RIDING WITH A RACING GREAT…V V A

RIDING WITH A RACING GREAT...V V A By Mike Cushionbury About a week ago I pulled the double-wide into the MBA Castle, took a nap listening to Loudness and then went on a magical ride. Victor Vincente of America stopped by the…
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100 YEARS OF GLORY!

100 YEARS OF GLORY! The official governing body if international bicycle racing, the UCI, officially celebrated its 100th birthday last Friday and to mark the event, some of the sports greatest former racers traveled to UCI…
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VAIL ULTRA 100

VAIL ULTRA 100 If you think you are the hardest, baddest rider in your town, then maybe you need a new challenge. How about the Vail Ultra 100, a 100-mile mountain bike race with 13,000 feet of climbing that takes racers from the…
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RIDING WITH TWO COULD-BE PRESIDENTS

RIDING WITH TWO COULD-BE PRESIDENTS Richard J. Cunningham ?OK Mister Vice President,? I laughed, ?you can take your secret servicemen along, but please choose a couple that have some cycling skills.? Al Gore, dressed in a navy…
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WHY SHAUMS MARCH WAS LET GO FROM SCHWINN

WHY SHAUMS MARCH WAS LET GO FROM SCHWINN SHAUMS TALKS ABOUT HIS SITUATION Most professional racers are busy preparing for the new season by dialing in their bikes and focusing fully on training. Not Shaums March. The…
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MAY MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION

MAY MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION Check out the cool features in the May issue of Mountain Bike Action. Write it all down.....get on your bike.....pedal down to your local newsstand.....buy it....get a cup of smooth Kona blend....and enjoy…
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RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16TH

RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16TH Mike Cushionbury By Mike Cushionbury I'm finally back to the country where I belong. I made it out of Mexico without a problem, but halfway home the dually blew its exhaust manifold so the…
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EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO’S DH FORK

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO'S DH FORK Shimano isn't telling anyone jack about its new downhill fork other than it exists and that Mike King of the Haro-Lee Dungaree's team is using it. We can confidently say the fork is being made by…
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SPROCKIDS MOUNTAIN BIKE PROGRAM

SPROCKIDS MOUNTAIN BIKE PROGRAM The Two-Wheeled Approach to Building Self Esteem" The Sprockids teaches problem solving, self reliance and social skills to young people through cycling. Sprockids is now an accredited part of the…
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LATEST TRAVIS BROWN UPDATE!

LATEST TRAVIS BROWN UPDATE! I just got an exclusive update from Trek on the current condition of star rider and Olympic hopeful Travis Brown, who broke his tibia in a crash at the Mexico World Cup a week and a half ago. Travis is…
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BACK TO MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS

BACK TO MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS Richard J. Cunningham I spent most of my life behind the orange curtain. That's a popular phrase used to describe Orange County by snooty metro-types from the East Coast or the Bay Area in Central,…
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LOW-BUCK, HIGH-PERFORMANCE TRAILBIKES

LOW-BUCK, HIGH-PERFORMANCE TRAILBIKES In our dreams, we all receive lucrative salaries; ride custom-made, dual-suspension trailbikes; and take time off whenever we so desire. In reality, however, most of us mountain bike enthusiasts…
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JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: HUGO CHAVEZ

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: HUGO CHAVEZ Our junior rider of honor this week is 15 year-old Hugo Chavez of Tecate, Mexico. Hugo rides for Team Turbo out of San Luis, Potosi, Mexico. Team Turbo is the largest team in Mexico and the…
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MONSTER TRUCKS, DOCKERS AND FAT TIRES?

MONSTER TRUCKS, DOCKERS AND FAT TIRES? Richard J. Cunningham Are we really doomed if we can?t work out a television-friendly format for pro racing? The prevailing winds certainly blow in that direction. Ask virtually anyone from…
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IMBA CONTINUES TO GO GLOBAL!

IMBA CONTINUES TO GO GLOBAL! The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is working with the United Kingdom's Forest Enterprise to develop key mountain bike parks for UK cyclists. The crew led two IMBA Trailbuilding Schools and several…
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MAZATLAN WORLD CUP: SYDOR AND FRUET WIN!

MAZATLAN WORLD CUP: SYDOR AND FRUET WIN! Mike Cushionbury Wow, what a weekend! Round two of the Tissot/UCI World Cup cross-country series arrived in the vacation resort of Mazatlan, Mexico. Located on the Pacific Ocean across the…
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THE 20TH ANNUAL RESEDA TO THE SEA!

THE 20TH ANNUAL RESEDA TO THE SEA! Pat Carrigan Back in 1980, Victor Vincente Of America, the infamous guru of mountain biking began his underground group rides through the Santa Monica Mountains. The group was called the Topanga…
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DOWN WITH THE ADVENTURE PASS

DOWN WITH THE ADVENTURE PASS Richard Cunningham           OK, here's your chance to make a big difference in the way you and everyone else will experience the back country in the future. I am writing about the Federal Government's…
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AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE

AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE Good news for anti-hydraulic holdouts. Avid's new cable actuated brake delivers the stopping power of hydraulic brakes like Shimano and Hayes, but it doesn't quite attain their linear…
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ON THE ROAD IN MY MOBILE MANSION!

ON THE ROAD IN MY MOBILE MANSION! Mike Cushionbury Mike Cushionbury Everyone who rides surely knows at least one self-centered, leg-shavin' goon who thinks he rides faster than he actually does. Well, I'm the one at Mbaction.com,…
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CADEL EVANS OUT WITH A BROKEN COLLARBONE!

CADEL EVANS OUT WITH A BROKEN COLLARBONE! Volvo-Cannondale's young phenom Cadel Evans broke his collarbone at the Friday-night street-relay races which kicked off the Napa World Cup racing weekend. During warm-up for the event, Cadel…
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TECH NEWS

TECH NEWS Staff SHIMANO DISC BRAKES ARE READY Shimano's much hyped Deore XT disc brakes are finally ready to hit retailers and we have a set! Early last fall, Shimano produced a few prototype versions of its disc brake system. We…
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GETTING STARTED!

GETTING STARTED! Welcome to Fat Tire Topics. This page is dedicated to cool stuff going on in the world of dirt. For the big web launch we wanted to have some tips for new riders....if that is you, check out this article from IMBA.…
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WEEKLY RANT #1

WEEKLY RANT #1 Richard Cunningham I am not entirely fond of Instant Messages because they freeze up my word processing function until I respond to the prompts in the little blue box. I am a stream-of-consciousness typist, and…
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Sea Otter News

Sea Otter News Mike Cushionbury Everyone who rides surely knows at least one self-centered, leg-savin' goon who thinks he rides faster than he actually does. Well, I'm the one at Mbaction.com, the one who spends idle time looking…
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APRIL MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION

APRIL MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION Check out the cool features in the April issue of Mountain Bike Action. Write it all down.....get on your bike.....pedal down to your local newsstand.....buy it....get a cup of smooth Kona blend....and…
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