CRESTED BUTTE, CO – A rare accident resulted in the death of a racer and the cancellation of the fifth round of the Big Mountain Enduro this past weekend. Wil Olson, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, died Saturday following a crash suffered during the race at approximately 11:50 a.m.
ALTA, WY – Summer music festivals are a beacon of the season, and lucky for us, some of the best happen to be at some of our favorite mountain resorts—like Grand Targhee—allowing you to just party down or ride with a soundtrack. Even as the days get shorter, there's still a few chances left to rock and ride. The 28th Annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival returns August 7 through 9.
WHISTLER, BC – In the latest update from Whistler Mountain Bike Park manager Brian Finestone, he reveals some pretty big news that he calls "the worst kept secret of all time." The park will open its Creekside Gondola for bike access starting August 7, and it will operate from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days per week until September 20 giving riders bike park access from the free parking found at Creekside, the ability to purchase tickets and rentals there as well and access to ride back to the 'Creek or download via the gondola.
CRESTED BUTTE, CO – Today, Big Mountain Enduro released the course maps for all three days of the 5th stop at Crested Butte, including two stages at Evolution Bike Park in addition to six backcountry stages.
KEYSTONE, CO – Our friend Andy Demaline of Downhill Colorado has been running recon in the Rockies for us, and when he gave us the scoop opening weekend at Keystone Bike Park, trail crews hinted at some significant updates, including some work on TNT. The trail has been closed in recent weeks with crews hard at work, so Andy decided to check in and see what was in store. It looks as though everyone's favorite technical Colorado riding destination is building some massive flow features.
JULY 27, 2015 – August is almost here, but the riding season is far from over. There's plenty of races, clinics and even music festivals going on at some of our favorite lift-served bike parks across North America in the coming weeks. If you're still trying to figure out what to do as the days get shorter, here are some great things coming up at resorts across the continent.
WINDHAM, NY — The Windham Bike Park officially opened recently, for the first time ever. Although it's known as the famed one and only U.S. stop of the UCI World Cup, up until recently, the resort was not open to the public for downhill mountain biking. Although the steep and technical World Cup downhill tracks are what come to mind for most mountain bikers, in this POV video, we get a look at Batavia Skill, a new flow trail.
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA — New USAC National Champions were crowned last weekend at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park following plenty of dry, dusty action. The track was slightly different this year, with some rocks pulled and jumps added to make times faster. The speeds some racers carry is quite terrifying and with everyone turning up the speeds that tiny bit, there was plenty of carnage.
CHARLEMONT, MA – When we found out that Berkshire East was opening a lift served bike park in Massachusettes and hiring Gravity Logic, Inc., to do the dirty work, we knew the Northeast was stepping it up a notch. Thunder Mountain Bike Park opened officially over the 4th of July weekend, and Teton Gravity Reserach's Gunnar Waldman was there to get first impressions.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – The historic Chile Challenge returned to Angel Fire Bike Park this year, this time as the third stop of the Pro GRT. More than 200 racers made the pilgrimage to the small town in Northern New Mexico last month, and when the dust settled on the classic World Cup track, our freinds at MTB Mania had captured the action. We got a sneak peak earlier, but the full episode is finally ready. So sit back, relax, open a cold one and press play.
JULY 20, 2015 – The days are already getting shorter, but that doesn't mean there's any shortage of rad stuff happening at bike parks across North America. Here's a look at some races, clinics, competitions and festivals going on at some of our favorite lift-served bike parks across North America. So, if you're still trying to figure out which direction to point 'er in the coming days, hopefully this list provides a bit of insight and inspiration.
ALTA, WY — We were standing with our bikes beside a giant yellow excavator on a big flat square of dirt. In front of us, it looked like something had been taking massive bites out of the green hillside, exposing piles of rock and dark, loamy soil—jackpot, especially in the notoriously rocky Teton region.
MARS HILL, NC – We were pretty stoked when we found out that the first year-round bike park in the U.S. would be opening this season, and last weekend it finally happened. Bailey Mountain Bike Park, just outside of Asheville, NC, kicked off its innaugural season with shuttle access to more than a thousand feet of vert and six trails.
KEYSTONE, CO — Keystone Bike Park played host to the second stop of the Big Mountain Enduro this past weekend, July 11 and 12. This year's race proved to be even more technically challenging than previous BME stops at Keystone with additional double-black diamond trails added into the mix. Spectators gathered at the hot spots and were not disappointed by what was an awesome weekend of racing.