Ski Mountaineering, Freestyle Skiing, Climbing, Snow Running and a Variety of Bike Events create a buzz at the Inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games
The excitement kicks off on Saturday afternoon (February 11) in Vail with the Teva Dual Slalom downhill bike race, which sends riders head-to-head down snow-packed banked turns and launching off hay-bale drops. Winners will take home their share of the $5000 prize purse.
The final countdown to race day.
Yesterday was my last day of cold weather riding before heading off to the land of International Falls for the start of the Arrowhead 135. I’d like to share the top five lessons I’ve learned in this adventure because regardless of how this race goes on Monday, I’ve been able to commute to work, in Crested Butte in the winter, on my bike everyday this winter, and that in itself is enough to consider this adventure a success.
With the release of Shimanos Shadow Plus derailleur this past season, Sram has been hard at work to create some significant updates to current derailleur offerings.
Shimano's Shadow Plus derailleur features a roller clutch mechanism that greatly decreases unwanted chain movement by allowing the derailleur to only move in the direction of the shift. This system has shown great potential and it is obvious why Sram would adopt a similar technology for their derailleur updates.
Mounting up a set of winter tires can make all the difference in the world on your daily bike commute. Continental offers a great studless, winter specific option with the Top Contact Winter tires.
The day after I mounted the Continental Contact Winter II on my Electra cruiser, it began to snow and didn't stop for many days and has been below freezing on and off for the past few months. So I have been able to ride the tires on dry pavement, 6"+ powder, soft and hard packed snow, -10*f Styrofoam-squeaky super hard packed snow, slush and of course ice.
The fourth and final day of Championship races unfolded much as the day before. Deep frozen ruts and a slight dusting of fresh snow greeted the racers as the morning began. By the 11 o'clock races, the sun began to thaw the frozen ground and the course surface became slicker than snot, once again sending nearly everyone out on course down for at least a couple spills. As the afternoon rolled around, the course became increasingly muddy and the pits once again came alive. The Sunday morning races were most inspiring, as the 60+ and older age groups took to the course under seriously challenging conditions.
Protect your Investment and Keep your Fox Fork Running Smoothly.
Scot Banks of Absolute Bikes in Salida, CO shows us the proper way to service a fox fork. This service is important to keep your fox fork running properly and keep the internals properly lubricated. Thanks to Scot and Absolute Bikes
Two weeks out from the Arrowhead 135 and the puzzle pieces are coming together.
As of right now, I am 16 days out from the start of the Arrowhead 135. The thought is slightly terrifying because until I bought my plane ticket to Minnesota two days ago, the race seemed like somewhat of an abstract event in my future. With less than two weeks until I board a plane in Denver and head north, the reality of the situation is becoming very real.
Another challenging day out on the course in Louisville! With the temperatures remaining below freezing throughout the day on Friday and overnight into Saturday, the course remained a maze of unforgiving frozen ruts. Course workers continued to shift the course tape around and bring in sand on a couple of the worst sections of ruts to make the course a bit less treacherous for the 6 Championship races on Saturday.
As the storm that hit Louisville for the first day of racing developed further, the temperatures dropped overnight and turned the deep mud into treacherous ruts and slick icy corners. The race directors shortened the course by taking out a few of the steep run ups and descents, in an effort to shorten the lengthy lap times and cut down on the need for medical assistance. Still, the first heats of the day saw rider after rider hit the hard frozen ground as they searched for safe passage around the course.
The CX Gods have smiled upon Louisville Kentucky and delivered some of the muddiest conditions seen in years. Seeding heats for the final races in the next few days were held throughout the day as rain and then snow fell from the sky. Three lap heats were soon shortened to two lap heats as lap times were nearly double what they were under dry conditions. With freezing temperatures called for tonight, and a high of 27 degrees forcasted for Friday, course conditions are sure to remain challenging throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for more photos and updated reports as the racers continue.
Fatback Titanium - Stopped by Nothing
Price: $4,500 (as tested)
Weight: 30.75 lbs.
At first glance, it resembles a bike that may be aboard the next mission to Mars. With its 4.7-inch tires and 90-mm-wide rims, Fatback’s well-refined contribution to the fat bike movement is sure to turn a few heads out on the snow-packed trails.
Trek Slash 9 - Don’t Just Enjoy the Descents, Slay Them
Price: $5,780 Weight: 30.5 lbs. www.TrekBikes.com
Purpose-built as a descent-hungry, speed-dialed workhorse with 160 mm of travel, Trek’s new Slash 9 shows how the company has made some impressive refinements over its previous enduro-oriented bikes.