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.
Galen and I are in Medora to take on the Maah Daah Hey 100 endurance mountain bike race. People sometimes laugh when I tell them about mountain biking in North Dakota, but the joke is on them. The Maah Daah Hey Trail covers over 12,000 feet of elevation gain in 105 miles, with almost equal amounts of ascending and descending, and roughly 90 percent of that is true singletrack.
Justin Julian, general manager at Salsa Cycles, teaches Joe how to noodle for Koi in the fifth episode of "Fishing with Joe at Eurobike." And keeping his streak going, Joe was skunked.
What do these riders do when snow blocks their trail? They ride the scariest trail ever seen, instead. In "Trail Ninja," Ep. 17, Dan Milner and the crew head to Italy to ride one of the most rewarding trails on the planet: a 50-kilometer mountain bike ride from the mountains to the Mediterranean coast. Starting high in the Ligurian Alps, the Trail Ninja finds that danger is around every turn when snow forces him to take a deviation from the trail in wolf country.
Eurobike, held each year in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is the ultimate bike junkie gear fix, with its many halls packed to the gills with each company's latest and greatest widgets. This year we kept our product updates limited to our Instagram feed–but since the show is over and we still have images to share, here's a Eurobike wrap-up gallery.
The fifth episode of this season takes a look into the lives of downhill legend Steve Peat and the 2014 UCI World Cup Champion Josh "Ratboy" Bryceland, as they venture across the Atlantic to North American. In wild British fashion, they get slapstick crazy during their "summer Christmas" and dive deep into the mental challenges of tackling some of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Windham was the last North American stop and the times across the line were mere seconds apart, but when Ratboy came across, he showed why he's now number one.
My gasoline orgy reminded me of why I love bikes so much. In a way, bikes are everything cars are not. Sure, both are modes of transportation, but bikes are simple and just how wonderful that fact is cannot be overstated. With bikes, there are no puking carburetors, no slipping clutches, no faulty oxygen sensors, no ominous grinding noises in your differential... Simple is beautiful.
Where's Brandon Semenuk? Joe speaks with him at Eurobike and sets up a time to go fishing, but believe it or not, he gets stood up. Weird.
In the third episode of Fishing with Joe at Eurobike, Joe meets up with Chris Distefano, who's with Rapha. They start out with the pronunciation of the brand, Rapha, and end up talking about the odds of sponsoring Joe...
Thomas Humpage, a professional photographer based in Chamonix, France, had invited me along to go downhilling with his friends for the day. He’d also lent me his 160-millimeter travel, full-suspension enduro bike, as it was decided that my hardtail 29er was probably not up to the rigors of descending 7,500 feet down Pila mountain with a bunch of really fast Chamoniards on downhill bikes. I think that also made him generally responsible for ensuring I didn’t embarrass everyone by showing up in my stretchy shorts.
It has been a few years since Hans Rey showed off his trials skills. But what better place than on Fishing with Joe? Joe kisses a tire, maybe soils his "waders," and of course, chuckles along the way, as Hans hops around at Eurobike.
Road to Rampage is back featuring a brand new cast of riders and a gut-wrenching, never-before-ridden Red Bull Rampage venue. This six-part series takes us on a global journey deep into the lives of three of the sport's most gifted athletes. Join them as they train harder, fly higher and risk it all on their way to mountain biking's gnarliest event of the year.
Industry Nine has selected carbon-fiber wheel specialist Reynolds Cycling to manufacturer the rims for its PillarCarbon series of mountain bike wheels.
There are plenty of dropper posts on the market today and while they may seem like an extravagance, once you've ridden one, it's hard to go back to a rigid post. But which post deserves your attention? For my money, it's hard to beat the RockShox Reverb. Here's why....
The third day of the six-day Trans Savoie enduro was hit hard by inclement alpine weather. Racers woke to heavy rain, and the trails and lifts were affected by continuous precipitation and freezing temperatures on the mountainside, forcing the organizers to make the difficult decision to take the days racing off the clock to ensure the safety of competitors.