Tag: mountain biking

Why the collegiate mountain nationals needs some perspective

Years of perspective allows you to be a pretty good judge of a well run event, and when an event needs some help. I’ve seen everything from really impressive venues (full of sponsors and vendors), but with an abysmal course layout, to great course layouts and flowy trails, but with registration running out of the...

/ October 9, 2015

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
Enduro combines XC with Downhill

Transition to Gravity MTB Begins with Enduro

Gravity mountain biking has been an interest of mine for some time. But not many cross-country mountain bike riders understand what is involved in Gravity competitions. The skills are different, the gear is different, and even the bikes can be different. The transition from Cross-Country (XC) to Downhill (DH) involves more than just being crazy...

/ June 13, 2013
Short Track XC

Spectator Friendly MTB Racing Includes a Short Track

Friends and family of mountain bike racers will attest to the boredom that comes right after the start of a cross-country (XC) mountain bike race. Once the mass-start roars by and all the riders disappear into the tree line, the only thing left to do is sit and wait — sometimes over an hour —...

/ May 3, 2013