It’s that time of year again. Time for press-launches, travel and expeditions. This go-round I’ll be in Chile with Santa Cruz Bicycles, so expect lots of incredible landscapes and hopefully some steady shredding. Also, content will continue to trickle in, so don’t worry!
Photo by Kyle Kelley
Kyle’s got an X-Pan. A Hasselblad-branded camera made by Fuji that takes panoramic images and uses 35mm film. These cameras can create some exceptional photographs, especially when the photo is of such exceptional subjects. Whitney, her 20/20 Cycles Kalakala tourer and a Bukowski mural here in Los Angeles.
Photo by Julio Boostamante
We got snow in Los Angeles- at 2,500′ and up, so it’s made for some interesting Instagram photos with this one being my favorite. Enjoy your weekend and party like Nils!
Time off is essential, especially when your job is your passion. For the past few days I’ve been in Death Valley camping, hiking and photographing the all-encompassing, always humbling, surreal landscape. There’s a story to tell, but for now I just wanted to say welcome to 2016, a new calendar year with new expectations. So thanks for sticking around and stoking the stoke.
Photo by Ashley Gruber
If anyone knows a year’s worth of documented rides, it’s Strava. Check out their Year in Ride post at Strava Stories!
I hope you’ll excuse our absence over here for the next few days as everyone has taken off time to spend with their family and friends. Hopefully you’re doing the same. We’ll be back next week with more stories, photos and a killer year-end recap, back-pedaling through our best year yet on this website.
Thanks for riding along and cheers!
Photos and words by Cooper Ray
On December 5th, 2015, the world’s toughest track bike race took place in the mountains surrounding a place which was once Tenochtitlán, the capital of the great Aztec empire, known today as Mexico City where more than 21 million people reside.
The race: Cielos Infernales. The only information provided to racers was checkpoint locations, and a finish line. This is not your average bicycle race – you must contend with open traffic, self-navigation, and 10,500 feet of elevation gain (also descending) on track bicycles. There were three peaks to be ascended with winding navigation through favelas between the Sierra Madre mountains. Throughout the race, it was either up, or down, with the descending nearly as difficult as the climbing. With impossibly steep and narrow streets, stray dogs, and uneasy looks from locals, this was a game or survival as much as a race. There is no giving up, you have to finish. This is the first track bike race of it’s kind, and will set the standard for this type of event and hopefully inspire more like it around the globe.
Bienvenidos a Distrito Federal y Cielos Infernales.
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This is without a doubt the most interesting magazine cover I saw in 2015 and over at Adweek, there’s a battle going down. Vote for Brian Vernor‘s photo of Benedict at Adweek and let’s show them that bicycles are rad!
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SSCXWC has become a staple in my annual race calendar. Actually, it’s become my favorite event of the year. It’s a great excuse to travel somewhere cool and get rowdy with a bunch of crazy folks. When this debacle headed out of the fine USA for the first time, I had to be there. The Canadians are known for throwing a fun party, and I had high expectations for Victoria.
And let me just say: Victoria delivered a damn good time.
A crew of us from the Santa Cruz area headed north with a bevy of Santa Cruz Stigmatas and Rock Lobsters. I was riding my trusty Stigmata, and while the bike doesn’t come stock as a single speed, just throw on an EBB and you’re ready to rally. Of course, we also had our costumes. We went with a Peter Pan and the Lost Boys theme, with Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and Peter Pan all making appearances.
But before we even got to the big race, we had to survive what basically felt like a solid 36 hours of partying. There was the Warm Up Party Friday night, the Feats of Strength ride all day Saturday, and the Pre Race Party Saturday night. Whew! Going into the weekend my good buddy asked if I had any tips for SSCXWC, and all I said was “Be ready for anything, prepare your liver, and your costume better be dialed.” I stand by that advice, it’s really all that matters. (more…)