When iconic mountain bike magazine, Dirt Rag, shut its doors X weeks ago, its Dirt Fest event series was left with an uncertain future. The Pennsylvania- and West Virginia-based happenings were the embodiment of Dirt Rag’s unpretentious attitude and loyal following. So, maybe it should come as no surprise that the show will go on. Read More The post Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Events: Same Time, Same Place, New Names for 2020 appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
Dirt Rag Fest has ceased operations and Bike Bash at Big Bear is taking its place for the West Virginia event on July 17-19th. 02/19/2020 Dirt Rag Dirt Fest WV is now under new ownership and will be moving forward as the Bike Bash at Big Bear West Virginia. The venue owners will host the festival on the originally scheduled dates (July 17-19, 2020). The team will leverage their turn-key infrastructure and 20+ years of promotion experience. They are looking forward to another awesome festival weekend. The event features an amazing trail-network, campfires, group rides, shuttle service, bands, family-friendly activities. The expo will offer bike and gear demos and product sampling opportunities. Attendees can expect a welcoming vibe true to Wild Wonderful West Virginia with trails that will provide thrills for all skill levels and views that can’t be beat. Join the fun and let your customers demo the latest bike technology, get up close and personal with new products, or if they’re curious – try an electric mountain bike. The technical trails will provide your customers with a challenge and will give them a true sense of how your product performs. Unlike many mountain bike festivals, class 1 pedal assist ebikes are allowed on the trails at this event. Information, including booth rates, sponsorship opportunities, and weekend schedules can be found here: demodays.com/bikebashwv Over the past three years, participation numbers have increased steadily. New sign-ups are coming in each day with over 1,000+ attendees expected. The July timing has been perfect to draw a crowd of eager vacation travelers and families. Attendee passes and accommodations may be reserved here: demodays.com/bikebashwv Bike Bash WV will take place the weekend before Outerbike Killington, VT allowing your demo drivers to make the most of Eastern travels by planning several stops. Our venue is ideally located to draw large crowds and offer your demo drivers the opportunity to visit local dealers, with Pittsburgh 1.5hrs away and 3hrs to Baltimore & Washington, D.C. “We were sad to see our event partner, Dirt Rag Magazine, close its doors after 30 years in the magazine business but we’re uniquely positioned to take over this very popular festival without skipping a beat”, says, Jeff Simcoe, Big Bear’s Recreation Land Manager. There is also a contest currently running; Anybody joining the email list will be entered for a chance to win a VIP Package for two. The prize includes event passes, a campsite, and a parking pass. **Note: If the winner has already registered, their payment will be refunded** https://swiy.io/joinbikebashwvnewsletter Eric Butler of DemoDays.com and will help with exhibitor registrations and sponsorships. Eric Butler 303-800-7088 email@example.com Want to reserve your space now? Book your space using the online form at: https://www.demodays.com/exhibit/exhibit-at-the-2020-bike-bash-at-big-bear-wv For all other event questions, contact Jeff Simcoe – BikeBashWV@gmail.com
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Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab has released its safety assessments of 86 helmets it has tested in 2019. The designs span mountain bike, road and urban models, and include MIPS and non-MIPS helmets, as well as a number of Bontrager’s latest WaveCel models. Virginia Tech’s tests are carried out in collaboration with the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and are more comprehensive than the standard test that all helmets must pass before they are put on sale. As well as straight-on impacts, they include assessment of oblique impacts, as well as points of impact on the side of the helmet. Best road bike helmets 2019 | 25 top-rated cycle helmets Best road bikes 2020: how to choose the right one for you Ten safest mountain bike helmets as rated by Virginia Tech Virginia Tech rated the Bontrager Rally MIPS as the safest MTB helmet out there. Bontrager Bontrager Rally MIPS Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS Decoy Lazer Cyclone MIPS Giro Tyrant MIPS SP Troy Lee Designs A1 Classic MIPS POC Tectal Race SPIN Louis Garneau Raid MIPS Bontrager Blaze WaveCel Giro Chronicle MIPS Lazer Impala MIPS Ten safest road cycling helmets as rated by