During the ENVE Open House framebuilder exhibit, one builder traveled further than the others: Mark from Prova Cycles in Melbourne, Australia. I’d never seen a Prova in person. Instead, I’ve had to check out his work via the lens of FYXO and the Prova Instagram. Mark learned at the Bicycle Academy in the UK and has been really putting in work on his brand. Let me tell you. It shows.
If a trail is made by humans, versus game or erosion, does it carry along with it historical remnants of the trail builder’s psyche? Humans use tools to create trails and these tools are guided by feats of strength, both physical and mental. What happens when strength is combined with emotion? Are those emotional remnants carried along the path, forever altering the harmony of its intentional meanderment? Trails are all about control. Direction. Intention. Is there a marking of metaphysical energy within them?
Semenuk’s latest video needs no introduction. Rupert Walker and him have been working on the Raw 100 series for five years. Practice makes perfect.
Team Clif Bar is all about speed and their latest video features Salt Lake’s Cottonwood Canyon.
I’m up in Ogden, Utah for the ENVE Bike Builder Open House and Summit, shooting all the custom bikes on display. If you’re able to come to the event on Friday, be sure to say hello. You can register (for free) for the showcase at Eventbrite. Check out the low-down below! See ya there!
Ryan and Pablo from Bolt Cutter Bike Works take on the Mustang Gravel Route across the hot and exposed Utah West Desert.
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!
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.
Bikepacking and climbing. In Moab. The latest 36 Hours in Kitsbow showcases two different sports in an amazing backdrop that is Canyon Country.
Freeriding is an artform, where the rider finds lines that exist within the landscapes’ natural curvature. Utah is a place with an abundance of geological features, making it a veritable playground for the sport. Check out the latest from Rémy Métailler for some mind-melting line selections.
… down Guardsman Pass in Utah while it was closed to cars. If you don’t know who Eric Porter is, check out this story we did with him in the birthplace of freeride MTB riding.
Our friend Hannah was busy shooting video on the Machines for Freedom Expedition in Utah and it’s live on their website now, along with their photo essay from the trip, written by Mason Griffin. Head on over to the Machines for Freedom blog to check it out.
This is the fifth layout of the Radavist 2019 Calendar, entitled “White Cliffs” shot with a Canon 1DX and a 70-200mm lens in Escalante, Utah.
“This Navajo Sandstone formation cascades throughout scenic Highway 12 just outside of Escalante, Utah. A small town named after Sivestre Velez de Escalante, who was on the Domingues-Escalante expedition to Utah in 1776. This is part of the Grand Staircase Escalante, which include various layers of sedimentary crusts forming massive steps. The steps include the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and all the wonderful lands between. This entire region is under threat of being auctioned off for mineral extraction and privatized coal, oil, and gas removal. Read all about it at the Save the Grand Staircase Escalante website.”
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Unapologetic. Relentless. Persistent. A Machines for Freedom Expedition in Utah
Words by Aimee Gilchrist, photos by John Watson
The Utah desert, or desert in general, does not often offer comfortable accommodations to outsiders. High winds, isolated vegetation, sun-soaked and shadeless valleys, rapid nocturnal cooling and infrequent precipitation. The desert can feel like a bitter and unforgiving stranger. Lucky for us, Utah was well-behaved. Late March riding and a window between April showers painted the varying landscape with fragrant sage and spring blooms. Barren mesas were glowing with red and gold dust. And instead of the reliable, wind-blown silence often found on these remote roads, our Machines for Freedom team shared conversation and laughter that could be heard echoing in the canyons for miles.
A few months earlier, Jenn Kriske from Machines for Freedom gathered a group of ladies to ride an aggressive route mapped by John Watson. Our MFF riding team consisted of seven badass, hilarious, strong athletes from Santa Barbara and LA to Portland by way of Bozeman and Durango: Jessica Baum (Santa Barbara), Gritchelle Fallesgon (Portland), Mason Griffin (Bozeman), Stephanie Ortega (LA), Ginger Boyd (LA), Sarah Swallow (Durango) and I (LA). Heavy winter snow and rain this Spring impeded the original route and last minute adjustments were made exchanging knee-deep mud for pavement. Our goal was to ride 350 miles from Tropic, Utah to Green River, Utah in 4 days. We were well suited for this undertaking.
We posted a link to Outside’s article on this project already, but it’s now live on Youtube. With today’s Machines for Freedom post, I thought this was a suited tie-in!
This is the fourth layout of the Radavist 2019 Calendar, entitled “Sleeping Rainbow” shot with a Canon 1DX and a 70-200mm lens in Fruita, Utah.
“The Waterpocket Fold is the defining geological feature in Capitol Reef National Park. This 100-mile long buckle in the earth’s crust runs from the north, around Hanksville, all the way South, to Bullfrog on Lake Powell. Along this Fold, rocks have been pushed upward and erosion has cut through the layers, creating deep narrow canyons and dynamic vistas. Capitol Reef got its name due to the unique formations resembling Neoclassical architecture found within the United States’ capitol buildings. Kinda shitty huh? Especially compared to the indigenous tribes’ name for the Reef, Sleeping Rainbow. Last week, we embarked on a ride through this incredible zone with Machines for Freedom. Our full-length post is following this month.”
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