About the author: Sonya Looney

It’s energy and attitude that have propelled World Champion Sonya Looney on a mountain bike across the rugged Himalayas, through sweltering sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, and through the clammy jungles of Sri Lanka. Sonya Looney is an adventure traveler on a bike seeking out the hardest races in the most remote, beautiful, and interesting places in the world. She believes in pushing limits because that’s when you realize you are far more capable than ever imagined. Sonya is also a professional speaker, keynoting at large conferences and has spoken at TEDx. Don't let her accolades fool you though, she loves craft beer and joking around. Follow her on social media!




7 best stretches for cyclists


If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our decades of riding, it’s the importance of stretching. It’s the one tool that can help alleviate your pain and tightness throughout the year. Let Sonya Looney show you her favorite stretches.

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Sonya Looney’s key clothing for cold weather riding


Winter can be painful. Upon walking out the door, you subconsciously cringe in bitter anticipation of the cold air stinging your warm cheeks. But when dressed right, riding in cold weather can be comfortable and fun.

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Meditation basics with Sonya Looney


Sit down on a chair or the floor with eyes closed, do a scan of your body from head to toe including the contact points of your body, and simply focus on your breath for 10 minutes. You’ll be surprised how much it can benefit you on the bike.

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27.5 vs. 29: Sonya Looney chimes in


Does size really matter? If we’re talking mountain bike wheels, my answer is, it depends, says Sonya Looney.

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5 core exercises guaranteed to improve your cycling


Pro racer Sonya Looney details the workout routine that helps her stay race ready.

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7 tips on training with a slower partner (or significant other)


Don’t let mountain biking ruin your relationships. Instead heed this advice from pro racer Sonya Looney on how to deal with being the faster (or slower) rider the next time you head out with a partner or your significant other.

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How To: Stretching for cyclists


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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Sonya Looney: Up all night at the WEMBO 24-hour world’s


Follow along as endurance racing savant Sonya Looney tries to bring home her first World Endurance Mountain Bike Organization 24 Hour Solo World Championship.

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Rider Diary: Sonya Looney’s Alpac Attack adventure part 2


Part two – Long distance race specialist Sonya Looney takes off to Argentina in search of adventure. She found flat roads, stiff headwinds and road racing tactics.

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Rider Diary: Sonya Looney’s Alpac Attack adventure


Long distance race specialist Sonya Looney takes off to Argentina in search of adventure. She found flat roads, stiff headwinds and road racing tactics.

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Rider Diary: Sonya Looney races the True Grit 100


Singletrack and suffering on Southern Utah’s high desert trails.

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Bike vacation? Travel tips to save money and have fun


Sonya travels all over the globe for events, races and appearances. Learn from her on how to keep sane and productive when traveling with bike to remote destinations.

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Sonya Looney: Brasil Ride heats up


The grueling race takes hold as these next stages deliver massive climbs, high mileage, high heat and humidity.

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Sonya Looney: More than a race, Brasil Ride adds color to life


Our globe-trotting contributor grabs a teammate and takes on the grueling and epic seven day Brasil Race.

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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: 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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