Virginia Tech Virginina Tech reckons the Lazer Century MIPS is the best performing road helmet. Lazer Lazer Century MIPS Bontrager Specter WaveCel Bontrager Ballista MIPS Bell Z20 MIPS Bontrager XXX WaveCel Lazer Z1 MIPS Specialized Echelon II MIPS Rudy Project Racemaster MIPS Lazer Blade+ MIPS Giro Aether MIPS SP Also in the top-rated helmets were the Bern Union MIPS and Bontrager Charge WaveCel urban helmets. They’re all rated five stars by Virginia Tech (along with the Specialized Ambush MIPS and Smith Route MIPS), with the testers recommending that you should use a helmet rated either four or five stars in their tests. The full list of the 86 helmets tested is here. It can also be filtered by the style of helmet, budget options costing under $100 and whether helmets are certified for use in snow sports or skateboarding, as well as for cycling. MIPS rules the roost Helmets with a MIPS liner rule the roost. Ben Delaney / Immediate Media MIPS-equipped helmets dominate the ratings, both for mountain and road helmets. 80 per cent of the top-rated helmets incorporated the sliding liner tech. It’s designed to help dissipate energy in oblique impacts so that less of the impact force is transferred to the rider. Many bike crashes involve oblique impacts to the head (when an impact occurs at an angle rather than a central impact) and Virginia Tech’s testing suggests that extra protection from this type of crash is an important feature. Helmets equipped with Bontrager’s proprietary WaveCel technology scored well. Immediate Media Another tech that comes up frequently is WaveCel. It’s Bontrager’s new tech, released earlier this year. Rather than the usual expanded polystyrene layer, WaveCel uses a crinkly honeycomb plastic layer that collapses in an impact. Unlike MIPS, it’s proprietary to Bontrager, which is licensed to a large number of brands. So to see the tech in four out of 22 top-rated helmets suggest that it’s a good alternative to MIPS. Also in the mountain bike list is POC’s Tectal Race helmet with its SPIN technology. It’s POC’s take on the absorption of energy from oblique impacts and uses silicone pads inside the helmet to allow it to move against the head in an oblique impact. It was the subject of a patent dispute with MIPS when it was launched, which ended up being settled by the two Swedish brands, with POC agreeing to adopt MIPS tech in its future helmets. How does Virginia Tech test its helmets? Virginia Tech tests helmets vigorously so, hopefully, you’ll come out unscathed in crashes like this. Peter Smith Virginia Tech’s testing uses a standard drop tower, which is the standard tool used to test bike helmets. It drops the helmet down a slider and lands it on a steel anvil. Virginia Tech covers this with coarse sandpaper, which it says helps to better simulate real-life road conditions. Tests are carried out at two different impact speeds and in six different positions on the helmet, including on the rim. The method tests oblique impacts as well as those taken head-on. Each test is repeated twice, for a total of 24 tests on each helmet. Accelerometers are positioned inside the headform on which the helmet is mounted to measure the linear and rotational forces acting on impact. A formula is then used to convert this data into an overall score and a star rating, with a lower score being better. Virginia Tech says that its testing is more complete than standard tests, which do not include impacts on the rim, although this is often where contact will occur in a crash. You can read Virginia Tech’s full description of its methodology here.
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Whatever the reason for your cycling, one thing’s for sure – your two-wheeled habit can be as good for your mental health as it is for your body. “Cycling is one of the most effective treatments for stress and in many cases has been proven to be as effective as medication – if not more so,” says Neil Shah of the Stress Management Society, adding that many more doctors now prescribe exercise therapy as their most common treatment for stress and depression than they did five years ago. “Riding a bike is ideal because it’s so accessible and achievable – and the mountain of scientific evidence pointing towards its stress-busting properties is growing by the day. “All too often, people look for a cure to stress once the horse has bolted, when it’s much healthier to develop ways to deal with stress on a day-to-day level before it gets to that stage.” Thursday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, with the aim of promoting awareness and open conversation around mental health. For more information, visit the World Health Organisation website and, for further support and advice, visit