Here’s a 15-minute documentary on the annual Megavalanche in Alpe d’Huez, France. A couple hundred racers bombing down a glacier and descending nearly 9,000 feet through handlebar-high ruts, rocks, slush, ice and general mayhem–the Megavalanche is always riveting to watch.
Brandon Semenuk. Monterey, CA
Mark Weir is an icon. He’s the tough man of modern mountain biking. The grimacing guy, charging down an ugly stretch of trail at ungodly speeds. The guy who kept pronouncing The Coming of Enduro long before anyone even took the notion seriously. Mark Weir, however, is a hell of a lot more complicated–and interesting–than any and all of that.
Eric Porter. Park City, UT
What was the BC Bike Race all about, really? This video tells the story and then some…
Matt Hunter and Tristan Merrick. Whistler, BC
Here’s Garett Buehler’s segment from Barred For Life 2, brought to you by Joystick and SR Suntour.
Today, Trek announced that they will soon also offer 650b versions of the Remedy and the Slash. In total there will be six 650b Remedy models and three 650b Slash models. Here’s the story.
Another great video–this one the work of talented videographer, Callum Jelley–from the Scandinavian Video Challenge. Enjoy.
Ian Morrison. Whistler, BC
Shimano is launching a photo caption contest to give one lucky winner a coveted race entry to experience the Downieville Classic’s All-Mountain Challenge, as well as choice Shimano mountain bike components, fishing products and swag.
Riley McIntosh. Slocan, BC
Chay and Josh show us their kit.
Darcy Turenne’s new video, The Moments Between, won Best Cinematography and was runner-up for Best Film at the candinavian Video Challenge. Check out the video to see why.
Mike Hopkins, Kyle Norbraten and Curtis Robinson. Sunshine Coast, BC
Today, Rocky Mountain announced the debut of their new, enduro-oriented Altitude Rally Edition model. There are, in fact, two Rally Edition 650b bikes, both of which sport “race-tuned” suspension, 1×10 drivetrains, DH-width bars and burlier wheels.
Steve Smith’s signature bar is high and out in front, giving him ultimate control. His signature 780-millimeter downhill bar features a 30-millimeter rise, which keeps his hands forward, his head up and his eyes focused.
On a break between Enduro World Series races, California-based Curtis Keene took a trip up to western Canada with his Specialized Enduro 29 for a sampling of the area’s well-known trails. While all the hype these days is focused on 650b, this is the bike that still suggests that there’s still plenty of potential to design long-travel 29ers that defy conventional thinking.
Vin Quenneville. Moab, Utah.