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Bell Expands Joy Ride Women’s Mountain Bike Program

Bell Expands Joy Ride Women’s Mountain Bike Program

2017 ambassadors announced Following the Bell Joy Ride program’s broad success across the country in its initial year, Bell has expanded the program from eight to 12 markets for 2017, helping continue its mission to get more women mountain biking, more often. Created for all women who love mountain biking, the Bell Joy Ride program continues its mission with the addition of six new ambassadors and four new regions. “In only the first year of the program, everyone involved at Bell has been amazed by the dedication, growth and enthusiasm of the Joy Ride ambassadors,” said Heather Cooper, Brand Director for Bike and Powersports at Bell. “As Joy Ride moves forward at full-speed, the team can’t wait to see what 2017 holds.” The Joy Ride Ambassadors for 2017 are: New regions/ambassadors: Amber-Lyn Streiff, Santa Rosa, CA • Jamie Armitage , Golden, CO • Natasha Weis, Gig Harbor, WA •...
Save Red Rock Fights to Keep Red Rock Rural

Save Red Rock Fights to Keep Red Rock Rural

Grassroots conservation organization urges supporters to attend critical hearing affecting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Photo: Tom Moulin Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) – a popular Las Vegas-area destination for outdoor enthusiasts across the globe – is under threat of a massive housing development project that includes 5,000 homes. Clark County Commissioners are considering a request to rezone land that’s currently deemed rural, which would result in the destruction of Red Rock’s landscape, bringing pollution and traffic to the area and enraging the two million visitors who use the RRCNCA each year as a destination for climbing, hiking, biking and camping. The proposed development is on land that borders RRCNCA. Clark County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9am. Save Red Rock is urging the public to attend to voice their opposition to the proposed rezoning. The hearing is located...
Video: California Enduro Series – 2017 Golden Tour

Video: California Enduro Series – 2017 Golden Tour

Pro triple crown showcases series’ top talent and most challenging venues The 2017 Golden Tour will showcase the three most aggressive stops on this season’s CES schedule: China Peak Enduro on July 1, Northstar Enduro on August 26–27, and Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro on September 14-17. The tour is a triple crown series within a series intended to spotlight top talent and events. This elite series will serve as a stepping stone to international competition for new riders and help established riders maintain a high average level of competition throughout the year. Boasting a $24,000 overall prize list for the three events, each race is awarded a $4,000 cash purse to the top ten for both Pro Men and Pro Women categories. New for 2017, the three Golden Tour events are also Enduro World Series (EWS) Qualifier Events. Points from a racer’s top three EWS Qualifiers this season can...
Death on Two Wheels

Death on Two Wheels

Exploring Death Valley National Park’s vast array of treasures By Leonie Sherman Entering the park along Highway 190 (Leonie Sherman). When rain lashes the coast, wind scours the desert and snow pounds the mountains, chances are the sun is shining somewhere in the largest national park in the continental US. Sixty-five miles an hour is the wrong speed to absorb Death Valley’s spectacular salt flats, sand dunes, canyons, valleys and mountains, but hundreds of miles of paved roads traverse the varied terrain. Get on a bike and find your park. Sparse vegetation throughout most of the park means the bones of the earth are laid bare and geology is on display. The 140-mile long rift that gives the park its name is a relatively flat ride, but four mountain ranges provide plenty of challenge for an ambitious rider. Start small, aim high, go big. That’s how I explored Death...
Build It and They Will Come

Build It and They Will Come

Boosting community and trails with Epic Rides By Kurt Gensheimer A stacked pro men’s field at the start of the Carson City Off-Road’s Capitol 50 (Dan Severson). In its inaugural year, the 2016 Carson City Off-Road mountain bike event was an enormous hit, filling all 600 available spaces well in advance. Put on by Tucson, Arizona-based Epic Rides, the Carson City Off-Road was far more than just a mountain bike event. Offering three different distance options, it was a celebration of community that welcomed first-time visitors to Nevada’s state capitol and helped raise funds for local trail stewardship organizations like Muscle Powered, Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) and Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA). The Carson City Off-Road suddenly became the city’s Super Bowl of sorts; hotels were full, restaurants and bars were brimming with customers and local businesses were ringing cash registers thanks to mountain bikers who traveled...
Yoga for Cyclists

