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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Controversial New Rules Handed Down by the UCI for 2017 DH Racing

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The UCI management committee recently met to discuss rule changes across several cycling disciplines, one of which was downhill mountain biking. After already reducing the Female Elite field size to 20 for the downhill finals for the 2016 season, for 2017 it will be further reduced to 15, while at the same time the number …

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“UnVailing” the Aspens in Colorado’s High Country, Part 1: Vail Mountain and its Extensions

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Rediscovering Gold in my Homeland I spent almost the entirety of my adult life moving from place to place across our great nation, and in each new location, I would find things at which to marvel.  When I would share my pleasure in these revelations with my new neighbors, they would cock their heads and …

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The Best Bike Parks in North America, According to MTBparks.com

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  MTBparks.com recently ran their annual Best Bike Parks Survey, and the results are finally live! These Riders’ Choice awards are based on respondents to MTBparks’s extensive survey. Without further ado, here’s the list of results. For a detailed analysis of this list, be sure to click over to MTBparks.com. Eastern Canada Sugarloaf, NB Bromont, …

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68+ Bike Park Opening Dates for 2016

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Time to gear up and make your plans for hitting the park this summer! Here’s a quick reference list with 2016 opening dates for key bike parks. Did we miss one or get the wrong dates? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll update our list with the latest. Open Already March: Bailey Mountain Bike …

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