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BC Bike Race Day 4: Earls Cove to Sechelt

The Queen stage of Earls Cove to Sechelt in the BC Bike Race is often the most tactile of all the stages. Bodies are beginning to feel the aches, pains, and euphoric effects of three days of trail riding. The forest texture changes from the extra lush first three days to a crispness that tells the tale of a dryer understory when tires press into loamy trails minus the moisture content. Visually the eyes are constantly adjusting to a white light piercing through the forest canopy, causing a...

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Jul 4, 2014

For Canada Day the third stage of the BC Bike Race presented by Lululemon Athletica eased into the isolated town of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast. A short walk with the sunset as a backdrop and a village of people cheering for their arrival was the riders first introduction to this outpost of Canadian hospitality. Though it's not an island surrounded by water, the geographical boundaries and some of the worlds deepest fjords make this small community accessible only by ferry. The result...

Day two of the BC Bike Race sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bicycles returned to it's annual stop in the village of Cumberland for a new 48km course never used in the BCBR. Taking up most of the small main street, 600 racers launched out of town going the opposite direction from the town's traditional mining economy. The BCBR's support of the communities that host stages allows them to build more trail and grow their appeal as a cycling destination. That symbiotic relationship is positively...

BC Bike Race has returned to the fabled North Shore of Vancouver for stage one presented by BC Ferries with the most attended edition of the ultimate singletrack experience. Without the North Shore the BCBR was missing the one obvious stage that represented a huge part of the history of mountain biking. Racers excitement to be able to race in a place that has been an immeasurable influence for their sport for the past three decades was thick in the air. They weren't disappointed. Keeping with...

The final runs of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup stop topped off a legendary Out of Bounds festival in Bikepark Leogang. Bright sunshine accompanied the victories of Manon Carpenter and her fellow countryman from England Josh Bryceland, who celebrated his first world cup win ever. French Pierron Amaury took the win in the junior's category.  

Banger tricks filled Leogang's evening air on Saturday. Riders showed combos, which are hard to describe, close to impossible to ride but simply amazing to watch. Two of the tricks were never even seen before! Young guns Nicholi Rogatkin (1st) and Matt Jones (3rd) made it clear at 26TRIX that they mean business this year. Top dawg Thomas Genon usual precision and consistency landed him in second. Just missing the podium, Antoine Bizet bagged the prize money for the GoPro Best Trick.  

Yesterday's victory took its toll on the Columbian rider Leonardo Paez. During today's second stage of the 16th Int. Alpentour Trophy in Schladming he came third and lost too much time against the Italian stage winner Tony Longo, who takes over the lead overall. The Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner had a great race and placed sixth. In the women's classification the Belgian National Champion Githa Michiels secured herself the stage win on today's 14km time trial onto the Planai mountain.

Fort William, the classic stop on the international downhill calendar, once again delivered quality racing in front of a huge and passionate crowd of spectators yesterday in mixed weather conditions that had riders dealing with strong gusty headwinds and frequent outbreaks of light showers.

The demanding trails of Britain's Tweed Valley took their toll on the Enduro World Series' top riders this weekend, while revealing a depth of technical prowess amongst local riders. "I think both the physicality and the technicality of the trails here caught a lot of riders off guard," said Organiser of TweedLove and the Santa Cruz TweedLove World Enduro presented by Sweet Protection, Neil Dagleish. "A lot of people told us they thought this was the hardest round of the EWS so far. The...

Swiss rider Nino Schurter won the men's cross country race in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. This is the third time he has won at this site. Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France took the first victory of her career in the women's race. Top U.S. riders for the men were Stephen Ettinger in 54th place and Kerry Werner in 62nd. Georgia Gould was the first U.S. Woman rider, finishing in 21st place and Evelyn Dong also finished in the top...

Taking in three hills, eight stages and two days, this weekend's Santa Cruz TweedLove World Enduro presented by Sweet Protection is set to be a classic.With no uplift and no outside assistance allowed over two days of racing, riders will need to be self-sufficient throughout two long days, as they cover 87km in distance and 2900m of vertical gain.

If you haven't already, then grab a big marker and highlight September 6th in your calendar. This is the day that Red Bull District Ride returns and it will be bigger than ever! The entire world will be watching freeride athletes take to the streets of the historical town of Nuremberg. Starting at the castle in the heart of the city – the urban course will challenge the riders like never before, but also give them every opportunity to add diversity and creativity to their tricks. The brains...

Northwave enjoyed an outstanding success at Bundesliga Opener in Saalhausen (Germany) with evergreen Gunn-Rita Dahle bringing her Extreme Tech MTB Plus at the top spot of the podium in the women's race. Multivan Merida's biker preceded on the finish line another Northwave's athlete, German Sabine Spitz (Team Haibike), whilst Alexandra Engen (Team Ghost) claimed fifth.

Northwave enjoyed absolute domination at XC Ötztaler Forest Cross, International cross country race held in Haiming (Austria), on Sunday, May 4th, where Ralph Naef (BMC) and eternal Gunn-Rita Dahle brought their Extreme Tech Plus all the way to the top of the podium in their categories.

Josh Bryceland tamed the wet and wild downhill track through the rainforest jungle to take second place at the second stop on the UCI World Cup Downhill circuit in Cairns, Australia. Steve overcame back pain that he was dealing with after the long plane ride to Australia and had a solid 7th place run. Greg Minnaar had a messy run and slid off the course through the tape. Unfortunately he didn't re-enter the track between the poles and what was a 10th place run soon turned into a...

Round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup took place today in Cairns, in very difficult conditions that saw the venue pounded by torrential rains during the week, with very muggy and steamy conditions today. The track was extremely slippery in places and brought many an experienced rider undone. Neko Mulally who came into the race ranked 8th in the World Cup qualified well yesterday in 7th, despite a crash, but showed he had the speed to win. With a 1st at the first split, and 2nd at the...

Riders from 21 nations gathered at the ends of the earth, the Chilean Andes, this weekend, for the stage-setting opening event of the 2014 Enduro World Series. The Santa Cruz Montenbaik Enduro by MTBLab 2014, in Nevados de Chillan, tested the world's best mountain bikers on 6 stages over 2 days, against a backdrop of spectacular terrain to kick-start what promises to be another epic season of enduro mountain bike racing. After two days of to-the-wall racing through the Andes, Anne Caroline...

The UCI World Cup Downhill Series kicked off in the southern hemisphere in Greg Minnaar's backyard inPietermaritzburg. Minnaar had only been on a downhill bike for five weeks since recovering from ACL reconstruction and meniscus surgery last October. He didn't have any idea where his fitness would be leading into the race, but after a timed run, which was four seconds faster than the others, his curiosity about his chances turned to confidence. Josh and Steve were feeling strong, having just...