Sea Otter Classic is world’s largest cycling event?

That’s according to Bicycle Retailer but I’m thinking perhaps the Tour de France is a bit larger. Bicycle Retailer claims Sea Otter hosts around 10,000 competitors and 50,000 fans but I know there are stages of le Tour that see total spectators in excess of 100,000. Anyway, Sea Otter is huge and I’ll certainly agree …

All Terrain Cycling becomes Mountain Biking

Earlier this month the US Library of Congress got their heads out of their asses and updated the subject “All Terrain Cycling” to “Mountain Biking” in their extensive catalog system. Perhaps they overhead ‘W’ talking about going out for a mountain bike ride one weekend and decided that had a better ring to it than …

Lance Armstrong loses mountain bike race

Lance raced the Miles of DisComfort Mountain Bike Marathon Event at Flat Rock Ranch in Texas this past weekend and apparently the competition was a bit too much. Armstrong dropped out of the (52 mile?) race with 11 miles to go complaining of leg cramps. The Miles of DisComfort race is just a training ride …

Showcase your inner mountain biker

For those of you on Facebook we’ve developed a quick application that imports your ‘My Singletracks’ trail list to your Facebook profile. Just add the ‘Mountain Biker‘ application, type in your singletracks user name, and your trail list (complete with trail photos and description) will be linked to your FB profile. Sweet! If you’re not …

West Virginia faces loss of bike trails in wilderness bill

Congress is introducing the West Virginia Wilderness Bill next week and according to the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA) it could spell the end of bike access to more than 50 miles of trail in the Monongahela National Forest. Mountain biking is not permitted in wilderness areas so the designation would spell an end …

Snow MTB racing in Maine

If you’re thinking about heading to Shawnee Peak Ski Area in Bridgton, Maine this weekend, skip the skis – bring your mountain bike instead! Ernie’s Cycle Shop Snow Mountain Bike Race will be tearing up the slopes on Sunday and more than 100 racers are expected. Registration is only 30 bucks and includes an all-day …

24-hour mountain bike racing: Solo!

Ever wonder how people get into doing those 24-hour mountain bike races? I mean, plenty of people participate in 24-hour races as a part of a team but you gotta be made of steel to tackle the race solo. Only a few people in the world can actually do this and one of them is …

Beret Helmet

What better way to show your French pride on the road or trail than with a bike helmet shaped like a beret? A young artist in Czechoslovakia has designed just such a helmet, though sadly it sounds like there are no plans for commercial production. Besides the unusual shape of this helmet there also appear …

Winter MTB News Round-up

I hate to keep reminding everyone that it’s the winter but it seems like all the MTB news these days just confirms it. You know the weekend ride in Macon I skipped out on? The Tallahassee Democrat has an in-depth article on the endurance race that was held Saturday despite the weather and it sounds …

Mountain biking in January is rough

Yeah, I chickened out this weekend. I mean, I had every intention of going down to Macon Saturday to the SORBA mountain bike weekend but then they said the white stuff was coming and I got scared. I’m so embarassed. I’m even more embarassed after reading about Jill’s weekend ride up in Alaska: More than …

MLK Day of Service: Trail work

For some folks the upcoming 3-day weekend will be a good chance to hit the slopes but here’s another idea: Give back to your local trails. Students at the University of Washington, for one, are asking volunteers to help build trails at the I-5 Collonade project site in Seattle. If your local club hasn’t organized …

Mountain Bike Investments: Stocks for 2008

Peter Lynch, the legendary Fidelity mutual fund manager and investment guru, always recommended investing in what you know to achieve extraordinary financial returns. If you’re like me you know about mountain biking but is this really a good industry for investment? You be the judge. The most logical place to start when looking for mountain …