Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 4: Bishop Takes Time, Haywood Makes it Three for Four on Allegrippis Trails
That's the word Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) used to describe the pace during the Raystown stage, stage number 4 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag.
Forty seven miles and over 5000 feet of elevation gain on a wide open gravel, paved and dirt roads made for a fast and attack-fueled stage 3 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.
Neither wind nor sand could stop racing at the Half and Original Gunnison Growler.
(May 26-27) Gunnison, Colo. - If there were one defining characteristic of the 2012 Gunnison Growler, it would be the wind. A sandy course would come in strong second, but the incessant wind for both Saturday’s Half Growler and Sunday’s Full Growler took its toll on racers and spectators alike.
Wet, slippery conditions welcome racers at Trans-Sylvania Epic's hardest stage
After Sunday’s stage 1 time trial that put returning champion Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Racing) just over one minute ahead of Barry Wicks (Kona Bikes) in overall GC, all eyes were on the two World Cup veterans to see who would emerge victorious in the treacherous 38 mile second stage of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, a stage considered by most to be the hardest and most challenging.
Macky Franklin explains the importance of proper shifting habits out on the trail
Most mountain bikers know how to shift. Those that don't, ride singlespeeds. The problem though isn't how to shift, but when. Wanna know the secret?
Bishop produces third straight win in Prologue. Haywood shows spark in victory.
State College, PA - Like clockwork, the sold out NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic p/b DirtRag greeted riders yet again with high temps and high humidity on the 20K individual time trial that kicks off the race.
14 months in the planning. 14 days till the start. It's the final countdown.
Srams XX1 sets to up the standard for a simplified drivetrain.
Designed as a compliment to the increasingly popular enduro/all-mountain segment, Srams new 1x11 drivetrain pairs with their newly released Type 2 clutch derailleur system to create a simple yet effective drivetrain for technical trail abuse.
Magura Launches New 29er and 650B Fork, Road Brakes
By Trina Ortega and Brian Riepe
SEDONA, Ariz. — The Magura Direct employees work hard every year to host their annual press camp on the ultimate testing grounds (whether testing gear or fear) of Sedona, Arizona’s notoriously technical and demanding trails.
Hoke and Emmett taking opening Mountain States Cup wins with challenging racing on Salida Mountain trails.
(May 20, 2012) Salida, Colo.—The five race Mountain States Cup series got underway with an all cross country opening edition at the Riverside Rampage.
Pro Racer Macky Franklin shows us how to setup tubeless with a Floor pump
Tubeless rocks! Especially tubeless with sealant. Not only does it get rid of annoying flats like goat heads, glass, and small rocks, but it allows you to run lower tire pressures without risking pinch flats. Personally, I run WTB TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) tires (26 PSI front, 28 PSI rear), but as long as you're using sealant, you can run most tubeless ready tires tubeless if you have tubeless-compatible wheels. My one issue with tubeless used to be installing the tires.
Cure a Friend of Their Singletrack Deficit Disorder! Win an All Expenses Paid Trip for Two to Ride Sun Valley!
Beginning today, Visit Sun Valley is looking for people who have friends suffering from Singletrack Deficit Disorder (STDD). The lack of adequate singletrack can become very serious. Fortunately, there is a cure. Sun Valley is offering up a limited supply of “The Sun Valley Remedy”, an all expenses paid trip for two to Sun Valley, Idaho this July 1-8 to ride some of the world’s most perfect singletrack.
Ample good times equals 12 hours of racing around the legendary Phil's World trails.
(May 12, 2012) CORTEZ, Colo.—The sixth annual 12 Hours of Mesa Verde by all accounts was another huge success.
Mavics durable all-mountain wheels provide an upgrade for capable trail bikes.
Pairing XC weight with downhill durability can be a difficult formula, but the redesigned 2012 Crossmax SX steps to the plate with its trail/enduro specific improvements. For 2012, the SX sees subtle yet strategic changes throughout the wheel, but together they create a lighter, stronger, and more versatile wheelset.
Flagstaffs blossoming cycling community offers up all types of trails for cycling enthusiasts.
Flagstaff, Arizona is a great vacation spot for cyclists with its lush pine forests and rock filled trails, mountain biker and road bikers alike will enjoy the diversity of terrain and low key lifestyle Flagstaff has to offer.
With a month until go time, it's time to actually take a look at the route, and more importantly, where and what I can eat and drink on the route, because in the end, it's a matter of keepin' on eatin', keepin' on drinkin', and keepin' on peddlin'.
Gila Day 5
Bontrager/Livestrong Boys take 1,2 in Gila Monster Stage
(May 6, 2012) Pinos Altos NM- The final Stage of this years Tour of the Gila was, as always, the infamous Gila Monster Road Race. With five KOM’s and nearly 10,000ft. of climbing, this is the day that can make or break the tour for any team or rider. For the Bontrager/Livestrong Team, it could have gone either way, but the team was coming into the final stage of the tour with plenty of momentum.
Craddock and Armstrong have great climbing legs for solid stage wins in final day of racing.
