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The trail map for Indiana’s Brown County State Park reminds me of Disneyworld. There are so many highlights that it’s tough to know where to start. It’s hard to believe, standing here among oaks, elms and maples that overlook nearly 30 miles of mountain-bike trails, that a map of Brown County from 10 years ago only offered a few dirt roads for bikes.
Continuing the incredible progression witnessed at last week’s Red Bull Joyride, the renowned Bearclaw Invitational returned to Vancouver Island over the weekend to set a new benchmark in what’s possible on a mountain bike.
Magazines and websites simply brim with bike reviews that drip with praise. It seems like every bike “instills confidence” or “rails corners” or “climbs like a goat.” You might believe that some bikes are awesome, but they can’t all be. It defies logic. This isn’t tee ball where everyone wins—this is the real world, a world that’s full of winners and losers. And yet you don’t see a lot of reviews that flat-out flame a bike. Why is that?
The 2014 DH season came to a close with a bang here in Méribel, delivering one of the best races of the year. Sam Hill returned to the top of the podium with a spectacular winning run, wildcard riders mixed up the usual standings and cheering fans wielding chainsaws, air horns and flags lined the Méribel course from top to bottom. Not to mention the crowning of a new World Cup Champion, Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland.
With classic, wide-open style bottom corners and big, loose rock gardens up top, the 2014 UCI World Cup Méribel DH course kept all of the top riders on their toes.
When someone mentions the company Uvex, my thoughts go immediately to the late ’80s to early ’90s when their neon ski goggles dominated the slopes. Clearly Uvex has been off my radar for the past 20 years, but my outdated vision of their products totally changed when I laid my hands on the Uvex Sportstyle 202 Race glasses.
With only one more stop following this weekend’s competition, the UCI World Cup Méribel DH will be a proving ground for the season. Unlike the wide open, relatively single-lined Windham this is a true thinkers track and will reward those who can string it all together amidst the loam, mud and grass.
Nick Geddes is an exceptional athlete with an exceptional story. His battle has been through a more treacherous path than your typical mountain bike racer. But without the back story he may just seem like a typical – albeit extremely talented – rider now racing the World Enduro Series.
Cam Zink successfully landed a 100-foot, 3-inch dirt-dirt backflip on a mountain bike last night, setting a world-record live in front of a national TV audience.
Commencal has released two new DH rigs, the Supreme DH Park and the Supreme DH Comp. The Park sports 200 millimeters of travel and runs 26-inch wheels, whereas the Comp can be ran with either 650b or 26-inch wheels and has slightly less travel, 190 millimeters.
In this episode of “This is Peaty,” Steve Peat chases after Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland on the World Cup Méribel downhill track in Méribel, France. This weekend is the next-to-last race of the season and every second counts, with all the top contenders in the men’s field within striking distance of one another.