Mammoth Lakes, CA: Home of the Kamikaze Games, and Miles Upon Miles of Sweet Singletrack


“So the thing about riding Mammoth is…” Somehow I knew Gabe Taylor, head of bike park operations at Mammoth Mountain, would comment on the elevation. Was it my gasping and sputtering that made him offer this nicely-packaged, handy excuse for me? The one I was just about to deploy? I don’t know, but I was …

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Booby Trap: Mountain Bikers in Marin Targeted with Spike Strip Made of Rusty Screws


A spike strip constructed from rusty metal screws was recently discovered “less than a mile from the White Hill entrance to Camp Tamarancho,” one of the only bike-legal trails in Marin. As such, this booby trap was obviously aimed at mountain bikers with the intent to damage either their bikes, their persons, or both. Not only …

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Exploring Wine Country – Santa Rosa, California


This article is focused primarily on the amenities and culture found in Santa Rosa, California. For more details on the mountain bike trails, be sure to read my other article. While my main goal in Santa Rosa, California was to find and ride the best mountain bike trails that the area has to offer, there’s …

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Over a Beer: Mountain Towns Don’t Always Welcome Mountain Bikers

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Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of The title statement may seem obvious to some people, but I think it’s a good reminder …

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WTB and the Semper Fi Fund Host MTB Event for Wounded Veterans


WTB recently sponsored an event with the Semper Fi Fund in California, hosting 16 physically and/or mentally wounded veterans for a weekend of rides, shuttles, and skills coaching. WTB/Cannondale Overmountain team members Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler were among the pros sharing the stoke with this group of vets, and the whole thing went down on a private …

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Test Ride Review: The New Diamondback Catch 27.5+


The Diamondback Catch 2 is a 27.5+ trail bike that I recently had a chance to ride in Santa Barbara, California. As my first experience riding a plus-sized bike, all the trite descriptions of plus-sized riding entered my mind: fat, sluggish, big, heavy, and even cheater! I had to pedal this giant beast of a bike up 4+ miles of …

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45 Mountain Bikers’ Bikes Confiscated for Riding Unauthorized Trail

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Over the weekend authorities confiscated more than 45 mountain bikers’ bikes after the riders were found trespassing on Marine base property in California. The riders started out on trails in the Sycamore Canyon area and claim to have unknowingly followed trails into the off-limits area. Military officials confiscated bikes and escorted the riders off the property, leading many …

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The Appetite Seminar, Fairfax, CA – The Longest-Lived Mountain Bike Event EVER (Probably)


Since 1975, Marin and Bay Area residents have been preparing for the Thanksgiving Day feast by participating in the Appetite Seminar—a 20-mile mountain bike ride with 4,000 feet of climbing up and over the Pine Mountain Loop. While this year’s version was accompanied by crisp, clear, and cold (38 degrees to start—and yes I know …

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