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Snowshoe World Cup: Men’s XCO Finals

There was little at stake concerning the overall for the men’s World Cup. World Champion Nino Schurter had the series in the bag and Sunday’s final was a bit of a victory lap for the dominant Swiss rider. However, Schurter certainly didn’t make the trip all the way to America…

Snowshoe World Cup: Women’s XCO

The stage was set for a proper mountain bike treat for the fans at Snowshoe Mountain Sunday afternoon. American Kate Courtney, one of the sports biggest stars looked to put on a show for the home fans. Along with the race at a hand, Courtney also was looking to seal…

Snowshoe World Cup Downhill Finals Ultra-mega Photo Gallery

There was speculation day long on how many people actually showed up for yesterday’s Downhill Finals at Snowshoe mountain. As the riders began plummeting down the mountain at warp speed the cascade of cheers, horns, cowbells, and chainsaws sounded like a tsunami barreling through the woods. Based off of intense…

Snowshoe World Cup: Short Track

Friday was an action-packed day on the mountain at Snowshoe. The early afternoon saw the Downhill qualifying runs and in the evening the stars of the World Cup XCO took to the slopes for the Short Track race. Twenty minutes of all-out racing to determine starting positions for Sunday’s main…

Downhill Qualifying Snowshoe World Cup

The stage is set for a monumental showdown tomorrow for the final of this year’s Downhill World Cup. Tracey Hannah set the fastest time for the woman during qualifying with her closest rival Marine Cabirou coming in second and newly crowned world champ Myriam Nicole finishing with the third-fastest time…

Snowshoe World Cup: Downhill Practice

Whatever concerns that may have been floating around the internet about the track at Snowshoe being to tame or to buff were completely dispelled after yesterday’s walkthrough and today’s practice laps. Holding to West Virginia’s theme of ‘Wild and Wonderful’ the course for Saturday’s World Cup Final is more than…

Final Review of the Raleigh Tamland 2 Adventure Bike

Raleigh Tamland 2 — $2,400 raleighusa.com By Scott Williams Designed to be that jack-of-all-trades ‘road’ bike the Tamland has been aimed directly towards the gravel crowd since Raleigh first introduced the bike in late 2013. The Tamland is available in two build kits, the Tamland 2 which we review here…

Passing Through: Knoxville Tennessee

By Stephen Haynes When tasked with conjuring names of cities in Tennessee, one might be inclined to list Memphis and Nashville ahead of Knoxville. If this were a magazine about music, you could have an argument, but as far as mountain biking is concerned, Knoxville may just surprise you. A…

In Print: Dark Magic — The black arts of perfect pedaling performance

Editor’s Note: This feature first appeared in issue 205 of our print edition of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe today so you don’t miss issue 213, the last issue of the year. Be sure to stop by your local bike shop to pick up a copy of…

Thousands to bike their parks and public lands on September 28

As you may have read in our Issue Announcement, for issue 212 of Dirt Rag Magazine, Access editor Leslie Kehmeier focused this issue’s column on public lands. Her focus was primarily on Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park, as those are the federal lands she was…

The Weekly Dirt

It’s a big and busy week in the world of mountain biking and all eyes are on Mont-Saint-Anne for this weekends World Championships. Things got kicked off this past Wednesday with a relay race where the American squad captured second place. There was also an E-MTB World Championship (honestly didn’t…

Two Fish Unlimited Quick Adapters

Twofish Unlimited Quick Adapters — $15 — $35 By Scott Williams During my testing period of the Santa Cruz Chameleon, I signed up for the Hilly Billy Roubaix just outside of Morgantown, West Virginia. Calling this event a gravel race would be a bit of a reach, even though there…

Snowshoe Mountain Gears Up for the World Cup

In less than a week the UCI mountain bike World Cup will descend upon Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. The resort sits virtually secluded in the Appalachian mountains but is no stranger to big-time mountain bike events. Snowshoe had been a regular stop on the once-massive NORBA series and just last…

The New Pivot LES SL

Today, Pivot Cycles introduces the new LES SL – a bike engineered to the Nth degree to deliver the kind of handling, extreme power transfer, and weight that transforms every last watt of output into a race-winning performance. Already proven by the Stan’s-Pivot Pro team with a Short Track National…

Donnelly Cycling X’plor MSO Tire

Donnelly Cycling $72.00 per tire What makes the ideal gravel tire? Is it size, tread pattern, or lack of rolling resistance. Likely for most of us, it’s a combination of the three. When I started looking for the perfect mixed surface tire, the Donnelly X’Plor MSO caught my attention. When…

West Virginia just passed new legislation to launch a statewide MTB trail—mostly on private property

