This place is a mountain biker’s paradise, but at first glance you wouldn’t know it. For the most part, the 150-plus miles of single and doubletrack that stretch between the towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg see little recreational use–and even less fanfare.
Lizard Skins riders Anne-Caroline Chausson and Anneke Beerten both walked away from Crankworx Rotorua with excellent results, Anne-Caroline having won the enduro and Anneke having taken first in the pumptrack challenge and fourth in the enduro. Check out this video for an inside look at their experience in New Zealand.
If cities want to earn that hallowed “bike friendly” badge, they have to dig deep. They have to confront some stereotypes they might have about mountain bikers being knuckle-dragging troglodytes. They need to open up those trails. You can't call yourself "bike friendly" while crapping on us mountain bikers.
Of the hundreds of athletes who competed this weekend at Crankworx Rotorua, only one went home after his race and started his homework. That one would be Sean Bell, a 16-year-old junior at El Toro High School in Southern California, who’s in New Zealand on his first international trip ever to race the enduro for his sponsor, Santa Cruz Bicycles.
Since we are in Rotorua, New Zealand, for Crankworx, we paid a visit to the new Nzo store in the center of town. Nzo is an apparel brand that has been making mountain bike shorts and jersey for nearly 20 years under the direction of owner Gary Sullivan, or Gaz. He opened the concept-style shop two months ago with the building’s owner Craig Corbett.
Having been postponed due to threatening weather on Thursday, the Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge went off under the lights on Friday. Contestants went head-to-head in quick laps around the track, and in the end Dutch nationals Anneke Beerten and Joost Wichman took the top spots.
Spring is here and the May issue of Bike is out just in time to fuel your fire for the riding season. Many of the pages of this issue are devoted to some of mountain biking's most-passionate souls, the riders who give their all to building trails in their small corner of the world, creating a community of riders in an unlikely place or pushing the design boundaries of the bikes we love to ride.