57 Days to My First Dirty Century: The Cohutta 100

Some of you may know I’ve been busy training for my first 100-mile mountain bike race, the fabled Cohutta 100 on April 28. The race is now officially sold out with 305 registered riders and as the National Ultra Endurance Series opener it promises to be an exciting event. With 57 days to go I …

Cinema Sunday: MTB Strength Training Exercise

We know, you were hoping to sit on the couch and vicariously¬†rip world class singletrack this Cinema Sunday but today we have something different. Call it “interactive” or “motivational” – either way, you’re gonna want to hit the gym after watching this video to get ready for spring riding!

How To Carry More Speed Through Turns

First a story… A couple of years ago a friend of mine who is a former pro rider came out to Colorado and naturally, we went for a bike ride. While he can pretty much drop me at will, through high speed turns it wasespeciallyembarrassing. At one point when he politely waited for me to …

100 Days to the Cohutta 100 Mountain Bike Race

Ok, so I may have been a little over-ambitious in my New Year’s resolutions this year. Earlier this month I signed up to complete my first 100-mile mountain bike ride, the Cohutta 100 in Tennessee on April 28. It’s 100 days to race day and I’m starting to wonder what I’ve gotten myself into. The …

Mountain Biking Nutrition 101

Askany roadie and they will tell you that mountain bikers survive on a diet of burritos, pizza and beer or soda. While that is mostly true, it turns out that good nutrition helps out no matter what kind of cycling you do. Food preferences are fairly subjective, so you will need to experiment a little …

MTB How To: Log Hops

Logs – they’re a fundamental part of mountain biking in most areas of the country since where there are trees, there are trees that fall. Many riders hate logs and would like to see all of them cut off the trails. Others, like me, really enjoy riding them and are always wondering just how big …

Top 3 Core Training Exercises for XC/ Trail Riders

For a mountain biker, building a strong, high performance core for the demands of riding¬†for hours on grueling trails requires a smart, multi-pronged attack. You want a core that is¬†able to connect the upper body and lower body, resist twisting and be able to coordinate¬†with the hips for lateral movement around the cockpit. Here are …

My Local MTB Trails: C’mon, I’ll Show You Around

Ahhhh, home sweet home Your local trails: they’re the home stadium, your turf. I submit that there are a huge list of things that make your go-to singletrack a very special place indeed. I got to thinking about this when I went out for an after work ride to grab some pictures of my new …

Learning Mountain Bike Skills at BetterRide Camp

I recently had the chance to spend three days at a BetterRide mountain bike skills camp. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in school and the amount of information was overwhelming – in a good way! I learned a ton of ways to improve my mountain bike riding and handling skills. With new …