Blue Wolf Events is pleased to announce Brian Head, Utah, as the replacement venue for the National Mountain Bike Series Finals Presented by Trek VW, on August 30 and September 1, after Tamarack Resort, Idaho, had to remove itself from the schedule.This is good news for the NMBS people and NorCal riders. Brian Head is actually slightly closer to the Bay Area than Tamarack.
"I am really delighted that we have been able to resolve this crisis so quickly and cleanly. We've only crossed one state line, and we don't even have to change our date," said series director Jeff Frost, of event management company Blue Wolf. "And it is great to be returning to Brian Head. We were very impressed with this venue when holding a series round there two years ago."
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A fund raiser is being held in conjunction with the CCCX Downhill Race Series starting this Saturday, May 3rd in honor of Mark A. Reynolds who died on Saturday, April 19, 2008.
Mark's death was a result of the crash he had while competing in the Downhill race during the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA. Mark, who was just 48 years old, was the owner of Wicked Racin and innovator of the Dualrailluer Guide for which is in the process of being patented as the first dual chain ring guide. Mark was an avid mountain biker who raced competitively and he also enjoyed the action sports scene including snowboarding, wake boarding and even piloting airplanes. He was also a friend to many as well as a mentor to those looking to improve their skills.
After hearing the news on Saturday, members of the Evomo Mountain Bike Team stepped forward to contact fellow industry companies in order to organize a memorial fund raiser in Mark's name. "I feel it's the right thing to do and I really feel for the family who had to hear such terrible news", said Tom Judy, Evomo Downhill Team Member. Everyone on the Evomo team instantly said they would be happy to make a collective Team donation to help. Within a few days, Fox Racing was ready to ship out some product donations and Keith DeFiebre, CCCX race organizer, offered his event location as a place to hold the fund raiser. "It was pretty awesome to get such instant support", said Tom Judy.
Mark's family hopes to contribute to a freeride or jump park that will be named after Mark so that people of all levels can enjoy the sport of mountain biking and can feel encouraged and supported, just as Mark made all of us feel.
Fox Racing Shox, Evomo, X-Fusion, Pactimo, Stan's No Tubes, Cool Cycling Club, Calabazas Cyclery, Trailhead Cyclery, and Auburn Bike Works have already stepped up to donate cash or product for the fund raising raffle that will be held at the CCCX DH Race Series finale on Sunday, June 22. Memorial T-shirts and raffle tickets will be for sale at this weekends event in which all proceeds will go to the fund in honor of Mark. "By having a huge raffle at our series finale in June we are able to maximize the cash we can raise by selling tickets at the next 5 races", said Keith DeFiebre, CCCX Race organizer.
Donation information: please visit www.wickedracin.com where you can make a cash donation in his Mark's name via PayPal.
CCCX Race Event/Fund Raiser information:http://www.cccx.org/dh/2008/index.shtml
For more information or to donate products for the Event raffle, please contact Evomo Clothing at (888) 346-4421 or www.evomo.com
If I am reading the results correctly, it appears that congratulations are in order for Ryan Potter (top men's finisher at 0:15:00) and Beck Brain (top women's finisher at 0:21:25).
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
"USA Cycling is now accepting bids to host the 2009/2010 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. The event is set to be contested the third week in July and will include cross country, short-track cross country, downhill, 4-cross, super D and observed trials events. Bids are also being accepted for USA Cycling's Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships, 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships and Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. All bids must be received no later than June 10, 2008" (Via Bids now being accepted for USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals)Making the trip all the way to New England is a bit much.
Monday, April 28, 2008
"WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOUNTAIN BIKE RACESVia City of Santa Rosa website. You can see last year's coverage of the races in the archives.
2008 Wednesdays Nights from 5:30PM - 8:00PM
June 4, 11, 18, 25,
July 9, 16, 23,
Aug 6, 13, 20
Cost: Adult Pre-registration $9 (day of race $10)
Junior (Age 7+) Pre-registration $4 (day of race $5)
The excitement of short track mountain bike racing comes to Howarth Park! Mountain bike racing is fast, fun and good for you too. These races are for anyone who would like to try mountain bike racing on a short course, all skill levels are welcome. All you need is an off-road bicycle, a helmet and a desire to have a blast! The course is approximately 1 mile and consists of smooth, rolling dirt trails. Racers can enter the appropriate category for their skill level and will race for a set length of time depending on experience."
