Paul Basagoitia with his E-bike. Katie Lozancich photo.
In October 2015 professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia severely injured his spinal cord while competing at Red Bull Rampage, bursting his T12 vertebra during a fairly innocuous-looking crash. After three months in the hospital, Paul left in a wheelchair and began the long recovery process.
Now, nearly five years later, Paul is one of the stars of TGR's ACCOMPLICE, ripping hard on his E-bike. He's a major figure in the SCI (spinal cord injury) community, and recently shared his story on Mike Powell's The Powell Movement podcast. Take a listen and learn more about his journey back to the forefront of the MTB film scene.
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
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