February 2017 - Good Month or Bad Month?

Mar 2, 2017
by Mike Kazimer  

The International Mountain Bicycling Association
Dave Wiens Appointed Executive Director

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) appointed Dave Wiens to the position of executive director at the beginning of February, a move that has the potential to give a new sense of direction to the trail advocacy group.

In addition to being an XC racing legend, Wiens has spent more than a decade working to improve and expand the mountain biking opportunities surrounding the town of Gunnison, Colorado. As a mountain biker who understands the complexities of working with land managers and government agencies, and who also appreciates the value of technical trails, Wiens is well qualified for his new role and could be the ticket to helping IMBA evolve into an even more effective advocacy group.

Dave Wiens

bigquotesAs a mountain biker I share a passion for trails and riding with this entire community. IMBA has been an important part of mountain biking getting better and better over the past 30 years and I'm looking forward to working with mountain bikers from all over, as well as other stakeholders, while IMBA continues to help provide great places to ride.Dave Wiens

Racing in the Southern Hemisphere
From Chile to NZ, There's a Thriving Race Scene South of the Equator

If the view outside your window is of a frozen, snow-covered landscape, you're not alone – winter hasn't released its grasp on much of the Northern Hemisphere, which means that the race coverage coming out of sunny and warm locations is all the more envy-inducing.

From the Andes Pacifico Enduro in Chile to the DH races in New Zealand and Australia, there's been plenty of exciting racing action to follow, helping to ease the sting of the off-season lull before the Enduro World Series and the DH World Cup return. Many pros use these events as an early season tune up, a way to gauge their speed and get acquainted with new equipment before the big show begins, which means that locals get the chance to compare their times against some of the best riders in the world.

Great to see Connor Fearon back racing an Australian National Round.
Who's ready for some dusty DH runs?

Flat Tire Prevention
More Options Than Ever In the Fight Against Flats

Nobody likes flat tires or damaged rims, and February seemed to be full of accessories designed to help prevent just that. From Paul Aston's review of the Huck Norris insert to the unveiling of the Flat Tire Defender system that Aaron Gwin and Tracy Moseley, among others, had been secretly running while it was being developed, there's suddenly a new batch of options on the market to help keep flats from ruining rides or race runs.

There's also a company called CushCore who recently released a liner that falls into the same category as the Flat Tire Defender, sitting in the rim bed to provide a layer of cushioning between the tire and the rim during hard impacts. We'll be comparing the various options against each other in the near future, once we've spent enough time smashing wheels into rocks to deliver a clear verdict.

Flat Tire Defender


Christchurch Adventure Park
Wildfires Force Temporary Closure

Massive wildfires ripped through the Christchurch Adventure Park in the middle of February, forcing the park to close while the fires are brought under control and the extent of the damage is assessed. Luckily, the fire did spare the village and base area, but it's still unknown when it will be possible to reopen.

The park is a new addition to the Christchurch mountain bike scene, created with the goal of being the world's first lift accessed bike park to offer year round riding. Here's hoping that the cleanup and rebuilding goes smoothly, and that the park is back in full operation before too long.
This is the moment I thought we were loosing Victoria park but miraculously the gums didn t catch
Photo: Richard Goldsbury

The Roost
Steve Shannon Wins Pinkbike Photo of the Year

Jungle magic on La Palma.
Pinkbike's 2016 Photo of the Year...
that moment when you realize you re too close but it s worth it... Rider Nicola Pescetto www.wolisphoto.com
...and the runner up.

It was a close contest, but when all the votes had been tallied, Steve Shannon took home the win in Pinkbike's Photo of the Year contest, along with $5,000 for his sun beam-filled image. The final round saw Shannon's image pitted against Bartek Wolinski's photo of Nick Pescetto throwing up a smokescreen of roost, and the comments section lit up with a crowd of of vocal anti-roost advocates, with the general reasoning being that, 'if you've seen one roost shot you've seen them all.'

For the record, a roost shot hasn't won since 2013, but there is something about a big cloud of dirt that seems to propel an image towards the final round each year. In any case, while the roost may have been defeated, it's not all bad news for Bartek – he still takes home $3,000 for his efforts.

