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Long Term Test: Kona Hei Hei 2-9

02.05.2010 //

By Vernon Felton Sometime ago, I took possession of Kona’s cross-country, full-suspension 29er, the Hei Hei 2-9. Since then, I’ve ridden the bike through every season and in every possible condition. For 2010, the evolution of this model gets a bit more interesting, but we’ll tackle that later in this review. For now, a long-term

Mountain Bikers and BMX Riders Share Dale’s Trails

01.26.2010 //

The link below was sent to me by a friend back in Pennsylvania. It’s a story on ESPN about some very cool jumps that are lit by some large industrial lights. But that’s not the most interesting part of the story. What’s even more impressive than the lights is the fact that these trails, which

Rising XC Star Emily Batty Joins Trek

01.22.2010 //

Speculation began swirling last summer that XC racing prodigy Emily Batty would make the leap from her local Trek Toronto team to the global Trek World Racing team. Today, Trek announced she was officially joining the team. Batty had a breakout season last year, winning the Under 23 title at the Pan Am MTB Championships

Destination: Austin, Texas

12.31.2009 //

Not far from the state capital in Austin, trails crisscross an array of city and county parks, as well as the occasional ranch.

Steve Peat: The Story Behind the Legend

12.30.2009 //

Steve Peat is one of the most recognized names in downhill racing. He has won the overall World Cup title three times, has more World Cup gold medals (17) and has been on the podium more times (50) than any other downhill racer.

Help Chopper Save Your Nads

12.07.2009 //

That’s right. Chopper is in the final stages of a fund-raising flurry of furry greatness. In ironic contradiction to his final column of 2009, Chopper is rolling with a deep lip of fur hair all in the name of Movember—a movement dedicated to raising money to fight and fund research on prostate and testicular cancer.

Prado, Kobin Beat the Rains and Take La Ruta Titles

11.15.2009 //

Prado, Kobin Beat the Rains and Take La Ruta Titles Source: La Ruta After battling for three grueling days, competitors at La Ruta de los Conquistadores faced another menacing obstacle on the race’s final day—unrelenting rains. The Caribbean clouds opened and rain fell from the heavens all Friday night and throughout Saturday. Setting a fast

Monavie-Cannondale Attacks, Prado Holds in Costa Rica

11.13.2009 //

Monavie-Cannondale Attacks, Prado Holds in Costa Rica Source: La Ruta Team Monavie-Cannondale has suffered its share of hardships already in La Ruta—Jeremiah Bishop and Ben Sonntag have both suffered from mechanicals and Tinker Juarez DNF’d in stage three after getting lost for more than an hour. But the team rose on the flanks of 11,000-foot-high

Sam Brown’s Story To Hit the Big Screen

11.13.2009 //

The story of Sam Brown is going to be told on the big screen. Just months after Rolling Stone wrote a feature story titled “Death of a Freerider” about Brown, Jason Priestley has optioned the rights to turn the story into a movie, Variety reports. The 24-year -old Brown, who appeared in New World Disorder

Manny Prado Takes La Ruta’s First Stage

11.12.2009 //

Source: La Ruta Manuel Prado, Heinz Soerweg from Austria and Marc Trayter from Spain initiated a rapid ascent toward Costa Rica’s Central Valley during the first stage of La Ruta de los Conquistadores yesterday, breaking apart what had been a five-man lead group. Left behind was retired road racer and three-time Vuelta a España winner

USA Cycling 2010 National Championship Calendar

11.09.2009 //

USA Cycling has just released its calendar for the 2010 National Championship events. The entire text is below, but here are the relevant points for mountain bikers: The Mountain Bike National Championships will be held July 15-18 in Colorado, but a location has yet to be set. The 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships will be

Industry News: Gracia Off Commencal; Starts Own Team

11.08.2009 //

Cedric Gracia, one of the most popular riders on the World Cup circuit, announced at the end of last week that he would no longer be racing for Commencal. Instead, he will start his own team, the CG Racing Brigade.

Emily Batty Interview: Bright Eyes

10.26.2009 //

Twenty-one-year-old Emily Batty is surreptitiously storming the world stage. The Canadian XC racer recently cracked the top 10 at the World Cup in Offenburg, Germany, and has racked up impressive wins at the Pan Am games in Chile, the Sea Otter Classic and in five consecutive Canadian Cup races.

Lopes Returns to DH at the World Championships

09.01.2009 //

We caught up with Lopes right after Crankworx—where he won the Air DH, Giant Dual Slalom and the Enduro Downhill—and asked him about the World Championships, his new race bike and a potential return to the World Cup.

Cherry Tops Challenge at Baldface This Weekend

08.28.2009 //

Last year 67 amazing riders braved heat, altitude, physical, mechanical, and mental breakdowns in a poker ride like no other! One lucky lad came up with the best poker hand (full house Aces high) to win a sweet New Years powder skiing trip at Baldface Lodge. The other 66 lucky souls were treated to fantastic swag bags, prizes, a delicious BBQ and a heck of a fun day. The event is a fundraiser for the Nelson Cycling Club, and with all the trails around Nelson and the amount of work they do, they need all the help they can get!

A Revealing Look at 4Xer Caroline Buchanan

08.12.2009 //

We knew 18-year old four cross specialist Caroline Buchanan was on a hot streak after her surprise win in Maribor. Apparently, Aussie mag Alpha thinks she’s pretty hot too.

Intense Limited-Edition Bikes

05.14.2009 //

This is for all you Intense fans: The company has developed a second limited-edition model of its Tracer VP. The black chrome frame features red anodized accents and comes with a full XT build kit, Titec cockpit and Fox TALAS fork. Riders also can choose between the 6-inch-version with a TALAS RC2 or the 5.5-inch

Absalon, Chengyuan Win in Offenburg

04.26.2009 //

Absalon, Chenyen Win in Offenburg Julien Absalon, the men’s overall world cup winner last season returned to the top spot on the podium this year with a win at the second XC World Cup of the season. Absalon had finished second to José Antonio Hermida at the first round. Ren Chenyen, who did not compete

4-12-09 // Minnaar, Moseley Win in South Africa

04.12.2009 //

Greg Minnaar won the World Cup downhill on his home track, finishing more that 2.25 seconds ahead of Mick Hannah. Steve Peat came in third, followed by Sam Hill, Gee Atherton. Duncan Riffle, the top American finisher, came in 12th. For the women, it was Tracy Moseley, followed by Emmeline Ragot and Sabrina Jonnier. Check back

4-11-09 // Meet the Trek World Racing Team

04.11.2009 //

Trek unveiled it’s World Racing team in South Africa. Meet them here .  Or watch the vid below. 

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