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Feb 9 2016 - 3:25pm | by richarddrew

I guess it’s probably a skewed mix in relation to the title of this, far more the future of the world than the future of Mountain Bike Racing actually. I’m speaking of the 400 plus kids from all over Texas that traveled to Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet this past weekend for the first race in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Series. I was lucky enough to be approached to help out with building up the Dallas Composite Team effort. As a “local Pro Advocate,” my job is to bring experience and technique to the table and help guide these young minds in their training and...

The Future of the Sport…and the World
The Future of the Sport…and the World
The Future of the Sport…and the World
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Feb 8 2016 - 1:38pm | by wendyengelberg

The leadership team of GGR: Girlz Gone Riding, was honored to be invited to Specialized in Morgan Hill, CA as guests. This trip was also a team-building trip for our leadership team to kick off 2016.

Let the adventure begin!

Wednesday morning, January 27th: Our adventure starts here….
We rented a huge van and were to meet at the Van Nuys Fly Away to make the 5-hour drive up. GGR volunteer Liz Kurtz was our happy and amazing driver for the entire trip. Once we got on the road, we played a couple of fun van games to get the team building & camaraderie going to set...

A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
A visit to Specialized headquarters...
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Jan 27 2016 - 9:14am | by richarddrew

I couldn’t have asked for a better setting! Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort TX, about 30 miles west of San Antonio, was the perfect venue and Bryan Fawley and the Kodiak Tough crew went all out in preparation! I picked up big bro Rob from the airport on Thursday night and after our caffeine fix, we headed out to the ranch on Friday morning for a pre ride of the nine stages. As I suited up, it was pretty hard to contain my excitement for this round. It’s been a long off season of hard training and mental preparation. I was certainly confident, but I just didn’t know how it would shake out. My...

Southern Enduro Tour Round 1: “Return Of The Zombie Goat.” RACE REPORT
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Events
Jan 26 2016 - 9:49am | by simonbosman

One of the most important and often overlooked skills in mountain biking is being centered.

If you can ride a bike, you are naturally in balance side to side, but just as important and probably more so, is your forward and aft balance.(centered) Your weight has to be on the pedals, not on the handlebars. A good example is a bull rider rocking back and forth in order to counterbalance. Once one can instinctively be centered on the bike at all times, your technical riding will start to develop. You can tell when you are centered on the bike by whether your hands are pushing, tugging...

Centered Riding...
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Jan 18 2016 - 8:15am | by elisabethjohnson

Winter Makes the Heart Grow Fonder...

We have had a legitimate winter so far in the Sierra Nevada. This is great news for our reservoirs and drought stricken region. Unfortunately, this has been very sad for my mountain bike. The trails are not in a condition to support riding, so my bike has been hung up for the winter, collecting dust and tires going flat. Every once in a while, I go out to the garage and visit my mountain bike. I long to go play in the dirt with her, but she is banished to the dark corner of the garage to spend the winter alone and ignored (cue sad violin...

Growing Fonder
Growing Fonder
Growing Fonder
Growing Fonder
Growing Fonder
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Jan 12 2016 - 12:07pm | by suehaywood

I'm not one to make a bunch of resolutions for the new year. I like to think of it more as, "How am I going to evolve and grow this year? How am I going to keep moving in the direction that is positive and fulfilling?" By putting these thing out there, I'm hoping that helps me to keep my eye on the prize!

While these are personal goals, I think they can help anyone.

1. Daily To-Do list: I'm easily distracted. I get up pretty early with a list in my head of emails to return, blogs to write, clinics to be planned and workouts to complete. I turn on my computer and find...

Sweet 16!
Sweet 16!
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Jan 4 2016 - 1:24pm | by clintonfowler

The holidays are done. Hopefully you survived Aunt Betsy throwing back one too many, Uncle Eddy emptying the RV shitter, and Grandma Edna’s fruit cake. Now that you don’t have all those family obligations, you can focus on planning your upcoming year of riding, racing, and generally getting outside on your bike. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.

1. Go on an epic adventure. Riding your local trails is awesome, but 2016 is the year to be adventurous. It’s high time you went to Moab, Bend, Crested Butte, Whistler, Zion, Sedona, or a similar epic destination. Have you ever...

How to Start Your Fresh New (Riding) Year
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Biking
Dec 15 2015 - 11:12am | by clintonfowler

This season I set out to ride 100 days, climb 100K feet in elevation, and hit 5 new epic locations. Through July, I was on path to nail every one of these goals. I’d ridden my bike approximately 45 days, climbed approximately 90K feet, and hit a few new epic locations. This was mostly driven by a training program that would insure I was fully prepared for the rigor of the Crested Butte Enduro World Series. All was going smashingly well. The training program was pretty intense but that was merely because I have a desk job. My goals were in sight.

At the same time, my early season...

Cherish the ride...
Cherish the ride...
Cherish the ride...
Cherish the ride...
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Biking
Dec 14 2015 - 12:59pm | by kenavery

In life, mountain biking has pretty much given me everything.
My favorite pastime, fitness, friends, a career, and most importantly my family, have all come from riding bikes. Nothing has impacted me quite like this simple outdoor activity that so many of us enjoy.

So yeah… I’m sort of a bike dork. I mean I can talk about other things or whatever, but conversations have a way of circling back to the default topic. Luckily, Rachel (my wife) knew what she was getting into, and has embraced the culture, finding common ground in her love of running and the outdoors. We like to...

Raising a little ripper...
Raising a little ripper...
Raising a little ripper...
Raising a little ripper...
Raising a little ripper...
Raising a little ripper...
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Family/Kids
Nov 20 2015 - 3:22pm | by kenna

For the 2nd year in a row we encourage members of the ZOIC community to avoid the checkout lines and hit the dirt on #ZOICBikeFriday.

We applaud the momentum our concept gained when our valued retail partner REI decided to close its stores on Black Friday and #OptOutside. We were so excited about it, our staff and brand ambassadors joined in the fun! We encourage you this holiday season to spend time with your family and loved ones, get outside with them, and cherish all of life's special adventures.

From the ZOIC Crew to you, Happy Thanksgiving!

#OptOutside on #ZOICbikeFriday
#OptOutside on #ZOICbikeFriday
#OptOutside on #ZOICbikeFriday
#OptOutside on #ZOICbikeFriday
#OptOutside on #ZOICbikeFriday
#OptOutside on #ZOICbikeFriday
#OptOutside on #ZOICbikeFriday
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Biking
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