Mountain Bike News
   Tyler Maine    Aug 31, 2008
Matti Lehikoinen Injury Update Matti Lehikoinen Injury Update
It's been a season to forget for the Finnish Pinner, with his latest crash in training at the Canberra World Cup taking him out of the 2008 season.

Matti returns home to Finland tomorrow, Monday, after it was decided to have surgery in his home country and not in Australia. He has broken the radius in both hands with the right hand being worse than the left. There's still no 100% confirmation on the condition on his scaphoid bones in both hands at the moment, but the possibility of fractures does exist and these need to be explored with his doctors.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 31, 2008
Red Bull Rampage: Event History Red Bull Rampage: Event History
Launched in 2001 and held annually through 2004, Red Bull Rampage brought the creative, unrestricted ethos of freeride mountain biking to the contest arena while staying true to the sport's core ideals. Poised on a sandstone ridge in the brutal landscape near Virgin, Utah, riders were free to choose whatever line they dared between an established start gate and the finish line 1,500 vertical feet below. Exactly what happened between those two points has become legendary.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 30, 2008
Harvest Huckfest kicks into gear Sept. 20-21 Harvest Huckfest kicks into gear Sept. 20-21
September is one of the best times to ride in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Harvest Huckfest is back for its seventh year, and this time, it’s taking place in September when the weather is milder and the dirt stays tacky, making the riding fantastic.
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   Jordan Holmes    Aug 30, 2008
2009 Intense Uzzi - Sneak Peek 2009 Intense Uzzi - Sneak Peek
Intense recently uploaded some very interesting photos to the World Wide Web, and we all know how fast the word moves over the web. Well, here you guys go. Sneak Peek photos of the 2009 Intense Uzzi, and its a piece of work!
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   Mike Estes    Aug 29, 2008
Giro Remedy: A Full Face Brain Bucket Giro Remedy: A Full Face Brain Bucket
Putting on a 'Brain Bucket' is one of the smartest things your wife/girlfriend/parents can get you do to, it's actually the smartest thing you can do for yourself if you want to enjoy Freeride/DH'ing for a long time. Wearing your helmet and armor isn't 100% proof you're going to walk away from a crash. I've learned a hard lesson this summer racing a DH and I crashed so hard that if I didn't have the body 'armored' up I would be a pile a Jell-O and useless to my loved ones. Impacting the ground at a any rate of speed is nothing I signed up for. Riding within my ability is the key and preached by the top racers in the world who risk life and limb to beat the clock. Wearing the right helmet when you go down will improve your chances dramatically. WEAR YOUR HELMET (And Armor While Riding A Bike!)
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   derek chambers    Aug 29, 2008
FluidrideCup #4 Port Angeles, Washington. FluidrideCup #4 Port Angeles, Washington.
Fluidride Cup #4 Port Angeles. Dry hill, sloppy wet!

After my double right side spanking a little while ago, I wasn't really sure how quickly my body was going to bounce back. It felt like one of those injuries that was going to be with me for a long time. Well with a lot of rest, great physio and loads of acupuncture I'm feeling like my a million bucks again. Once I was back on the pony (my kick ass Devinci Wilson), I was back to life...and couldn't sit still...as usual. So with that said, I hit the road in search of more good times. I looked and I found. I loaded my car to the tits, said goodbye to Nelson once again for another undetermined length of time and hit the road. I eventually made my way to Whistler for some pre-Crankworx riding/fun, but not without a stop in Revelstoke for a few days of incredible riding. Thanks for all the fun Revy crew!!
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 29, 2008
Wiffle Golf - It'll change your life! Wiffle Golf - It'll change your life!
So everyone wants to go to Crankworx to see the slopestyle, all the races and hit up the parties at night right? What if I told you the best event wasn't at the hill, but rather in the woods behind Emerald just north of the village?

Well have a look at the fun times that were this year's 3rd Annual SRAM Wiffle Golf and Arm Wrestling invitational and enjoy the video too.
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   Simon Paton    Aug 29, 2008
Quaker Oats - Fuel for the win? Quaker Oats - Fuel for the win?
Porridge. The Scots absolutely love it, at the Winter races we even had a porridge bar serving the hot stuff.

I know for a fact Cathro, Hutchens, Barnes and Cunningham all live on the stuff. Should you?
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 28, 2008
Kona 2009 Launch - Big Travel Machines Kona 2009 Launch - Big Travel Machines
With 88 bikes in their line up, Kona has a lot of styles to cover. Thankfully here at Pinkbike, we're more concerned with their gravity offerings for 2009.

Here's a look at the Stinky, the Stinky Deluxe, the Minxy and the Stab Supreme:
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   Simon Paton    Aug 28, 2008
Met Kaos Ultimate Met Kaos Ultimate
The Met Kaos Ultimalite is a fancy lid, a fancy weight and a fancy price. As my Grandmother said, "If you want to get ahead, get a hat".

Might as well make it a good one I always thought, what do you think?
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   Dave Melanson    Aug 28, 2008
Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park Opens August 30th Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park Opens August 30th
After a hard summer of digging, framing and lots of head-scratching, the Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park is set to open to the public August 30th, 2008.

Inverhuron is located on the shore of Lake Huron, between Port Elgin and Kincardine Ontario.
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   Steve Crowe    Aug 27, 2008
Kicking Horse Bike Park Trail Crew Update #3 Kicking Horse Bike Park Trail Crew Update #3
The straight goods on Kicking Horse Bike Park, straight from the trail crew's fingertips.

