Magazine Issue
November 2017
Bike2 min read
Home Base
THE LONE SLIVER OF SINGLETRACK SNAKING DOWN THE HILLside had been catching my eye for months after I moved into a new neighborhood—a dirt diversion as I ran mundane errands or merged onto the freeway headed to my old trail network. Each time, I promi
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On the Rocks
ANY TRAIL NETWORK THAT KEEPS avid—even elite—mountain bikers from driving an easy 28 miles to the famed singletrack of Crested Butte, Colorado, is worth riding. I made that mental note last summer when I rode an alpine trail near Crested Butte with J
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Hart-Shaped Trails
“CLIFFED OUT AGAIN, DAMN IT.” Paul Hart stood before a massive rock outcropping on a ridgeline between Second and Third Divide trails above Downieville, California, cursing out loud. We were deep in the woods flagging one of the first new trails in D
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A Cross to Air
IF ONE CONSIDERS MOUNTAIN BIKING TO BE A RELIGIOUS EXperience, then El Bosque de Las Cruces, or The Forest of the Crosses, would certainly qualify as a mecca for the sport’s devoted. Héctor Saura, founder of the “Bicycle Nightmares” website, had his
Bike3 min readNutrition
Power Play
IN THE MID-1980S, AMERICANS WERE RETHINKING HEALTH and nutrition. The era brought us the bran muffin, Diet Coke and Jane Fonda’s workout tapes. It also saw the birth of the modern energy bar. At the time, Canadian Olympic marathoner, Brian Maxwell wa
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Lying in Wait
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. IT’S JUST NOT one of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t honk my horn, even at Prius-driving jerkfaces who stop in the middle of the merging lane. I don’t lose my cool when my kid superglues his hands to the table or after I strip
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Let Go
THERE’S A LUMP IN MY RIGHT ACHILLES tendon. I put it there 15 years ago, sometime during three days of brutal hiking in carbon-soled cycling shoes at the inaugural TransRockies race around 2002. Most of the time the lump has stayed quiet and let me g
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Road to Rychleby
THERE’S A LADY WALKING A goat on a leash through the middle of town. Okay, town is a bit of a stretch. Village is more appropriate. Picture half-crumbling buildings that somehow still look charming, chickens running around yards, meadows rolling off
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Lines in the Dirt
PART TWO THE BATTLE FOR TRAIL ACCESS THE LIGHTNING ROD HOW ONE CONVERSATION CHANGED THE COURSE OF MONTANA MOUNTAIN BIKING “ACCESS IS NOT A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT,” ERIC MELSON DECLARES. “IT’S OURS TO GO AND GET.” “You can’t wait until the end to throw your
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Bike Test
HIGHTOWER LT X01/CARBON CC W/ RESERVE 30 WHEEL UPGRADE | $8,000 LAST YEAR, SANTA CRUZ ENDURO RACER MARK SCOTT ASKED about getting more travel out of his Hightower. EWS stages are rough and relentless, and 135 millimeters wasn’t cutting it. Santa Cruz
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Beatdown
IF GEAR GREW ON TREES, WE’D BE throwing our derailleurs, tires and brakes on the compost heap as quickly as new replacement parts could ripen. But I bet there’d be a lot of shoes left to shrivel on the vine. It’s hard to let go of a good pair of kick