Wanted: North Dallas Metroplex Mountain Bikers

Looking for some buds on your next mountain bike ride in the Metroplex? Sun and Ski now has weekly mountain bike trips leaving from our Grapevine location.

When: Thursdays @ 5:30 PM | Where: Grapevine Sun & Ski Sports | Cost: Free

Every Thursday night, join us for mountain bike riding though the northern part of the Dallas Metroplex (NS, HS, AH, KH, LBH, Sansom and Areas North). Beginners, intermediate and advanced riders are all welcome.

Length: Depending on the trail, rides are approximately 6 – 10 miles long. Sun & Ski Sports will ensure no one is left behind by providing SAG. Please make sure your bike is in working order – we may not always have access to the shop.

Note: This is an unsanctioned ride, standard IMBA/DORBA trail rules apply and all riders assume responsibility for their own skill level and actions.

Questions? Please call Nate or Michael at 972-355-9424.

Looking for more information about our Grapevine Cycling Store? Visit our Grapevine Sun and Ski store or view our online selection of cycling apparel and cycling accessories. Feel free to also peruse our list of bike shop services.

2010 BP MS150 Registration – How It Works…


It’s MS150 registration time! Whether you’re a returning rider or a new rider, the process of registering for 2010 is a little different this year. Since last year’s registration filled up within hours, the MS Society has changed the process up a bit.

Below is a breakdown of the registration process for the 2010 BP MS150:

• Club 300 – 2009 Top Riders who raised $1000+ and Team Captains
– MS Society will contact you directly and you can register on Oct. 12 – Nov. 20

• Rode with Team Sun & Ski in 2009
– Email teamcaptain@sunandski.com to make sure your name is on the roster to ride for the 2010 BP MS150. Rosters are due on Oct. 15. You can then register with the MS Society on Nov. 2-20.

• Did not ride in 2009
– You will need to click on the provided link and fill out the survey.
Please specify that you want to ride with Team Sun & Ski Sports. Deadline to do this is Oct. 9 by 5:00 p.m.

• General Registration
– This is opened to the general public. You can register on Dec. 2 and Dec. 5 at 11:00 a.m. on each day, until filled.

*You will then need to register for Team Sun & Ski at www.sunandski.com/events to receive great benefits that Sun & Ski Sports has to offer. The cost is $85 and gets you a team jersey and entrance into 6 recommended MS150 training rides ($180 value). Click here, for a full list of benefits.

Be sure to update your profile on the National MS Society website at www.nationalmssociety.org. The MS Society will be going by the information on your profile page to contact you for registration, rides, etc. If you don’t have a profile page, be sure to sign up for one. You can sign up for one at www.nationalmssociety.org as well.

Fall Cross Practice

Date: 09/15/09 thru 10/26/09 | Time: 5:30-7:00 Tuesday Nights

Cyclocross season is almost here and you’ll need to be fully prepared for it! Fall cross practice will take place through October and will help you get prepared for race day. Get your body in shape for cyclocross! You’ll be able to experience different challenges and practices with the course changing weekly. Registration will begin at 5:45 pm, with the course opening at 6:00 pm and the racing starting at 6:30 pm. You must have a USAC license. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a one-day license for $5. Registration for the event costs $5.

Location: West side river park at 21st and Woodward Park in Tulsa.

Highlights and Benefits

  • Practice barrier runs
  • Practice dismounts/remounts
  • Test out a new set up
  • Hone that skill for race day
  • Build your shape for cross
  • Mountain Bikes welcome

Contact Information

  • Event Director: Tanner Culbreath
  • Phone: 918-408-6733
  • E-Mail: tanner.culbreath@jenksps.org

Legal This is a noncompetitive training event; No money will be awarded. All USAC cycling rules do apply, and you must wear your helmet whenever you are riding your bike. Parents and guardians must sign a release form for all participants under the age of 18.

Reschedule Update – RAT: Regional Amateur Skateboard Tour

The RAT tour stop at Katy Mills has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 19th due to rain. The amateur skateboard event will start tomorrow at 9:00am. Look forward to seeing you there!

FIT Champions, FIT Cypress, & FIT Pearland – Training for Marathon Runners

FIT Champions, FIT Cypress, and FIT Pearland are marathon and half-marathon training programs devoted to getting you in the best shape of your life, in preparation for the Houston Marathon. Upon joining, you will receive day-by-day training schedules, Saturday morning group runs, access to trained coaches, informational seminars and a Fit Marathon Training T-shirt.

As a bonus for signing up, Sun & Ski Sports will be giving away discount cards for 15% off all full-price merchandise and 10% off bikes!

Here’s what you get when you join:

  • A training program for runners designed with the goal of completing the 2010 Houston Marathon
  • FIT coaches are devoted to getting you in the best shape of your life in a non-intimidating, fun, and safe environment.

