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GLOBAL RACING UPDATE–JAN 26

GLOBAL RACING UPDATE–JAN 26 Global Racing Announces Official Suppliers and Coaching Staff OK, here’s the official word as to what’s going on from the Global team. It’s quite different from what we’ve heard before this. Damian Grundy (coach of Cadel Evans and Mary Grigson) will be the team coach. Martin Whiteley is going to be […]

DEER CREEK RESORT 2001 RACE SCHEDULE

DEER CREEK RESORT 2001 RACE SCHEDULE Although they’re relatively new to hosting major mountain bike events, Deer Creek resort in Macungie, Pa., will be putting on one of the biggest series on the East Coast for the 2001 season. There will be fourteen downhill races, five cross-country races, eight dual slaloms and one twelve-hour XC […]

LOLLIPOP– THE MIRACLE PUP

LOLLIPOP– THE MIRACLE PUP By Richard J. Cunningham Working in the fields, that’s what I call test riding mountain bikes. Today, I was on the second day of evaluating the new Look Fournales linkage fork. A giant storm was upon us, and I had about an hour to pound my local test loop before Southern […]

NATIONAL CYCLOCROSS FINALS–DEC 18

NATIONAL CYCLOCROSS FINALS–DEC 18 The Roadie branch of USA Cycling staged the cyclocross national finals at Overland Park, Kansas (Dec. 16, 2000). This country’s cyclocross finals are usually graced with warm weather?hardly the spirit of the sport. Not this time. Temperatures hovered below freezing, a previous snowstorm, slushy mud and blustery winds gave our best […]

WE ARE NOT OHV’S!

WE ARE NOT OHV’S! Richard J. Cunningham We often hear industry luminaries lauding the correlations between off road motorcycles and mountain bikes. Truly, the seeds that have sprouted much of the technology that liberated the present mountain bike from the dark ages of the diamond-framed road bike came from motorcycles. Despite their moto chromosomes, mountain […]

DEC 18–IMBA’S CALL TO ARMS

DEC 18–IMBA’S CALL TO ARMS We don?t cry ?Wolf? when it comes to land access issues because over-reacting numbs our sensitivity and reduces the impulse to react in an immediate and positive way’so listen up! This warning from IMBA is a call to arms to halt the greatest piece of anti-mountain bike legislation in the […]

DEC 9–SPECIALIZED AND GIANT REACH ACCORD

DEC 9–SPECIALIZED AND GIANT REACH ACCORD Specialized announced over the web on December 6th that their lawyers have struck a deal with the legal staff of Giant Bicycle corporation to license the patented, four-bar linkage technology that Specialized acquired from AMP-designer Horst Leitner. The dispute was supposedly settled earlier this (we published the announcement in […]

CANNONDALE RUMORS–DEC 9

CANNONDALE RUMORS–DEC 9 In a telephone conversation with Scott Montgomery, Cannondale’s number two leader, we learned that Team Volvo/Cannondale was going to retain its core team members for the coming season. On the DH side, Anne-Caroline and Cedric Gracia will stay on and fight the World Cup battle. On the XC end of the spectrum, […]

IMBA’S NEW PRESIDENT: STEVE ANDERSON

IMBA’S NEW PRESIDENT: STEVE ANDERSON MEET STEVE ANDERSON MBA had a hard time catching up with the hard-charging Arizona man for an interview. When we did, Anderson was putting the final touches on a multi-use, off-road park with facilities for motorcycles, mountain bikes and a complete BMX area. We wanted to know his vision of […]

SEEDS FOR SPRING

SEEDS FOR SPRING By Richard Cunningham Half the northern hemisphere is becoming a frozen wasteland, and most of us–even hard-core mountain bikers will soon abandon our trusty steeds in favor of other winter activities. I have the luxury of living in a place where I can ride all year round–day or night, but if I […]

DO WE HAVE A PLAN FOR 2004?

DO WE HAVE A PLAN FOR 2004? By Richard J. Cunningham So, what are your plans for 2004? Most of us would have a hard time answering that one in any specific manner. If you were the head of a multi-million dollar company, you would no doubt have a five-year plan in place to insure […]

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 […]