It certainly feels like it’s been a long winter this year... The yearning for perfectly shaped trails, stunning mountain views and getting out there to ride with buddies is huge! Mountain bike rookies and families still have to be patient until the doors to Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis open on June 8, but the new clip with Jackson Goldstone, “Day out with Dad”, may provide some relief and certainly create some stoke for the new season ahead.

The FMB World Tour is heading into its ninth season and we are looking forward to a banger competition this year. The installment of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) has also brought a couple of additional changes to the FMB World Tour. Apart from introducing the first preliminary calendar of the new season and the FMB Wildcard Events for the SWC, we will be giving you an update on all the changes that have been made. So let’s dig in!

The Trek Factory Racing Enduro team is proud to announce its roster for 2018. Coming back to race a full program is Katy Winton, with Casey Brown also racing a number of events. New to the team for 2018 are former Junior DH World Champion Ruaridh Cunningham of Scotland and developing talent Pedro Burns of Chile.

The truth of the matter is that I got these glove last year, but last year turned out to be one of those years where it didn’t come together all that well and they ended up at the bottom of one of my bags, not to see the cold, brisk light of last weekend.   But if we fast forward to this year, they have been in daily rotation. 

My daughter started to ride in the bike park last year. Not her first time in the park, but she wanted to get better at downhilling, or she just wanted to avoid climbing up hills. Either way, she is out riding so that’s a win, right?

The IRONMAN Foundation® today announced that the 2018 IMF Mountain Bike Team at the 2018 Absa Cape Epic® will be led by 2014 IRONMAN® World Champion and two-time IRONMAN 70.3® World Champion triathlete, Sebastian Kienle, and Ben Hoffman, six-time IRONMAN Champion and two-time IRONMAN World Championship Top Five finisher.

Once again the FMB World Tour season started in front of the backdrop of Leogang’s ‘Steinberge’ with the only mountain bike slopestyle contest on snow: White Style. Training and qualification were held in perfect bluebird condition, but during the final runs fog moved in. As a result of decreasing visibility, the event eventually had to be canceled after the quarterfinals.

Max Fredriksson is one of the top slopestyle athletes on the FMB World Tour. After finishing second in the FMB Diamond Series in 2016, Max had his mind set on challenging the top spot once again but a pair of unfortunate injuries cut his 2017 season short before it even really began. Having recovered from the broken collarbone sustained at Crankworx Whistler, Max was determined to make up for time not spent on two wheels and headed to Järvsö Bike Park with his childhood friend Andreas just in time for closing weekend. The result is PowerPlace.

Norco Bicycles is thrilled to announce that Caro and Anita Gehrig are joining the Norco family as part of the newly formed Norco Twins Racing.

The COMMENCAL VALLNORD Enduro Team is happy to welcome Theotim Trabac as their new rider! The young French rider showed his potential by winning in U21 category the Enduro World Series in Millau last year. This season, he will race in the same category and we're happy to support him in his chase for more podiums!

The Enduro World Series (EWS) is coming to a race near you as the list of official Qualifier events grows to 50 races spread across 25 countries and four continents.

Many sporting professions boast having certain talents that reach the pinnacle of their game at an early age, winning titles and progressing the sport they have so much passion for. Even though many Slopestyle athletes are pretty young in most cases, this year’s World Champion raised the bar even higher, or should we say lowered it age wise.

The EWS this year was one of the best pro mountain bike race series ever! It had everything: Sam Hill dominating on flat pedals, exciting to watch wet races and a race all the way to the end...apart from Cecile dominating with races to spare at the end...but she's super fast so... Check out the team's end of season recap that summarises everything that happened this year in to one easy to consume 20-something minute episode. Easy!

Cáceres Mountain Bike, 1 destination, 1000 rounds

History, natural environments and a shot for every taste, this is the province of Cáceres, a new destination for the practice of mountain biking. This province is the second most extensive in Spain, after Badajoz, but between this magnitude two key points stand out: the Sierra de Gata and the Sierra de Montánchez. Both areas known and recognized for their BTT centers and for the work they have been doing for a long time.

Get ready to enter a new dimension of colors, smells and sensations. El Hierro is the youngest island and also the smallest of the Canarian archipelago. Everything in it is more authentic, deeper ... more wild. Of course, mountain biking is also more exciting when you practice it in such an extremely special environment as this special island is.

The mercury was rising on Signal Hill, Dunedin, New Zealand, as the final day of the Emerson's 3 Peaks Enduro saw the Enduro World Series (EWS) athletes storm the podiums. Keegan Wright, of Rotorua, held on to his 13-second lead in the final three stages to claim the men's title for 2017 while and Katy Winton, of Peebles, Scotland, managed to fend off Rae Morrison, of Nelson, to take the women's title.

Held in searing heat in the hills above the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, the opening day of the Emerson's 3 Peaks Enduro saw the world's top athletes rise to the top with Keegan Wright, of Rotorua, building a 13-second buffer in the men's and Katy Winton, of Peebles, Scotland, extending her lead to 35 seconds in the women's.

Over the last decade the level of riding seen at the world's biggest slopestyle events has gone through the roof. Almost every season it feels like there's a new trick or combination that eclipses what came before it. To stay at the top of such a sport requires an incredible amount of training that puts both bike and body on the line.

I have to admit, that Bernard Kerr is pretty fun to watch. He is starting to get comfortable on the UCI circuit and I think we are just starting to see what he is capable of.

Riding in the fall can suck sometimes. Especially when the temps start to drop towards single digits and the wind picks up. Trying to keep the riding season going for a couple more weeks until the snow arrives I picked up a Launch Thermal Jersey.

The Foray gloves might be the least assuming glove in my drawer, but currently, they are by far my favourite pair.

When I first saw the Versa Short, I just thought it was another pair of shorts, I had no idea that they were riding shorts.

Last summer after hearing from an emergency room nurse about all the internal injuries that she had seen i went right out and bought my son a Leatt chest protector 4.5.  With hard plastic chest and back panels it gives a ton of protection against hard knocks to the body.

Armed with a wry smile and cunning skill on the bike, he is a man of few words. He prefers to let his riding do the talking. Richie Rude is the Silent Shredder.