Northstar set to open for mountain biking June 20

Good news for downhill riders: Northstar at Tahoe resort will be officially opening the lifts to mountain bikes next Friday, June 20. Tickets are $29 a day for adults and you can get a season pass for $229. Riders in Colorado face a bit more uncertainty about lift serviced downhill this year. Just this week …

The best urban mountain bike trail systems in the US

I read an article earlier this week that mentioned Blue Ride Outdoors named James River Park one of the best urban MTB trail systems in the Southeast and it got me thinking: Where do other urban mountain bike trail systems exist in the US? It turns out the New York Times wrote about urban mountain …

IMBA Epics: How many have you ridden?

After reading about the Muddy Spokes club in Georgia it got me to thinking: Has anyone ridden all (48 and counting) of the IMBA Epic trails? I checked the list and I’ve only ridden 7 so far but that means there are at least 41 more amazing trails to ride before I die 😉 Riding …

Epic Alabama mountain bike trail in the making

I’ve had the Oak Mountain State forest / BUMP trail near Birmingham, AL on my wishlist for quite a while now but after reading this I’m not sure how much longer I can wait to ride there! This past weekend the 14th annual Bump and Grind mountain bike race was held at the trails with …

This must be one hell of a mountain bike track!

There’s a new mountain bike trail on Mt. Wellington in Tasmania (Australia) and according to legendary trail designer Glen Jacobs, “this is an amazing piece of hand-built engineering of unequalled workmanship.” If you don’t know him, Jacobs is to mountain bike trails what Jack Nicklaus is to golf courses and his work includes the 2000 …

Georgia mountain bike trail report

This weekend I got the chance to check out a couple north Georgia mountain bike trails I hadn’t ridden in a while so I thought I’d let you know what’s up. We camped out at Fort Mountain State Park and the main mountain bike loop looked pretty overgrown. Ok, pretty overgrown might be a bit …

High tech MTB crash protection & tips for n00bs

I read a couple good articles on mountain biking this morning: The Gear Junkie, Stephen Regenold, reviewed the D3O Armored L/S Crew and D3O Ultimate Chamois Bike Short from Spyder which is made with some super high tech materials that can protect you in a mountain bike crash. The secret is d30 gel, a space …

Australia cracks down on illegal mountain bike trails

Officials in Australia are cracking down on illegal mountain bike trails constructed within state forests and nature preserves with increased patrols and fines from $75 to $750. The EPA in Australia says they found large jumps constructed of trees and vegetation in the Samford Forest Reserve with one jump requiring more than 2 hours to …

Mountain bike trails too often relegated to crap holes

The mountain bike trails at Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee, FL aren’t unlike the trails in many suburban areas – tightly packed loops that seem to fold in on themselves, multiple runs down the same hill, and a location that, in all likelihood, no one else wanted. I came to this conclusion as I was …

Montana mountain bike trails at risk

Received via IMBA email yesterday: Mountain bikers stand to lose access to many spectacular rides in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwest Montana. The forest wants to institute a blanket ban on bicycling in backcountry areas managed as “recommended wilderness.” These areas contain some of the best singletrack in Montana. Local cyclists have proposed companion …

The Florida mountain bike scene

Quick: What comes to mind when you think about mountain biking in Florida? If you’re like me you probably think sandy trails, no hills, short tracks behind the local K-Mart, and zero variety. Well, forget everything you think you know about mountain biking in Florida–it’s bigger and badder than you can imagine–and perhaps even more …

Mountain Biking Arkansas

Sunday’s Northwest Arkansas Times had an extensive article about the local mountain biking scene, making the claim that “Arkansas is one of the best states in the country for (mountain biking).” I haven’t personally heard about that many trails in Arkansas but from what I’ve seen driving through the state the terrain certainly looks conducive …