How to Find People to Mountain Bike With

From time to time we get requests for an online tool to help find mountain bike pals to ride with, and while we’ve considered the idea, there are just too many better ways for riders to connect. If you’re looking for a new group to ride with this season but don’t know where to start, …

Transitioning Ski & Board Skills to the MTB Trail

Looking through the corner. The sport of mountain biking (and especially downhill mountain biking) shares many similarities with the sport of downhill skiing and snowboarding. For the average cross-country or all-mountain biker, most of the congruent skills occur in the mental decision-making department. I first learned of these similarities from my mountain biking master when …

New from Sportourer: Touch Beat HR Watch

The Sportourer Touch Beat is a watch that neatly conceals a heart rate monitor into the face of the watch which means you don’t have to use a chest strap sensor to measure your heart rate. Although the Sportourer Touch Beat won’t hit the stores until late February or early March, I was fortunate to …

Rebecca Rusch: Leadville 100 Winner and 24 Hour Champ

Rebecca Rusch wins the 2009 Leadville 100 Back in September I got a chance to chat with 2009 Leadville winner and 2-time 24 Hour Solo World Champion Rebecca Rusch about racing, training, and mountain bike trails. Meeting Rusch for the first time I was instantly struck by how friendly she comes across despite being such …

Purpose Built Mountain Biking Coaching Trail Opening in UK

photo courtesy cyclewise.co.uk. So this is a cool concept: a mountain bike trail built explicitly for mountain bike coaching. The Cyclewise Coaching Trail provides a place for mountain bike coaches to work with students without having to worry about other trail users bombing down and interrupting lessons. The grand opening is set for October 17. …

Singletracks Premium Subscription Updates

For those who have purchased or are thinking about purchasing a singletracks premium subscription, just wanted to let you know about some recent improvements. High resolution trail maps in PDF We’re rolling out high resolution versions of all our mountain bike trail maps (780 and counting!) that subscribers can download in PDF format. That’s in …

Trail Running to Become a Better Mountain Biker

photo: 10K trail running race on the 1996 Olympic MTB course, sponsored by Dirty Spokes A lot of people ask me why I run so much – usually 3-4 days a week – and I always tell them it’s to make me a better mountain biker. The truth is my schedule doesn’t always allow me …

Serious Cyclists May Develop Low Bone Density

You’ve probably heard it before or maybe you’ve even said it yourself: Mountain biking is a great exercise because it’s so low impact. According to an article in the New York Times online cycling may be a little too low impact because many serious cyclists have low bone density. I guess it’s possible to get …

Me & Goji Organic Cereal & Granola

Let me start this out by saying I almost never review nutrition or hydration products. Nutrition and hydration choices will generally be specific to each rider and what works for me might not work for you (and vice versa). And that’s precisely what makes Me & Goji so interesting and different: it’s customized nutrition that’s …

MTB Training & Polar CS600X First Impressions

Another damp weekend training ride in north Georgia. I’m less than 2 weeks away from my first metric dirty century in Sumter National Forest and this weekend I had my toughest training ride yet. For those who don’t know a metric century is 100 kilometers or 62.2 miles and my plan has been to gradually …