Yoga for Cyclists

Six essential poses to help keep you balanced and injury free By Lauren Gregg Photo: Nick Gregg Photo: Peter Morning If you are an avid cyclist, you and your body are well aware that long hours in the saddle lead to tightness and soreness. Of course cycling is great for your health, but staying in the same position for hours on end and practicing the repetitive motion of pedaling can also have adverse effects on your body, like creating tight hamstrings that can pull hips out of alignment. The best way to deal with this is adding yoga into your routine. Stretching the hips is key for cyclists, and after spending so much time hunched over the handlebars, bending your back the opposite direction can really help balance you out. The more flexible you are in general, the less injury prone you will be. Since flexibility, core strength, and...
California Enduro Series Announces 2017 Schedule

California Enduro Series Announces 2017 Schedule

Popular mountain bike race series returns with extended lineup for 2017 season Evan Geankoplis crushing his way to the Pro Men top step for the 2016 season. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso. The California Enduro Series (CES) is pleased to announce the 2017 race schedule, promising another extraordinary year of enduro racing. Celebrating its fifth year, the series introduces two new venues and welcomes back a favorite from the 2015 lineup. The upcoming season also sees the return of the successful Golden Tour with a $24,000 cash purse for Pro categories. Expanded schedule; new venues For 2017, the California Enduro Series expands to eight rounds. Returning for 2017 are the popular Golden Tour events at China Peak, Northstar, and Mammoth along with the Toro Enduro and the Ashland Mountain Challenge. The series also welcomes back a popular venue from 2015 – the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro on the Mendocino...
Spotlight on Blix

Spotlight on Blix

Santa Cruz company produces beautiful environment-friendly electric bicycles By Luke Yates Electric bikes are rapidly gaining popularity, and there is a notable company based near the ASJ office in Santa Cruz – Blix Electric Bikes. Blix moved to the California coast from Scandinavia in 2014 and has been growing ever since. “It started in Sweden in 2006. My best friend started over there so they’ve been doing it for ten years now,” says Pontus Malmberg, CEO of Blix. “The bike here has been under product development for ten years. We’re using the same technology.” Earlier this year, ASJ staff was invited to join Blix for a test ride around Santa Cruz. The company produces three e-bike models: the Stockholm which features traditional geometry and a classic look; the Komfort+ which includes a European style convenient step-through; and the Vika+ – a foldable bike with the same electric capabilities...
Wildflower Triathlon 2017 Cancelled

Wildflower Triathlon 2017 Cancelled

Tri-California puts triathlon events on hold; focuses on event rental and traffic management division Wildflower 2016. Photo: Kaori Photo. Tri-California announced that it will not produce its iconic Wildflower Triathlon for 2017 – nor any of its other triathlon events – due to prolonged drought, the economic climate, and a decrease in triathlon participation. Although the event planner pulled out all the stops to produce quality Wildflower events in 2015 and 2016 with alternate swim, run, bike, and run courses, participation was too low to make it economically feasible. In a ripple effect, low participation affected exhibitor, sponsor, and camping revenue. The financial losses proved too great to run the event without water levels high enough to hold it in one location. Tri-California co-founder Terry Davis said, “In the 34 years that I have been producing the Wildflower Triathlons, I have never experienced anything that compares with the effect...
California Enduro Series: That’s a Wrap

California Enduro Series: That’s a Wrap

A look back at the series’ 4th season By Patrick D. Rosso Amy Morrison pinned on the Ashland Mountain Challenge course. She took 3rd place in the race presented by Ashland Mountain Adventures, and went on to secure the top spot for Pro Women in the series overall, as well as 2nd in CES’ inaugural Golden Tour. Photo: Called to Creation. Domination is the only word that can describe Amy Morrison’s and Evan Geankoplis’ 2016 California Enduro Series season, as they clinched the overall title in Pro Women and Pro Men. The Marin/Rabobank teammates crushed the courses. The seven race series wasn’t easy for the athletes, nor was the competition, but with style and consistency the two made quick work of the field and pedaled to victory. “It was an amazing feeling and something I’ve worked hard on for a couple years,” commented Morrison. “My first enduro race was...
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