Mind or CALM. Why exercise feels good Perhaps the best known mental health exercise boost is the ‘runner’s high’ experienced by endurance athletes, proven by German researchers to be more than a rather pleasant figment of the imagination. University of Bonn neurologists visualised endorphins in the brains of 10 volunteers before and after a two-hour running session using a technique called positive emission tomography (PET). Comparing the pre- and post-run scans, they found evidence of more opiate binding of the happy hormone in the frontal and limbic regions of the brain, areas known to be involved in emotional processing and stress. “There’s a direct link between feelings of wellbeing and endurance exercise of all kinds, and for the first time this study proves the physiological mechanism behind that,” says study co-ordinator Professor Henning Boecker. And because the runner’s high only seems to kick in after at least an hour’s exercise, ironically you’re more likely to experience it in the saddle than on foot. The health benefits of cycling | 30 reasons to ride a bike New NHS incentive offers cycling to improve public health Why cycling makes you happy Riding your bike is a great way to reduce stress. The mind-body connection doesn’t stop there. Researchers from the University of Illinois found that an improvement of only five percent in cardiorespiratory fitness from aerobic exercise led to an improvement of up to 15 percent in mental tests and ability to deal with stress. “It boosts blood flow – and, in turn, oxygen – to your brain, which fires and regenerates receptors, explaining how exercise helps ward off Alzheimer’s,” says study author Professor Arthur Kramer. And when it comes to rhythm, cycling knows no equal. “Stress makes your heart beat faster, which leads to shallow, fast breathing, a build-up of CO2 and a lack of oxygen in the brain, leading to more stress,” says Shah. “Cycling actually forces you to regulate your breathing, as well as to breathe deeper to expel any lingering CO2 – both key methods used to alleviate stress in non-riders, so you’re practising proven clinical techniques.” And, according to psychologists at the University of Bristol in the UK, expanding your lungs lifts your diaphragm, taking pressure off the nerve centre in your solar plexus and relieving the stress on your central nervous system. Sleep better A common problem with stress is finding the ‘off’ switch, and without sufficient sleep that just isn’t possible, according to Professor Jim Horne from the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University in the UK. “Reducing regular sleep by just one hour each night can lead to a spike in the stress hormone cortisol, which can prevent deep, regenerative sleep, making it even harder to sleep,” he says. “Exercise is the one factor that has been shown to redress that imbalance.” So those hill intervals won’t just wear you out in the short-term, they’ll also help you catch some quality shut-eye. “Exercising outside also exposes you to daylight, which helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync,” says Horne. How to get a good night’s sleep for a great day of cycling Exercise helps you sleep better. Tara Moore / Getty And the social side of cycling could be doing you as much good as the exercise. UCLA researchers found that socialising releases the hormone oxytocin, which buffers the ‘fight or flight’ response to calm you down. Another study from Harvard Medical School found those with the most friends cut their risk of death by more than 60 percent, reducing blood pressure and strengthening the immune system. The results were so significant, researchers concluded, that not having close friends is as detrimental to your health as smoking or carrying extra weight. Factor in cycling and you’ll be fighting fit for a long time to come. Four ways to de-stress when not cycling 1. Meditate Researchers at West Virginia University found that 35 participants who underwent ‘mindfulness meditation’ saw a 44 percent reduction in psychological distress over three months. “Just sit quietly, focusing on one point on a wall in front of you, and breathe deeply in and out through your nose for a full three seconds. Repeat this for 10 minutes,” says Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at Oxford University. 