Third race of Rocky Mountain Endurance Series contested on ‘classic’ cross country mountain bike course.
(May 18, 2013) SEDALIA, Colo—Once again, Warriors Cycling provided another great race to compliment their unsanctioned marathon style mountain bike race series.
GALLUP, N.M.- With a new date this year, the annual Dawn til Dusk 12-hour race took place under sunny New Mexico skies. With about 275 racers pushing the pedals, it was a great day for racing among the hoodoos and balanced rocks of the High Desert Trail System.
Lyons, Colorado – The Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Fest (www.burningcan.com ) is back (June 1st) for the second year as part of the Lyons Outdoor Games (5/31 to 6/2) to bring you everything craft beer in a CAN offers: fresh, earth-friendly beer in a portable container that takes you to your next soul-saving outdoor adventure.
Todd Wells, Gretchen Reeves and Erin Huck victorious at inaugural Firebird and Firebird la Femme races.
(May 11-12, 2013) EAGLE, Colo—Great trails, competitive racing and big cash pay-outs were just some of the attractions that filled up the weekend at the first ever Eagle Outside Festival.
A weekend in the desert, good friends, beautiful buff trails, beers aplenty, a fun track to race on, and the opportunity to watch some crazy kids (literally, there were 14-year-olds sponsored by the likes of Monster and GoPro) send themselves silly for your amusement.
Riding a bike is one of the most grueling and punishing pass times, yet one of the most rewarding. Show us what this means to you. Whether you are an amateur or semi professional upload your best photos and have the people choose.
A little somethign to get you fired up for the enduo season
Perfect weather and a demanding course make for a killer day of racing in the desert.
(May 4, 2013) Moab Utah- The first Enduro of the season was run this past weekend in Moab Utah as hundreds of racers descended upon the Mag 7 trails off Gemini Bridges Road. This would be the first ever race held on this system of trails that was recently built by the awesome and hard working folks at Grand County Trail Mix. The Enduro Cup series is put on by Mountain Sports International, who have been running big time events in the world of skiing and snowboarding for years, and their experience showed as the event went off without a hitch.
To take a break from the long work days running around on foot at the Sea Otter Classic, I signed up to ride the MTB Gran Fondo at the event. Having never been to Sea Otter, I took a leap of faith and assumed I could “demo” a bike from any number of manufacturers for the recreational 20-miler. It was a bit of a gamble because there was a chance I would end up without a bike. But the other risk was getting a bike in my size.
(May 3-4, 2013) FRUITA, Colo—The mountain biking endurance race by day, and mountain bike party by night, known as the 18 Hours of Fruita once again served to blow out the winter cobwebs from riders across the nation.
Rocky Mountain Endurance Series kicks off with excellent weather at Bison Park.
(April 27, 2013) CASTLE ROCK, Colo—Long distance mountain bike racing season returns to Colorado with the first race of the Rocky Mountain Endurance series.
Geoff Kabush wins Whiskey Off-Road pro race for the second year in a row. World Xterra champ Lesley Paterson grabs first place in the women's field.
Kenny Wehn wins Whiskey for third year in a row. Joey Lythgoe takes top spot on women's podium.
Katrina Nash and Max Plaxton win Fat Tire Crit at Whiskey Off-Road
Specialized continues its offerings for the female rider with the new Rumor, a full-suspension women’s specific 29er that’s been two years in the making.
Redesigned model debuts at Sea Otter Classic
Whether you're sending it in Whistler, gunning for the overall in Downieville or pinning 30-minute descents on a 6-hour epic through the Rockies, the Firebird 27.5 has tremendous appeal.
Stetson-Lee and Sonntag ride to victory on buttery, 18 Road singletrack.
(April 13-14, 2013) FRUITA, Colo—Racers return to the famous trails of 18 Road at the Bookcliffs north of Fruita to race for a bid into the US National Championships later this year.
FOX introduces an updated 34 TALAS fork and completely new FLOAT X air shock
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – FOX has announced the release of two 2014 all-mountain products with the 34 TALAS CTD 160 fork and FLOAT X CTD shock. The 34 TALAS features a completely redesigned TALAS travel adjust system and the FLOAT X is a new reservoir air shock platform.
Team Sho-Air/Cannondale UCI Pro Liscensed Riders to Race Unsanctioned Whiskey Off Road in Face of Possible Fines/Suspensinos from UCI
"We challenge the UCI and USAC to fine our riders for representing their team, sponsors and fans by participating in the Whiskey 50. Any negative action taken towards our team or riders will be met with an immediate and appropriate response.” - Sho-Air Company President and CEO, R. Scott Tedro.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Sho-Air International, “Top Tiered” NICA sponsor, Principle sponsor of a half dozen independent club teams with membership exceeding 1,000, primary sponsor of the US Cup, as well as the title sponsor ofthe Sho-Air / Cannondale Factory North America mountain bike race team, announced today that a full roster of riders from Team Sho-Air / Cannondale are being sent to participate at the Whiskey 50.
"The Inca Avalanche is a mystical event” – Yannic Wende, 2012 Champion
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Based in Ollantaytambo, Peru, just around the corner from Machu Picchu, starting at nearly 16,000 feet altitude, the Inca Avalanche, protected by Bell Helmets, motion by Kenda Tires, holds the title as the second highest race in the world. Now in its 6th running, the Inca Avalanche is set to host over 13 nations during the two day event june 1st-2nd 2013.
[Take That USA Cycling]
TUCSON, Ariz. – SHO-AIR International, a global transportation and asset management company specializing in the transport of Tradeshow and Event Material is proud to come on board as a “Pro Cash Increase” sponsor for the 2013 Whiskey Off-Road endurance mountain bike event and community concert.
Dirt Labs II, bigger and better with a 24 hour turn-around
(March 27, 2013) BOULDER, Colo—It's spring time, and the trails will be drying out soon, which means it's time to start giving your mountain bike some attention.
Grant, Sornsen and Pflug take top podium spots in National Ultra Endurance Series Opener
The ultimate trail bike?
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - It’s very Ibis; for nearly three years now we’ve heard whispers and innuendos of this mythological 120mm Ibis 29er. But Ibis is never in a hurry, they typically will sacrifice market speed for proper development.
Mountain Flyer is excited to be adding Dylan Stucki to our tech editorial/special ops department
Dylan will be replacing Jordan Carr who has accepted a position as marketing director at Club Ride Apparel. JC will continue as a contributor to Mountain Flyer. We wish him luck on his new adventure.
At L’Eroica Grand Junction, it’s not about riding fast; it’s about riding in style
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - What makes a cyclist want to ride 100 miles on his road bike over rough terrain dressed like his Great-great Grandfather? Because he can.
Ride Sun Valley Festival Adds 2 Day Pro Open Mountain Bike Enduro to Event Calenda
Sun Valley, ID - The 3rd Annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival presented by Scott Sports returns to Sun Valley June 29 – July 6, 2013 with the Shimano Sun Valley Super Enduro highlighting eight days of races and events geared for anyone who can balance on two wheels
Film shows true impact of fast-growing national youth movement
BOULDER, Colo. - A premiere of a documentary showcasing the extraordinarily positive impacts of a high school cycling movement is showing at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO April 4th at 6:00 PM.
NEW EVENT BOASTS $20,000 CASH PURSE
TUCSON, Ariz. - Western Colorado, already a popular destination for mountain bikers, is about to become a lot more fun. The inaugural Grand Junction Off-Road endurance mountain bike event and free community concert, presented by U.S. Bank, and produced by Epic Rides will take place in Grand Junction on Labor Day weekend, Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1.
DENVER — Gates Carbon Drive Systems and Shimano recognized builders at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) for their integration of a Gates carbon drive paired with the Shimano Alfine internally geared hub. Contest entries were judged on their sliding dropouts, belt-tensioning systems, frame splits and other design factors. Builders received cash and equipment prizes totaling more than $16,000.
DENVER, Colo. — Honors at what is considered the world’s premiere custom bicycle show—the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS)— were handed out this weekend during the exhibition, which was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
DENVER — The bike aficionado is constantly drooling over the fine selection of sexy hand-crafted bicycles at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), where one of the most common questions is: How many bikes do you own?
(DENVER) — Tom Ritchey has raced and worked in the cycling industry long enough to recall when it was “amateur,” with athletes wrenching their own bikes. That intimacy between the rider and the bike has been lost in today’s competitive cycling world, which may be influencing “some of the problems at top end of sport,” says the 56-year-old builder, designer, founder of Ritchey Design and an accomplished road and mountain biker.
(February 15-17, 2013) TUCSON, Ariz.— The 14th Annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center enjoyed sunny skies and a notable tailwind all weekend (if you are an optimist). Hosting a record attendance of 1,857 participants and nearly 4,000 total population in 24 Hour Town, for the 7th year in a row, the event remained the largest 24 hour relay mountain bike event in the USA.
SANTA FE, New Mex. - Former Orbea-Tuffshed racer and 2012 Single Speed Stage Race World Champion Macky Franklin will partner with Karen Jarchow and Steve Thompson to form the new Santa Fe Brewing – Pivot Professional Mountain Bike Team. The team will be racing Cross Country and Enduro in the coming season.
The new downhill specific race pedal from crankbrothers
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – The original crankbrothers mallet has been lauded as the most raced pedal in the dh World Cup circuit. Racers on World Cup podiums and a few World Champions have sanctioned the mallet for its sold design and simple integration of a cleat system with a platform pedal.
Winter Mountain Games at Vail feature four different two wheeled disciplines.
(February 8-10, 2013) VAIL, Colo—In its second year of running, the Winter Mountain Games at Vail Ski Resort featured plenty of on snow fun for mountain bikers of varied background as well as snowshoe, skimo, and several other winter themed events for snow sports enthusiasts.
Race Promoters partner to Offer Entry Trades for Top Riders
(Harrisburg, PA) The Outdoor Experience Organization - promoters of The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic- and TransRockies Inc - promoters of TransRockies Challenge - have agreed to exchange entries so that top riders from each side of the continent can participate in the other’s event.
Nearly 10,000 rabid fans stormed Eva Bandman Park in Louisville for the biggest Cyclocross race ever on American soil.
(Feb.2 2013) Louisville, KY.-There were doubts right from the start. Could Louisville host a World Championship that could live up to the standards the European contingent was accustomed to?
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. - Every year at the beginning of February, Crested Butte closes Elk Avenue for a nordic ski race like none other. The course loops through the downtown area, back alley’s and local nordic trials of Colorado’s funkiest ski town.
Alchemy Bicycle Company; American made custom carbon, titanium and steel frames.
(January 28, 2013) DENVER, Colo—At Alchemy Bicycle Company, building bikes that provide you with the ride of your life is not just a sales pitch, it's an overriding principle that defines their culture.
(January 19-20, 2013) EL PASO, Texas— El Paso is the only Texas city with a 37-square-mile park in the middle of town. With over 125 miles of trails, Franklin Mountains State Park is the perfect setting for an endurance weekend.
Chad Melis takes first Leadville Winter Bike Series race of 2013.
(January 19, 2013) COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo—Winter mountain bike racing got off to a cold, but not that cold, start on mostly hardpack snow with the approval of racers and fans of winter sports alike for the first of the four race Leadville Winter Bike Series.
January 26 at Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, CO
The Big Mountain Enduro Series is launching the opening of its long awaited registration with a kick-off party at series' sponsor, Oskar Blues Brewery, on January 26 in Lyons, Colo. that will including riding, entertainment and early on-site registration.
Documentary on the Race Across America to Premier at Theaters in New Mexico on January
Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico’s Rodey Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.
Stages Power meter will also be used by Yeti’s Enduro outfit
BOULDER, Colo. — Stages Cycling pleased to announce it will equip Yeti’s UCI Elite World Cup downhill team with Stages Power meters. The team will exclusively ride Stages Power Saint M825 model power meters during the 2013 World Cup downhill racing season.
Consumer Input Leads to Graphic Change and Price Reduction TULSA, Okla.– Hammerhead Bicycles, who are re-launching their brand after an almost decade hiatus, has discovered that things don’t always go as planned. “We wanted to start this brand off on the right foot,” says Hammerhead President Scott Robertson, “and we have, with an amazing 29er bike that we are especially proud of, but sometimes your graphic artist twists your arm so vehemently that you can’t help but call Uncle.”
Disc or Cantilever? Take your pick.
As the debate continues over disc verses cantilever brakes on cyclocross bikes, a new bike by BH, with some clever design ideas, has left the options open. While delivering a top notch, ready to race CX bike, the Spanish bike builders have left the choice of stoppers up to you. The 2013 RX Team is a carbon monocoque frame with some unique features that allow the bike to be built with either cantilever or disc brakes.
MORGAN HILL, Calif. - Specialized is pleased to announce the signing of Aaron Gwin to the 2013 Specialized DH program. Aaron will be supported with frames and tires. He will be joining teammates Troy Brosnan and Mitch Ropelato.
by Nick Woolcott/Elevated Productions
Enduro continues to be the most talked about topic in the industry on both a national and international scale. As racers start planning their schedules for next season, we get to the bottom of the series in the U.S. that has the terrain and the vert to bring Euro-style enduro racing to our own backyard.
Royal Racing Mountain Bike Apparel And Trek World Racing Are Happy To Announce That They Will Continue To Grow Their Relationship And Are Working Together To Bring More Technically Advanced Product To Consumers.
Two-time Olympian Burry Stander from South Africa was killed while training Thursday when his bike collided with a taxi in his hometown of Kwazulu-Natal. He was 25.
Eckmann and Duke both take second consecutive Colorado elite cyclocross victories.
(December 16, 2012) LOVELAND, Colo—After nearly 3 months of cyclocross racing every weekend in Colorado, the local season has come to an end with the State Championship race which was held in cold but all too commonly dry conditions.
First ever adaptive cyclocross race a big success for all, especially our veterans.
(November 11, 2012) DENVER, Colo—It was a time of firsts for this sleeper of a cross race which featured cross racing in urban Denver for the first time, and more importantly it was the first ever cyclocross race to feature an adaptive category dedicated to our veterans.
Paolo Montoya and Pua Mata take the 20th anniversary of La Ruta de los Conquistadores.
Despite having to inflate his tire twice before changing the entire rim at the aid station, Montoya managed to keep his lead over his GQ closest rider, Cannondale's Alex Grant to take on his second La Ruta title.
Costa Rica’s Dennis Porras soloed to victory at stage two of La Ruta de los Conquistadores on Friday, completing the 49-mile day in 3:39:26.
The 20th anniversary of La Ruta de los Conquistadores kicked off with a bang Thursday as 500 riders departed from Jaco on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast on the way to the Caribbean, where they will finish 161 miles later on Saturday.
Yeti Cycles continues as title sponsor
(31 October 2012) GOLDEN, Colo. - Bigfoot Productions, has announced that it will sell the Big Mountain Enduro Series to Brandon Ontiveros, one of the founders of the popular Oregon Enduro Series. Ontiveros’ new promotion company will be named, Big Mountain Enduro, LLC.
Trebon finds redemption as Gould makes it two in a row for the weekend.
