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Bell Built Grants announces West Coast winner


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$100,000 in prize money? Split between three winning trail networks? That’s what’s at stake in the annual Bell Built Grants. Bell Helmets and IMBA have teamed up to build three dream trail projects and after whittling the contenders down to 12 finalists in three regions, the West Coast winner has been decided by popular vote.

Click here to see the winner.

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NICA continues to expand leagues for high school mountain biking


nica-logoThe National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the governing body for interscholastic mountain biking, announced recently that Alabama and Virginia will be the newest states in its growing nationwide school cycling program, bringing the number of leagues in NICA network to 13.

One of the key features of NICA is its structural ability to work in concert with existing organizations that have parallel missions. Two of the leagues added in 2014, Virginia and Wisconsin, are built on established existing mountain biking programs.

NICA now has league clusters in several parts of the United States. Northern California, Southern California and Arizona; Utah and Colorado; Minnesota and Wisconsin; Texas; New York and Virginia; and Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

NICA has over 1,300 licensed coaches who are working with 3,500 student-athletes in the USA, giving a very favorable overall supervision ratio of one adult to three student-athletes.

Watch for more as NICA continues to grow.

 

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Inside Line: Koski klunker fork


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I’m not much of a mountain bike historian but I have run into Don Koski many times over the years at bicycle trade shows and such. Nice guy. I knew he was around back in the day and was currently making ski bikes.

He had called me a few times recently, asking to show me something. I’m not really the product guy, but Don’s a persistent fella. So out of respect for my elders, and with the offer of lunch, I agreed.

Read the full story

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See the 12 finalists for the $100,000 Bell Built trailbuilding grants


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Bell Bike Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting to choose the winners is open now and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.

See the finalists here.

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‘Fabrique au Quebec’ – Inside Xprezo bikes


Words and Photos by Ryan Thibault

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I smile at the customs agent. She’s scrutinizing my passport—one glance down at my mug shot, one up at me…and again. The photo is dated, and my Afro has long since been quaffed.

“An’ why are you tra-ve-ling to Ca-na-da?” she asks in a French accent as cute as her face.

“To visit Cycles Xprezo,” I reply. 

“Ah, a moun-tain bi-ker,” she says with a knowing smile while handing back my documents and nodding me past.

There are a number of universal loves in Quebec and the bicycle tops the list, alongside Celine Dione and poutine. Spend even a few minutes in the province and the fanaticism for man’s most noble invention is apparent. This ingrained affinity for bicycle technology has given birth to one of Canada’s homegrown bicycle manufacturers, Cycles Xprezo.

Read the full story and see more photos.

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Shine Riders Co. hosting pump track skills day


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Whether you are a racer, freerider, coach, photographer, writer, film-maker, weekend warrior, newbie, or just checkin’ out nature, Shine Riders Co. has you covered this weekend with a low-risk, co-ed instruction day at the Chanticleer Pump Track in Santa Cruz.

The event is one of many monthly meet-ups of the Shine Riders Co., a group that inspires and educates new female mountain bikers and connects female riders in the area. It will be hosted by Joh Rathbun, a frequent contributor to Dirt Rag and a pro downhill racer. “The pump track is a great way to work on your skills in a low-risk environment,” she said. “It is co-ed and all ages, so I urge everyone to grab a friend, sister, mother, and/or cousin and come on out!”

The event starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. Participants are asked to be sufficient, which means bring your own water, food, bike and safety gear. You can RSVP at the Shine Meet-up Group page. See you there!

 

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New e-book answers ladies’ sensitive questions about cycling


saddle-soreAuthor and journalist Molly Hurford rides a lot—and knows countless women who ride a lot—and inevitably all that riding can lead to a little… discomfort. It’s a subject that she found nearly all the women she knows, from beginners to pros, were reluctant to discuss at the their local bike shop or with their male peers.

So she sought out to answer those questions for female cyclists, by talking to experts in the industry, doctors, product designers and riders. The result is “Saddle, Sore”, an e-book guide for women and their bike. No matter how much you ride, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable, and Hurford’s book can help you avoid some uncomfortable conversations.

Hurford will also be following up with online articles with new topics as they arise, as well as answering readers questions and some video interviews.

You can purchase and download a copy of “Saddle, Sore” in PDF or EPUB format (compatible with most tablets) now.

 

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