The Mountain Bike Life

Author: Ryan Simonovich

Part of what makes riding a bike so special is the ability to explore. You can ride the same roads and trails every day, or you could add a little variety. Familiarity becomes monotonous and the urge to explore is present. Exploring and going on adventures is one of my favorite things about riding. It really is cool to experience a new area for the first time and not know what is coming around the next corner. By this point…

Every year, thousands of bike enthusiasts look forward to the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. The bike festival boasts a huge expo area for companies to show off their new products and racing for nearly every discipline you can think of. Not only limited to mountain biking, Sea Otter offers road racing and even an unseasonal cyclocross race. The only discipline I can think of that is not represented is a fat bike race. Like any major event, Sea…

I am standing on the start line of the first big race of the season. I look down and see that my heart rate is already at 140 beats per minute. The announcer starts counting down from five…four, three, two, one, GO! My heart rate jumps again to over 190 BPM as the group of 20 riders sprints up the hill. I got a slow start clipping in so now I am at the back of the pack. Now I…

It all started about five years ago when I was in the eighth grade. My Dad and I would go for mountain bike rides, and seek new trails to try out. The next year, as a freshman in high school, I got into cross country racing. Now I am going into my fourth year of racing, and could not be more stoked! If you asked me then, where I thought I would be now, I would have no clue. One…

The past few months have been busy as far as riding goes. While the rest of the world is still deep in their winter hibernation, the first races of the season start next month here in California! I have been riding a bunch, as can be seen on Strava. However the miles do not come without reason. I have been following a training plan for about 10 weeks now, and I have been really enjoying it. It feels great that…

When the summer riding season ends and days just as dark as they are cold, sometimes it is just not practical to ride your bike outside. The occasional venture into frightful weather can be fun, but motivation to ride for long periods of time vanishes and it sure is tough to get in quality training. Even here in sunny California there have been a few rainy days where I was trapped inside. Here are a few tips to get you…

Chances are if you pay any attention to mountain bike media, you have seen the Aptos Post Office Jumps. This jump park is seen everywhere in video parts, photos, and advertisements. The park has shaped what the Santa Cruz freeride scene is today. The jumps built in 2003 by a tight knit community of riders are famous for sending, names such as Cam McCaul, Greg Watts, and Jack Fogelquist into professional mountain bike stardom. It has been recently announced that…

These last past 5 months I have had the pleasure of traveling throughout the state of California competing in the California Enduro Series. The 5 race series has taken us the the Nevada desert, high into the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, and deep into the loamy trail system of Soquel Demonstration Forest above Santa Cruz. Traveling to and racing in these amazing locations has taught me a lot about racing, as well as inspired me to keep going. Three of…

The weekend of September 20th-21st marked the second annual Kamikaze Bike Games at Mammoth Mountain. In the hay day of American mountain bike racing, fearless competitors would race from the 11,000 feet elevation summit down loose fire-roads on bikes that would make the modern day rider shiver with fear. It just so happened that Mammoth was hosting a round of the California Enduro Series along with a multitude of other races at the festival, so myself and my 3 closest…

I seem to make the trip to lift accessed trails about once a year. This year there happened to be a race in the California Enduro Series, which I have been writing about her on the blog, at Northstar Resort. This time, instead of a race report, I thought that I would discuss my thoughts on bike park trails. One of the trails that we raced on last weekend was Northstar’s signature trail, Livewire. Livewire, like many bike park trails…

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