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DUAL AND DOWNHILL FINALS–AUG 26-27

DUAL AND DOWNHILL FINALS–AUG 26-27 Brian Lopes and Anne-Caroline Chausson took the victories in the finals of the World Cup Dual event in Leysin, Switzerland in the final weekend of August 2000, ending a remarkable year for both. For Lopes it was the seventh win in eight World Cup Dual events this year, and Lopes […]

ROCKWELL, DUPOUEY AND HOYDAHL INK WITH GIANT AGAIN

ROCKWELL, DUPOUEY AND HOYDAHL INK WITH GIANT AGAIN While the mountain bike race world abounds with rumors of diminishing teams, Giant Bicycles has announced its own moves to confirm their support of the sport. Myles Rockwell, the current downhill World Champion, has agreed to ride for Giant in 2001 and 02 along with continuing Giant […]

2000 MASTERS WORLD MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

2000 MASTERS WORLD MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP More than 240 U.S. mountain bikers have been named to USA Cycling’s 2000 Masters World Mountain Bike Team, the organization announced Wednesday. This year’s Masters World Mountain Bike Championships will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 4 in Bromont, Quebec, Canada. Bromont also hosted the 1999 event. U.S. athletes qualified for […]

SLOW MOTION CRASHING

SLOW MOTION CRASHING By Richard J. Cunningham To most westerners, slow motion is an effect that cinematographers employ to recap a great sports moment, or a technique that adds drama to a less-than-magicical moment. Anyone who participates in active sports–the ones that exceed twenty miles an hour–often experience slow motion in real-time. Usually, in the […]

VOUILLOZ AND CHAUSSON CLINCH WORLD CUP TITLES!

VOUILLOZ AND CHAUSSON CLINCH WORLD CUP TITLES! Nicolas Vouilloz and Anne-Caroline Chausson racked up the wins in the next-to-last round of the downhill World Cup series, in Kaprun, Austria, on the weekend of August 12 and 13. In doing so, they both reportedly earned enough points to clinch their respective World Cup titles for the […]

WHAT YOU MUST DO TODAY: STOP THE ADVENTURE PASS

WHAT YOU MUST DO TODAY: STOP THE ADVENTURE PASS By Richard J. Cunningham Once again, your present elected government officials are trying to sneak legislation under your nose that will undermine your access to National forest and BLM land. If you haven?t heard me rant against the Recreational Forest Fee Demonstration Program, you should know […]

WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE A DOWNHILL BIKE?

WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE A DOWNHILL BIKE? Cannondale produced a downhill racing bike that you could actually buy at a bike shop once–but it fell out of production over five years ago. GT has made a couple of weak attempts–I believe the rickety Lobos was available as a complete bike for a couple of hours […]

LARSEN DOES IT AGAIN!

LARSEN DOES IT AGAIN! CHEVY TRUCKS NORBA NCS EVENT #4 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASHINGTON August 4-6, 2000 By John Ker Steve Larsen is still making up for his failure to make the U.S. Olympic team, as he again smoked the competition in his quest to take this year’s NORBA national title. Larsen credited luck with being […]

NORBA NATIONAL UPDATE: DEER VALLEY, UTAH

NORBA NATIONAL UPDATE: DEER VALLEY, UTAH ROUND THREE, NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES DEER VALLEY, UTAH JULY 28-30, 2000 LARSEN COMES BACK IN CROSS-COUNTRY EVENT Forget the chronological order of the races. Steve Larsen was the big winner of the weekend in Deer Valley, Utah. Still smarting from his failure to make the U.S. Olympic Team, […]

YOU CAN’T BRING A LIGHT

YOU CAN’T BRING A LIGHT By Richard J. Cunningham ?If you want to ride with us, you can?t bring a light.? I was asserting some attitude to a thirty-something guy who had repeatedly explained to me that he only needs his high-powered lighting system for a bailout in technical sections. ?It takes twenty minutes for […]

OLYMPIC DREAM OR MYTH?

OLYMPIC DREAM OR MYTH? Richard J. Cunningham We are nearing the summer Olympic games and our hopes for a medal rest once again on our female athletes. Why this country’s female cyclists are the dominant force in pro mountain bike racing is an unsolved mystery. Alison Dunlap, Ruthie and Ann Trombley all could score big […]

UCI WORLD CUP DUAL COMES TO JAPAN

UCI WORLD CUP DUAL COMES TO JAPAN Lopes Beats Bootes in Aria Final Wade Bootes, winner of the Dual race in the 2000 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, met legendary dual-slalom ace Brian Lopes in the finals of the UCI World Cup in Japan. Treks Nate Tobeckson filled us in on the details: The […]

CHAUSSON AND VOUILLOZ WIN JAPAN WORLD CUP

CHAUSSON AND VOUILLOZ WIN JAPAN WORLD CUP Nicolas Vouilloz and Anne-Caroline Chausson, both of France, again beat all comers in the latest round of the 2000 UCI World Cup downhill series in Aria, Japan, on July 23rd. Anne-Caroline had a fast but tough race, crashing hard in the final part of the course, then recovering […]

DO REAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS DO THAT?

