Bike November 2017

Bike Magazine showcases the sport of mountain biking like no other publication. It captures the sport's personalities, trends, and issues with a style all its own. Using insightful feature articles and the sport's best photography, Bike is sure to make you want to get outside and ride.

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in this issue

2 min.
home base

THE LONE SLIVER OF SINGLETRACK SNAKING DOWN THE HILLside had been catching my eye for months after I moved into a new neighborhood—a dirt diversion as I ran mundane errands or merged onto the freeway headed to my old trail network. Each time, I promised myself I’d find a way to ride up there and see if that sliver led to anything more substantial. Months passed before I actually did. It was always easier to gravitate toward the familiar, even if it now required a 20-minute freeway commute, a toll-road charge and a parking fee. Finally, one Friday evening after a week that nearly turned me to the bottle instead of the bike, I grinded up the steep doubletrack access to the ridgeline, then traversed a wide path separating cul-de-sacs from small…

6 min.
on the rocks

ANY TRAIL NETWORK THAT KEEPS avid—even elite—mountain bikers from driving an easy 28 miles to the famed singletrack of Crested Butte, Colorado, is worth riding. I made that mental note last summer when I rode an alpine trail near Crested Butte with Jon Brown, a local rider who owns High Alpine Brewing Company in nearby Gunnison. It was August, and when Brown told me it was his first ride in Crested Butte that summer, I stared at him in disbelief. How? Why? “I ride Hartmans,” he replied. The following spring, the allure of the place deepened when I interviewed Dave Wiens, Gunnison legend and executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, who admitted that he’ll go an entire season without riding ‘the Butte.’ As soon as the snow melted…

6 min.
hart-shaped trails

“CLIFFED OUT AGAIN, DAMN IT.” Paul Hart stood before a massive rock outcropping on a ridgeline between Second and Third Divide trails above Downieville, California, cursing out loud. We were deep in the woods flagging one of the first new trails in Downieville in nearly a decade, dubbed Divide 2.5. As its name suggests, the trail will run between Second and Third Divide, offering riders a ridgeline singletrack with commanding views before dropping them to the start of First Divide, creating an all-singletrack descent of more than 15 miles and 5,500 vertical feet off Packer Saddle. It sounds great on paper, but the terrain Divide 2.5 navigates is steep and treacherous, with a 40-degree cross slope requiring extensive bench cutting and some ‘boom-boom’ (dynamite) to establish the trail. Just like the riding…

1 min.
a cross to air

IF ONE CONSIDERS MOUNTAIN BIKING TO BE A RELIGIOUS EXperience, then El Bosque de Las Cruces, or The Forest of the Crosses, would certainly qualify as a mecca for the sport’s devoted. Héctor Saura, founder of the “Bicycle Nightmares” website, had his eye on the zone for months, and finally visited in May with photographer Alex Domingo Pou, armed with a vision and tools to dig. “When we got there, it was really impressive. There were all these crazy looking trees. You knew that something happened there, you could feel it. You were there and it was like, ‘Whoa, it was a reality now that we’re here trying to ride bikes.’ It was a cool experience.” A local firefighter spent a year erecting some 1,300 crosses at Montserrat—a National Park near Barcelona whose…

3 min.
power play

IN THE MID-1980S, AMERICANS WERE RETHINKING HEALTH and nutrition. The era brought us the bran muffin, Diet Coke and Jane Fonda’s workout tapes. It also saw the birth of the modern energy bar. At the time, Canadian Olympic marathoner, Brian Maxwell was coaching track at UC Berkeley. The most advanced portable nutrition available was the granola bar, and Maxwell had known its shortcomings for years. He partnered with then-girlfriend Jennifer Biddulph, a Berkeley nutrition student, to engineer a more complete solution. Through an ingredient supplier, he connected with Dr. Bill Vaughan, a Berkeley biophysicist. Vaughan had published work on general nutritional guidelines in the past, and was then researching various applications for amino acid supplements. He also happened to have a son and daughter on the cross-country team at running powerhouse, Berkeley…

5 min.
lying in wait

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. IT’S JUST NOT one of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t honk my horn, even at Prius-driving jerkfaces who stop in the middle of the merging lane. I don’t lose my cool when my kid superglues his hands to the table or after I strip the threads in my archaic brake lever and have to wait three weeks for a new one. Even this morning when I stepped on the back half of a mouse gifted to me by my cat, I successfully resisted the urge to put my generous feline in a bucket of water. But that’s not really patience. It’s tolerance—and a legitimate fear that my cat will scratch out my eyeballs. The truth is that I’m impatient as hell. But I’m okay with that.…