(October 28, 2012) Boulder, Colo.-On the second day of Boulder’s big CX weekend, the temperatures warmed up and the crowds came out in throngs for the Boulder Cup at the Valmont Bike Park. With freezing overnight, the early morning races were still solid, but as the day warmed and the sun came out, the course quickly turned into a slick mud fest for the mid-day races. By the time the Pro races went off in the later afternoon, the track was tacky and fast, turning the course into a speed fest full of bermed turns, steep drops and punchy climbs.
Berden and Gould victorious on challenging new course.
(October 27, 2012) BOULDER, Colo—Just as the cyclocross minions would have it, the Colorado Cross Classic was held just days after the first big snow on the Colorado Front Range for a challenging and rapidly changing course.
Kaylee Blevins and Sepp Kuss sweep Colorado High School State Championships for Durango High.
(October 21, 2012) FRUITA, Colo—In high school racing, the kids are glad they're not just a side show of an adult race, and their numbers justify this.
Powers and Compton do it again at day 2 of USGP.
(October 14, 2012) Fort Collins, Colo-Day two of the USGP brought sunshine and warmer temperatures, making for a blazing fast course, tight racing, and great spectating. With some changes in the course and the less technical riding conditions, there were some great battles waged throughout the day. In the Elite races, a repeat of the first day’s winners made the racing no less exciting, as there were plenty of lead changes with solid racing at the front.
Powers and Compton take top honors in Fort Collins
(October 16, 2012)Fort Collins, Colo-The second stop of the 2012 US Gran Prix of Cyclocross rolled in to Fort Collins Colorado last weekend and brought with it a bit of inclement weather. A heavy mid-day rain shower fell on the Masters 45+ race and continued to drench much of the junior field as they made their way around the course. Unfortunately the wet weather was short lived, and by the time the Elite racers went off in the afternoon, the course was fairly dry and rippable.
Kurt Sorge soars to victory with gravity defying run.
(October 7, 2012) VIRGIN, Utah.—The Red Bull Rampage returned to the dry high desert of southwest Utah with even bigger crowds, bigger terrain, and a more talented field than ever before.
(October 6, 2012) SHOW LOW, Arizona- With fall in the air, the third and final Epic Rides event of the year kicked off outside of Show Low, Arizona. Tour of the White Mountains celebrated it’s seventeenth year with great weather and near perfect temperatures. If you have yet to make your way to north eastern Arizona for this event, mark your calendars for next year! This race rocks!
A photo gallery from the 2010 Red Bull Rampage.
(October 4, 2012) VIRGIN, Utah—The most exciting event in freeride mountain biking is about to take place this weekend in the dry desert of Southwest Utah as freeriders from around the world ready their selves to compete in the 2012 Red Bull Rampage.
Hill and Emmett wrap up enduro season with well earned wins.
(September 30, 2012) MOAB, Utah—The third and final race for the inaugural Big Mountain Enduro Series capped off a great first season with an epic race down the fabled Whole Enchilada.
Along with this story, we've posted just a little edit to get you pumped up for this weekend's race.
Hailed as the discipline that best highlights the all-around rider, enduro racing is exploding in the Rocky Mountain region, and race promoters are responding by adding the format to their race season offerings or starting new enduro series altogether. Riders are accepting the challenge as evidenced by this weekend’s sold-out Enchilada Enduro in Moab, Utah.
LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Along with a hearty helping of carbon fiber trail and DH bikes and superlight 29ers, this year’s greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread at Interbike, North America’s largest trade show, was the 650B trail bike. Billed as the happy medium for enduro-style riders seeking to accommodate longer travel, the 27.5-inch wheel appears to finally have some staying power here in the States.
Crowd Sourced Dirt Farming on Doctor’s Park
(September 16, 2012) ALMONT, Colo. — On a bright and sunny morning a pack of riders gathered at the North Bank Campground at the base of the famous Doctor Park trail just north of Almont, Colo. to sign up for the Spin the Docter Enduro.
Smith and Powers take golden victories.
Every race has a crux. The Crested Butte Classic has two as the three clover leafs of the race all start and end at the Brick Oven Pizzaria where the beer flows freely and the draw of pizza and good cheer proves to be too strong for some riders.
Bishop and Schifini hang onto race lead with down to the wire finishes.
(September 22, 2012) BREVARD, NC—The last day of the Pisgah Stage Race wrapped up with perfect weather and even better racing through numerous streams and Pisgah Forest singletrack.
Cross Vegas is always a party
Drawn by the promise of bike racing and beer tents, the crowds come out. There is cowbell and dollar hand-ups. On Wednesday night, the pro men and women of cyclocross served up some exciting racing.
Long hard day in the saddle for a race through the Promised Land.
(September 22, 2012) BREVARD, NC—With 39 miles of dirt roads and tight singletrack on offer, the only guarantee about stage four was that it wouldn't be easy.
Bishop takes over race with top speed on shortest and fastest stage.
(September 21, 2012) BREVARD, NC—Stage three's shorter 25 mile course with only 3,200 feet of climbing proved to be much harder than expected as racers seeking an easy day found their selves in the red zone more than expected.
NICA Closer to 'Coast-to-Coast' Goal
LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Three more states have joined the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), bringing the high school mountain biking organization closer to its goal of having leagues in all states by 2020.
Bishop takes stage win and time back on Koerber.
(September 19, 2012) BREVARD, NC—The second day of racing provided a drastic improvement for racers with an easier course and pleasant weather.
Koerber puts four minutes on Bishop while area goes under flash flood watch.
(September 18, 2012) BREVARD, NC—A soothing rainy night continued into a destructive day of storms for racers and bikes during the first day of racing at the 5 day and 195 mile Pisgah Stage Race.
Chambers and Beisel take home wins in the controversial Leadville Qualifier.
The Alpine Odyssey, the final Leadville 100 qualifier for 2012, could be summed up by women’s winner Amy Beisel when she said, “People were asking me how much longer the climb was and I’d let them know: You still have a while to go.”
Jay Petervary completes the unthinkable by setting the fastest ever Tour Divide record.
(September 12, 2012) BOULDER, Colo.—In a year of new Tour Divide records, veteran Divide racer Jay Petervary of Victor, Idaho has done the unthinkable by besting the previous record set by Kiwi Tour Divide rookie Ollie Whalley earlier this summer.
The name has changed but the suffering goes on.
As all good ideas are, the first Sufferfest was born of a few post ride beers and the urge to ride more great singletrack with like-minded friends. Jason Vogel, the current president of the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance got this event rolling in 2008, and chose the Sufferfest moniker to represent the tough, all day trail ride the group did the first year out. With very little aid along the way, about 40 riders started at Nederland High School and rode north to Beaver Reservoir for a night of camping and smack talking. The event was embraced by all involved, and quickly grew from that small informal ride to the larger community affair that it is today.
Tostado and Looney set new course records.
With a 10 pm start, the Vapor Trail 125 is no ordinary endurance race. With long railroad grade climbs and rowdy descents combined with the the world famous Monarch Crest Trail, the VT 125 is in a class of its own.
Smith and Godfrey feel the burn to win the 12 hour downhill race.
(September 8, 2012) WINTER PARK, Colo.—The third annual Red Bull Final Descent endurance downhill series made its second stop at Winter Park just in time for a day with perfect weather and trails that were dialed for raging all day.
(September 5, 2012) PARK CITY, Utah – At the fourth annual Park City Point 2 Point (PCP2P) were awoken by lightning and heavy rain. Starting at 5 that morning monsoonal rains drenched the bone-dry Park City Point 2 Point racecourse.
Schnell and Pritchett Keep it Pinned for the Win in Durango
Comparing enduro to all types of bike racing is kind of an apples to oranges situation. It’s so much fun, you’ll forget that you’re burying yourself. Uphill, downhill, timed or not, this is what you do when you go out with your buddies and push yourself hard. Enduro style racing could really be the kick in the pants you need to get fit and strong again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Four gravity fueled days of mountain biking highlight inaugural freeride festival.
(July 26-29, 2012) WINTER PARK, Colo.—Five different mountain bike events provided something for everyone in the uncharacteristically lush mountains of Grand County during the first running of the Colorado Freeride Festival.
Words and Images by Bob Allen
BUTTE, Montana - Tinker Juarez was in attendance in Southwest Montana for his third Butte 100. He was on a mission to defend and avenge his last year’s winning performance where a missed turn cost him time, energy and mental angst. And defend it he did by laying down a blistering time that broke last year’s record by an hour.
Preparing for an Off-Road Journey across Colorado
Preparing for the Colorado Trail Race is all about light and efficient but preparing for the worst is always in the back of your mind. Check out Mountain Flyer Tech Editor, Jordan Carr's setup for the Ultra endurance event.
Four new champions prevail for drier second Gravity Nationals at Beech Mountain.
(July 25, 2012) BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC.— The second edition of national championship gravity racing at Beech Mountain saw new champions rise to the occasion on slightly different but decidely faster courses.
Cari Higgins and Russell Stevens tackle the Corners in Niwot and come out on top.
The Niwot Criterium has been a Colorado Front Range Favorite for a long time. The course is flat, fast, and technical, with plenty of cornering that tends to keep the racing tight. The figure eight layout of the course is great for spectating as the riders roll through the historic downtown district two times each lap. In the past, this race was part of the National Racing Calender, attracting the likes of Christian Van de Velde and Jeannie Longo.
Simplifying suspension with Fox's New 2013 CTD System
Climb, Trail, Descend are the key words to a good ride right? Well, add those words to your suspension adjustments and riding that highly complicated full suspension bike is suddenly much easier. But how does it stack up?
Aaron Bradford and Mary Moncorge Emerge On Top After Six Stages Of All-Mountain Racing
PARK CITY, Utah - Afer six stages of all-mountain riding at the inaugural Bell Wasatch Enduro, less than a minute seperated the top three pro spots, emphasizing the consistency and skill required to succeed at Enduro racing. With Enurdo racing gaining popularity, the frist year event attracted trail riders from across the west to test their skills in a one day, six stage all-mountain race.
Tylen Wren, Gretchen Revel in Wet Conditions
Tyler Wren of Jamis-Sutter Home is making a habit of winning the Beaver County Travel Council Crusher in the Tushar. On Saturday 14 July, Wren celebrated his second-straight victory at the on- and off-road race in the Tushar mountains outside Beaver, Utah.
(SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo.) — Downhillers gave up their plush rides and cross country racers traded in their super-light rigs for the inaugural Master of the Mass, a four-stage, three-day mountain bike race July 13-15 in Snowmass Village, Colo.
Weiss and Carey ride to victory in 'toughest' 100 miler on the NUE circuit. Weiss Sparks Controversy.
(July 15, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.— Long climbs, long downhills, amazing views, and tired muscle were the big draws for racers contesting what is perhaps the hardest 100 mile race in the Rocky Mountain region.
Todd Wells and Lea Davidson get their revenge, while Craig and Emmett take the Super D.
(July 8th, 2012) Sun Valley Idaho-Day two of this years MTB Nationals saw both the Super D and the Short Track events run at the Sun Valley Ski Area. The day broke warm and dry as racers began their runs down the Super D course. With many riders racing both events on Sunday, the racing was fast and furious from morning till evening as national titles were once again up for grabs.
Georgia Gould and Todd Wells take wins in the Pro XC.
(July 7, 2012) SUN VALLEY, Idaho - For the second year in a row, the US XC Nationals were held in Sun Valley Idaho. With a great venue right at the base area of the Sun Valley Ski Area, Saturdays XC race, and both the Super D, and Short Track races on Sunday could all use the fan friendly base area at River Run for the start/finish. With a large expo area, lots of grass to kick back and spectate from, and plenty of food and refreshments on hand, the venue was a great place to take in all the action as racers did their thing throughout the weekend.
New Pair of Mountain Flyer Merino Wool Socks going out to Kevin Today
100 Miles, 15k feet of Climbing, and Hours of Rain
Racers were greeted with a slight drizzle as they rolled out of town for one of the most difficult rides they would do all season. The Durango Dirty Century features breathtaking views, flowy singletrack, and lots of climbing. The ride includes some of the best trails in the state of Colorado all linked together for an epic day in the saddle in Durango's High Country.
The BC Bike Race closed at a party on the finishing line at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza lawn with the sunshine reflecting off the remaining summer snow of the surrounding mountain peaks.
Veteran champions Henry and Reeves return to winning ways at Firecracker 50.
(July 4, 2012) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.— The long running Firecracker 50 mountain bike race with its main street parade start, grueling amounts of climbing and legit rocky mountain singletrack, by default, make this a race not to be missed.
Kindree gets first stage win and takes overall by 5 seconds. Easton Gravity Enduro stage longest of race.
Words By: Harlan Price
With hump-day out of the way, riders got to touch their tires to classic Sunshine Coast singletrack on the 40km course from Sechelt to the BC Ferry terminal of Langdale.
Eszter has some key-lime pie, and muses over missed ques and a shower.
Post Tour Divide with Ollie Whalley.
Riders treated to Sunshine Coast gold: Half-way mark is behind the riders.
Words By: Harlan Price
Stage four of the BC Bike Race began by boat or floatplane over the spectacular Jervis Inlet and finished with grass under the riders’ feet in a field only blocks from the ocean. It was a refreshing finish after completing the days longest stage. Riders were able to grab a meal at the catered food truck and flop onto the green carpet exchanging stories of the day.
Cory Wallace solo for stage win: top three men within 2 seconds overall. Simms wins, but women’s overall is shuffled.
Today’s sun finally treated racers to the beauty of the Sunshine Coast under clear skies. The entire BC Bike Race operation left Campbell River this morning to take the second BC Ferries trip across the Georgia Strait to the town of Powell River.
A tie in the men’s field. Simms continues dominance of women’s field.
Words by Harlan Price
Campell River hosted day two of the BC Bike Race under the wettest conditions in race history. With a police escort, 525 spirited racers left from the Robert Ostler Park under a steady drizzle of rain.
Tour Divide rookies Ollie Whalley and Eszter Horanyi smash existing course records.
(July 3, 2012) North America—Picking up from where Part 1 left off at Brush Mountain, the leading racers blazed a fast path across Colorado's Rocky Mountains with near ideal conditions.
SRAM reveals details of New 1x11 Drivetrain
SRAM was adamant to point out that XX1 is not designed to replace current 10-speed drivetrains. 2x10 mountain bike systems are still relatively new and continue to offer huge benefits for many riders. Instead, XX1 is aimed at riders looking to simplify their drivetrain.
Surrounded by a country celebrating its birthday, the winners of the opening day at the BC Bike Race started their seven-day journey through epic BC singletrack.
Barry Wicks, and Wendy Simms (Kona Bikes) won the opening stages of the 2012 BC Bike race in very different fashions. Simms came across the line without a close competitor while Wicks was forced into a three-man sprint against Neil Kindree (Specialized/ EMD Serono) and last year’s winner Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain Bikes).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
By Shannon Boffeli
(April 30, 2012) ALPINE, Utah—Saturday saw the first round of the Utah State Championship Series, a dirt circuit cross country in Alpine, Utah. The unique race uses a short cross country circuit of just over 3 miles.
Crushing Gravel in a Colorado spring classic.
