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Go Back to the Birth of Freestyle Mountain Biking with ‘The Moment’

It's hard to imagine in today's era of freestyle mountain biking and seemingly limitless progression, but at one point, the concept of freestyle mountain biking was highly controversial. And the new film The Moment–out todayprofiles those early rebels who openly defied the mountain biking culture at the time and helped birth a new sport.

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With mountain biking by and large headed in the direction of racing, groups of renegade daredevils in the backwoods of British Columbia were experimenting with a groundbreaking concept: Actually riding the natural features of a mountain, downhill, with some amount of style. 

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Those early B.C. crews were anchored by freestyle legends like Wade Simmons, Richie Schley and Brett Tippe, pioneers of the movement who used their bodies as currency in advancing the sport. 

On bikes hardly recognizable by the high-tech standards of modern times, the early freestyle riders endured wild crashes, countless physical traumas and were at times ostracized for their devotion to the burgeoning sport.

On bikes that look like carrier bikes compared to the technological marvels of today, freestyle mountain biking was born from the devotion of its first wave. The Moment photo.

It wasn't always pretty–the tolls of advancing the sport ultimately claimed the life of Dave Swetland–but the early pioneers ultimately are responsible for the level of riding we enjoy today. Buy The Moment today to learn more about the early days of freestyle.

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Travis Pastrana One-Ups Evel Knievel

Travis Pastrana One-Ups Evel Knievel

RELATED: Travis Pastrana To Take On Legendary Evel Knievel Jumps “Nitro is about capturing the imagination, like Evel Knievel did so well,” motorsports star Travis Pastrana told the  Las Vegas Review Journal. Well, yesterday Pastrana did just that. As a part of Nitro Circus and the History Channel's live television event, Travis Pastrana made Las Vegas home base for a historic event. In one night, he not only successfully recreated, and in two instances surpassed, three of Evel

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POV From the World’s Craziest MTB Race

For those of you who don’t know about the Megavalanche, it’s likely the rowdiest race you’ll ever see on two wheels. Mass tart. Crashes. Glaciers. Rocks. Crashes. Oh, and did I mention carnage? There’s really not much else to say. Take a few minutes to appreciate the gnar, and please pardon Ben Deakin’s French.  RELATED: 1500 Mountain Bikers Race Down a Glacier P.S. If you really only have 30 seconds, fast forward to 2:18. 

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Watch: 1500 Mountain Bikers Race Down A Glacier

Watch: 1500 Mountain Bikers Race Down A Glacier

Every year, hundreds of mountain bikers descend on the legendary Megavalanche course in the French Alps to compete in a mass start downhill race. The course starts at 11,000 feet, high on Alpe D’Huez’s Pic Blanc, before descending nearly 9000 feet back to the valley floor over glaciers, snow, and gnarly singletrack. The race takes endurance, incredible bike handling skills, and a whole lot of luck to finish.  This year’s winner was EWS racer Damien Oton, with a time of 38:55. Check out