Summer isn’t over until the white stuff flies at Kicking Horse Bike Park. The best part of our season is just starting. In September the sun has stopped sucking the moisture out of your body, the incessant drone of bugs fades, the colors change, the light is sharper and richer, the RVs are mostly off the highways and the trails are buff. All season’s work has been for the sake of killer riding in September. Are you coming?
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 27, 2008
Truvativ HammerSchmidt - For those about to ride! Truvativ HammerSchmidt - For those about to ride!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Truvativ HammerSchmidt launch in the beautiful town of Pemberton B.C. Pemberton was the perfect setup for this launch as the riding in and around town is tough to rival anywhere. Great ascents that rewarded you with even better descending are in abundance there and the terrain is what HammerSchmidt was built to excel on.

Here is my personal take on my experience with the Truvativ HammerSchmidt:
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   Toby Nowland-Foreman    Aug 27, 2008
Sketchy Lines Released Sketchy Lines Released
Sketchy Lines is out!

The Latest New Zealand Mountain Bike film has just been released and the best thing is ... it's FREE! It's by bikers for bikers so sit back and enjoy.

Pics and Videos inside.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 27, 2008
Intermontane Challenge - Cash Prizes Intermontane Challenge - Cash Prizes
World-Class Mountain Bike Race in Kamloops Offers Men and Women Equal Payouts

The Intermontane Challenge, one of the world’s most unique and lucrative mountain bike races is putting men and women on an equal playing field by offering the same prize money for both sexes. Typically women receive 30 to 40 per cent less prize money than men in races because female enrollment is considered not high enough to justify an equal payout.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 26, 2008
National Downhill Champion Geritt Beytagh Joins Freelap USA Team National Downhill Champion Geritt Beytagh Joins Freelap USA Team
News Source: Shawn Orecchio
Freelap USA is proud to announce that current U.S. National Downhill Champion, Geritt Beytagh, has signed-on to represent the Freelap USA product line as a featured athlete.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 26, 2008
Kona 2009 Launch - DJ and Slopestyle Bikes Kona 2009 Launch - DJ and Slopestyle Bikes
Kona Bikes has been in the business for 20 years now and they have a recipe that works for them. Recently I attended their 2009 bike and soft goods launch up in Whistler BC.

Here's a look at the Shonky hard tail and the Bass Slopestyle bikes:
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 26, 2008
Crankworx Wrap up 2008 Crankworx Wrap up 2008
Crankworx 2008 will go down as another successful event for the crew at the Whistler Bike Park. 9 days full of events drew riders from all over the world to this massive venue to be both competitors and spectators.

An event this large is tough to cover in its entirety, but here are some high and low lights from Crankworx 2008.
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   Casey Groves    Aug 26, 2008
My Crankworx Experience My Crankworx Experience
The event everyone has been waiting for has finally started. The biggest names with the gnarliest tricks and speed. There was an enormous amount of prize money up for grabs and you bet that you will see the craziest stuff get thrown down to win cash.

This year my Crankworx experience was like no other. For the past few years I have come to Crankworx as a spectator and watched from the side lines. This year I was competing in the VW Trick Showdown and the Monster Energy Slopestyle thanks to my win at Whistler's Air Affair.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 26, 2008
Silver Star Mountain closing weekend-get up here! Silver Star Mountain closing weekend-get up here!
It is with deep regret Silver Star Bike Park announces the impending death of Summer, 2008. Born on June 20, 2008 at 4:59 p.m., summer never truly got into full swing until Silver Star Bike Park opened June 26. While Summer's official demise will take place on September 22 at 3:40 p.m., for all intents and purposes, it's over Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. That's when Silver Star Bike Park closes for the season.
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   Dariusz Trybocki    Aug 25, 2008
Martin Söderström joins NS Bikes! Martin Söderström joins NS Bikes!
For some time there has been some gossip on bike forums about whether Martin is riding for NS Bikes or not. Here is the story...

Martin chose to ride on NS frames and components some time ago. It was his personal decision and the company had nothing to do with it. However after spotting their Suburban frame and other parts on his bikes, NS contacted Martin and started talking about potential co-operation. In Martin's own words, "NS Bikes was the only brand that develops in a good direction, with light and strong parts".... It took the guys some time to work out everything with Martin and.... now the news is official - Martin will be riding for NS Bikes for the next two seasons!
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 25, 2008
New World Disorder 9-Never Enough Teaser New World Disorder 9-Never Enough Teaser
Gee Atherton ripping the Worlds course the day after winning the race, Robbie Bourdon stomping a 70 ft. flat spin and Fabien Barel dropping an insane, near vertical line in Morocco, that's right New World Disorder is back with it's 9th installment, "Never Enough." Filmed exclusively in Super 16mm and High Definition, the world premiere will screen September 24th, during the annual Interbike trade show in Las Vegas.
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   Gonzo Bikes    Aug 25, 2008
Gonzo Bikes is now up and running at the blaq design website Gonzo Bikes is now up and running at the blaq design website
Everything you need to know about Gonzo Bikes.

For everybody who doesn't know yet, Gonzo Bikes is proud to introduce our first BMX frame, the Vitamin Q. It is the perfect street or trail frame with the best stand over clearance in the business. Super easy to pull huge tricks on and not have to worry about hitting the toptube. We finally have them stickered up and ready to sell.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 25, 2008
Chris Kovarik - Bike Check Chris Kovarik - Bike Check
Chris Kovarik is easily one of the most recognized faces in DH racing today. He's been destroying tracks for years and shows no signs of slowing down. This past week was the 9 day gravity event known as Crankworx in Whistler BC and he was one of few top pros to compete in all the timed events.