DO REAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS DO THAT? By Richard J. Cunningham Ever see an advertisement that shows a cyclist in a huge wind tunnel perched on a bike stand only a few feet away from its giant turbine blades? I’ve seen the image used at least three times. Did you know that the fans in a […]

WORLD CUP XC #7–CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA

WORLD CUP XC #7–CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA SAME PLACE, SAME WINNERS! Canmore, Alberta, Canada was the site and Cadel Evans (Volvo-Cannondale) and Barbara Blatter (Scott) were again the winners. In a comeback that can only be described as phenomenal, Olympic hometown boy Cadel Evans has given the entire men’s field a solid, Olympic sized kick in […]

WORLD CUP UPDATE: MISSY AND CADEL!

WORLD CUP UPDATE: MISSY AND CADEL! By Mike Cushionbury It’s a weird time of year right now for professional cross-country. The World Championships are over but the Olympics are coming up. That’s one big one down and a bigger one to go. Best guesstimate is that maybe 40-percent of the Olympic field has been chosen. […]

GET FIT IN 28 DAYS

GET FIT IN 28 DAYS If you?re like us, you look forward to summer all year long. After all, long days, more free time and good weather all mean more time to spend on your bike. But what fun is it if you are huffing and puffing up every climb and dreading riding with your […]

A LOOK AT THE WORLDS

A LOOK AT THE WORLDS By Mike Cushionbury The first ‘summer? World Championships in Spain are over and Myles Rockwell is the man! Myles took his lumps in stride (no pun on his two broken legs a few years ago) and ventured on, even when it looked like his career was over after two seasons […]

2001 FORK NEWS

2001 FORK NEWS MORE ON SHIMANO?S DOWNHILL FORK Kowa, the maker of Shimano’s prototype downhill fork that Haro-Lee Dungaree’s Mike King is riding this year, is a Japanese company. Not too surprising right? Well the coolest story I heard is that Kowa is just a few buildings down from Shimano’s Japan headquarters and Kowa is […]

THE POWER OF JULI FURTADO

THE POWER OF JULI FURTADO By Richard J. Cunningham (Animated Spaceship by RC) I was perusing a bookstore in Old Town Pasadena, California, when I came across a compilation of Olympic photographs by Annie Leibowitz. I had some time to kill, so I plucked the hardcover book off the shelf, leaned against a nearby wall […]

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS!

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS! AMERICAN KATHY PRUITT WINS GOLD MEDAL! Kathy Pruitt won the junior women’s downhill, becoming the second American junior racer to become World Champion. It snowed Friday night before the race but a sunny day began to melt the white, as the junior women started down the fast, not-too-technical, Sierra Nevada course in […]

SHAUN PALMER RUMORS

SHAUN PALMER RUMORS It seems that a fashion magazine has run a blurb that Shaun Palmer died when his bus crashed. Palmer’s legacy has grown to urban legend status and every year it seems the rumor pops up that the guy died somehow. Who knows? He wasn?t racing motocross at the Glen Helen National and […]

GULLICKSON REPLACES BROWN

GULLICKSON REPLACES BROWN Volkswagen-Trek rider Travis Brown has elected to skip this week’s World Championships in Spain. Brown, who has began racing again after breaking his left tibia at the Mazatlan, Mexico World Cup by placing fourth at the Iron Horse Classic last week, said he didn?t feel ready for the pace of the Worlds […]

JUST IN!!!

JUST IN!!! LITTLE MIG TAKES SENIOR MEN?S WORLD TITLE! Becoming the first rider to win a rainbow jersey in the juniors, U-23 and seniors, Frenchman Miguel Martinez rode away from the pack to claim the coveted Elite men’s cross-country World Championship. On a high-altitude course that had many steep climbs and technical descents, no rider […]

HOW WE TEST PRODUCTS!

HOW WE TEST PRODUCTS! By: Richard J. Cunningham The best part of my job as Editor of MBA is throwing a leg over the top of mountain bikes in the world and riding for a job. Who wouldn’t love a trip to France to test the latest Rock Shox suspension? How about New England in […]

THE INTENSE M1 VS. THE IRON HORSE SGH-DH

THE INTENSE M1 VS. THE IRON HORSE SGH-DH When you pit an affordable mountain bike against a professional racing model, you can?t really call it a shootout. It would be like putting odds on Woody Allen in a title bout against Evander Hollyfield. There are, however, compelling reasons that we chose to compare the performance […]

24-HOURS OF ADRENALIN NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

24-HOURS OF ADRENALIN NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Trilife Sports International Inc. and NORBA have teamed up to create a NORBA National Championship for 24-hour racing. The event will be August 5-6 at Winter Park resort in Winter Park, Colorado.The winner of the event will receive a coveted Stars and Stripes jersey.  

NO MORE AMERICAN GT’S?

NO MORE AMERICAN GT’S? Want further proof that Corporate America is destined to destroy the soul of mountain biking with its out of industry executive officers and bottom line ethos? First, GT saw many of its top management fired (some of who made GT what it is and gave the company not only life but […]

LETTER FROM THOMAS FRISCHKNECHT

LETTER FROM THOMAS FRISCHKNECHT In case you haven?t heard, Jerome Chiotti has officially given up his 1996 World Cross-County Championship. He presented second place rider Thomas Frischknecht with the jersey and gold medal. Jerome showed a lot of class by willingly doing what he did. You can suspend the guy and you can black mark […]

RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 30TH

RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 30TH By Mike Cushionbury BACK AT THE RANCH The last two weeks have been hectic to say the least. Right after the Big Bear NORBA National, I pulled the big ?ol D-Wide back to the home pad, gave the cats a quick bath and was off again. I […]