- Ed's Mountain Biking Adventures: Lemurian Shasta Classic and flickr pictures
- Dirty old Blog: Whiskeytown Shasta Lemurian
The Lemurian also got coverage in the Redding newspaper.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Los Gatos High's mountain bike team is having a fund raiser. They'll be showing the new mountain bike movie by 'the collective' called 'seasons'
here's a teaser so you know what it's all about
If you don't want to see the movie after watching that, something's wrong with you. You can get tickets ($10) at the door, or at Trailhead Cyclery in Campbell.
Thanks to reader Alex for the heads up.
BIKE FEST JUMP JAM! is a pro/am contest at Bicycle Trip Bike Park in Santa Cruz, CA, held in conjunction with Bike to Work Week. The event is open to the public and will feature the best local and national freestyle BMX and mountain bike riders.So if you are into the anit-gravity scene, consider yourself informed.
Saturday, May 10th: 26" wheel MTN bike contest
Sunday, May 11th: 20" wheel BMX contest
9am - 11am: registration + practice both days
11am - 4pm: contest + Bike Fest events both days
LOCATION: Bicycle Trip Bike Park, 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
"Coolest 24 MTB Registration Closes April 27th! Registration for this year's Coolest 24 Hour MTB race closes on April 27th. Be sure to get your online registration or form sent in before that date so you make the cut! This year's race is going to be hands-down the Coolest 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race you can handle... Can you handle it?"Via Global BioRythm Events
"Dont forget kids, there is no race (Lake Sonoma Series) on April 26th at Lake Sonoma... Both NCNCA.ORG and MTBCALENDAR.COM have outdated schedules for the Lake Sonoma Series ... Lake Sonoma Series #2 is MAY 10th." (Via Bike Monkey)I've corrected this site and mtbcalendar.com, but I think the NCNA site may still be wrong.
Sea Otter Coverage at MTBR
- Sea Otter Day 3 Video
- Sea Otter Day 2 Video
Sea Otter Forums at MTBR
2009 Magura (Singletrack Mag)
SRAM goods (Singletrack Mag)
Sea Otter Report (Singletrack Mag)
Sea Otter Stories from Day 1 (Singletrack Mag)
Sea Otter X Preride (Jeff Kerkove)
Trek Session 88 (Singletrack Mag)
CX at Sea Otter ? (CX Magazine)
Martinez, Emmett Claim Sea Otter XC (Velonews)
Sea Otter Tech Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 (Velonews)
New Bontrager Shoes at Sea Otter (Velonews)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
- SABRINA JONNIER (HYERES)
- MELISSA BUHL (CHANDLER, CA)
- FIONN GRIFFITHS (RUYTON XI TOWNS)
- RACHEL ATHERTON (LLANGYNOG)
- KATHY PRUITT (SANTA CRUZ, CA)
- GREG MINNAAR (PIETERMARITZBURG)
- STEVE PEAT (WORTLEY, UK)
- ANDREW NEETHLING (SOMMERSET WEST, UK )
- KIRT VOREIS (BEND, OR)
- BRIAN LOPES (LAGUNA BEACH, CA)
- SAM SCHULTZ (MISSOULA, MT) 0:28:06
- RYAN TREBON (BEND, OR) 0:28:15
- CODY PETERSON (HAILEY, ID) 0:28:36
- LEA DAVISON (JERICHO, VT) 0:31:26
- MELANIE MCQUAID (VICTORIA, BC) 0:31:32
- KELLI EMMETT (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) 0:31:33
Interesting to see Sam Schultz, from the Under 21 US team, and Melanie McQuaid, Xterrra triathalete, place highly.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
"Giant Bicycles gets to add one more Super D win to go with the two it picked up last year in the debut event at the Sea Otter Classic. Carl Decker succeeded in overpowering former World Cup downhill pro Jurgen Beneke (Marin/Mercury Rev) on a short climb near the top and managed to stay away from Beneke for the remainder of the three-mile race ...The women battled from the start and a group of ten charged down the side of Laguna Seca toward the finish on Guidotti Road. A break of three including defending champ Kelli Emmett (Giant), Lea Davison (Trek/VW) and Jean Ann McKirdy (Rocky Mountain), broke free to fight for first until attacks by Davison and McKirdy left Emmett holding on for third." (Via VeloNews | Davison, Decker dominate Sea Otter Super D)The official results looked like this:
- Lea Davison (Trek/VW)
- Jean Ann McKirdy (Rocky Mountain)
- Kelli Emmett (Giant)
- Carl Decker (Giant)
- Jurgen Beneke (Marin/Mercury Rev)
- Mike Garrigan (JetPower/Epic Ride)
Friday, April 18, 2008
"Join us at the international premier of Kranked 7 'The Cackle Factor', Saturday April 19th at 8:30. The film is sponsored by SCOTT Bicycles and features several SCOTT Progressive riders like Mike Hopkins and James Doerfling.
