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UCI releases 2015 World Cup racing calendar


The UCI released the 2015 schedule today and it includes six cross-country events, seven downhill events and zero cross-country eliminator events.

The season will kick off on April 11-12 with round one of downhill in the new venue of Lourdes (France). Although new to the World Cup calendar, Lourdes has already hosted the French Cup, and will present riders with a 2.5km long course that descends 600 meters in altitude.

The other first-time destination next year is Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which will organise a double event (downhill and XC) on July 4-5. This will be the first of three consecutive rounds (2015-2017) in the Swiss resort as it prepares to host the World Championships in 2018.

See the full schedule here.

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Racing the Scott Enduro Cup at Canyons Resort


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Photos courtesy of Scott Enduro Cup

This past weekend I joined elite riders from across the world at the third and final stop of the Scott Enduro Cup presented by GoPro at Canyons Resort. The final stop on the North American Enduro Tour traveled 17.2 miles of trail with 3,200 vertical feet of descending with sharp switchbacks, off-camber rooty singletrack, and the bike park flow trail. I was fortunate enough to secure a ride on a top-secret bike from Salsa (more on that soon) and tackle the same trails that the elite riders tear apart.

The Park City area is the world’s first and only International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Gold-Level Ride Center, and this race marks the third year Canyons Resort has hosted the Enduro Cup. The course at Canyons Resort requires riders to have the endurance to sustain energy while pedaling on non-timed transfer stages and impeccable skill to charge down the steep, technical timed descents. If you think enduro is all about chairlifts and downhill, think again. Some of the transfer stages included 30 to 40-minute sustained climbs in the Utah heat.

Read more about the race here.

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SSWC2014 is about to go America all over everybody’s ass


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The biggest party in the mountain bike universe is descending upon Anchorage, Alaska, this weekend, as the annual Singlespeed World Championship rolls into town. We’ve partnered with photographer Devon Balet to capture the action, the mischief and the mayhem for everyone who can’t be there, and everyone who was there but can’t remember.

Keep a keen eye on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages as we try our best to keep our coverage safe for a “family magazine”.

Read more about the event here.

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In Print: Cruzing to the Top, The Ben Cruz Interview


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At the end of June American enduro racer Ben Cruz of Team Cannondale OverMountain finally earned his first ever international victory at round 3 of the Superenduro Series in the Lombardia Alps of Madesimo, Italy. It was a nasty, rainy event where weather definitely played a role.

Like his WTB-Cannondale OverMountain teammates Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler, Ben Cruz is an all-rounder on the mountain bike, a speed demon unafraid of distance, obstacles or weather. With an unapologetic, never-say-die attitude, the 23-year-old from Novato, California, is a Weir-shaped nut that hasn’t fallen far from the tree. Unfortunately, the only thing keeping him from surpassing the athletic exploits of his teammates and vaulting to the top of the record books in a few years is also the same thing that propels him: his attitude.

While the fun-loving and brash Cruz has become more focused than ever this year, with a keen eye on becoming a top American enduro racer on the international circuit, he still possess a hint of Hunter S. Thompson deep inside. Here’s an uncensored look at enduro racing’s most controversial personality.

Read our interview with Cruz here.

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Enduro-X race to air on TV, offers half price entry to women


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As if riding and racing in Bike Town USA wasn’t enough of a draw, the organizers of the Enduro-X series have announced the race will air on television across the country, plus a new novice category that will let riders of any skill level get a taste for modern enduro racing.

In addition, in an effort to promote a diverse field, women can use the coupon code Wmrace14 at registration to receive half off their fee. Female riders are the fastest growing segment of mountain bikers and Enduro-X wants them to be well represented at the race.

Read the full story

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Final stop of the Scott Enduro Cup coming to Canyons Resort in Utah


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The Scott Enduro Cup presented by GoPro mountain bike race series heads to Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah on July 19 for its final stop of the season. After competition stops in Moab and Sun Valley, the pressure is on athletes to earn North American Enduro Tour (NAET) points and also to become the 2014 Scott Enduro Cup presented by GoPro champions. The event attracts top names in mountain biking including current NAET point leaders Kyle Warner and Margaret Gregory. Registration is still open for men and women, open, amateur, and junior riders at endurocupmtb.com.

Learn more about the event 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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