How not to suffer pre-registration woes

The day of your race is fast approaching. You’ve convinced the park to grant you a special use permit just under the wire. Some last minute sponsors have provided you with the resources to purchase those pesky awards you have yet to buy. You even found a way to get the local trail club to...

/ September 19, 2014

Is Enduro Totally Enduro, or is it Just Enduro? Yes! Wait, What?

If you were to ask 100 mountain bikers to define Enduro mountain bike racing, you would get 100 different answers. This is because enduro, as a sport, is still more of a concept than a discipline, and at its core is essentially a mountain bike stage race that requires riders to use trail bikes for...

/ August 8, 2014

Understanding the Super-D

If someone asked you to describe a Super-D, what would you say? Would you say it’s a “gravity” style discipline? Yes, that would be true. Would you say it’s a blending of cross-country and downhill riding? Yes, that would be true too. Would you say that a Super-D course can include a single-track with an...

/ July 15, 2014

7 Secrets to Dual Slalom Course Design

Riders ready? Watch the Gate. Beep… beep… beeeeeeep… bang! The wheel gate drops and two mountain bike riders quickly accelerate out of the starting chute of what will begin a full speed, 30-45 second assault of the Dual Slalom course. Unlike any other style of mountain bike racing, the dual slalom is the most intense,...

/ March 5, 2014

Bikejoring: Mountain Biking gone to the dogs

The art of the sled dog is as old as human history itself. Ever since man domesticated wolves and wild dogs to guard our homes, pull our stuff, and protect our lives, we have intertwined our lives with theirs. Leave it to man to get bored. When we’re bored, all sorts of interesting sports get...

/ January 12, 2014

Anatomy of an adventure race

Last week saw the return of EX2 Adventures VentureQuest 9-Hour Adventure Race at Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA on September 29th, 2013. As far as adventure races go, this is one of the more enjoyable courses considering the mix of orienteering, intense mountain bike trails, and fantastic canoeing along the calm Occoquan River. Reckoneer’s...

/ October 4, 2013