Author Archives: "Keith Carlsen"
A few weeks ago, pro downhillers tackled what many riders called – based on the soaking wet, slippery-as-snot muddy course – one of the most challenging DH runs in recent history. While the footage shot from other people’s cameras show the conditions from a spectators perspective, this POV cam angle by Marcelo Gutierrez show us what it was like to actually ride this vicious course at race speeds.
The relatively young sport of enduro racing has attracted mountain biking’s best athletes and become highly competitive – quickly. American athlete Curtis Keene was ranked 12th in last year’s Enduro World Series. For him, that’s not good enough. This video – from Red Bull TV – beautifully and thoroughly illustrates what it takes to hang, compete, and win in this grueling sport that athletes say is no safer than world cup downhill racing.
The conditions at Saturday’s race at the second round of the UCI World Cup in Cairns, were so wet and nasty that pro riders were overhead say they might be better off running sections. As reported by Red Bull, this was “possibly the only international-level bike race ever to be paused to allow a snake to cross the track, the jungle threw just about everything at the riders.” Enjoy this epic highlight video produce by the Parkin brother for Red Bull and you.
The venue which will forever be synonymous with Shaun Palmer’s near miss of the World Champs by just 0.15 seconds back in 1996, returns to the World Cup calendar. Watch the entire 2014 finals race coverage here.
“The rock garden is way gnarlier than anything else on the track. From what I’ve been told, it’s really hard to get through it. I knew that looking at it. There’s just so many different ridges and the rocks are so greasy and then red dirt is getting pulled onto them. It’ll be tough, but looking forward to it. Everybody’s running the same track so… It’ll be good times.” –Bryn Atkinson
In March, a group of Euros decided to mount studded tires on their mountain bikes and slog down the crevasse-riddled Valle Blanche, one of Europe’s most popular winter ski and snowboard runs. Call it part so-typically-Euro, part badass, part funny. Or just call it done. Either way you have to commend this crew for getting out there and trying something different. Check it out here.
We recently discovered this incredible throwback video covering a Repack downhill race in the early 1970s. In case you skipped mountain biking 101, The Repack downhill race, founded by Fred Wolf and Charlie Kelly 1976, is now touted as the first downhill time-trial race. The race earned its name from the need to repack the single rear hub break on the vintage balloon tire “klunkers” after the 2.1-mile, 1,300-vertical-foot drop on an old dirt road in Marin County.