Dirt Rag Magazine

Thank you for another great Dirt Fest!

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Once again we had a great time at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest presented by Niner Bikes at the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. We had a blast and we sure hope you did, too.

We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to our title sponsor Niner Bikes, all our exhibitors, the volunteers to put in tons of hard work, the Friends of Raystown Lake, the Raystown Mountain Bicycling Association (RMBA), and of course all of you who could attend. Be sure to thank anyone who helped make it happen and spread the word to all your friends.

And, ultra-special thanks to our partners at Rothrock Outfitters for putting on a flawless event weekend. We simply couldn’t do this event without all their hard work. Please consider tapping them for your cycling, camping and boating needs.

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More than 3,000 individuals attended this year’s event, representing 38 states and five foreign countries, and the proceeds will allow us to donate more than $10,000 to the Friends of Raystown Lake and RMBA.

Trail Update

Most of the Allegrippis trail system held up to Thursday night’s rain quite well, but we had a couple of muddy spots on Fawn and Eagle trails. Don’t feel guilty about tearing up the trails though because RMBA will be building a four-foot wide, elevated boardwalk the length of those muddy sections. Materials were purchased prior to Dirt Fest and will be put in place throughout the summer of 2014.

Dirt Fest Swag

In case you didn’t get an official Dirt Fest T-shirt or pint glass, we have some extras in stock!

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Photo gallery

If you couldn’t be there, or just want to relive the action, check out our gallery and post your own pics in the comments or on our Facebook page. We’ll see you all May 15-17, 2015!

See the gallery here.


Jay Petervary wins Arrowhead 135

Photos by David Gabrys/45NRTH

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The frozen feats of strength known as the Arrowhead 135 started Monday morning and 45NRTH sponsored rider Jay Petervary took the win in his first attempt, finishing the 135 miles in 20 hours and 11 minutes.

Though it was his first crack at the race, Petervary is no stranger to these types of races. He has won the Iditarod Trail Invitational (350 AND 1,100-mile versions), the Tour Divide and now the Arrowhead.

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Armed with nearly a full fleet of 45NRTH gear, he likely stayed pretty toasty warm, even as temperatures hit -30 degrees overnight.

Check out the amazing photo gallery from David Gabrys of 45NRTH of the action here.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Petervary set a record in the Arrowhead. The record is actually held by Todd McFadden at 14 hours 20 minutes.

 


Gallery: Bikes, blood and second honeymoons

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In Issue 175 you’ll find the story of Heather and Jay Goodrich, who explore Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula to retrace the steps of their honeymoon more than a decade earlier. We couldn’t fit all of Jay’s wonderful photography in the magazine, so here’s an extended look at their adventure.

Want to read the story? You’ll have to grab a copy at your nearest newsstand or order one online.

See the photos here.


Photo Gallery: Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships 2013

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This is it. The main event. After Friday’s party, Saturday’s qualifying rides and Junkyard ‘Cross, then Saturday’s party, it was time get some racing on for the Golden Speedo and tattoos. The first SSCXWC to be held on the East Coast, Philly was an amazing host for the weekend. Despite some horrible weather for driving to and from along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it was 48 hours I will never forget.

Click here to read more and see the photos.


Photo Gallery: Bilenky Junkyard ‘Cross

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A long-standing Pennsylvania tradition, Bilenky Cycle Works has hosted a… unique cyclocross race each winter through a salvage yard. There are no UCI officials measuring tire widths, the barriers are not to spec, and #handupsarenotacrime.

This Saturday the annual event was pushed to new levels with the influx of humanity (and inhumanity) in town for the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships. The Junkyard Cross was tapped as a qualifying event for the Big Show, with heats of riders dualing for a finale and a chance to race in the Sunday’s main event. If you favored style over speed, you could still enter Sunday’s Everyone’s A Winner race, complete with universal #1 number plates.

There were a few scary moments, and likely some flat tires, but overall the event was one of the most amazing spectacles I’ve ever seen. Until Sunday that is…

Stay tuned for more!

Click here to see the gallery!


First Ride – Snowshoe Mountain’s Skyline jump trail

Photos by Adam Newman. Video by Justin Steiner.

About a month a go we got wind of a new opening up at one of the premiere bike parks on the East Coast, Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. A couple of the Dirt Rag crew put in a tough day at the office rolling laps on the new Skyline trail to get some late-season product testing in.

When we got back we reached out to Brad Stone of 402Trails, who partnered with Gravity Logic to build Skyline. Read the full story


Gallery: Heckler’s Rock at Canadian Open DH – Crankworx

Words and photos by Adam Newman.

The week-long celebration that is Crankworx climaxes each year with the Canadian Open Downhill, a three-minute blast down some of the most technical riding on the mountain.

The highlight, of course, is Heckler’s Rock, where beer-soaked fans were pre-gaming as early as 10:30 a.m. for the 3 p.m. finals.

An ominous sign when walking down to the Rock.

We all know what fuels this party.

Even hooligans have rules, and this one was strictly enforced.

Well… I guess so, yeah.

Oh, yeah, there’s racing too.

Coming…

Going…

The chairlift passes directly over Heckler’s Rock, and some passengers put on quite a show.

This guy doesn’t even have shoes on!

Canadian junior national champion Mark Wallace enjoying the home crowd.

Attempts to keep the track clean almost lead to disaster.

The guy in the jorts needs to put down the phone and pay attention.

Mitch Delfs shows he’s got the moves off the bike as well as on.

 

Nudity was the theme of the day.

You’ll find a few more obstacles on the Canadian Open track than you would at a normal DH track.

Loic Bruni wasn’t distracted by the on-course scenery.

Canadian hero Steve Smith rallied after an early crash to claim his second straight Canadian Open win.

And there was much rejoicing.


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