8 MTB Descents into Nirvana

In my last blog post, I shared sweet seven climbs. But mountain biking isn’t all about cardio-punishment and “character building.” Our work deserves a payoff and gravity pays well! So, for those who prefer to allow gravity to do work for you, I now present my Elite Eight descents. Each provides a huge elevation loss, …

The 7 Best Climbs in Mountain Biking

Few riders, even dedicated ones, plan rides with the climb in mind. The climb is a means to the end—the downhill!  Fighting gravity is a necessary evil to be endured as the price we pay for gravity at the other end. Yet we all know that climbing provides benefits, most notably fitness, but It’s more …

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails, Western Edition: Part 2

This is the second part of my exploration of novice-friendly western trails that are actually great fun for riders of all levels. Click here for Part 1. Blue Diamond Trails, Las Vegas, NV Here’s another great option close to a large population center.  When I go to Vegas, I spend a whole lot less time …

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails, Western Edition: Part 1

When I first reviewed my favorite local trail here on Singletracks, I vividly remember what was written by the reviewer before me.  He gave the trail one star, mostly bemoaning the lack of challenge, which I thought was funny given that the trail is anything but easy.  Most people consider it one of the toughest …

Mountain Biking Big Sky Country: Part II

This is a continuation of my Montana mountain biking trip report. In case you missed it, go back andread part I here. Day 6: Chestnut Mountain, Bozeman, MT Chestnut is another relatively new addition to the Bozeman riding scene, and Im sure glad I put it on my itinerary. This trail rode something like a …

Mountain Biking Big Sky Country: Part I

Bagging Big Sky Country Ever since I was exiled from Montana in 2008, Ive vowed to return. But taking any vacation, let alone a bike vacation, can be tough. So when my eldest told me she wanted to attend Montana State University, I suddenly had a built-in excuse to visit my beloved Big Sky Country. …