About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.




Breck Epic Stage 6: The final photo gallery

The 2015 Breck Epic is in the books, following the stage 6 Gold Dust ride, which covered roughly 28 miles with 4800 feet of climbing. Big winners include Frans Claes (Loving Hut MTB Team) and Evelyn Dong (Sho-Air/Cannondale), who put in strong showings all week to run away with respective 6-day open category titles.

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Breck Epic Stage 5: The challenge of Wheeler Pass

It’s not the longest — or even hardest — stage of the Breck Epic. But few days in cross-country bike racing strike more fear in the hearts of competitors than the truly epic grind up and over Wheeler Pass — summit elevation well above 12,000 feet.

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Breck Epic Stage 4: Another epic photo gallery

You know you’re in trouble when the day’s prominent feature is called Vomit Hill. But that was just a fraction of the pain doled out Wednesday at stage 4 of the Breck Epic cross-country stage race. Have a look.

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Breck Epic Stage 3: The massive ride around Mount Guyot

The Breck Epic cross-country stage race marched on Tuesday, with the 46-mile trek around Mount Guyot deep in the Breckenridge backcountry. Climbing, as usual, was dished out by the boatload — about 8100 feet when all was said and done.

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Hynek conquers Colorado Trail at stage 2 of Breck Epic

It was another day of high altitude suffering at the six-day Breck Epic cross-country stage race. On tap for stage 2 was the 43-mile Colorado Trail adventure with upwards of 7,200 feet of climbing.

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Topeak-Ergon’s Lakata fastest on stage 1 of Breck Epic

The six-day Breck Epic cross country stage race kicked off Sunday with the Pennsylvania Loop, a 35.8-mille high altitude effort with a leg and lung busting 5080 feet of climbing.

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Trail Report: Winter Park – aka Mountain Bike Capital USA

It’s a bold declaration to dub any locale “Mountain Bike Capital USA.” But the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area can at least make a compelling argument for use of the trademarked name that’s prominent in various marketing material.

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The Whistler Experience Part 2: Kids, cross-country and the best places to relax

Find out how the kids of Whistler are driving the cycling industry to innovate, and why parents are following their children’s lead, and learning how to shred.

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The Whistler Experience Part 1: Not all big hucks, bro-brah, flat brims and Red Bull

Whistler will always be best known for its world famous bike park and mega-events such as Crankwork. But this B.C. mountain biking wonderland is also a great place for any skill-level rider to enjoy two-wheeled bliss.

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Crankbrothers releases limited edition M-Series tools

Tool time is getting a little more colorful thanks to the crew at Crankbrothers. This summer the California company is offering its three most popular multi-tools in four limited edition colors.

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Review: Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket, Elevate Shorts, WxB MTB Shoe Cover

Colorado-based apparel maker is better known for its road apparel, but it’s upping its game in the fat tire arena as well.

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Outerbike Whistler: Hot bikes, amazing trails, good times

Consumer-facing trade show in B.C. wonderland serves up biking bliss with hundreds of demo bikes, and access to the world’s most famous bike park.

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BMC rolls out new Speedfox 27.5 Trailcrew

This beefier version of the Speedfox has a slacker head tube, lower BB, and shorter chainstays.

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Factory Tour: Mountain Racing Products (aka MRP)

Come along for an inside look at the Grand Junction, Colorado-based maker of chain guides, chain guards and suspension forks.

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Lindarets ReMount improves dropper post lever position

Novel device allows riders to keep hands on bars when moving saddle up and down. But it doesn’t work well with all lever designs.

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First Look: BMC Teamelite 01 “soft tail” hardtail

Switzerland’s BMC is the latest bike maker to take a crack at perfecting the soft tail concept. How well it works remains to be seen.

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Sea Otter: Mavic updates MTB wheel-tire systems

The men in yellow unveiled a mix of updates and new product, all of it centering around mountain bike wheels and tires.

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First Look: Bold Bikes takes suspension inside

Rear shock housed completely inside the composite frame’s seat tube in an effort to protect it from rock strikes, crashes, mud and gunk.

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Sea Otter: New helmets from Giant, Lazer and Smith

Today’s brain protectors offer a variety of high-tech functionality, solid styling, and most importantly, protection in case of a crash. Here are four new lids that caught our eye during the Sea Otter Classic.

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Sea Otter: Fezzari rolls out 27+ Cascade Peak

Consumer direct seller believes there’s a sea change underway with the way people buy bikes — and sees new 27+ platform as great entree into sport for new riders.

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Sea Otter: New XC, enduro and fat bike shoes from Lake

Dutch cycling shoe maker Lake unveils an XC racer, an enduro slayer, and two commuter models with high hipster quotient. Here’s the rundown on each of the new kicks.

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Sea Otter: Crankbrothers launching custom color program

For an extra $25, consumers will soon be able to design personalized Crankbrothers Eggbeater and Candy pedals.

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Sea Otter: Kappius launches KR-29-XCW wide MTB rim

Kappius pushes into wide rim arena with new hoop that measures a claimed 46mm outer width and 41mm internal.

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Sea Otter: Rocky Mountain Sherpa 27.5+ bike debuts

The acts of bike packing and shredding singletrack are usually mutually exclusive. But Rocky Mountain is trying to turn that notion on its head.

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Sea Otter: Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2, ultimate DT Swiss fork

If your bike buying budget is tight, don’t click through. This post will just make you frustrated, angry or both. It will also likely make you drool.

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