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.
CRESTED BUTTE, CO – The Evolution Bike Park is calling all biking groms to come enjoy the home of mountain biking during the Crested Butte Triple Crown Junior and Collegiate Mountain Bike Race to be held on August 8 and 9, 2015. The event will consist of three disciplines; downhill, cross-country and combined categories.
WHISTLER, BC – Going back to the roots (literally) of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, technical riding is what started it all, but some could say that has been overshadowed recently by the significant development of freeride/flow trails found not only at the Whistler Bike Park, but around the world.
ALTA, WY – When the days grow longer, there's probably only one thing we look forward to as much as loading bikes on chairlifts and cashing in some vert. 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. This weekend, the 11th Annual Targhee Fest returns July 17 through 19.