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Six Days and Six Nights in the Saddle Riding the Stagecoach 400

Six Days and Six Nights in the Saddle Riding the Stagecoach 400

Renowned self-supported endurance ride through SoCal mountains, desert, and ocean is true test of grit By Cedar Kyes Photo: Cedar Kyes The Stagecoach 400 start in Idyllwild on March 17, 2017 was as informal as I had hoped it would be. But, I soon realized this was the beginning of something way bigger than I had ever imagined. While many people treat this event as a race or ITT (Individual Time Trial), I was treating it more like a long bike ride with some good friends. So, I was content to watch the crowd gather and then cheer them on as they departed in a kind of bikepacking critical mass that rolled out of town and down the highway towards the first long climb of the route. Having embarked on this journey with literally zero training, I was in no hurry to get the suffering started. I instinctively knew...
Donner Lake Triathlon 2017

Donner Lake Triathlon 2017

Triathlete favorite offers beautiful and challenging experience in Truckee July 22-23 July 22 – 23 brings the 36th Donner Lake Triathlon to Truckee, California. The event offers something for everyone with almost all triathlon distances represented including a Sprint, Olympic, 70.3 Half, Kids event and Aquabike. The swim portion takes place in the pristine clear waters of Donner Lake starting and finishing at West End Beach. The bike portion takes riders up and down and the iconic Donner Pass and the run is a scenic loop around Donner Lake. The event features a single transition area located adjacent to finish area festivities. The Donner Lake Triathlon is truly a must do event for all triathletes looking for a scenic challenge on an iconic course. donnerlaketri.com   Donner Lake Triathlon Sprint 0.25 mile swim • 6 mile bike • 2 mile run Online registration: Closes at 11:00PM Thursday July...
Beer and Taco Mountain Bike Festival Turns Spotlight on Beatty

Beer and Taco Mountain Bike Festival Turns Spotlight on Beatty

Western Nevada mountain bike festival hosts legend Tinker Juarez for cross-county race By Stan Lattin Tinker Juarez at the start of the Tinker Classic. The “Beer And Taco Mountain Bike Festival” is a mouthful in more ways than one. Besides the long and quite specific name of the event, the food, beer and friends keep even the most excitable chatterbox occupied. Located in Beatty, Nevada the festival – which took place at Spicer Ranch May 5-7 – grew to three days in its third year. The second day was the Tinker Classic cross country race with 100k and 60k race distance options. Conditions were less than ideal with gusting winds averaging 18 mph, but the racing went off without a hitch, and Tinker Juarez won the race held in his honor. His hospitality and genuine love of life made the prior night’s celebratory race dinner an event to remember....
Downieville Classic 2017

Downieville Classic 2017

Infamous MTB event delivers the best of racing and partying in the Lost Sierra August 3-6 The Downieville Classic delivers a weekend of racing and partying in the Lost Sierra where riders have to pick one tool for two disciplines: a 29-mile cross country race or a 15-mile downhill with 5,000 vertical drop. Downieville is infamous for its racers, and riders come to prove themselves hardened and unbreakable. Race or ride the epic cross country to the Sierra Crest and back to town, or take in a double dose with the seemingly endless descents of the Downieville Downhill in the All Mountain World Championships. Or just come to enjoy the bike festival for the weekend. Either way, you win. The Downieville Classic Cross Country race is one of the last remaining point-to-point bicycle races in the United States. The 29-mile course follows a rugged “Gold Rush” era route from...
Quick ‘n Dirty 2017

Quick ‘n Dirty 2017

San Diego-area mountain bike race series kicks off 2017 with expanded summer season; announces Mazda as new title sponsor The Quick ’n Dirty Mountain Bike Racing Series, known for its challenging, family-fun races throughout San Diego County, has raised its profile significantly by adding in Mazda as their title sponsor for the 2017 season. The series will be known as the Mazda Quick ’n Dirty Racing Series and will promote ten races this year at various venues in San Diego. “Mazda is well known for their extensive racing heritage and we’re extremely proud and excited that they would lend their credibility and expertise to our grass roots racing series,” says Victor Sheldon, founder of Quick ’n Dirty. “Having Mazda as our title sponsor will allow us to expand our series and provide our racers with an even better experience.” Along with this announcement is the growth of the Mazda...
The Outbound Collective and Eventus Outdoors Launch CamelBak Pursuit Series