(April 28, 2012) BOULDER, Colo. - Every year for the last 7 or 8 years the Colorado version of the European Koppenberg race has been held on the outskirts of Boulder where a quiet farm road turns to dirt and then suddenly kicks up into a short 17% grade. The climb may not rival the true Koppenberg, but nonetheless, many racers look forward to testing their strength and skills as they tackle this 5.5 mile loop that is almost 50% gravel.
Cool New Products from the Bike Industrys Early Season Release event. Magura hydraulic road brakes, wood helmets, 35mm handlebars, Yeti Carbon DH Bike and More!
(April 25, 2012) BOULDER, COLO.-It’s that time of year again; road cycling teams are gearing up for the first big Tours of the season on American turf. Races like the Tour of Utah, The Tour of California, and the newer US Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado are drawing more and more of the international Pro Tour teams as UCI points are up for grabs. With many Pro Tour teams automatically invited to these tours, often times younger teams need to perform well in the early season races to be asked to ride in some of the bigger later season races.
Paez and Anderson go for long twisty marathon rides to take the big win at Lake Puebo.
(April 21, 2012) PUEBLO, Colo.—Colorado endurance mountain bike racing got off to a great start with the first of the five race Rocky Mountain Endurance Series.
"In between" Mountain Bike Wheel Size popular at Sea Otter
As the industry continues to evolve, the 29er market is thriving, but on the horizon for many manufacturers is rather unchartered territory. The “in-between” 650b wheel size was the popular topic at this years Sea Otter Classic with a good number of manufacturers introducing 650 products. As an industry driven trend, it will be interesting to see if consumers embrace the wheel size and its off road advantages.
Shimano updates Gravity specific groupset and introduces a more budget friendly version.
As the first component manufacturer to develop a gravity specific component group, Shimano has continued to improve on the DH components. For 2013, Saint sees some significant updates along with a new, more budget friendly gravity group, Zee.
Mavic introduces a Line of 29er Wheels, finally.
With the exponential growth of 29" wheels in the mountain bike industry, most wheel manufacturers were quick to adopt and develop high-end 29" wheels. Mavic was a little bit slower to react though and has been a bit behind in the big wheel market, but for good reason.
A two-wheeled tour of Brevard, North Carolina is just what you need.
(April 14&15, 2012) BREVARD, NC.—Riders and racers from across the country descended upon Brevard to partake in the Assault on the Carolinas road ride this past weekend, and plenty of prime singletrack was ridden too.
X-Fusion Shox introduces new 34mm stanchion Forks, Height adjustable seatpost and ultralight rear shock.
For 2013, X-Fusion plans to create more buzz around their products by creating some new, possibly market-changing improvements introducing a new stanchion size, new gold slick ano stanchion coating, and a one piece forged crown and steertube combo along with a brand new height adjustable seatpost proves X-Fusion has been hard at work.
Fruita, Colo. - Colin Cares and Jennifer Smith took the championship titles at the Rumble at 18Rd National Qualifier Mountain bike race April 14th in Fruita, CO.
Spring Blizzard Cuts Dawn 'til Dusk Short
GALLUP, N.M. - Despite the fact that many parts of the Southwest have been enjoying an early spring, a strong snowstorm put the damper on the day's racing festivities at this year's Dawn 'til Dusk 12-Hour Mountain Bike Race. About an hour into the race the first snow began to fall and steadily increased, by 9:30 am the race was called due to heavy snow conditions. The final lap was completed at about 11:30 am.
Made in Sun Valley Idaho, a place where wild-eyed patriots and a knobby breed of cyclists often share the same beer-stained bar stools and common ground over the governance of public lands and what freedom means.
Powers and Pipp storm to victory on hard pack dirt roads of Boulder Roubaix.
(April 7, 2012) BOULDER, Colo.—One of the hardest, if not the very hardest, one day road race in Colorado was again hosted on the rural farm roads of Boulder County with nothing less than exceptional conditions and competition.
The Whiskey Off-Road Wants Women Riders!
Are you a woman? Do you have a pro license?
You could race the Whiskey Off-Road - with a shot at winning $5000 - for free.
Gripshift returns, But More Refined than Those Disposable Pieces of Plastic on your First Mountain Bike.
For those who pine for the days when they could grab a fistful of gears in one, throttling twist of the wrist, Sram as answered your many prayers and forum posts with the introduction of a new 10-speed Gripshift system. Built from the ground up, Sram has made substantial strides to create a twist shift system that will rival the performance of top notch shifting systems currently on the market.
North American Handmade Bicycle Show Interviews Continue with Installment Number Three
In this episode we check out a few builders in the new frame builders section. Interviews include Moth Attack, Raphael Cycles, and My Dutch Bike
Popowski and Hottman set fastest times up fabled Lookout Mountain.
(March 17, 2012) GOLDEN, Colo.—When it comes time to gauge your fitness against the rest of the field, an honest hill climb will always reveal your strengths, or weaknesses.
New MAGURA TS suspension fork series aims to be the right fork for every whee
ST. GEORGE, UTAH - Long. Technical. Tough. Those are the words used to describe True Grit. Traversing 50 miles of gnarly desert terrain, the race is not for the meek. Lots of rocks, steep climbs, more rocks, wicked descents and even more rocks make it a tough race.
Artwork for your green-day pleasure by Gloria Sharp - Mountain Flyer's Roving Artist.
Follow Dave Ochs around the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show as he gets an indepth look at the work and ideas of select Frame Builders
In this episode: Erik Noren from Peacock Groove, Todd Ingermanson of Black Cat Bicycles, and Curtis Inglis of Retrotec Cycles.
Clark and Young ride to victories at Colorado's season opening criterium.
(March 11, 2012) BOULDER, Colo.— Road racers and criterium specialists showed up in large numbers to contest the season's first criterium at the Stazio Fields sports complex.
Follow Dave Ochs around the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show as he gets an indepth look at the work and ideas of select Frame Builders
In this episode: Daryl Funk (Funk Cycles), Joe Breeze (Breezer), and Darren Baum (Baum Cycles)
Max Plaxton and Catherine Pendrel take top honors at Texas' biggest race.
(March 3&4, 2012) DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX.— The season opener for North American cross country racing started off just outside of Austin, Texas with UCI C1 points on the line at the first stop of the US Pro XCT cross country racing series.
(Sacramento, Calif.) — Building bikes for others is pure joy for the folks displaying at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. But when they build for themselves, it’s a chance to experiment, make tweaks, test new ideas and evolve. It’s also not a bad perk to the job. Here’s what five framebuilders at NAHBS 2012 recently built for themselves.
On the floor of the North American handmade bike show in the capital of California sits a steel mountain bike. It’s a 29er, with a Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, custom heat-treated cranks called the Hot Rod, and a long titanium seat post to take the edge off the hardtail cockpit. It’s coupled up front with a custom titanium Love Handle bar and a 100mm Fox F29 fork.
(March 3, 2012) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With all of the dissenting talk about buying products manufactured overseas, you might think the U.S. handmade bicycle industry is be poised to gain a lot of extra business from citizens right here on home soil. But some of the industry’s leading framebuilders say the trend to “buy locally” will not make a huge difference in the handmade community.
(February 17-19, 2012) TUCSON, Ariz. — At high noon on Thursday, February 16th, 24-Hour Town began buzzing with visitors from around the globe. Over 3,500 riders, volunteers, crew members, and spectators would descend upon the Sonoran desert for a celebration of mountain biking at it's finest! The 13th annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo was destined to live up to it’s moniker “the wildest ride in the southwest!"
First ever Teva Winter Games proves that bike events are fun on the snow too.
(February 11, 2012) VAIL, Colo.—Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts, and Teva built on the success of the iconic Teva Summer Games to host a first ever winter version, which showcased numerous snow sports and three extremely popular cycling events.
(February 4, 2012) TUCSON, Arizona— There are some bike races that aren't really a race at all. It is more of a gathering of friends to celebrate the culture. And if there is one clique of cyclist that do this best, it would be single speeders!
Kappius father and son team take on redesigning the bicycle hub, and repairing your favorite broken carbon fiber frame.
(February 9, 2012) BOULDER, Colo.—The father and son team of Russell Kappius and Brady Kappius know a thing or two about bikes that may just have you seeking their cutting edge Evolution Hub System and carbon repair services sooner than you think.
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 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.
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.
Eckmann and Duke clench Colorado State Cyclocross Championships.
(December 18, 2011) CASTLE ROCK, Colo.—Race promoters Alpha Bicycle Company and the Frites En Mayo Velo Club pulled through to deliver a quality venue worthy of the Colorado State Championships.
Classic Colorado CX conditions greet racers in Castle Rock
(December 17, 2011) CASTLE ROCK, Colo.-Day number one at this years Colorado State Championships challenged racers with classic cyclocross conditions on a course that demanded both power and skills. Short days and long nights have kept the snowpack on the ground for weeks, leaving the course at Ryholite Park a perfect mix of ice, snow, and mud as the weekends races got under way.
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Peter Webber and Cristal Boni shine through muddy racing with victories.
(December 11, 2011) LYONS, Colo.—A hearty bunch of cyclocross racers came out in droves to contest the final race of the Boulder Cyclocross Series behind the Lyons High School.
Professional Cycling Race Honored by State Officials After Announcing Host Cities for the Second-Annual Event
(Dec. 14, 2011) DENVER, Colo – Just following the announcement of the host cities for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed the week of the race as the “Colorado Cycling Holiday.” Stating spectators, economic activity, the caliber of the athletes and the embodiment of Coloradans' aspirations to be healthy as reasons for the proclamation, each year the week of the race will be recognized statewide as an honorary holiday.
Colorado 9 News announces host cites for 2012 US Pro Challenge
With the success of last years race fresh in the mind of local Colorado communities, everyone is excited to see what 2012 holds for one of the largest Professional Cycling events in the US. Some cities remain the same from last years route while a few new communties have been included like Durango, Boulder, and Montrose..
Summerhill and Gross both take back-to-back wins on snowy weekend.
(December 4, 2011) HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.— Front Range cross racers got belted with more brutal cold temperatures and plenty of snow for the second race of the weekend.
Danny Summerhill and Rebecca Gross take victories at the Snow Bowl.
(Dec.3, 2011) Louisville Colo.-A storm rolled across the Front Range on Friday night and into Saturday morning, turning Louisville Rec Center’s Bowl of Death into The Snow Bowl, with a good 6 inches of the white stuff blanketing the course on the morning of the race. Not to be scared off by a bit of weather, hundreds of hearty CX racers turned out to do battle in the Colorado Cross Cup race #8 as the series nears it’s season end and State Championships loom just around the corner.
Summerhill maintains cross winning streak, and Gross rides to another victory.
(November 27, 2011) GOLDEN, Colo.— Almost two months of back to back cross racing, and a pleasant warm sunny day were responsible for luring some racers to greener pastures while the die-hards suited up for another day of intense racing and training.
Summerhill and Irmiger take wins at Westminster City Park CX
(November 26, 2011) Westminster, Colo.-Continued dry weather along the front range of Colorado made for more fast and dry racing as the Boulder Cyclocross Series and the Colorado Cross Cup came together in Westminster this past Saturday. This was the second year in a row for this venue, which never gets spoken of without mention of the “Grand Staircase” and the pain it inflicts on racers as they tackle it lap after lap.
Dwight and Krughoff take first and second after mountain biker Amanda Carey scores a late season win.
(November 20, 2011) CASTLE ROCK, Colo.—The seventh race of the twelve race Colorado Cross Cup Series provided a real pre-Thanksgiving feast of a course for the cross racers who pinned on a number.
Mountain Flyer Photo Contest #4 - another chance at $250 worth of Rudy and a prime spot in Mountain Flyer Magazine
Brandon Dwight and Kristal Boni battle the wind for wins.
(Nov. 13th, 2011) Broomfield Co.-Brutal winds on the Front Range continued to blow on Sunday as hundreds of racers turned out to try new venue at Sienna Lake. The course was designed by Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Pete Webber and included lots of grass, some interesting technical sections such as a couple trips in and out of a drainage ditch, and plenty of twisty turny stuff to keep everyone on their game.
High school mountain bikers wrap up season at Colorado State Championships.
(November 13, 2011) CASTLEROCK, Colo.—The Colorado High School Cycling League held its final race of the four race series on a perfect day after being twice delayed due to bad weather.
Company promotes increased daytime cycling visibility and safety
(November 2, 2011) SAN DIEGO, Calif. – NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems announced its new “Lights4Lives” campaign to promote the importance of daytime visibility for cyclists.
25 Hours of Frog Hollow: In Motion
Stevenson and Hudson take first time wins for this cross season.
(November 6, 2011) GOLDEN, Colo.—In the wake of several hotly contested cyclocross races along the Colorado Front Range, the Primal Racing event organizers carried the flag last sunday with their Primalpalooza cross race.
HURRICANE, UTAH - As if 24 hours of racing wasn't enough, someone had to go up the ante. Billed as the longest one day race ever, 25 Hours of Frog Hollow takes advantage of the shift from Daylight Savings Time to squeeze in one more hour of racing for the season.
Rebecca Gross and Danny Summerhill take victories in the mud.
(November 5, 2011) Brighton, Colo.-A cold windy morning eventually gave way to a warm afternoon as racers tackled the Schoolyard CX course out on the plains of Brighton Colorado. With more midweek snow, the ground still held plenty of moisture making for slow, power sapping races throughout the day.
By Jason Sumner
The 2011 Brasil Ride’s first sprint decided the stage 6 winner Friday. The victors were Czech’s Tomas Vokrouhlik and Martin Horak (BMC), who bested Luis Pinto and Alejandro Lopez (Team Spano-Luso), jumping them on a sharp left hand turn from dirt to pavement at the 50-meter-to-go mark, then holding their small gap to the line.
Ben Berden and Katie Compton crush it at Valmont Bike Park.
(October 30, 2011) Boulder Colo.- The Halloween weekend was capped off with a fantastic day of racing at the new Valmont Bike Park with world class CX racing in the form of the Boulder Cup, which brought many of the biggest names in US Cyclocross to town. As a UCI C1 event, valuable points were up for grabs and it showed in the intensity of racing throughout the day.
Snow and mud create epic conditions for collegiate racers.
(October 28-30) ANGEL FIRE, NM - On Thursday night, nearly 200 collegiate cyclists gathered in a small room in Angel Fire, NM for final pre-race instructions for the 2011 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. Schools from around the country traveled to the small mountain town to compete for stars and bars jerseys in cross country, short track, downhill, and dual slalom. In addition to the individual disciplines, riders would compete for the individual omnium title and teams collected points for the team overall omnium title.
Compton and Trebon victorious at Boulder Res.
(October 28, 2011) Boulder, Colo.—While La Nina is bringing the goods to Colorado in the form of winter moisture, in turn, cyclocross racers are getting near perfect conditions for racing.
By Jason Sumner
Stage 5 at the 2011 Brasil Ride may well go down as the toughest. The combination of multiple testing singletrack sections, a hike-a-bike from hell, and temperatures that climbed above the 100-degree mark combined to make this a true bitch of a day.
