Singletracks Best Reads: August

These are the best of the long mountain bike reads Singletracks published in August.
Photo courtesy of Durango DEVO.

The Singletracks staff and contributors spend a lot of time every day, week, and month drafting up gear and bike reviews and informing readers with breaking news and press releases. All of us try to devote an equal amount of time diving into the culture of mountain biking, digging into news and trends on a deeper level, and connecting with the mountain bike organizations and advocates who make our rides possible.

Here’s what we’ve got for the last full month of summer: a profile on the Specialized team’s physical therapist, an ode to a ride that isn’t planned, reports from Europe’s largest mountains, a look at mountain bike trails in Southwest Wyoming and why planning them is so difficult, and racing on a 30-year-old bike. Check them out if you missed them.

Specialized Enduro Team Physio, Alex Marchal, Keeps the team Mobile and She’s Wicked Skilled on a Bike

The luckiest teams in the Enduro World Series have a physical therapist who accompanies them to all the races, helping them maintain and gain mobility and strength with warm ups, cool downs, and overall better training. It’s like having a world-class mechanic, for your body.

A Brief Escape From the Routinization of Riding

Spontaneity just might be the most convenient variable for adding a dose of adventure to a stale mountain bike routine.

SuperBoost Axle Spacing: What is it Good For?

There have to be a few agreed-upon standards so that the mountain bike puzzle can all click together, and few are as hotly debated as Boost and Super Boost axle spacing.

Ideas for Supporting New Mountain Bikers and Helping Them Enjoy the Ride

There are ways advanced riders can engage with beginners before, during, and after rides to really help them enjoy mountain biking.

What it’s Like Racing the EWS 80, with Athlete Yasmine Adel

“Enduro is who I am. It’s part of my identity, like I have little bicycles in my DNA. Sure I can try different things, but this is my journey.”

The European Divide Trail: An Interview and Diary Entries from the Route

European Divide Trail founder Andy Cox fills us in on the Norway-to-Portugal route and shares excerpts from his travel diary.

A Massive System of Rifugio Huts Facilitates Endless MTB Adventure in the Alps

A smattering of mountain huts across the Alps make beautiful, unencumbered mountain bike tours possible.

Lessons Learned Racing a Top of the Line Mountain Bike From the 1990s… In 2021

Nic Sims time travels to bring back lessons from the past by racing his 1990s-era mountain bike.

For Gravity-Shredder Blake Hansen, Mustering Courage for Big Gap Jumps is the Easier Part

Blake Hansen is a transgender mountain bike athlete, and finding the courage to gap piles of dirt is potentially less daunting than some of the social challenges she regularly encounters.

In Southwest Wyoming, New Trails and Organizations Embrace a Diversifying Economy

A unique checkerboard pattern of land ownership in Wyoming requires a dedicated approach to trail building and mountain bike tourism.

The Durango Devo Story: A Blueprint for Grassroots Youth Cycling Programs

Durango DEVO is a group that’s working to develop life-long cyclists, and their success can be a model for other communities.

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