, but Pedros Festival has come full circle.

Gary: What was you favorite part this year?
Nicole: Actually the road climb leading up to Jiminy Peak, I loved the endurance there trying to get up that road cutting into the woods there, so it's nice. I love the challenge. We dropped into the woods and did the single track back there and we had a blast with all the twists and turns and hitting up some of the downhill sections.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Nicole: A time to remember. Yeah, Don't miss it, be there or be square!

It's tough to measure up to the first year you experience something, but Pedros Festival has come full circle.
Abbey Brisco - Team Luna Chix

Gary: Abbey your one of the Lunachix?
Abbey: I am.

Gary: I can tell by your blue outfit. You look pretty mudded up, did you have fun today?
Abbey: Yeah I did

Gary: How many years at Pedros for you.
Abbey: This is my third or fourth. I was here for my 21st birthday, so that was 2 or 3 years ago

Gary: So what's you favorite part:
Abbey: I just like the camaraderie of everything. Everyone is just here to have fun, there is no pressure of racing, the mud bog was fun, we did clinics with Alison Dunlap today, and we had a huge turnout and it's alot of fun teaching those women.

Gary: How long have you been with Luna Chix?
Abbey: It's my second year.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Abbey: Awesome!
It's probably the best riding experience I've ever had
Joel and Dan - Concorde, New Hampshire

Gary: What do you think?
Dan: It's a lot of fun, a lot of fun! It's good to be doing this much biking with a bunch of people who like it as much. It's also humbling.
Joel: ...probably the best riding experience I've ever had. Back in Concorde he's the only guy I can ride with, and here there are hundreds of people that are at my level and just love to ride, so...

Gary: So ability level what would you call yourself?

Joel: After today, intermediate. (Laughter)

Gary: Before today?
Joel: In Concorde, I was one of the faster guys.

Gary: Dan, you said it's humbling, why?
Dan: For similar reasons.

Gary: In terms of what? Climbing speed, endurance?
Dan: Probably climbing, endurance. I mean back in Concorde, I'm usually at the top of the pack. And this time I am in like the top third. So, it's very humbling. And, you know I'm feeling my age too... (laughter)
Joel: Big fish in a small pond

Gary: We don't talk about age, it's not something we talk about. What's your favorite part?
Dan: Riding, riding with a group is fun. It's a lot of fun. The single track I was just taken on was a scream. A lot of fun.
Joel: Definitely the single track coming down from Jiminy Peak.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Dan: Fun!
Joel: Fantastic

Mostly we did kid's things today, but that was neat, I could pretend that it was easy for me but it actually wasn't (laughter)
Kevin and Mark - Pittsfield Mass

Gary: How many times?
Kevin: First
Mark: First time

Gary: Even though you're from just down the road in Pittsfield?
Mark: Yep.

Gary: Kevin this is your first time, too? You didn't come last year without dad?
Kevin: Nope
Mark: He's not supposed to drive yet.

Gary: Did ya have fun?
Kevin: MMMM yeah!

Gary: What was the best fun part?
Kevin: Probably the dirt track and the mud. That mud thing.

Gary: You did the mud thing?
Kevin: No I just watched it. People do belly flops, whoosh!

Gary: Dad what was your best part?
Mark: Mostly we did kids things today, but that was neat, I could pretend that it was easy for me but it actually wasn't. ( laughter) We went on the kid ride and that was fun, We did the pump track too, that was fun.
Kevin: We went on the climbing wall.

Gary: So you are a one day person, do you think you are going to come back next year?
Mark: Oh definitely. We've got a four year old, so maybe next year, we'll bring both of 'em.

Gary: Your favorite part?
Mark: Probably the trials demo.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be. Kevin?
Kevin: Speechless
Mark: Yeah we're speechless!

Mostly we did kid's things today, but that was neat, I could pretend that it was easy for me but it actually wasn't (laughter)
Michelle, Carly and their parents Mike and Monique - West Springfield, MA

Gary: What do you think?
Michelle: I'm having a blast so far. There's a bunch of free stuff and we went down some Jiminy Peak Downhill trails.
Michelle: There's the mud bog...

Gary: Are you guys downhillers?
Michelle: We're more free riders, so it was kind of scary doing the downhill, but we did it!

Gary: Did you keep the rubber side down the whole way?
Carly: Uhhh, No! (laughter) I actually fell over a sign and broke it in half.

Gary: What was your favorite part?
Michelle: I enjoyed the Mud Bog
Carly: I enjoyed the pump course next to the mud bog. But it was upsetting when the little kids could do stuff better than I could. But I did it!

Gary: You should have challenged them to a race and raised the bar a little bit.
Carly: Precisely they raised the bar for me.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedroFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be.
Carly: Ridiculous... ly awesome?
Michelle: Spectacular.

Gary: You think you're gonna come back?
Together: Definitely
Michelle: and I'm gonna bring my friends.

Gary: Dad I didn't get your name?
Dad: Mike

Gary: I would guess you've been here more than once.
Mike: Nope. My first time. I really like it a lot. I tell ya, I had a problem with my chain and I brought it down and talked to the guys at to the Mavic tent. They bent over backwards to help me they were very, very pleasant. They went and fixed it for me and they went, 'Oh you got a spoke missing.'and they were gonna fix that, everybody's been great. It's been a real, real good experience.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedroFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be?
Mike: I honestly think, as much as this sounds like a shopping thing, I think it's all the vendors. I think they do a great job and put on a great show. And I liked watching the girls do the mud bog. I like seeing them get interested in it.

Gary: Come back next year?
Mike: Oh yeah!

Gary: Monique, you're here with your family and if you were to look at this from the viewpoint of a spectator, what have you enjoyed seeing?
Monique: Oh God, it's a blast, they're here having fun, I'm watching them having fun... She was in the mud bog with her friend, and so was Michael. It's just hilarious. Everyone's really friendly too. It's nice. I thought I'd feel like a fifth wheel, but I really don't.

Gary: So then you feel that there's enough here to just be around and watch?
Monique: Sure, sure.

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be.
Monique: Pedrolicious (laughter)

Gary: That may be next year's branding.
(I ride) only road right now, but I just bought a mountain bike, so I’m mountain biking soon.

Gary: You're here, and you're in a roadie outfit, this is a mountain bike festival, what's that all about?
Lauren: Because I live fifteen minutes away. It's very convenient.

Gary: So how do you bike, what do you do? What's the deal for you?
Lauren: Only road right now, but I just bought a mountain bike, so I'm mountain biking soon.

Gary: How many miles you do a week?
Lauren: Between 100 and 250

Gary: So you're a serious road biker?
Lauren: Yes

Gary: A competitor?
Lauren: Yes, I ride for both Williams and Nav

Gary: So, what do you think of PedrosFest since it's your first time?
Lauren: It's pretty cool, pretty cool place

Gary: Did you take out any demo bikes?
Lauren: No I didn't I got here after noon, we did a road ride

Gary: Much climbing?
Lauren: A bit!

Gary: If you were to sum up PedrosFest in a single word or phrase, what would it be.
Lauren: Could you ask me that in the morning? I hear they're all about the nights... (laughter)




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