Check out Chris and his CRC Intense M6 video interview inside:
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   Simon Paton    Aug 25, 2008
Atom Lab Turns Up The Heat Down The Trails. Atom Lab Turns Up The Heat Down The Trails.
Atomlab’s General Issue Pedals definitely need a mention. Are they thinnest cast aluminum pedals ever made? Now how about their Pimplite Stems, time for the rest of us to catch up with the U.S me thinks.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 24, 2008
Silveroxx 2008 - Recap Silveroxx 2008 - Recap
Source: willygfresh.pinkbike.com

This Silveroxx Festival was by far the best ever, I know this because I had the privilege of participating in every event and got to interact and talk to the majority of entrants. We had plenty of people entered in all three events and everything rolled along nice and smooth.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 24, 2008
The Burner is Coming! Now Give ‘er Hell The Burner is Coming! Now Give ‘er Hell
News Source: Angel Fire
Angel Fire Resort, together with Red Bull and Bigfoot Productions, today officially announced the first-of-its-kind 12-hour, endurance downhill mountain bike competition. The event will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008, at Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico. Branded “The Burner,” the competition will be open to any and all sport, expert and pro-class mountain bike riders, both men and women.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 23, 2008
Bearclaw Invitational Results Bearclaw Invitational Results
Source: Mt.Washington

The Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle's first and second runs took place last night (Friday) from 6:00 to 8:00pm in front of a hyped Island crowd and the riding was absolutely off the hook. Bearclaw's course proved to be challenging and in the end, Jamie Goldman of Santa Cruz, California had it dialed from top to bottom and took home top prize.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 23, 2008
Cody Warren and Kathy Pruitt win first Jeep 48 Straight at Diablo Park Cody Warren and Kathy Pruitt win first Jeep 48 Straight at Diablo Park
CALIFORNIA’S CODY WARREN & KATHY PRUITT CAPTURE TITLES AT FIRST LEG OF JEEP 48STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN BIKE SERIES AT DIABLO FREERIDE PARK IN VERNON, N.J.

Youth and experience may be the most fitting descriptors to explain the separate paths Cody Warren of Alpine, Calif., and Kathy Pruitt of Santa Cruz, Calif., took in snaring titles at the first leg of the Jeep 48STRAIGHT Mountain Bike Series today at Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon, N.J.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 23, 2008
Whiteface 3rd Annual 5K Downhill Mountain Bike Race Whiteface 3rd Annual 5K Downhill Mountain Bike Race
Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, among the most challenging ski and ride mountains in the nation, will host the Third Annual 5 Kilometer Downhill Mountain Bike Race, presented by High Peaks Cyclery, on Sunday, August 31. Race time is 12 p.m.
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   Tur ducken    Aug 23, 2008
Calling All Ladies! -Our own Forum! Calling All Ladies! -Our own Forum!
Hey Ladies,

Are you tired of the endless amounts of private messages and note board comments left on your profile page asking if you really ride? Well, if you are and you want to show the guys that girls are just as good and prove to them that we really do ride, come and checkout the new forum that was created specifically for the female users on this website.
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   Simon Paton    Aug 22, 2008
DMR Zip Grips!! DMR Zip Grips!!
DMR as a company are the "Bread and Butter" of Dirt Jumping. You've all seen the POD's with their pilot Jimmy Pratt entering the atmosphere.

Well this is what he holds onto at the end of his joystick.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 22, 2008
Ben Reid - Bike Check Ben Reid - Bike Check
Ben Reid is from Northern Ireland and for the past few years has become a well known racer on the WC DH circuit. His team of one "Just Reid" travels all around the world to race and follow his passion. He and his mechanic Ali don't lead the life of a rock star, but they are here to race and get the job done.

Check out Ben and his Iron Horse Sunday video interview inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 22, 2008
Banshee Scythe - Built for burl and hurl Banshee Scythe - Built for burl and hurl
Source: Ryan Kuhn

Midway through the 2008 season, the DH race beast sunk its fangs deep into my blood. I suddenly had a burning desire to get on the track as much and as soon as possible. However, the limiting factor was I had dumped all my cash early in the season on a new “all mountain” ride more apt to the single track of my hometown of Rossland, B.C.
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   Jordan Holmes    Aug 22, 2008
Canadian wins California Hell Ride - Hosted by Santa Cruz Canadian wins California Hell Ride - Hosted by Santa Cruz
Source Caroline Faucher - The Free Press, Fernie, B.C.

Kurt Adams, the only Canadian man to compete in the fifth edition of the Santa Cruz Hell Ride in California, returned to Fernie with the winner's title and a brand new Santa Cruz Nomad bicycle valued at over $5,500. Considered by many bike riders as one of the toughest mountain bike races around, this year's Hell Ride featured 4,420 meters of climbing and a total of 106 kilometers of riding.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 21, 2008
Diablo Freeride Park Set For Huge Weekend of Gravity Racing Diablo Freeride Park Set For Huge Weekend of Gravity Racing
On August 23rd and 24th, Diablo Freeride Park, the east coast capital of gravity racing, is set to host an action packed weekend of high-profile events. Featuring 3 unique races, a star-studded roster of professional athletes, and a renowned trail network, Diablo Freeride Park is the place to be this upcoming weekend for racers, freeriders and spectators alike.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 21, 2008
Bearclaw Slopestyle Starts Friday! Bearclaw Slopestyle Starts Friday!
The Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle, one of mountain biking's premiere events, begins one day early on Friday, August 22nd.

