Singletrack 6 Stage Race Schedule Announced

location: Salmon Arm, B.C., Canada

As the resident–and likely, lone–stage racer here at Singletracks, I’m always on the look out for fun and challenging events. The Singletrack 6–formerly the Trans Rockies Challenge–has been on my wish list for a few years now. The organizers have confirmed the dates and stages for the 2016 edition. All six of the stages take place …

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The Maxxis Appalachian Summit: A Mountain Bike Staycation

photo: Timothy James Photography

Editor’s Note: Full disclosure: Aaron worked at Maxxis from 2010 until early 2015, when he joined the Singletracks team. Also, he’s not neutral on his feelings towards Mulberry Gap–it’s one of his “most favorite places.”  Maxxis recently invited a wide swath of cycling publications for a long weekend up at Mulberry Gap in Ellijay, GA. The …

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Get a sneak peak of what the 2016 Trans-Sylvania Epic has in store


Before racing in the Trans-Sylvania Epic (TSE) last year, I had never ridden my bike in Pennsylvania. To say that I was impressed with the trails there and the overall quality of the event would be an understatement. Central PA is a beautiful region and what it lacks in elevation, it makes up for with its technical …

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“No Refunds” – Why Races Can’t Return Your Money


Mountain biking events have a very unique business-to-customer relationship. While it’s true that athletes that participate in a given event are “customers” of that event, purchasing a race entry is not like purchasing some furniture at IKEA. It’s difficult to predict customer satisfaction when you’re essentially selling a few hours of torment. I’ve been to events …

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3 Opportunities to Mountain Bike for (or IN) Africa


We bike for fun.  We bike for fitness.  We bike for meditation.  We bike for solitude, or we bike for companionship.  But we can also bike for charity (and still get most of the benefits listed above).  While charity rides are more common on paved surfaces, there are a few opportunities for knobbies to also …

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Video Updates from the Absa Cape Epic


The legendary Absa Cape Epic in South Africa is in full swing! Catch up on the event here: Stage 3 – Untamed Landscapes After two days of fascinating racing around Tulbagh the 2016 Absa Cape Epic moveed to Wellington and some very different conditions on Wednesday of the race. The Tulbagh area has been dusty, …

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Opinion: Why You Should Always Pre-Register For Events

Start of the Fat Bike World Championship race in Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo: Scott Anderson

Editor’s Note: Walter Rhein is a race organizer for the Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon and the Solstice Chase fat bike race. While Walter is a regular contributor to, the opinions expressed in this commentary are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of In addition to chasing my kids around and just being …

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