The third annual "Trails Have Our Respect" (T.H.O.R) fundraiser raised $2137 for the Nebraska trail advocacy group, which is dedicated to developing new mountain bike riding areas and making existing riding areas better. The donations more than doubled the amount collected from the 2004 fundraiser.
The event at Platte River State Park near Louisville featured a freeride jump demo with local riders and a free barbecue courtesy of Omaha Steaks and Jim and Jan Thomas of Home Real Estate. There was also a Q&A session with Trek-VW rider and former Olympian, Travis Brown, 2005 24-hour national champion Cameron Chambers (Gary Fisher-Subaru), five-time masters MTB world champion Steve Tilford and Kenda rider Catherine Walberg, as well as a raffle featuring Bontrager products.
The discussion with the visiting pro riders was a lively one, covering a wide range of topics from nutrition to product development, a topic that is close to Brown. "My role with Trek is changing and I am spending a lot of time testing new products," explained Brown to a crowd of nearly 200. "It's an opportunity for me to give back to the mountain bike family."