11 Strategies for Preventing Arm Pump

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Whether a beginner or a veteran trail slayer, you have or will likely experience arm pump. Not to be confused with the celebratory gesture–fist pump–made famous by a certain club-going group in New Jersey, arm pump is the undesirable, painful, numbing effects of repetitive jolts transmitted from the trail to your arms, rendering them useless. Some riders …

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The Importance of Positive Self Talk When Mountain Biking

Photo: Jerry Hazard

I think Henry Ford said it best: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t. You’re right.” Self talk has a positive or negative effect on your mountain biking performance and your ability to handle technical aspects of a trail or race course. If you roll up to every obstacle on the trail and think, …

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5 Things to Do When Recovering from a Traumatic Injury

Initial xray of the snapped femur

February 19th, 2015 (11:36AM) Cold snow and ice was caked in between my helmet and goggles. Ears ringing; dazed and dizzy. I had just taken the hardest crash of my life while downhill skiing in Utah. 58MPH into a hidden, icey mogul field. My life was about to change dramatically. But I didn’t realize it, …

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Trail Ninja Video: Trail Pirates Pillage Menorca’s Classic Camí De Cavalls

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The Spanish island of Menorca’s highest point is only 358m above sea level. Its not high, but ride the Camí de Cavalls trail that circumnavigates this Mediterranean island and you’ll pack in a whopping 3700m of lung-punching climbs and brake-searing descents, all of it on an ancient footpath that used to connect watchtowers used to …

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Racing Sick


Everybody has a race that they circle on their calendar and plan for year-round. This event is “the big one,” the one you train for, the one that motivates you. For 365 days you make sacrifices in order to achieve a good result. You train in the wind and rain; you eat only granola bars, …

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