Category: Biking

Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz 2019

November 9, 2019 • Santa Cruz

Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The tour will visit Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on November 9 with films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

The show kicks off at 7 pm. A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program providing insight on the films, filmmakers and subjects.

About Mountainfilm

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a …

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San Diego Triathlon Challenge 2019

October 18-20, 2019 • San Diego

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

The San Diego Triathlon Challenge has raised funds that have allowed over 9,500 challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line. For 26 years, this has been an event unlike any other in the world. Some call it uplifting, many call it life-changing. Everyone calls it #theBestDayInTri.

On October 18-20 this year, over 200 physically challenged athletes, 600 able-bodied athletes, celebrities and sports legends will complete a 1-mile ocean swim, 44-mile bike and 10-mile run on one of the most breathtaking courses in the country, all in support of Team CAF!

By participating in this one-of-a-kind event, you help fund adaptive equipment, coaching, training, competition expenses and mentoring to challenged athletes around the world. If an athlete has the drive to compete and pursue an active lifestyle, we’re there to support them.

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Last fall, $3.2 million was raised from …

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Grinduro Festival Fun and Opportunities

Come for the Grinduro Festival or better yet VOLUNTEER!

The unique format of Grinduro combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. This event sells out quickly every year.

If you aren’t signed up to race … there is still plenty of fun to be had! The festival is open to the public. Festivities include two days of excellent food, a handmade bike show, an art exhibit, live music and camping.


Come cheer on the racers and soak up the Grinduro vibe in the beautiful northwestern Sierra mountains.

Make new friends and get some FREE perks by volunteering! You can volunteer for a shift or two of pretty easy work to help put on the big show, and enjoy Saturday night’s catered dinner and an icy cold beverage for free. Tent/self-contained vehicle camping and event T-shirt, also free. Live music on Saturday

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Race Report: California Enduro Series Round 4 — EWS Northstar

Current CES Pro Women leader weighs in on her first ever Enduro World Series (EWS) race

Words by Essence Florie • Photos by Kasey Carames / California Enduro Series

What can one expect to experience during their first Enduro World Series (EWS) race? Probably a constant voice in their head saying “I’m not so sure about this … ” But that’s a good thing. It’s healthy to be afraid of dying … I mean gnarly trails. Is there really anything that makes you feel more alive than hurling your body down a mountain as fast as you possibly can through rocks, trees, and dust?

The California Enduro Series (CES) has been my personal home as a racer for the past three years, and I must say, they did a great job preparing me mentally and emotionally for my first EWS race at NorCal’s favorite bike park. Northstar California Resort near …

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Enter to Win the All-New Specialized Enduro Expert; Support Trail Projects in Truckee and Ashland

Raffle benefits California Enduro Series, Truckee Bike Park, and Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association (RVMBA)

win a specialized mountain bike

The first of two Specialized mountain bike raffles, presented as a fundraiser by California Enduro Series (CES), takes place on Sunday, August 25 at EWS Northstar. Will YOU be the proud owner of the newly-launched Specialized Enduro Expert?

The Enduro Expert has always packed a serious punch and it’s never been so true. You get 170 millimeters of the most capable downhill performance that gains elevation with surprising ease. Full FOX suspension, powerful disc brakes and a stellar carbon wheelset round it out. It’s the perfect slay-machine for enduro racing.

As if that’s not exciting enough, a 2019 Stumpjumper Evo will be up for grabs at the CES finale, the Ashland Mountain Challenge October 5!

You need not be present to win, and the bike can be shipped anywhere. Winner gets choice of size, color, …

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Lake Tahoe Triathlon 2019

August 24-25, 2019 • Tahoma

The Lake Tahoe Triathlon is a favorite of many triathletes. The venue, setting and course offer a truly beautiful and challenging experience. Choose from the Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman, Aquabike or Duathlon distances.

The event ooccurs annually at Ed’ZBerg Sugar Pine State Park on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Sugar Pine is truly one of Tahoe’s special lake side properties. Home of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion this property features tall pines, a historic pier, beautiful grounds and spectacular beaches.

Sugar Pine State Park is one of the state parks systems most coveted camping destinations. The camp sites are very near the main venue. This is a great way to attend and participate in the Lake Tahoe Triathlon.

The Lake Tahoe Triathlon is owned and operated by Big Blue Adventure, LLC. Big Blue Adventure produces many EPIC Tahoe events in and around Tahoe,  including …

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Race the Rails 2019

September 7, 2019 • Ruth, NV

The steam locomotive and the bicycle were both invented a little over ten years apart. Both changed the way we travel. Which one will prevail on September 7 at Race the Rails?

