Billy Goat Bikes and Mountain Khakis going to World Championships

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Billy Goat Bikes (BGB) and Mountain Khakis (MK) are proud to announce that junior expert rider Joshua Rogers has been selected to attend the Mountain Bike World Championships in Vallnord Andorra. USA Cycling has named 7 juniors to the 2015 Worlds Team to compete in Vallnord, Andorra and Joshua is honored to be one of the riders that will represent the USA at this great event.

Joshua is 17 years old and is in his 4th season of racing downhill. His main goal is to compete professionally and win both a junior and elite World Cup. Joshua has the support of family, friends and awesome sponsors! It wouldn’t be possible without all their support. His three goals for this year: race in the two North America World Cups (Mont Sainte-Anne and Windham) and then be fortunate enough to be selected to represent his country in Andorra.

So, help us congratulate Joshua on his selection to the 2015 Mountain Bike World Championship Team.

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Billy Goat Bikes – Mountain Khakis – SCOTT Bikes – Cane Creek – Industry Nine – Maxima Racing Oils – Manitou – Fly Racing – SDG Components – Threshold Provisions – HT Components – Onza Tires – RaceFace – RynoPower – Monster Army – Monster Energy – Smith Optics – Leatt Brace – ODI Grips – GoPro – DeFeet – Wake Orthopaedics – ClarkNexsen – PolarPro

EastCoast Pro GRT #2

by: jimmy leslie

Round 2 of the 2015 ProGRT series is in the books and the Billy Goat Bikes/Mountain Khakis squad had a blast riding and racing at Mountain Creek, NJ. For some of us, the weekend started off with a course walk on Thursday, while the rest of the crew was still in North Carolina and set to arrive on Friday morning. An unusual dry spell at Mountain Creek made for a fast, loose track that I couldn’t wait to ride. After a refreshing sleep (a whole hour for those that drove through the night), it was time to let ‘er rip in Friday’s practice. It didn’t take long to realize the track’s roughness at high speeds, but our Scott Gambler race rigs ate up everything in their paths. The course was pretty straightforward without much line choice necessary so we were all able to get up to speed by the end of the day.

Jimmy Leslie working the rock slab.                    photocred: Ryan Bent

Jimmy Leslie working the rock slab.                                                                                     photo credit: Ryan Bent

Saturday brought an even rougher track after the amateur practice session. After dialing in our lines in afternoon practice, it was time to make one count and qualify for Sunday’s main event. Unfortunately, Dylan’s shoulder wasn’t feeling healed enough to race on, so he decided to opt out of qualifiers. I had some issues in the loose turns near the middle of the track and toned it down to a conservative pace for a 41st place qualification. Brandon ended up 37th, and Max rode a solid run to a top 15 qualification in 13th place.

Brandon Blakley making it happen. thanks to JaradKleinberg of Magkats Productions

Brandon Blakely making it happen.                        Thanks to JaradKleinberg of Madkats Productions

The rain that avoided Mountain Creek all weekend finally came Sunday morning, and it seemed like we would be dealing with a sloppy day of racing. However, with how dusty the track was all weekend, the much-needed precipitation made for absolutely perfect dirt conditions come practice time. We had a less-than-ideal practice with hard crashes by Max (in front of his mother, of course) and myself, but we shook it off and got prepped to lay down the run that counts. I had an uneventful 32nd place run with minor mistakes up top and in the critical turns where I know I could have made up the time to place where I was expecting, but sometimes that’s the way she goes. The rest of the team had worse luck. Brandon came down with a tweaked knee after sliding out, and ended up partially tearing his MCL. Max was unable to back up his top 15 qualifier with a crash in his run as well. After all was said and done, the Billy Goat Bikes/Mountain Khakis team didn’t have the race we were looking for, but it was a productive weekend for everyone and certainly another positive learning experience for myself. Looking forward to send it west for Round 3 in New Mexico!

Max Morgan pushing to the finish. Thanks to JaradKleinberg of Magkats Productions

Max Morgan pushing to the finish.                       Thanks to JaradKleinberg of Madkats Productions

A big thanks goes out to mechanic extraordinaire Erik for keeping my bike dialed and running smooth after pounding it through rocks and dust every day.

All the results can be found HERE.

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BGB/MK EasternStatesCup Plattekill Report

by: max morgan

This weekend at Plattekill for the Eastern States Cup was a good tune up race in preparation for the Pro GRT at Mountain Creek. This race gave me the opportunity to get my bike dialed in a bit more on a good rough course. That track at Plattekill is always challenging and fun. I spent most of practice Saturday riding and bouncing ideas off of my good buddy Shane Leslie. We were pushing each other to the limit and were hoping to have a good battle in the finals. When finals came around, I had a clean and conservative run that put me into 3rd place. I’m feeling more and more comfortable on my SCOTT race bike every time I get on it and am excited for the rest of the national series coming up. Looking fresh in the new FLY RACING kits too.

All the results van be found HERE.

