Race at the pole (North Pole that is)

For those who haven’t heard, the first ever mountain bike race at the north pole will take place on April 7. There are 13 riders signed up for the 2007 race, though sadly registration is closed at this time. Have no fear though, you too can race your mountain bike to the North Pole in …

Epic mountain bike race

The Absa Cape Epic is easily the most extreme mountain bike stage race in the world. The race takes place in South Africa and runs almost 900 km (about 600 miles) with 16,000 meters (52,000 feet) of climbing over 8 grueling days. This year’s race kicks off on March 24. I had never heard of …

Mountain bikers > Road cyclists

Whenever my brother and I would drive up to the mountains for a day of mountain biking we’d invariably pass groups of cyclists out on the road to which we would yell “road bikers suck” out the window of our speeding car. It was certainly good natured, just a friendly rivalry like that between skiers …

Mountain biking class

Man, kids have it great these days. When I was in school PE usually consisted of kickball and square dancing (Georgia public schools at their best) but these days kids are taking mountain biking classes. According to the article “students must provide their own bikes” and it doesn’t sound like they go during school hours, …

Up for a freezing, dark downhill race?

The Icycle Mountain Bike Event at Fontana Village is set for this weekend and a wintry mix is in the forecast. About 300 riders are expected at this year’s event which includes cross-country events and a nighttime downhill race. Race organizers say it’s the only nighttime downhill race they know of and combined with potentially …

Mountain biking on TV this weekend

CBS is showing the Xterra World Championship off-road triathalon this Saturday, February 3 @ 1pm EST. The race is made up of a 1-mile ocean swim, a 20 mile mountain bike ride, and a 7 mile trail run. This year’s championship is in Maui and Phil Liggett will be providing commentary. Outside of the Olympics, …

Bike maintenance classes

I got an email this week from a local bike shop about some bike maintenance classes being held at the shop in the evenings. They call it Bicycle Chain University (BCU) though I think the use of the word “university” is a bit strong for single-session “classes” on stuff like how to lube your chain. …

USA Cycling mountain bike calendar

USA Cycling has come out with the first annual national mountain bike calendar and I couldn’t be more stoked. The calendar has 53 events in 3 categories (cross-country, gravity, and ultra-endurance) and gives pro mountain bikers the chance to earn points toward an overall title to be awarded at the end of the season. I’m …

IMBA lobbying for cyclists in DC

It looks like IMBA is organizing mountain bikers for the 2007 League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit to be held in Washington, DC in March. To be honest I’m not a card carrying IMBA member but I really respect alot of what they do. In particular, I’ve never ridden an IMBA-designed mountain bike trail …

Lance drops Leadville MTB race

In case you missed it over the holidays, Lance Armstrong backed out of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race due to a “scheduling conflict.” Too bad, mountain biking really needs more superstar personalities to generate new interest in the sport. In related news, it is also uncertain whether Floyd Landis will be racing in the …

nc state games

my first xc race of the year. i thought it would be fun to race at hog run again, the last time i rode there was probably back in 2000 when i entered my very first mountain bike race. but this time, most of the race course was on the newer advanced section. there were …