How to Improve Your MTB Life: Attend a Training Camp

One of several rides through the urban desert mountains of Phoenix during the week-long training camp, building both skills and camaraderie.

Mountain biking is an amazingly diverse sport. Complementing the plethora of styles and terrain, the motives to participate in cycling are equally varied. Many of us are recreational riders, dabbling in the race scene here and there, cultivating our own unique experience as life permits. Others take to racing on a more serious level by …

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“Gluten-Free” Won’t Make You Faster!

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It feels good to go fast. It feels even better to win (hell, just be honest with yourself). To get there, some people are willing to try almost anything–EPO, steroids, HGH–pick your poison. The majority of us take a more “healthy” approach to reap personal fitness and performance gains. We do things like… diet. But, define “healthy?” Going …

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Mountain Biking: It’s Good for Your Heart

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Most of us start mountain biking because it’s fun. Hitting the trail is a satisfying way to get outside, hang with friends, challenge your mind, and of course, there’s beer. The list goes on, and we love it. But aside from these more obvious advantages there exists a major internal benefit–it’s good for your heart. Heart disease (CVD) is the number …

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You Need to Wear Body Armor: The History of Mountain Biking Injuries

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Smashed kneecaps, broken forearms, skull fractures, gnarly, full-thickness lacerations and sutures. (“Woah, that’s my muscle fascia!”)  Sound familiar?  Is that because you’re one of the statistics? If general participation in extreme and adventure sports required a blanket contract, this clause would most surely exist: “Ride at your own risk.”  A certain and expected amount of …

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How To Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder with Mountain Biking

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Take a moment to visualize the changing of the seasons – autumn rain drizzling down upon green-hued leaves, only to reveal the beautiful shades of maroon and gold hidden beneath.  Feel the cooler breeze upon your cheeks as you bundle up for a brisk, two-wheeled jaunt in the nearby woods, the scent of wet dirt …

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Mind the Rampage: The Psychology of Injury

Brandon Semenuk, Red Bull Rampage 2016, ©Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Psyche and injury are undoubtedly connected.  Throw in the stresses associated with an intense sporting event and a fine line develops between victory and a potentially deleterious disaster.  Red Bull Rampage is the extreme of the extreme–how do you mentally prepare? Can you?  Turning fear into fire is only one part of the overall recipe.  To assess the variety of components involved …

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