For many of us summer is defined by the warm chorus of sun, dirt and shredding. Days that are spent riding with friends, chasing trails or pinning laps in the park underscore why so many of us are drawn to the mountains. It's that draw and our ravenous pursuit of fun that set the stage for great mountain bike festivals and events each year.
Stevens Pass Bike Park, WA – A major expansion is in the works in the Pacific Northwest as Stevens Pass Bike Park plans to expand its operating hours and trail network in 2015, including the resort's first double-black diamond line. The lift-accessed park, located in Skykomish, WA, will begin its second major phase of development, seven new trails, comprising mostly singletrack intermediate and advanced lines.
As a professional athlete there's a constant push to perform at your best. For mountain bikers, that means balancing top times with the potential for injury. So what's the season like for an elite athlete when you're benched by injuries? Follow along with legendary racer Steve Smith as he shares what it's like to keep pushing his boundaries, even as he attends Crankworx as a spectator instead of defending his title.
Take a ride with Jackson, Bailey, and parents Ron and Miriam as they share the awesome riding in Whistler that keeps their family close. Showcased against the backdrop of Crankworx, TELUS Optix rides along with the entire Goldstone family exploring this signature mountain biking community.
For the second year we're distilling a mountain of answers towards the simple pursuit of finding the best lift-accessed mountain biking in North America. From juggernauts to the mom & pops, we’re obsessed with finding legendary shredding. We’ve got our own ideas of who’s delivering the goods, but it would be trivial without input from riders like you. 2014 isn’t over so results aren't final yet.
Watch a video of any early DH race and prepare to witness some mad shredding on truly terrifying bikes. Mercifully, changes to suspensions, materials and geometry transformed those early bikes into the veritable fighter jets of today. Trails, too, have undergone changes along the way. More flow, better sustainability, and new features have made modern trails worthy adversaries for this recent breed of shredding machine. Change often creates challenges, like the adoption of 27.5 inch wheels and the rise of Enduro. But it also encourages evolution and growth. Two things we hope mountain biking continues to see a lot of.
Riding the same trail over and over can get a little stale. Sometimes the best days of riding come down to options. A killer lap of tech riding is all the sweeter when paired with the flow lap that follows. And it’s always nice to give your hands a break and explore some buff singletrack, or maybe catch some air on a jump trail. Having a plethora of great trails at your finger tips kind of does feel like being a kid in a candy store.
We’re not sure why sticks and stones would harbor resentment against our bones, but anyone whose braved an old school technical trail didn’t have time to ponder these things — there’s just too many sticks and stones to dodge. Yesterday we examined the status of flow trails in North America and today we’re flipping the coin to look at technical trails.
Mountain biking has long been defined by the pursuit of flow — the magic rhythm of trail, body, and bike that transform two-wheeled propulsion into something remarkable. It should come as no surprise that this quest gave rise to the development of flow trails.
Boulder City, NV – The 2015 Winter Gravity Series at Bootleg Canyon gets underway this weekend with an event inspired by local Bootleg Canyon legend Brent Thomson, who passed away in 2009. Brent was the man who initially brought Bootleg Canyon to life, and back in the day, it was Brent who hosted "The Gathering," drawing riders from all over the country to ride the epic desert trails. Each winter we honor Brent as we make our pilgrimage to Boulder City, NV to be a part of the Bootleg Canyon Gravity Series, and we give thanks to our friend Downhill Mike for helping to carry on the passion through his own dedication to the sport of mountain biking.