16th annual YETI Tribe Gathering - Crested Butte, Colorado

Every year YETI throws a huge party in the mountains for anyone who owns one of their bikes.  It's a gathering of the Tribe, an opportunity to expression of our wild and weird sides and of course a celebration of trails, mountain biking and our beloved steeds.  I wanted to experiment with LIVE art so I decided to buy the largest canvas I've ever painted and post up right next to the mountain.  After an epic 30 mile ride, dinner and drinks, my painting was Live Auctioned for $2600.  100% of proceeds went to CBMBA, the local trail stewards responsible for over 400 miles of singletrack we all love.  Mermaid suits, sunsets, mini-bike races and bike tossing competitions inevitably followed...  This was a proud moment for me as a YETI cycles ambassador.

"The Tribe" photo by Joey Schusler

"The Tribe" photo by Joey Schusler

I also designed the event t-shirt .

I also designed the event t-shirt .

Work in progress...

Work in progress...

Mermaid suits make everything better.

Mermaid suits make everything better.

Final painting

Final painting

Wildflower bills on Mount Teocalli trail.

Wildflower bills on Mount Teocalli trail.

Live Auction in action!

Live Auction in action!

I didn't win the bike toss competition but I sure do appreciate this capture by Andrew Chad.

I didn't win the bike toss competition but I sure do appreciate this capture by Andrew Chad.