mountain biking

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 3: On biking mount Kilimanjaro, getting “chicked” and Dirty Kanza

For our third weekly podcast, we brought in Ella editor, Anne-Marije Rook, and special guest Rebecca Rusch. Rusch, a.k.a, “The Queen of Pain”, is a seven-time multi-discipline world champion and a firefighter. Off-the-bike Rusch has national and world titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. On the bike, Rusch excels anytime her wheels …

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Absalon, Schurter on Sagan’s chances at Olympic MTB medal: “Not likely”

Can Peter Sagan win an Olympic mountain-bike medal in Rio de Janeiro? The two best cross-country racers of all-time, Julien Absalon and Nino Schurter, say it’s not likely. And they would know. Between them, Absalon and Schurter have nine elite world championship titles, 10 World Cup series titles, two Olympic gold medals, a silver, and …

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It’s official: Sagan to race mountain bike, not road, at Rio Olympics

Before Peter Sagan was the world road champion, he was a world mountain-bike champion. That win, in 2008 in Val di Sole, Italy, was at the junior level. On August 21, Sagan will face many of the riders from that field in Rio di Janeiro, racing for Slovakia in the Olympic cross-country event. The Slovakia Olympic Committee announced …

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Closing the gender gap, one biking girl at a time

At any given time during the five-day Sea Otter cycling festival in California last month, you’d see tens of thousands of people roaming the sunlit venue, browsing the booths and, of course, racing and riding bikes. The hustle and bustle, the maze of people, the glaring sun — it can be an overwhelming sight at …

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Stephen Ettinger Diary: Time traveling

As I laid awake at 3am Tuesday morning, in an anonymous Airport hotel in Sydney, I came up with this really great, witty little opening for this little collection of anecdotes. But I finally fell asleep at 6am, a whopping 30 minutes before our alarm went off. As I helped a very broken and high-on-painkillers …

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Discovering new rides: Mt Hotham the hard way

There may not be an easy way to ride up the Hors Categorie (HC)-rated Victorian climb of Mt Hotham, but there sure is a hard way. It’s a route that makes the grindingly slow steep sections on the traditional road climb, like the Meg, seem less intimidating and the long unrelenting descent an easy roll down. …

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From road to rogue: the Thule Bright 24-hour MTB Race

The concept sounded pretty fun: get together a bunch of clean-cut tarmac-focused roadies, and throw them headfirst into a new(ish) teams category in a 24-hour mountain bike race. With our varying off-road abilities we would be there for the good times, rather than laps times, and the category we were entering would allow us to …

Men not allowed: women’s only events are on the rise, but are they successful?

As a woman at cycling events you can get pretty used to being in the minority. It’s not uncommon to turn up to road cycling challenges with hundreds of men, yet count the number of women on your fingers, or to compete at a cyclocross races with multiple healthy men’s divisions yet the women are …

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Change it up: leave the road bike at home and head for the trails

Want to inject a bit more fun and excitement back into cycling after a hard training block on the road? Perhaps you are looking for a way of introducing your traffic-phobic friends or children to your love of bikes or maybe you just want to boost your bike handling skills? Straying to the dirt could …

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The slow but steady return to racing for Marianne Vos

With a 1.2 UCI ranking, the Ronde van Gelderland might be a minor race on the women’s race calendar, but for 12-time world champion Marianne Vos this race was a big one. Sidelined with a hamstring injury since the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships in January, Gelderland marked Vos’ long-awaited return to the peloton. Prior to …

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