Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
Apparel maker, Kitsbow, recently launched a video series entitled, #whyMTB which digs for the truth beneath the simple question: Why do we ride? For their first episode Kitsbow sought out Scot Nicol, founder of Ibis Cycles, because as they so aptly put it, “Who else would know more about mountain biking’s meaning than one of its very pioneers?”
Fabien Barel starts the season in Sicily with Jerome Clementz. They experience a full spectrum of Sicilian cycling, including a boat ride to access the best trails, a donkey shuttle to the top of a hill, and a traditional fisherman’s meal of local fish.
Just in case you were under the impression that the life of a professional racer was all roses and champagne, there’s this video, which details the good, the bad and the ugly of life as a member of the peloton. My favorite line? “I woke up in the hospital with my teeth sitting beside me in a plastic cup.”
Specialized’s Roval Control Trail SL wheels are lighter than most cross-country racing wheelsets, yet outshine the usual suspects in both the XC class and the more rugged all-mountain category. All this, while selling for between $300 and $1,000 less than comparable carbon wheelsets.
Devinci Global Racing is entering the 2013 gravity arena with a lineup best described as “stacked”. On the eve of the new season, the team decided to warm up for the big event by sampling some of Vancouver Island’s finest. This video gives you a glimpse of the squad’s speed and skill.
Specialized’s Status II is one of the most affordable DH bikes on the market, but it’s not just a bargain—it’s a phenomenal bike at any price.
You can think of Santa Cruz’s latest model, the Solo, as a 650b version of their existing Blur TRc–roughly five inches (125 millimeters) of travel, a slack head angle (68 degrees), low bottom bracket (13.1 inches) and–this is the point of departure–650b wheels.
The race season is upon us and after a winter full of travel and training, it’s time to see how the work will pay off for Jerome Clementz. This “Race to race” episode gives you a glimpse of how Jérôme (accompanied by Ben Cruz and Pauline Dieffenthaler) gets into race mode and how life is going during the season. Follow the life of the Cannondale Overmountain Team for two weeks on the road.
From March to May the landscape of thge southern hemisphere is transformed by the second season of its year. In other words, this video of Conor Macfarlane is full of ripping leafy, loamy, loose single track under an incredibly colourful canopy in Arrowtown, New Zealand.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi may not have been talking about women in mountain biking specifically, but this is exactly what we need to do. We could debate endlessly about how to get more women into riding but there is one simple technique that is so obvious it is often overlooked or dismissed; introduce a woman to the sport.