mountain biking

Four things roadies can learn from mountain bikers

I recently joined a group of highly skilled mountain bikers on a trip to Sedona –a mountain biking paradise in the Arizona dessert. From pro Enduro racers to mountain bike instructors, these women were a great bunch to shred with and learn from. As the only rider in the bunch who hasn’t (yet) fully switched …


Destination Utah: gravel and mountain biking unlike anywhere else – Part 2

Our Rides to Remember series highlights two-wheeled adventures that when you look back will always stand out as more than just another day on the bike – they are the ones you’ll never forget. The ride could be an event that is so innovative it is locked into your ride calendar every year, a gorgeous …


Best of 2016: Closing the gender gap, one biking girl at a time

It’s the time of the year when everyone is heading off for the holidays, spending time with family and taking advantage of the opportunity to explore some new locations on the bike. It’s also a great time to unwind by catching up on your reading, so we’ve decided to finish 2016 by revisiting some of …


Whatever happened to Roland Green? The mysterious disappearance of a former world champion

Roland Green dominated the mountain bike world in 2001 and 2002, winning two world titles, the World Cup series overall, and the NORBA series title. After injury and suspension, he retired following the 2005 season and disappeared, seemingly cutting all ties from the cycling world. We set out find out where he is today, and why he completely stepped away from the sport he loved.


One gear and a lot of beer: Mountain Bike Single Speed World Championships

Before turning up to the small Australian town of Woodend for the Holgate Brewhouse Single Speed World Championships last weekend, I’d heard more than the odd tale about what a single speed mountain bike race was like and had experienced plenty of events that embraced the less than serious side of cycling. But nothing could quite …


First-look review: 2017 Specialized Epic Hardtail

For the past 35 years no other mountain bike model name has been more iconic than the Specialized Stumpjumper. So it was big news when Specialized released its new race hardtail and for the first time ever it didn’t carry the legendary name. The Specialized Epic Hardtail follows on from the brand’s long-standing Epic FSR …


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 …


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 …


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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