And now for something completely different:

It's winter, and for many of us that means trading some of our bike time for snow time. Growing up in Bend I became pretty accustomed to riding 50+ days a winter, but after moving to Eugene for school and then Portland for whatever reason, my snowboarding days have dropped off precipitously. This doesn't bother me, as my time on my bike has increased fairly proportionally with the decrease in snow time, but each year there is one event that I'm always bummed if I can't make it to.That event is the Dirksen Derby, a backwoods dual slallom snowboard race through the woods of Mt. Bachelor. It's an event all about getting back to just going fast and having fun, often incorporating mandatory gaps and drops, and always focused on having a good time. To boot, it's also a fundraiser for Tyler Eckland, a bend local who suffered a freak accident while snowboarding that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Here's the part where it becomes tangentially related to mountain biking: Multi-sport, Multi-age-bracket man of mystery Sean Palmer was on hand to race this year. That's bike related, right?