Mountain

Quick n’ Dirty Summer Series Starts Now

by editors on April 19, 2021

Just a little reminder for SoCal mountain bike racers. The 2021 Quick n’ Dirty Summer Mountain Bike Race Series starts this Saturday April 24, 2021 at the Barona Oaks MX facility in Lakeside, California.

The series runs every Saturday until June 26, 2021 with eight days of events. It’s better to register online, but you can register on site. Registration opens at 2 PM day of. Follow the jump for more info.
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How Pro Skater Stevie Cab Found MTB

by editors on April 19, 2021

Guess we all end up on bikes sooner of later. Here’s the story of pro skater Stevie Caballero’s path.

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Swenson Reclaims White Rim Trail FKT

by editors on March 16, 2021

Keegen Swenson gets it done on Moab’s White Rim Trail.

The White Rim Trail in Moab is a famed 100-mile loop in Canyonlands National Park. In 2019 the record was set, the “Fastest Known Time” on a bicycle was under 6hrs. This is no easy task for any human, the loop stretches across the vast canyonlands carved by the Colorado River. It’s full of a colorful landscape that has eroded into countless canyons, mesa’s, and arches. This makes for a daunting task on a self-supported bike adventure. Current US Cross Country National Champion Keegen Swenson once had the infamous FKT on the White Rim trail but recently lost it. Since losing it Keegan has made it a priority of his to return and reclaim the FKT.

Sorry, Pete!

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Pocket Outdoor Media Goes Outside

by editors on February 22, 2021

Pocket Outdoor Media, the umbrella company that owns VeloNews, Backpacker, SKI, Climbing, and many other media properties, (we wrote all about them here) announced today (February 22, 20121) the purchase of Outside, parent company of Outside Magazine, Outside TV, Peloton Magazine and the rest from owner Larry Burke for an undisclosed sum, according to a story on Pocket Media’s SNews.com.

“Adding these businesses to our portfolio and rebranding Pocket is a transformative moment for us,” says Robin Thurston, CEO of the all-new Outside. “Together with our other category-leading properties—SKI, Yoga Journal, Backpacker, Trail Runner, VeloNews, Climbing, Warren Miller Entertainment, Roll Massif, FinisherPix, SNEWS, and more—these brands make our new company the world’s leading creator of active living content, experiences, travel, and services. We now deliver content to almost every home in America across every platform, screen, and device.”

Is consolidation good? When it keeps your favorite brand alive it may be. And with this purchase, the newly renamed Outside seems to have saved a bundle of brands from certain death. So, yay, Outside!

[Link: SNews.com]

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Quick n’ Dirty Winter MTB Series

by editors on January 25, 2021

We know you’re clamoring to tie on a number and get dirty and on Saturday, January 30, 2021 you can. It’s race one of the Quick n’ Dirty Winter Series! at Barona Oaks MX in Lakeside, California. Q n’ D is presenting three weeks of racing on a hand built course that organizer claim will “will blow you away.” There’s even a drop-bar category for the CX/gravel types. Here’s the official word:

The Winter Series will mimic our world famous Summer Series in that the races will be about an hour long and of course we have categories for all ages and abilities. Also, we’ll kick everything off with a kids race so make sure to bring the groms so they can get in on the fun too!
Here’s all the important info!
Kids race rolls off @ 8:30am, categories racers fire out at 9am
On site registration from 7am to 8:40am
The trails are in pristine condition and we will race RAIN OR SHINE!
Food and coffee on site thanks to Conchita Bros!
$5 for parking – cash is king!

 For directions, registration, and all the official details, please click the link.

[Link: Quick & Dirty MTB]

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Mark Partain: Skater Joins Loose Riders

by editors on January 6, 2021

Skater Mark Partain is joining the Loose Riders family and moves his shred from four wheels to two. Even at 57 it doesn’t appear that Mark’s even begun to think twice, or slow down.

[Link via Vital MTB]

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Stetina, Rockwell vs. The White Rim Trail

by editors on November 11, 2020

For those who love the 100 mile Strava segment: Peter Stetina and Amity Rockwell, roll out to see if they can be the king and queen of Moab’s White Rim Trail. Did they make it? Watch and see.

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Forerunner 745 Good For Bikes, Too

by editors on September 16, 2020

Sometimes new bike computer money might be better spent on a new watch. While Garmin’s new Forerunner 745 was designed with triathletes (ahem!) in mind, it works great as an on-wrist bike computer, too. Obviously it is also solid training partner thanks to a load of onboard tech.

To help athletes better prepare for a race or training cycle, the Forerunner 745 includes key performance monitoring tools from Firstbeat Analytics like VO2 max, training load, training status and aerobic and anaerobic training effects. Athletes will even receive on-device running and cycling daily workout suggestions based on their current training load and VO2 max.

But it’s not all training, the Forerunner 745 also includes Garmin Pay, and when paired with music from Amazon Music, Spotify or Deezer the 745 can hold 500 songs. Garmin says the battery will last for a week in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and 6 hours in GPS mode with the music blasting. It is available now in black, neo tropic, magma red or whitestone and has a suggested retail price of $499.99. For all the official details from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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Socked with Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralights

by editors on September 4, 2020

Swiftwick sent us some Pursuit Ultralight socks to try out. They look good and Merlino wool is a super plus. Here’s the lowdown from the manufacturer:

The Pursuit Ultralight wicks moisture and dries quickly, so your feet stay dry and blister-free wherever your adventures take you. The thin, breathable design also features a reinforced heel and toe to maximize durability. It has all the benefits of merino wool but is extremely lightweight, ensuring a great fit in any performance shoe.

We’re looking forward to trying them out on an upcoming roll through the hills.

[Link: Swiftwick]

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BOA’s New Li2 Dials In Style & Function

by editors on August 24, 2020

Our favorite cycling shoe closure company BOA is announcing and even better, smaller, more durable dial for perfect fit on cycling shoes. It’s called the Li2. Here’s what they’re saying:

Li2 is the ultimate in fast, effortless, precision fit. The lightweight and low-profile dial platform offers unprecedented durability against impact, abrasion, and contaminants such as dirt and debris. Compact in size but packed with power, Li2 offers benefits designed to meet the needs of cyclists at every touchpoint during a ride. Multidirectional tightening and loosening allows for incremental adjustment to accommodate foot swelling on long rides, or a tighter fit for steep climbs and sprints.

Better is better, right? This dial is showing up on shoes from Fizik, Scott, Rapha, Gaerne, Lake and DMT this fall, with Bontrager, Giro, Louis Garneau, and Specialized jumping in for 2021. For all the official details from BOA, please follow the jump.
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