In late June, a group of five riders set out on a multi-day exploration of the French Maritime Alps near the Italian border aided by note cards from locals, maps and a compass. The following are excerpts from rider Ross Measures’ journal and directions from the cards that guided the group on multiple rides each day.
Today, Rocky Mountain announced the debut of their new, enduro-oriented Altitude Rally Edition model. There are, in fact, two Rally Edition 650b bikes, both of which sport "race-tuned" suspension, 1x10 drivetrains, DH-width bars and burlier wheels.
On a break between Enduro World Series races, California-based Curtis Keene took a trip up to western Canada with his Specialized Enduro 29 for a sampling of the area's well-known trails. While all the hype these days is focused on 650b, this is the bike that still suggests that there's still plenty of potential to design long-travel 29ers that defy conventional thinking.
By Michael DiGregorio | Photos by Kristof Ramon There are those rare, almost crystalline moments when, despite 20-plus hours in a commercial airliner, followed closely by another five breakneck hours hauling over broad cols and ripping through intimate Southern French villages in a beater Renault, that it all remarkably lines up. First, there’s the one […]
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Breakfast and riding began an hour earlier on Saturday, due to a full day of riding, race pack pickup, and final preparations at the hotel. We were getting into a collective rhythm by now, and the group was gelling nicely.
Launched in April of 2012, in San Francisco and New York, Spinlister introduced the world to peer-to-peer bike sharing. Based on a model similar to Airbnb, and on-demand ridesharing services like Lyft, Spinlister now allows users to rent bikes all across the United States as well as over 40 countries abroad. Now, with the introduction […]
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger With 11,475 riders toeing the line to celebrate the 20th anniversary of L’Etape on July 8, the nine of us had our work cut out in the days leading up to the Big Ride: 130 kilometers traversing the same roads the pro peloton will tackle on Stage 20 […]
Photo: ASO/P.Perreve Ed. Note: We’ve enlisted the quill of Paved columnist Stevil Kinevil to update us regarding all the happenings in that bike race over in France—except he hasn’t watched any of it. If you missed last week’s installment, you can catch up here. By Stevil Kinevil Stage 8 — When last we were together, […]
Whenever a racer shakes my hand and compliments our professional event, I have to stop myself from gesturing over my shoulder and asking, “but didn’t you see the bearded woman over there?” Yes, we have the ultimate singletrack, which goes without saying, but it’s the band of misfits that create our traveling circus who make each year a unique experience.
Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Pedaling a bicycle through the French countryside, I found, is on the short list of many friends who ride. Participating in the popular L’Etape du Tour ranks highly on this list, and it was through the graciousness of Trek Travel that I experienced France—specifically Annecy—for the first time […]
Off Track host, Tristan Merrick, is joined this week by Giant Factory Racing's Josh Carlson, who gives us the inside story on what really happened at Val d'Allos with his mega crash. Sven "The Silverback" Martin also makes an appearance to talk about Les 2 Alpes and what he is seeing at each round of the Enduro World Series.
NotBad is the new short film from Anthill Films, the crew who brought you "The Collective," "Roam," "Seasons," "Follow Me," and "Strength in Numbers." Starring Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, René Wildhaber and Ryan Howard.
Words || Gary J Boulanger In 1852, Americans Charles Goodyear and Hiram Hutchinson met. Goodyear had developed and patented a process called vulcanization, which cures rubber. Hutchinson purchased the patent and applied it to the manufacture of rubber boots for farmers in Europe, while Goodyear used the process to manufacture tires. Hutchinson called his company […]
In an inspired turn, Giant Bicycles takes a page out of the Sabotage-era Beastie Boys book with this smart video. Well played, guys. Until August 31, 2013 the folks from Giant Bicycles Canada (yeah, sorry Americans, this one is north of the border) are excited to surprise random riders of bad, jiggly, rusty, beaten-down bikes […]