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Oskar Blues Brewery to open beer and bike ranch in North Carolina

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Oskar Blues Brewery hails from Colorado but has made western North Carolina its second home, first building a brewery there in 2012, and now it will open a 145-acre farm as a beer and bike vacation destination.

Located about eight miles from the Brevard-based Oskar Blues brewery, the former Shoal Falls Farm soon will be a haven for mountain bikers, a place to grow hops, pasture land for spent grain-fed cows, and a music and event space, all against the beautiful backdrop of Dupont State Forest.

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Scott Enduro Cup highlights Smith Optics Ride Sun Valley Bike Fest

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The second stop of the Scott Enduro Cup presented by GoPro captivated the attention of the biking community as the flagship race of the Smith Optics Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival June 27-29. The two day competition is one of the longest enduro races in North America covering 24 miles and 9,000 descending vertical feet across Sun Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain in the heart of the Sawtooth National Forest. It’s also an official stop on North American Enduro Tour. After five timed stages, the fastest combined times on the leader boards for men and women were claimed by Aaron Bradford (1:00:49) and Margaret Gregory (1:08:59).

“It was a really fun weekend and definitely one of the more well put on events. The timing was really good,” said Gregory. “It was a tough yet balanced race with a lot of pedaling and technical sections.”

Read more about the race and festival here.


Ride Sun Valley Bike Fest is underway

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The fourth annual Smith Optics Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival has returned to the stunning scenery and world-class singletrack of Sun Valley, Idaho, through July 5. Smith Optics joins this year as the title sponsor of the festival which is a rowdy and homegrown celebration geared for anyone who enjoys life on two wheels.

Expect to find a wide array of entertainment and activities including the second stop of the Scott Enduro Cup presented by GoPro, a downtown bike expo, guided rides for all abilities and a number of raucous community races.

Learn more about the event here.


Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo adds second event

One of our favorite rides every year is the Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo that samples some of the sweet singletrack where mountain biking was born on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California.

The original, 46-mile ride will still take place September 7, but this year the Marin County Bicycle Coalition has added a Summer Solstice Ride on June 29. You’ll get to ride with some of the legends of the sport, enjoy a tasty barbecue afterwards and get a free T-shirt. Proceeds from the Dirt Fondo supports MCBCs Off-Road Program, which works to expand trail opportunities for mountain biking while promoting good trail etiquette and environmental stewardship.

Sign up for the Summer Solstice Ride here.

Sign up for the Dirt Fondo here.

Read about our good time at least year’s event here.

 


Rohloff to introduce 170mm fat bike hubs

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Fat bikes and internally-geared hubs go together like peanut butter and chocolate, but as of now, options are limited. Currently the only option is to build an offset (or even non-offset) wheel with a standard 135mm hub and use a corresponding frame like Surly’s Pugsley. But as tires get every wider and hub spacing follows suit, fat bike riders have been left out in the proverbial cold.

Until now.

Get the details here.


Recap: A great week in Trans-Sylvania

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The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race presented by Dirt Rag Magazine held near State College, Pennsylvania, from May 24 to May 31, 2014, proved a huge success among racers from near and far.

After seven days of world-class racing through central Pennsylvania’s lush, green forests on dirt roads and pristine singletrack, NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike racers were all smiles as they left behind new and old friends and departed the Seven Mountains Scout Camp which had served as headquarters all week.

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“This is the most competitive mountain bike stage race in America, just by virtue of the number of top riders, the speeds and the tactical elements that have played out. The race has a fantastic variety of the stages and summer camp-like atmosphere around race headquarters,” said men’s race winner Jeremiah Bishop, leading the way above, (Sho-Air/Cannondale). “It has a lot of the mountain bike culture I grew up racing with on the East Coast, and it’s something I’m glad I could take part in.”

Get the full story of TSE here.


‘This is Peaty’ – Season 3, Episode 2

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“It’s been a busy few weeks since South Africa!”

Peaty wasn’t lying when he said it’d been a hectic couple of weeks since the first UCI World Cup round.

Starting with the annual pilgrimage to the Scottish Six Day Trial with James Dabill, then onto the Swiss Alps with Claudio Calouri to scout a new World Cup track for 2015…

All of this was perfect training for Peaty’s home race, ‘Steel CIty Downhill’, the world biggest/smallest downhill race. An amazing weekend, with a huge turnout… did Steve take his 4th win in a row?