“We're starting the first runs for all riders tomorrow night,” explains rider and event founder Darren Berrecloth. “We have a perfect weather window for the next 24 hours to run the first round. If the good weather continues, we will run the second and third runs on Saturday as scheduled.”
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 21, 2008
Emily Johnston - Bike Check Emily Johnston - Bike Check
Emily Johnston has been quietly killing it for a while now and I had a chance to talk to her in Whistler about her current season, her favorite bike and what she's got planned in the future.

Check out Emily and her Black Market hardtail video interview inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 21, 2008
Fox Racing Shox sponsored Athletes at the Olympic Games. Fox Racing Shox sponsored Athletes at the Olympic Games.
FOX Racing Shox would like to congratulate their sponsored Athletes who will be racing in the Beijing Olympics Mountain Bike event August 22 and 23. The athletes will be riding a range of Cross-Country forks in the event. “We test and work with our athletes all year, they all have different preferences on how they want their suspension to be set-up and we work with them so they can get the most out of their suspension,” stated Mark Fitzsimmons, Race Manager.
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   miles sullivan    Aug 21, 2008
VW trick showdown-V Dub Money Grub VW trick showdown-V Dub Money Grub
This year the Kokanee Crankworx took notes from its Colorado counterpart and put a best trick comp into the mix of the week-long mountain bike festival. And it was more than just big tricks and bikes.

A handful of brave kids on bikes throwing down some of their best tricks out of their respective goody bags. At stake was $6,000. $3,000 for each different section of the boneyard they were riding. The first session took place in the middle of the boneyard on a big double next to the big Monster judges tower. The second session was on the last step down stunt. Every rider on the course was on point and every rider was busting out with not a single drop of fear in their eyes. To say the least, it was dope.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 20, 2008
RockShox SID Travels to Beijing Olympics RockShox SID Travels to Beijing Olympics
News Source: Eric Schutt
Select RockShox® sponsored athletes competing in this year’s Olympic games have been given a special Beijing Limited Edition SID. These are sure to be coveted, as there are no plans for this version to become publicly available.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 20, 2008
Claire Buchar - Bike Check Claire Buchar - Bike Check
Claire Buchar is a staple on the Canadian DH scene and has made a name for herself amongst the international field as well. This year has been looking really good for her with some new major sponsors coming on board and even more great support from long term sponsors.

She has her own program and his running it well, so take a moment and check out her new Intense M6 and her video interview inside:
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      Aug 20, 2008
Republik launches the Six Pack Jean Republik launches the Six Pack Jean
Republik MTB is proud to announce the release of our highly anticipated "Six Pack" jean. This is the first release of our new denim line created specifically for riding.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 19, 2008
Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle this Saturday Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle this Saturday
The world's best freeride mountain bikers make their annual pilgrimage this week to Vancouver Island's Mount Washington Alpine Resort, home of the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle. This is the third edition of the Bearclaw event and Darren Berrecloth has cooked up some special treats in year three.
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   Jordan Holmes    Aug 19, 2008
Jeep 48 Straight Launches new Environmental Awareness... Jeep 48 Straight Launches new Environmental Awareness...
Jeep 48 Straight Launches new Environmental Awareness Initiatives as part of Inaugural summer cycling series in New Jersey, Utah, and California.

As Jeep 48STRAIGHT, the largest sports, music and entertainment event in the U.S., prepares to launch its summer mountain bike series on August 22-23 at Diablo Freeride Park at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, N.J., the outdoor lifestyle platform will at the same time unveil a number of carbon footprint-reducing initiatives designed to raise environmental awareness on a local and national scale.
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   miles sullivan    Aug 19, 2008
White, bright, foxy nite-A party to benefit Tara Llanes White, bright, foxy nite-A party to benefit Tara Llanes
Aaron Chase's white party is, in my opinion, one of the better off-hill events in whistler during Crankworx. He gets the right vibe going and does it for the right cause. The drinks help too.

After stumbling upon the white party last year and having a blast, Miles shovelpick.pinkbike.com/ and myself freeridebigisland.pinkbike.com found out we would be in town to catch it this year. Here's how the night went down.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 18, 2008
Sam Hill takes 1st in the Canadian Open DH at Kokanee Crankworx 2008 Sam Hill takes 1st in the Canadian Open DH at Kokanee Crankworx 2008
The Canadian Open Downhill took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today, the final day at Kokanee Crankworx 2008. More than 260 riders took part in the race, having only one run to clock their best time possible on a course that is said to be as challenging as any World Cup course.

"All I can say about the course is, wow," says pro 4x mountain biker and event announcer Stacy Kohut. "This is the closest we have to a World Cup and I'm stoked to see the athletes bring their A-game and take this race seriously."
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   Jordan Holmes    Aug 18, 2008
Red Bull Round Up - The Winners have been chosen Red Bull Round Up - The Winners have been chosen
The numbers are in, the people have spoken, and the polls have closed. Pinkbike.com, in conjunction with Red Bull have picked the winners for the Red Bull Round Up video contest, so read inside to figure out who took the cake.
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   Simon Paton    Aug 18, 2008
Kona Mash-Up - Wales, UK Kona Mash-Up - Wales, UK
Only a couple of weeks before the 1st ever Kona Mash-Up event kicks off at the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre in Afan Forrest, Wales on Saturday the 30th August 2008.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 17, 2008
Lacondeguy takes home $15000 for top spot in Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx 2008 Lacondeguy takes home $15000 for top spot in Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx 2008
2009 Kokanee Crankworx dates set for August 8-16

The Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx dominated the Boneyard Slopestyle course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today. Every year this event draws the biggest crowd of the festival, watching the best athletes in the world of mountain biking compete for $30,000 in prize money.
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   Simon Paton    Aug 16, 2008
2009 TLD Lids 2009 TLD Lids
Troy Lee Designs - TLD is for the Worlds Fastest Racers. Here are the first spy shots of the new TLD lid range from our man in the know Si Paton.. These images are so hot, we recommend you wear protective glasses before clicking here..
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 16, 2008
Minnaar finishes first in Giant Slalom at Kokanee Crankworx 2008 Minnaar finishes first in Giant Slalom at Kokanee Crankworx 2008
Beerten Takes Spot in the Pro Women Category

The GIANT Slalom took center stage today, Day Seven of Kokanee Crankworx 2008. With a list of world-class riders charging for the finish line two-at-a-time, spectators onsite and watching via webcast on Crankworx.com witnessed big crashes and big finishes in the high speed, head-to-head race event.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 15, 2008
Devinci-Jim Beam great bike giveaway! Devinci-Jim Beam great bike giveaway!
Cycles Devinci and Jim Beam are excited to have partnered-up for Crankworx 2008. During the week, they will be giving out tons of fantastic prizes such as bikes, swag and much much more.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 15, 2008
Groves and Watts take top spot in first ever VW trick showdown at Kokanee Crankworx 2008 Groves and Watts take top spot in first ever VW trick showdown at Kokanee Crankworx 2008
The first ever VW Trick Showdown roared into the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s Boneyard today and amazed hundreds of spectators as well those watching via live webcast at Crankworx.com.

The VW Trick Showdown was a winner-take-all, rider-judged event based on two 45 minute sessions on two features within the Boneyard Slopestyle course. The top rider from each session took home $3,000 for best trick. To add to the prize purse, the announcers had $2,000 worth of fifty dollar bills to divide between the riders who laid it all on the line during the event.
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   Jordan Holmes    Aug 15, 2008
Freestyle bike Elite in the Czech Republic for the Second time! Freestyle bike Elite in the Czech Republic for the Second time!
Preparations for the second year of freestyle mountainbike race X Box 360 Slopestyle are in full course. Last year the city of Pisek saw more than thirty chosen riders who performed real wonders on artificial obstacles. The last years' best rider was Damian Širiški from the Czech Republic.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 14, 2008
Truvativ HammerSchmidt preview Truvativ HammerSchmidt preview
Finally after months of teasing, Truvativ releases the true identity of HammerSchmidt. We can put an end to all the rumors and speculations that have been inundating various MTB forums. Adios front derailleur, hello HammerSchmidt!

EDITED: Added Q Factor Info
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 14, 2008
Brian Lopes wins Jim Beam Air Downhill at Kokanee Crankworx 2008 Brian Lopes wins Jim Beam Air Downhill at Kokanee Crankworx 2008
The Jim Beam Air Downhill took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today with over 300 competitors racing in the one-run format on the famed A-Line course. Brian Lopes of Laguna Beach, CA was the fastest competitor for the third straight year finishing with a time of 4:22.10 - 1.32 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

The Jim Beam Air Downhill runs the length of A-Line over the GLC Drops into the village.
With nearly 100 jumps on-course, A-Line is the most celebrated and well-known downhill trail in mountain biking.
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   Simon Paton    Aug 14, 2008
Monster Energy / Halfords Bike Hut NPS Rd 4 Race Report and Photos Monster Energy / Halfords Bike Hut NPS Rd 4 Race Report and Photos
Monster Energy /Halford’s Bike Hut Round 4 at Moelfre in Mid Wales.

Mother Nature had a few tricks up her sleeve this weekend and she played them all, including a couple of jokers.

Check out who came up trumps.
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   Radek Burkat    Aug 13, 2008
Round Up Video Recut 12 hours left to vote Round Up Video Recut 12 hours left to vote
Voting ends at 11:59pm PST today, Wednesday, Aug. 13th.
Check out the Round Up Category and cast your vote for your favorites! Help one of the Pinkbike users become the winner!
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   Brad Walton    Aug 13, 2008
Fruits of Labor - Money Earned & Money Burned in the Summer of '08, words and photos by Brad Walton Fruits of Labor - Money Earned & Money Burned in the Summer of '08, words and photos by Brad Walton
Photo documentary of a serious summer adventure led by myself (Wyld Willy) in NW Washington & the NorthShore, BC, as well as guided by professionals BushPilotBiking.com in the Okanagan, BC, and DirtTours.com in the Kootenays, BC. Great friends old and new, beautiful weather, good luck, bad luck, two catastrophies, willpower, desperation, and so much riding there was no time for drinking.
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   Amber Zirnhelt    Aug 13, 2008
Rachel Atherton: Her Dirt on Training, Preparation and Racing World Cups Rachel Atherton: Her Dirt on Training, Preparation and Racing World Cups
She’s fast, focused, and fit. And, it is this very determination and drive that has led Rachel Atherton to dominate the women’s field on the World Cup Circuit. As the 2008 World Champion for downhill, at 20 years of age, Rachel is so fast that she often beats nearly half of the men trying to qualify for the final round at the World Cups.

Rachel’s world title wins haven’t slowed down since Livingo either. She’s continued to prove that she truly deserves the rainbow stripes by confidently walking away with 1st place finishes at the last two World Cups in Mont St.Anne and Bromont, Quebec.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 12, 2008
Trek Bicycles and 23 Degrees Announce Team Plans Trek Bicycles and 23 Degrees Announce Team Plans
23 Degrees Sports Management announced today that it will be returning to Mountain Bike World Cup racing in 2009 with a brand new team, with Trek Bicycles as a title sponsor.

