Author Archives: "Joe Parkin"
If you aren’t already familiar with the Mark Weir, he once logged more than a million vertical feet of pedaling in a year, which is just shy of 3,000 feet per day—and he didn’t even need the whole 365 to accomplish his goal. A few years ago, the home he shared with wife Suzy and son Gus went up in flames, but Weir bounced back with his signature mustachioed smile. More recently, though, the Cannondale OverMountain Team Rider was seriously injured in a freak accident that would’ve likely sent a lesser mortal straight to the morgue.
To the mountain-bike community, Kyle Strait needs no introduction. On the bike, he was an absolute child prodigy, and entered his first Rampage when he was just a young teenager. In 2013, after landing a massive Suicide No-hander off the Oakley Icon Sender, Strait became the only person to break the Rampage curse, and won the for a record second time.
Parked in the motel’s lot, along with a half-dozen or so border-patrol vehicles, was a 1979 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van. Other than it being old and pretty rare, the Westfalia wouldn’t have been cause for much notice—had it not been for the fact that one of the U-23 team riders, a guy named Greg Randolph, seemed to be living in it. Later that year, the free-spirited Randolph represented the United States in the Olympics, as a member of the road team built around Lance Armstrong.
Unless you’re new, have been living under a rock, or just plain believe that the study of history—any history—is a waste of time, mountain-bike legend Marla Streb needs little introduction. She wears the body art of a Single-Speed World Champ (twice), is a multiple-time U.S. National Champion, has stood on the top step of the World Cup podium, graced the cover of Outside magazine and, as she hones in on five decades of being alive, she’s still looking forward to racing season—she’s just not going to be going at it every weekend.
Cullinan’s incredible worlds-winning run is the stuff of legend. It happened five years before Philippe Kahn decided to connect a digital camera to a cell phone and broadcast the birth of his daughter, so the course was absolutely void of iPhone-toting spectators documenting every angle and second of the event on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and Vimeo. And the Red Bull Media House wasn’t even a faint glimmer in an entrepreneur’s eye back then. So, Cully’s rainbow-winning performance is much more mysterious and under-documented than, say, Danny Hart’s astonishing Champery ride in 2011. It was, nevertheless, something extra special.
Don’t worry; Jordie Lunn is still going to be sending it this summer, hoping to grab another one of those big checks for Best Trick at Crankworx. He’s got a solid list of other contests to hit this year, as well as a strong desire to do some more filming. It’s where Jordie is now and what he’s doing that makes his ‘vacation’ from the summer riding season interesting—at least to a keyboard jockey like me.
Derin Stockton’s two-wheel adventure started on a little Schwinn, like so many other children of the ‘70s. Derin and brother Kurt, himself a former United States professional road-racing national champion, rode their bikes everywhere. Trips to the California desert, where their parents raced motorcycles, were an early introduction to off-road bicycling.
Our sport was created largely as an escape from the rigid constructs that too often govern other forms of cycling and is young enough where historical hero worship seems out of place. But still, there are some great stories that have been created along the way to where we are now, stories that, even if they’re about those people you hate, might surprise you.
Cannondale credits its ECS-TC (Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control) system for this super-precise ride quality. And all marketing hype and terminology aside, every single one of our test riders has commented about immediately feeling this true-tracking ride quality.
Seeking to improve on its already successful Horsethief and Spearfish full-suspension 29ers, Salsa Cycles partnered with Dave Weagle to incorporate Split Pivot into the bikes’ rear-suspension design. The results are impressive.
Throughout the year we’ll be looking back at the products that changed (or at least shook up) the world of mountain biking. This time around, our subject is the Tioga Tension Disc, which Joe Parkin, and a great many other pros, rode right into the history books.
Nature saw fit to set the temperature somewhere near the 17-degree mark (Fahrenheit) and bestowed intermittent doses of sun to the riders and spectators of USA Cycling’s Elite Cyclocross National Championships. Or as they call it, cyclo-cross.
Red Bull Media House has just released the first in a series of short films about the Atherton family. Today’s episode of the Four by Three series, which is produced and directed by Clay Porter, features Rachel Atherton. The video spotlights the relationship between the youngest Atherton, who has UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and […]
From: pavedmag.com The Secret Race, a new book from ex-pro bike racer Tyler Hamilton and the author of Lance Armstrong’s War, Daniel Coyle, hit bookshelves this past Wednesday, September 5, 2012. On the morning of the book’s release, Hamilton and Coyle appeared on the Today Show. The show’s host, Matt Lauer, focused his interview mainly […]
By Joe Parkin Video and Photos by Reuben Krabbe Music: “Do Not Resuscitate” by Tall Heights Synthesis / noun / the combination of components to form a connected whole. Often contrasted with analysis. Considering this definition, it would be a shame for us to offer our own analysis, so we’ll just leave it to you […]
I don’t know about you but for me wheelsets are a lot like the all-American breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast: It seems like wheels and breakfast should be difficult to mess up but, all too often, they fall far short of our expectations. Seriously, any cook worth his or her apron should […]
When a guy drops his chain twice, catches back up with the leader, and then loses the sprint for the title of XC Mountain Bike Champion of Belgium because his foot comes out of the pedal, a guy gets pretty angry. Perhaps Kevin Van Hoovels will have better luck at the Olympics.
In case you hadn’t heard, the 2012 edition of Bike‘s Photo Annual is in bike shops, on newsstands and available for download. We caught up with Margus Riga, Dan Barham and Sterling Lorence to find out what they think when one of their photos is printed in Bike