Travel Reviews and News


First segments of new flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest now open

Despite drought conditions that will halt construction for the summer, two segments of a new flow trail open at the site of the Mtbr Enduro Compare-O—Soquel Demonstration State Forest

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Ride Report: Whistler Bike Park opening day

The upside of a sub-par snow year is that the ground dries out quicker so trails are in fantastic shape. Come take a ride with us here and see what it’s like on the opening day of ‘bike Disney’.

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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 amazing mountain bike trail features you’ve never seen before

The Forest Trail Alliance creates amazing signature trailscapes, all to raise money to build even more trails. Check out five of their amazing trail features here.

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Road Trip: Sedona, Arizona and Over The Edge Sports Bike Shop

Over The Edge Sports helps riders get the most out of Sedona’s red rock mountain bike paradise.

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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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Review: BetterRide three-day mountain bike skills camp

You’ve upgrade to a better fork, some lighter wheels, and a new drivetrain. Now Gene Hamilton and BetterRide want to upgrade your riding.

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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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Video: Juliana Bikes heads to New Zealand with Anka Martin for a Kiwi girl-duro

Poking eels with sticks, hopping into helicopters and shredding rad trails are all on the agenda for Anka Martin and her friends from Juliana Bikes in this new edit. See it all here.

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Fun, techy Soquel Demo Forest a perfect host for our Enduro Compare-O

Though it only measures out to 2,600 acres, the Soquel Demonstration State Forest packs a big mountain biking wallop. We show you around the place, and give you the map for a Compare-O of your own.

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Feature: Yukon Mountain Biking – Carcross

The bike-specific trail system in Carcross only came into existence in 2004. The mountain bike scene was literally created from close to nothing.

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Feature: Yukon Mountain Biking – Whitehorse

It’s a bold claim to attach a superlative like “the purest singletrack experience” to any place but if any place can earn it; it’s the Yukon.

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Feature: The Singlespeed Solstice Ride Ritual

The winter solstice has symbolic meaning, acknowledging that light always returns even in the darkest of times. In ancient times, it was a celebration of burning the shadows away. In other words, a perfect time to ride your bike!

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2014 Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Skills Camp

One of the greatest things you can do for your riding is get some lessons. The vast majority of us are not born with mountain bike cornering and descending skills. Trek Dirt Series has mastered the art of teaching these skills to women and they offer camps for men now too.

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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: Destination Santa Cruz, CA

You like mind bending climbs. You like thrilling descents. You like to ride on pavement and you like to ride on dirt. If you answered yes, yes, and yes please, then Santa Cruz, CA should be at the top of your cycling vacation list.

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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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