Location: Hyatt Regency Monterey, Regency Grand Ballroom
Doors Open:' 8:30PM
Click Image" (Via Kranked 7 premier at Sea Otter)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"The Fifth annual Santa Cruz Hellride, which takes place neither in Santa Cruz nor Hell, will return to the rugged steeps above Downieville, California, August 1st-3rd.I am not sure it isn't worth the $4000 to just buy the Nomad.
What has in the past been an opportunity for two unlucky souls to get mugged by Mark Weir and Rachel Lloyd for about 12 solid hours, with the chance to limp away at the end of it all with a new Santa Cruz Nomad for their efforts, is taking a new twist this year.
This year, applicants will be narrowed down to a field of about 32, who will then be voted by the internet public down to a final 8 (4 men, 4 women), who will then be invited to Downieville. They will then compete against each other, as well as Hellriders Weir and Lloyd, in a series of feats of strength (think 'American Gladiators' meets 'jackass') to gain hopeful time bonuses for the following day's Hellride.
The Hellride itself will take in somewhere between 65 and 75 miles of prime high country riding, mostly singletrack, with anywhere between 12,500 and 15,000 feet of climbing. The contestants will race each other, as well as the pursuing wheels of Weir and Lloyd, in battle where attrition and willpower will feature as strongly as fitness and bike handling ability, in the hopes of winning a brand new Nomad, kitted out with SRAM and Rockshox finest, valued at more than $5500.
Entries are being accepted now, at: www.santacruzbicycles.com/hellridefive. Entries will close on June 1st, and voting on finalists will begin on the same site the next day. The final 8 contestants will be announced on July 1st." (Via Bikemag.com)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
"COURSE UPDATE 4/13/2008Via Shasta Lemurian Classic Bike Race
The course today was dry and fast. Extended weather forecast indicates only a chance of showers on a handful of days. I expect conditions to be dry and fast on race day. Tires of choice will likely be those best suited to dry conditions. The Gas Can decent was extremely loose and sketchy, caution is advised as you won't win the race here, but could lose it here. Virtually no mud on the course. Lines on the Couch continue to improve. The Ice Box decent is rougher than previous years. Most of the blow down on the course has been removed, the remaining obstacles do not require a dismount. Check back for further updates.
Course Director- Ron Bresolin"
Monday, April 14, 2008
Congrats to Pro Barry Wicks, who completed the course in 1:23:44, about two minutes in front of Kris Sneddon and Kenji Takeya. NorCal locals Aren Timmel and David Yakaitis came in fourth and fifth respectively.
On the ladies side, Stacy Marple edged Sarah Maile by about a minuted to claim the Women's Pro/Semi-Pro competition.
I haven't seen many pictures, but there is an active race report thread at MTBR.
And Rick R has the photos again. The photo at right is from his collection.
Congrats to Waylon Smith (Men's Pro), Keith DeFiebre (hardtail and singlespeed), Chrissie Pinney (Pro Women) and Keith Morelan (Jr Expert) on their wins.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
"In response to the popularity of the opening of LiveWire last summer, Northstar Resort’s advanced almost two-mile long signature trail that is fully irrigated, this summer the resort will double the lift capacity on the Tahoe Zephyr Express, its six-pack express chairlift, allowing even more riders to quickly get up the mountain.Here are the race schedules:
Northstar Resort’s Mountain Bike Park is scheduled to open Friday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26, 2008), weather and conditions permitting, with a kick-off demo event sponsored by Giant Bicycles on Friday, May 23, 2008. Following that weekend, the bike park will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until June 20 when it will open for daily operations through September 1, and Friday-Sunday until October 12. Daily operating hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday ... Daily lift tickets are required for lift access and can be purchased for $39. For those who want to ride all season, Mountain Bike Park season passes are available for $229 and can be purchased online." (Via Northstar at Tahoe website)
2008 Northstar Thursday Night XC MTB Series ($15/race or $70 for all 7 races)
2008 Northstar Downhill (DH) MTB Series ($30 / race)
You can check out last year's Northstar racing coverage in the archives.