(May 6, 2012) SILVER CITY, NM.—The 26th annual Tour of the Gila stage race comes to a close with the running of the queen stage which sent the pro men out for 170km.
Spanish Fork may perhaps not be best-known for its trail-riding in the mountain bike community, with iconic destinations such as Moab and the Wasatch Crest network stealing pretty much all the Utah thunder.
Weddle still leads, Shakeup in the Top 5
We've had some good action over the weekend out there on Horsetheif Bench. The Mountain Flyer Fruita Spring Challenge is underway. Current leaders are as follows:
Overland and interstate travel is awesome right? Well... not always. Over the course of our adventure, travel's served a purpose of connecting ride-destinations.
The Bontrager Boys are Ready To Rumble
(May 5, 2012) Silver City NM-Day four of the 2012 Tour of the Gila is always a favorite as the Silver City Crit brings out lots of local folks, arts and crafts booths, food courts, and a beer garden right at the finish line. After the Bontrager Livestrong Teams strong perfomance so far, the main goal of todays crit was to stay safe and hold their positions. Mission accomplished. Everybody finished in the pack and no one went down. The stage is set for a big time throw down on the final stage, with Joe dombrowski poised to take a spot on the podium. The team is behind him and ready to do everything they can to launch him in that direction.
Alejandro Barrajo and Loren Rowney both win with a fast kick to out sprint the field.
(May 5, 2012) SILVER CITY, NM.—Downtown Silver City was the place to be for a full day of criterium racing that was capped off with the pro women’s and men’s racing in the afternoon
(May 4, 2012) Tyrone NM-It was a big day for the Bontrager Livestrong Team. The ITT out of Tyrone is always a good window into how each rider is really feeling; just the road and the clock. No teamwork, no drafting, no excuses.
The prospect of riding fresh, highly-thought of singletrack seemingly propelled everyone out of their sleeping bags simultaneously in the morning as the sun broke-free of the clouds at the Phil's Trailhead in Bend, OR. The now-familiar routine of packing tents, stowing sleeping bags, preparing breakfast etc, was run through with a new aire of excitement.
Huffman and Armstrong prove to be fastest against the clock.
(May 4, 2012) SILVER CITY, NM.—The third day of racing matched riders against theirselves to cover the 16.5km course that featured 1000 feet of climbing just south of town.
Eric Young takes Inner Loop stage with a speedy sprint, and Kristin Armstrong strong-arms her way to the win.
(May 3, 2012) SILVER CITY, NM.—Starting at the old Army base just outside of Silver City, Fort Bayard, the 128km Inner Loop Road Race featured two bonus sprints and three KOM’s in addition to some white-knuckle downhills over narrow chip sealed roads.
Bontrager/Livestrong Head Soigneur Reed McCalvin Gives Us The Scoop
(May 3, 2012) FORT BAYARD, NM - Day number two of the 2012 Tour of the Gila started much like the 2011 version for the riders on the Bontrager/Livestrong team. The young climber from Virginia, Joe Dombrowski was fitted into the Best Young Rider jersey as Axel made his rounds, making sure everybody was ready to race. The rest of the team went through their last minute motions before the start of the Inner Loop Stage, which would take them along a 127-kilometer course and three category 3 climbs.
New Film Featuring Matthew Lee and Kurt Refsnider Coming to a Theatre Near You
Today marks the ½ way point of our trip in a manner of speaking. The mission for the trip was to arrive in Port Angeles with Team Geronimo to report on the race and for the guys to compete in the DH. With the race-weekend over, we had a decision to make concerning return-route, the completion of our Ride Guide for Mountain Flyer was our priority on the way out, and as we were looking at a possible overlap-situation related to stops we'd discussed for our return-route, some further planning was required.
Sutherland out climbs the peloton in steep final kilometers of Mogollon to the take race lead.
(May 2, 2012) SILVER CITY, NM.—The SRAM Tour of the Gila upped the ante for 2012 with the additional sanctioning of the UCI for the Men’s Pro1 race.
Bontrager/Livestrong Rides Again
(May 2, 2012) Silver City, NM.-The 26th annual Tour of the Gila kicked off on Wednesday under cloudless skies and warm temperatures. With SRAM as the new title sponsor and the UCI upgrading the Gila to a 2.2 level event, this years tour has attracted the deepest field of talent in years. Team director Gord Fraser is back with his Competitive Cyclist Racing Team, Frankie Andreu is heading up the Kenda 5 Hour Energy team, Burke Swindlehurst is in charge of the Jamis-Sutter Home team, and Axel Merckx returns with his team of U23 riders who took last years Tour of the Gila by storm.
PRESCOTT, ARIZ. - While the pros may be getting most of the of the attention this year, the amateur competition at the Whiskey Off-Road had plenty of action as well. The times may not be as fast as the paid men and women racing, but they certainly provided for some great entertainment.
PRESCOTT, ARIZ. - With one of the largest one-day cash purses in mountain biking history, the 9th annual Whiskey Off-Road is starting attract attention. This year over 100 pro racers signed up to compete for a $30,000 cash purse, split equally between men and women.