About the author: Sonya Looney

Sonya Looney is a world class ultra endurance mountain bike racer. She has competed in the hardest international stage races in the world, picking up several wins. She has three USA 24 Hour National Champion jerseys in her closet, as well as a Marathon World Championship USA team kit hiding in there as well. Her love is for big mountain adventures which helps her excel at her favorite race distance - 100 milers. Sonya's positive energy and love for life would never lead you to guess she suffers in her races and always is laughing with a grin on her face. She also prides herself in her taste for microbrews, red wine, and has a quick witted sense of humor.




Ride Report: Morocco’s Titan Desert Stage Race Part 3

Pro endurance racer Sonya Looney gives us an inside view of Morocco’s Titan Desert Stage Race.

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Race Report: Morocco’s Titan Desert Stage Race Part 2

Pro endurance racer Sonya Looney gives us an inside view of Morocco’s Titan Desert Stage Race.

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Five easy maintenance tips for the non-mechanic

Pro endurance racer Sonya Looney takes us inside her toolbox and gives us five easy tips to help keep our mountain bikes rolling smoothly.

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Race Report: Morocco’s Titan Desert Stage Race

Pro endurance racer Sonya Looney gives us an inside view of Morocco’s Titan Desert Stage Race.

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Race Report: True Grit 100

Sonya Looney’s full report on the 100-mile, True Grit 100 bike race in St. George, Utah. See how Sonya fared on the rough, rowdy, and technical course.

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Review: Kreitler Rollers

Long days inside? Maybe give rollers a try to spruce up your winter indoor training. Kreitler allows you to create a set of rollers from the ground up so you can have the indoor riding and possibly travel portability to best fit your riding ability and lifestyle.

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Feature: I Should Stretch

What are 4 stretches you can do in about 15 minutes that will address cycling specific muscle tightness?  Try this for 2 weeks and do it 3-4 times a week.  Feel the difference?  I bet you will.

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Feature: Taking the Dirt Surfing to the Water

Taking surfing lessons from Alan and Kauai Surf School was helpful for the mountain bike clinics that I teach. Next time you’re near water, check out surfing. It’s a great compliment to mountain biking!

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Feature: Hawaiian Beers

I was just in Hawaii for some serious off-season down time. I even left my bike at home so I’d be forced to do other activities. One of those activities happens to be a favorite pastime – taste and drink beer!

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Feature: A Taste of Costa Rica

For 2014, there will be another ultra endurance race in Costa Rica. Some sections will be just a stone’s throw away from the Nicaraguan border. It’s called the Ultimate 200km; a 124 mile dirt challenge in the saddle.

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Sonya Looney Rides the Mongolia Bike Challenge: Part 4 – Bonfire and Shaman Dancer

It’s always nice to line up for the last day of a stage race. The efforts you’ve put out all week have solidly taken its toll on your body. You are fatigued yet satisfied.

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Sonya Looney Rides the Mongolia Bike Challenge: Part 3 – The Fetal Position

I crossed the line and was so mentally and physically exhausted that I lay down in the fetal position. It felt amazing to be resting on the ground in the sunshine.

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Sonya Looney Rides the Mongolia Bike Challenge: Part 2 – The Harsh Reality

At 3 AM, the rain on the roof of the Ger finally stopped. The sky was inky and ominous as the morning sunlight suffocated behind the clouds. Cold rain was imminent.

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Sonya Looney Rides the Mongolia Bike Challenge: Part 1 – The Adventure Begins

The Mongolia Bike Challenge has been touted as one of the top 5 hardest mountain bike stage races in the world. I was ready to test my fitness against some of the top European and Australian racers in the world.

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Feature: Why I Race Ultra-Endurance

Why would I want to sleep on the ground, freeze my ass off, ride my bike for 8 hours at a time, take pleasure in hiking my bike through the mud or up the side of a giant mountain, and voluntarily choose to push myself so hard that I suffer from the pain? Simple. It makes me a better person.

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Feature: Stage Race Pack List

“What do I bring? Did I pack everything I might need? WHAT AM I FORGETTING?!?” Here’s my checklist. Feel free to consult it when you’re traveling for your next pedal worthy vacation.

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Feature: It’s Pro to Drink Beer

Here at Mtbr, we are a bit obsessed with beer. Here’s professional mountain bike racer, Sonya Looney’s top 5 favorite summer beers. What are yours? Give her something new to try!

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Review: Evoc Bike Travel Bag

Most airlines strictly enforce the 50lb weight limit when it comes to traveling with a bike. Enter the Evoc Bike Travel Bag, my dream case! Lightweight for packing other things along with the bike without being over weight.

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