"In February, Niner Bikes announced plans to give back to the industry and other charities. To find a suitable design, Niner solicited entries for a paint scheme that would highlight IMBA's efforts.Make sure to gawk at it while down at Sea Otter -- and maybe signup for IMBA while you're at it.
Vermont's Chris Weber used topographic maps of trail systems that IMBA has contributed to as panels on the frame. Webber's reward for winning the contest will be one of the limited edition M.C.R. 9 frames.
The winning design will be unveiled at IMBA's booth (#235) during the Sea Otter Classic on Friday, April 18, at 4 pm. Frame and fork sales of the limited edition frames will be available to the general public in May." (Via IMBA News)
Friday, April 11, 2008
The race route for the CCCX DH #3 will be extremely fast with many open sections that allow riders to hit very high speeds. The trail then turns into many switch-back and off-camber sections where tire choice and air pressure will determine hook up ability on the loose and dry dirt in the turns. Following the switch-back sections is some railing fast single-track that leads toward the finish area. With out any significant rainfall the trails are dry and slick, which makes for some great flat track style turns where drifting and sliding the bike will come into play. The Sea Otter Classic is one week after this Toro DH and there are reports of a certain current UCI World Champion DH rider in town for the Sea Otter event that will be taking part in CCCX DH #3. The track looks to be very fun and challenging to ride and should make for some exciting racing for all who compete.Rumors are that some of the Pro teams in town for Sea Otter may be coming out to participate.
For those of you who haven't been down to the coast for this race series before, you can find the details on the race at MTB Calendar or the CCCX DH website.
"The 15th annual Napa Valley Dirt Classic bike race takes place in Angwin on April 13.Not bad press, considering most papers avoid any bicycling news not involving Lance like the plague. Anyway, The Dirt Classic is Sunday up in the Napa / North Bay (Angwin to be exact) and is the yearly kickoff for the Big Event / Non-Series races in the Bay Area. It's a cool course that can be a bit challenging (if you miss this, Howell Mountain in the summer is a similar course of the same site). See full details at MTB Calendar or peruse the archives for previous year's race results.
This 22-mile circuit at 1,667 feet elevation began as the ‘Romp Stomper’ and became the Dirt Classic 15 years ago, in 1994. The race is a part of the 2008 NorCal Mountain Bike State Championship Series and is open to riders of all levels. It takes place on trails on Pacific Union College property, and funds raised from the event benefit PUC recreational projects." (Via Sports Capsule: Napa Valley wrestlers place in meet | Napa Valley Register)
Thursday, April 10, 2008
"Reggae Riding 2008 will take place on August 16 at the Southern Humboldt Community Park. We are looking for vendors of bike related products and volunteers to work at the Festival. Please call 707 923 2100 for more information ." (Via Reggae Riding- So Hum Mountain Bike Festival)I haven't seen all the details yet, but some have sneaked out over on MTB Calendar. You can check out last year's coverage in the archives.
This first time event, located at the beautiful and newly opened Lynch Canyon Park (near Vallejo), is limited to the first 100 registrants. The hill climb time trial meanders up a 2.5 mile course, first on fire trail and finishing on nice single-track that includes oak knolls and a rock garden. From the top, finishers can see (on a clear day) Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tam and the Sierras as they catch their breath. Proceeds benefit the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League.
There will categories for High School Boys/Girls, Varsity Boys/Girls, Open Men / Women, Masters 35+ Men/Women, Masters 55+ Men/Women and First Race Ever.
Adults are $35 and NorCal HS league members are $25. You can register here.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
The final round of the 2008 National Mountain Bike Series has been moved from Tamarack Resort, Tamarack, Idaho to a location that has yet to be revealed.I am hoping this means that it will be held at Mammoth (hope, hope) or Big Bear (socal, but still roadtrip-able) -- but a lot of sites are certainly possible.
"We are awaiting confirmation from a past NMBS venue that everything is in place for the series finals to be held there, and then we can make the announcement," said series director Jeff Frost of Bluewolf Events.
In its fourth year of operation Tamarack Resort is in the midst of ongoing development, but it already offers an outstanding mountain bike trail network capable of hosting world-class competition. "Expected funding for some key pieces needed for the NMBS is being delayed. To ensure that we can host the best Finals possible, we are deferring being the event site until another year," explained Ken Rider, Tamarack Resort Director of Marketing & Sales.
A press release will be distributed as soon as the replacement venue for 2008 is confirmed.
When: 7:30AM doors open to sellers
9AM Doors open to Early Birds
10AM Doors open to Everyone else.
