2013 Southern Kettle Classic

Southern Kettle Classic
Emma Carlin Trails
July 20th, 2013


The Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series is a singletrack series, and the Southern Kettle Classic pushed that to delightful absurdity. WEMS riders had the pleasure of racing the legendary Emma Carlin trails for the first time, and with that privilege came the responsibility of cooperating with fellow riders to allow passing on the unrelentingly tight trails. With rare exceptions racers worked together and made it a very fun day. The old race location on the John Muir system has seen some nice updates in recent years, but the local IMBA chapter has given the Emma Carlin trails a nearly complete overhaul which made it a joy to ride. Those who like a fast tread around numerous blind corners and over funky rock obstacles were in for a treat. Short punchy climbs connected long twists that flowed tight to the trees over an eight mile lap. Continue Reading →

Sudety MTB Challenge Preview

Our Polish friends checked in with us this week and xxcmag.com is happy to once again virtually take ourselves (and you) to Poland to race mountain bikes as we preview the upcoming Sudety MTB Challenge. The following photos and words were provided by the race organizers (with some minor edits and additions by XXC).

The ninth edition of Sudety MTB Challenge starts this Sunday, July 28th in Kudowa Zdrój, Poland. Riders from all over the world will compete for six days on the trails of the Sudety Mountains. The race is nearly nearly 400 km in length and features 12000 meters of climbing. The difficulty of each stage will be compensate with beautiful views, which will be on the route every day.


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X100 Update

Recently John from the X100 checked in with xxcmag.com to let us know what is going on as the race approaches on August 24th in Traverse City, Michigan.

As of now the X100 is expecting 150 and 200 racers by race day, with the majority of the entries being individual 100 mile racers. John also reports that the gravel road sections are sandy and bumpy and that some good rains could really help out with low pressure being key for most racers.

On the other hand, he report that the single track west of Kalkaska is fast and flowing before racers hit a section of trail they are calling The Hangover. With it’s diverse terrain, scenery and vegetation the race should be really cool. The X100 told us that they are hoping racers will finish and say “Wow! That was hard and felt like a travelled a million miles.”  (or at least 100) Right now the course is 95% ready, with the exception of a few small connectors due to logging. Conditions have been pretty dry, so about 1/3 of it is rough, sandy and bumpy; but the rest of it is beautiful riding though canopies trees and great scenery.

There is still time left to register so click, register and race.


XXC/Bikeflights/MBR Giveaway

bfbrauler_aOur friends at Bikeflights recently contacted me and offered up one of their Brauler growlers to give away. So we are doing just that and more!

This is the deal: Anyone who purchases a digital copy of XXC Magazine No. 18 from July 20th thru August 23rd, 2013 will have their email address entered into a random drawing to win a 67+ oz. stainless steel growler from Bikeflights known as the Brauler. We also have a Bikeflights T shirt or two, some XXC Magazine stickers and Ben at Mountain Bike Radio is throwing in some MBR stickers and socks too, so it should it should be a nice little prize bundle in the end.

What is a Brauler? Bikeflights.com describes it as such…

“The ultimate growler is here just in time for cross season (or cheering at your local XC/XXC event!!). Adorned with a laser etched Bikeflights logo, this stainless steel vessel will keep your favorite craft beverage fresh while neoprene sleeve keeps it cold. Also great to take hiking or fishing!”

Rules, etc., etc., Employees of XXC Magazine are not eligible (Good thing I already have one and it rocks!). Winner will be contacted via the email provided for the download the day of the drawing. The winner then has two days to respond, provide address, sizing, etc.,. If they don’t respond, bad luck for them we’ll pick again. I know some folks purchased the mag via MagCloud, and I thank you, but MagCloud purchaser info is something I am not privy to. If you really want to be in the contest, you can send your MagCloud order confirmation and email address to xxcmag at gmail.com, with the subject XXC No. 18 CONTEST, and you will be added to the list. PLEASE MAKE SURE THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INFO ATTACHED (i.e. credit cards numbers, etc.,) that is not my business. If you purchased the mag through xxcmag.com, you are automatically entered in the contest. This contest is good for only purchases of XXC Magazine No. 18 and stickers packs purchased from July 20th to August 23rd only. XXC Magazine, Bikeflights, Mountain Bike Radio etc., are not responsible for what you put in the Brauler or what happens to you when drink said soda, pop, juice, craft beer, bad water, hot coffee, etc., etc.,

Thanks and good luck!

2013 USA XC National Championships Recap

Davison & Ettinger Crowned Cross-country Champions

Macungie, Pa. (July 20, 2013) – The 2013 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships continued Saturday at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pa. Saturday marked the men’s and women’s elite races and the country’s best cross-country mountain bike racers put on a dazzling show for raucous spectators packed along the course.

Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) and Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Racing XC) came away with the elite men’s and women’s national championships.


Ettinger, who won the U23 men’s national championship in 2011, fell behind Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing XC) and Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Team Sho-Air Cannondale) in the early stages of the men’s race. Midway through the six-lap race, Wells had built a lead of approximately 40 seconds on Bishop and Ettinger was comfortably in third place. Ettinger, who used the descents to chip away at Wells’ lead, gained nearly 40 seconds on Wells and 30 seconds on Bishop on the fourth 6.5-mile circuit as he completed it in 15:42. Ettinger gained 10 seconds on Wells and a minute on Bishop during the fifth lap. He secured his place on the top step by completing the last lap in 15:55, 48 seconds faster than Wells to win the race by 49 seconds. Bishop earned the bronze medal, finishing 2:20 behind Ettinger.

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