Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
I had barely even had a chance to catch my breath from a contest trip in the U.S. when I got back to the Sunshine Coast and met up with my good friends from the Coastal Crew. They were getting ready to leave for Narrows Inlet that same evening, on a trip that would be one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. Here’s the story of what went down.
Excellent bike park trails a mere 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City? Canyons Resort bike park may not have the longest trails on earth, but what they have packs a serious punch. Here’s the ride report from the Heavy Pedal Tour’s stop in Park City, Utah.
Consider yourself warned: the trails at Canyons aren’t long, but they are jam-packed with features for all skill levels. Canyons is not afraid to challenge riders with sizeable gap jumps, drops, step ups, step downs and wall rides. Check out this video to see what we mean.
Finally, after six stops in “Colorful Colorado”, we were ready to leave the big- mountain state for slightly different terrain at Canyons Bike Park in Park City, Utah. Canyons was one of our favorite parks that we visited last year. The runs are short, but jam packed with well-built features. W
Well, the 2013 season is in the history books. After last month’s World Championships, I spent almost six weeks back home getting into the swing of a normal life and routine. It was tough getting motivated for this weekend’s EWS in Finale Ligure…but really, I wanted nothing more than to finish off the year with a win.
One day I got a phone call that changed that attitude, a call that every bike industry worker fears receiving from their parents, “I found a bike at Walmart” and worse yet, “it has suspension stuff on the seat post so I think it must be really good.” The guilt hit me like a ton of bricks…
Few companies enjoy a following like Chromag. Sure, the company makes smart components, but it’s more than that. There’s a kind of die-hard brand loyalty that is so often lacking in an industry that is often fixated on bling, techno-babble and fads. We spoke with filmmaker, Rupert Walker, on the release of this new Chromag video, aptly titled, “Family Album Volume 1″.
I’ve grown accustomed to wobbling down the trail like a mobile Quasimodo and have never really sought out a more compact hydration pack. Until recently, that is. This year’s Bible of Bike Tests Trail/All Mountain test loop starts and ends out of our front door.Running my great haversack of a hydration pack is a bit of overkill. This CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV was the perfect option.
The Sub4 is built beefy; “Le brick sh@thouse” is the French term, if I’m not mistaken. It’s part and parcel of the North Shore-based company’s mission to build bullet-proof parts right there on Canadian soil. Here’s our first impressions on Blackspire’s all-mountain pedals.
Considered to be ‘the extreme capital of the world’ and home to Europe’s mightiest landscapes, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France, has a lot to live up to. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? The Trail Ninja gets down and dirty with Chamonix’s toughest mountain bike trails and discovers a secret or two.
The premise is simple: go downhill fast. What makes this competition a bit more interesting, however, is that this isn’t a downhill mountain bike race; Red Bull’s Road Rage is a race down Colorado’s Guanella Pass–and it’s all asphalt. BMX bike, road bike, mountain bike–as long as it has two functioning brakes, you can race it in Road Rage.