By Jason Sumner
The top of the overall men’s standings reversed Wednesday at the Brasil Ride, after Kristian Hynek and Robert Novatny (Future Cycling-Sweep) snagged the stage 4 win and moved into the yellow leader’s jersey in this seven-day mountain bike stage race in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
Last year the Hucktober Fest was a fund raising event for the newly built Lunch Loops Bike Park in Grand Junction. The idea behind Hucktober Fest this past weekend was to be out in support of our friend Evan Guthrie.
It probably wasn’t ideal for anyone, but I think people understood and made the best of it.
By Jason Sumner
Imagine turning loose a World Cup-caliber cross country field on a 7km circuit, then peppering the course with slow moving sport class riders just to keep things interesting. That was essentially the nature of things Tuesday at the Brasil Ride mountain bike stage race.
Heavy Dose of Pain and Suffering
By Jason Sumner
Pain and suffering were parceled out in heavy doses Monday during stage 2 of the 2011 Brasil Ride mountain bike stage race. Of the 100 two-person teams that started the 145km stage with 3372 meters of climbing from Mucuge to Rio de Contas, only 72 finished. Causes of the major attrition included heat (temps reached the mid 90s), some exceptionally rough, rocky terrain (at least one carbon fiber XC bike was snapped clean through at the bottom bracket), and a ton of saddle time. Outside the top open division racers, everyone here logged at least 8 hours on the bike Monday. And many neared the 12-hour time limit, or went over.
A Full Banquet of Pain
By Jason Sumner
It was an up and down day for the Colorado contingent racing Sunday at the 2011 Brasil Ride, a seven-day mountain bike stage race in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
Follow Jason Sumner Through the Soggy Hills of Brasil’s State of Bahia
By Jason Sumner
The 2011 Brasil Ride commences Sunday with a 12.4km prologue time trial in Mucuge, a quiet, small town that borders the breathtaking Parque Nacional Chapada Diamatina in the western region of the Brazilian state of Bahia.
Road Apple Rally
(OCT. 1, 2011) FARMINGTON, NM-- Farmington, New Mexico’s Road Apple Rally kicked of in 1981, earning this event a spot in bicycle history as the oldest annual mountain bike race in the nation.
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Amanda Carey ride away to victory.
(Oct. 16, 2011) Louisville Colo.-Unseasonably warm weather continued to plague CX lovers as the Front Range fall remained dry and sunny for this weekends racing. Monarch High School was the venue for last years state championships, and offers and excellent location for CX racing and spectating. The course included plenty of grass on the athletic fields surrounding the school, quite a few very tight 180 degree turns, a long sand section, and a couple barrier sections thrown in for good measure.
Over six hundred racers contest fast dry Blue Sky Velo Cup course.
(October 15, 2011) Longmont, Colo.—The Blue Sky Velo Cup, a Front Range darling of a cyclocross race, once again enticed plenty of racers to come out for a fun day of fast racing at the Xilinx complex.
MOUNTAIN BIKERS PUT TO THE TEST WITH NONSTOP 12-HOUR DOWNHILL RIDE
Angel Fire, NM – October 15, 2011 – It was a frosty morning packed with snow as riders came out to take on the mountain at the last stop of Red Bull Final Descent at Angel Fire Resort. The event brought out 127 dedicated riders participating in categories including expert, pro, team, male and female. Racers withstood thick mud, icy ruts, and exposed roots while contending for a share of the more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.
Fort Lewis College Skyhawks dominate racing on home course.
(Oct. 15-16) Durango, CO - The final weekend of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference was hosted by the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks in Durango, CO. While the weekend was not conference championships, it was the final chance to earn points towards the conference overall standings and provided a final tune-up for riders heading to Angel Fire, NM in two weeks for Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals.
(Oct 15 2011) Ogden Utah - A hot, sunny Saturday, decidedly non-cyclocross weather in Utah, gave witness to a large turnout for the fourth installment of the Utah Cyclocross Series. Keegan Swenson (Whole Athlete) rode to a decisive win in Mens A racing. Kelsy Bingham (Roosters/Bikers Edge) claimed victory in Women's A. Both are fresh off a weekend of UCI racing in Fort Collins where Swenson placed third on Saturday and won on Sunday. Bingham placed twelfth and eleventh respectively.
Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton take revenge on day 2.
(Oct 9, 2011) Fort Collins, Co.- Day 2 of the USGP New Belgium Cup was the polar opposite of day 1, as the torrential rain, heavy winds, and challenging mud gave way to partly cloudy skies and a course that had been hammered into submission all day by earlier classes. By the time the Elite Men and Women hit the dirt, it was fast and tacky, making for screaming fast lap times and tight racing. The milder weather also brought out quite a few more fans to witness the top-notch racing right here on the Front Range.
Cold temperatures and desert riding greet collegiate racers.
(Oct. 8-9) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Collegiate racers from around the region gathered in Grand Junction for the 5th round of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Series, hosted by Colorado Mesa University. Fort Lewis put on another dominant display of power, showing they will be a force at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals later this month.
Nash and Trebon have wet and wild rides to victory.
(October 8, 2011) FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The first day of the USGP New Belgium Cup served as a real opener to cyclocross season for Colorado with a cold, wet, and muddy day of racing.
Western State College Hosts Round #4 of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Series
(October 1-2) GUNNISON, Colo. - Made famous by the Gunnison Growler, quite possibly the hardest 64-mile race in the state of Colorado, Hartman Rocks hosted Round #4 of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Series.
SHOW LOW, ARIZ.- There was plenty of pain and pleasure on hand at this year's Tour of the White Mountains.
Bill Aims to build more year round opputunities for Mountain Ski Areas on Forest Service Land
A congressional bill that would allow ski resorts to offer more summer-season recreational opportunities on public land passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, moving to the Senate for consideration. In theory, a boost in summer activities at resorts will likewise lead to a boost in year-round employment and help grow Colorado's mountain resort communities.
(Salt Lake City – October 1 2011) Utah Cyclocross Series organizer Matt Ohran gave local crossers back to back days of racing to kick off the new season. Jason Sager (Jamis), Kelsy Bingham (Roosters/Bikers Edge) and Kris Walker (Contnder) started the 2011 cyclocross season with wins in Utah Cyclocross Series A division racing Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City.
Following the Yellow Leaved Trail at the Crested Butte Classic
Every year riders gather at the crack of dawn at the 4-Way Stop in downtown Crested Butte to race a hundred miles through Crested Butte’s most classic trails. The race, consisting of 3 loops, is designed to link together three of the most classic Crested Butte rides. Riders check in at the Brick Oven Pizzeria after each lap and can stop by the 4-Way to resupply themselves for the next loop. This year the order of the loops got scrambled from the traditional order, with Kebler Pass and the Dyke Trail taking the place of Strand and Deer Creek as the lead-off lap.
Tostado 3-Peats, and Mata claims second National Champion jersey for 2011.
(October 1-2, 2011) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Just like all of the other National Championship mountain bike events, the 24 Hour Nationals Championships was held at a new location this year
After 16 Years, This Year May Be The Last 24 Hours of Moab
In recent years there's been a trend towards teams signing up later and later. Distressing as this has been, taxing our ability to anticipate and plan for the size of the event, we've been gratified to see late registrations consistently pour in, and "save the day.
Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Takes Over Sol Vista Resort and Granby Ranch
(Sept. 24-25.) Granby, Colo- Known as one of the best collegiate races on the Rocky Mountain circuit, the Oredigger Classic hosted by the School of Mines did not disappoint in 2011. Classic fall weather and changing leaves greeted races at Sol Vista Resort, host of the 2009 and 2010 Mountain Bike National Championships.
Muddy Finale for US Gravity Racers.
(September 10, 2011) BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC.—In returning to the East Coast, dual slalom and especially downhill racers were greeted with ample moisture that is common place in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina.
Kicking up the dust at Xilinx.
(Sept. 24, 2011) Longmont, Colo.-Continued warm and dry weather greeted racers for the Boulder Racing Series CX #2 last weekend at Xilinx. Although this venue has seen its share of rain, snow, and mud, this year would not deliver those coveted CX conditions. Instead, Mother Nature dished up some fast and dry conditions as more than 500 racers showed up to make the rounds at Xilinx.
TAOS, N.M. - As dawn broke early Saturday morning, 13 racers left the empty streets and headed for the mountains. Though the skies were dreary and the ground damp from a late night rain, the clouds ahead appeared to be parting, as if greeting the hardy bunch of mountain bikers as they began their ascent.
Rocky Mountain Collegiate racing at the Beaver Meadows Resort
by Eszter Horanyi
At a time of year when most bike racers start thinking of ’cross, or even the off-season, college students from around the country start gearing up for the collegiate mountain bike season. This weekend, Colorado State University hosted the second round of racing in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference at Beaver Meadows Resort, about an hour north of Ft. Collins.
Duke and Eckmann rock the park at Valmont.
(Sept.17, 2011)Boulder, Colo.-The first of five Boulder Racing Cyclocross Series races went down at the new Valmont Bike Park on Saturday. The new venue is nothing but spectacular, with tons of terrain offering multiple possibilities for different CX course layouts. For those who haven’t been to the park yet, go check it out, as it is full of all kinds of biking features for the whole family.
Calling all photographers. Think you have an image worthy of gracing our pages in print?
(LAS VEGAS, Nev.)—This guy, Michael, from the Bay Area of California, he likes to put things together. In his spare time, he’ll build up bikes, sometimes traveling as far as Colorado to take a workshop from famous track bike framebuilder Koichi Yamaguchi. For work, Michael sews together messenger bags and other accessories for Chrome Industries. He has to keep his hands moving, has to stay busy, or he’ll go crazy.
LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Utah is the newest state to join the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) with more than 31 high schools ready to participate in the race series launching in fall 2012.
... but We'll Let Vertically Challenged Men in on This, Too
Those of us who are vertically challenged (okay, we’ll just say “short”) have been watching the 29er movement grow quickly, not quite jumping on board based on the assumption that the huge wheels would throw us completely off balance and be too much to handle.
(September 14, 2011) LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Lars van der Haar of Rabobank-Giant won Wednesday night's elite men's race at Cross Vegas. Van der Haar, the current U23 world cyclocross champion, won a close threeway sprint ahead of Christian Heule of Cyclocrossword-Cannondale and Rob Peeters of Telenet-Fidea.
(September 14, 2011) LAS VAGAS, Nev. - Getting a ride on Pivot’s new Mach 5.7 Carbon at Dirt Demo required luck and a lot of patience. As soon as one demo bike came in, it was rapidly turned around and sent back out the door for another round on Bootleg Canyon’s infamously gnarly terrain. In fact, all off Pivot’s bikes seemed to be high on people’s must-ride list.
(September 13, 2011) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Imagine one of the largest one-day cash purses in mountain biking history. Sinuous flowing single track trails though the Prescott National Forest. Live music. Southwestern hospitality. And the history of cowboys, miners, gamblers and brawlers who put the "wild" in Wild West. Blend together.
(September 10, 2011) Salida, Colo. - At 9 pm on September 10th, 49 riders, ranging in age from mid-20’s to 60, congregated at Absolute Bikes in Salida. Dressed ready to undertake 125 miles of high-altitude riding through the middle of the night, clothing choices ranged as wide as the ages.
The Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance is allowed access to The Caribou Ranch for it’s annual “Sufferfest”.
(Sept 10, 2011) Caribou Ranch, Colo.-The Caribou Ranch has long been a famous retreat for musicians to get away from it all, get inspired by the beautiful surroundings the Ranch has to offer, and record new music. Artists such as Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Elton John, and others have made the Ranch their temporary home while working on recording music. For the first time, the Guercio Family has allowed cyclists access to their stunningly beautiful property.
Switch Technology Moves Deeper into Yeti’s Line
(September 12, 2011), Las Vegas, Nev. - Just 5 months ago Yeti introduced the new SB66 trail bike with Switch Technology and generated a laudable buzz from media outlets, Yeti fans, and just about anyone who was lucky enough to grab an early test ride.
Downhillers Endure 12 Hours of Gravity Racing.
(September 10, 2011) WINTER PARK, Colo.—For its second year at the Winter Park Resort, the Red Bull Final Descent gave gravity racers another taste of endurance racing with a high octane downhill flavor.
MSC series survivors wrap it up at Sol Vista.
(September 3-5, 2011) GRANBY, Colo.—The Mountain States Cup Sol Survivor served as the last hurrah for the nine race series this past Labor Day Weekend. With double points on the line for each event, most racers chasing a series title toed the line for one last chance at securing their overall placing.
Colin Cares and Janet Ross take home top honors at the 2011 RME Series Finale at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch.
The final race in the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series was contested on a new course that worked its way around the beautiful rolling hills of the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch near Elbert Colorado. The PV Cycle Derby course was a 22-mile mix of service road, old double track, and singletrack that wound its way through Black Forest and Ponderosa Pine.
(September 4, 2011) Spearfish, S.D. - More than 600 riders took the trail, at least 100 riders more than last year.The race begins and ends each year in the city of Spearfish, S.D. The majority of the 50-mile race comprises single track, as well as two track ATV and gravel roads.
Can't Get Mountain Flyer in your neck of the Woods? Like playing with all your flashy electonic gadgets?
Aspen’s Max Taam Takes First Place; Lance Armstrong Races in the Inaugural Four-Mountain Event
(August 29, 2011) Aspen/Snowmass, Colo.– Max Taam of Aspen, Colo. took home first place in the inaugural Power of Four Mountain Bike Race this Sunday, August 28, with a time of 3 hours, 57 minutes, and 54 seconds.
Leipheimer Hangs on to 11 Second Advantage to Win the Inaugural 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in the Mile-High City
Daniel Oss of Liquigas-Cannondale Wins the Final Stage of the Race and Garmin-Cervelo Took the Overall Team Win
(August 28, 2011) DENVER, Colo. – After seven challenging days of racing through the Colorado Rockies, Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack was crowned the first-ever champion of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in front of a monumental crowd in downtown Denver.
Elia Viviani of Liquigas-Cannondale Breaks into Breckenridge to Win Second Consecutive Stage of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Leipheimer Retains the Overall Lead Heading into the Final Day of Racing
(August 27, 2011) BRECKENRIDGE, COLO. – Tour de France second-place finisher Andy Schleck (NED) of Team Leopard-Trek attempted to win his first-ever American race, but came 500 meters short as the riders sprinted into Breckenridge for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 finish where Elia Viviani (ITA) of Liquigas-Cannondale crossed the line first to take his second consecutive stage win.
Leipheimer Retains the Overall Lead with Two Decisive Days of Racing to Go
(August 26, 2011) STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLO. – Clear blue skies and remarkable crowds welcomed the riders to the Stage 4 finish in Steamboat Springs, as 22-year-old Elia Viviani (ITA) took a strong lead-out from teammate Daniel Oss of Liquigas-Cannondale and outsprinted the field to take the win.
Team Radio Shack’s Levi Leipheimer Clinches Overall Lead with Dramatic Time Trial Victory in Vail
(August 25, 2011) VAIL, Colo. – In a race against time, Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack, a time trial specialist, came out on top after completing the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge individual time trial in 25 minutes and 47.08 seconds to take the stage and re-claim the overall lead.
