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Jeremiah Bishop and The Munga Diary: In Search of My Twin in Toughness


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Editor’s note:

At the end of last month Jeremiah Bishop got an email from his Sho-Air sponsored team titled, “Sponsorship/Opportunity.” The content was to let him know he was laid off, sighting a small section in the contract that rendered 2015, which he was signed through, as meaningful as a wooden nickel, in his own words.

“After the initial frustration, anger and shock subsided a realization crystallized in my head,” he said. “This is freedom, I can forego traditional cross-country and race The Munga, a 620 mile, non-strop, two-person team race across South Africa.”

The Munga, which begins on December 3, has a $10,000 entry fee and boasts an unheard of 1 million dollar prize purse with $750,000 going to the winning team. It’s unsupported but will have five checkpoints along the way for rider safety.

We will be running Bishop’s personal diary as he prepares to conquer The Munga. As of yet he has no teammate.

Read his first entry here.

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Pumps on Pedals hosting final Ladies Night of the year


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By Joh Rathbun, photos by Inga Beck.

Don’t take out the disco ball and the pumps—high heels—because this is Ladies Night at Northstar California. Bring a bike pump instead, as NorCal’s favorite mountain is notorious for it’s rocky and dusty conditions. And with the drought that California is experiencing, the mountain is living up to its reputation

On August 22 MTB4HER and Shine Riders Company hosted Pumps on Pedals, Northstar California’s ladies night. Craig Shaffer, of the Northstar Bike Academy, and I coordinated to bring on board Lindsay Beth Currier (LBC) of Shine as coach and host, with Teresa Edgar of MTB4HER donating primo swag for the ladies.

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Riders Write: A cable tie saves the day


Editor’s note: We love hearing from readers. This is, of course, The Mountain Bike Forum. Gary sent us this great story of how he saved his hide from a looooong walk with a little bit of MacGyver ingenuity. Have a story you’d like to share? Send it to editor@dirtragmag.com.

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By Gary Bolton

Last Sunday we were riding one of the most remote cross country trails, off the map at Monte Sano State Park and Land Trust in Huntsville, Alabama. Monte Sano and the surrounding Land Trust offer miles and miles of technical, rocky single track. At pretty much the furthest point from civilization, I snap my rear derailleur cable.

This is not good. Hiking out is not a good option as we are at the bottom of the mountain and it would be an incredibly challenging bushwhacking climb without a bike, let alone lugging a mountain bike. The only option is to attempt to ride out the remaining 10 miles on a challenging cross country single track with the rear derailleur stuck in the smallest (i.e. hardest) gear.

Find out how he fixed it.

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Video: RockShox – Prove ‘can’t’ wrong


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From RockShox:

Whether it’s pulling off your first bunny hop, or winning a World Championship title, we all have a “can’t” we’re chasing. People once said “suspension can’t make up for the added weight.” That didn’t stop RockShox from changing the face of mountain biking in ’89. And it hasn’t stopped riders from doing what “can’t be done” ever since. This short film salutes, amongst others, Danny Hart’s competition shattering World Champs run in 2011, one of the most prolific products in DH history – the RockShox BoXXer fork, Brandon Semenuk’s gravity defying Crankworx winning run in 2013, and many more of those who go out and prove that “can’t” is just a matter of opinion.

What does it take to progress the sport? A willingness to #ProveCantWrong.

See the film here.

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Wells wins third straight Marathon champs, Grant takes women’s title


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Photo by Micah Rice

Twenty-two Stars-and-Stripes jerseys were earned on Saturday as the 2014 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships brought an action-packed end to the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival in Idaho.

Riders left the start line in morning and afternoon waves with temperatures being near perfect for the morning races and beautiful, but hot, in the afternoon.

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Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) made it three in a row in Sun Valley, finishing six minutes ahead of silver and bronze medalists Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMX Mountain Bike Racing Team) and Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College/Specialized) in the pro men’s event. The win was the third straight Marathon Mountain Bike national title for Wells.

Rose Grant (Kalispell, Mont./Sportsman & Ski Haus) rode her way into the Stars-and-Stripes jersey in the women’s pro race, finishing 14 minutes faster than silver and bronze medalists Joey Lythgoe (Park City, Utah) and Nina Baum (Albuquerque, NM).

See more results here.

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Video: ‘Danny MacAskill – Epecuén’


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Courtesy of Red Bull

Following on from 2013’s mind-blowing ‘MacAskill’s Imaginate’, Epecuén is the latest film from Danny MacAskill.

Directed by long time collaborator Dave Sowerby, will see Danny take his riding back to the roots of trials riding, exploring the forgotten town of Epecuén in Argentina, a location that has been submerged for the majority of the past 25 years.

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Pablo Novac, Epecuén’s only resident throughout the troubled times, gives a brief history of the location culminating with his thoughts that he ‘…can no longer see what use this place has for us now,’ MacAskill however has other ideas.

Danny MacAskill is renowned for pushing the levels of both his riding and filming with previous releases ‘Way Back Home’ and ‘Imaginate’ accumulating over 50 million views between them; Epecuén is set to raise the bar once again.

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Watch the film here.

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Trans-Sylvania Day 1: Bishop, Sorenson take Stage 1, Wicks leading TS3


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Text and photographs courtesy of the TSE Media Team

Racing started with a bang for some and a whimper for others in the first stage of the week-long NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike race presented by Dirt Rag Magazine in the wilds of western Pennsylvania.

Sunny skies and mild warm temperatures showcased the best of Pennsylvania in the spring and added to the fun-time feel of the “Singletrack Summer Camp” vibe surrounding the race. However, while the weather was mild, the racing was far from laid-back, since the BikeFlights and Grimpeur Bros presented by SMCC individual time trial first stage is one of the major determinants in placings for the rest of the week.

The 15-mile time trial had some new singletrack sections added, making the race truly East Coast technical-style riding, complete with an “East Coast Rocks” race section as well as the SRAM Enduro section. Flats and crashes were par for the course, and it was a rare rider who came across the finish line without any mud splatters, thanks to some massive downpours the day before.

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