The grand daddy of MTB mountains, Mammoth, will open at least 12 trails including Downtown, UpTown, Big Ring, Paper Route, Juniper, Timber Ridge, Shotgun, Lower Pipeline, Lower Bullet Lakes Trail and Pioneer Practice Loop, on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Yes, that’s this Saturday.
As a plus, the mountain is still open for snowboarding (and skiing) so it’s kind of a two-for-one kind of weekend this Memorial day. Stay and bike packages start at just $69 a person. Click the link for more info.
The New York Daily News has the story behind the motorcycle vs. cyclist video everyone was talking about yesterday. It happened on April 27, 2013 on Mulholland Drive’s “Dead Man’s Curve.”
Cameraman Ken Snyder has been shooting video of wipeouts on the hazardous turn for four years but Saturday’s collision was the only time he ever saw a motorcycle take out two bikes. . . ”There are many more just like it,” Snyder said. “It is a very common type of crash on this turn. Just usually no one is there and the rider falls alone.”
If Snyder is always there shooting video of crashes (and the CHP is always parked there), it might be a good place to avoid for all kinds of reasons. Oh, and if you’re wondering who the girl is, apparently, she’s in all Snyder’s videos.
Need something to fiddle with on your iPad? And really, who doesn’t? Michael Embacher’sCyclopedia (which came out in 2011) has been updated to include much, much more cycle porn and may be exactly what you’re looking for, according to a post on Core77.
This new CYCLEPEDIA offers an expanded tour round many more of Michael Embacher’s unique personal collection of two-wheeled rarities. As before every bicycle is beautifully displayed via the app’s 360º spins, but now the zoom magnifications are in even higher resolution allowing you to compare and appreciate each machine’s fine detail, innovation and design more closely than ever. The new CYCLEPEDIA also brings you Sir Paul Smith’s personal collection of rare cycling Jerseys, plus unique movie clips in which Sir Paul entertainingly explains his lifelong passion for bicycles.
If you’ve every thought about supporting a cycling Kickstarter project, Patrick Brady’sWhy We Ride project might just be the one to jump in on. Brady is raising money to fund the publication of a collection of his essays from his “soul of cycling” website Red Kite Prayer. The good news is he’s already reached his goal, but as he explains in the edit, there’s even more he’ll be able to do if more money is raised including but no limited to helping to pay some medical bills for his newborn baby. Watch the edit, and you’ll see exactly why this Why We Ride project would be a good one to be a part of.
After dealing with slew of terrible local bike shops (who wanted to keep our bikes for a week just to swap out a cassette) we ran screaming into the arms of the geniuses at Park Tool. Their tools, knowledge base, and support were astounding. We couldn’t be bigger fans. So it’s great d to see a little of the history behind the brand in this 50 Years of Park Tool edit. Another example of Midwest know how and doing it because it needed to be done.
According to legal documents filed late last night (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) the United States Government has officially jumped on against the Biggest Liar Of All Time with a false claims suit, according to a story on CNN.com.
“The USPS paid approximately $40 million to sponsor the USPS cycling team from 1998 to 2004,” the court document says. . . The government said it was intervening to recover triple the amount of the sponsorship funds under the False Claims Act, which could bring a total of more than $100 million in damages.
Well, if the BLOAT was worried that he didn’t have anything left to fight for, this should keep him on point for a while. To read the entire US Gov’s complaint click here.