George Hincapie of BMC Racing Team Overpowers Climbers to Take Stage 2 of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Tejay Van Garderen Takes the Overall Lead with a Powerful attack at Top of Independence Pass
(August 24, 2011) ASPEN, Colo. – At more than 130 miles, Stage 2, the epic Queen Stage of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, pushed riders beyond the pain cave on the route from Gunnison, Colo., to Aspen.
Riders hit the dusty trail at Boggy Draw
(AUG. 13, 2011) DOLORES, Colo— Dolores, Colorado: it’s the kind of place where horseback is still a preferred method for getting around town.
Leipheimer in Yellow After a Very Long Hard Day
(August 23, 2011) CRESTED BUTTE, Colo - Team Radio Shack’s Levi Leipheimer shattered a large field of GC contenders on the final, arduous climb to the finish on Mt. Crested Butte, winning the 99.3 mile stage and grabbing the yellow leaders jersey in his trademark, calculated style.
Ramirez and Looney claim first solo victories with stellar high altitude performances.
(August 14-19, 2011) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—In its third year running, the Breck Epic provided another epic mountain bike alpine adventure of a race for all who were tough enough to take it on.
Kelli Emmett and Ross Schnell Take Titles at Inaugural Trestle Bike Park All Mountain Enduro
(Aug 19-21,2011) Winter Park, Colo- All mountain racers flocked from throughout the country to test their skills at the inaugural Trestle Enduro in Winter Park, Colo. A five-stage gravity based all mountain race, the Trestle Enduro is a test of riders skills and fitness against the clock over a variety of terrain.
World Class Bicycle Racing comes to Colorado with the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
(Aug 22, 2011) Colorado Springs, Co.-Day 1 of the US Pro Challenge kicked off under sunny skies and warm temps as some of the fastest guys on bikes tackled the short 5.2 mile Prologue that started in the Garden of the Gods and finished in downtown Colorado Springs. Patrick Gretsch of Columbia Highroad took the win with Christian Vande Velde of Garmin Cervelo just 2 seconds behind. The mostly downhill course kept the times fairly close, so here's a visual feast of the days action.
Think You're a Good Trail Rider?
Haul your ego and your six-inch travel bike up to Winter Park this coming weekend and put you're money on it at the Trestle Park Enduro. Fastest amateur racer takes home a new Trek Remedy.
Specialized Takes Double Victories with Redemption for Wells and a New Women’s Record for Rusch.
(August 13, 2011) LEADVILLE, Colo.—Loving life at 10,000 feet is the town motto for Leadville residents, and also the mantra for the Leadville Trail 100’s new champions Todd Wells and Rebecca Rusch.
Levi Leipheimer may have won the race, but Gobernacion Deportes Antioquias stole the show. Added to the start list late in the proceedings, no one was sure what to expect of the team from Columbia. Featured rider Oscar Sevilla raced a constistantly hard race, but it was Sergio Henao who took home the biggest prize, finishing in front of Leipheimer on the final day at Snow Bird ski area. 171 km and 3000 mteres of climbing on Sunday left the field shattered and scattered across the roads of northern Utah.
Leipheimer Maintains Control
(August 14, 2012) - SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. - Levi Leipheimer holds onto the overall race lead after a high paced circuit race around the Capitol Hill area of Salt Lake City. Temperatures in the mid nineties played a role nearly as important as that of the riders. Fast paced racing shattered the field into two major groups with the largest time gap between he two being 2:45 seconds.
Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) turned 23 yesterday. To celebrate he finished 6 seconds ahead of Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack) to win the stage 3 Chrono at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Utah.
Image: Strung out in the Wind by Chrstopher See
Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefits/Optum Health) goes for broke, wins stage.
New Women's Record for Horanyi
Images by Chris Miller and Jordan Carr
On August 1, 2011 68 anxious cyclists departed from the Indian Creek Trailhead just west of Denver, Colo. Packed for the worst while hoping for the best: Riders were in for an epic singletrack journey of a lifetime.
(Augutst 9, 2011) SALT LAKE CITY, Ut - Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefits/Optum Health) - currently 30th overall after the Prologue at 4'27" 22 secs back - maxes out during the 1.25 mile prologue in Park City, Utah. Prolgues may be short but they can jurt like hell. Anthony is a contender for Best Climber here at Utah.
Snowmass Mountain Blasted with Full Weekend of Racing.
(August 6 and 7, 2011) SNOWMASS, Colo.—The Mountain States Cup took over Snowmass Village with its 8th stop of the series.
Magelky and Reeves wrangle wins in the Laramie Range.
(July 30, 2011) Laramie Wy.-Clear skies and warm temperatures greeted racers for this years Enduro, with hundreds of racers tackling the 72 mile course that winds its way through the Laramie Range in Southeastern Wyoming. This is some awesome terrain that travels through more than a few different types of riding from windswept double track, to loose technical granite, to hard pack goodness through the woods. With 8600 ft. of climbing and generally fast trail conditions the winning times were blazingly fast.
Switch Technology: A bold move forward (and back)
As far as I can tell, Yeti’s design team built the new six-inch travel SB66 for nobody but themselves.
Cam McCaul enjoys victory walk from Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle.
(July 30 and 31, 2011) WINTER PARK, Colo.—The big news of Crankworx Colorado was Cam McCaul’s flawless slopestyle finals run which included a no-handed front flip to take the overall slopestyle victory.
Brian Lopes Double’s up on Gravity wins and Cam McCaul Qualifies First in Slopestyle.
(July 28 and 29, 2011) WINTER PARK, Colo.—The fifth annual Crankworx Colorado festival got underway with a long list of prestigious athletes pursuing a cash purse totaling over $36,000 dollars.
New Iron-Man-Like qualifier series for Leadville Proves Popular - Even for the Likes of Armstrong
by Jason Sumner
(July 31, 2011) CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. - Take the Ironman model and give it a mountain biking twist and you have the new-for-2011 Leadville Qualifying Series, which concluded Sunday at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in the Colorado Rockies.
Alex Gray and Katie Compton take top honors at the inaugural Steamboat Stinger.
(July 24, 2011) STEAMBOAT, Colo.-Approximately 350 racers toed the line at the inaugural Honey Stinger, Steamboat Stinger 50 mile mountain bike race to test out the new course that began in town at Howelson Hill and sent riders out on a challenging loop full of classic singletrack and loads of climbing. Mother nature delivered a perfect Rocky Mountain day with warm temps and sunny skies for the riders as they set out for a day of suffering through meadows of wildflowers, quaking aspen groves, and fields of sage.
Popowski and Jacques Climb to Victory atop Mount Evans.
(July 23, 2011) IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo.—In its 46th annual running, the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hillclimb was contested on a perfect Rocky Mountain day replete with plenty of sunshine, cool temperatures and 7540 feet of climbing up the country’s highest paved road.
(July 24 2011) – Bend, Oregon – Janel Holcomb of the Colavita/Forno d'Asolo womens cycling team wrested the overall win, at the 32nd Cascade Classic Stage Race, from Clara Hughes (Cycle BC) and denied a determined Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 squad as well.
(July 22) – Bend, Oregon - Clara Hughes (BC Bike) leads the 32nd annual Cascade Cycling Classic. Hughes took over the race lead from Kristin McGrath (Peanut Butter & Co 2012) following a 22 km individual time trial on Thursday.
by Berne Broudy
It was a bright and sunny weekend in Sun Valley for the 2011 XC MTB Nationals, the firs time that USA Cycling has separated XC and Gravity Nationals.
(20 July) – Bend, Oregon - After the McKenzie Pass Road Race, stage 1 of the Cascade Classic, Kristin McGrath of Peanut Butter & Co 2012 wears the yellow leaders jersey. Andrea Dvorak (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo) trails by 17 seconds followed by Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO/to the top) in third.
50-Miler Challenges Riders for the Utah State Championship
Written by: Shannon Boffeli
The Utah State Championship Series (USCS) visited Park City, once again, for the third race of the four race series. This time offering up a 50-miler to challenge their riders.
Jeff Schalk takes down Tostado, as Jari Kirkland wins it for the Women.
(July 16, 2011) Breckenridge, Colo.-Reigning Breck 100 champ Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz/Shimano) finally met his match in Jeff Schalk (Trek) at this years National Ultra Endurance series race in Breckenridge Colorado. Tostado has won every year since the races inception six years ago. Schalk finished second last year after flatting twice on the first of three loops, and then having to fight back from a 17-minute deficit.
Fun Times had by all in New Belgium Brewery’s home town.
(July 17, 2011) FORT COLLINS, Colo.— At approximately 9:30am, hundreds of cyclist headed out in three different waves from the New Belgium Brewery, which is known as the Mothership.
Espinoza and Hottman edge out competition to take wins.
(July 10, 2011) BOULDER, Colo.-The afternoon downpours of the preceding few days were thankfully absent for the racing on Sunday at North Boulder Park. Thunder rolled around off in the distance but stayed away as fans cheered on the racers tackling the circuit around the park. With a slight uphill start/finish, a few 90 degree corners and a set of three successive turns packed tightly together along the back corner of the course, the racing was never dull.
Caroline Soong blazes to Antelope Wells as first female while New Mexico burns.
(June 27-July10, 2011) CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, N.A.—With much anticipation, rookie Tour Divide rider, Caroline Soong was the first woman to complete this year’s 2600+ mile romp along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.
(July 4, 2011) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—Despite a lingering snowpack at the higher elevations, Maverick Sports Promotions delivered another excellent fifty mile mountain bike race for the eleventh running of the Firecracker 50.
Mike West and Gretchen Reeves Prove they are Masters of the Mountains in Crested Butte.
(June 25, 2011) Crested Butte, Colo.—Epic singletrack cross-country racing returned once again to Crested Butte this weekend with the fifth stop of the Mountain States Cup Series.
(June 28 - Park City UT) The 2011 Tour Of Utah formally kicked off today with the announcement of the official race route. Using the principle of host cities this years tour is focused more on circuit style racing than long point to point stages. The host venues are Utah Olympic Park, Ogden, Provo, Miller Motor Sports Park, Salt Lake City Snow Bird Resort and Park City. A circuit race in Salt Lake City replaces the Park City criterium this year because the 2011 edition of the Tour is rated UCI 2.1, and there can be no criterium by UCI regulation.
Heavy winter snow and early season rains create lush green conditions for Race #2 of the Utah State Championship Series.
The second race of the inaugural Utah State Championship Series (USCS) took place just outside Park City, Utah, in lovely Round Valley. Heavy winter snowfall and early season rains have left Round Valley lush, green, and blanketed with wildflowers. While the temperatures remained in the 70s, the bright sunshine made the racing feel hot as a very late spring/early summer have kept most riders accustomed to colder temperatures.
Kurt Refsnider and Jefe Branham take Tour Divide competition to new level.
(June 17-26, 2011) CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, N.A.—With one last heave-ho, Kurt Refsnider and Jefe Branham rode through the night from Silver City, New Mexico to the U.S. border crossing at Antelope Wells to complete their Tour Divide rides unceremoniously and respectively in first and second place.
Minnar and Kintner bring world cup speed to Sol Vista for the overall wins.
(June 16-19, 2011) GRANBY, Colo.—Downhill racers were treated to a great weekend of racing and riding on three different courses at the Sol Vista bike park in a thrilling stage race format.
MCGAFFEY, N.M. - Every once in a while racing is as much about camaraderie as it is about competing, and sometimes a race feels like an annual reunion of good friends instead of a test of the strongest and fastest. For a lot of people, that might best describe the vibe of 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest.
Riders battered with rain, mud and snow despite numerous re-routes.
(June 10-16, 2011) CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, N.A.—Despite a record breaking season of snow fall for many areas of the Rocky Mountains, the 2011 Tour Divide is underway with nearly twice as many entrants as the previous year.
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Colin Cares escapes for the win, while Sonya Looney makes it two in a row.
(June 18, 2011) Bailey Colo.-With a blast of the double barreled shotgun, the second annual Bailey Hundo rolled out of town at 6AM, sending 250 racers out for a hundred miles of pain and suffering mixed with a healthy dose of killer Colorado singletrack. With about 60 miles of trail and over 12,000ft. of climbing, even the fastest riders faced a long day in the saddle.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - Living up to it's moniker, Pajarito Punishment once again inflicted pain and suffering on a dedicated group of racers. With the light smell of smoke lingering in the air from the Arizona wildfires and a distinct haze visible in the valley below, the cross-country racers hit the starting line at 9am Saturday morning. Eighteen miles and 3200ft of elevation gain later Damian Calvert conquered a fifth consecutive Pro category win with a time of 1:41:52. Nina Baum also came with her A-game, knocking off her third consecutive win with a time of 2:10:33.
Kappius keeps it pumped up as Moller wins the Women’s Marathon.
(June 12, 2011) Castle Rock, Colo.-The third race in the Rocky Mountain Endurance series was held on a new course in Castle Rock. Bison Park, and its adjacent Ridgeline Open Space, is a great venue for this type of race. The course wound its way through the hills to the west of Castle rock, complete with tons of fast flowy singletrack, short punchy climbs, and lots of opportunity for spectators to witness the suffering up close. After a paved climb on the first lap to spread riders out, the course hit the dirt for 6 laps on the ten-mile circuit.
Winter has gone. Park City is stuck somewhere between summer and spring. Moderate temperatures and blue sky greeted riders for the twentieth edition of the Deer Valley Pedalfest. Winners in each class would be able to proclaim themselves State Champion for the remainder of the season.
(June 12, 2011) LAKEWOOD, Colo. - In its second year, the Beti Bike Bash - an all-women’s mountain bike race held in Lakewood - brought racers out in force.
SKS Stowaway Pump
What started with countless washers, rolls of duct tape and several trips to the local hardware store, resulted in SKS Germany’s new Stowaway pump that tucks cleverly into a straight or riser handlebar.
Trimming the Fat at Magura's Sedona Press Camp: What’s Kaas Spaetzle got to do with it?
(May 19, 2011) SEDONA, Ariz - 24 Eggs, heaping mountains of flour, a lot of cheese (that’s metric for tons), cases of spaetzle noodles (like egg noodles), a crop of onions, three, count ‘em three pounds of bacon… and one German engineer/chef:
Rollin' Out in Rollinsville
(June 4, 2011) Rollinsville, Colo.-Single Speed USA came to the Republic of Boulder over the weekend, and as expected, it was a magnet for all those inspired by the two wheeled, single speeded mode of dirt travel. Riders from New York City showed up in purple cords with matching furry scarves, a gal from Austin made the trek to race in her “ref 69” uniform. Folks from Vermont, Arizona, and California all left their shifters at home and came ready to ride some great Colorado singletrack
Teva Mountain Games celebrates its tenth year with top competition and excellent racing.
(June 3, 4, and 5, 2011) VAIL, Colo.—Teva Mountain Games once again took the mountain town of Vail to bring some of the world’s top athletes together to compete in contest and races of every mountain variety.
(June 5, 2011) ANGEL FIRE, NM- Day two of the Chili Challenge started off with an early roll call for the lift. Super D racers made their way to the top of the mountain for a kamikaze descent to the bottom. Each category was set off in a mass LeMans style running start. From there, they opened up the throttle for a crazy loose run down an open ski run. With any Super D race getting the holeshot, or being the first to single track is always an advantage. Angel Fire’s Super D course was so long, it definitely lent a hand to all the downhill racers lined up for their run.