$10 to sell stuff
$5 for early birds
$2 for everyone else
Admission comes with one raffle ticket, additional raffle tickets are available for $1 ea. Seller space is limited so if you’re going to sell stuff, contact Cole at cole.emde at timbuk2.com. For general information about the event, contact Keri at ksedor at timbuk2.com
Monday, April 07, 2008
Congrats to Louise Kobin (Female Pro), Brian Seval (Male Pro) and Dezmin Wilder (Male Singlespeed Pro).
9am Race - Beginner
11am Race - Sport
1pm Race - Expert/Pro
As always, cool photos have been posted at Rick R's SmugMug site. Photo at right is from his site. There are also some photos up on Flickr.
U.S. Olympic hopeful Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) and Canada's Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) dominated the KENDA Cross Country, the finale of round two of the National Mountain Bike Series, the NOVA National, powered by SOBE Cannondale, held on a fast, technical, desert course at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
These two also won the three-day stage race. Both won Friday's Super D time trial; and Kabush won Saturday's Short Track while Gould finished second in the women's race. Kabush and Gould now lead in the National Mountain Bike Series standings, with two of six rounds completed.
Kabush worked with a lead group of five over three fast laps of the technically challenging, yet relatively flat, 10-mile course. With an abundance of embedded rocks throughout, many riders with superlight tires on hard-tail bikes suffered flat tires.
Kabush was not troubled by rocks. The 2007 NMBS series champion went to the lead on the first lap, with four others. These were: Adam Craig (Giant), Barry Wicks (Kona), Santa Cruz, Calif., the 2006 US Under-23 champion, Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher), Missoula. Mont., and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher), Boulder, Colo.
On the second lap, Schultz, riding a hard tail, followed Craig through an alternative line that turned out to be full of sharp rocks. Craig floated; Schultz flatted.
Craig was doing a lot of pace setting as the end of the race drew near. After working with him and others in the lead group for two laps, going into the final three miles, Kabush grew restless and started to attack the group as they crested the repetitive 15-second climbs that reared up from among the cacti. The first two times the group came back together on the following descent, but the effect of these repeated attacks took its toll as Wicks and Horgan Kobelski lost touch with the battling Craig and Kabush. Finally Craig could no longer pull back the Canadian on the descents and so the finishing order was decided.
Horgan-Kobelski took third at 50 seconds and Wicks rolled in fourth at 1:30. Another 45 seconds later, Liam Killeen (Specialized) of Great Britain outsprinted Canada's Mathieu Toulouse (Maxxis), and Carl Decker (Giant), Bend, Oreg. to claim fifth spot.
Georgia Gould, 28, of Missoula, Mont., blasted off at the start of her two-lap, 20-mile race and was not seen by her rivals until the end, which she reached one minute, forty-seven seconds ahead of her team-mate Katerina Nash.
Nash, 31, a Czech native who now lives in Truckee, Calif., might have ridden with Gould all the way had she not gone down hard at the first corner and done herself an injury to the left knee that required stitches after the finish.
A group of eight riders formed to chase Gould, which later reduced to four as the race progressed and riders succumbed to double flats. Canada's Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher), was in fourth place when she double-flatted. Wendy Simms (Kona), and Catherine Pendrel (LUNA) were two other highly-placed riders stopped or delayed by flat tires - a spate of which came in the second half of the final lap.
Australia's Dellys Starr (Dale's Pale Ale) took third place, ahead of Kelli Emmet (Giant), Colorado Springs, in fourth and Kathy Sherwin (SOBE-Cannondale), Heber City, Utah, in fifth.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
UPDATE: Results have been posted.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Join us on Saturday, April 5th for a day of great riding on the trails of Mammoth Bar Park in Auburn. Meet up with others as we all join to support Jamie and help raise funds to help cover the expense of treatment. Donations are welcome and appreciated. To find out ways you can help, go to: www.jamiewhitmore.com.Here are the details on the ride:
Date: Saturday, April 5th
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Mammoth Bar OHV Park, Auburn, CA
Downhill Riders!: Complimentary Shuttle up the mountain will be available for riders throughout the day. (Donations encouraged and appreciated)
Cross Country Riders!: 9:30 a.m. start or 1:30 p.m. start. Two organized rides available! Ride time is approximately 2 hours. *Riders are also welcome to head out on their own throughout the day.
P.S. Reader Dave wrote in to say that the American River 50 Ultra Run is also that day out in Auburn, so arrive early to get parking and make sure to look out for runners. Thanks Dave.