Race Report: Wild Wood Adventure Enduro – CES #3

Race Report: Wild Wood Adventure Enduro – CES #3

By Amber Streiff Taking on a loose, steep section of the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro course. Photo: Called To Creation. The enduro race season is in full swing and this past Saturday, June 17, 2017, the California Enduro Series made a return to Mendocino, CA for what could be coined a second season a racer’s favorite. With a race entry into stop number three, the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro – presented by Mendocino Bike Sprite – got you not only a race number but also a weekend of camping, meals, and an epic mountain bike tour of all that Mendocino has to offer. It was a big day on the bike for all. Racing Beginner category, I took on four stages logging 30 miles total with 4,000 feet of climbing by the day’s end. I dropped into my first stage, Casper Crossing North (CCN) gave me a taste of...
Hail the Trail: Support New Trails and Win a Mountain Bike

Hail the Trail: Support New Trails and Win a Mountain Bike

Winner of Epic Rides raffle wins a Norco, Ibis or Salsa bike; proceeds benefit trail building initiatives in Nevada, Arizona and Colorado Carson City Off-Road. Photo courtesy Epic Rides. Epic Rides will draw a raffle winner on Monday June 26, 2017 for their Hail the Trail fundraiser that benefits three non-profit trail building organizations. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Sunday June 25 at midnight. Purchase as many raffle tickets as you want for a chance to win one of three top-of-the-line mountain bikes. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to three trail building organizations crucial to the Epic Rides Off-Road Series: Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA) in Prescott, AZ; Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) in Grand Junction, CO; and Muscle Powered in Carson City, NV. Each organization is currently working on important local trail building initiatives, and this raffle will help fund work crews to maintain...
Alpenglow Mountain Festival – Summer 2017

Alpenglow Mountain Festival – Summer 2017

5th annual event embodies mountain lifestyle in the North Lake Tahoe area June 17-25 Alpenglow Sports has announced the fifth annual summer edition of its Alpenglow Mountain Festival. The nine-day (June 17-25) North Lake Tahoe mountain-lifestyle festival, is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations and more. Geared for toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer including trail running, hiking, backpacking, lakeshore yoga, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing and natural history events. The nine-day festival has over 50 individual events to chose from! Driven by fun, community, health and education, the festival embodies the mountain lifestyle designed to inspire participants as they enjoy and explore the North Lake Tahoe outdoor playground with friends and family. The festival offers a wonderful range of activities through daily tours, presentations and natural history excursions for outdoor...
Who Am I? Issue #97

Who Am I? Issue #97

Answer this correctly for your chance to win an ENO hammock! Photo: GT Bikes I am a bike trials legend. I was elected to the mountain bike hall of fame in 1999. I started a non profit to help bring bikes to rural Africa. If you don’t remember my nickname there is no way you will get the right answer. Can you name this athlete/entrepreneur? Bonus: Tell us why this person is a gamechanger. Who Am I? Issue #97 Can you name this athlete/entrepreneur?*Name* First Last Address Street Address Address Line 2 City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African...
Race Report: Toro Enduro – CES #2

Race Report: Toro Enduro – CES #2

By Julie Kanagy Photo: Scott McClain / Called To Creation This was a really fun day on the bike! The Enduro format is awesome. You do 14-20 minutes of actual racing, and the rest is just cruising and walking and chatting and eating and drinking. Non-alcoholic bev’s at Toro Park, of course. Trails were dry and soft and sandy/dusty which added some challenge, especially around the corners. I wasn’t able to pre-ride, so I practiced Stage 4 early morning before the race started. On the last stage, I forgot to activate my timing chip (whoops). So I rode it again just in case. PSA: Don’t worry if you forget to swipe the chip on a stage! It turned out that they still do the manual timing as a backup. I would have done better on my 1st time down according to Strava. Lesson learned. I hung out with the...
Carson City Off-Road 2017

Carson City Off-Road 2017

Carson City Off-Road June 16-18, Carson City NV Racers climb the Tahoe Rim Trail Saturday (Brian Leddy Photography). Ride the Carson City Off-Road June 16-18! Choose from three different distance options of 15, 35 or 50 miles; each consisting of a carefully curated set of spectacular trails. All participants will climb their way into the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, take in huge views of Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley and the Carson Valley while connecting some of the area’s favorite (and challenging) pieces of singletrack, double track, gravel roads and the occasional paved segment. During your visit to Carson City, enjoy three days of event festivities while being submerged in the mountain bike industry. Mingle with the most bike-minded people you’ll ever encounter while appreciating the area’s silver mining heritage and feeling welcomed by its modern day appreciation for the outdoor enthusiast. Nestled 30 minutes between Reno and...
Celebration of the Life of Jack O’Neill

Celebration of the Life of Jack O’Neill

Celebration of the Life of Jack O’Neill Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz • Sunday, July 9 at 11am The family of Jack O’Neill, O’Neill Wetsuits and O’Neill Surf Shop would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all who have reached out with thoughts, prayers, sympathy, remembrances, stories and pictures since the passing of legendary waterman Jack O’Neill on Friday June 2, 2017. In response, they would like to invite everyone to join in a paddle out and day long celebration of Jack’s life and adventures at Jack’s favorite beach, Pleasure Point, in Santa Cruz County on Sunday July 9, 2017 starting at 11am. We will see you there! Memorial contributions in support of Jack’s love of the oceans may be sent to oneillseaodyssey.org. For more information, contact Brian Kilpatrick at briank@oneillwetsuits.com....
Alex Honnold First to Free Solo El Capitan

Alex Honnold First to Free Solo El Capitan

Renowned rock climber ascends 3,000-foot granite wall in under four hours … with no ropes By Michele Charboneau Photo: Jimmy Chin On Saturday, June 3, 2017, legendary rock climber Alex Honnold made history by being the first person ever to free solo a major climbing route on El Capitan, the iconic 3,000-foot granite wall in Yosemite Valley. California native Honnold made his ascent of Freerider in just 3 hours, 56 minutes, starting at dawn and finishing at 9:28am PDT. The renowned big wall climb – rated a 5.13a on the Yosemite Decimal System and boasting 30 pitches – is difficult enough to complete with ropes and safety gear, let alone without aids of any kind as Honnold astoundingly ventured to do. The Freerider route is a variation of the Salathé Wall, which climbing legends Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt, and Tom Frost made the first ascent of in 1961....
Gregory Pack Giveaway

Gregory Pack Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win a Paragon or Maven pack from Gregory Mountain Products Gregory Pack Giveaway Enter for a chance to win a Paragon or Maven Pack from Gregory Mountain Productsn NameEmail*Phone NumberAddressCity*State*AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces PacificZip*I certify that I am over 18 years old.*YesNoWin one more entry in this contest! I would like to receive updates from ASJ & Gregory straight to my...
Editor’s Note: Human Powered

Editor’s Note: Human Powered

Uniting the adventure tribes Campfire memories from Sea Otter, 2017. ASJ editor, Matt Niswonger on the plastic horn. ASJ has a very unique readership. For nearly sixteen years we have sought to appeal to the type of person who participates in a variety of human powered adventure sports in California and Nevada. Among our readers are those who surf, mountain bike, climb and backpack. Over the years our readership has grown quite a bit, and we like to think we are the go-to resource for the multi-sport outdoor enthusiast who enjoys a little bit of everything. Maybe it was inevitable, but as our readership has grown, a conflict between readers began brewing. This simmering conflict finally boiled over when we published an article called The Battle for Bikes in Wilderness Continues by longtime ASJ contributor Kurt Gensheimer in our last issue. As a result of this article, a...
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