(June 4, 2011) ANGEL FIRE, NM - The 23rd Annual Chili Challenge kicked off this weekend in Angel Fire New Mexico. This long running race has been known for its uncertain and at times nasty weather. If it wasn’t raining or snowing, then it was nuclear hot and insanely dusty. This year’s event brought on nearly picture perfect weather.
(30 May 2011 – Draper Utah) Stan Crane loved to race his mountain bike. He had a family, raced sport class and ran a small business. An original member and sponsor of the Revolution Peak Fasteners Racing Team., he was popular figure. Over the winter of 2006 he began to be serious about his approach to racing. Stan passed suddenly that winter.
50 Mile Endurance Race Among the Party Favors - Bring Your Dancing Shoes
Nathan Wilson and Kasey Clark Conquer the Road
(May 29, 2011) Superior, Colo.-Day two of the Superior Morgul Classic served up a healthy dose of road racing on the famous Morgul Bismark road course. This course has been around since the Red Zinger days and has even been featured in the movie Breaking Away. It is a 13.5-mile loop gaining 750 feet of climbing per lap. The course tackles the infamous “Wall” and “The Hump”, while taking the riders around a scenic rural loop under the watchful gaze of Boulder’s Flatirons.
Josh Yeaton and Meagan Hottman take day one wins in the Criterium.
(May 28, 2011)Superior, Colo.-An old Colorado road race is making it’s comeback in the form of the The Superior Morgul Classic. This road race has it’s roots in the Red Zinger and Coors Classic days when many of the nations top professionals would show up to do battle. The new incarnation of the race, now in it’s second year, also includes the Summit Criterium on Saturday before the road race on Sunday.
Brian Smith and Kelli Emmett Battle High Wnds to Set New Course Records
(May 29, 2011) GUNNISON, Colo- The start line was pack with anxious and smiling faces. For many, this was their first Growler experience and possibly even their first experience riding at Hartman’s Rock. The early morning brought a crispness to the air aiding in the buzz. Every racer had their eyes fixed on Gunnison Mayor, Jonathan Houck as he stood atop a classic GMC pickup with shotgun in hand.
1991 World Mountain Bike Champion Ruthie Matthes talks Iron Horse and Advocacy with Mountain Flyer's Trina Ortega
Sage Wilderman wins again, as Colin Cares takes the Men’s Cross Country.
(May 22, 2011) Salida Colo.-Sunday’s stage three of the MSC Riverside Rampage was the much-awaited Cross Country course where the riders would be able to stretch out their legs a bit and see some of the surrounding countryside. There had been much talk about the course and the technical riding it involved, with the official race website suggesting pre-riding the course and running beefier tires.
Mitch Hoke and Sage Wilderman dominate on Day 1
(May 21, 2011) Salida, Colo.-The third race in the MSC Series blew into Salida Colorado last weekend as hundreds of racers turned out to test their skills and fitness on some new trails around town. The local trails organization group, Salida Mountain Trails, has been putting in some serious time advocating and building trails within the Arkansas Valley Hill Trail network around “S” Mountain.
Laramie Mountain Bike Series keeps mountain bike racing fun with roots style racing.
(May 22, 2011) Curt Gowdy State Park, WY.—Regardless of winter like weather in Northern Colorado and Wyoming, the Gowdy Grinder provided racers with some great racing on a fast dry course.
(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) Sugarhouse Park was the venue. Mother nature provided a warm day with clear sky. That fact in itself is newsworthy as May in Utah this year has been anything but springlike. Nichole Evans (Primal/Map My Ride) took top spot for Pro women while the mens race was shortened by spectator inceident.
FORT STANTON, N.M. – In the days of the Wild West, a battle raged in Lincoln County between cattle ranchers and general store owners. The Lincoln County War left many an innocent man dead and produced some of America’s most legendary figures of that time, including Billy The Kid.
Taking place among the same juniper and pinion studded hills that hosted those bloody battles of 1870’s, the 12 Hours in the Wild West is the mountain biking equivalent of those clashes, but this time the outlaws are riding steeds of a different sort and their clothes are much tighter.
Greg Krause and Kasey Clark take top honors.
(May 15, 2011)BOULDER, Colo.-The Uni Hill Crit has its roots back in the Coors Classic Stage Race, when top national and international racers tackled the circuit that featured some fast descending and technical cornering around the famous University Hill area near the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The race has not been run for the last 7 years, but race promoter Without Limits Productions felt the time was ripe to bring back this classic crit.
Kokopelli Trail lures racers into good time with surprisingly fast course.
(May 14, 2011) FRUITA, Colo.—Gemini Adventures definitely got off on the good foot with their first running of the Desert RATS Classic mountain bike race, which in storied Kokopelli fashion lead racers happily across the 107 kilometers of challenging desert terrain.
(May 6-8, 2011) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- The 2011 Ranchstyle came with a few big changes. Bigger jumps, bigger landings, new wooden features, a massive judging tower, and let’s not forget all the big name riders that made a presence there.
Binion claims repeat solo victory and Team Street Swell Longboards sets high mark of 36 laps for the men’s duo win.
(May 7, 2011) FRUITA, Colo.—18 Hours of Fruita ran for the second year in a row with splendid spring weather and plenty of fun singletrack around Highline Lake State Park.
Kalan Beisel and Kelly Boniface clean up in race #2 of the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series.
(MAY 7, 2011)-Lakewood, Co-A warm spell settled in over the Front Range and temperatures would climb into the eighties before the day was done. Hundreds of racers showed up to test themselves in race #2 of the Rocky Mountain Endurance series. Put on by Warriors Cycling, the event was held at Bear Creek Lake State Park where a 10-mile loop of mostly singletrack ran through the expansive acreage of the park.
May 7 2011 – Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City UT
Mike Booth claims title as 2011 Utah's top criterium racer. Utah's fastest racers gathered Saturday for 90 minutes of hard four corner racing around Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. The course is dead flat, four corners, four straight-aways around a tree lined city park. Races for all USA Cycling categories and a young riders field made it a full day of racing in the spring sun
Francisco ‘Paco’ Macebo outclasses field with solo win on Queen stage to solidify overall GC victory.
(April 31, 2011) SILVER CITY, NM—“He just got another gear” was the announcement that echoed over the Tour of the Gila race radio as Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) seemingly hit the after-burners to quickly distance his last breakaway companion while ascending the last climb to the Stage 5 Gila Monster finish.
PRESCOTT, ARIZ.- Just like the liquor after which it was named, the Whiskey Off-Road keeps getting better with age.
Lewis and Hughes take stage wins in a field sprint.
(April 30, 2011) SILVER CITY, NM—The festivities on tap for Saturday were easily a town favorite with tight and fast criterium racing held on a four corner course covering 1.08 miles in historic downtown Silver City.
A Hill Country Classic
April 30 - May 1, 2011 Juan Pelota Ranch, Dripping Springs, Texas
When you're racing in the backyard of cycling legend, Lance Armstrong, there is an added ingredient of legacy and nostalgia mixed into the weekend of Mountain Bike Racing. The 2011 Mellow Johnny's Classic delivered incredible racing and good times.
Parker and Hughes put in breakthrough surprise performances to claim TT victories.
(April 29, 2011) SILVER CITY, NM—Just in time for the time trial, the dreaded winds of southwestern New Mexico got back up to speed to provide an extra challenge for the racers and their aero-dynamic machines.
Pipp takes field sprint and Logan-Sprenger takes impressive solo win
(April 28bv, 2011) SILVER CITY, NM—More excellent New Mexico weather greeted racers at the start of the second stage of racing in and around the Gila National Forest.
Mancebo and Abbott climb to victory at Mogollon
(April 27, 2011) SILVER CITY, NM—In its 25th year of running, the Tour of the Gila presented by SRAM got off to another fantastic start with pleasant weather and a $66,000 cash purse for racers to contest.
Swenson Beats Grant in a Sprint Finish, Sarah Kaufmann Bests the Women's Field
Saturday marked the beginning of a new mountain bike race series in Utah, the Utah State Championship Series (USCS). If Saturday’s race was any indication the USCS will quickly become a major player in local MTB events. Despite being the first event, the race, in Lambert Park, went off like clockwork. After the finish, all participants raved about the great course and exciting race atmosphere.
Kappius and Anderson take wins in the Marathon, while Alders and Reeves clean up in the Half Marathon.
(April 23, 2011) PUEBLO, Colo-Race #1 of the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series kicked off this past weekend at Lake Pueblo State Park. Under mostly cloudy skies and a stout breeze, hundreds of racers competed in both the marathon, a 70 mile endeavor, and the half marathon, for those less inclined to the full size suffer fest. Either way, racers were treated to plenty of excellent single track that worked its way around the canyons and grassland surrounding Lake Pueblo.
(April 23, 2011) Henefer, Utah - Evan Hyde (Realcyclist) wins at East Canyon, beating Chase Pinkham (Bissel) after 96km under threatening skies.
Zirbel and Higgins take dominant wins in the Individual Time Trial around Haystack Mtn.
(April 16, 2011) BOULDER, Colo.—Clear skies, strong winds, and a great course are what the time trial racers were given to race with at the Haystack Mountain Time Trials this year.
(April 14-17, 2011) MONTEREY, Cali- The Sea Otter Classic has long been a staple for the cycling community. This being the event’s 21st year, The Sea Otter Classic marks the main kick off for the year’s racing.
(April 14-17, 2011) MONTEREY, Cali- The Sea Otter Classic has long been a staple for the cycling community. This being the event’s 21st year, The Sea Otter Classic marks the main kick off for the year’s racing. This year’s event was accompanied by beautiful central coast weather and plenty of great racing. From the Pro Short Track to the always exciting Dual Slalom racing, the 2011 Sea Otter Classic was one to not miss.
Ibis has created a new niche for themselves with their versatile trail bike the Mojo, but it was missing some key features that are now standard on most trail bikes.
WINTER PARK, Colo., (April 13, 2011) – Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park announces a new event scheduled for the 2011 summer season, the Trestle All-Mountain Enduro race – presented by Trek.
GALLUP, N.M. – It started out as an idyllic Spring day in the high desert, but before it was done, there would be hell to pay.
Emmett and Hoke both take top podium spots for second day in a row in the Cross Country at Cheyenne Mountain Park.
(April 10, 2011) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo-The threat of rain and possible snow was blown away by the wind on day 2 of the Mountain States Cup series opener in Colorado Springs. The day broke to clear skies as racers convened at Cheyenne Mountain Park to tackle the cross-country course. The lure of a longer race with more of the parks trails included in the course seemed to draw quite a few more racers than Saturdays time trial.
Kelli Emmet and Mitch Hoke take Time Trial wins on Saturday.
(April 9, 2011) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo-The first race in the Mountain States Cup series came to Cheyenne Mountain Park last weekend under blue skies and strong winds. Racers from all over the Rocky Mountain region came to test their skills and fitness at the first race in the series. The Mountain States Cup Series is a nine event series with races in Colorado and New Mexico. Races include short track, cross-country, down hill, super D, and 4x racing.
Team Rio Grande dominates brutally tough and windy Mead-Roubaix with Haga First and Tietzel Third.
(April 10, 2011) MEAD, Colo.—DBC Events created another classic course with the Mead-Roubaix in the rural farmland of Larimer, Boulder, and Weld Counties. Fashioned after the iconic Paris-Roubaix ‘Hell of North’ classic in Europe, the parcors sent racers out for multiple laps on a 66 percent paved and 34 percent hard pack (dirt road) route 19.4 miles in length.
A warm spring day turns epic as snow rolls in on the racers.
(April 4, 2011) GOLDEN Co- Although the day broke with fair skies and warm temperatures, by midday, things began to change quickly as a spring storm moved in. The weather report was calling for a 70% chance of precipitation, and word from the mountains was they were getting hit hard
Zirbel and Fisk make their first returns to the peloton victorious.
(April 2, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Pleasantly warm and sunny spring weather graced the criterium racers for a great day of competition at the Louisville criterium on Saturday.
Saturday April 2 2011 - Salt Lake City Ut
Hell Of The North, the name is inextricably linked to an April Sunday in France. Use the phrase in the presence of a cycling fan and a certain look appears in the eyes. Visions of mud, dust, cobblestones and epic rides come to mind. One suspects there is a race in nearly every cycling community that models itself after the Paris-Roubaix spring classic.
2011 Mellow Johnny’s Spring Classic Kick-Off Party to Benefit the Texas High School Mountain Bike League
AUSTIN, Texas (March 30, 2011) – Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is excited to announce that its 3rd annual Mellow Johnny’s Spring Classic Kick-Off Party will benefit the Texas High School Mountain Bike League for the first time ever on Friday, April 29 at 7pm.
Collegiate racers from around the state get a chance to test their early season chops.
DENVER, Colo. (March 27th, 2011)-The annual DU Criterium was held at Denver City Park on Sunday where both collegiate and USCF racers towed the line to work on early season fitness, and gain valuable race experience. This event is also an annual fundraiser for the DU Cycling Club. Collegiate level riders from all over the state turned out for the race, some even trying their luck in the USCF races later in the afternoon.
Want race in the world renowned Leadville Trail 100? Then checkout the Leadville Qualifying Series for 2011.
LEADVILLE, Colo. (March 29, 2011) – Life Time Fitness, Inc, (NYSE:LTM) The Healthy Way of Life Company, and AEG today announced the Leadville Qualifying Series (LQS) for the 2011 Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race (LT100). A rider’s performance at these races could guarantee a spot at the same start line where legendary cyclists, such as Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Rebecca Rusch, Tinker Juarez and Dave Wiens, have once started.
Big Friggin' Reduced to Medium Friggin', Due to High Waters. But still no "Dumbed Down XC race".
Sedona Arizona, March 19th 2011
The second race in the Arizona Endurance Series went off last Saturday in Sedona Arizona. Along with New Mexico and Colorado, the Arizona Endurance Series is a relatively new race format that “promotes responsible grassroots endurance racing”. These races have a maximum of 74 participants, due to National Forest Service regulations, but the daunting nature of most of the courses seems to keep the number of riders to a smaller hard-core crew at all but a few of the races. There are no entry fees, no official timing, and lots of beer and pizza at the finish!
Mayor Vidal and Colorado Rapids “Kick Off” second season of the Denver B-cycle bike sharing program.
(March 14, 2011) DENVER, Colo.—On a brisk Monday morning, Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal proudly launched the opening day for the second season of Denver B-cycle’s very successful bike share program.
Meet the Framebuilder Video Series: Vertigo Cycles, Independent Fabrications, Strong Frames, Priority Cycles, and Signal Cycles.
(March 13, 2011) Comfort, Texas - If you combine Texas along with any type of cycling, you just know you're in for fireworks, even if it's the middle of March.
Meet the Framebuilder Video Series: Bamboosero, Renold Yip of Yipsan, Sacha White of The Vanilla Workshop, Don Walker
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Rory Kelly and Alison Powers set the fastest times at Colorado's road racing season opener.
(March 5, 2011) FORT COLLINS, Colo.—A larger than expected turn-out of 286 road racers donned their time trial gear to give their legs the first test of the road racing season with a solo race against the clock.
