Issue 77

Why Enduro?

Why Enduro?

Top athletes chime in on why they love enduro. Learn more about this wildly popular format that’s re-energizing the mountain bike race scene: ENDURO: Putting the fun back into MTB racing Mark Weir Mark Weir Pro / 40 / Novato “Enduro is like Burger King. You can have it your way—no matter what tool you pick, you can play. Just you and the hills. That’s enduro.” Jeff Kendall-Weed Jeff Kendall-Weed Pro / 28 / Santa Cruz “Enduro racing includes some of the technical aspects of downhill racing, but it also requires a more well-rounded background. Since you can’t practice the course as much as in DH, years of trail riding experience and on-the-fly wits play into the equation as well.” Rachel Throop Rachel Throop Pro / 25 / Costa Mesa “Enduro is the perfect blend of cross country riding and the thrill of downhill racing. Enduro has opened up opportunities...
ENDURO: Putting the fun back into MTB racing

ENDURO: Putting the fun back into MTB racing

By Matthew De Young Elli Freibrun racing the 2013 China Peak Enduro. Photo: Scott McClain Mountain bike racing is undergoing a national revival. The enduro format, which originated in Europe, is re-energizing mountain bike competitions coast to coast, and the races are attracting both pros and recreational cyclists in droves. Its broad appeal is a result of the fact that enduro closely mimics the way most mountain bikers actually ride, placing a premium on the descents while still requiring riders to put in the work to earn their turns. New race series are popping up everywhere, and riders who burned out on cross country and downhill racing years ago are dusting off their number plates, grabbing their trail bikes, and signing up to compete once again. Friends and fun at the VP/Kali EnduroFest. Photo: Michele Lamelin Enduro is sometimes confused with endurance racing. While endurance races are all about...
Donner Pass

Donner Pass

Your best bet for Tahoe Backcountry Words and Photos by Brennan Lagasse Jillian Raymond enjoys a winter wonderland on her way to scoring early season powder off Donner Pass. What winter loving Californian doesn’t want to get out and stretch their legs a bit, tap into a snowcentric workout, and take in some world-class views? Yes there’s global weirding and the Sierra Nevada is currently grinding out its third poor winter in a row, and no matter if you live in or near the mountains, everyone’s getting a little stir crazy. But that doesn’t mean you have to give into the gloom and doom of the latest climate models. Being a member of the backcountry skiing community is all about working with what’s available. This winter season, to get a good snow workout with skins or snowshoes you’re going to have to be resourceful. An adventurous attitude will go...
Can Tahoe create a Nordic superstar?

Can Tahoe create a Nordic superstar?

By Tim Hauserman Photo: Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area Lake Tahoe is a skier’s haven. Site for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, it is where you will also find Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Valley, Northstar, Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, Sierra at Tahoe, Homewood and Mt. Rose. Most years, the Tahoe region is blessed with copious amounts of snow, and over the decades the area has also produced quite a few Olympians. It began with Tahoe City’s own Jimmie Heuga, who when he won a bronze in the 1964 Olympics became a local hero. Tahoe-Truckee High graduate Greg Jones also took a bronze in the combined in the 1976 Olympics, and then we had the more recent successes of locals such as three time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso from Squaw Valley, two-time medal winner Shannon Bahrke from Tahoe City, and snowboarding Gold Medalist Hannah Teter who lives in South Lake Tahoe. With...
Event Profiles

Event Profiles

Photo: Eric Rasmussen/Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Feb. 22-23 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort March 1-2 at Squaw Valley March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl Resort www.RahlvesBanzai.com The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour presented by Bank of the West is back, with ski and snowboard racing in its purest form. Tour stops in 2014 span four weekends at Lake Tahoe resorts culminating in the Finals and Super Finals at Sugar Bowl Resort. Fans of the tour will remember the thrilling head-to-head format that pits competitors against each other on natural terrain. “There is no other race like this in the world,” said four time Olympian Daron Rahlves. “What’s unique about the Banzai is that everyday rippers line up against pro-level athletes to find out what they’re made of while battling for an $80,000 purse. When the gate drops, it’s on as four competitors go for it in...
Day Trip: Yosemite’s Chilnualna Falls

