Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
Kelli was 23 when she started mountain biking, 26 when she started racing and 40 when we hit the road to celebrate her milestone birthday with a few days of riding that included a heli-drop and an unplanned campsite eviction. A lot can change in seventeen years and as someone who works in the bike industry (Kelli and her husband run a mountain bike tour and instruction company) her identity is strongly tied to riding.
Rocky Mountain Bicycles unveiled a new model today–the Thunderbolt–a bike that blurs the lines between cross-country efficiency and trail bike confidence. Or, to quote the press release, “When XC gets rowdy, the incredibly agile Thunderbolt shines…. At last, an XC bike dedicated as much to flowy singletrack as to punchy technical climbs.”
Mountain Racing Products has made big strides of late with greatly improved White Brothers suspension fork offerings and was already busy developing an air-sprung rear shock that will see duty on all-mountain/enduro-style bikes. The purchase of Elka Suspension, however, gives them immediate entry into the coil-sprung, gravity market.
We packed up the camper and left the sparkling dirt of Winter Park, Colorado and headed 30 miles north to the quaint, little mountain town of Granby Ranch, Colorado. Here’s what we found on our visit to Granby’s bike park.
After Racing in Colorado, Jerome and his friends drove around Utah and Colorado, saw what the region had to offer, met local legend Greg Herbold and, of course, rode the hell out of their bikes. Some great footage in here of Moab’s Whole Enchilada trail, the Slickrock playground and more. Road trip, anyone?
By Jared Graves Mentally, Round 6 was one of the toughest weekends of my life. Since racing the Val d’Isere World Cup downhill here last year, I have been looking forward to coming back. The town of Val d’Isere is so cool and the surrounding mountains provide beautiful views; the kind that make you stop
Ernest Hemingway and Jon Krakauer– two titans of adventure literature who are rarely considered birds of a feather, but as Adventure Journal’s test illustrates, actually sound a hell of a lot like one another when you get right down to it. Can you tell which is which? Take the test.
The Enduro World Series is heading into the final stretch with Jerome Clementz and Anne Caroline Chausson winning the sixth round event at Val D’Isere, France. Here’s a snapshot of the results and, of course, a video showcasing the action.
The Bus: A Journey Up North, is a story of some good friends doing what they do best; having fun, adventuring, and sending it on mountain bikes and kayaks. With the idea to run the bus to be more economical as well as environmentally friendly, the friends converted the school bus to run off waste vegetable oil. The trip turns out to be nothing short of the trip of a lifetime.
Aaron Gwin, he of world championship fame and ridiculous downhill speed, joined the rest of Mammoth’s ODI development Team for a skills camp at Mammoth Mountain last weekend. Aaron and the crew threw down all weekend. Gwin, for his part, imparting his Yoda-like wisdom of the Way of the Roost upon the lucky grooms. Here’s some footage of the resulting radness.
Wanting to do something different (and pay respects to Crankworx’s 10th Anniversary) at this year’s Deep Summer Photography Competition, Bruno Long decided to go back in time with a retro theme that poked a bit of fun at out Instagram-fueled world. Here’s his slideshow, “Instant Radification”.