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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 […]

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 […]

A JOB WELL DONE

A JOB WELL DONE Richard J. Cunningham Bagging on people isn’t the primary reason that I decided to become the editor of MBA, but it’s a hazard that comes with the job. If and when I choose to bag, I try to bag in the most constructive way possible. Any loyal reader could tell you […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND SOUL?

WHAT HAPPENED TO HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND SOUL? Richard J. Cunningham In legal terms, corporations are living entities–large financial organisms made up of living human cells, with skins of concrete, glass and steel. The brain of the corporate giant is the upper management group. The beating heart of a corporation–or the location of its soul if […]

GIRO AND THE TUBE

GIRO AND THE TUBE By Mike Cushionbury How sweet is it that the Outdoor Life Network is broadcasting two hours of live coverage of the Giro d?Italia every morning. It used to be that cycling was the ugly stepchild of TV sports as meaty sportscasters occasionally laughed through Tour de France results in July. Now, […]

TISSOLT WORLD CUP XC #5-SARENTINO, ITALY

TISSOLT WORLD CUP XC #5-SARENTINO, ITALY Story by Charlie Livermore I had heard how beautiful the Sarntal Valley is from both athletes and staff who have participated in Italian Cup races here in Sarentino, Italy, but like always, you can’t really appreciate true beauty until you see it with your own eyes. Located just north […]

HOW I’M TURNING PRO

HOW I’M TURNING PRO By Mike Cushionbury Last night I saw this thing called the Body Toner being hawked on TV by a former Mr. America and a former pro football wide receiver. They said they never have to work out anymore. Just hook up the Body Toner electrodes to their muscles to get a […]

MAN-O-METER

MAN-O-METER Are you ready to take the challenge. Here is how the Man-o-meter works. Email us your most “manly” or “womanly” mountain bike stories and we will sit around and choose a few to post to this page. For example………..You fixed five flats in less than two hours while singing the National Anthem and wearing […]

STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND

STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND Richard J. Cunningham As MBA’s chief editor, I enjoy the pleasure of riding virtually any mountain bike I want. Downhilling on Tuesday on the new Foes DHS; freeriding the latest Specialized big-hit bike on Thursday, and thrashing an 18-pound hardtail on Saturdays epic?it’s all in a weeks work. The up-side […]

DISC BRAKES: HAYES VS. SHIMANO

DISC BRAKES: HAYES VS. SHIMANO Hayes had been manufacturing hydraulic disc brakes for the motorsport industry for decades before they turned their attention to developing the ultimate mountain bike braking system. Shimano, on the other hand, had only played with the concept, producing a limited supply of hydraulic rickshaw stoppers in the late ?70s. When […]

RACING ON SUNDAY

RACING ON SUNDAY By Mike Cushionbury ?How?d ya do, Mike?? ?I beat Ron.? ?How?d you do Ron?? ?I double flatted and rode the last lap on just a front rim? *** ?Can I get by??      ?Earn it, pal. This is a race not a procession.? ?I?m not in your class, I?m three age groups […]

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: CAILE NOBLE

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: CAILE NOBLE Straight out of Valencia, California is downhiller Caile Noble. The 17-year-old rider attends Valencia High and maintains a 3.0 GPA. His biggest school achievement was just last week, putting on a dirt jumping contest on Friday afternoon. Caile said his ASP director wanted to target students who were […]

GIANT AND JEROME CHIOTTI PART WAYS

GIANT AND JEROME CHIOTTI PART WAYS According to a Giant Bicycles statement published on its website, Jerome Chiotti and the company have mutually agreed to terminate their existing contract. In April the French magazine ?Velo Vert? published an interview with Jerome where he stated he used the banned substance EPO to win his 1996 cross-country […]

WORLD CUP CROSS-COUNTRY #4–ST. WENDAL, GERMANY

WORLD CUP CROSS-COUNTRY #4–ST. WENDAL, GERMANY Race report By Charlie Livermore Eventually we will have to pay for the incredible luck we?ve had with the weather during this spring campaign here in central Europe. Like in Houffalize last week, summer-like conditions prevailed here today in St. Wendel, the host city for the 4th round of […]

CHAIR LIFTS IN MOAB?

CHAIR LIFTS IN MOAB? Richard J. Cunningham By Richard Cunningham Ski lifts in the desert? The last time Moab’s climate was cold enough to attract skiers was ice ages ago. Two chair lifts have recently been constructed here on the fringes of town. I?ve heard all the threats about global warming, maybe there’s a sharp […]