With the summer months dropping off the calendar one by one and the days growing shorter, many of us begin to go into bike park panic mode. In many parts of the country, even our local trails aren't accessible all year long, let alone the lift-served gravity goodness that has become a beacon of the summer months for those seeking a downhill fix.
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA — The 2015 Kamikaze Bike Games at Mammoth Mountain kick off this Thursday and will mark the last weekend of bike park operations. Now in the third year of its modern incarnation, the event will take place Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, and feature Dual Slalom, Cross Country, Enduro (part of the California Enduro Series), Pro GRT Downhill, the Coldcock Best Trick and more. The original Kamikaze games ended in 2001.
NORTHFIELD, NH – When we set Ross McDonald of MTB Mania loose with an MTBparks Pass on a road trip from the Southwest to his New England home, he couldn't sit still just because he made it back in one piece. In this episode, he heads up to Highland Mountain Bike Park to see what the New Hampshire haven has to offer.
LAS VEGAS, NV – By Friday, everyone in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center seems to be at about 3/4 throttle. After days of walking miles without ever being outside, late night parties, industry dinners and all sorts of stuff that stays in Vegas, the last day certainly leaves most feeling the weight of the week, but there's still plenty of gravity goodies to be found. Here's a few more of our favorites.
BOULDER CITY, NV – Between rain showers and gusting winds, Interbike's Outdoor Demo soldiered on. Normally hot and dry, even in September, most didn't seem to mind the unusual weather. We'll be getting more in-depth looks at what's new inside the tradeshow, but here's a look a peek at a few gravity goodies from the pits of Outdoor Demo.
EAST BURKE, VT – The Eastern Triple Crown Enduro is set kick off this weekend at Q Burke Mountain Bike Park with the Kingdom Enduro. On Sunday, September 19 and 20, the first stop of the series will put racers through an all-new course in Vermont's "Northeast Kingdom."
CRESTED BUTTE, CO – Jaymes Baassiri gave up the "normal" life in Texas to hit the road with his MTBparks Pass and ride some of the best bike parks and singletrack in the Rocky Mountain region. In the second part of Jaymes' adventure, he overcomes a potential ealy end to his trip, shares some words of wisdom and finds out why Crested Butte is known as a mountain bike Mecca.
DURANGO, CO – With a history rich in mountain biking including hosting the first UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in 1990, and being located just outside the fat-tire destination of Durango, many have scratched their heads in recent years as to why Purgatory Resort didn't offer much in the way of lift-served mountain biking. Sure, you could load a bike on the chairlift and access cross-country trails, but there wasn't much in the way of an actual bike park or gravity offerings. But that's all about to change.