Jun 23 2016 - 11:32am | by elisabethjohnson

Learning to mountain bike is a bit like dancing. Let’s go with the Electric Slide. Sometimes you step forward, sometimes you take a step back and sometimes you look awkward and spastic like Elaine on Seinfeld. I write this after experiencing a week of mostly moving backwards.
I have crashed more in the last two rides than I have in the last 6 months. What makes it most frustrating is that a few days before my string of crashes, I had my best run on the Downieville downhill course. The trails of the Sierra Buttes have become my MTB learning playground. Easy place to learn, right...

Elisabeth Johnson
Elisabeth Johnson
Elisabeth Johnson
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Jun 16 2016 - 12:50pm | by ken

This past weekend, over 200 kids raced at the first New Hampshire event for NEHSCA (the New England High School Cycling association), held at Highland Mountain Bike Park. An amazing milestone event for future generations of riders, as well as a barometer for youth interest, the event was a huge success.

This simple gathering of like-minded people sparked so many thoughts and reactions, all of which were encouraging. Kids who had never been to a bike race were suddenly immersed in the culture and camaraderie of the scene... A scene, which for many; has become their first foray into...

Ken Avery
Ken's daughter & ZOIC brand ambassador Tessa riding Highland Mountain Bike Park
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May 26 2016 - 3:43pm | by robdrew

Well, the season has officially begun with a monstrous one day, four stage, event held in the mountains of Santa Fe New Mexico. We arrived Thursday afternoon, with just enough daylight left to survey the venue of Glorieta Camps and we were not disappointed. The venue is a church based summer camp facility that brings in youngsters from all around the country. These young kids are able to participate in some of the most awesome outdoor activities you can imagine, in an all-inclusive private little compound, nestled in the mountains outside Santa Fe.

We got up early Friday morning...

Big Mountain Enduro
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May 14 2016 - 1:46pm | by robdrew

It’s a little more than one month until my race season starts and I’m very pleased with how my training is going. 2016 began with big changes as I switched bikes and am now riding the Giant Reign Advanced 27.5. I have paired with a great local shop called Sonoran Cycles. Phil and his staff at Sonoran got my attention last year with the amazing support they provided to their team riders participating in the Big Mountain Enduro and it was clear to me that we shared an enthusiasm for Enduro riding and racing! I’m very excited to join their team for 2016.

The adjustment to the smaller...

Change can be good...
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May 14 2016 - 1:13pm | by camgibb

The Hubapalooza at Beacon Hill in Spokane is by far my favorite race and I’m happy that it is always the first one of the year. Last year was my first time racing there and it was super fun so I was excited to race there again this year, the one downside of racing there is that it has a long walk up.

I went there on two different weekends for practice before the actual race. But we figured out that the course this year was different from last year’s course, and I really liked last year’s course and wanted to see how I improved and wanted to see how I would do with my new Transition...

Beacon was a Blast
Beacon was a Blast
Beacon was a Blast
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May 14 2016 - 11:28am | by tessaavery

There is this big hill near my house. When I was smaller, I could never get up it on my bike. So, my dad showed me how to zig zag when I went up hills. One day I made it to the top. I went really slow, and my legs were really tired. I learned about how to push myself, and not give up.
Then one day we were doing double-digit math in school, and it was really hard. I thought about the big hill, and it made me keep going on the math problem. Really tricky math too! But I learned when I push through in the math, it also got easier, like the hill.

-Brand Ambassador Tessa Avery,...

What I learn when I Ride...
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Apr 25 2016 - 6:00pm | by suehaywood

Spring is a busy time for me with teaching mtb skills. I live in West Virginia, where we have snowy, cold winters. So to teach, I usually head South to Georgia and North Carolina. Spring starts earlier in the South and there are lots of mountain bikers between Atlanta and Asheville!

It is a great time of the year to learn or refresh with fundamentals such as proper body position, bike body separation, vision, braking and shifting. Then the opportunity to practice skills on both man made obstacles that we call 'props' and then taking it to the trails is golden.

I had the...

Replacing fear with Skills...
Replacing fear with Skills...
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Mar 22 2016 - 10:51am | by richarddrew

I learned that this weekend. What is the cliché you ask? Well, It’s the age old adage “never give up.” I decided to head to Norman OK from Dallas for a cross country race. I even brought young hot shot Ethan Storm with me as back up. Although I haven’t necessarily been training for this domain, I still felt I had the fitness to battle for a podium. The day started with frigid temperatures and stinging wind. My warm up was nearly nonexistent and I felt the effects about 60 seconds into the race. Not being involved in the points in this series had us starting from the third row and things...

Sometimes clichés have a resounding impact...
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Mar 21 2016 - 11:22am | by Chad Dewey

Colorado in the winter time is usually associated with skiing and snowboarding at the many destination resorts that Colorado has to offer. I grew up snowboarding and love freshies as much as the next powder hound, but here's what I don't love. Waking up at five thirty in the morning, driving two hours to get to the resorts, long lift lines and being stuck in I-70 traffic on a weekend.

A couple years ago I discovered a place to ride all winter long called Pueblo Reservoir, this place is great and only a thirty five minute drive from my house. It offers short, steep, technical canyon...

Winter Riding In Southern Colorado
Winter Riding In Southern Colorado
Winter Riding In Southern Colorado
Winter Riding In Southern Colorado
Winter Riding In Southern Colorado
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Mar 9 2016 - 10:54am | by kenavery

The snow melts, you get off your rollers and outside to enjoy that first “almost spring” ride, and then it snows again. Arrge. The sense of what is to come, coupled with the reality of not quite being there yet is part of what makes New Englanders a hardy bunch I suppose. Admittedly, this winter was easier than last in the northeast, but that doesn’t mean that the spring can ever come quick enough.

The upside is that that the days are getting longer, the weather getting warmer, and people are getting back into bike mode. Those first few after-work rides have a higher energy level...

March in New England is such a tease.
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