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When you think Australia, you think dry, barren and dusty. Cairns was certainly the opposite, which made for a memorable week of both racing and off the bike adventures.

Catch up with Steve and co for the fully story and more in Episode 2!


Bishop, Sorenson win 2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic

Photos and text courtesy of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

For some, the 26-mile final stage of the NoTubes’ Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race presented by Dirt Rag was a party day. But for race leaders and overall podium contenders, today was for the final hours of serious racing before riders crossed the finish line and collapsed with exhaustion.

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The day also saw a Spectator Spectacle section of the course, complete with a full blow-up arch over the rocky singletrack trail and plenty of hecklers, some in costume, there to cheer on racers throughout the day. Liz Allen, above, started the day with a rocket pack.

Finally, though, the race was over and Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling) were crowned overall winners in the elite men’s and elite women’s categories while Bishop and Selene Yeager (Rare Disease Cycling) celebrated the final day’s stage wins.

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Bishop and McConneloug win Queen stage of TSE

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Photos and text courtesy of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

There’s only one stage to go after today’s action in the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race presented by Dirt Rag Magazine, so racing was fast and furious today as riders fought for 41 miles of the Queen Stage, which included plenty of climbing and a trip along the scenic Tussey Mountain ridgeline.

Riders only have a 26-mile stage tomorrow to close gaps and cement their positions in their general classifications, and as a result, many of the riders were taking more risks than they were earlier in the week. But with three SRAM Enduro sections and two long Bear Creek East Coast Rocks segments, some of the most technical trails in Pennsylvania were on the course today.

Jeremiah Bishop, above, (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes) won stage 6 while Bishop and Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling) defended their overall leads in the men’s and women’s standings.

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Video: Smith Optics ‘Great Days – Finding the Unexpected in Chillan’

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Some say a great day is just a state of mind. For Smith Optics, great days are what reinvigorate personal passion for life outside walls. To celebrate Smith’s 50th anniversary of outdoor adventure in 2015, the brand is hosting a year-long web series, “Great Days”. Viewers get a behind the scenes look into what makes a Great Day for the elite of the elite and the challenges they face to get there. Each webisode will highlight Smith’s athletes and ambassadors across all disciplines of outdoor activity as they document what keeps them pushing the limits.

After the race dust had settled, disco music was turned off, and their wounds started to heal, the Smith team took off south heading into the unknown hoping to discover more wild trails, breathtaking views and experience much more of the welcoming Chilean culture. To their surprise, they were welcomed by bamboo forests, volcanic rich soil, and some unbelievable trails in Chillan…

Watch the episode here.


Oberman and Barclay win stage 5 of TSE

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Photos and text courtesy of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

With 31 miles of racing in R. B. Winter State Park, about 45 minutes from camp and deep into Pennsylvania Amish Country, NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage racers not only got to experience some new, perfectly tacky singletrack on Thursday, but they also got a taste of Pennsylvania culture, passing horse-drawn buggies en route to stage 5, and with a stop at Elk Creek Cafe for some locally brewed beers post-stage.

Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling) and Vicki Barclay (NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) won stage 5 on a damp and drizzly day while Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling) successfully defended their respective leads in the elite men’s and women’s categories.

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McElveen beats all the pros in stage 4 of TSE

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Photos and text courtesy of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Wednesday’s stage 4 is often referred to as the “road stage” of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race presented by Dirt Rag Magazine. However, massive thunderstorms rolling in the previous night and rain all morning made for a messy start. As one racer explained post-race, covered helmet to toe in grime, “I had sunglasses on. For about 10 seconds. Then I took them off and was just blinking out mud the entire time.” Thankfully, ProGold was on the scene to provide a much-needed bike wash for racers’ equipment after the stage.

Under 25 Payson McElveen, above, (Richard’s Rainwater) was the first man across the finish line of stage 4 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic – surprising the more experienced pro racers. As the first person to finish in the elite men’s category, Nick Waite (ProTested Gear), in second place, officially took the solo pro men’s win in the stage while Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling) topped the women’s results. Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Sornson defended their yellow leader’s jerseys for another day.

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