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.
He wanted the title like no other competitor of Red Bull Rampage 2014. Three times in a row he missed the podium despite good performances and finished fourth. Now the time was right to break the Rampage curse. Watch his run through his eyes!
This bike loves rough trail and only gets more comfortable with speed. A mid-height, 13.5-inch bottom bracket provides pedal clearance without much sacrifice to the handling, while long 17.7-inch chainstays and a 66.5-degree head angle give the bike excellent stability in the chunky bits.
As the action still reverberates in our minds, here are some of the highlights from the rowdy Red Bull Rampage 2014 finals.
The brand-new course in Virgin, Utah, proved favorable for Spain's Andreu Lacondeguy as he came away with his first Red Bull Rampage win with a 95.25 on his first run.
When some wannabe Boy Scout decides to help the rest of us by making every trail mundane, he robs us of choice and degrades the mountain biking experience for everyone. Don't dumb down our trails.
While I cannot say that I like the 650b Stumpy more than the 26- or 29-inch versions, I can say that it is extremely capable.
Clear blue skies and rising winds heralded the beginning of today’s Red Bull Rampage qualifiers, but despite a few brief windows of hospitable weather, the wind, rain and lightning ultimately brought about an untimely end to the second qualifying runs. Ten riders are still hopeful that they will get a chance to join the 10 pre-qualified riders for a shot at big-mountain glory.
It takes a big person to lead, especially when they’re leading the world’s best riders over a 72-foot canyon gap. Tom van Steenbergen is that person.