Participants will ride the historic steam engine, with their bikes, up to the mining town of Ruth, NV and the base of the Robinson Mine. At the sound of the train whistle, mountain bikers and road bikers race onto their individual courses to see who can get back to the depot before the train.

This is not a race against time or your fellow riders, it’s a race against one of history’s most powerful inventions! Mountain bikers test their speed and agility on a challenging ten mile course through the beautiful mountains surrounding Ely, while road bikers prove their speed and endurance on a 25-mile course along roads and highways in …

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Inaugural Tom Frost Memorial Old Priest Grade Hill Climb

August 24, 2019 • Big Oak Flat, CA

Race or just ride one of the steepest climbs in the US. This event will be filmed for a Flatlander Films feature documentary about Tom Frost.

A few years ago, when Frost was 79 years old, he engaged multi-award winning bicycle builder Rob English to create a lightweight road bike to help him climb Old Priest grade. Frost had shared his desire with fellow climbing legend Conrad Anker, whose family has owned the land since the 1800s and runs the Priest Station Cafe at the top of the spectacular grade. Unfortunately, Frost passed before fulfilling this dream.

Join Anker, Hans Florine, Rob English and many other special guests at this event honoring Frost and his dream.


  • 6:00am- (recommended) Leave Priest Station Cafe for warm up
  • 6:30am- Start Line (bottom of the grade)
  • 6:40am- Race Start
  • 6:42am- Ride Start
  • 7:15-10am- Pancake
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Mountain Biking Alabama Hills

Nearly 15 miles of High Sierra views and Wild West terrain

Photos and words by Parker Amstutz

Dropping Sandy Trail toward the Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead.

A climber’s paradise and one of Hollywood’s favorite backdrops, Alabama Hills doesn’t typically come to mind when you think about your next destination for mountain biking. You might be surprised, though. With its close proximity to Highway 395 and legendary backdrop of High Sierra fourteeners, the Alabama Hills Loop is definitely worth a ride.  

Where to start

Just outside of Lone Pine on the Whitney Portal Road, you’ll see a sign reading “Alabama Hills Information Next Right” with an arrow. Follow the sign and park in the small parking lot along the main road. This is the traditional starting point for your ride, but the loop has strong “Choose Your Own Adventure” characteristics. Parking anywhere (legal) along the side of Whitney Portal Road is …

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Earn Your Beer: Issue 110

MTB Gooseberry Mesa, UT

By James Murren

Gooseberry Mesa in southwestern Utah is one of those places that has been on many a mountain biker’s bucket list for decades. Its fame and desire-to-ride has endured longer than most marriages. I’m not sure what that means, other than the relationship between a dream mountain bike ride and the terrain living up to expectations has lasted a long time, long enough to keep riders happy and coming back to red rock country, as well as telling friends to go and ride the Goose. 

The location

Gooseberry Mesa

Nearly a mile high in the sky, with views that elicit all kinds of adjectives that attempt to describe the massive scale of wonder and beauty that lives there, Gooseberry Mesa sits less than an hour’s drive east of the St. George/Hurricane, UT region along State Route 59. The long dirt road approach can be …

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Grinduro! California 2019

September 28 • Quincy

In 2015 the Grinduro event concept was brought to life in a joint venture between Giro Sport Design and Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS).

Grinduro! California is one of four Grinduro events this year. The Scotland Grinduro took place on July 13, while upcoming events in Canada and Japan will take place August 17 and October 12 respectively.

The unique format of Grinduro combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. Festivities include two days of excellent food, a handmade bike show, an art exhibit, live music and camping.

Although race entries for the uber-popular Grinduro! California are sold out, the festival is open to the public. Come cheer on the racers and soak up the Grinduro! vibe in the beautiful northwestern Sierra mountains.

Grinduro is supported by Giro Sport Design, Rapha, Maxxis, Fabric, and Cannondale.

Learn more …

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California Coast Classic 2019

September 21-28 • San Francisco to Los Angeles

The California Coast Classic (CCC) is an eight-day, 525-mile, self-paced pedaling adventure from San Francisco to Los Angeles that is open to cyclists of all levels. It follows a coastal route along, and parallel to, California’s iconic Highway 1, and is capped at 250 riders.

2019 marks the 19th year of this boutique, bucket list ride, which is named by Outside magazine as one of “The 30 Best Road Biking Trips.” While it attracts many repeat riders, it also maintains a friendly and welcoming vibe and is open to riders from novice to experienced.

Participants ride along coastal roads among waves, woods, and wineries, and camp or hotel in areas not open to larger groups. The ride covers over 500 miles during the best time of year in California, late September. 

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