2. Soak up some sun Just 10 minutes in the sun can make a tremendous difference to your stress levels. “It’s because we have a plant-like nature,” says Stephany Biello, a psychology professor at the University of Glasgow. “We get a powerful surge of energy from sunlight.” Finding even 10 minutes of sunshine may be ambitious in winter, but soaking up the rays when the chance arises could help you de-stress. Dylan VanWeelden /Roval 3. Have coffee with friends Researchers at Bristol University discovered that when stressed-out workers consumed caffeine by themselves, they remained nervous and jittery, but when anxious execs caffeine-loaded as part of a group, their feelings of stress subsided. “Taking caffeine in a group seems to have a venting effect, helping you to vent uncluttered anxieties and communicate better, leading to lower overall stress levels,” says Biello. 4. Fuel up “While there’s a strong psychological element to stress, your ability to deal with whatever life throws at you is made easier with the right diet,” says nutritionist Jane Clarke. “ The main recommendations are slow-release carbs, which help to reduce energy dips and feelings of lethargy during the day, and B vitamins, part of the assembly line that manufactures feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine for an immediate pick-you-up.” In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, a lack of B6 can cause nervousness, stress, irritability and even depression. Top sources of B6 are eggs and leafy greens, including spinach and pulses. The best recipes and nutrition tips for cyclists
Looking Forward To The Sea Otter Classic 2020? Get More Information on The 2020 Sea Otter Classic Here: www.seaotterclassic.com The Sea Otter Classic is the annual event that, for cyclists at least, kicks off the official beginning of the spring season. Started in 1991 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, the event was originally a small mountain bike-specific race called the Laguna Seca Challenge. Over the years it continued to grow in size and significance, and now, nearly three decades later, it is a massive event, drawing some 74,000 people over the four days, as well as 9600 athletes. The inner expo area features most known bike brands and products. This year the number of companies represented was up a whopping 34 percent over last year, credited partly to the demise of Interbike, the big American bicycle show and convention. WHAT’S TRENDING We saw several e-bike trends this year. On the mountain biking side, there were many companies following Fantic’s lead and experimenting with bikes that use a 29-inch front wheel and a 27.5-inch-plus rear wheel. That offers a better angle of attack by the front wheel to surmount obstacles and better grip by the rear wheel. We’ve ridden a few, and so far we have liked the ride. Another notable addition to the U.S. market is Germany’s Fazua motor. As of this writing, 35 bike companies in Europe run Fazua motors in their e-bikes. The Fazua system integrates the motor and battery in one unit that clicks into the downtube. The whole thing weighs about 8 pounds or less than half that of a traditional motor and battery. In the U.S., the German powerplants are still in need of certification, but the better part of a dozen companies, including Fantic, Bulls, Cube, Look and others are jumping on the bandwagon with some of their models, on everything from commuters to road bikes to gravel bikes. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Spectators can watch some of the top athletes from around the world compete in all the disciplines of road racing and mountain biking—from criterium to circuit to downhill, dual slalom, cross-country and more. There are so many events packed into the four days that it’s a veritable three-ring circus going on all the time. There are demo bikes from most manufacturers, tracks for kids (even down to balance bike level), a pump track for older kids and adults, an e-bike demo track, a trials show featuring Danny MacAskill and lots of racing. Friday evening is always set aside for the e-bike race, which was knocked up a notch this year as USA Cycling sanctioned the event, meaning points—and cash—were awarded. There are so many things to see—from new products to free stuff to cycling in every discipline. Four days isn’t enough to take it all in! We were introduced to several new bikes and shown more bikes we had seen but weren’t out yet, so we’re sharing them here. Riders could demo e-bikes on the e-bike-specific track, which featured a really steep hill and some fast turns. Now, boasting close to 600 exhibitors, the Sea Otter has become America’s de-facto bike show and festival. More entertainment for everyone. Danny MacAskill and friends put on several shows daily. They have incredible riding skills with great showmanship. The youngest kids’ area even allowed balance bikes. Bulls’ new Grinder EVO Light is based on their Grinder series of bikes and features their mid-level components, Monkey Link connectors that are pre-wired for lights, and will come out for the 2020 model year. www.bullsebikes.com Ghost is a German brand under the Accell umbrella