3rd place Max Morgan

3rd place Max Morgan                         photocredit: plattekill mountain bike park

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BillyGoatBikes / MountainKhakis invade the Underworld Cup

Pro GRT #1 in Port Angeles, WA

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With bikes and bags packed, the team jumped on planes from various points across the East Coast with everyone headed to the same destination. It’s time for the first national race of the year; USAC Pro GRT #1, aka Underworld Cup.

Returning Pro Rider Max Morgan, who finished 4th in the Pro GRT series last year, will be looking to best that mark as he leads new team members into the 2015 season. Max will be joined by Joshua Rogers, CAT 1-18u rider and Jimmy Leslie, Pro class rider. Also joining the team is Dylan Conte. Dylan will unfortunately miss this round due to injuries sustained racing in the Pan-American games in Columbia. Neko Mulally, with factory GSTAAD SCOTT, will be helping coach and advise the BGB/MK Elite Team.

Like a lot of teams, Wednesday was used as a travel, bike build and acclimation day. Thursday is when it all begins; Bike tuning in the morning and then the long walk up the track for the course walk. Leading the course walk for all the BGB riders is Elite Athlete Development. Not to disappoint; The Pacific Northwest brought in the wet stuff just in time for the course walk. There was a lot of information to absorb while trying to stay dry and take in the beautiful surroundings. This is Joshua’s and Jimmy’s first time riding/racing in this part of the country.

photocredit @PBcreative

photocredit @PBcreative

Practice wouldn’t come soon enough. With less than a few days of seat time on the new SCOTT Gamblers, Max, Jimmy and Joshua were ready to hammer the new bikes down the course. The course continued to dry out as the day went along. It seemed everyone was watching the “waterfall” obstacle, I thought it was a road huck. Was it faster, safer both, or neither? I think it was nicknamed the “head slap” area.

Saturday would bring an afternoon practice, seeding and qualification runs. It also brought questions…top 60 make it, no top 80 make it…top 15 pro women, no all pro women. Didn’t matter, you would have to put in a strong run on a very fast course to make the cut for Sunday racing. CAT1 15-18 juniors were first out of the gate and it was obvious that times were going to be fast. Joshua had a solid run finishing in 15th position but knew the course would be faster Sunday if the rain didn’t come. As expected, the times kept pushing lower during the Pro men and Max found himself in a great position sitting in 11th place. Jimmy didn’t have the run he wanted making some mistakes that cost him and left him 3 spots outside the top 80. Neko slid out locking up his drivetrain but still managed to make the cut.

photocredit @PBcreative

photocredit @PBcreative

Practice on Sunday was another late practice that brought more questions. Practice for CAT 1 18u and Pro Women/Men was from 1pm-2pm but when all the riders headed up it was announced as a 1 run only practice. Once again, no big deal, everyone adapted and made it work. After practice was over, the talk was how fast would you have to go to win this thing? Would someone break the 2:20.00 mark. As start times drew near, Matt, BGB owner/manager headed to the top with Joshua. Times were running about 3 seconds faster than Saturday and when Joshua crossed the line he had bested his qualifying time by a little over 4 seconds. That still left him in the 15 spot. Neko was the rider we expected to see next but unfortunately, he had a get off that would leave him with a DNF. Now it was Max’s turn to come down. He didn’t disappoint and beat his time by almost 3 seconds. That also left him the same position as Saturday, 11th place.

 BGB/MK comes away with 2 top 15 results in the first US national race of the season…not bad at all. 

You can find all the results here….

There is no way we could do it without great sponsors
Billy Goat Bikes, Mountain Khakis, SCOTT Bikes, Fly Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, Race Face, CaneCreek, ManitouMTB, Onza Tires, Industry Nine, Threshold Provisions, HT Components, SDG Components

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Billy Goat Bikes and Mountain Khakis 2015 Race Team


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The 2014 season was very successful competing in the local racing scene, the National Pro GRT series and experiencing the highs and lows of World Cup racing.

It’s been an off-season of musical chairs in the world of elite downhill teams and it’s been no different for the local/national teams. The 2015 season will bring some exciting changes to the structure of the team. Billy Goat Bikes (BGB) will continue to support our Grassroots bike program. We know that the sport will continue to be built by introducing new riders, young and old to the world of two-wheels.

BGB is proud to announce the 2015 members of the newly formed A/Elite team. The Elite team riders for 2015 are Max Morgan, Dylan Conte, Joshua Rogers, Brandon Blakely and Jimmy Leslie. During the 2015 season the team will focus on the World Championships Andorra (petition), Intercontinental MTB Championships, Columbia South America (petition), UCI DH#4 Lenzerheide Switzerland (tentative), UCI DH#5 Mont St Anne Quebec, UCI DH#6 Windham NY, UCI#7 Val di Sole Italy (tentative), USAC National Championships Mammoth CA and all USAC PROGRT series races.

We are also excited to announce our partnership Neko Mulally (can you fix this chain) and his new ride GSTAAD SCOTT Bikes. Neko will be providing coaching and guidance to all team members as they seek to make it to the big stage. Mulally arguably had two of the most memorable race runs during the 2014 season. His 3rd place finish at the UCI World Cup in Cairnes, AUS with a mud-filled-crash race run and his 4th place chainless finish at the UCI World Championships in Hafjell, NOR.

