Everything You Need to Know About Mountain Biking Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest Mountain Biking

Central Arizona lives and breathes the Wild West. Sandwiched between three other National Forests beats a sandy jewel, nourished with vessels of trail coursing through the saguaro-laden Sonoran desert.  Dirt veins dotted with scrub oak and manzanita wind up and around the granite peaks and pine-covered mountains that amplify the revered appeal of the region. …

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Why Mountain Biking Is Good for Our Youth

With nearly two-thirds of kids in the US overweight, it is more important than ever for parents to instill good lifestyle habits in their children’s day-to-day routines.  Many people incorrectly assume chronic conditions are adult-only problems, yet insulin resistance and the development of arterial plaque starts in childhood, leading to diabetes and cardiovascular disease later on. We discussed the …

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How to Ride Like a Jerry: Follow These 12 (Terrible) Rules!

Y’all know what I’m talking about. Those “rare birds” on the trail, well… just taking up the trail, suspiciously lazy with no matchy-matchy attire. Terrible at their sport (and likely questionable at daily life duties), they are the Ronnie Mac’s of mtb, goonin’ all day long. No one understands why these exaggeratingly awkward riders exist, but when encountered, they possess …

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How to Improve Your MTB Life: Attend a Training Camp

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!

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

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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Year-Round Mountain Biking: Can You Ride Too Much?

Mountain biking: for many, it’s a way of life. Take a moment to think about why you started, and why you continue–what about it satiates your personality? The adrenaline of the race? The beautiful landscapes traversed during a tour through the mountains? The sheer curiosity of how far you can push your physical and mental …

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

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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Mind the Rampage: The Psychology of Injury

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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