and is sold exclusively in REI stores, and in MEC in Canada. This Hybride SLAMR is aimed at all-mountain riders and goes for $5999. It features 140mm of travel with a coil-over shock. Power provided by a Shimano STePS E8000 motor and 504-watt-hour battery run through SRAM NX Eagle components. A lower-spec version featuring Shimano XT components will retail for a grand less. www.ghost-bikes.com/en/ Haibike’s Xduro Nduro 6.0 features 180mm of travel, front and rear, via Fox Float Performance 36 up front and a Float X2 rear shock, DT Swiss FR1950 wheels and Maxxis Minion tires. There’s also a Bosch CX motor driving it. Price is $6699. www.haibikeusa.com Intense Cycles had a fleet of their bright yellow Tazer e-MTB ready to ride—the Tazer as a 29er front wheel and a 27.5-plus wheel on the back. Aimed at enduro riders, it has 160mm of front travel coming from a Fox Factory 36 shock, and 140mm in the rear provided by a Trunion-mounted Fox DPX2. The battery is a stock Shimano battery designed for external use, mounted inside the oversized downtube to make battery swaps easy and keep it protected. https://intensecycles.com “There are so many things to see—from new products to free stuff to cycling in every discipline. Four days isn’t enough to take it all in!” Haro was out in full force with their newest flagship I/O 9 that features a coil shock, a STePS E8000 motor, a 29er front wheel and 27.5-inch rear wheel with a plus tire on the rear. https://harobikes.com You can see the adjustability of the coil-over shock, as well as the power button and charge port on top of the motor. You can see the adjustability of the coil-over shock, as well as the power button and charge port on top of the motor. Donnelly showed off their new eG/C gravel e-bike, which is powered by an almost imperceptible Fazua motor system. They’re aiming at the commuter who likes to get to work in the dirt at least part of the time. www.donnellycycling.com Jim Decker from Soul Beach Cruisers was here with his new ultra-beefy Sonic Super Soul, with a CNC billet triple clamp fork, fat tires for sand, and a powerful Bafang BBSHD 03 mid-drive. https://soulbeachcruisers.com HPC’s new Factory Team Edition features a Bafang mid-drive to meet exact Class 1 standards, and they’re making it unmodifiable. The bike’s handling is great, and it’s lighter than most full-suspension bikes on the market. http://hi-powercycles.com YT had their new Decoy e-MTB on display. We reviewed it in the last issue. https://us.yt-industries.com The direct-to-consumer Fezzari brand now has an e-bike to call their own. They didn’t like any of the current e-MTBs, so they designed theirs from the ground up. The top of the line offers a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain and is priced at $5599. www.fezzari.com Wildsyde was here with their fat-tired cruisers. The battery is in the tank, and this uses a 500-watt Bafang rear hub motor that was plenty powerful from our test ride. They offer customer-designed tank decals that can be purchased to truly customize the look of the bike. www.wildsyde.com This is a prototype of Forestal’s new 2020 bike. They are making their own motor, and final geometry hasn’t been set, hence the camo to cover its shape. https://forestal.com The Fazua booth had on display several of the North American-sold brands that are using their motor. In Europe, there are already 35 brands using their motors. https://fazua.com/en/ This is a cutaway view of the Fazua interface, where the power transfers from the motor to the bottom bracket. It completely gets disengaged when it cuts off, so there’s virtually no drag from the motor while pedaling. This is a cutaway view of the Fazua Evation motor inside the case. You can see how tightly packed the components are and the Rosenberger plug on the inside where the battery connects. Details on the XF Carbon include red anodizing on the brakes, discs, spoke nipples and rear suspension linkage. Fantic’s new flagship e-MTB, the XF Carbon, has a full carbon frame, RockShox Lyric fork, 630-watt-hour battery with a Brose motor, Alchemist carbon-molded wheels and Hope V4 piston brakes. http://fantic-bikes.com/us/ BMC had their AMP line of e-bikes, including their new commuter line, powered by a Shimano STEPS E6100 motor and the Trail Fox e-MTB, which is powered by a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor. https://us-en.bmc-switzerland.com/ BETWEEN THE TAPE More bikes, more riders, more cash For the past four years the Sea Otter Classic has held an e-bike race, which has grown in numbers and popularity each year. This year USA Cycling came on board as the official sanctioning body of the race, which dovetails nicely with the upcoming UCI-sanctioned World Championship e-MTB race