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This past weekend, over a hundred racers took part in FrostBike and wound up performing something akin to Bambi on ice. I, myself, spent two days falling down the ski hill, trying to capture some of the action, and not get spotted while peeing in the trees.
We spent a few days chasing Scott’s ostensibly cross-country racers around the kind of steep trails, trails you might not expect an XC team to enjoy, let alone mercilessly shred.
While the bike industry may need more signatures over high-fives, we do not need them at a cost to our culture. Our character flaws and dysfunctions are what make our world desirable. We do not follow the formula or fit the cookie cutter mold of the business world…and that’s a good thing.
At the onset, you’re sucked in by the promise of adventure and experience – sights, smells, fresh faces – and on balance, these will be positive. However on any trip there are moments, and often full days, when your patience and outlook are challenged. Today was one of those days.
The last rendition of the Crankbrothers Mallet, the 1/2/3, has become popular among all mountain riders, but World Cup downhill athletes kept asking for a pedal that was more like the original Mallet. Listening to their feedback, Crankbrothers started the yearlong process of creating a brand new, “old-style” Mallet, exclusively for downhill racing. Here’s the behind-the-scenes story of how that pedal–the new Mallet DH/Race– was developed.
Denizens dressed up as bananas, clowns, and disconcertingly hairy prom queens charged through the sleeting darkness. Featuring fire spewing barricades, chants of “Hurry up, buttercup!” and the occasional Krispy Kreme donut followed by a bourbon chaser, SSCX proved a remarkable display of how much fun can be had while being absolutely miserable on a bike—a perfect opening act to the big race.
I still cannot believe that the World Championships were on American soil. If you weren’t there, you blew it.
Tara Llanes is the Queen of Comebacks. When you hear her name most people will think of the 4-Cross crash that left her with a complete spinal cord injury, but there is a lot more to what Tara has overcome and what she has done to stay connected to an industry that she calls family.