Author Archives: "Mimi Lopour"
Kona’s goal this summer: get you out of the house and onto your bike—but not on your regular trails. The company recently created KonaWorld Travel, a program that provides all-inclusive packages for riders to explore new terrain. The first destinations available include Whistler’s Bike Park and, for the adventuresome, the Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny
The fourth race of the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (ProXCT), presented by Sho-Air, will hit the dirt on Saturday, June 13, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Carmichael Training Systems Sand Creek International Classic, to be held in the Cheyenne Mountain State Park, is the middle of the seven-stop tour, and the
It’s World Cup time at Fort William again and that means: the Ben Nevis ski area, haggis, black pudding, fine highland scotch and the greatest downhill mountain bike racers on the planet. One thing unique about the Fort William DH track is that the course rarely changes. The top is artificial—always has been, always will
As if you needed another reason to ride your bike this weekend; but National Trails Day is June 6 and it represents a government-sanctioned mandate to ride any of the 200,000 miles of trails wedged between Maine and California. So what does a fat-tire nerd do on Trails Day? Get yourself onto the AHS’s event
USA Cycling’s Pro Gravity Tour kicks off May 3 at the Fluidride Cup in Port Angeles, Washington. The race is the first of five events comprising the 2009 Pro GRT. “I’m extremely excited to see the Pro GRT underway! We’re finally in a new era of gravity racing here in the U.S.,” series coordinator Jeremiah
Madrid’s weeklong heat wave leading up to the World Cup XC race in Casa de Campo Park subsided just before the race—replaced by a deluge of rains—but the action was still scorching hot. On a course that was equal parts greasy mud and sticky clay, Julien Absalon and Margarita Fullana pulled away from the pack
After months of planning, B.C.-based Anthill Films began shooting its first feature-length film this week. The structure of the new company, according to Creative Director Darcy Wittenburg, will improve upon the model that made the Collective so successful. “We wanted to restructure ourselves so that we could have the most creative environment possible,” he says,
In an amazing show of grace and skill, Steve Peat has once again amazed the downhill masses. In Andorra, he seized the top step of a World Cup podium for the second race in a row. But more significantly, it was his 17th win overall, moving him one victory ahead of Nicolas Vouilloz, who previously
4X racing is a contact sport. As fans saw two weeks ago in Houffalize, riders can’t leave opportunities for competitors to pass. As soon as they do, someone’s going to shove their foot in the door and push it open, whether you want them to or not. While this track is considerably different from the
Riding bikes in the woods is fun. Riding bikes faster than other people? That’s downright badass. We know now everyone is cut out to race cross-country, but with cool new races appearing across the country, we figured a primer on XC racing was in order. Yes, men in Lycra still make us nervous too, but
Steve Peat delivered an amazing performance in La Bresse. All week, in training and practice runs, he appeared determined to win this race. And as he blasted toward the finish, the crowd began to feel it. The volume of their cheers increased. Peaty had delivered a clean run so far, but more than one racer
The track dried out nicely in the sun today, allowing riders to push a bit harder than yesterday’s timed runs. But the track continued to evolve a fair bit before the qualifier. In one section, a rider in the inside line would push rocks out into the outside line, and vice versa. The end result?
Curtis Keene grabbed the early lead on the USA Cycling Pro GRT after besting a stacked field of nearly 100 pro male riders at the Fluidride Cup in Port Angeles, Wash. Katie Holden’s time of 3:05 not only lead her to a victory over several of the nation’s top female downhillers but also put her
DAKINE, the leader in action sports accessories, is proud to announce that three of its top mountain bikers, Geoff Gulevich, Andrew Shandro, and Thomas Vanderham, have signed-on to ride DAKINE bike clothing in addition to its packs and gloves. “I have been with DAKINE now for eight years, starting with packs and gloves,” says Shandro.
The NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League is looking for a few good mountain bikers. The league, in its eighth season, has grown to 560 racers competing for 33 teams, and this year it spawned a spin-off in Southern California that hit the ground rolling. Now, it is looking to take the show on
Organizers of the European DH Championships have added a new category to the event that will allow riders from any country to compete. The new “open” category was added this week, barely two months before the Championships, which will be held June 12 to 14. The championships are scheduled one week after the World Cup
This will be a good story for those who don’t think being a Professional Cyclist is full-time job. Not to be confused with a full-time job that isn’t sweet, of course… In my old age I’m trying to broaden my value in my chosen field while also keeping myself entertained by doing new things and
I just finished a fantastic week in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with the current UCI #1 ranked Trials rider in the world, Kenny Belaey from Belgium. We were actually filming a 30 Min. TV show for Kenny’s TV series on the Extreme Sports Channel. Kenny had asked me to take him on some
It’s quite often that the race season starts off in South America for the US National Team. This makes sense, I suppose, it being the end of summer down there and a perfectly logical time for most of the Pan American Nations to contest the Continental Championships. Us North Americans are usually a bit soft
Geoff Kabush Dominates First Race of ProXCT With Record-Tying Victory Winner of the men’s pro downhill, Eric Carter. Photo by Alan Davis Words: Ryan LaBar The new national pro XC race series, the Pro XCT, kicked off over the weekend at the Fontana City National in Southridge, California. More than 125 pro riders showed up