Enduro World Series starts in Chile. Now.

As mountain bike season kicks off, the enduro mountain bike racing community is headed south, massing in Chile for the first round of the 2014 Enduro World Series this weekend, April 19-20.   Against the backdrop and thin air of the Nevados de Chillan volcano, the Santa Cruz Montenbaik Enduro by MTBLab 2014 course will drop from the steaming vents and high altitude of the volcanic cone around Chile's Nevados de Chillan Bike Park to the densely forested valley floor.  

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Apr 16, 2014

Saalfelden Leogang in Salzburger Land, Austria, April 14th 2014 – With the mountain bike season upon us, the biggest players on the downhill scene are gearing up for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup at the Out of Bounds Festival in the idyllic village of Leogang in Austria's Salzburger Land. Once a year, the fastest riders rip up the rough and tough downhill track at Bikepark Leogang. Alongside the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup action, the top FMB World Tour athletes will be...

MENNEN AND HYNEK KINGS OF THE EPIC LANGVAD AND KLEINHANS WIN LARGEST PRIZE PURSE FOR WOMEN It was a traditional final day, all culminating at Lourensford Wine Estate where a hero's welcome awaited the tired riders. It was a short day with a late start, but definitely not a free ride to the finish! A few final hurdles challenged riders, like the climb up Nuweberg on forestry roads, with its steep and washed out descent. Once over the Hottentots Mountain Range, riders enjoyed the vistas over...

It was another dramatic day at the Absa Cape Epic. Stage 4 was marred with the withdrawals of four-times champion Karl Platt and second-place mixed racer Cherise Stander.  Team Bulls' Platt from Germany has finished all 10 previous editions of the Cape Epic, but was left with no choice but to withdraw from the race because of a knee injury suffered during Stage 2. Stander, who partnered with Theo Blignaut for Team RECM in the mixed race and won Stage 3, had to stop because of breathing...

MENNEN AND HYNEK TO WEAR YELLOW TOMORROW Stage 3 was the longest day of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic, and was characterized by rolling hills and gravel roads. It had been described as a transition stage – with less demanding terrain – but a persistent wind made for tough conditions. It took riders from the succulent Robertson Karoo vegetation to the farmlands of Greyton and the Cape Country Meander. The first 50km on quiet district roads was fast, although there were some entertaining deviations...

By Chris Whitfield AN act of sportsmanship on Friday's hot, rugged and mountainous stage five of the Absa Cape Epic may have decided the destination of the race. The stage was won by Roel Paulissen of Belgium and Italian partner Riccardo Chiarini (Torpado) in a thrilling finish, but they have virtually no chance of getting into the yellow jersey by the finish on Sunday and a lot of the focus was on the overall battle behind them.  

After the rude awakening of Stage 1, Stage 2 was supposed to be somewhat gentler, but heavy rainfall and muddy conditions posed a brand new challenge. The day started off with single track, before visiting the quaint village of McGregor with its well-preserved 19th century architecture. Water point 2 right in the main road promised a festival atmosphere where the warm hospitality of the Langeberg region was sure to lift the spirits. Speeds increased as district roads headed deep into the...

Markus Kaufmann and Jochen Kaess (Team Centurion-Vaude) survived a brutal 113km opening stage of the Absa Cape Epic to notch up a telling win as several top contenders suffered setbacks.

The prologue and final stage of the Absa Cape Epic - already the most televised mountain bike race in the world - will this year be broadcast live in seven countries. Television stations in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary and Switzerland will take live feeds for two hours on the March 30 seventh and final stage. In South Africa the Prologue (23 March) and Stage 7 will be shown live for more than four hours each day.  

Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse.  The 1st Annual Rasputitsa Spring Classic will be held on April 19th, 2014 starting at 9 AM EST at Main Street in Newport, VT.  This 47 mile (31 miles of gravel) road race travels some of Vermont's coldest and barren landscapes.

Ralf Naef, one of the contenders for the men’s overall title at the Absa Cape Epic, has had to withdraw due to an injury picked up in a fall while training. And England’s Catherine Williamson, a favourite for a win in the mixed category, is also out of the Epic after breaking her leg in a skiing accident. The eight-day, 718km race starts with a prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville, on March 23. 

In response to media queries about the Brandon Stewart case, the Absa Cape Epic has reiterated its "zero tolerance" approach to doping: last year it became the first race in world cycling to issue a lifetime ban to any rider found guilty of illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. The 1st Annual Rasputitsa Spring Classic will be held on April 19th, 2014 starting at 9 AM EST at Main Street in Newport, VT.

Just a few days before the official registration for the second edition of the BIKE Four Peaks will kick off next week, Race Organisers have not only announced the 2014 stage towns but also unveiled the course layout for next year's race.

It will be a first for the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, on Friday night when mountain bikers competing in the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro begin their first stage: a timed run through the city to a finishline in the city's bar, restaurant and cafe encircled Octagon.