While at Interbike, we spotted the very Spot Longboard that will go to the winner, Ryan Smith of Maysville, Kentucky. Spot has been busy this year working with Gates to perfect the belt drive that powers the Longboard (and an increasing number of other bikes), and from what we saw it seems that Ryan’s ride will be damn sweet. Not to mention beautiful!
After much consideration, thirteen finalist stories were chosen. These were read by the whole staff, who then voted for their top four, with points assigned for each vote. Here is the complete list of finalists:
1 â€“ “The Life of Earl” by Ryan Smith â€“ Spot Longboard Belt Drive Singlespeed winner
2 â€“ “Where the Bicycle is King” by Kirsten Hammerstrom â€“ Spot Custom 29er Frame winner
3 â€“ “This Time Around” by Kevin MacGregor Scott
4 â€“ “Gods of the Trail” by Ryan Garth Mitchell
5 â€“ “On Going” by Damien Dabrowski
6 (tie) â€“ “Stars Calling Me Home” by Carol Hassler
6 (tie) â€“ “Nice Outside” by Joe Dodd
7 â€“ “Ghosts” by Eric Chu
8 â€“ “Now, Snow?” by Jeffrey Juneau
9 â€“ “Angels of Mercy” by Mike Miller
10 (tie) â€“ “A Communist” by Stephen Bate
10 (tie) â€“ “Cooper’s Hollow” by Matt Cunningham
11 â€“ “Mule Times” by Hendrick de Haan
From those of us at Dirt Rag, and all the readers who appreciate a good yarn, thanks to all who entered!