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John Ker

CHECKING OUT THE KETOGENIC DIET

Both mountain and road cyclists are famous for wanting to trim weight from their bikes. Unfortunately, it can cost thousands of dollars to make bikes even a few pounds lighter. It’s said that riders should do whatever they can to reduce their own weight first. For that reason, we decided to explore one of the […]

Could Eating More Salt Make You a Better Mountain Biker?

      By John Ker/Mountain Bike Action      In his book, “The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong—and How Eating More Might Save Your Life, ” Dr. James DiNicolantonio says that cutting salt from our diets has actually worsened the problem it was supposed to prevent: high blood pressure. He […]

The Martin Maes Suspension

Earlier this year, Martin Maes was dominating the Enduro World Series. He had won the first three races of the year. Then things changed. Above: Martin Maes’s leg, with the cut that brought about his problems. What follows is the statement from GT that was released in June: “We wanted to share some news on […]

MOUNTAIN BIKE HALL OF FAME: 2019 INDUCTEE-ELECTS

Four new people have been elected to join the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in September. Below are the biographies of the “inductee-elects” as reported on the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame website. The four inductee-elects won’t officially become members of the Hall of Fame until the induction ceremony is held in September. Tickets for […]

Throwback Thursday: Mountain Biking Near Bend, Oregon

Our friends at Cogwild Adventures took us mountain biking in the hills all around  Bend, Oregon. This was one of the many memorable places. If you look closely you’ll see two riders above the top of the cliff riding the ridgeline on one of the trails. The scenery was epic. Photo: John Ker/Mountain Bike Action

Throwback Thursday: Pedalfest Racing, 2014

 It’s hard to believe this was five years ago. This was from one of the Pedalfest races from May of 2014. The 2019 Pedalfest race series concludes this week.  The final race of the season takes place today (Thursday, June 13th) with most of the classes starting shortly after 6 p.m. (Photo: JK/Mountain Bike Action)

Throwback Thursday: Never Too Old—Ned Overend in 2011

Ned Overend was still racing against the top cross-country pros in America in 2011, when we snapped this photo of him competing in Sun Valley, Idaho, at the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships. As a matter of fact, Ned is still racing in the pro class today, eight years later. We expect Ned will […]

Throwback Thursday: Pedalfest 2016, Lake Castaic, California

Racers battle up the hill in this shot from the Pedalfest race at Lake Castaic, California, in May 2016. The racing action returns to Lake Castaic  on Thursday afternoons from now through the next few weeks. The biggest races start right around 6 p.m. Photo by Brandon Castelli/Mountain Bike Action

Throwback Thursday: Finn Iles at Whistler, 2017

Finn Iles has risen to become one of the top downhill riders on the 2019 World Cup circuit. He’s also one of the first  such racers to use a 29/27.5 wheel combo on his race bike. This is a shot of him from the Whip-Off World Championship at Crankworx Whistler in 2017. Finn served notice […]

Throwback Thursday: Saddle Height, 1989

Mountain Bike Action editor Zapata Espinoza gave a demonstration 30 years ago of proper leg extension for mountain biking. The saddle position in our top photo here is a little too low, which can be seen by how much the left knee is bent. The leg bend and the saddle position in the second photo […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: MUD RACING AT THE SEA OTTER, 2006

The Sea Otter Classic returns to Monterey, California, next week.  Weather forecasters are saying there’s a 40% chance of rain next Friday for the event. Here’s some of the pro racing in 2006, when the Sea Otter pros had to deal with deep mud, even after the rain had stopped and the sun had come […]

Throwback Thursday: “The Blair Speed Project,” MBA, August 2000

The late Blair Lombardi was an amateur national champion in mountain biking who became one of the top mountain bike coaches in the world, coaching thousands of riders—including Gary Fisher and Missy Giove—to improve their riding skills for both racing and recreational riding. Recently, one of our readers wrote to us and asked us if […]

Throwback Thursday: Aaron Gwin vs. the Photographers

This was one of the scariest photos that MBA photographer John Ker has ever taken in nearly 30 years of mountain bike photography.  This was during the World Cup race at Mont-Sainte-Anne, nearly ten years ago. Aaron Gwin came flying over the jump in the photo at high speed,  heading straight for John and the […]

MORE FROM NAHBS

Perfect weather outside brought the crowds to Sacramento for the second day of the NAHBS event. Many of the bike brands at the NAHBS event are ones that many mountain bike enthusiasts have never heard of before, such as Black Cat. This bike by Black Cat won the award for best fillet frame in recognition […]