to be held this August in conjunction with the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships at Mont-Saint-Anne in Québec, Canada. Drew Engelmann inspects one of the bikes beforehand. One of the best things about the e-bike race is the industry support that provides participants the chance to race a demo bike. Pre- and post-race bike inspections were handled by officials from the four allowed motor brands; Bosch, Yamaha, Shimano and Brose. This is the first time for this, and we think a great step to ensure fairness. At one point all classes were on the course simultaneously, which made for some crowded space. “With the growing popularity of e-bikes and the UCI including the discipline in the World Championships, we are working with events, industry partners and athletes to assist with providing guidelines for e-bike events in the U.S.,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling’s Chief of Racing and Events. Chuck was on hand to observe and learn as the industry strives to ensure a fair playing field. Fans and critics alike gathered along the hardest climb of the course. Probably the biggest news for the weekend was the $3000 pro purse that was split evenly between the men’s and women’s pro fields. Former motorcycle enduro champion Charlie Mullins won the Men’s Pro class, and Caroline Mani won the Women’s Pro class. The race gets more refined every year. We expect it to grow, especially since it’s now a sanctioned event, and there’s a chance to win a nice paycheck. THE REAL DEAL Women’s pro winner Caroline Mani brings the resume Caroline Mani and her Haibike AllMTN 6.0 won the Women’s Pro class. EBA: Of all the riders competing, you undoubtedly have the most racing experience. Caroline Mani: Yes, I have been racing for a while in mountain bike, road and cyclocross. I am the five-time French national cyclocross champion, and in 2016 I was a silver medalist at the Cyclocross World Championships. I have also medaled at some mountain bike World Cup events EBA: When was your first electric bike race? CM: I have been coming to the Sea Otter to race since 2011, and since I love to race, I entered the first e-bike race here three years ago and have won each year. EBA: You’re from France but now live in Colorado. How did that transition come about? CM: While I was racing I also went to business school, and I passed all my classes except for the English language class, so I moved to America and interned at Crankbrothers and SRAM. EBA: Tell us about your bike. CM: I’m riding the Haibike Xduro AllMtn 6.0 this year, which has a Bosch motor. It is a Class 1 e-bike, so after 20 mph the power assist quits and you’re on your own. I also have a 2018 Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.0 that has a Yamaha motor. The bike I raced is completely stock. But if I’m able to race the UCI e-Bike World Championships this year, I will make some modifications with lighter pedals, crank and tires. EBA: What is the best piece of advice you’d give a rider new to riding e-bikes? CM: If you want to race, you need to practice. An e-bike is much different than a regular mountain bike. You have to learn how to utilize the assistance of the e-motor. The weight is greater, so you can’t jump-pull up the front wheel. For example, if you want to bunny-hop onto the sidewalk, you have to use different timing and skills. And while you have assistance, you still have to be fit to perform. EBA: How would you describe this year’s Sea Otter course? CM: It was not super technical and it was super fast, so you hit the Class 1 e-bike’s 20-mph capacity quickly. EBA: Where do you see the future of e-bike racing? CM: I see both sides as a racer and as a bike shop employee. The growth of the e-bike market is pretty impressive. If we can put more people on bicycles by using e-bikes, then I think that’s great. Is it better to be on the couch doing nothing or buy an e-bike? For some people, the fitness needed for a regular mountain bike is too much or for older people whose health requires assistance to exercise. EBA: How much training do you do? CM: Never enough, right? When I was racing full-time, it was of course easy to get in all the miles, but now that I have to pay the bills and work full-time, it’s much harder. Luckily the bike shop is cool with me taking time off to travel to the races, but when I’m here, it comes down to fitting in what I can. In addition to on the bike training, I try to run 10–16 miles a week, and I also commute to work. I have backpack on and look like a tourist, but you have to do it. A THROTTLE TWISTER JUMPS IN Charlie Mullins brings his winning ways to the e-bike circuit Charlie Mullins won the Men’s Pro class among a very large field. EBA: What do you do for a