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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.?…
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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…
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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?…
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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…
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WHY I STAYED HOME

WHY I STAYED HOME By Mike Cushionbury (with race update by Charlie Livermore)       Keeping it real at home in the Double-Wide again, cuz I got a lot to do, but the news never ends, so I got a few things this week. First off, did…
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IMBA’S PRESIDENT MEETS BILL CLINTON

IMBA'S PRESIDENT MEETS BILL CLINTON IMBA president Ashley Korenblat met with U.S. President Bill Clinton in mid March at the White House. Korenblat spoke with the President and key aides in the Oval Office about mountain biking in…
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MORE ON CHIOTTI: MAY 1ST NEWS

MORE ON CHIOTTI: MAY 1ST NEWS Contrary to what was reported last week, Jerome Chiotti did not race in Belgium over the weekend. He has not been suspended nor fired from his team but elected on his own to sit this one out due to the…
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STEVE TILFORD TO RIDE FOR CASTELLI CLOTHING?

STEVE TILFORD TO RIDE FOR CASTELLI CLOTHING? NORBA's first ever cross-country National champion, Steve Tilford (1983) is being courted by Castelli to be its official sponsored rider in this year's Single Speed Worlds. If the deal…
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CHIOTTI PLANS TO CONTINUE

CHIOTTI PLANS TO CONTINUE LATE BREAKING NEWS! Three days before the third round of the cross-country World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium this weekend, Giant rider Jerome Chiotti told the French daily newspaper "Lib?tion? that he wants…
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ROCK SHOX MOVES TO COLORADO

ROCK SHOX MOVES TO COLORADO RockShox has announced this week that it will move its' corporate and manufacturing operations to Colorado Springs, Colorado. RockShox, which has been in Northern California since its inception in 1989,…
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MOUNT SNOW UPDATE

MOUNT SNOW UPDATE To avoid any confusion, NORBA wants you to know that the new official dates for the Mount Snow, Vermont, National are June 23-25.  
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WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO CHIOTTI?

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO CHIOTTI? Mike Cushionbury It was only a matter of time before it had to happen. One of the top riders in the sport has come out and admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, not to just win a few races but…
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HANGING OUT WITH MISSY

HANGING OUT WITH MISSY Richard J. Cunningham Recently, Missy Giove dropped into MBA's North tower. The main reason for her visit was to photograph the new team in their ?01 regalia. While John Ker was setting up for the shoot,…
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FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ADMITS TO USING

FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ADMITS TO USING In an announcement that could throw mountain bike racing back into the scandalous dark ages of road racing,1996 World Champion and two-time Tour of the Rockies winner Jerome Chiotti of France…
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THIS WEEKS NEWS: SOME GOOD, SOME TERRIBLE

THIS WEEKS NEWS: SOME GOOD, SOME TERRIBLE By Mike Cushionbury The double-wide trailer is in the garage. It is sitting down, sad, confused and unwilling to move to the next race after the bad news that hit the mountain bike community…
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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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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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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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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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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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