Travel Reviews and News


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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The ASS Goes to Breckenridge

Here’s to altitude sickness, mild hypothermia and rooming with a raving lunatic who’s racing on a fully rigid singlespeed. Yeah, there’s gonna be some great content. Tune in for Daily ASS updates from each stage of the Breck Epic.

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Video: Mountain Bike Oregon Vacation Trip Report

Update: June 26, 2013 We did our first trip to Mountain Bike Oregon in 2007 and have been back many times. Many of our friends and users have done the MBO trip as well and have come back with memories from a great adventure. Check out the highlights below from their recent trips and from […]

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Enduro: Definition in Process – Hauer and Lopes in Punta Ala

Our good friends John Hauer and Brian Lopes went to Punta Ala, Italy to expererience first-hand and compete in the Enduro World Series Race #1. Read on and hear about John’s adventure first-hand.

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Whistler Bike Park Opening Day …. and some advice from the experts

Whistler opened with unreal trail conditions. Watch some video action of the fun and a few snap shots and some tips from Pros!

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Pemberton and Whistler Trails – And Your Bike Park Countdown

An average ski season this year in Whistler means that lower valley trails, like Pemberton, are starting to melt out from snow and are rideable.

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Euro Enduro Excursion: Riding in Provence

Mtbr is in France learning about Mavic’s new Notch mountain bike apparel and shoe line, and riding some of the trails used in the world famous Trans Provence enduro mountain bike race.

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Mountain Biking in the Swiss Alps and the Italian Dolomites in South Tirol with Race Face

North Vancouver and Whistler, our home towns, are awesome places to ride. But the world is vast. So much to offer, it’s great when you get an opportunity to venture further and see what else is out there. This year we returned to Switzerland and South Tirol, some less traveled mountain bike destinations.   Being Vancouver […]

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The Bend Conspiracy: Riding the best trails of Oregon with Cog Wild and Sonya Looney

Picture this. Carving autumn-rich trails—from wooded roller coasters to volcanic rock, from streams to waterfalls, from canopy-covered singletrack to vast viewpoints—

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The Bend Confidential: COTA is a Model for Building Trails that Mountain Bikers Want

I was fortunate enough to be able to join some fellow MTBR folks on a trip to Bend, Oregon this past October. I had already experienced my first Bend trip earlier in the year, back in June, and we had an absolute blast riding some…

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The Bend Experiment: Bend, Oregon Craft Beer and Alpenglow Lodging

The Bend Experiment What would happen if you took seven of the most stoked members of mtbr on a bike and beer adventure in Bend, Oregon – one vehicle, one house, one schedule. Would there be fun to be had? Would they still talk to each other after the trip? Mtbr sent a few emails and within a […]

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Mtbr Norcal Members climb 10,000 feet in Soquel Demo Forest

The end of the summer riding season either spells burnout or hero dirt for the Norcal mountain biker. Fall in the SF Bay Area means a return to cool, clear weather a few days of rain to return the dirt into pristine mountain biking condition. The Norcal members of mtbr got together on November 3rd […]

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KRob visits British Columbia And Whistler Bike Park

Since my earliest forays into mountain biking and mountain biking reports I’ve seen pictures and read tales of the famous BC riding scene.

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