Racers again shared a mass start, rolling neutral through a tough asphalt section before dropping into the day’s first of many sweet, sweet singletracks.
The odds are good that you can recall the bikes your best friends rode back in grade school. You probably remember every mountain bike you’ve owned, which parts were on it, what you upgraded and why.... Which, when you imagine all the other things in life you’ve surely forgotten, is kind of crazy.
After an hour of soul-crushing fireroad climbing, I wound up on trails I’d never ridden. Normally I’m conservative when alone on unknown terrain, but as soon as I felt the Bad Otis snap out of the first catch-berm I couldn’t help myself. My hollers echoed through the forest as I pushed my own limits trying to find those of the bike.
Graham Agassiz invited some of the best MTB freeriders in the world up to his hometown of Kamloops, B.C. for “Aggy’s Reunion," a huge freeride event and the first stop on the infamous Fest Series. The idea was basically for MTB riders from all over the globe to fly in, have a good time, party hard, and hit some of the biggest jumps ever built for mountain bikes.
Utah’s Canyons Resort Bike Park crew spent the summer building a new DH race course. Word is, it’s “the first new DH course to be cut in Utah in over 10 years.” The course opened to the public on closing weekend and Demetri Triantifallou and Bryce Helbling burned it in with the Last Lap of the 2014 season.
Being equipped if something goes wrong on a backcountry ride could mean the difference between riding out with an interesting story, or not riding out at all. Digging into his 30-plus years of adventure mountain biking, pro-photographer and adventure nut Dan Milner gives you the low-down on what you should have in your backpack on every backcountry epic.
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.
Tom van Steenbergen has quickly made a name for himself as one of the world's most progressive riders, with a signature front flip that's earned him the respect of the sport's elite freeriders. Bike's videographer Rupert Walker recently caught up with van Steenbergen to see how he's recovering from a horrific crash sustained while attempting what would have been a record-setting 73-foot front flip over the Red Bull Rampage canyon gap.
Jerome Clementz had a dream that he couldn't get out of his head for five years. Along with his girlfriend Pauline Dieffenthaler, he recently made the vision a reality. Watch the ascent and descent of Indonesia’s second-tallest volcano, Mt. Rinjani, unfold in this beautifully shot short film by Jérémie Reuiller.
Watch Bartek "Jaws" Krzyszton freeride the remote Black Hills in France, one of the best freeride spots in Europe. Miles away from any form of civilization, the men spent days sleeping in tents so they could fully explore this mountain bike haven.