living? Charlie Mullins: I actually have my hand in a lot of things. We have a family-owned bicycle shop, and we’re heavily involved in the motorcycle industry with MotoTees that produces event merchandise for the AMA Outdoor National Series and the Grand National Cross-Country Series. I race bikes on the side, and I also work as the trainer for the Factory KTM off-road guys and Aldon Baker on the dirt bike side of things. EBA: What is your competitive background? CM: I rode for the Factory KTM off-road team as a professional dirt bike racer for 10 years, and then had a career-ending injury in 2014. I broke both my wrists and spent a couple of years trying to get back to race form on the dirt bike, but my wrists were just too bad, so I had to retire from dirt bike racing. I was always into cycling and mountain biking for my cross-training, and it was just a good transition. I love racing mountain bikes. EBA: What is your best traditional cycling achievement? CM: I won Category 1 cross-country at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in 2017 at Snowshoe, West Virginia. EBA: When was your first electric bike race? CM: I did a few AMA GNCC races that included some e-bike races at their motorcycle events last year. For this year, since I already go to all the GNCC races and Specialized has now signed on as a presenting series sponsor, it all kind of came together. The first race this year was in March in Georgia, and two weeks before Sea Otter, there was a race in North Carolina. I ended up winning both, so I already had a few races under my belt before Sea Otter. I feel like e-bike racing is natural for me. It’s still a bicycle, but I think there’s a bit of technique needed—being in the right gear and being set up properly. I enjoy the e-bike, which goes a bit faster than a non-assist mountain bike, especially at a GNCC. EBA: How many times a week do you ride your e-bike versus a traditional bike? CM: Honestly, I don’t really ride a mountain bike or my Specialized Levo. I do all my training on the road or a few reasons: I’ve worked with a cycling coach for a few years, and as busy and hectic as my work and family schedule can be, it’s just convenient. I spend roughly 10–12 hours per week on the bike. As far as bike skill, I don’t really worry about given my dirt bike background. I don’t lack any technical or downhill ability, so I just focus on getting good and productive workouts. EBA: How would you describe the Sea Otter e-bike event? CM: Sea Otter was a lot different than a GNCC. We rode on the paved circuit, so there were a lot of flat sections. A GNCC isn’t even like a regular XC MTB race; it’s more of a rugged off-road—roots, rocks and pretty gnarly terrain. The speeds at a GNCC are a little slower, so you can utilize the power of the e-bike more. For me at Sea Otter, I wasn’t really focusing on cadence or even heart rate. It was such a short race, it was kind of an all-out sprint. I was trying to push as hard as I could, especially up the hills trying to get the bike up to 20 mph wherever I could. I had a lot of fun with it. EBA: What is the best piece of advice you’d give a rider new to electric bike riding? CM: It’s all about finding balance between your power and the bike’s power. A Class 1 e-bike’s motor shuts off at 20 mph, so it’s almost better to hover at that 20-mph mark instead of trying to push past it. EBA: What race organizing body do you feel should be overseeing electric bicycle racing, the UCI/USA Cycling or FIM/AMA? CM: I think it’s pretty cool that the AMA and GNCC were the first to recognize e-bikes with a national championship. I don’t know all the legalities, but I think there is the potential to have a USA Cycling National Championship, and it’s cool to see them getting on board. For me, this year’s big goal is to win the UCI World Championship e-bike event at Mont-Sainte-Anne. EBA: Do you think e-bikes are better suited to compete on the same courses as regular XC mountain bikes or courses intended for off-road motorcycles? CM: I think more technical terrain that has a lot of rocks and roots, like a traditional dirt bike trail, is more fun on an e-bike. Even more fun than the Sea Otter MTB XC course, which I also raced on my regular mountain bike on Sunday. But, I’ve always found California to not be that technical. Being from the East Coast, I like big boulder rocks and slippery roots—and I think that’s really where the e-bike can shine with its beefier suspension and tires. You can really charge and go fast, almost like a dirt bike pace. EBA: Where do you see the future of e-bike racing? CM: The hardcore [traditional] cyclists seem to have issues with e-bikes. I’m not really sure why. I think they’re fun. And, I feel like I actually work harder riding the e-bike than I do my regular bike. But for the long-term, I’d like to see it recognized as a bigger thing around the world. At Sea Otter this year, the e-bike vibe seemed really positive, and there were a lot of pros and amateurs racing. