In September, Bend, Oregon will host the 2011 Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships. Marathons, typically around 100 km, are taking mountain bike racing back to its roots: where riders had to tough out long loops, point-to-points comprised of hard climbs and technical singeltrack in real mountain settings. Not only is this a […]
When USA Cycling issued the first press release announcing the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship team, Pua Mata was not on the list. The winner of the 2011 Whiskey Off Road was the first candidate in many minds for a nomination. The Whiskey Off Road, contested 1 May 2011 in Prescott, Arizona, was not an official qualifier for the Worlds team, but with the likes of Catharine Pendrel (Luna Chix) and Kelli Emmett (Giant) showing up for the cash, any result would be worthy. Pua took the win in Prescott in the last minutes of the race, besting Canadian National Champion Pendrel, earning $4,000, and cementing her name as the best Marathon Mountain Bike Racer in North America.
After a two year hiatus, I decided to return to Prescott, AZ for the 2011 Whiskey Off Road marathon. A proper 50 mile beat down in the beautiful pine forest North of Phoenix, the Whiskey is a throwback to ‘old skool’ mountain bike racing; long climbs, technical descents and breathtaking mountain vistas along the entire […]
Mountain bike racing is back. And it’s back big time in Arizona. The 2011 Whiskey Off Road produced by Epic Rides will likely go down as the largest cash purse for a mountain bike race in the US. A total of $20,000 in cash will be awarded to the Pros, with $10,000 on the line […]
Story: Tonya R. Bray Photos: Corey J. Keizer The US Cup Triple Crown and USA Cycling Pro XCT Tour mountain bike races kicked off at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, California last Saturday and for most of the Pro women of mountain biking, it was the first race of the season. The southern migration delivered […]
Over the past several years, we have seen the National mountain bike scene move from beautiful mountain resorts to small and possibly obscure towns. What used to be held in Big Bear at Snow Summit resort in Southern California– the first race of the NORBA National Mountain Bike Race Series– is now at Bonelli Park […]
Former SoCal League riders Zach Valdez (Hemet High School), JC Goldsmith (Hemet High School) and Mareck Mitchell (Royal High School) will join their Alma Maters for the first race of the SoCal High School Cycling League this Sunday, March 6, 2010 at Vail Lake in Temecula, California. Riders will race for points for their High […]
It’s akin to being late to work. The more anxious you become, the more obstacles are thrown in your way. As we sauntered around packing in the morning, we did not know what was in store for the “easy” 3 hour drive to the Sagebrush Safari– the first of the Kenda Cup West races for […]
It’s February, which means the start of mountain bike race season in SoCal. While the Southridge (Fontana) series began in January, most of us were still recovering from cyclocross. Without further ado- the Kenda Cup West race #1 is coming up Sunday, February 27, 2011. If you are at all confused about the different Cups […]
More than just a race, UCI Kross-toberfest Weekend, presented by Focus Bicycles, brings two days of world-class cyclocross competition, all-age bike events, a classic bike show and swap meet to the picturesque Bonelli Park North Shore on October 2-3, 2010. Fierce racing is sure to be seen as the first California UCI cyclocross event of the season brings some big names of cycling, including 4-time Danish Champion Joachim Parbo and top-ranked elite crossers from across the States. Leading the way is presenting sponsor Focus Bicycles – Team Rapha-Focus dynamic duo of Chris Jones and U23 star Zach McDonald. Zach will be challenged by U23 National Champion Danny Summerhill (Felt/Holowesko), and Morgan Ryan of host TEAM SoCalCross.