Let’s meet the 2015 team…

MAXMax Morgan (Pro) is coming off a great 2014 season. Max finished 4th in the Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour. He placed 2nd at round #4 then took his first national win at round #5. Max competed against the best professionals in the world in Norway, Quebec, France and New York at the World Cups races. He was named to the US World Champs team and competed in the UCI American Continental Champs. The experience gained while racing at the highest level will serve him well coming into the 2015 season. Max’s experience will go a long way in helping the direction and development of the new team structure.

2014 Highlights

  • 65th UCI World Championships, Hafjell Norway
  • 12th UCI American Continental Championships
  • 10th USAC Pro National Championships, Angle Fire NM
  • 4th PROGRT series overall
  • 1st Beech Mountain ProGRT
  • 2nd Snowshoe ProGRT

Additional major series race attendance for 2014:

  • 108th UCI World Cup #5, Mont St Anne Quebec Canada
  • 94th UCI World Cup #6, Windham NY
  • 149th UCI World Cup #7, Merribel France
  • 13th ProGRT #1, Port Angeles WA
  • 12th ProGRT #3, Plattekill NY

DylanDylan Conte (Pro) will be coming into the 2015 season moving to new team and new bike. He made a big step when he qualified to race at the UCI World Cup race in Mount Saint Anne. Dylan has been pushing hard and will be looking for a breakout season in 2015. He has competed at very high level and will be focused on a structured off-season to be at his very best for the new season. Billy Goat is looking for great things from this second year Pro.

2014 Highlights

  • 1st USAC Sea Otter Classic Downhill, Monterey CA
  • 2nd Sea Otter Pumptrack Challenge, Monterey CA
  • 75th UCI World Cup #5, Mont St Anne Quebec Canada
  • 9th Beech Mountain ProGRT
  • 6th Snowshoe ProGRT
  • 16th USAC Pro National Championships, Angle Fire NM

Additional major series race attendance for 2014:

  • 109th UCI World Cup #6,Windham NY
  • 17th PROGRT #1, Port Angeles WA
  • 13th PROGRT #2, Mt Creek NJ
  • 14th PROGRT #3, Plattekill NY
  • Many local series races

Joshua Rogers (Cat 1/Jr Expert) is also making a move to a new team and bike. Josh had a great 2014 season and will be looking for same in 2015. Our only junior rider competing on our Elite level team. In 3 short years his hard work and dedication is paying off. He placed 3rd at our National Champs and won the POC Eastern States Atlantic Series Championship. Joshua had over 16 podium finishes with 8 of them on the top spot in 2014. Ready for the challenges of the 2015 season and is looking for his chances to race Junior World Cups.

2014 Highlights

  • 3rd at 2014 USAC Gravity National Championships : CAT 1 – 15-16
  • 2014 POC Eastern States Cup Super Champs Champion : CAT 1 – 15-18
  • 2014 POC Eastern States Cup Atlantic Series Champion : CAT 1 – 15-18
  • 2014 Snowshoe Gravity Series Champion : CAT 1 – 15-18
  • 2014 Pennsylvania State Champion : CAT 1 – 15-18
  • 6th Mountain Creek ProGRT
  • 5th Plattekill ProGRT
  • 6th Snowshoe ProGRT
  • 6th Beech Mountain ProGRT
  • 5th Mammoth ProGRT

BrandonBrandon Blakely (Pro) has been a part of BGB since the beginning. His 2014 race calendar was limited due to the demands of a full-time job with Cane Creek. But there is no doubt that we all know how much he loves to ride, just check his featured videos; Church and Church 2. Brandon has always showed exceptional speed and skills on the bike and BGB is looking forward to an awesome 2015. Brandon is also being task with helping develop our younger riders.

2014 Highlights

  • 36th at 2014 Gravity National Championships
  • 34th ProGRT #1, Port Angelas WA
  • 26th Mountain Creek ProGRT
  • 10th Beech Mountain ProGRT
  • 2nd Beech Mountain Summer Series
  • 4th Snowshoe Summer Series

JimmyJimmy Leslie (Pro) is making the move to the new team this year also. Jimmy had a solid year bouncing back off another knee injury during the off-season. Getting his wheels back under him he racked up 3 podiums in the Pro class. He is concentrating his efforts on this off-season to be primed and ready for the 2015 season. Jimmy has shown the speed to compete in the competitive Pro class. He also has been instrumental in the development of younger riders both on and off the bike.

2014 Highlights

  • 3rd Snowshoe Summer Series Race 1
  • 2nd Snowshoe Summer Series Race 2
  • 3rd Gravity East Race 4
  • 13th Snowshoe ProGRT
  • 25th Beech Mountain ProGRT
  • 7th Eastern States Cup Atlantic Series Race 6 and 7
  • 8th Eastern States Cup Super Champs Championships

Along with the 2015 rider lineup BGB also has an impressive list of sponsors that make it happen.

There is no way we could do it without great sponsors
Billy Goat Bikes, Mountain Khakis, SCOTT Bikes, Fly Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, Race Face, CaneCreek, ManitouMTB, Onza Tires, Industry Nine, Threshold Provisions, HT Components, SDG Components

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