I understand that the rest of the world loves summer and the whole ritual of courting melanoma at the beach, but I’m waving the flag of surrender over here. Color me a wimp, but I’m done with the heat, the funk and the flies. I’m ready for a little winter in July.
The laid-back town of Aptos, California, has become well known for its celebrated Post Office Jumps, which have drawn talented riders from all over the world. These jumps gave the locals inspiration to build unique zones in other Aptos locations, and few locals are more influential than Ryan 'R-Dog' Howard, Jeff Herb and Kyle Jameson. Our new short film, 'Live from Aptos,' documents the passion that these riders have for the scene that they and so many others have helped to create.
Eight meters above the ground, riders fly across the 15 meter gap in the Big Air District in front of a sea of cheering spectators.
As I rolled out of bed at 6:30 this morning, I couldn’t help but feel the effects from the previous day's efforts. We had in fact ridden 30-plus miles, climbed over 6,000 feet, raced flat-out, lung-burning stages for almost 30 minutes, and battled with the altitude and sun.
Holger Meyer has been to Eurobike 15 or so times and new for this year is a booth that has boxes. So in the spirit of all things dumb, Joe and Holger jump on them.
At home in Spain, Andreu Lacondeguy practices downhill on enduro motocycle trails with his brother, while Kyle Strait pursues his passion for racing, earning a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships, and Tom van Steenbergen goes to Europe for a slopestyle competition he'd rather forget.
Steve Peat and 2014 World Cup Champion Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland take us on a run down the Hafjell World Championships 2014 track.
The Red Bull District Ride course builders have worked tirelessly at full throttle to finish this unique track on time. In just a few days they have changed Nuremberg’s old city into an amazing urban freeride course.
The Roval Traverse SL 29s are lighter than a set of wagon wheels have a right to be, they don’t feature crazy, proprietary components that require outlandish tools to fix, they stay true surprisingly well, the hub technology is well proven and while the price tag might make you see red, you could easily spend almost twice this much on a set of carbon hoops that aren’t any lighter or appreciably “better” in any concrete way.
Joe catches up with Wick, The Legend, over a few bottles. Their talk goes away from fishing and lands on stage with bands that they believe should play at Eurobike.
Only a few hours before last weekend's pro downhill race in Nordkette, Austria, it started pouring rain and the course changed from a tough but manageable piece of technical track into a muddy, slippery nightmare.