Yak Ru Enduro 2017 | Day 3

BRAGA – The final day of the inaugural Yak Ru Enduro saw riders taking on the opening uphill liaison on the trail leading to Milarepa’s Cave, just a short ride away from the event’s staging town of Manang. The cave, located high above the valley floor, is steeped in legend. According to local lore, Milarepa was a saint who, while meditating in the cave, convinced a hunter to put down his bow and arrow, disavow the killing of other living beings, and to pursue a life of compassion. The hunter,…

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Yak Ru Enduro 2017 | Day 2

Yak Ru Enduro Day Two | by Wilson Low __ The Yak Ru Enduro takes place in the Manang district of the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal. The 3-day, multi-stage enduro race format allows a truly immersive big-mountain race experience – unlike any other mountain bike event – in a beautiful location amongst some of the highest mountains on Earth. The event features race stages between 3300-4300m elevation on Himalayan alpine & forest singletrack – and includes a variety of steep, technical, flowy & loamy trails. SHIREE KHARKA – Participants in the…

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Saalfelden Leogang’s ‘Speedster’ to host UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup

The Austrian bike-mecca of Saalfelden Leogang will host a stop of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup for the 7th time. On June 10 and 11, Bikepark Leogang will see downhill greats like Rachel Atherton and Aaron Gwin going all-out on the ‘Speedster’ trail to chase those vital seconds. As part of the Out of Bounds Festival (June 8-11), the world’s best downhill athletes will fight for the fastest time during the third stop of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup 2017, whilst the elite amongst the slopestyle…

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Atherton and Fayolle take glory

Reigning champion and Frenchman open UCI MTB World Cup season with wins. The opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lourdes was won in dramatic circumstances by home downhill hero Alexandre Fayolle as the defending women’s champion Rachel Atherton coasted to victory. Despite a dusting of snow at the start hut earlier in the week, things in France had stayed sunny and pleasant. The track, which had seen some minor changes from last year was running extremely fast and dusty, but Briton Atherton still had it all to…

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High in Nepal

Filmer Gary Thomas and Rider Tangi Rebours have made seven mountain bike films in Nepal now. They thought the time was right to put together a highlights edit – and there’s been a lot of them. It all started seven years ago with a broken wrist and a tiny cam-corder. You can’t ride, why don’t we make a little mountain film?! There’s been a few tears, a lot of laughs, high altitude sickness for some, and low altitude problems for others. They have explored many different areas of Nepal from high to…

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The Yearning for Flow

It’s about this time of year when the focus shifts from winter to spring and the longing for early sunrises, warm rays of sunshine and the pleasure of that flowy feeling on two-wheels just gets a grip of us. Mountain bikers still have to wait until June 2, when Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis kicks off the new biking season and the Waldbahn starts to take visitors and their bikes from all over the world up the mountain. But, why not start daydreaming about the sound of rubber on dirt and that unique…

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A real-life Mad Max?

For two years, Markus ‘Max’ Stöckl laid out a plan to put himself in the record books yet again. And in just 11 seconds and at a speed of 167.6 km/h with a standard mountain bike, whose components you could buy yourself in the high street, he reached that speed hurtling down a mountain with no name in Chile’s Atacama desert. Stöckl has a penchant for the record books. Brought up in the Austrian mountains, his thirst for speed was established at a young age, his place in the speed annuals…

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Snow Bike Festival 2017

The Snow Bike Festival is Europe’s “Winter Festival of Snow Biking”. The third edition of the innovative snow-bike event takes place at Gstaad, Switzerland: 4 days of thrilling snow-bike action. For the first time, the International Cycling Union UCI honours the race with a “Stage Race Class 2” accreditation. The Snow Bike Festival is the first ever UCI race on snow! The 4-day stage race comprises a prologue and 3 stages. The prologue was held as a short time trial race in the village centre of Gstaad. The first stage…

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