By Eric J. Wallace West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed a groundbreaking new mountain biking bill into law earlier this year. Known as SB 317, the legislation effectively extends ski resort-style liability protections to private landowners — so long as they join a group like the Mountaineer Trail Network Recreation…

New Liv Pique 29 lineup is live, complete with the Fox Live Valve

Liv may have cracked the code on how to sell a women-specific mountain bike. While some other brands fuss about paint color and handlebar length (both important!), Liv was taking measurements on how women ride bikes: The average ranges of our body dimensions (inseam versus torso length, for instance), where…

The New Santa Cruz Tallboy

The latest and perhaps the most anticipated (at least on this side of the country) update to Santa Cruz’s line up is the Tallboy. The Tallboy entered the scene back in 2009 as the flagship cross-country bike for Santa Cruz. What began as a short travel 29er, the Tallboy has…

Breck Epic Stage 6: The End

You would think after five tough and challenging days on the bike, most of the field would be relieved to see that today was the final stage. Yes, I know there is a Stage 7, and as soon as I have finished typing this, I’m heading over. Today on paper…

Breck Epic Stage 5: ‘Til Death

Today’s stage at the Breck Epic was yes, Epic™. It was Epic™ for the usual reasons; big climbs, impressive views, not one but two 12,000 foot summits, but also and most importantly, a wedding. A lot of this would not be transpiring if not for this wedding. Our own Scott…

Dirt Rag 212 is on its way! How will you get yours?

Issue 212 of Dirt Rag Magazine has hit the doorstep of Dirt Rag Headquarters, which means it’s on its way to bookstores, bike shops, ports, rabbit holes, hobbit huts, sasquatch pits, alligator caves, marmot nests, clown fortresses and, of course, subscriber mailboxes. If you haven’t already subscribed, be sure to…

Breck Epic Stage 4: No Rest for the Weary

With the Queen stage over French Pass yesterday it is likely safe to say that most riders were looking for a bit of a more leisurely day today. On tap for Stage 4 was a 41 mile 6,500 feet of elevation gain day, so hardly a walk in the park.…

Fox introduces new FIT4 damper update and roller-bearing shock hardware kit

Ready to update your suspension for fall? Fox has updated their 2020 Fit4-equipped forks to now feature an 8mm damper shaft, new bladder construction and a reconfigured shim stack. The 8mm damper shaft has a smaller cross-sectional area, theoretically pushing less oil through the base valve, allowing for less damping.…

Breck Epic Stage 3: The Ghost of French Pass.

I had big plans for today. Stage 3 was to take the riders over French Pass high along the Continental Divide amongst the snow and the mountain goats, and I planned on being there, camera in hand. I checked with a few locals to see if it was possible to…

Breck Epic Stage 2: High Upon the Colorado Trail

The rain and the cold that battered riders during Stage 1 moved out with the moon. The Breck Epic was greeted with sun and clear skies this morning to the relief the riders. With clean drivetrains and hopefully dry shoes, the competitors looked to get after a big day of…

A Silver King For a Day at the Leadville 100

I delayed my departure from Breckenridge to Leadville, CO as long as possible the day before the Leadville 100 was to begin. After two long days behind the wheel torpedoing across the vastness of the midwest, the urge to jump back on the highway was absent. I rolled into the…

Breck Epic Stage 1: There Will Be Mud.

When we arrived a few days ago in Breckenridge, CO, it was as if we came to some sort of fantasy land for lovers of the outdoors. Majestic mountains reaching far up into the blue skies, the air was dry and cool, a perfect setting for a bike race. It…

Maxxis Introduces new Troy Brosnan Signature Tire: The Dissector

This weekend at Crankworx Whistler, Maxxis is launching a new signature tire, created with downhill World Cup champion Troy Brosnan. The Dissector is designed especially for dry, loose conditions. Beginning in early 2018, Brosnan and Maxxis engineers worked together to find the right balance of rolling speed, cornering traction, and…

Downieville Standard(ish) Time: Into the Vortex at NorCal’s Rowdy MTB Classic

Words by Andrew Juiliano Photos by Ethan Lawrence 06:15 a.m. ish I open my eyes and stare through the mesh tent window. I’m belly up, on the bank of the North Yuba River, six miles upstream from of the tiny town of Downieville, California, the site of the 24th annual,…

Another Hit-and-Run Driver Who Left Someone to Die

Every morning I open my inbox to Google alerts of the word “bicycle” and every day someone is injured to near-death or killed on a bike, or while just walking along by a vehicle. The sad fact is Andrew “Bernie” Bernstein is no different than all the other people mowed…