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  • 163 4
 Seriously stirring up the POY thing again.... can we please just put this to roost....
  • 66 4
 Can't complain, the result left me beaming
  • 7 8
 @WhiteWaysMTB: lets's focus on the good parts
  • 34 5
 I'm still pretty bermed out it didn't win.
  • 39 3
 @scottay2hottay: can't we just let the dust settle
  • 21 1
 Its overblown.
  • 2 17
flag chyu (Mar 3, 2017 at 1:09) (Below Threshold)
 It's like the whole america wants william hung and donald to win.
  • 8 0
 @WhiteWaysMTB: What didn't leave me beaming was the fact that that roost eliminated the loop of doom photo of Matt Macduff.
  • 50 0
 bad weather month, we've had bi-polar weather here in the east....80 one day and 20 the next...
  • 24 0
 yeah, some wet stuff was falling from the sky for a couple days here in California. It scared me and lead me to hide in the safety of my home.
  • 28 1
 80 degrees? jesus, whether that's Celsius or Kelvin, that's pretty rough mate!
  • 1 0
 We hit 90 last week down here in the south. Summer has begun.
  • 7 1
 Yup just hit 73 on the Central Coast of California. Must be Springsummerfallwinter still.
  • 5 0
 Here in Portland, OR, we broke a record for rainfall during the month of February with 10.36 inches (263 mm) and I don't think it topped 50 deg. F once. But the snowboarding on Mt. Hood has been killer, so it's hard to complain.
  • 4 0
 Meanwhile in Tahoe, we will be skiing until the 4th of July. No riding in sight for a while Frown
  • 1 0
 Last week in Nova Scotia it was 14 and this weekend its supposed to be -15 ...
  • 6 2
 @05bighit: Thank you for using real degrees!
  • 2 0
 The sun came out here today for a bit, but mostly rain, let's see what tomorrow brings, I'll keep you all posted
  • 33 1
 bad month. bought a bike on a dirtjumper on friday, thieves ripped it off the wall saturday night
  • 12 1
 I feel bad upvoting this comment.
  • 2 0
 Gofundme page?
  • 7 0
 @Warburrito: nah, i only paid $500, including a new brake, and I'm not exactly a starving student, so I wouldn't ask for anyone's help. Just hate bike thieves.
  • 3 1
 @Francklebrun: agreed! Work for what you want...other people did exactly that to get it in the first place. Unless it's weight loss...then cheat any way that you can.
  • 24 2
 good article or bad article?
  • 38 1
 Yeah I think they were scraping the barrel a bit for some of the selections.
  • 16 7
 Bad. I commented on it earlier but it was removed. Apparently we are not allowed to to express distaste for boring articles.
  • 20 1
 i, for one, am glad they had to scrape a bit for bad things. a year ago this article was about mcgazza and mirra both passing away... #mcgazzaforever
  • 12 0
 @RollinFoSho: It wasn't removed, it was just downvoted. Go to the bottom of the page, and click the "Below threshold threads are hidden"
  • 1 1
 You guys all like this style of article? Good month or Bad month?
  • 17 1
 got a decent hair cut a few weeks ago, still looks pretty good even though it's march. i'll say good month.
  • 14 4
 while I was one of the anti roost advocates, I do think it was one of the better roost shots we had over the years is just a boring, played out subject matter.
  • 10 0
 "We don"t always roost, but when we do it's a 3000 $ roost" said Nick : so yes, I guess it is indeed a good shot for them!
  • 6 0
 How does one pronounce the name Wiens?




I've always wondered...
  • 4 0
 I pronounced it D - a - v - e.
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: it would be pronounced wines/whines
  • 1 0
 @whitebullit: thank you for that
  • 2 1
 I can understand all the circlejerk hatred of a roost shot but I personally feel sorry for the guy who took the picture. The picture is very good. It successfully captures a moment filled with action, is well composed and edited.

Just people seem to have a hard on for hating the shot because it's been done to death. But then so has a shot of people riding through woods. I've seen literally tens of thousands of them.

And saying all the hatred for the roost photo people seem to love all the roosting in videos from people like 50:01 and their ilk.
  • 2 0
 I feel sorry for him too getting all that sh1t in his eyes..
  • 1 0
 yeah i feel really bad he only got 3000$ for a picture of dirt.
  • 1 0
 I feel sorry for his camera.
  • 12 8
 No first comment whining about a certain new president. Good month I think
  • 3 3
 That's because we're all so thankful the last one isn't in office anymore! Sorry...I had to. I know it's not the place for it but I couldn't resist.
  • 4 1
 New DH rig. 60 and 70 degree weather here in the southeast. It was an awesome month!!!!
  • 4 0
 26" Tires. Whoops that's every month for the past four years
  • 1 0
 As a good or bad thing? ...Please say good
  • 1 0
 Weather here was bipolar. Had the yearly thaw but it came in on top of a massive snow storm that turned to rain and screwed hot of stuff up, but got to ski a bit more recently which was nice.
  • 4 1
 At least there have not been any more car ads fir a bit
  • 1 1
 Good month for Trump as he's got a new hat ,
Bad month for Jeff as he's getting the sack .
Nearly rhymed , was that aloud Wink
  • 3 2
 Only a bad month for roost? February's been pretty good to us!
  • 3 1
 Outstanding month.
  • 1 0
 Good month...one day closer to spring riding and more sunight
  • 1 0
 Just compare this month to last year's.
  • 5 4
 The POY was rigged.
  • 1 0
  • 5 8
 Can we please stop photographing riders kicking up dust?
It's been done to death.
  • 3 3
 Just jealous cos you get none up there ! Lol
  • 2 1
 right? roost is cool, but the photo that won is BEAUTIFUL. the runner up is just cool, but not aesthetically pleasing. I'd hang the first place on my wall. not the 2nd place. too much brown.
  • 1 1
 @loganskis: is that a racialist comment?
  • 1 0
 Oooohhhgh negative. It's my first time so be gentle. But i'm not wrong. Do these photographers see dust and think 'Genius'!!!
  • 13 16
 It was a good month for me bought my first FAT BIKE
  • 1 1
 Let's see what month it'll be when you first ride that fat bike..
  • 2 2
 What month it'll be when i ride it? Brought it home changed my clothes and went on a solo 10 mile mission.
  • 4 7
 Roost was robbed.
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