Columbia Gorge MTB Trail Alternatives

by editors on September 22, 2017

Thanks to the ongoing Eagle Creek Fire near the Columbia River Gorge there are loads of mountain bike trails shutdown until further notice, however, the US Forest Service, Oregon and Washington State Parks, and the Columbia River Gorge Commission would like everyone to know that there are still trails that are open for mountain biking. If you’re in Pacific Northwest and looking for a place to ride, follow the jump for all the info.
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Yamaha Speeds The E-pocalypse

by editors on September 14, 2017

In one more bit of evidence that fatamerica is winning, Yamaha is dropping e-bikes on us at Interbike according to a press release posted on VitalMTB.com.

Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. (YMC) launched the world’s first electrically power assisted bicycle in 1993 and has since produced more than 4 million drive units and sold over 2 million Yamaha power assist bicycles. YMC supplies class-leading e-Bike Systems to select OEM partners worldwide.

In other words, this isn’t their first rodeo. But don’t be fooled. E-bikes are just another problem, not a solution for anything other than the possibility of safer Supercross. Just think how much safer Supercross would be if the riders were forced to ride 25 pound e-bikes. . . 

[Link: VitalMTB]

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Optimistic 2017 SoCalCross Calendar

by editors on September 14, 2017

This looks to be the most current SoCalCross schedule for fall 2017. You ready? Cross is here. We’d suggest that you click the link for more info, but we’re pretty confident that the SoCalCross website hasn’t been updated since last year. But go ahead and click the link to see if anything has changed since December 2016. Otherwise, click link below for the SoCalCross Facebook page.

[Link: SoCalCross]

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Filthy 50 Registration Opens Today

by editors on September 7, 2017

Southern California mountain bikers love the fall. The temps begin to drop, the sun comes out and it’s time for the annual Quick n Dirty Filthy 50 on October 29, 2017. Registration opens today, September 7, 2017, at noon. It will sell out fast, so click the link and get after it.

[Link: Quick n Dirty]

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Oakley Rolls Out Helmets and Kits

by editors on August 30, 2017

Oakley has always made great performance eyewear for doing almost anything, but in cycling eyewear was about as far as they went. Today that’s changed as the company announced full “head-to-ankle” coverage for cyclists. The new line includes kits, socks, gloves and a complete line of boss looking helmets including this AERO5 Redline featuring MIPS technology.

“Two wheels are in Oakley’s DNA. We began with a grip, and we have expanded since,” said Olaf Dunz, Global Marketing Director at Oakley. “Applying what the brand has learned in eyewear – from protection from the elements to optimized aerodynamics – we are now diving deeper into cycling with the same goal we started with: optimize rider interaction with the world around them and improve performance.”

We’re looking forward to checking it all out in more detail. For all the official details from Oakley, including a look at their appropriately all black kits, follow the jump.

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LeoGrande Gets 8-Year Sanction

by editors on August 29, 2017

We never can pass up a good SoCal masters cycling doping story and this one is great because it’s everyone’s second time around.  . . deja vu.

Back in 2007 Upland, California road racer Kayle LeoGrande, 40, was pinged for using EPO while racing in The Point Premium Root Beer International Cycling Classic. For this rule violation LeoGrande was given a two-year suspension.

Now, 10 years later, LeoGrande was tested following his win in the 35+ race at The 2017 Dana Point Grand Prix and according to the USA Cycling his urine ratted out a pharmacy of banned substances including: raloxifene, ostarine, ibutamoren, GW1516 sulfone, RAD140, LGD4033, and andarine. Because of this he was given an 8-year suspension. But hey, he’s only 40 and eight years gives him plenty of time to train for another national crit title in 2025, right? He can come back again, for sure.

For the official word from the USAC, follow the jump. For some unofficial coverage on the whole thing from Cycling The South Bay, click here. The later is far more entertaining, than the former.

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So You Wanna Start A Bike Company. . .

by editors on July 12, 2017

Who hasn’t wanted to start a bike company. Tom Richey did it. So did Mike Sinyard. And after Benno Baenziger and Jeano Erforth co-founded Electra in 1993 we thought to ourselves, how hard can this be, really. Well, before we could even answer the question the guys from Pinkbike did it for us. Click the arrow and see just how it went.

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iShoxs Brings Cam Mounts to USA

by editors on June 14, 2017

iShoxs, the German manufacturer of seriously burly looking action cam mounts and accessories is brining their products to the USA and will begin shipping product this month (June 2017).

iShoxs high-end mounts are designed to clamp, stick or latch onto all different types of outdoor gear and endure the extreme conditions outdoor athletes can encounter on a daily basis. All iShoxs components and accessories are designed to integrate with one another, allowing users to mount any POV camera in different configurations to create unique perspectives and standout footage.

For the official word from iShoxs, please follow the jump, or click here for their website.

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Phil Gaimon’s Worst Retirement #4

by editors on June 9, 2017

Yes, he’s still at it and it’s still the worst. But watching Phil Gaimon suffer does seem a bit addicting doesn’t it? We’re hooked.

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Four By 3000: The RAAM Documentary

by editors on May 30, 2017

In June 2016 cyclists Kurt Broadhag, Chris DeMarchi, Phil Tinstman, and Tony Restuccia set out to race across America in the 2016 edition of the RAAM. In addition to racing, they wanted to document the race with a film. They did just that. The film is titled Four By 3000: A Journey Through The Toughest Bike Race In The World.

Four by 3000 offers an unprecedented look into the interworking of the Race Across America. Shot in stunning 4k filmmakers captured the drama following the team set in front of the most amazing scenery found across the U.S. The film opens with a brief description of the year long process that goes into competing in RAAM and immediately moves into the action.

The race is over, the film was shot and edited, but the Team Working Nation crew wants to maximize the marketing of their film so they’ve turned to Kickstarter. Their hope is to get the film seen outside of cycling. If this is something you’d like to support, please Click here for their Kickstarter page, or follow the jump for the official word.

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