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Our friends at @KULKEA shared this great article by Rootsrated about the basics of mountain biking Moab.
Its worth the read.
Moab Mountain Biking 101: What to know. Where to go
Vermonters Eligible for State Grants to Masterfit University Bootfit Training
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“This is a great opportunity for current Vermont bootfitters to better their...
I've taken many steps on my journey to get my mojo back on my mountain bike, not the least of which was a Downhill 101 (now called Freeride 101*) course at Northstar. If you're thinking about trying downhill, this is a great way to learn a few basics and get the lay of the land on downhill terrain, but it will translate to your cross-country riding as well.
I started the day with the bike crew getting suited up and fitted for a bike. This gear made me feel pretty darned invincible --some would even say bad ass.
We met our coach for the day, Kristen, who took us through some basics on understanding the bike and how we want to be positioned on it, beginning with saddle position, which was much lower than I had been riding, and hand position, reinforcing a relaxed grip and one finger on the brake levers.
After a few drills to make sure that everyone in the group was comfortable with braking, we headed up the lift for some...
I've been road biking for a handful of years, but using Shimano SPD pedals with Shimano SH-M088 shoes with the aspiration of using both the pedals and shoes on both road (and MTB, should I ever get there).
So, last year I started MTB biking and have now ventured into blue/intermediate trails. The last couple of MTB rides have been technical and I'm finding the limitations of these hard soles MTB shoes. [Read, I'm starting to bounce off my pedals.) Also, I find myself NOT wanting to be clipped in because of the delay in clipping out. So, that made @Tricia's flat pedal thread *really* timely. I think that thread has identified on the pedals I want/need.
Now to the shoes. What should I look for in MTB shoes? What's your favorites (and why)?
Vans seem to be all the rage these days, and we have been talking about them on the Toyota thread. I try to keep up with the latest in car fashion, so to go with the beat up '97 Tacoma we picked up one of these:
That's not ours..We just drove out to Colorado to pick it up at the end a of May, and we spent a week and half getting back via dirt roads.
It is a Winnebago Revel, a new model based on the 4X4 Mercedes Sprinter.
It is already paying off---I did a four day fishing tour with hail, thunderstorms, mosquitoes and horseflies. The van gave me a great place hang out when I needed a refuge, I knew one great creek-side spot where the evening fly fishing ought to be stellar. The track in was all mud, but the van slopped right on through. The evening fishing was horrible, but at 6:45 AM a mayfly blizzard erupted, and I caught 15-20" rainbows as fast as I could cast. By 8:00 they were full, and I kept one for my dinner...
BLIZZARD/TECNICA HIRES CHRISTIAN AVERY AS NATIONAL PRODUCT MANAGER
New role reinforces Blizzard/Tecnica commitment to product excellence.
WEST LEBANON, N.H. (June 19, 2018) Blizzard/Tecnica is pleased to announce the hiring of Christian Avery to the critically important position of National Product Manager. Avery will report directly to Jed Duke, Director of Product Marketing for Blizzard/Tecnica USA.
As the National Product Manager, Avery will work closely with the Blizzard/Tecnica in-house team and national sales force to ensure Blizzard/Tecnica product collections achieve their maximum success in the US market. In addition to effective management of the physical product collections, Avery will also focus on enhanced product information management to provide a better brand experience with our retailers and consumers. Avery will be an integral part of an on-going market insight and analysis program so that we continue to develop the right products to maintain our...
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Sizes: 164, 172, 180
Size tested: 180
Design: All New
The 2019 Henrik Harlaut pro model isn’t exactly all new, but a few changes are worth mentioning. The Edollo is still the same 98mm twin tip that we all know and love, but it has been beefed up to tolerate even more abuse! Armada has widened the edges from 2.2 to 2.5 mm, so whether you are sliding rails in the park or hucking cliffs in the backcountry, you know the product strapped to your feet is designed to withstand hard impacts. Armada is also incorporating new sidewall construction that adds ABS from rocker point to rocker point, while maintaining cap construction in the tip and tail. This creates a ski that is extremely stable underfoot at speed, yet soft and playful in the tip and tail for effortless ollies, nollies, and butters.
- Who is it for? Any advanced or expert skier with a buttery style; park rats looking for...
This case finally went to trial, and the jury ruled in favor of Vail yesterday. (Sorry, I usually kept up with posting news about it, but was a bit of a slacker during the actual event.)
EAGLE — A six-person jury ruled Wednesday, June 20, that Vail Resorts had closed the upper Prima Cornice run on Vail Mountain's front side before an in-bounds avalanche killed 13-year-old Taft Conlin on Jan. 22, 2012.
Taft's parents, Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Stephen Conlin, had sued the ski company for negligence, saying the company did not close the run properly and violated Colorado's Skier Safety Act.
Doug Lovell, Vail Mountain's chief operating officer, praised Wednesday's verdict while expressing sadness for Taft's family and friends.
"Vail Resorts agrees with the ruling today by jurors of the Eagle County District Court and believes this was a...
ALTERRA MOUNTAIN COMPANY TO ACQUIRE SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT IN UTAH
Expanding the Company’s Family of Destinations and Experiences in Utah
DENVER, CO, June 20, 2018 – Alterra Mountain Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah, which would bring the company’s total to 13 year-round mountain destinations throughout North America, including the world’s largest heli-skiing operation.
“With its close relationship with Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort is a natural fit for Alterra Mountain Company, and a tremendous addition to our family of destinations. We are especially excited to expand our reach within Utah and offer another ski and snowboard experience in a state known for its exceptional snow and mountain culture,” said Rusty Gregory, Chief Executive Officer, Alterra Mountain Company.
Solitude Mountain Resort is...
As a golfer struggling to improve my game, I bought a mail order book in the eighties called "The "Magic Move" of Golf". The book turned out to be a cheaply printed pamphlet written in 1974. Despite it's appearance, the content soon grabbed my interest as it described the exact same frustrations I had encountered learning to play golf. It promised to transform my golf game by focusing on a single, "magic" move that would fix all the faults in my swing by cause and effect. I would have a balanced, on plane swing with power, control and consistency. Not only would this swing work with the driver, but also with woods, irons, wedges, sand shots, and yes, even the putter. To cut to the chase, I tired it, and it worked. I don't know if it was the move itself, or the concept of a magic move, but looking back, this pamphlet was the turning point in my golf game.
Is there a Magic Move of Skiing?
A simple instruction, a dedicated focus, a singular thought, an isolated concept, or a...
I used to say that. There are many people that climb better than I do and I know that I will never be good at it. But riding is so much better if you stop hating it. How can you do it?
1 - Embrace the suck. Just know that it is going to suck and live with it. Try to enjoy the sulkiness of climbing. If you go faster and ride a higher gear it won't suck for as long, so if you can, just go faster. I find that in my easiest gear it still sucks just as bad, in a harder gear it stops sucking sooner.
2 - Don't pedal too hard! If the climb has any tech at all, you have to have something in reserve. When you see those sections coming up, punch it and get in there faster so your momentum can carry you through.
3 - Stand more. Learn to pedi standing more often. Not saying to do it all the time, but it will rest some muscles and let you use other ones. The more you do it, the easier (or less hard) it gets.
4 - What goes up must come down. For me the only reason to go up is to go down, the...
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