Getting Ahead, Falling Behind
By Jason Sumner
You havenít lived until youíve carried (yes, carried) your bike across a lumpy, high alpine Pyrenean field occupied by dozens cows and sheep. I can now say, Iíve lived.
Prelude to Bliss - Transport Day: North Vancouver to Cumberland
VANCOUVER ISLAND, British Columbia. - The 6th annual BC Bike race has officially kicked into high gear with 500 racers from 33 countries completing registration and boarding their first of the weeks four BC Ferries rides to cross the Georgia Strait from North Vancouver to Vancouver Island.
My second week in the US had me feeling a bit like a tourist...
We started off by driving across most of the country, leaving Michigan behind and heading to Colorado. The 2000km journey took us away from the big lakes, past Chicago, through the farmlands of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. As the miles passed, so we gained altitude eventually reaching our first stop in Boulder, Colorado after 2 days in the car and several stops at Subway (fast food).
Brendon Davids and Kathy Sherwin Win in Park City
Unlike 2011, conditions in Park City, Utah, this season have been unusally dry and warm. Saturday was no different, as temperatures in the low 90s and steady winds made it feel more like the desert than Park City. That didn’t keep riders from turning out for the second round of the Utah State Championship Series. With close to 300 in attendance riders were treated to a blazing fast, challenging course that was heavy on singletrack.
I love disc brakes. And I hate when they rub. Luckily, it's pretty easy to center your disc brakes and make them stop rubbing.
Enduro Style Racing makes its Debut in Colorado Springs
(June 24th, 2012, Colo Springs, CO) Despite the large wild fire burning just minutes away, this past weekend Colorado Springs based Tier-1 productions (promoters of 24 hours of CO Springs), hosted a unique yet extremely challenging big mountain style enduro race. Consisting of two 7-8 mile “descents”, The Captain, gave riders a chance to race trails that have never been raced on due to many recreational concerns from the Forest Service. Promoter Tim Scott felt the race was worth the effort though and worked closely with local forest service officials to make the event a reality.
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. - The theme for the trails in Colorado this summer is dry and dusty. Even the typically lush alpine wonderland of Crested Butte is suffering from the drought, but despite the lack of moisture, the sunny skies and hard charging racers made for an awesome weekend in Crested Butte.
MCGAFFEY, N.M. - Another year, another step closer to perfection. For the third year in a row, racers gathered under the pine trees of western New Mexico to test their endurance racing skills on the fast and flowy trails of the Zuni Mountains.
For the Zia Rides crew, this year's event was a tune-up for the next as they prepare to host the USA Cycling 24 Hour National Championships in 2013 and 2014, where 300 of the country's best slow-twitch racers will battle it out. For some, it has been an exciting evolution in the New Mexico cycling scene.
Racers battle severe first two days to have a run at new Tour Divide course records.
(June 21, 2012) NORTH AMERICA—With much anticipation and trepidation, 105 cyclist (the largest field ever) rolled out of Banff, Canada in less than ideal weather to get under way with the south bound grand depart at 8am on June, 8th.
Local nutrition bar maker plans expansion with community support.
Fort Collins, Colo. - Many of us work day jobs to pay the bills while cultivating our own big ideas - but rarely do we act on them. For Charly Clifford, Fort Collins long time resident, barista and entrepreneur, action has come in small steps.
Advancing the science of motion performance.
(June 20, 2012) DENVER, Colo.—Just over 100 years ago Charles Gates Sr. purchased the Colorado Tire and Leather Company in Denver, Colorado, and over time the Gates Rubber Company grew to become a leader for producing tires, belts and hoses that have powered cars and industries across the world.
Putting "Victory Graded, Gutter-Inspired" to the test
Based in Boulder, Panache calls their clothing “racer-bred, victory graded, gutter-inspired.” Don Powell, who founded the company, raced professionally in Belgium during the early 1990’s. Think rain, crosswinds, and kermesses. After stints at Salomon and Pearl Izumi, Powell set out to start his own clothing company in 2008, and Panache is the result.
Part 1: The Questions
From the first day we met, cycling and racing have made my life better. The sport has allowed me to meet wonderful people and push myself harder - physically and mentally - than I ever imagined was possible.
