The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Interview

Chris Fruetel, 24 years old, I have a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Sciences from the University of Gueph, and I’m working on my Masters in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston. I’ve been mountain bike racing since I was 17 (with the exception of 1 year I was out for a brain injury (unrelated to cycling). My cycling career highlights are always just the good times I have with my buddies at races, as far as results go…

Over the last seven years I have watched Dan Barham’s photography and cinematography career explode, becoming one of the very best in the mountain bike industry. Dan works for numerous editorial and commercial clients across the globe and his photos have been published in nearly every outdoors and action sports magazine. I was lucky enough to get Dan to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us at The Mountain Bike Life…

In my last post I explained why I love living and riding in Santa Cruz. Today I decided to showcase a few people who make this place so special. The first of which being Mark Davidson, the president of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz. Who are you/what do you do/when and how did you start mountain biking? My name is Mark Davidson and I’m the President of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) a local volunteer non-profit mountain bike advocacy…

Six years ago, Rebecca Stone was over-weight and got sore knees whenever she tried to run. Two weeks ago she stood atop the podium to receive the Gold Medal at the “Epic” cross-country mountain bike race. How did this 33 year old endurance rider get to where she is today? Last Woman Standing. Gold Medalist – “The Epic”. ESI Sports Photography How did you get into mountain biking? I started running, and lost a lot of weight.  I did a…

Tony “Darb” Ryan was once an out-of-shape smoker with knee problems. Five years ago, when he bought an el-cheapo K-Mart bike to get fit, he had no idea how much it would turn his life upside down. Goodes Road, D’Aguilar National Park I recently had a few beers with Darb at home, and we talked about mountain biking and what it means to him. Darb loves recording videos of his adventures on the bike, and I’ve included snippets from some…

In this root’in and toot’in installment we peek inside the mind of a man that went and did what you, I and so many other Mountain bikers have dreamed of doing. He thought of the kind of bikes that he would most like to ride and then he went and built them. He then carried on taking concepts all the way to the trails. Cotic has consistently made bikes that customers become more like devotees about, than just simply buyers…