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Looking Forward To The Sea Otter Classic 2020? appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Trophy of Nations, the last EWS race of the year in Finale Ligure nations saw the the United States at the top which followed by Sweden and Canada in the Men’s category. In that female category it was French domination, while in the U21 men the Italians had to surrender to the New Zealanders who took the win. Complete Results. [Press Release] – For the first time in the history of the sport UCI jerseys and medals were on offer – and their prestige was reflected in the intensity of the racing on display on Finale’s iconic trails. As riders worked together in teams of three with their fellow country men and women, the sport was turned on its head as personal ambitions were shed in pursuit of national pride. Heartbreak for Team France Five stages high in the Ligurian hills stood between the racers and the podium, and 24 different nationalities battled it out in front of thousands of fans who lined the track to cheer on their home nations. In the men’s competition, the much hyped French Team’s hopes were dashed when Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) flatted on the very first stage. Richie Rude led the USA men to victory Team USA put the hammer down straight from the start gate, and the theme was continued throughout the race – they proved untouchable. The winning team of Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing), Shawn Neer ((Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) and Cody Kelley rode into the finish arena to a hero’s welcome securing their place in the history books. Team Sweden put up a valiant fight, with Robin Wallner (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) Zakarias Blom Johansen (Cube Action Team) and Alexander Kangas rewarded with second place. The podium was completed by Team Canada in third place, featuring Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team), Remi Gauvin (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) and Rhys Verner (Kona Factory Racing). The perfect end to Isabeau Courdurier’s perfect season In the women’s race the times were tighter – going into the fifth and final stage of the day Team Great Britain led Team France by just under six seconds. However the combination of Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Cycles), Morgane Charre and Melanie Pugin proved too strong for the Brits, and Katy Winton (Trek Factory Racing), Bex Baraona (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) and Becky Cook (Orbea Enduro Team) had to settle for second place. Team Canada was comprised of Miranda Miller (Kona Factory Racing), Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) and Jennifer McHugh who rode consistently for some well deserved bronze medals. In the U21 competition Team New Zealand blew away the competition, with the combination of Brady Stone, John Richardson (BBCL NZ Arapi Enduro Team) and Nils Heiniger proving unstoppable. Team Italy, (Hannes Alber, Simone Pelissero, Matteo Saccon) delighted their home crowd with a second place finish, with Canada in third after fielding a team of Kasper Woolley, Jacob Tooke and Evan Wall. Team Great Britain was triumphant in the U21 Women – with Harriet Harnden, Ellen Flewitt and Polly Henderson leading from stage one and holding it throughout the race. Team USA (Anna Newkirk, Lauren Bingham and Isabella Naughton) finished in second. There was also an Industry Trophy on offer – with some of the biggest brands in mountain biking out to prove they were the fastest in the business. In the men’s competition Julbo Eyewear fielded an unbeatable team of Jerome Clementz, Fabien Barel and Francois Bailly Maitre. In second place was Ibis Cycles, featuring Lewis Buchanan, Niklas Wallner and Evan Geankoplis. E*13 Urge BP Enduro Team took third with their team of Clement Benoit, Theo Dumas and Baptiste Gaillot. In the women’s Industry Trophy it was the aptly named Les Trois Baguettes (Julie Duvert, Estelle Charles and Morgane Jonnier) who took the win ahead of the Vittoria Team Girls (Alessia Missiaggia, Francesca Luccini, Virginia Cancellieri). In the mixed category Tribe Rocky France-Urge BP scooped the win with their team of Levy Batista, Charlotte Rey and Irenee Menjou. Second place went to Marin Bikes who fielded a team of Matt Jones, Morgane Such and Jonny Ashelford with Team Lapierre in third – Nico Vouilloz, Chloe Gallean and Yannick Pontal.