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 in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.




Downhill Racing Returns To Crested Butte

One of the birthplaces of mountain biking is set to hold a top tier downhill race in mid September — and it will coincide with the area’s annual Chili and Beer Festival.

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Breck Epic Stage 5: Yep, That Was Epic

Thursday’s stage 5 of the Breck Epic deserves what is often an overused adjective in the fat tire world. No it wasn’t the longest stage in mileage or time. But heading up and over Wheeler Pass was indeed epic.

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Breck Epic Stage 4: Suffering and Singletrack

On paper Wednesday’s stage 4 grunt (43 miles, roughly 7,000 feet of climbing) was the bad boy of the Breck Epic’s 6 stages. There was brutal fire road climbing, brutal singletrack climbing, and one mishmash of doubletrack and narrow trail that’s known locally as Vomit Hill.

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Breck Epic Stage 2: Lessons From The Trail

Two days of the 5th annual Breck Epic 6-day cross-country stage race are in the books and there are many lessons to be learned. Here then is a point-by-point encapsulation on some of what Professor Pain and the Singletrack Savant have taught thus far here in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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Leadville 100 Exclusive Interview: Race Favorite Todd Wells

Todd Well has been aiming at the Leadville 100 for months, spending extended time training at altitude, while at the same time winning the overall of the Pro XCT series. In between it all, the three-time Olympian invited Mtbr.com into his home for an extended interview.

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Washington State Enduro Series Benefits Trails

New five-race Cascadia Dirt Cup series offers top notch racing while giving back to local communities by donating a portion of its revenues to trail development and trail maintenance.

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Review: Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack

If you’re looking for a medium sized, feature-rich hydration pack that will capably carry everything you need for those 3-4-hour mountain bike rides, the Osprey Raptor 14 is worth a long look.

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Freewheeling: Drinking In The Original Growler

Mountain bike races are kind of like good beer. Each has its own unique flavor, style, appearance, and of course alcohol content, which in fat-tire terms translates to difficulty. Gunnison, Colorado’s Original Growler is a stiffy.

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Gunnison’s Original Growler: What You Need To Know

For starters, be aware that the Original Growler is loaded with techy singletrack and almost never-ending pedaling. No wonder everyone who registers for the race must tick a checkbox affirming that they are “an experienced mountain biker.”

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Sneak Peek: Nico Vouilloz’s Lapierre Spicy Team 27.5

Lapierre leaked some shots of a prototype 27.5 rig that French great Nicolas Vouilloz will be piloting during his chase for Enduro World Series glory. It’s one seriously sexy bike. Check it out.

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Review: Mavic Notch Helmet, Shoes and Apparel

While there are no mandatory gear requirements for enduro racing, cycling companies are making a big push with lots of new enduro-specific gear. Here we take a look at Mavic’s complete Notch line.

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Primal Wear Details Helix Kit and its Give Back Program

In our on-going Sea Otter Classic video series, Primal Wear marketing director Tim Baker breaks down the highlights of the Helix jersey and bibs, and explains the company’s charitable Give Back Program.

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Kappius Looking To Kickstart Hub Production

Innovative hub maker Kappius Components has launched an updated version of its unique road and mountain hubs. Now they’re seeking financial backing to begin manufacturing. Find out how you can help.

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Updated: Sneak Peek Of Giant’s Prototype 27.5-inch Bikes

When a company spends upwards of $100,000 per carbon mold and makes three of said molds, it’s a safe bet that something new is moving quickly down the pipeline toward public availability. That would certainly appear to be the case with Giant and the burgeoning realm of 27.5-inch mountain bikes.

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New National Sanctioning Body Set To Compete with USA Cycling

Citing a long-held dissatisfaction with the job cycling’s national governing body has done, an Oregon-based group has launched the North American Bicycle Racing Association.

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UCI Postpones Controversial Rule Enforcement Until 2014

Governing body backs down, but will it really mean positive change? Many within the U.S. amateur cycling world are still highly skeptical.

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Sho-Air MTB Team Set To Defy UCI Rule

Top U.S. race team plans to race Whiskey Off-Road despite UCI rule forbidding UCI license holders from competing in events not sanctioned by a national governing body.

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USA Cycling Fires Back At Rule Enforcement Criticism

In the wake of increasing criticism for its enforcement of the UCI rule regarding participation in non-UCI events, USA Cycling has produced a letter from UCI president Pat McQuaid explaining its side of the matter.

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Multiple Land Acquisitions Could Net Massive NorCal Trail Network

Mountain bikers in Northern California have serious cause for celebration. In a move to link a number of existing trails, two new land acquisitions could net a 100-plus-miles of interconnected singletrack.

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Profile: Enduro Star Jerome Clementz and His Cannondale Jekyll

Meet the world’s No. 1 enduro racer, see a detailed photo gallery of his bike, and find out why he quit racing downhill. Hint: It was boring.

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Freewheeling: Why Strava Doesn’t Suck

It’s not Strava’s fault that some people can’t distinguish between the reality of their mediocre cycling ability and the fantasy of their contrived on-line cycling identity.

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Video: Take A Ride With Enduro Star Jerome Clementz

What is it like to blaze down steep, technical singletrack? Jump aboard Jerome Clementz’s Cannondale Jekyll in this exclusive point-of-view video from the SuperEnduro course is Finale Ligure, Italy.

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Pro Bike: Marco Fontana’s Cannondale F29 Hardtail

Last year’s 4th place finisher in the overall World Cup XC series is gunning to move onto the podium in 2013. To get there, the reigning Italian national champ will have the aid of the whip fast full-carbon Cannondale F29.

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Cannondale 2013 Factory MTB Team Part 2

Cannondale presented its eight-rider Factory Racing mountain bike team in Finale Ligure this week. Here’s a selection of photos from this Italian cycling paradise.

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Cannondale Introduces 2013 Factory MTB Team

Cannondale unveiled its eight-rider international mountain bike team in Finale Ligure, Italy, this week. Check out this behind the scenes look at the proceedings.

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