Previous years have seen 23 Degrees win the many World Cup titles with their teams Global Racing, and most recently Team G Cross Honda, and the new team will have very similar goals.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 12, 2008
Lorraine Blancher takes top spot at Womensworx Gala Lorraine Blancher takes top spot at Womensworx Gala
Womenzworx Presented by Sombrio a Great Success with Prize Purse of $3,200

The second annual Womenzworx Gala Competition at Kokanee Crankworx took place in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today. The course included four main sections - a technical descent on In Deep; an air section on Schleyer; jumps on Crabapple; and two options for slopestyle, Dirt Merchant or the Boneyard.
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   Mike Levy    Aug 12, 2008
GEAX Barro tires-Review GEAX Barro tires-Review
While I may still not quite know how to pronounce the GEAX name, one thing I do know is how their Barro tire performs. If you are looking for some new rubber for your pedal bike you'll want to keep reading.

Read on.....
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 12, 2008
DH Productions to Premier Latitudes at Crankworx on August 15th DH Productions to Premier Latitudes at Crankworx on August 15th
Grab your bike and get ready to rock, DH Productions is once again rolling out an action packed feature from some of the sickest spots around the world. From the high mountains of the French Alps to the dirt jumps in Aptos, California, the DH Productions crew has again traveled the globe bringing you some of the most epic shots in pristine high definition.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 11, 2008
Transition Days part 2 Transition Days part 2
The crew at Transition Bikes love to ride what they build and it was evident that they ride a lot by the way they charged on all the rides we did. The bikes they build are built to get out there and ride hard on, because that's what they do on them. Both days were filled with lots of riding and information on the company.

Here's a look at some new models coming out soon:
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   Mike Estes    Aug 11, 2008
The Northwest School of Freeride - Mt.Hood Oregon The Northwest School of Freeride - Mt.Hood Oregon
"Calling all campers" It's not too late to sign up for the first ever Northwest School Of Freeride. The people who brought you the Wham Bam Thank You Jam series have gone into cahoots with the oldest snowboard skateboard camp in the world, Windells!
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 11, 2008
Aaron Chase present's the "Bright As Night" Crankworx party Aaron Chase present's the "Bright As Night" Crankworx party
News Source: Doug Smith
Get your white gear, your chick, and throw some neon into the mix, Aaron Chase is back with his 2nd Annual Crankworx throw down fundraiser, the Bright as Night Party.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 10, 2008
Athertons sweep the Monster Energy Garbanzo DH at Crankworks Athertons sweep the Monster Energy Garbanzo DH at Crankworks
Gee Atherton finishes #1 in what is said to be one of the longest, most grueling downhill course in mountain biking. The one-run format descends 3,400 feet from top to bottom, covering some of the most challenging terrain in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

An impressive field of world class athletes descended on the Monster Energy DH course that began on Original Sin and continued through Blue Velvet; In Deep; Duffman; Golden Triangle; World Cup Downhill; Ho Chi Min and Monkey Hands finishing in Whistler Village.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 10, 2008
JD Swanguen wins Telus Dual Slalom at Kokanee Crankworx 2008 JD Swanguen wins Telus Dual Slalom at Kokanee Crankworx 2008
Young Guns Dominate Event

JD Swanguen takes top spot on a damp, technical course after the most competitive Dual Slalom ever seen at Kokanee Crankworx. After favorites like Brian Lopes, Andrew Neethling, Dan Atherton and Cedric Gracia get knocked out in earlier rounds, first place was up for the taking.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 9, 2008
Transition Days part 1 Transition Days part 1
A few days ago I had the pleasure of attending Transition Bike Days down in Ferndale Washington. Transition is having two showings for their dealers and invited media to go over the changes that will be coming up in their model runs. That and to show everyone that they ride the bikes they make and the local trails that they ride those bikes on.

Here is my first update from Transition Days:
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   Mike Levy    Aug 8, 2008
Mongoose Boot'r: Getting Loose On The Goose! -Review Mongoose Boot'r: Getting Loose On The Goose! -Review
Welcome to the Pinkbike.com time machine. Let's forget about visiting historical moments in time and get down to business! We're going to jump forward and take a good long look at the 2009 Mongoose Boot'r. Its price tag is impressive, but does the 'goose perform?

Read on and find out!

Riding and tech video's inside!
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 8, 2008
NYCFreeride pairs with Xpparel for Clothing Line NYCFreeride pairs with Xpparel for Clothing Line
News Source: Andrew Grossi
Brooklyn, NY has always been a place of radical change; in the past decade there have been a number of small businesses that have pledged their allegiance to begin in Brooklyn and thrive in Brooklyn. One of these companies is NYCFreeride, which, is amongst some of the premier mountain biking component companies claiming refuge in the heart of Brooklyn.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 8, 2008
Canadian DH Girls Party- Tonight in Whistler! Canadian DH Girls Party- Tonight in Whistler!
Canadian DH Girls Presents:
The "It's Gonna Be Good, You're Gonna Like It" Party II.