Meet the Framebuilders Video Series: Hampsten, Mosaic, Moots, and a Guest appearance by Gary Fisher
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The Equipment Behind the Sweet Frames
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Mitering fixtures, stem fixtures, frame fixtures, saws and miters, heat sinks, clamps, tube blocks.… The world of tools for the bike-builder can be endless. It can also be very simple.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — In a corridor just outside the main hall of the bustling 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) at the Austin Convention Center, Lance Koppa starts counting on both hands: “I’ve got a fixie, a mountain bike, a heavy road bike
ORACLE, ARIZ.- There is no such thing as bad weather, only soft people.
Salt Lake City 16 Feb 2011 - The Larry H Miller Tour of Utah, “America's Toughest Stage Race,” revealed the six cities along the Wasatch Front picked to host stages of the 2011 stage race. Steve Miller, president of the Utah Cycling Partnership, owner of the race, introduced the host cites.
NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (February 10, 2011) — Fresh off a hot streak that saw her win five straight Cyclocross World Cup races and finish second at the 2011 Cyclocross Worlds, Katie Compton has announced she will join the Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team in 2011. Compton and Rosara Joseph of New Zealand are the first two women athletes on the dramatically expanded Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team.
Krista Park and Tim Allen show they have their winter single speed legs on board.
(Feb 4-6, 2011) TUCSON, Ariz-What could be better? Leave behind your cold snowy home town and flock south like a strange breed of birds to join the single speed love in Tucson Arizona.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Jan.27, 2011 - Strava, Inc. (www.strava.com), creator of powerful Web and mobile apps for avid athletes, and Studio Velo (www.studiovelocycling.com), the Bay Area's premier cycling retailer, announce the 2011 KOM (King of the Mountain) Challenge - where individuals and cycling teams log vertical climbs in pursuit of prizes equaling $100,000, glory and the KOM title.
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Margell Abel and John Tarkington take last wins of Colorado Cross Cup.
(January 22, 2011) BOULDER, Colo.—Typically, January is a month for base miles and snow sports in Colorado with the exception being extended to a select few crossing the big pond for the World Championships this coming weekend.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. - Some trails are rough, but then there's South Mountain Park. Full of gnarly descents, big drops and lots of short technical climbs, it's not a place to take the kids for a ride, but it is a great place to show-off two of the latest additions to the Tomac Bikes lineup for 2011, the carbon Supermatic 120 and the Diplomat 29er. Journalists from all over the world did just that during a company-held press camp from Jan. 13-15th, and Mountain Flyer was on hand to check out the goods.
(Tucson, Ariz.) Jan. 11, 2011. . . . Participants in the single speed category at the Whiskey Off Road could win a free trip to the 2011 Single Speed World Championships Aug. 27 in Ballyhoura, Ireland.
Epic Rides, in partnership with the Single Speed World Championships, will award the first place male and female finishers in the 50 Proof single speed categories round-trip airfare to attend the World Championships. This award, along with the $20,000 cash purse for pro riders – with male and female riders receiving equal payout – is one reason the Whiskey Off Road appeals to top level endurance mountain bikers.
Pearce and Abbel finish off Boulder Cyclocross Series with wins.
(Dec 18, 2010) LYONS, Colo.—Three great months of Front Range cyclocross racing concluded just before Christmas with the last race of the five race Boulder Cyclocross Series at the Lyons high school and dirt park on a crisp cold Saturday.
Eaton Park goes grassroots with a little help from the City of Boulder.
(Dec 16, 2010) BOULDER, Colo.—With the mountain bike racing and events season essentially over until next year, Front Range mountain bikers and dirt jumpers have been taking advantage of the very mild fall and winter by dialing in Eaton Park.
Dwight and Duke take home State Champ titles for 2010.
Louisville, Colo.-The unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of moisture continued for day two of the state championships at Monarch High School. Although true CX weather was missed by most, the dry conditions made for tight and fast racing around the mostly grass circuit that featured a double sand pit and two separate barrier run ups.
Fort Buenaventura, Ogden Utah – December 4 2010
Hulick, Powers and O'Conner take top steps at Fort Buenaventura.
300 plus racers contest first day of Colorado Cyclocross State Championships.
(Dec 4, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Colorado cyclocross racers converged on Monarch High School to contest a dry but cool state championship.
Krughoff takes classy win and Abel emerges victorious.
(Nov 28, 2010) WESMINSTER, Colo.—The fourth of the five race Boulder Cyclocross racing series was held on a new course at the Westminster City Park.
Dwight takes first victory of season, and Boni claims her third.
(Nov 27, 2010) GOLDEN, Colo.—Colorado cyclocross racers converged on Lookout Mountain to work off their Thanksgiving Day indulgences with some warm abundant sunshine to bring on a sweat.
Duke and Pacocha take wins for the day.
Longmont, Colo.-Anyone driving up from the south to Sunday’s race in Longmont was in for an unpleasant surprise. The temperature was at least 20 degrees colder at the race venue than anywhere to the south. A dark and ominous cloudbank drifted back and forth across the venue, with a cold biting wind to spice things up.
Duke and Krughoff conquer the grass
CENTENNIAL, Colo.-The second race in the Alpha Cross series was held under sunny but cold and sometimes breezy skies at Arapahoe Community Park. The course was primarily deep grass around the park and athletic fields, with a small bit of pavement, and a sand pit that forced just about everyone off their bikes.
Move the finish line to the ER
By Jason Sumner
MUCUGE, Brasil - The first running of the Claro Brasil Ride concluded with a relatively flat 98.5km loop that started and finished in Mucuge.
A Tactical Affair By Jason Sumner
MUCUGE, Brazil-The second to last day of the inaugural Claro Brasil Ride mountain bike stage race was essentially a transfer stage, as what’s left of this inaugural race’s battered and bruised field migrated from Rio de Contas north back to Mucuge, the town the event started in on Saturday.
Leadville Veteran’s Rebecca Rusch and Alex Grant top U.S. riders after tough opening stage
SOMEWHERE WET AND MUDDY, Costa Rica - Today 190 top endurance racers competed in the first day of La Ruta de los Conquistadores. La Ruta is known to be one of the most challenging mountain bike stage races around.
Keeping up with the Smiths
By Jason Sumner
Another day, another host of epic tales from the Claro Brasil Ride mountain bike stage race.
Compton and Johnson get Revenge on day 2 in Fort Collins.
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-The second day of The New Belgium Cup went off much as the first; classic CX weather, classic CX conditions, and a great venue for North Americas fastest CX racers to do battle.
The winner is the best team whose bikes don’t break By Jason Sumner
MUCUGE, Brazil - Testing trails, mechanicals and Mother Nature ruled the day on a rain soaked stage 3 at the 6-day Claro Brasil Ride mountain bike stage race Tuesday.
Enough mud to build an adobe metropolis
By Jason Sumner
Hey La Ruta, better watch out. There’s a new entrant in the ultra-endurance mountain biking genre, and it’s packing a serious punch — plus some epic scenery.
Kabush takes classic muddy win, and Nash outsprints Compton for victory.
OGDEN, UTAH-Round #8 of the Utah Cyclocross Series also happens to be the race that determines the State Champion for each category. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the choice of venue
Very Slippery MUCUGE, BAHIA, Brazil-Andy Eyring and Lukas Kaufmann (Team European Youngsters) stopped the clock in 31:07, winning the six-day Claro Ride Brasil’s 13km stage 1 prologue time trial on Sunday.
By Jason Sumner via Brazil Add this one to the bucket list
The first annual Claro Ride Brasil kicks off Sunday in Mucuge, Bahia. The six-day mountain bike stage race starts at noon local time with a 13km prologue.
HURRICANE, UTAH – While most people were enjoying an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning, a group of devoted mountain bikers were racing among the red desert mesa’s of southwestern Utah.
Kappius and Dombroski are head of the class at this years Schoolyard Cross.
More unseasonably warm and dry weather greeted racers at the Boulder Reservoir for Saturday’s Schoolyard Cross. Although a new venue for this race, the Resevoir is no stranger to anyone who races CX on the Front Range.
Kappius and Strong take warm weather cross victories.
(Nov 7, 2010) CASTLE ROCK, Colo.—A good day of ‘cross racing was had by all who showed up for the Castle Cross Cyclocross festival at the newly built Castle Rock Rhyolite Bike Park.
GUNNISON, Colo.- Picture perfect weather and amazing trails conditions greeted competitors that took the trails of Hartman Rocks Recreation Area for Gunnison Trails’ second annual bike race celebrating the inevitable time change signaling the onset of winter.
One Hell of a Queen's Stage
DENVER, Colo.-The Quiznos Pro Challenge™ officially announced the stages, host cities and race format for the inaugural 2011 international pro-cycling competition at a press conference today held at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
Walking into the Chili Pepper Bike Shop in Moab Utah, you will be greeted by one of the many shop dogs. The strong aroma of coffee quickly takes over your senses.
Johnson and Gould take wins at fan packed Boulder Cup.
(Oct 31, 2010) BROOMFIELD, Colo.—The sixth stop of the North American Cyclocross Trophy series was hotly contested at the Victory Circle Graphics Boulder Cup cyclocross race on Halloween Day.
On Halloween all the freaks come out to play. No where is that more true than at cyclocross races across the country. Even in conservative Utah the Halloween weekend gets the biggest and weirdest crowds.
Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton each take top honors at the Boulder Reservoir.
With one of the biggest weekends of Cross racing in Colorado on tap, the fifth round of the North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) series rolled into Boulder on Saturday. Most of the top pros in the nation were on hand to do battle at the always-challenging Boulder Reservoir venue, as valuable UCI world cup points were up for the taking.
GUNNISON, Colo.—Trina Ortega has been named managing editor of Mountain Flyer Magazine. She will be replacing Caroline Spaeth, who filled the position since the magazine’s inception in 2004.
“I tried to scrub off the dirt and mud. Some of it would't come off.... Oh, wait, those are bruises....” - Sarah Kaufmann, (Elete Nutrition) comments on her love/hate relationship with cyclocross.
OGDEN, Utah – The long Running Utah Cyclocross Series goes into its fourth week while the Sabbath Series winds up.
Wells and Miller take back to back wins for Hudz/Subaru at BCS#3 CX Race.
(Oct 24, 2010) Louisville, Colo.—536 ‘cross crazed racers showed up at the Louisville Rec Center to contest the third cyclocross race of the five race Boulder Cyclocross Series.
Jake Wells and Amanda Miller take top honors.
The always anticipated, much loved, and well-attended Blue Sky Velo Cup rolled into town at the Legendary Xilinx Campus in Longmont this past Saturday. With nearly five hundred racers tackling a fast and flowing course, there was lots of great racing, plenty of Belgium waffles, the Niwot HS Marching Band, and even a thrash metal band out in the parking lot on the back side of the course, to pump up the racers as they ripped by.
MCGAFFEY, N.M. - Forget about start times, timing chips, award ceremonies and official results. It’s all about bragging rights.
Allen and Duke take beautiful Rocky Mtn Fall cyclocross victories.
(Oct 17, 2010) ESTES PARK, Colo.—DBC Events held its first cyclocross race of the season in Estes Park at the Aspen Lodge Resort and Conference Center, which provided for a very aesthetic fall venue with its rugged mountain scenery and golden leafed aspens.
DENVER, CO -Another day of beautiful fall weather greeted CX racers who rolled into Denver for Saturdays race at Thomas Jefferson High School. The folks from the International Christian Cycling Club, laid out a fun and challenging course on the mostly flat school grounds.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Securing new venues is one of the biggest challenges a cyclocross promoter has to face each season. For the last few years in Utah the venues have pretty much stayed the same but this year
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, two days of cool temperatures lead to fast racing in the local series. Utah Cyclocross puts on event number two and the Sabbath Cross series enters day 4.
Nicole Duke and Matt Shriver battle the wind, and their respective fields, to take wins at Cross at the River.
BUENA VISTA, CO- With the snow capped Collegiate Peaks as witness, a cruel fall wind battered racers throughout the day at the second annual Cross at the River race.
Grassroots Cycles of Grand Junction Brings Fun, Friends and Fund-raising into Competition
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO - Hucktoberfest, presented by Grassroots Cycles, was a fund raising benefit for the Lunch Loop Bike Park soon to open in Grand Junction Colorado.
Tostado and Kirkland defend 24 hour titles with repeat victories in the solo competition.
(Oct 9 and 10, 2010) MOAB,Utah—The Granny Gear Productions crew once again showed why the 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race is one of the most prestigious and long living 24 hour races still going.
Yannick Eckmann and Lisa Strong take top honors on the grass at Interlocken.
BROOMFIELD, CO.-The second race in the Boulder CX Series was held on Saturday at the Inerlocken campus in Broomfield. This is always a very popular venue, as the chance to race almost entirely on grass doesn’t come around too often in the Rocky Mountains.
SHOW LOW, ARIZ. - Arizona’s longest standing mountain bike race put another notch on the post this weekend, and over 600 people showed up to take part in the festivities.
Cam Zink claims Rampage victory with astounding 50+ foot 360 drop.
(Oct 1-3, 2010) VIRGIN, UT.—Once again the most radical and talented big mountain freeriders descended upon the desert BLM lands outside Virgin, Utah to contest the most respected and prestigious extreme event in mountain biking, the Red Bull Rampage.
Utah Cyclocross Season Kicks Off
Utah isn't well known as a strong hold for cyclocross racing but the scene in SLC is strong and has been for a lot of years now.
Trek has long been known for their racing heritage. It continues on in 2011.
For 2011, Trek Bikes is continuing on with their strong support of the mountain bike race scene. Not only are they the title sponsor of a team boasting two world champions, they have also made a number of improvements to their high-end race bikes to make them faster than ever.
Saperstein takes the Men's Open as Boni grabs the top spot in the Women's Open.
Record temperatures greeted racers for the second weekend in a row at the first in a series of two races put on by the crew at Alpha Bicycle Company.
GALLUP, N.M. - The high desert mesas of Gallup, N.M came alive for the second time this year when 175 enthusiastic racers showed up for the annual Squash Blossom Classic on Saturday.
(CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.) Perfect conditions, peaking fall colors and smiles abound summed up the 2010 edition of the Crested Butte Classic. Kelly Magelky of Golden, CO managed to hold off a late charge by Brian Smith and took the overall victory. In the ladies event, Crested Butte local Heather McDowell reeled in Becky Sears on the last climb and to get the win by a slim 2 minutes after a tight race from start to finish.
The Boulder Cycle Sport boys rule as Nicole Duke tops the Women’s podium.
The folks at Boulder Racing put on the first of their 5 race series last Saturday at Xilinx in Longmont. This is always a great venue as lots of open space in the fields surrounding the property gives promoters plenty of options for laying out a great course.
Payout to be split evenly between male and female athletes
(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) Epic Rides, most known for the Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, will host the largest one-day race cash purse prize in the mountain biking industry at the 2011 Whiskey Off Road in Prescott, Arizona on May 1, 2011.
International racers Mourey and Nash take CrossVegas victories.
(Sept 22, 2010) LAS VEGAS, Nv.—In a last hurrah for Interbike in Las Vegas, cyclocross racers from across the country and even top European pros from across the Atlantic ocean made one more trip to Las Vegas to race on grassy fields under the lights at CrossVegas.
