Bike Parks and Trails

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SoCal: Snow Summit Bike Park at Big Bear Lake

Big Bear is legendary in the history of our sport, but until recently hasn’t been a destination after closing to downhill mountain bikes in 2004. Fortunately for riders in SoCal, the resort has seen the light and recently reopened to gravity riding. Taking cues from the financial success in Whistler, Gravity Logic— the outfit responsible for […]

09.20.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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Tahoe Trail Destination: Hole in the Ground Trail

The Tahoe area has some of the best riding in a day’s drive of the Bay Area, and this summer we’ve been spending a lot of our weekends there. Ironically, until this season, we weren’t that excited about the area, simply due to our ignorance of the amazing terrain. It’s not that there isn’t a […]

09.16.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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Northstar Bike Park: Pumps on Pedals

The Northstar Bike Park has been hosting a women’s only event every Friday with discounted lift tickets and opportunities of guided rides and coaching. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to meet and ride with other women riders in the community. Having led more than my share of group rides, I’m a huge fan of them […]

08.27.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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Northstar Bike Park Presents Ladies Night: Pumps on Pedals

Riding the bike park at Northstar can be intimidating at times if you’re not already a regular gravity rider. Even if you are, as a woman we’re often riding with male companions. Riding in the company of other female riders can sometimes make a big difference in progressing your skill set to the next level. We’re […]

07.11.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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Racing the 2014 Ashland Mountain Challenge

Getting to open it up and pin it down the mountain is the best part of riding and racing bikes in Ashland. Formerly a Super D format, the Ashland Mountain Challenge was a stage race made up of four sections timed on trails primarily going downhill. Not quite an enduro, but not a straight Super D, […]

07.08.2014 Oregon Trails Read the full story →
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Trail Riding at the Northstar Bike Park

Can you have fun riding a regular mountain bike at a bike park, or more specifically, the Northstar Bike Park? With a reputation for big rocks, loose soil and clouds of dust, Northstar has often been described as Gnarstar, for good reasons. We’ve always enjoyed our trips to the “local” bike park. As residents of […]

06.25.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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We Rode the New Demo Flow Trail and It Was Fun.

Two sections of the new flow trail in Demonstration Forest near Santa Cruz opened to the public last weekend. Section 3 and Section 5 are now open for business, and we headed down this Sunday to take the new trail for a spin and snap a few pics. Long story short: the new segments feel […]

06.16.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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Riding the Corral Loop: South Lake Tahoe

I finally got out to ride Mr. Toads a few years ago, and it was a really fun trail —worthy of seeking out to experience. It was a lot more fun than sections of the Flume Trail and Rim Trail we’ve ridden, two XC rides that weren’t as exciting as we had hoped on longer […]

06.12.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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Northstar Bike Park Opening Weekend Photo Run: Gypsy Trail

The Northstar Bike Park opened for the 2014 season this weekend and we made it a point to be there for a day of gravity fed riding. The jump strewn Livewire trail never disappoints and has become my favorite warm up line on the mountain. The terrain at the park is known for dusty and loose […]

06.10.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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2014 Ashland, Oregon Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival

When our friends at Ashland Mountain Adventures invited us to the Spring Thaw weekend in Ashland, Oregon, we couldn’t refuse. A lousy winter that devastated the ski resort meant they’d be running the XC race up to the Bull Gap Trail. Normally  it’s trail still covered in a blanket of snow and ice. This season however, was […]

05.24.2014 Oregon Trails Read the full story →