Friday, August 8th at the GLC
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Aug 7, 2008
SRAM Announces Strategic Investment from Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking SRAM Announces Strategic Investment from Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking
News Source: Eric Schutt
SRAM announced today a new equity partnership with Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking (LBMB), one of the seven asset classes of Lehman Brothers' global private equity business. The partnership is the result of an extensive process through which SRAM has sought a strategic financial investor to support its continued growth in the global bicycle components industry. LBMB will be a minority investor in SRAM. SRAM Senior Management will continue to lead the Company.
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   Dennis Katinas    Aug 7, 2008
Kevin Katinas wins SDG Dirt Comp event three in Heerenveen Kevin Katinas wins SDG Dirt Comp event three in Heerenveen
Kevin Katinas wins the SDG Dirt Comp event during the opening of Bikepark Heerenveen. It was one of the best days for Dutch dirt jumping yet.

The circle was completed in the big village of Heerenveen, the scene that started with Kevin Katinas jumping of stuff with a XC bike, has grown into a DJ scene with a small hard core, but that has a huge bunch of kids that also want to ride somehow. And with the opening of Bikepark Heerenveen recently, after years of hard work , and with Katinas winning the third SDG Dirt Comp event at his home trails, it was another step in making this scene more productive and alive for years to come.
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   The Fix Bikes    Aug 7, 2008
Mountain States Cup Sol Survivor - Mayhem, Madness, Mustaches! Mountain States Cup Sol Survivor - Mayhem, Madness, Mustaches!
Chalk one up for the history books. The Mountain States Cup Sol Survivor at the SolVista Bike Park was a huge success for everyone involved with great racing, fantastic tracks and more mustaches than a Burt Reynolds convention...
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   Jordan Holmes    Aug 7, 2008
The ultimate in freeriding Sam Pilgrim wins adidas Slopestyle 2008 The ultimate in freeriding Sam Pilgrim wins adidas Slopestyle 2008
The adidas Slopestyle claimed the slopes of Saalbach Hinterglemm in ONE BIG PARK SalzburgerLand this past weekend in an impressive flurry of massive tricks on some of the biggest jumps in mountain bike competition history.

Here is the story from the weekend:
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 6, 2008
Transition Syren - Trail Tested Review Transition Syren - Trail Tested Review
Source: Ian Millar

Once again the folks in Ferndale Washington have broken the mold on bicycle design. Transition Bikes latest hit comes in the form of a female specific freeride frame titled the Syren. So how does Transition define a freeride female specific bike? Simply by building a bike with the help of 30 female rippers based on the current trends they are seeing in all-mountain fun. A bike designed for bike parks, local trail networks and of course epic singletrack.
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   The Fix Bikes    Aug 6, 2008
Support the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado Support the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado
The Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance (BMA) and the city of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce the launch of a fund-raising campaign to support the development of Valmont Bike Park. The 45-acre bicycle park is a significant component of the development plan for Valmont City Park, which was adopted earlier this year by the Boulder City Council.
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   Simon Paton    Aug 5, 2008
Round 4 of the Monster Energy and Halfords Bike Hut NPS Downhill at Moelfre. Round 4 of the Monster Energy and Halfords Bike Hut NPS Downhill at Moelfre.
This weekend 9th and 10th of August will see Round 4 of the Monster Energy and Halfords Bike Hut NPS Downhill at Moelfre.

Moelfre was designed and originally built by the World famous Atherton's and the acclaimed international superstar that is Farmer Jack!!
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 5, 2008
Darcy Turenne - Interview Darcy Turenne - Interview
Darcy Turenne seems to have something figured out in the industry of ours as she is one of the few successful riders making it as a freerider and she's a woman in a sport heavily dominated by men. It's great to see the ladies side of the sport gaining recognition and support from with in and outside the industry.

While in Whistler a few weeks ago I was able to sit down with Darcy for a bit and talk to her about life and bikes. Here's what she had to say:
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   Toby Nowland-Foreman    Aug 5, 2008
Sketchy Lines - a free New Zealand MTB Movie Sketchy Lines - a free New Zealand MTB Movie
Sketchy Lines is coming! Enjoy it from the comfort of your living room.

Over the past eight months Pieter Reichwein and I (Toby Nowland-Foreman) have been filming some of the best local riders doing what they do best; Shred!

Check the teasers inside!
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   Mike Levy    Aug 4, 2008
Kakah's Custom Big-Mountain Wheel Build Kakah's Custom Big-Mountain Wheel Build
The Pinkbike crew gets to roll on the latest and greatest all too often. You guys call it "testing", while I call it living the dream. But what do we choose when we have to slap down some of our own hard earned coin on parts for our ride?

I've recently invested in a set of brand spanking new custom wheels for my all-mountain bike. I only wanted a set of wheels that approach the weight of XC race hoops, and something wide enough as to work good with 2.5" width tires, and sturdy enough to stand up to the odd booter or big gap if I am feeling zesty enough. That's not too much to ask for is it?

Read on to find out what I chose....
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 4, 2008
Yeah Bro! Biker Cross and the High Roller Ride take over Sun Peaks Resort August 9-10, 2008 Yeah Bro! Biker Cross and the High Roller Ride take over Sun Peaks Resort August 9-10, 2008
Source:Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks, BC – Summer is far from over and things are heating up August 9 & 10 in the Sun Peaks Bike Park!

The Yeah Bro! Biker Cross on Saturday, August 9, is all about flow. Every rider will get two runs through the biker cross course, and will take their best time from the two runs. The top rider in each category will take home a cash prize, full Sombrio kit (riding jersey, shorts, and gloves) and more! Close to $3000 in Sombrio gear, and a total cash purse of $500 is up for grabs at Yeah Bro!
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   Ryan Meyer    Aug 3, 2008
Crankworx Colorado 2008 - Day 3 - Slope Style Finals Crankworx Colorado 2008 - Day 3 - Slope Style Finals
Today was the main event, the big money and what the majority of the spectators came up to watch… but to no one's surprise we awoke to grey gloomy skies and thunder shower warnings. It seems that for most of the bike events it will rain or be really windy on the main event day, and it wasn't going to change for Crankworx Colorado. The practice was very windy and cloudy but when the semi-finals started it all cleared up and was nice, hot and sunny. The Lacondeguy’s were the first riders to drop in since they missed qualifying and practice due to 3 days of canceled flights in Spain, but they definitely didn’t look rusty as their normal confidence and go big style came right out to line up with the top riders from the weekend.

