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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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Biking
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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Biking
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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Biking
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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Mar 9 2016 - 10:31am | by kristahurley

I normally jump on my bike and go for a ride to help fuel my creativity when pondering a topic for my next blog. It usually comes to me pretty quick… the fresh air, escaping reality, and being able to focus on nothing but riding, while constantly doing my best to improve my technique and skill.

One of the most important “rules” of mountain biking is ‘looking ahead’ and I was thinking about it more on this ride and it hit me that it is an extremely important rule not only when riding, but in life! Future thinking is the way to be! He or She who doesn’t look ahead remains behind....

Looking ahead and Future thinking…
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Biking
Mar 1 2016 - 10:50am | by richarddrew

Another great #enduro weekend at Tyler State Park! Kodiak Tough, once again, hosted an incredible event for racers and spectators alike. The setting at Tyler State Park was perfect! That awesome podium was surrounded by a really cool vendor expo and the five race stages were setup to be very friendly for spectators to get to. Add in some great weather and darn good food, it was recipe for fun! It was also very exciting to see so many first time Enduro competitors.

I brought in a very similar package to what I had in Comfort, the Giant Bicycles Trance Advanced 0 with a 160mm MRP...

KODIAK TOUGH SOUTHERN ENDURO TOUR- ROUND 2
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Events
Mar 1 2016 - 9:50am | by mattguntert

Very excited to start off the new year and a new season of mountain biking. This summer I'm very pumped to be upgrading bikes. I love the Santa Cruz nomad I am currently on, but I'm debating on making a big switch and trying out the new YT Industries bikes. Price points are epic on the YT and saving money in the mountain bike world can be a life-saver. Currently I am on an older 2008 Santa Cruz aluminum nomad which is a 26er. This was the first bike I had ever ridden and I would have to say that I have been beyond impressed by it. I can bring this baby down any trail that Mammoth mountain...

Choosing the new whip!
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Biking
Feb 22 2016 - 12:50pm | by jencrew

So 2016 is here, and I am reliving feelings of high school graduation. I feel like I am supposed to be proud of myself for surviving another year, "Hey good job turning 30, for getting an adult job, and oh yeah, and way to conquer that goal you had, it wasn't pretty but you owned it!" But what am I going to do next?

It's a new bike season. I'm asking myself what my "plan" is for bikes this year. Do I want to race? Which ones? Can I even survive that? What if I get hurt? I'm not allowed to get hurt, it would destroy me. What about skills? I need some serious work. I can't even think...

#Bikes2016
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Feb 9 2016 - 4:25pm | 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 - 2:38pm | 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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