What FIT Programs Have To Offer:

  • Easy-to-follow training schedule
  • Seminars at most of our weekly training runs
  • Knowledgeable and supportive head coaches and assistant coaches
  • FIT training technical shirt
  • Saturday morning group runs
  • An online discussion forum to stay in touch and get help during the week

Registration Information

The last day for in-person registration is at 7:00 AM on July 18th. Visit the following locations to register in-person or register online through the end of July.

Regional Amateur Skateboarding Tour (The RAT) Heading to Round Rock Skate Park

DALLAS, TX. (May 26, 2009) – The Regional Amateur Skateboard Tour (The RAT) presented by Scion will take place on Saturday, June 6th at the Round Rock Skate Park in Round Rock, TX. just North of Austin. The RAT is a partnership between Houston based Sun & Ski Sports and Geiger Media. It will feature events in the four biggest markets in Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

“It’s been several years since the state of Texas has had an organized series like this and it’s time.” said promoter Bill Geiger. “The sport is blowing up across the country and Texas is definitely a hot spot. We had great participation at our first event in Dallas May 17th and I expect the series to grow as we continue on through Texas!”

The goal for this series is to give Texas skaters an opportunity to come hang out with their friends, have some fun and compete for some great cash and prizes. Three of the four competitions will take place on a custom mini-ramp created by pro vert skater Mike Crum and the crew at Push Productions. It was already constructed on-site at Sun and Ski Sports retail locations in Dallas (Grapevine Mills Mall) and will travel to San Antonio (San Pedro Ave.) and Houston (Katy Mills Mall). The Austin event will take place at the Round Rock Skate Park just North of the city. It will feature a Bowl competition as well as a street “Best Trick” competition. Over $2500 in cash and/or prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in each category.

In addition to Scion and Sun & Ski Sports, Stop #2 of The RAT series is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, FUEL TV, Time Warner Cable, Kicker Audio, Skullcandy, Guapo Skateboards, Hype Skateboards, Element Skateboards, Triple 8 and local alternative rocker – 101X-FM. All of the events in the series will be professionally produced and backed with a substantial media platform including local radio and print, grass roots campaigns, web and internet marketing. For more information including schedules, locations, registration, etc., go to www.SkateTheRat.com

2009 On-Water Watersports & Wakeboard Demo

On May 13th, Sun & Ski Sports descended on to Indian Lodge Resort in Kopperl Texas for the 4th Annual On-Water Demo. The on-water demo is designed to give our employees an in-depth understanding of all watersports so that they can better serve our customers giving them the greatest support and knowledge when shopping at our stores for that new wakeboard, slalom ski, or wakesurfer. No matter where you shop, Nashville, Houston, Tulsa, Dallas, Cincinatti, etc., Sun & Ski Sports is committed to bring the best staff possible and training them to be exceptional.

Employees from every store came to spend 2 days on the water, behind a boat, to experience and feel the difference between every board so that they can better serve you, our customer, in your next watersports purchase. Our employees will provide knowledge and experience so that you will have confidence in your purchase. Whether you are purchasing your first wakeboard or it is just time to upgrade, Sun & Ski Sports has the gear that you need to make this summer one to remember.

This year, the on-water demo came to the Brazos River just outside of the Dallas-Forth Worth Metro. The Brazos River offers miles and miles of glassy calm water, even when it is unseasonable dry like this year. We stayed right on the river at Indian Lodge Resort where Tim and Barb Jones give new meaning to word host. They graciously let us use their oven when we ran out of oven space, they looked after all of the gear that littered their pavilion, and they even came and hung out during clinics and down time. Our group took up about 10 of the 14 cabins there, we were basically the only ones around for this early-season mid-week, but everyone enjoyed having a cabin/roof over their head compared to the state park camping from previous years. There is a pool, basketball hoop, fishing, and pavilion to enjoy while at Indian Lodge, add Mike Holmes’ inflatable screen and projector and you have a fantastic mid-week (or weekend getaway). Indian Lodge Resort is just over an hour from DFW, 2 hours from Austin, 3 from San Antonio, and a doable 4 hours from Houston or Oklahoma City…all perfect for that weekend wakeboard getaway.

Special thanks to Indian Lodge Resort, Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Byerly Board Co., H.O. Sports, Wakeboard Coalition, Sasser Wakeboard School, Jet Pilot, O’Neill, Helium, Straight Line, and Accurate for making this event spectacular.

RAT Skateboard Tour – Dallas Stop Re-Cap

DALLAS, TEXAS – May 19, 2009 – Some of the best young skateboarders in North Texas gathered outside Sun and Ski Sports at Grapevine Mills last Sunday to compete in the first stop of the newly created RAT Skateboard Tour presented by Texas Scion of Grapevine.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16th, the contest was pushed to Sunday due to some crazy weather conditions that hit hard around 3:00am on Saturday morning and never let up…but as they say in Texas, if you don’t like the weather…wait five minutes and it will change. It took a little more then five minutes, but by Sunday morning, the sun was shining , the skies were blue and it was GAME-ON! The skaters where chomping at the bit to ride, the crowd gathered around the mini-ramp, the Monster Energy Drinks were flowing and the music was pumping out from under the Skullcandy tent with DJ Joey B.

