The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Racing

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…

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…

Well, everyone knows that the bike season started a long time ago, but for a lot of students in Ontario, they’re starting to dust off the cobwebs, ride more often, and get focused for the University Cup Mountain Bike Race Series. The U-cup series is a series of 6 races over 4 weekends that starts as soon as the school year starts and continues for 3 nonstop weekends thereafter. The cool thing about the series is that it has the…

When writing blog posts and race reports, I often struggle with how to start off the post. Well, this time it wasn’t so hard. This race was the hardest two days of bike racing that I have ever done, both mentally and physically. Here’s how it all went down. Day one at the Downieville Classic was the cross country race. With nearly 30 miles, 4,000 feet of climbing, and relentless descents, the race would be won by a true all…

Downieville, sitting peacefully at the fork of the North Yuba and Downie rivers, was once a prosperous gold mining town with a whopping population of 5,000. You wouldn’t be able to tell at first glance, but the humble one street town is a mountain bike paradise to locals and outsiders alike. Every summer the Downieville Classic mountain bike race is open to 800 registrants and sells out every year. Of those 800 spots, 200 are reserved for the infamous “All…

This year due to numerous factors and as they say life, there has not been much racing at all for me. So last Saturday was a chance to get into a race put on by my buddy who runs  Substance Projects. Who put on a race at Northumberland Forest. Now I won’t bore you with a race report about a race as the Result speaks for itself.  Yep…32 minutes after the first guy to finish the 33K half MTB marathon. Chris Macfarlane…

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