Golden, Colo. –With the second day of record temperatures on tap for Sunday’s GMSV Lookout Cross, racers faced a classic Colorado CX course with dry and dusty conditions, good-sized fields, and the possibility of a shower along the way. No, not rain showers, but a spray down in the form of volunteers with a pressure washer to keep things cool.
Colorado Springs, Colo. –Another season of Front Range CX has begun, and the good people at Pikes Peak Velo welcomed racers with a few additions to last years course, and a bit of record heat to keep the racing hot.
(Sept. 18-19) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., became home to the Rocky Mountains' latest 24-hour race. The event flew without a hitch.
Inaugural Colorado high school mountain bike race a huge success with 144 racers in attendance.
(Sept 19, 2010) NATHROP, Colo—It was a special day in the history of Colorado mountain biking which saw the first ever high school cycling league mountain bike race take place at the Chalk Creek Ranch in perfect weather.
Dombroski and Wells both battle hard for victory.
Copper Mountain, Colo. -With a new venue on tap for the 2010 season, the folks at Sol Events and RAAM Racing laid out a rugged new course at the main base area of the Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
Kerkove takes victory in perfect fall weather.
(Sept 11 and 12, 2010) SALIDA, Colo—Starting in downtown Salida, forty-six racers rolled out of town at 10pm in near perfect weather, which was a stark contrast to last years’ edition that was delayed 2 hours by severe storms.
Steamboat Springs, Colo-The 2010 Cross season has finally arrived with the first race put on by the good folks at Steamboat Velo.
Stetina and Longo take hard fought gc victories.
(Sept 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2010) STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo—The second annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race offered local, national, and even international racers alike plenty of great courses, climbing, excellent weather, and cowboy hospitality for four days of Rocky Mountain road racing.
11 Year Old Puts the Hurt on the Old Guys
SPEARFISH, S.D. — The Dakota Five-O drew nearly 500 cyclists to the starting line Labor Day weekend — more than any previous race in the Five-O’s 10-year history.
The Gauntlet has been Half-Dropped
NEDERLAND, Colo.—Route finding was the name of the game at this year’s Nederland HalfAss 100, the thrid
stop of the Colorado Endurance Series.
An epic time had by all on top notch singletrack.
(Aug 27, 2010) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo—The Breck Epic finished up with more buff singletrack for the sixth and final stage of racing.
Fabulous weather greets racers atop Wheeler Pass
(Aug 26, 2010) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo—Stage 5 of the Breck Epic produced another great day of close racing and stellar weather for racers to cross Wheeler Pass.
Jeremiah Bishop stretched out his overall lead with a big win on the queen stage.
(Aug 24, 2010) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo—Stage four of the Breck Epic treated racers with a new 42 mile course, the Aqueduct Loop, for this year’s event, and also served as the queen stage of the race.
Epic conditions atop mtn passes test racers mettle.
(Aug 24, 2010) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo—The Mount Guyot stage of the Breck Epic served up epic conditions on one of the biggest stages for the third day of racing, which featured 9600 feet of climbing over 44 miles.
(Aug 21-22, 2010) TELLURIDE, Colo- With the return of gravity racing to Telluride, there appears to be a trend there much like many other ski resorts around Colorado. Telluride opened up their new bike park last year for the 12 hour downhill race, The Full Tilt in Telluride. This year the Full Tilt featured super d and downhill racing, as well as endurance racing.
Cannondale capitalizes with Grant while Sawicki maintains dominance.
(Aug 23, 2010) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo—Under ominous early morning clouds Breck Epic racers lined up on French Gulch Rd and Main Street to contest an 8:10am start of the second stage of the Breck Epic dubbed the Colorado Trail Stage.
(Aug 21-22, 2010) TELLURIDE, Colo.-Endurance mountain biking is always an uphill battle in Telluride Colorado.
Bishop defends men's leaders jersey, and Sawicki commandingly takes women's lead.
(Aug 22, 2010) Breckenridge, Colo—The second running of the Breck Epic got under way with a 39.5 miles opening stage that featured 6100 feet of climbing for the opening day.
Proceeds to benefit Gunnison Trails. Dave Wiens has now offered to add one of his winning Leadville 100 belt buckles to his Discarded Bagel Snack currently up for Auction on Ebay.
Leipheimer and Rusch take victory and set new course records.
(Aug 14, 2010) Leadville, Colo—For the 17th year running, the Leadville Trail 100 started off at 6:30am under a clear Colorado sky featuring a star studded field of professional athletes and everyday mountain bikers 1400 plus strong in numbers.
A Full Seven Inches of Mountain Flyer Crawling up Your Ankle.
Perfect weather and plenty of singletrack enjoyed for the Colorado State Mtn Bike Championships.
(Aug 7/8, 2010) Keystone, Colo—The Keystone Revival, which was the sixth stop of the Mountain States Cup series, signified a return of racing at Keystone Ski Resort, and also served as the Colorado State Mountain Bike Championships for cross country, short track, super D, and downhill disciplines.
A monument dedicated to the Red Zinger/Coors Classic, the cycling community in general, and the continuing evolution of the bicycle as human powered transport is seeking donations for the construction of the sculpture.
Eszter Horanyi finishes in a record 6 days, 5 Hours, 27 Minutes
Crested Butte's Ethan Passant (Alpine Orthopaedics) finished the 2010 Colorado Trail Race on Friday Aug 6 in a time of 4 Days, 13 Hours, and 43 Minutes, marking his second victory on the self supported 493-mile mountain bike race.
(August 2-3, 2010) Evergreen, Colo- Months prior to the Crankworx Colorado event was to take place, whispers began to fly of some sort of posy event. Not much could be shared, as details were unknown. As soon as the area of the event was mentioned, there was no doubt to its exact location: Wilson Woods.
(July 29- 31, 2010) Winter Park, Colo- Wind and rain were in the recipe for the Crankworx dual slalom and slopestyle event’s weather this year. Wednesday brought buckets of rain and dumped it all on the dual slalom and slopestyle courses, making for near impossibly deep mud.
Jay Henry scores his second Enduro win, while Kelly Boniface betters her previous years time to take the top spot on the women’s podium.
Team Maverick Bikes scores Super D double, Kintner wins women's DH, and Waylon Smith takes men's DH win.
(July 30 and Aug 1, 2010) Winter Park, Colo—Racers and spectators were treated to a great weekend of racing during Crankworx Colorado at Winter Park Resort.
A ride for a cause on the Colorado Trail.
Words and Photos by Stephen Eginoire
(July 24th and 25th, 2010) DURANGO, Colo.
2010 Santa Fe Brewing Company Frazer Mountain Madness
(July 25, 2010) Taos Ski Valley, N.M.—How do you turn a taste of unpleasantness into a full-blown banquet of misery? Just add water.
Introducing WTB’s TCS Customized Integrated Wheel System
All of us at Mountain Flyer are happy to see the advent of tubeless ready tire and wheel systems—a hybrid of sealant based tubeless systems with matched tires and rims—which are intended to work together sans tubes.
(July 16-18, 2010) Granby, Colo— The UCI US National Championships draws the best riders in our country, all of them with the hopes to bring home the stars and strips jersey. This year’s events found the masses in Sol Vista Bike Park at Granby Ranch, Colorado. The crew at Sol Vista really out did themselves this year for the gravity races.
Todd Wells does the double, Gould takes XC, and Compton wins SXC
(July 16-18, 2010) Granby, Colo—Plenty of National Championship jerseys were awarded over an excellent extended weekend of racing.
An epic two days of racing kicks off the mountain biking calendar in California's high altitude gold country.
Josh Tostado takes home a six-pack, while Jari Kirkland lays down the law in one of the toughest 100 milers out there.
Snowmass Colorado and it’s Blast the Mass has long been know for its extreme weather. If it is not blistering hot with foot deep moon dust everywhere, then it is pouring rain turning the mountain into a giant slip and slide. This year’s event brought dependable afternoon showers and with it perfect riding trails!
The 2010 Longmont Criterium celebrated its 24th birthday this year. The “L” shaped course took racers through six turns around Old Town Longmont, and although totally flat, the course had enough turns to keep riders busy with cornering skills and accelerations that it kept things interesting.
Another year at the North Boulder Park Crit goes down in the history books with lots of great racing for all ages. With top racers from around the region, an expo, a beer garden, and lots of kids racing and activities, it was a win win situation for everyone.
Lee takes win, 2010 Tour Divide dedicated to Dave Blumenthal.
(July 4, 2010) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—Defending US Marathon National Champions Heather Irmiger and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski successfully defend their titles at this years’ Firecracker 50.
2x10 For All
ASHLAND, Oreg.—Oregon is becoming known as a mountain bike mecca filled with lush, moisture infused singletrack goodness, which is exactly why Sram chose Ashland to launch the new 2011 XO 2x10 product.
Irmiger and JHK defend titles.
(July 4, 2010) BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—Defending US Marathon National Champions Heather Irmiger and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski successfully defend their titles at this years’ Firecracker 50.
Mathew Lee rides on in memory of Dave Blumenthal.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort returns for the 2010 summer season strong and rearing for more!
(June 25, 2010) STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.—Dave Blumenthal of Montpelier, Vermont passed away on June 24, 2010 from injuries sustained in a cycling accident in Routt County, Colorado.
Mathew Lee on record pace for 2010
(June 22, 2010) RAWLINS, WY—The 2010 Tour Divide Race is well under way and looking to have a few records broken this year.
The secret is out Race report and images by Brian Leddy
(June 19 & 20, 2010) McGAFFEY, N.M.- The secret is out about a little known place in the Zuni Mountains of western New Mexico, and it took the state’s first 24 hour mountain bike race to make it happen.
JHK and Sonya Looney take top honors at Inaugural Bailey Hundo.
(June 19th, 2010) Bailey CO.—What began as an idea to hold a small underground race on the trails in the Bailey and Buffalo Creek area quickly grew into a full fledged 100 miler sponsored by four Colorado State Senators, Colorado Mountain Bike Association, and the Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce.
Calvert makes it four in a row at Pajarito
(June 12, 2010) LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—Some regard the Pajarito Punishment cross country race as grueling. Not Damian Calvert.
In the face of tragedy, camaraderie rules the day. Race report and images by Devon Balet (June 6, 2010) ANGEL FIRE, NM.— This weekend of racing left many with tear filled eyes after a tragic accident. But as Scott Branney put it, “Something special about what we have here in gravity racing is the sense of family. We are all one big family. Keep helping each other out. Keep riding.”
Gould, Compton, Horgan-Kobelski, Basagoita, and Lawrenuk all claim victories at Mountain Games. Race report and images by Eddie Clark (June 5/6, 2010) VAIL, Colo.—Perfect weather, big checks and great competition drew the biggest list of names in mountain biking to Teva Games yet.
(June 6, 2010) ANGEL FIRE RESORT, NM—The mountain bike community took a massive hit this weekend with the loss of one of its own. A 17-year-old male mountain biker suffered a fatal injury after a crash on the four-cross course Friday, June 4, during practice for the weekend’s Mountain States Cup Chile Challenge race, according to a statement from event organizer Bigfoot Productions
Kelly Magelky dethrones Travis Brown to take home all 64 Ounces of Glory. Melissa Thomas takes women's title Race report and images by Devon Balet (May 30, 2010) Gunnison, Colo.— Kelly Magelky lead the 350 racers up the opening climb of "Kill Hill" and was able to fend off previous year's winner Travis Brown.
Tailwinds, broken records and downhillers wreaking havoc
Race report and images by Scott DW Smith DURANGO, Colo.—The 39th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic lived up to its reputation as a true classic of Colorado cycling.
Davies and Farina both defend the leaders jersey to claim Omnium victories in Sunday’s Morgul Bismark Road Race.
Race report and images by Eddie Clark
(May 28/29, 2010) SUPERIOR, Colo.—Colorado classic road racing event returns after a twenty year hiatus.
Grassroots racing for the people.
Race report and images by Eddie Clark
(May 22, 2010) PALISADE, Colo.—The sixth annual Palisade Classic got even bigger and better for 2010.
New Reverb Drop-down Seatpost and 120mm, Thru-Axle, Tapered Steer Tube SID on the Menu
Report and images by Jordan Carr
(May 16, 2010) DURANGO, Colo.—High mountain air, good food, epic riding on high mountain singletrack and a bonfire at a mountain bike legends ranch may seem like the recipe for a sweet summer vacation.
Best 18 Hours of Racing in Colorado. Race report and images by Eddie Clark (May 8, 2010) FRUITA, Colo.—Perfect weather and a dry course were a welcomed change from the previous years’ mud for the Over The Edge Sports 18 Hours of Fruita race.
Triple Crown purse attracts bevy of top endurance pros.
Race report and images by Eddie Clark
(May 15 and 16, 2010) NATHROP, Colo.—Stop number two for the Mountain States Cup and Triple Crown All Mountain Series was a huge success at the Chalk Creek Stampede.
The Mountain States Cup gravity season officially kicks off with some hot dual slalom and mountain cross action.
Race report and images by Devon Balet
(May 15 and 16, 2010) NATHROP, Colo.— The high deserts of Nathrop Colorado brought a weekend of iffy weather. Sun, snow and rain. But there was nothing iffy about the gravity racing!
Moab’s First One Day Stage Race
Race report and images by Rob McPherson
(May 15, 2010) Moab, Utah—Chile Pepper Bike Shop in Moab says “WTF?!, lets blow this place up!” hosting the first “Suffer-n-Send it” one-day dual stage race in Moab’s history.
Great weather and a fast course make for great racing at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood
Race report and images by Shawn Lortie Photography
(May 8 2009) LAKEWOOD, Colo.—The cool morning slowly turned to a warm afternoon as hundreds of riders made their way around this year’s 10-mile loop at the Battle the Bear and Front Range 50 mountain bike race.
Words and photos by Stephen Eginoire, Durango, Colo. (May 8, 2010) CORTEZ, Colo.- One thousand cyclists from near and far hit the dusty trail this past weekend in Southwest Colorado for the 4th Annual 12 Hours of Mesa Verde Endurance Race.
Race report and images by Eddie Clark. BOULDER and LOUISVILLE, Colo.—The road racing season finds its legs, and hits a high tempo on the Colorado Front Range.
Tour de Socorro races provide extremes
Race report by James E. Rickman (April 18, 2010) SOCORRO, N.M.—A hardscrabble wasteland of prickly plants, busted shale and box canyons, the area near the Quebradas Back Country Byway is no country for old men.
NIWOT, Colo.—Front Range road racers lucked out with a mostly warm sunny day of criterium racing just days after old man winter gave his last hurrah.
Burning down the House in C-Springs
Colorado Springs, CO—With beautiful spring weather creeping in, good vibes were in the air at the second annual Peak Region Bicycle show in Colorado Springs.
Over 6500 visitors pack the hall—Show goes Tex-Mex for 2011
Richmond, Virginia—When the lights in Hall D of the Greater Richmond Area Convention Center shut down at 6 pm on the evening of Saturday March 2, 2010—Day 2 of the sixth annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show—there was noticeably something missing.