Blogs

Aug 13 2014 - 10:21am | by suehaywood

Summers are cool here in West Virginia. Temps rarely go into the Eighties and let's face it, its a rain forest! The last two summers, I've been getting people to come up from the city lowlands to take one of my skills clinics or guide them on a ride. Its so nice riding in head high ferns and soaking legs in cold creeks, while getting to ride technical terrain.

Seven lucky ladies attended the Canaan MTB School and honed log hopping skills, off camber roots and rock gardens. It was a beautiful weekend of sunshine and warm temps.

Next up was a Women's Pedalpalloza Skills...

Events Galore...
Events Galore...
3,667 reads
Biking
Jul 21 2014 - 2:22pm | by skyewalker

Today I met Gangju Jo from South Korea at 7-11 in Cardiff as I was walking in to get something to drink, since it was like 83 degrees. I noticed his bike first, loaded with riding, camping and travel gear… but not as much as you’d think. It was packed up pretty nice and neat. Then I saw Gangju who was wearing a long sleeve Race Face lycra shirt- and I realized he was on a long ride. Little did I know how far he’d come.

He flew over from South Korea on a 30 day visa to ride his bike from Montreal Canada, all the way down the east coast to Florida. Then from Florida he rode through...

Gangju Jo
Gangju Jo
Gangju Jo
Gangju Jo
Gangju Jo
4,079 reads
Biking
Jul 14 2014 - 10:27am | by miguelramos

Here at Keystone Colorado for the 3rd stop of the Big Mountain Enduro Series, and also part of the North American Enduro Tour. Its been a fun but rough month of training and racing. I found myself over trained and in a hole for the first two stops of the Big Mountain Enduro Series. Riding with no power and tired. My last couple of races I felt like I was holding on for dear life, never in control. Never good signs for any athlete. So I took 4 days off the bike to recharge the batteries. I later found out after a Chiropractor visit that my back and body are severely out of alignment. So I...

Big Mountain Enduro Stop 3...Keystone Colorado
Big Mountain Enduro Stop 3...Keystone Colorado
3,483 reads
Biking
Jul 7 2014 - 4:21pm | by suehaywood

June was a really busy month for me. I started out the month getting back to some racing after a nasty rib injury kept me on the race sidelines. One of my favorite races is the Massanutten HooHa Enduro and XC races in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Its one of those long standing rocky east coast races that added an Enduro to the mix last year. I was stoked to see some young female riders in attendance and even more tickled to fend off the youngsters for another year taking the win both days! The next weekend was another double doing the Cooper's Rock Enduro on Saturday placing first and the...

Riding to the Solstice!
Riding to the Solstice!
Riding to the Solstice!
3,678 reads
Biking
Jul 3 2014 - 11:19am | by clintonfowler

Cascadia Dirt Cup Rd 1 was this past weekend. I couldn't have been a more different experience than round one of the Oregon Enduro Series the previous week.

Location:
OES #1 was located in wonderful Hood River, OR. You've got breweries breakfast spots, coffee and great bike shops and all of it's located within 15 minutes of the trailhead. Hood River is an epic outdoor adventure destination location! CDC #1 was located in the middle of nowhere southwest, WA. You've got… a correctional facility nearby. Seriously. And if you drive 30 minutes or so you can get all the...

Cascadia Dirt Cup vs. Oregon Enduro Series
Cascadia Dirt Cup vs. Oregon Enduro Series
4,659 reads
Biking
Jun 23 2014 - 3:28pm | by clintonfowler

Just one weekend ago, I competed at the first round of the Oregon Enduro Series in Hood River, Oregon.
It was an Enduro. In case you've been sleeping under a rock, it's the latest and greatest form of mountain bike racing.

If you listen closely throughout the event, the words of these riders, riders with both incredible fitness and superb bike handling skills, you begin to appreciate why enduro has taken off. The insights you can gather from these riders is profound.

Without further ado, let the riders speak for themselves...

- Fanny packs. Seriously,...

"Enduro; Where Downhillers Go To Die."
"Enduro; Where Downhillers Go To Die."
4,724 reads
Biking
Jun 13 2014 - 10:54am | by clintonfowler

In the past 5 years, enduro racing has taken off. Alas, it's not surprising. The convergence of technology and trail building has created an opportunity. Suspension alone has come a long way in the last decade. Add the incredible effort of passionate cyclists working tirelessly with land owners/managers. The two together are a powerful combination and voila, enduro. (At least that's my story today. Happy to hear your theories on why now and not 10 years ago though!?)

And there's also the natural tendency of the mountain bike industry as a whole to segment and fragment into...

Enduro!
3,467 reads
Jun 9 2014 - 9:31am | by skyewalker

Headed up to Big Bear on Sunday June, 1st with a crew of friends to shred some brown powder, and we
were greeted with perfect weather and riding temps. I was having some mechanical issues with my
Yeti 575 and left it at home and opted to rent a full DH bike to see what that was like… holy crap it’s
a different world of riding.

I rented Trek Session 88… that thing was so plush and absorbed every hit, bump, rock and turn... it was
insane! However, I forgot that riding park is a whole different deal than a normal XC or Enduro ride.
And when you have a...

Big Bear Riding!
Big Bear Riding!
Big Bear Riding!
Big Bear Riding!
Big Bear Riding!
3,817 reads
Biking
Jun 5 2014 - 11:27am | by Anonymous

Buy one pair of shorts or a jersey, get 2nd pair of shorts or jersey for 50% OFF when you Use code: BOGO50
Discount applies to lowest priced item. Limit one discounted item per order. Order by Monday, June 9th to receive by Saturday, June 14th. Offer expires Sunday, June 15th.

Get Dad what he really wants for Father's Day...
3,859 reads
Biking
Jun 2 2014 - 10:34am | by craigpayne

Recently I was in Colorado and I had two revelations ... Why I love the dirt and why I am not a fan of spandex. My adventure began in Fruita, where I attended a Better Ride skills camp. My goal was to obtain knowledge to improve my skills on the trail, goal reached, but I also rode away with a deeper understanding of life. It was then that I realized my love of dirt was fueled by my passion for mountain biking. The bike has been in every chapter of my life, from the moment the training wheels came off as a child, to that awesome feeling of freedom riding to school, the excitement of BMX,...

Recent Travels and Revelations...
3,723 reads
Biking
X