Phinney blasts to stage win, and Vande Velde takes nail biter USA Pro Challenge victory.
(August 26, 2012) DENVER, Colo.—Going into the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge, it appeared as if Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) had another win coming his way, but that was not to be.
Honey Badgers, Jens and fans that are as exciting as the racing.
(August 25, 2012) BOULDER, Colo.—Looking back, the last three days of racing at the USA Pro Challenge have provided bicycle racing fans with some of the most exciting racing and epic scenery that we've ever seen on our North American home soil.
Pushing the Limits
By Jefe Branham
The 2012 Colorado Trail Race was to be my fifth time to the starting line of this event. With three decent finishes under my belt along with plenty of soul scorching lows and silly giddy highs, why do it again? For one, the CTR offers a massive adventure in a relative short period of time, taking time away from work, life, etc., is minimal, yet the experience puts life’s troubles in perspective.
Pulling the RV in late on a moonless night, it wasn't until morning that we took in the gargantuan masses of striated dirt and rock, compressed and shaped by eons of time, looming against the horizon.
Quickly Becoming an Annual Tradition
The party that follows the USPCC through the mountains of Colorado is quickly becoming an annual affair for many hardcore race fans. "We just love traveling around the state and enjoying the outdoors. The race gives us a great excuse to do that" explained a couple who is following the race in their 4x4 RV.
Danielson takes impressive stage win and Vande Velde assumes race lead.
(August 22, 2012) ASPEN, Colo.—Stage three of the USA Pro Challenge sent racers over the longest and highest climbs, of the race for 210km of exciting racing.
Tejay van Garderen sprints into Pro Challenge leaders jersey.
(August 22, 2012) ASPEN, Colo.—Stage two of the USA Pro Challenge offered up hot sun and plenty of headwind for racers as they sped from Montrose to Crested Butte.
With the IMBA World Summit heading to the Land of Enchantment in October, here’s your chance to gain some priceless local knowledge.
Words and Images by Bob Ward
The four corners region is made up of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. You may have heard of the actual four corners where you can lie down and put your hands and feet in four different states at the same time. In the realm of mountain biking, New Mexico is usually the redheaded stepchild to the other three states.
First day of racing dominated by home state team Garmin Sharp with Farrar taking stage and leaders jersey.
(August 20, 2012) CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.—The second USA Pro Challenge stage race got underway to loud cheers with a couple parade laps in cycling centric Durango, Colo.
Twenty-niner hardtails are synonymous with cross-country racing; with low BB heights and steep, quick-handling geometries, they’re designed for speed. The smooth-rolling, confidence-inspiring big wheels and efficient platform that make the 29er hardtail the go-to for racers can also be leveraged to create trail bikes that make you forget about rear suspension.
I’m ripping my favorite afternoon singletrack loop in the Colorado high country—Doctor Park in Crested Butte, a true mountain bike trail. The climb seems to have flown by as I top out and begin the flowy yet technical descent.
There are trails that bring out the truth in a bike, and bikes that bring out the truth in a trail. Pivot designed the Mach 5.7 to achieve the latter and, trust me when I say, it’s a hell of a lot more fun that way.
Looking for Some Fresh Singletrack in Colorado? This Book will Help!
If you’re like me and enjoy riding new trails in new places, it is necessary to do a good amount of research before setting out on the open road in search of singletrack.
By Nate Bird
The 24 Hours in the Sage, “best mountain bike race at a party” as race and venue owner KOA Dave puts it just went down this past weekend on August 18 and 19 in Gunnison, CO. The race has always been at Dave’s KOA campground, however, this is the first year he has also taken ownership of the race. What I have always called the best 24 hour mountain bike race anywhere, certainly lived up to my billing again – bigger and badder than ever.
Keeping this short and sweet as we’ve got a party to go to. Or as Breck Epic race director Mike McCormack, calls it, the Gold Pan stage. (if you’ve ever corrodes around Breck, you understand. If not, do a Google search for, “Breckenridge’s best dive bar.”
Swanepoel and Du Toit take stage wins, and Sonntag and Carey win the overall Breck Epic Stage Race.
(August 17, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—After five days of racing, the final sixth stage of the Breck Epic finished with a rip down the fabled and wide-open Gold Dust Trail.
The 2012 Breck Epic is over and I have a new title to add to my resume: Single Speed Stage Race World Champion!
Beukes and Carey add more victories to their Breck Epic adventure.
(August 16, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—The most talked about stage of the Breck Epic where riders climb to the highest point of the race at 12,400 feet was contested under perfect conditions or all to get it their best effort.
Full disclosure, I’m smashed.
And no, not in a “deep in the cups” kind of way. That’s tomorrow after the last stage. Right now it’s all bike induced thanks to five hard days of racing at the Breck Epic. The legs hurt, the arms ache, the hands throb, and my brain’s hard drive is skipping like a scratched record.
Got a bacon feed at the top of Wheeler today! YUM!
Excellent Traction and Durability but are they Worth the Premium Price?
Schwalbe has quickly gained a reputation as a high-end tire manufacturer that creates highly functional bicycle tires. Although they also sport a high-end price tag, Schwalbe has shown time and again just how great its tires are.