The Outbound Collective and Eventus Outdoors Launch CamelBak Pursuit Series

Outdoor enthusiasts invited to immerse in “work hard, play hard” escape Press Release, San Francisco – The Outbound Collective and Eventus Outdoors will kick off the CamelBak Pursuit Series, two immersive events for outdoor enthusiasts, urban professionals and adventurous families and friends, beginning in August 2017. At each of the three-day CamelBak Pursuit Series events, participants will “play hard, have fun, and learn all of the outdoor activities and skills they’ve always dreamt about,” said a company representative. Located just outside the urban hubs of Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA, the series’ inaugural year will see the two events touch down in nearby Snowbasin Mountain Resort, UT on August 11-13 and Sanborn County Park, CA, just 50 miles south of San Francisco, on September 8-10. The CamelBak Pursuit Series is sponsored by The Outbound Collective, an online outdoor and travel community, and CamelBak. “The CamelBak Pursuit Series...
Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic Raises Funds for Trails

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic Raises Funds for Trails

Second annual cross country race and festival hits all the right notes above the Monterey Bay By Emma Ussat Photo: Jeff Vander Stucken Blue skies and mild temps set the scene for the second annual Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) at Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The day kicked off bright and early with the first racers hitting the course starting at 8am. The course was harder this year, as relentless rains took their toll on our local trails. Brave souls who raced the vintage class were rattled and bounced about on their pre-1993 bikes. Despite the added challenge on the course the overall vibe remained positive and the feelings of camaraderie pervaded. Photo: Hans Van Housen Photo: Christine West The neutral feed zone was lit, thanks to the efforts of Cycledelicats and Spokesman Bicycles who...
Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride 2017

Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride 2017

Premiere West Coast endurance cycling event returns to the Sierra Nevada mountains Saturday, July 8 The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2017 Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride cycling event taking place on Saturday, July 8, 2017 throughout Alpine and Mono Counties. Recognized as one of the premier endurance events on the West Coast, the Death Ride has for the last 37 years welcomed riders from around the country and around the globe providing them with a challenging, memorable ride along the scenic roads of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The course takes riders on a 129-mile journey along with 15,000 ft of climbing over Monitor Pass on State route 89 (8,314 ft), Ebbetts Pass on State route 4 (8,730 ft) and Carson Pass on State route 88 (8,580 ft). Along the way, riders will be treated to fully stocked rest stops staffed...
Carson City Off-Road Announces Enhanced Course for 2017

Carson City Off-Road Announces Enhanced Course for 2017

Historic Sierra Nevada snowpack moves course to lower elevation singletrack Adapting to a very snowy winter in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Epic Rides today announced a modified course for the Capitol 35 and Capitol 50 events for the 2nd Annual Carson City Off-Road mountain bike festival on June 16-18. The Capitol 15 will be unchanged from last year. Although the official water year doesn’t end until October, the northern Sierra Nevada has already surpassed the wettest water year ever recorded for the region. While this means the much needed snowpack will keep reservoirs and rivers full at least through next year, it also means that high elevation trails like Tahoe Rim Trail, North Canyon, Sunflower Hill and Snapdragon will still be under as much as 12 feet of snow come event weekend. This historic snowpack presents a very unique opportunity to showcase the dozens of fun...
Mammoth Bar Enduro Kicks Off California Enduro Series 2017 Season

Mammoth Bar Enduro Kicks Off California Enduro Series 2017 Season

Popular mountain bike race series strikes it rich in Gold Country with brand new event Words by Liam Ruff Photos by Scott McClain Spring is upon us and the enduro race season has officially begun with the first round of the California Enduro Series taking place in Auburn on May 6. An impressive 420 racers from near and far competed on four stages in the steep American River canyon with over 3,100 feet of climbing in just 16 miles. The Mammoth Bar Enduro clearly showed who had been putting in the training over the winter months as the course included soul-crushing steep transfer stages and a good deal of pedaling within timed stages. Strong handling skills were a necessity, too, in order to navigate especially loose corners and sharp rocks. For many racers, this event was an ideal way to work out the kinks of a new season and...
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