The return of slopestyle certainly put the icing on the cake for a week of two-wheeled excitement down in Rotorua. It was anyone’s game with a stacked lineup of riders ranging from Slopestyle World Champion Brett Rheeder, 2018 Triple Crown Winner Nicholi Rogatkin, to a long list of seasoned veterans like Thomas Genon and Anthony Messere.
It was a massive course with a daunting collection of jumps that knocked a few competitors off their feet. One rider who had no problem keeping the rubber side down was none other than Rheeder, who was rather busy this winter filming and training throughout the offseason. It showed. Rheeder executed a nearly flawless run that bumped him into the top position. Despite Tomas Lemoine and Alex Alanko’s best attempts to topple him, Rheeder ultimately walked away as the champion. Watch the madman at work with his winning run.
A clean bike is a happy bike. Max Ritter photo. There’s just something about a clean bike that makes you want to ride faster and push harder on the trail. Maybe it’s a placebo, or maybe it’s the fact that a clean bike typically means everything is working well, your drivetrain isn’t creaking, and your suspension is as active as it can be. Even if you only ride in dry conditions, cleaning your bike frequently will keep it happy and make all those expensive parts work better and last
While one of mountain biking’s most infamous races – the legendary MegaAvalanche – did not take place this summer, organizers couldn’t resist giving racers a chance to bomb down the mountainside at Alpe D’Huez in a mass-start race. Things were a little different this year, but looked just as rowdy as ever, with lots of carnage and pile-up crashes throughout the day. I mean, come on, what’s there not to like about blasting euro techno at the start line while you and 50 other riders all-out
Casey Brown rocking her new signature jersey, just one of the many women's kits we tested this summer. Scott Robb photo. The other day I was riding with a few of my girlfriends, and this woman in a really cute pair of bike shorts passed us on the trail. Intrigued, we tried guessing the brand and began naming off all the mountain bike apparel companies we knew: Wild Rye, Shredly, Dakine, Sombrio, Mons Royale, and the list kept going. I couldn’t help but laugh because five years ago we