USA Cycling on Friday announced the addition of Enduro races to the Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships beginning in 2015 in Bend, Oregon.
USA Cycling cited feedback from competitors and the mountain bike advisory committee for making the change. Enduro races will replace the Super D competition at these events.
Additionally, feedback from USA Cycling’s constituency groups has indicated the discontinuation of the USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships beginning in 2015. This year’s event in Gallup, N.M., scheduled for June 14-15, will be the last such national championship.
SRAM, in partnership with Troy Lee Designs, announced today the formation of its own mountain-bike team for the 2014 season. SRAM has had a longstanding tradition of supporting racing, from grass-roots contests through the World Cup level, and now, the company will also fly its own colors in local, national and World Cup competition.
The all-American squad currently consists of downhillers Walker and Luca Shaw, and cross-country racer Russell Finsterwald.Tweet Print
On Friday, March 21 you can bid farewell to the offseason and say hello to the 3rd annual Tuscarora Offroad Weekend. Fast Forward Racing Productions is offering up a weekend full of fun starting Friday afternoon with course inspection and group camping.
Saturday will be jam packed with single track goodness, starting with a fundraiser ride benefiting local trail projects and followed by a rippin’ fast Super D race in the afternoon. Then you can kick off the 2014 Mid Atlantic Super Series-endurance series on Sunday with the main event, a four hour XC Marathon.Tweet Print
By Heidi Shilling
My journey to Costa Rica started in early July when I realized I had a chance to win a free entry to La Ruta de los Conquistadores, a three-day mountain bike stage race considered to be one the toughest in the world.
I had been texting with my good friend Annie about the race. She had recently moved back to Ohio and we became fast friends cut from the same cloth. She was a hell of a mountain biker—we would ride for hours talk about everything and nothing at all. She was wise beyond her years, never judgmental and always found a way to make me laugh.
The last text I ever got from her was about La Ruta. The very next day she was killed by a drunk driver. My beautiful, smart, silly, wild Annie was gone. The only thing that made me feel better after her death was riding my bike. Fast forward a few months and had won the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship series for expert women. The next thing I knew I was stepping on a plane headed to Costa Rica.Tweet Print
The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag is now offering a three-day stage race alternative called TS3 during the Epic targeted towards racers who can’t be away for an entire week. TS3 racers get the same benefits as the 7-day Epic competitors (since they will be riding the same courses) including fully stocked aid stations, mechanical supplies at each checkpoint, a daily quick bike check by Freeze Thaw Cycles from State College, back up mechanical assistance from SRAM and BMC’s neutral support bikes available at each checkpoint.
TS3 also includes special prizes from event partners tossed in at random through the weekend. Overall TS3 GC and enduro awards include $10,000 in prizes. TS3 will start on Sunday, May 25 and finish Tuesday, May 27 (the first three days of the 7-day race.)
TS3 racers will mass start separately on Sunday and instead of racing the classic ITT they will do two cross-country style laps on the time trial course. The next two days will be the Coopers Gap epic stage followed by the Galbraith Enduro on Tuesday to decide final TS3 GC.
We sat down with Trans-Sylvania Epic promoter Mike Kuhn as asked him a few questions about the new event. Read our interview here.Tweet Print
Photos by A.E. Landes Photography
The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race presented by Dirt Rag Magazine is pleased to announce the route for its fifth edition on May 25-31, 2014. This year’s race will offer more singletrack than ever before and will feature additional enduro segments during seven days of racing through the lush, green forests of central Pennsylvania.
“Staying true to its roots, the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic will treat racers to a variety of stage types. There’s something for everyone – the climbers, the thrill-seeking descenders, the rock-hungry singletrack maestros and those with big engines,” said Trans-Sylvania Epic Race Promoter Mike Kuhn.
“Off the bike and hanging out in between stages, racers can settle in for the week and enjoy the race’s relaxing, camaraderie-filled summer camp-like atmosphere.”Tweet Print
Relaxing its stance on the “forbidden race rule” the UCI has announced it will not prosecute or punish pro racers who participate in races that are not sanctioned by the UCI or a national federation, such as USA Cycling, in 2014.
These races include popular events like the Whisky Off-Road, Breck Epic, the Teva Mountain Games, the Oregon Cross Crusade, and countless others. It led to a backlash from pros and amateurs alike against USAC and the UCI.
“Although we would have liked to see a concrete resolution regarding Rule 1.2.019, we are nonetheless encouraged that there will be continuing dialogue regarding the worldwide ramifications of the rule in the coming year,” said USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson. “In the meantime, we are pleased that enforcement of the rule will be suspended for another year.”
Because the rule has been “suspended” and not nullified, it is likely the UCI will make a more lasting decision on the rule later this year.Tweet Print
Photos by David Gabrys/45NRTH
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.
Armed with nearly a full fleet of 45NRTH gear, he likely stayed pretty toasty warm, even as temperatures hit -30 degrees overnight.
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.
The Enduro-X Race Series returns for a second season with multi-stage, gravity-oriented races scheduled for July 19-20 and August 16-17, 2014 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Racer-X Event Productions, parent company of the Enduro-X Race Series, has added a new race event, the Summit-X Enduro on August 24. The Summit-X Enduro will take place on the final day of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) World Summit being held in Steamboat Springs August 20-24.Tweet Print
Registration for the Big Mountain Enduro Series and the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro opens today. Registration for Snowmass, Keystone and Moab are open now. The fourth “TBD” event in the Big Mountain Enduro Series will open at a later date and information announced within the next few weeks.Tweet Print