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Karmacoma brule's article
Apr 13, 2013 at 4:32
Apr 13, 2013
Video: Enduro - A Bike Movie 3 - Episode 2
WOW "passionate and 100-precent "organic" - Must go great with some brown rice. I love idiotic catch phrases. Seriously, let's get back to real heroes, guys and gals that have to work 5 days a week for a living, have families, and hit the gym and ride hard on their spare time. You don't want to be this guy...weak
Karmacoma leelau's article
Apr 10, 2013 at 8:46
Apr 10, 2013
It's Time to Donate to Your Local Trail Organization
This will be my first season riding MTB, coming in from a road cycling background. I've already signed up for a local advocacy/trail building group and plan on donating my time. The way I figure is, I'm riding on trails for free, trails that were built by people who came before me, so I HAVE to pay the toll. Not being able to donate cash isn't an excuse, your time is appreciated as trails need grooming and rebuilding, especially in the spring months.
Karmacoma mikekazimer's article
Apr 5, 2013 at 15:15
Apr 5, 2013
UCI Clarifies Rule on Unsanctioned Races
Good points, UCI def wants a piece of the sponsor pie (they have vested interests in promotion even though they are the governing body) But here's the issue, what if a rider wants to ride an Enduro series which UCI has not approved? This means that if that pro holds a UCI license he will not race the Enduro series for fear of DQ or suspension. This in the long run may hurt MTB as pros who are UCI licensed will not come over the line and bring the attention that their name attracts. Then again, DH/Enduro is pretty self-sustaining with their own starts. I can see this working if NONE of the Enduro/DH series get UCI approval, then they would have their own niche.
Karmacoma mikekazimer's article
Apr 5, 2013 at 15:03
Apr 5, 2013
UCI Clarifies Rule on Unsanctioned Races
There was a call for this about 3 months ago from criterium racers and I believe a pro racer (both out of USA). It won't happen, remember that UCI has their paws all over the world, not just North American. And I think we're so deep in the shit now that it would just hurt the sport not to have a governing body until another was established. There's some movement to change the fatcats and rumor is Steve Bauer + Greg Lemond may be in a good spot to get into the new UCI, but who the hell knows, it's going to be years.
Karmacoma mikekazimer's article
Apr 5, 2013 at 14:56
Apr 5, 2013
UCI Clarifies Rule on Unsanctioned Races
Please, let me remind those who know, and inform those who don't: UCI has a lot of interests within the promotional field of racing AND they are the regulators of the sport, this is a conflict of interest in the highest form. They stand to gain from the promotion of the sport and enforce regulations only when it suits them to maximize monetary gain. I wonder how many interests they have within the manufacturing field in the sport, what their profit margin is on equipment and new technologies. Let's not forget equipment MUST be UCI approved in order to be used in sanctioned racing (I'm referring specifically to triathlon, road cycling and track, not sure about XC/DH/etc) - You do see the conflict I hope, and the kind of crap that the sport is up against.
Karmacoma mikekazimer's article
Apr 5, 2013 at 14:49
Apr 5, 2013
UCI Clarifies Rule on Unsanctioned Races
Brooce: there's been a call out from roadies in the U.S to not pay licensing fees for a year to send the message home to UCI. Unfortunately it's not going to happen
Karmacoma mikekazimer's article
Apr 5, 2013 at 14:46
Apr 5, 2013
UCI Clarifies Rule on Unsanctioned Races
I fucking hate this organization, these guys have been holding back road cycling for years and just keep spreading their web of shit. Now you know what roadies have been dealing with for years...welcome to the boat fellas. This is now about forcing the hand of organizers of non sanctioned races to pay the permit fee. Organizers: What's it like to be between a wall and a handgun? Racers: Start using fake names (can I be Mr. Black? Everyone wants to be Mr. Black)
Karmacoma mattwragg's article
Apr 5, 2013 at 7:36
Apr 5, 2013
Opinion: The Enduro World Series, DH1 and Pissing in the Drinking Water?
They don't Fernando, they're both the promoters and regulators. It's a conflict of interest, and until that changes they won't care. It has a lot to do with who's in charge over there
Karmacoma mikekazimer's article
Apr 4, 2013 at 6:03
Apr 4, 2013
Opinion: Mitch Ropelato Wins Fontana DH On a 29er Trail Bike
I see what you're saying but... Don't you think that equipment choices should be limited by organizers in order to keep the competitive field even? I mean, at the pro level the technical skills are so high that sometimes equipment choice can make such a huge impact, at what point does it become about who had the best equipment choice vs who had the best skills. As a side note, I don't get why people are taking this discussion so personally, it's interesting stuff and shouldn't be taken as a personal insult because someone is discussing their wheel size.
Karmacoma mikekazimer's article
Apr 4, 2013 at 5:53
Apr 4, 2013
Opinion: Mitch Ropelato Wins Fontana DH On a 29er Trail Bike
Now that you mention it....yeah that is ass backwards, I'm not sure I got my point across. I meant I need a large frame, with the 29er wheels on there it's gonna feel even bigger...Or maybe I just need to try one in my size and see how it feels Anyways, what I meant with my whole comment was that competition has to stay focused on rider skills, not equipment choice. If riders are only allowed one size wheel on a course that would keep the focus on the rider skills.
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