In conjunction with the Monster Energy Supercross Round 2 in Anaheim, Shimano hosted a special ride with our superstar moto athletes at our North American headquarters in Irvine, CA.
Among the 100-plus participants were several racers who had competed in the previous evening’s Anaheim 2 AMA Supercross round, including Chad Reed, Davi Millsaps, Wil Hahn, Cole Seeley, Justin Brayton and Cooper Webb. Justin Bogle and Broc Tickle had sat out the night’s racing with injuries but still showed up for the Shimano event. In addition to the active motorcycle champions, a number of superstars from the past participated, including Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Ward, Ryan Hughes and Phil Lawrence.
Mountain bike legend Hans Rey and Motocross Freestyle Rider Ronnie Renner chat before the morning ride.
The motocross athletes were presented with jerseys commemorating Shimano's 50th anniversary in the U.S.
Ryan "Ryno" Hughes
Ryan Hughes & Jeremy McGrath
Will Hahn & Justin Bogle
The group headed out on a fun 18.5 mile “social ride” leaving from Shimano HQ then onto the local horse trails and then onto the nearby Whiting Ranch for a selection of fun dirt roads and trails.
Lunch was catered by one of Southern California's most popular food trucks, The Lime Truck.
Shimano MTB Athletes joined in on the fun!
Kenny Wehn, Hans Rey, Bryn Atkinson & Jill Kintner participated as it was the first time the moto event included a mtb ride.
“I’ve been a huge motocross fan for years, and I love seeing how into cycling these guys are,” said Joe Lawwill, Shimano Mountain Bike Marketing Specialist. “The Moto Athlete Ride Day is a great opportunity for us to get all these amazing athletes together for a fun ride with our Shimano staff and spend some time hanging out in our Shimano Business Center at HQ. This is our 3rd year hosting this event and means a lot to me that these guys make the effort to come out spend the day with us, especially the guys that raced the night before!”