Like any cool, hip happening, the Breck Epic has its own unique verbiage and vernacular. Words that those who know, know. Now you can, too, thanks to this primer of Breck Epic Stage 4 Glossary of Key Terms
Another double for Squirt Lube with Beukes and Du Toit
(August 15, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—More great weather enabled racers to give it their all on one of the last lengthy stages of the Breck Epic.
Took the SSSRWC leader's jersey back and got some dirt rash!
Whoever said, “It’s the journey not the destination” has never climbed to the saddle of French Pass or rolled up and over neighboring Georgia Pass. I write this because frankly the journey was a pain in the ass, or more specifically the legs and lungs.
Swanepoel and Carey solidify their overall lead on their first day above 12,000 feet.
(August 14, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—Another 40+ mile stage with a return to plentiful sunshine favored racers who recovered well from the previous day.
Turns out riding a bike (especially a single speed) is quite a bit more fun when BOTH cleats stay attached to your shoes.
By Jason Sumner
There is perhaps no more overused word in the cycling world than “epic.” The often trite descriptor can be used in front of just about anything having to do with two-wheeled pursuits. Rides, climbs, crashes, attacks, descents, mechanicals, you name. They can all be epic, yet rarely really are. Perhaps we need a moratorium. Or just some new words.
I've had a week to ponder and I'm finally ready to post about Stage 2 (more commonly called the "wet and cold and miserable stage").
Friberg and Carey prevail in challenging wet and cold conditions.
(August 13, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.— It wouldn't be a mountain bike race if there wasn't a little mud and some genuine hardship involved, which is precisely what racers were given for the Colorado Trail stage.
By Jason Sumner
The raw numbers were ugly: 5,700 feet of climbing parceled out in four separate trips above 11,000 feet stretched out over 39 miles in the saddle. Sounds painful (and it was). But there was also plenty of sweet singletrack payoff during the first stage of the 2012 Breck Epic — and that made it all worthwhile.
First single speed race. First single speed win. Lots of work to come though!
South African Team Squirt Lube does the double with victories in the open men and women's race.
(August 12, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.— The fourth edition of the Breck Epic is rolling once again with plenty of sunshine and an abundance of Summit County’s finest singletrack.
Enduro racing is fun. Really fun. And for the second year in a row, Winter Park has hosted a great weekend of Enduro racing.
When it comes to mountain bike wheel size it is difficult to see the big picture and how it all fits together. The world has been using 26″ wheels for so long that the adoption of 29? took much longer than expected; and there are still nay-sayers on any alternative to 26″.
Decker and Emmett Keep the Rubber side Down for Victories at Downieville
Report By Syd Schulz Downieville, California is a small mountain town that loves its bikes. Once a year the place turns itself inside out for the Downieville Classic, a 5 day bike festival and all-mountain race. The tone of the race is set at registration with the distribution of armbands that says "I can drink good beer."
And I Thought the Breck 100 Was Hard.
(August 4, 2012) Alta, Wyoming - After the Breckenridge 100 everyone told me the hardest 100 mile race I could do was behind me. Well, they were wrong! Good thing I didn’t race last weekend as the extra recovery time was a prerequisite for this weekend’s racing.
Spannring victorious for the day, and Beisel takes overall series win.
(August 5, 2012) ELBERT, Colo.— The third season of the Rocky Mountain Endurance series drew to a close with the fifth and final race at the accommodating Pleasant Valley Boyscoutt Ranch.
Do your Riding Jerseys and Shorts Wearout before they should? Maybe your Washing them in the Wrong Detergent.
With as much money as we have invested in riding gear, it is important to get the most out of each $200 pair of shorts. Nikwax Basewash is the perfect solution, designed to safely clean and deodorize this cleaner also claims to improve a garments wicking properties and accelerates drying. Harsh chemicals in traditional detergents can wear out sensitive athletic clothing after repeated washing
Like to ride your bike in cool places, Have a Video Camera and Always wanted a New Salsa Ti Mukluk?
Perhaps someone—or something—sparked your adventurous spirit when you were a kid. Or maybe you came to it later. Tell us how it happened and where it led you. We want to hear about the great things you've done, and continue to do, with bicycles. Most of all, we want to know about the rides you dream of doing in the future.
Ethan Passant, Jess Jakomait Still on Course
(6:10 am, August 3, 2012) Durango, Colo. - Jefe Branham has finished the Colorado Trail race early this morning, passing Ethan Passant in the early hours and appearently breaking the record by nearly 3 hours.
By Dewet Marais
Most people involved in cycling claim they are against doping, but when it is time to take a real stand, do they act according to principle, or opportunism? Do they just think it is “cool” to wear the “Doper’s Suck” socks and t-shirt, or are they willing to make a stand against doping?
(CARBONDALE, Colo.) — If you arrive at the Bacon Station of the Carbondale, Colo., ninth annual Porcupine Loop Bike Race—where volunteer marshals hand out mandatory bacon and donuts—and ask what your time and position are, you might be at the wrong race.