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Dec 15 2016 - 3:46pm | by Pete Campbell


Community Resource Center offers extensive programs that facilitate the safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of low-income and episodically homeless households – including domestic violence victims. Their Holiday Baskets Program presents a dignified “shopping” experience where these families receive a holiday meal, basic necessities and a few gifts to brighten their holidays.

This year our effort started with several hours of food sorting at a nearby warehouse.
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'Tis the season for giving back - Building bikes for Holiday Baskets
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Dec 15 2016 - 2:58pm | by Anonymous




Project Bike Love believes that bikes can change the world, especially for the lives of impoverished women and girls. Around the world women are struggling with the basics of life - going to school, obtaining a job and supporting their families. To many a bike is an essential need, providing safety, transportation, access to medical care, access to education, and much more. Locally, nationally, and internationally Project Bike Love advocates for women, empowering them through the gift of a...

'Tis the season for giving back - Project Bike Love in Paraguay
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Dec 14 2016 - 3:53pm | by Paul

In 2008 a popular network of undulating singletrack in northern San Diego known as “The Intestines” was closed off and graded over for development of new home sites. A sign was posted at one of the trailheads suggesting that once the homes were built a trail would one day reopen. Mountain bikers gave little thought to the notice, expecting any developer-driven trail would be a sanitized, wide, flat trail commonly found in nearby neighborhoods.

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'Tis the season for giving back - IMBA & SDMBA cut The Appendix
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Jul 29 2016 - 3:59pm | by cindyabbott

Do you have a woman in your life? How about a lucky woman who mountain bikes? No? Well unfortunately that seems to be a common answer amongst most folks these days. However, programs like the Ride Like a Girl mountain bike program aim to get more women on mountain bikes because all too often we hear the same refrain that “mountain biking is too scary and hard” from ladies of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, a lot of women get introduced to mountain biking from their male significant other who makes every ride a mission to shred down the trail faster and harder than their...

Cindy with the lucky RLAG winners of some ZOIC schwag!
The Classic “I did a Wheelie!”  happy face
Regrouping after one of our RLAG rides.
Cindy teaching on the power wheelie at our season opener RLAG ride!
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Jul 21 2016 - 4:54pm | by suehaywood

There are those events that I look forward to every year and then new events that I put on my calendar. Since I'm a Libra, I really like the balance that familiarity brings yet I yearn for some new landscapes and challenges.

I always like going to Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest. This is a one of the biggest festivals on the east coast. I see tons of folks that I know and manage to see some sponsors like Stan's No Tubes and this year Scot Nicol of Ibis was there. It's important to see, face to face the people that make the awesome biking lifestyle possible. This year, I was going to be the...

Teach, Ride, Repeat
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Jul 14 2016 - 3:55pm | by mattguntert

Hello, hope everyone is having a good start to the MTB season. As I had posted in my last blog, I was in the process of deciding whether to purchase the 2016 Santa cruz nomad or the 2016 Yt Industries Capra. After much research and indecision, I finally came to the conclusion that the Capra Pro Race was the best bike for me. Let me tell you all this was a decision that had me chomping at the bit because I had to wait for the bike as YT had not received all the parts to put it together. I ordered it on back order the first week of April and picked it up May 27th. Finally the angst of...

New Season, New Bike, and Thank You's!
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Jun 30 2016 - 8:55pm | by wendyengelberg

I've always been a risk taker and throwing myself into the unknown, sometimes its worked, other times it’s been a disaster. Yet I always grow from the adventure. This is the year of change and really moving out of my comfort zone starting with an XC race series called Pedalfest.

One of the changes for me this year is a new bike, thanks to Specialized and Cynergy Cycles, I have been granted the opportunity and honor to ride a 2016 Specialized ERA Expert for this year. It's changed everything for me. The bike is a machine both in speed and performance. It's made me a faster, more...

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
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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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