As the days grow longer and the mercury rises, the white stuff begins to melt into the sort of primordial muck that makes snaggletoothed Englishmen into the stuff of legend (I’m looking at you, Danny Hart). But that too will soon give way to the tack and loam that only exist in magical fleeting moments upon the calendar or after a summer rain—the sort of dirt that allows any of us ride like gods, offering Velcro-like grip regardless of how on point our cornering skills are after a winter spent hibernating on the sofa. No one will believe how perfectly you roosted that first turn—no one. But until those perfect days are upon us, here are some early spring riding events and races in (mostly) dry and warm destinations to get you riding long before the nostril faucets stop dripping.
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.
Enduro bike racing is the fastest growing mountain bike discipline in the world right now and the Big Mountain Enduro Series is at the forefront of this US movement, bringing you world-class courses with unparalleled big mountain descents.