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In 2014, veteran freerider Andreu Lacondeguy finally won Red Bull Rampage. But that was only one highlight of this innovative rider’s season. In this Best of 2014, filmed by his friend and fellow rider Nick Pescetto, Lacondeguy shows the world that his progression only continues to cement his spot not only at the top of podiums, but the entire sport.
Signatures is a documentary movie about mountain biking by Fullface Productions. It not only showcases a lineup of great talents and big names, but also reveals what gravity MTB disciplines are about. Top European riders will present their best performances and immersing you into amazing atmosphere of unique places around world.
In a Skype interview yesterday with Sam Champion on The Weather Channel’s AMHQ, Cam McCaul appeared–much to the surprise of the show’s host–dressed as a weather reporter. Through the entire interview McCaul never breaks character, explaining the only way they could make a mountain bike movie about riding on the snow was to do it from “the unreal world” where it was snowing dirt flurries. McCaul is Saturday Night Live worthy. Enjoy.
Pro downhill racer Casey Brown grew up in a remote zone in New Zealand with her father who was hiding out from the DEA. Her life eventually brought her to Revelstoke, B.C. where she chased her father and brother around on bikes until eventually they chased her. Her brother – also a pro freerider who she revered as her personal hero – lost his life in a drug-related incident. As showcased in this episode of Dirt Magazine’s “Beyond the Bike” video, 23-year-old Casey has chosen to channel all of her life’s intensity into an unbridled focus on her dream to be one of the best female mountain bikers in the world.
This hypnotic POV video – for the fact that this looks like one of the funnest jump-trail tracks in the world – is making its rounds around Facebook this week. It took a little digging, but we found the original YouTube post and some info on the location. It’s located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, a 35-minute train ride from the capital city Bern.
From EpicTV: The Red Bull Farm Jam on the South Island of New Zealand is a very unique event. It brings together MTB, BMX, and MX riders for one crazy jam that features some super sick tricks and some equally heinous slams.
After nearly two weeks of testing, we’re wrapping up the 2105 Bible of Bike Tests in Central Oregon. Here is one more batch of photos from our annual buyer’s guide test. Keep an eye out for complete print and web coverage in the coming months.
From our friends at Anthill Films, comes a tale of a tailed friend, Poppy, chasing rider Casey Brown down sweet, fast singletrack. Yes, this is a marketing video to promote Sony’s Actioncam, but it’s also the best mountain bike video you’ll see this week.
Photo Gallery II: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers puts next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
Little known fact: Bend has more breweries per-capita than any other city in Oregon. For this it has been dubbed “Beer Town USA.” With this title comes a duty to motivate its visitors to drink beer. Enter The Ale Trail. A ride (you can also be shuttled around in a van) that takes you between 14 different local breweries clustered close together, “like the gold at the end of a big, beer rainbow,” reads the Visit Bend Website.
Bike shops. They act as metronomes to mountain biking communities. Even in the age of order-whatever-you-need-online, shops maintain an invaluable role. And even in small communities such as Bend, Oregon, there are numerous choices to fill your repair, retail, and social needs.
Photo Gallery I: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For the next two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers will put next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
For the next two weeks, 34 bikes will get poked, prodded, ridden hard, and put away wet, dusty and rattled. Then the crew will cuss, discuss, love, hate and debate until the truth behind each bike is sifted to the surface—on camera—in the annual ‘Roundtable Reels’ video debates.
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.