Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
I used to think body armor was for park rats and professional freeriders. I wouldn’t be caught in the stuff anywhere outside of a lift-accessed resort. Sporting pads on a trail ride? It was, to my way of thinking, a bit like slapping a “Tap Out” mixed martial arts bumper sticker on your pick up or, getting “No Fear” tattooed on your neck or riding a unicycle in public—all just desperate cries for attention.
The down and dirty guide to mountain biking the beautiful island of Elba, Tuscany, as seen through the squinted view of pro-photographer and mountain bike mentalist Dan Milner. In this episode: Dan and his GoPro are joined by Scott German pro-riders Holger Meyer and Karen Eller for a lesson in European harmony – with unforeseen results…
Many bikes get tossed into the ‘enduro’ or ‘all-mountain’ category because they sport six inches of travel and yet they don’t possess the slack geometry, stout frame and burly parts to really excel on prolonged technical riding. The Compulsion LT, happily, is one bike that fits the bill. The Compulsion LT is no pretender.
Delayed due to issues in music licensing, Second Base Films latest movie, ARRIVAL finally gets released this week. We visit the Sunshine Coast, BC to find out why it took so long, why they insist on doing things right and why their example should be followed.
There were high hopes for the Enduro World Series, which drew an amazing talent pool of former World Champ downhillers and cross-country strongmen. In the end, the men’s title was taken by Jerome Clementz, who was already “the guy to beat”. 2013 just kind of put the official stamp on that title.
Getting on the cover of Bike Magazine is, to paraphrase the great Ron Burgundy, “Kind of a big deal.” For Thomas Vanderham, it’s been a good five years since his last appearance atop Bike. We decided to celebrate Vanderham’s return by heading to the North Shore and presenting him with a cover all covert-ops like. Here’s the video of how it all went down.
What do we learn from this video? Jerome Clementz may be one of the fastest guys on two wheels, but even Jerome crashes at times…. and you should never let the guy cut your hair. Check out the carnage footage from the upper slopes of Mégavalanche. Holy Cr@p! There’s some truly humbling footage in this one.
What does fast look like? It looks like this helmet-cam footage captured by Specialized’s Mitch Ropelato, who put in a blazing run down the alleys and streets of the Mexican city of Taxco. While a downhill race on city streets may sound tame, that ain’t the case here.
The Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, is one of the most unique events in mountain biking. Competitors combine their creative line choice with jaw-dropping bike handling skills to stake claim atop the Freeride world. The Coastal Crew’s Kyle Norbraten talks us through the ups and downs of his 2013 Rampage.
Here’s a teaser for Fullface Productions’ upcoming movie “Signatures”, which highlights riding from all over the globe. British Columbia, Livigno, Prague and Bratislava, Indonesia and the Austrian Alps all get the spotlight beneath the wheels of riders such as Szymon Godziek, Guido Tschugg, Tomas Slavik, Tomas Zejda, Michal Marosi, Johannes Fischbach, Filip Polc and Patrik Leitner.
This episode of Road to Rampage tackles The Curse–you know, the one in which you win Red Bull Rampage and it’s all champagne and high-fives, right up until the next season when you wreck bad, break a limb and are unable to defend your Rampage title.