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BRIAN LOPES SIGNS WITH GT….ALMOST!

BRIAN LOPES SIGNS WITH GT….ALMOST! GT announced that ex-Volvo/Cannondale downhiller, Brain Lopes will be going solo for 2001. Brain has formed an independent team headlined by GT bicycles and Fox Clothing. He is stoked to be on GT’s new i-Drive downhill chassis and was quoted as saying: ?Wow! Are you sure this is a downhill […]

MAXXIS ANNOUNCES 2001 DOWNHILL TEAM

MAXXIS ANNOUNCES 2001 DOWNHILL TEAM Maxxis gave us the scoop on its 2001 downhill team. U.S. pros; Colin Bailey, and April Lawyer will join New Zealander John Kirkcalde. The team will continue riding Intense chassis. The fork and drivetrain sponsors are, as of this date, not finalized. Maxxid should be a power factor in this […]

THE MAN’S MAN-10/25/00

THE MAN’S MAN-10/25/00 You don?t see many mountain bikers in the section of the San Gabriel Mountains I was riding–especially in the peak of deer hunting season. This particular ride begins with a low-gear, 13-mile ascent to 5000 feet. An hour and a half had passed since my riding buddy Katrin and I had left […]

GOTH’S, BIRD-WATCHERS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES

GOTH’S, BIRD-WATCHERS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES By Richard J. Cunningham ?It’s Goth appreciation month,? Rex whispered to me as we swilled espresso at Java N Jazz. A pack of twenty-something locals cruised through the cafe totally vamped out in black–lace, leather, lipstick and hair. The guys were virtual pin-cushions, the Gothettes looked a little better in […]

WASHINGTON VS. CALIFORNIA: WHO WINS?

WASHINGTON VS. CALIFORNIA: WHO WINS? By Eddie Rea Eddie is a good friend of mine and asked to write my column this week. Check it out. RC On a recent visit back to California, I hooked up with a few good friends for a reunion mountain bike ride. After handshakes and hugs, the gang agreed […]

2001 NORBA, AMBC AND WORLD CUP SCHEDULES!

2001 NORBA, AMBC AND WORLD CUP SCHEDULES! THE 2001 NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES May 31-June 3 Snow Summit Resort Big Bear Lake, California June 21-24 Snowshoe Resort Snowshoe, West Virginia June 28-July 1 Deer Valley Resort Park City, Utah July 19-22 Mammoth Mountain Resort Mammoth Lakes, California August 16-19 Mount Snow Resort Mount Snow, Vermont […]

MARTINEZ AND PEZZO WIN GOLD IN OLYMPICS

MARTINEZ AND PEZZO WIN GOLD IN OLYMPICS Miguel Martinez and Paola Pezzo won the gold medals in the Olympic mountain biking race in Sydney, Australia, on a course that sixth place finisher Thomas Frischknecht was quoted as saying was the best course he’s ever raced on in ten years of mountain biking. Filip Meirhaeghe and […]

ALISON DUNLAP’S OLYMPIC DIARY-SEPTEMBER 20

ALISON DUNLAP’S OLYMPIC DIARY-SEPTEMBER 20 By John Ker Olympic cyclist Alison Dunlap is writing a diary of her Olympic experiences that will appear in the January 2001 issue of Mountain Bike Action. The issue will be available on newsstands November 30, and to subscribers and select bike shops up to two weeks earlier. Alison left […]

GT i-DRIVE TEAM

GT i-DRIVE TEAM How MBA got its hands on GT’s 2001 i-Drive Team this early is a mystery even to us. The lightweight (really) i-Drive stole the show when GT unveiled it to the press this summer. Few aspects of this racer-only chassis remain unchanged from last year’s i-Drive models. In fact, the pressed-aluminum monocoque […]

NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!–SEPTEMBER 9

NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!–SEPTEMBER 9 Back to the top was the slogan of the weekend as the 2000 NORBA series concluded at Mammoth Mountain, California, on September 8, 9, and 10. The slightly cryptic phrase was a reminder to the racing public that, after a two-year break, the annual Mammoth Mountain race was returning to the […]

WORLD CUP WRAP UP!

WORLD CUP WRAP UP! Anne-Caroline Chausson clinches double titles; Vouilloz and Lopes win theirs; and the cross-country titles come down to the wire. In the world of mountain bike racing, its clear that we?ve been witnessing one of the most dramatic dominations of the sport in history. No one else on record can match the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]