Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
Stage Two of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge took the racers 78.3 miles (126 kilometers) through an increasingly remote area of Mongolia with 8,005 feet (2,440 meters) of climbing. The route followed the Tuul River, traversing the majestic forests of the Zamt Hills and ended at Jalman Camp.
It was an idea that, just like the rest of them, was spawned during an un-eventful evening. And, like most ideas, sat in the back of our mind, waiting for the right time to emerge. Before any of us knew it, April rolled around and we found ourselves hurriedly packing bikes and kit, ready to travel to the most un-likely of biking destinations, El Salvador.
While the Ardent lacks the absolutely tenacious bite that’s made the Minion a favorite, this tire rolls a whole lot faster, weighs a whole lot less and is pretty outstanding in both wet and dry conditions. This, right here, is one of the best, unsung tires on the market.
Scott Markewitz has more mountain biking covers to his credit than any photographer alive and is always a threat in any kind of contest involving F-stops and action. This is the final entry from the 2013 Deep Summer Challenge and it was one of the most hooted and hollered for slideshows at the contest. Enjoy.
Just in case you didn’t happen to hop, skip and jump your way around the globe to catch the World Championships in South Africa, here’s a full replay of the men’s and women’s downhill finals in Pietermaritzburg.
Stage One of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea was a 120-kilometer (74.5-mile) loop from the Genghis Khan Statue in Tuv Province with a groan-inducing 3,000 meters (9.842 feet) of climbing. The heat of the Mongolian sun combined with the seemingly endless short steep climbing sections made for a hell of a first day. Here’s a race report and photo gallery from the steppes of Mongolia.