As our giveaway winner, Kaden is going to receive a 3-day, all-expense-paid, hands-on Devinci factory tour where he will get to meet Devinci staff, see how Devinci bikes are designed, tested, machined, welded and assembled and help build a Devinci bike with his own hands, from machining to assembly. To top it off, he will also get to ride local trails with Devinci staff, plus take home a Devinci Atlas RC 29er Mountain Bike as a souvenir of his trip!
Kaden was so excited to win that he wanted to share a few words with us about what he’s looking forward to most about his upcoming trip up north:
When I was a kid, Toys R Us would run these lotteries for a kid to have a one-or two-minute shopping spree in their completely empty store. Touring the Devinci Factory in Chicoutimi feels kind of like winning my own Toys R Us lottery. Instead of heading to the local shop to view bikes I only wish I could own, I get to go to the place where bikes–and not just any bikes–SWEET bikes are born! I won’t mortify anyone with my current ride, but suffice it to say, winning the Atlas RC 29er is a major, major upgrade. It’s like switching from Dewar’s(serviceable) to Lagavulin 16-year single malt (egads).
I’ve ridden all over lower and upper Michigan. The former’s filled with tricky, rock-and rolly-single track if you know where to look and don’t mind driving a bit, and the latter’s a sweaty mix of steep, rooty climbs, shade-peppered piney loops and endless swaths of sandy washes. I love being the first one on the trail in the morning and I’m going to love being on the trail on probably the sweetest bike I’m ever likely to own. I can’t wait to see the craftsmanship that goes into bike-building at Devinci. They source the aluminum for some of their frames locally and I am stoked to tour the factory and see how a bike comes into existence, from conception to completion.