The event featured a mini-ramp competition as well as a street “Best Trick” format on a select obstacle (which will change at each stop of the tour). The action kicked off a little after 11:30am with Heat #1 of qualifying on the mini-ramp. Designed and built by Oliver Bradley along with Mike Crum and the crew at Push Productions, the ramp was impressive. Measuring 30’x30′ with five and half foot walls and a seven foot extension, it was anything but “mini”. This was the first time that the ramp had been fully assembled since it was constructed at the end of April and it was worth the wait.

By all accounts, the first stop of the RAT skateboard series was a huge success. It turned out to be a great family affair with killer weather, great crowds and some insane amateur skating! Congratulations to all of the competitors for putting on a great show and to our overall winners – Ke’Chaud Johnson, Edward Montes and Josh Hurley on the mini-ramp and Ke’Chaud, Mark Roberts and Rowdy Altum in Street “Best Trick”. The crowd also got to see pro rider and local legend, Jon Comer skate the new ramp set-up. The overall vibe was good!

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners who made it happen including our presenting sponsor – Texas Scion of Grapevine, our retail partner Sun and Ski Sports, Monster Energy Drink, FUEL TV and their local affiliate – Time Warner Cable, Kicker Audio, Skullcandy. Element and PUSH Distributions brands – GUAPO, Hype, and City Stars.

For a complete overview of how the day unfolded as well as round-by-round results and plenty of great photo’s, go to www.SkateTheRAT.com.

Next up the RAT heads to Austin, Texas on June 6th for stop number two. This time we are taking the action to the Round Rock Skate Park which is a great new facility just North of town. Check it out at www.roundrocktexas.gov/skatepark. Online registration is open at www.skatetherat.com and judging from the feedback we received last weekend…the field is sure to fill up quickly.

Stay tuned to FUEL TV for upcoming coverage of the RAT’s first stop on the Weekly Update Show!

Local amateur skateboarders get their chance to shred this Saturday in Grapevine

Photo: Geiger Media - The mini-ramp and box, to be used in the street portion of the competition, were constructed at the Guapo Skillz Center in South Dallas.

By Erin Rice

According to recent statistics, at least one in every ten children in the United States owns a skateboard, with around 9 million active participants each year. Between 2002 and 2007, female participation increased more in skateboarding than any other sport. In North Texas, this most accessible of the “extreme” sports is growing in popularity and gaining more mainstream acceptance as public skate parks are being approved and built in several cities.

As popular as skateboarding is in the region, there isn’t a wealth of opportunities for young riders to compete at an amateur level. But with baby steps, that could change soon. As soon as this weekend, in fact.

On Saturday, May 16, Dallas-based Geiger Media will host the first stop of the Regional Amateur Tour (RAT) outside the Sun & Ski Sports at Grapevine Mills. With a total of four stops around Texas, the competition will include a mini-ramp and a street “Best Trick.”

Geiger Media’s founder, Bill Geiger, has had prior success with tours of this type in another board sport, wakeboarding. In 2004, he founded the Texas Wakeboard Tour with a number of stops aimed at promoting the water sport throughout the southwest. Geiger anticipates that the RAT will grow in popularity in much the same way.

“When I started the wakeboard tour it was all very amateur, but as we built it up the money got better and then the pros started to come.”

Speaking to skateboarding’s following in this region, and the desire for a place to compete, the RAT had no trouble getting participants. Though the organizers originally put a limit of 20 on the number of entries in mini ramp, Geiger noted that early this week, only two weeks after releasing the tour’s website, they’d easily reached their number and would likely accept additional riders. Throughout the two parts of the competition, street and mini-ramp, he said the ages of participants vary from eight- to 24-years-old.

While the RAT is an amateur tour, looking at the sponsorships you could mistake it for a pro event. Top-billed sponsors include Texas Scion of Grapevine, Sun & Ski Sports, Monster Energy Drink, Fuel TV and Time Warner Cable. In addition to sponsoring the event, footage from the four stops will be aired on Fuel TV, associated with Fox Sports and piped into tens of million of homes throughout the U.S.

Also helping to put on the tour is Push Distributions and Productions, a local manufacturer and distributor that oversees three skate brands: Hype!, Guapo, and City Stars. Mike Crum, an original X-Gamer who works with Push and helped construct the mini-ramp that’s being used this Saturday, is excited about the impact of a competition like this on young Texas riders.

“In California they see events like this all the time. Tony Hawk skates at the skate parks. But here – bringing something legit like this to Texas – it’s way more of a big deal for the kids.”


The RAT kicks off this Saturday at the Grapevine Mills Mall. Located just outside the Sun & Ski Sports, action begins at 11 a.m. and will continue through 5 p.m. There will be a live DJ spinning tunes and a number of sponsor tents. But, most importantly, there will be tons of local amateur skateboarders shredding the lot all day long. The event is free to watch.