Day Trip: Yosemite’s Chilnualna Falls

A moderate spring hike By Matt Johanson Distance: Seven miles round trip Time: Three to five hours Difficulty: Moderate Parking and trailhead: Dirt lot at the end of Chilnualna Falls Road, elevation 4,176 feet Highest point: Elevation 6,535 feet Best season: March through June Permits: None needed for day use Overview Chilnualna Falls consists of a 240- foot waterfall and several impressive cascades in a scenic and little-known part of Yosemite. The half-day outing near Wawona provides an interesting alternative to better-known day hikes in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. Elevation gain and considerable heat in summer months combine to keep many hikers away, but the undeterred discover a hidden jewel of the park. Hiking the hike Many folks who’ve explored Yosemite for years have never even heard of this one, so first let’s find it. From Wawona Road just north of Wawona, turn east on Chilnualna Falls Road....
Enough about climate change

Enough about climate change

The Angry Singlespeeder By Kurt Gensheimer I’m looking at Weather Underground right now and can’t believe my eyes. Here in the Reno/Tahoe area, barely a drop of moisture hit the ground during the months of December and January. Unless we get a deluge of biblical proportions, this winter may well go down as one of the driest on record in the Tahoe region. Meanwhile, friends in the Pacific Northwest, Utah and Colorado are posting photos on Facekook of endless pow sessions blanketed in dozens of feet of the fluffy white stuff. Climate change? I guess it all depends on where you live. While some parts of the country are experiencing record warmth and dryness, other parts of the country are dealing with burst pipes, buried cars and frostbite. I have no idea what to make of such erratic weather patterns, but I do know that to survive in the...
Liquid Imagery: West Swells

Liquid Imagery: West Swells

Liquid Imagery By Dave “Nelly” Nelson As a general rule, I like to shoot in the early morning and late evening.This is especially true in my home town of Santa Cruz where the light is quite tricky because of the way the Monterey Bay bends and the location of the sunrise and sunsets here. This was really difficult back when we used to shoot film, but even with digital, it’s an issue. Surfing in Santa Cruz tends to be very tide fickle as well, so everything has to line up perfectly to get a high quality shot: the surfer, the swell direction, the tide, the photographer, the time of day, and good old fashioned luck never hurts either. To see more of Nelly’s photography, visit adventuresportsjournal.com/nelly Jamie O’Brien makes it out to Santa Cruz every year. A beautiful sunrise in front of my house. Nat Young and I charged...
West Swells

West Swells

Liquid Imagery By Dave “Nelly” Nelson As a general rule, I like to shoot in the early morning and late evening.This is especially true in my home town of Santa Cruz where the light is quite tricky because of the way the Monterey Bay bends and the location of the sunrise and sunsets here. This was really difficult back when we used to shoot film, but even with digital, it’s an issue. Surfing in Santa Cruz tends to be very tide fickle as well, so everything has to line up perfectly to get a high quality shot: the surfer, the swell direction, the tide, the photographer, the time of day, and good old fashioned luck never hurts either. To see more of Nelly’s photography, visit adventuresportsjournal.com/nelly Jamie O’Brien makes it out to Santa Cruz every year. A beautiful sunrise in front of my house. Nat Young and I charged...
Gear We Love

Gear We Love

HOT PRODUCTS FOR COLD WEATHER 1. Selk’bag Patagon Sleeping Suit The Selk’bag is basically a wearable sleeping bag that adds a whole new dimension to camping trips. I was a bit skeptical at first because it does seem a bit unorthodox to sleep in what looks like a high altitude suit that Everest climbers wear, but all doubts melted away after my first night in my Patagon, the warmest sleeping suit that Selk’bag makes. In my opinion this is the best new outdoor product in quite some time. The fact is, mummy bags are claustrophobic. The Selk’bag solves this basic problem by working with the ergonomics of the human body and allowing the wearer to sleep naturally in any position. Where the Patagon shines is on chilly spring and fall mornings. We all hate to crawl out of a cozy sleeping bag to cook breakfast, and with the Patagon...
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