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Feature: BC Bike Race–The Sunshine Coast

07.05.2013 //

The propeller on our float plane slowly works itself up to speed. In seconds, we’re airborne. The plane banks and we see Puget Sound, countless islands and towering peaks stretching away in every direction. It’s so pretty, a blind man would take a picture if he had an camera in hand.

Photo of the Day: Mattias Fredriksson

07.05.2013 //

Darcy Turenne. Åre, Sweden

Photo of the Day: Dan Barham

07.04.2013 //

Seb Kemp. Nepal.

The Bakery: Can You Keep a Secret?

07.04.2013 //

Much like we fight aging, we try to fight the natural life of a secret trail. We want to keep it pristine and untouched, we want to keep the loam and keep it exclusive. But it won’t last and it shouldn’t last.

Feature: BC Bike Race–Powell River

07.03.2013 //

You look at the schematic of each day’s course in your handy Racer Handbook and you mentally gear yourself up for the punishment ahead. Some days are obviously brutal—with jagged peak after jagged peak and humbling mileage and elevation gains. Today, however, looked like a piece of cake by comparison: 30 miles and 2,500 feet of climbing. A long ride, but not nearly as hard as the first two days or the following four. But then…sometimes appearances can be deceiving.

Photo of the Day: Steve Lloyd

07.03.2013 //

Josh Rhea & Drew Mcqueen. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Feature: BC Bike Race–Campbell River

07.02.2013 //

Stage two of the BC Bike Race began and finished in Campbell River. The race rolled to a gentle start with a middle-ring fireroad climb before funneling riders onto Box Lunch, a trail that alternates from steep descent to rolling traverse, but is always technical. There are off camber roots, really sharp rocks that you must power up and attack. Riders flailed about in their stiff soled shoes for several miles, doing a lot more stumbling than riding. By the time racers hit the first rest zone, many of them had that hollow-eyed, walking-dead look.

Photo of the Day: Ryan Creary

07.02.2013 //

Cindy Koo, Hornby Island, BC

Feature: BC Bike Race Stage 1–Cumberland

07.01.2013 //

The first wave of racers takes off, fittingly, to the gentle strains of Guns ‘n Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.” The first dozen or so kilometers are a fairly gentle introduction to BC riding—velvety singletrack that rolls and weaves through dark forests. The first hour or so, however, is also a constant congo line of squealing disc brakes, muttered curses and cries of “Sorry!.” Nerves are still high. Racers from dry climes are quickly learning that there’s a slimy root just waiting to take them out every few feet of trail.

News: Rocky Mountain Launches Carbon Instinct 29er

07.01.2013 //

Rocky Mountain Bicycles just unveiled the 2014 Rocky Mountain Instinct MSL: a massively versatile rig that’ll satisfy both marathon-style racers and more aggressive trail riders. We got our chance to test that claim when we pedaled the new Instinct MSL on a network of trails criss-crossing the North Shore’s famous Mt. Seymour.

Photo of the Day: Nicolas Teichrob

07.01.2013 //

Kyle Norbraten, Fernie, BC

Tested: Osprey Zealot 16

06.30.2013 //

Thirty-eight years in the trade have clearly taught the designers at Osprey a thing or two about making packs, because the Zealot 16—their 976-cubic-inch dump truck of a hydration pack—is the king of comfort. Go ahead, load the Zealot with 100 ounces of water, body armor, a full-face helmet, tools and any other creature comforts—the one thing you won’t feel is a pain in the back.

Photo of the Day: Margus Riga

06.30.2013 //

Wade Simmons. Squamish, BC

Photo of the Day: Scott Markewitz

06.29.2013 //

Eric Porter. Midway, UT

Video: 12 Months, 12 Stories with Jerome Clementz

06.29.2013 //

What’s it like to live with Jerome Clementz? Chances are, you never asked yourself that. Well, this video tells the story and if you dig the nouns, verbs and past participles…well, Jerome’s better half, Pauline, shares her thoughts on the experience.

News: Big Mountain Enduro, Crested Butte, Begins

06.29.2013 //

The second stop of the Big Mountain Enduro Series begins today in Crested Butte, Colorado. Big mountains, amazing singletrack and, yes, those wildflowers Crested Butte is famous for, should all be on the menu this weekend.

Photo of the Day: Sterling Lorence

06.28.2013 //

Vishnu Matepi. Oahu, Hawaii

Video/Gallery: Keith Bontrager–Bike Mag’s “Ask a Founder” Remix

06.28.2013 //

“Ask a Founder” is Bike Magazine’s live broadcast series in which we invite pioneers from the cycling world to tell their story and answer your questions. Engineering guru, Keith Bontrager, recently gave us a glimpse into his life during a live broadcast on bikemag.com – Here’s a sample video and photo gallery from the event.

Video: Chasing Trail with Kenny Smith

06.27.2013 //

Kenny Smith does things on a mountain bike that no one else does. He finds possibilities in places where no one else even looks. Bigger, steeper, faster—that’s his style.

News: BC Bike Race Poised to Begin

06.27.2013 //

The BC Bike Race is ready to roll with a stacked roster of singletrack hounds salivating at the mouth to get out and race the ‘Ultimate Singletrack Experience’. Over the course of the race week, competitors will cover some 217 miles, 25,000 feet of climbing and more than 75 percent of those miles will be on single track–a fact that sets the BC Bike Race apart from a good many marathon-style races.

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