Riding a bike can’t all be cruising buff singletrack under bluebird skies full of cotton-candy clouds. That’s great and all, but it’s only a part of the cycling experience. Taste the whole thing. Grapple with Mother Nature. Take a few lumps. Grow some snot-cicles and give as good as you get.
Three days ahead of the start of Crankworx Whistler, one of the most closely guarded secrets of the mountain biking festival has been unveiled. Organizers have released the details for this year’s course for the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized, the sixth round of the Enduro World Series (EWS).
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has been coming to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada for 24 years and in that time little has changed about the classic course. It starts out pretty mellow then heads into some blind jumps. After a speedy runout, it slingshots riders into one of the flowy technical sections that the course shapers of Mont-St-Anne do so well.
With the riding season now in full swing and Crankworx Whistler upon us, RockShox wanted to do something to celebrate those who progress the sport forward. Every year, we see things people once thought, “Can’t be done,” get done. This short film called, “Prove [Can’t] Wrong,” is a salute all those who push boundaries to prove that 'can’t' is a matter of opinion. Let's see what 'can’t' get proven wrong this year.
After a season opener in Chile and several races in Europe, the Enduro World Series traveled to the North American continent. At over 10,000 feet of elevation in Winter Park, Colorado, this race promised to be one of the most physically challenging races of the season.
With a finite number of spots, only 65 riders will be competing in the Sierra Enduro Challenge in the beautiful mountain ranges of the Spanish Sierra Nevados, high above the town of Bubion October 23-27.
Deep in the French Alps during a break from a hectic summer of racing, Sam Blenkinsop isn't one for sitting around the hotel twiddling his thumbs… Determined to make the most of every day he can having fun on his bike, a "rest day" on the calendar is just another opportunity to spend a day shredding on the hill.
You can argue that mountain biking is all about the gear or that mountain biking is all about the rush of riding, but I think riding is also, at its core, a very human thing. Riding offers us a means of connecting with other people and this can be as profound as the ride itself.
Yeti Cycles pro rider Hannah Barnes got into cycling relatively late (through her younger brother, Joe) and it was 2005 before she did her first MTB race, aged 18. "I love the variety of doing a bit of everything, and thats why I find Enduro such a good fit for me," she says.
Sam Hill stormed his way to the top of the Mont-Sainte-Anne downhill podium, taking his first win since 2009. The Australian, despite qualifying sixth, managed to hold onto the hotseat and take a 1.24 second lead over the rest of the field. Manon Carpenter tamed the technical track and took first place for the women, leaving Rachel Atherton and Emmeline Ragot sitting in second and third.
Josh Bryceland stormed to victory in Friday's 2014 UCI World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne downhill qualifying race, with current World Cup overall leader Troy Brosnan in second ahead of Andrew Neethling.
Danny Hart lead timed-training at the end of the World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne practice. With more rain forecast over the weekend, it may just be time for Danny to finally register a World Cup win. Stevie Smith definitely won’t be challenging; an ankle injury rules him out of the rest of the weekend.
Follow along with Steve Peat, as he descends the 2014 UCI World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne course.
The Hillbilly Huckfest got underway in Norway. Rowdy beer drinkers, pretty spectators and of course, wicked tricks. This year's huckfest was off the charts.
Coming from a cycling-crazy country like France, it’s easy to imagine Oton as a little kid racing a tiny road bike around his local église, or perhaps sending a small-wheeled mountain bike down the trails just outside of town. But this wasn’t the case. Instead, Oton, whose father raced motorcycles, gravitated toward throttle twisting, and raced “enduro moto,” until picking up mountain biking seriously just five years ago.
Current UCI World Cup leader Troy Brosnan has spent the last month having nothing but fun on his bike. Exploring new terrain, challenging himself to new environments and conditions, pushing harder than ever, all in the sprit of fun.