Swiss-based Motorex Maintenance Products put to the Test
Most cyclist would agree that a properly tuned and well-lubed bike amplifies the overall riding experience. Another group of riders, myself included, believes that a clean and shiny bike is just plain faster. Motorex Oil of Switzerland understands this “obsession” and their products are designed to create a clean, lubed, and finely tuned bicycle.
One of the most effective ways to stay to get your bike to go where you want it to is to look where you want to go, not where you're afraid of going.
MSRP: $1,675 (Frame Only), $5,275 (As tested)
by Jordan Carr
Building custom bicycles is an artistic passion few can actually call their day job. After nine years in the profession, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based John Caletti knows just how fortunate he is.
Weight: 25.66 lbs.
by Trina Ortega
I’ve gotten my fair share of the stink eye from female riders, who can be very competitive even if they’re not racing. It’s just the nature of hardcore mountain bike chicks.
Cooking up the Perfect Enduro Bike
by Jordan Carr
Long, fast ’n’ rowdy descents, steep and technical, tip-of-the-saddle climbs, and all varieties of intimidating technical terrain—the kind of stuff that could reduce a XC bike into splintered pieces of carbon—this is what trail bikes are made for.
Nobody likes a bent chain link, but ride long enough and you'll probably experience one. Here's what to do so you can finish your ride.
By Nathan Ward
Everyone wants to find the best gear possible, so I Googled “best mountain bike short” and DirtBaggies came up number one on the list. DirtBaggies are made by Tim Lane in Southern California, a combination of lightweight outer short and inner-bib short that he believes is “the world’s most comfortable MTB shorts”. It’s a big claim, so I decided to put them to the test.
By Roanne Houck
There are many natural and effective ways to increase your body’s production of anti-inflammatory agents, while decreasing systemic inflammation. The foundation of good health should start with a nutrient-dense diet. Foods that are especially high in naturally occurring anti-inflammatory ingredients, and other good nutrients, are those with bright or rich colors and those with essential fatty acids, especially those that contain the omega 3 oils.
If you Build it, They Will Come - US Enduro Racing
Ely was founded as a stagecoach town in Eastern Nevada and later turned to a copper mining town. The Town sits at 6437 feet and is surrounded by high peaks that are prime Elk habitat. It is a semi-arid climate and the high peaks that see ample snowfall in the winter months. “I have been racing internationally for the past two year and this is the best enduro in the US”, exclaims Ben Cruz, winner of the 2012 “Tears, Fears and Beers” mountain bike enduro race in Ely, Nevada.
Amar Mannina and Tracy Thelen take top spots at Bear Creek.
(June 3, 2012) Golden Colo.-Due to a rain cancellation a few weekends ago, the third race in the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series was rescheduled and held last weekend at Bear Creek Lake State Park under clear skies and warm temperatures. The 60-mile marathon took six laps around the park to complete. The mostly smooth and rolling course was in great condition with top riders turning in laps under 40 minutes.
Something for everyone at Teva Mountain Games.
(May 31 - June 3, 2012) VAIL, Colo.—The unofficial start of the summer was celebrated this past weekend at the Summer Teva Mountain Games where athletes and outdoor junkies joined together for the four day festival.
Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 7: Buekes Takes Stage in Dramatic Men’s Final as Bishop, Sornsen Win Overall
Pennington Races to Win in Women’s Stage as Sornson and Haywood Ease Hostilities; 7 Days of Mountain Biking Bliss Come To End until 2013
Expectations that the final day of competition in the week-long 2012 NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag would be uneventful proved to be fanciful dreams of those at the top of the leader boards.
Johnson Demonstrates Prowess on Rocks of Tussey Ridge, Bishop and Sornson Virtually Lock Up Titles, Pegging Fun Factor Tomorrow.
Tussey Mountain Trail. The crown jewel of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag. Stage 6 through Rothrock State Forest was intense.
In skiing it’s called the “yard sale.” In climbing, the “whipper.” Mountain biking has its own compendium of words for a fall: endo, auger, corndog, soil sample, blood donor, captain crash…. No matter how catchy the term, wrecking never comes easy.
Old School Mountain Biking Makes Racers Happy
Raw Pennyslvania trails built by 19th century loggers and CCC workers in times long past were the theme for day 5 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. RB Winter which played host for the race is one of PA's beautiful State Parks – a spring fed lake surrounded by lush green foliage and dark pine forest in an elevated valley and served as the start location for a 25 mile course of "old school" mountain biking.