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Leave it All on the Trail and Go Baroque: the 2019 Downieville Classic

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Leave it All on the Trail and Go Baroque: the 2019 Downieville Classic

[WARNING – please read with enunciations of the Queen’s English spoken with a harsh American accent leached with dry monotone and finished with a slight southern drawl.]

[NOTE – All persons are mixed and mashed conglomerations of friends masked by pseudonyms as to respect their identities.]

[FICTION –It actually may be close enough to nonfiction. Every tale is drenched with truth, maybe not all the truths belong to me, I might not even be the eyes telling this tale.]

With another eight to nine-hour drive ahead of me, this time solo because the polluting toots of my automobile fill me with joy—just kidding, hell, felt like an asshole—I had to figure out a way to fuck with my perception of time in order to maintain some level of sanity. Although being a fellow cyclist, y’all get that the bar is set real low when it comes to sanity. So, to risk sounding like a surface-wannabe-cultured-erudite, I tried hooking myself onto classical music with this grandiose nisus of increasing my attention span. Hear me out: not only would being able to melt into a forty-five-minute score enable me to complete long intervals with ease but enduring an entire classical score would help me get through the long drives to get to the long and arduous races those said and absolutely supposed intervals would prepare one for. Leave it all on the trail and go baroque.

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Could You Survive a Grizzly Attack?

Colin Dowler was mountain biking in a remote region of the British Columbia coast when a grizzly bear attacked him. He survived by fighting back with a pocket knife. Watch him tell this harrowing tale from a hospital bed where he is recovering from his wounds.

Are You Going to Be at the Downieville Classic?… with a Hardtail?

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Are You Going to Be at the Downieville Classic?… with a Hardtail?

That’s right. It can be done and it’s a lot of fun. We’re heading to the Downieville Classic this weekend and while I’ll be out on the course shooting photos of the race, I’d love to feature a gallery of all the hardtails that are being ridden at the Classic. Each year, it’s the bike I bring with me and I am always amazed at how many people are there racing on their steel hardtails as well. So, if you’re at the Classic, make sure you flag me down with your bike because this should be a great gallery!

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Bear With Me…

Hell hath no fury like a momma bear when her cubs are in danger. Beni Kuqi had a close call when two baby cubs ran out in front of him on his MTB.

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Wake and Shred

On the Arkansas/Missouri border lies Tablerock Lake, one of the most expansive lakes west of the Mississippi River. The area is also home to an expansive MTB network, Eureka Springs. A group of riders took to the wake and shredded the trails in the same day.

Shooting the Sklar Sweet Spot 29er Hardtail in the Mountains of Bozeman

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Shooting the Sklar Sweet Spot 29er Hardtail in the Mountains of Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana is a magical place to mountain bike in the summertime. Last year’s trip was epic, so this year we wanted to re-visit this quaint little mountain town. While we were there last month, I was able to shoot Adam Sklar’s latest project, the Sweet Spot 29er MTB. While Adam usually takes on custom bikes, the Sweet Spot will be the brand’s first production model. The Sweet Spot is made in Bozeman, Montana, just like all Sklar Bikes. The aim here is to lower wait times, while not sacrificing quality. It also enables Adam to sell a model that is in-line with his philosophy on mountain bikes.

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The Wheeler and the Biker

This project from New Belgium is awesome! As someone who lives for cycling and loves to 4×4 in the desert, it really resonates with me.

“Multi-use trails are just that, multi-use. Watch how Renee, a mountain biker, and Val, a wheeler, learn how each other use the trails in our public lands and how we all need to protect them. Fat Tire is donating up to $250,000 to organizations protecting our public lands. Visit https://www.publiclandsforall.com and share the full video to direct donations from Fat Tire to Trust for Public Lands and Tread Lightly.”

We’re all trail users, so be nice and say hi!

Be Nice Say Hi!

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Be Nice Say Hi!

We’ve been beating this drum for a long time. We’re all representatives of the cycling community, so how we behave on the trails, especially to other users, affects the community. Stopping when you come across equestrians, hikers, trail runners and saying hello will positively impact the stereotypes facing mountain bikers. Be Nice Say Hi provides a fun, simple reminder. They also make stickers, decals, and patches. Head on over and see what they have to offer.

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Return to Earth is Now Available to Rent!

This is one MTB video project I’ve been looking forward to seeing! To celebrate the release of Return to Earth on Apple TV, Anthill films, Shimano and Trek released the Moments of Clarity segment – a true top-to-bottom line ridden by FBM world tour champion Brett Rheede – in what appears to be Green River, Utah.

You can now stream Return to Earth on:
Apple TV
Vimeo
Google Play

NICA: In league With the Next Generation; an Interview with Oregon’s Heather Wolfgang

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NICA: In league With the Next Generation; an Interview with Oregon’s Heather Wolfgang

Words by Kyle von Hoetzendorff, photos by Gritchelle Fallesgon, Dan Sharp, Lauren Bell, Dylan VanWeelden

I raced mountain bikes as a teenager. It was great, super fun. And I am here now, in this space, in your mind, in a large part because that experience set in motion a long series of events. You get it. Racing or even riding hasn’t been a constant in my life and back then, even before the allure of anodized parts and the thrilling rush of a fast descent was ambushed and summarily executed by the thrumming belligerence of teenage hormones I knew a lot went into racing. There was the obvious, the training and the expense; from equipment to entry fees, cycling is definitely not frisbee cheap.

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Meditate

Tangi Rebours rides the Solukhumbu (Everest) region on Nepal, where he finds spirituality, science, and ample space to ask life’s greatest questions… and you can ride with him by connecting at Enduro MTB Nepal.

Pushing and Punishing Pivot’s Insatiable Mach 6 Carbon 27.5″ Trail MTB

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Pushing and Punishing Pivot’s Insatiable Mach 6 Carbon 27.5″ Trail MTB

Chris Cocalis, the owner of Pivot Cycles, knows a thing or two about bicycle design and the popularity of his bikes prove just that. I’ve reviewed a lot of full-suspension bikes over the years and am accustomed to people’s reactions at the trailhead or on the trails but no bike received such trail accolades as the Mach 6 Carbon. Before I had even gotten to ride the bike, it seemed like everyone had something to say about it. Which, as someone trying to approach reviews without any bias, can be a bit much to handle. Yet, here we are, with a month on the bike and a month since I’ve ridden the bike, ready to talk about the Mach 6. Does it live up to the lore? Read on below.

Taking the $5 Blue Bus Shuttle in Santa Fe

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Taking the $5 Blue Bus Shuttle in Santa Fe

Shuttle runs. It’s part of the larger conversation about cycling as a recreational sport and as a medium of fitness. Honestly, it’s one reason why I’m in support of e-bikes. The way I look at it, 5 riders on e-bikes usually mean one or two fewer trucks speeding on the fire road going up… and down! The discussion of lithium batteries is another quagmire, but what exactly are riders to do when there aren’t options out there? Climb up a rode for 12 miles on a full suspension bike? Those bikes are designed to go downhill, down to the single, or sometimes complete lack of water bottle mounts. Of course, you can do these climbs but the reality is, people will always opt for a free, or cheap ride.

What about cities that embrace cycling? That look at this particular form of recreation as a resource? Well, they’re onto something.