Videos and pics inside!
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 2, 2008
Sam Hill Wins Round 5 And Takes Back Leader Jersey Sam Hill Wins Round 5 And Takes Back Leader Jersey
Source:23 Degree Sports

In an impressive return to the winner's circle, Team Monster Energy Iron Horse's Sam Hill (AUS) took the win today at the Quebec ski resort of Bromont, just outside of Montreal, and in doing so, earned back the leader's jersey he'd lost last week to main rival Greg Minnaar (RSA). Not only did Sam win the final, but he won qualifying in the semi final which gave him the maximum 250 points against Minnaar's 182 points.
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   Ryan Meyer    Aug 2, 2008
Crankworx Colorado 2008 - Day 2 Crankworx Colorado 2008 - Day 2
Unfortunately today didn’t start out so good for our good bud Joe Perrizo… the course opened and the riders started to practice for the best trick contest this afternoon and everything was great except for the wind. Joe ended up going for the last drop and got blown like a feather and landed very hard on his head and was out for about 3-5 minutes. After transporting him to the clinic/hospital up here in Winter Park, they wanted to get him down to Denver for a CT scan on his head to make sure nothing was messed up in there, and it seems pretty OK but he will have to stay for a couple days 'til they feel he is OK to go home.
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   Ryan Meyer    Aug 1, 2008
Crankworx Colorado 2008 - Day 1 Crankworx Colorado 2008 - Day 1
Crankworx Colorado's debut last summer turned out to be a major hit in the mountain bike world, bringing the scene's top riders (pro and amateur) to compete in a world class slope-style event located in Winter Park Resort, about a two hour drive from Denver International Airport. The second annual Crankworx Colorado is being held this week from July 29 - August 3, where Pinkbike.com has sent Mike Reid and myself, Ryan Meyer, to Winter Park Resort for daily coverage of the festival. Nick Meyer and I flew into Denver International just before noon on Monday where we met up with Kelly 'the Kiwi' and hung out for a few hours to meet up with all the other guys coming in on flights around three in the afternoon. Joe Perrizo, Graham Agassiz, Brendan Howey and Kurt Sorge met us at the baggage claim and we slammed into a cargo van in return for a hefty fee shuttled us up to Winter Park.
Video of the Course inside
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 1, 2008
Trek's Session 88 in the real world Trek's Session 88 in the real world
Riding the Session 88 has been an all around great experience. I had the pleasure of bike napping one for a few weeks and hit the road with it to various bike parks and riding zones around B.C. The response I got from other riders was unlike anything I've ever experienced with any other bike I've ridden.

Have a look at it in action (4 videos inside):
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   Mike Estes    Aug 1, 2008
Dakine Receives Trail Partnership Award From MHFS Dakine Receives Trail Partnership Award From MHFS
Today in Hood River Oregon, Dakine's Chico Bukovansky was presented a plaque from the Mt Hood National Forest Service for his and Dakine's support in maintaining 150+ miles of trails for multi-users. District Forest Service Supervisor Mike Hernadez gave a very informative speech and announced that the 'Knebel Springs Connector' will now be re-named the 'Dakine' trail.
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   Danice Uyesugi    Aug 1, 2008
Drug tested at the World Cup - Mont Sainte Anne recap. Drug tested at the World Cup - Mont Sainte Anne recap.
Mont Sainte Anne-The weather picked up where Nationals left off-

For those of you who read Simon's article on the National Championships, you may know what this means. For those of you who didn't, I'm referring to the copious amounts of rain and mud that arrived just in time for race day. Coming back to Quebec for the third time this season this is what I was greeted with, and if it wasn't for the warm temperatures and humidity I would almost have thought I was back in a Vancouver winter. But it takes a lot to keep mountain bikers off their bikes, and torrential rains and thick, deep mud are nothing more than a good reason to put on pants instead of shorts for a day of riding.
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   Tyler Maine    Aug 1, 2008
Silver Star Mountain Welcomes Mountain Bikers to Celebrate BC Day Weekend! Silver Star Mountain Welcomes Mountain Bikers to Celebrate BC Day Weekend!
Source:Silver Star Resort

Hey, Lower Mainland mountain bikers! Don't let a gigantic rock slide stop you from freeridin' this August long weekend. With road closures on the Sea to Sky Highway, Silver Star is doing its part to help mountain bikers looking for a fix. We're offering all Whistler Bike Park season pass holders a 20 per cent discount this weekend. Simply present your pass when purchasing your lift ticket and we'll knock 20 per cent off the price.

There's never been a better time to check out Silver Star!
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   Jordan Holmes    Aug 1, 2008
Brian Lopes finds his home in the MTB Hall Of Fame Brian Lopes finds his home in the MTB Hall Of Fame
Four time World Champion and Laguna Beach resident Brian Lopes got the news this past wednesday about his induction into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Lopes is to be inducted under the "Race History" category this coming Sept. 24 in Las Vegas , Nevada during the Interbike Show. The ceremony is open to all Interbike attendees and the public
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