High Cascades 100 Race Preview

Kenda NUE Series #8
Presented by Hammer Nutrition
High Cascades 100
Preview 
by Ryan O’Dell

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Now at the midpoint of the race season, The Kenda NUE Series moves west from the ancient volcano’s that formed the Black Hills of South Dakota at the Tatanka 100 to the volcanos of the fifth annual High Cascades 100 in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, July 20th.

Top level racers are gathering to compete along a single loop that includes some of the best single track Oregon has to offer. Temperatures are expected to reach 91 degrees by late afternoon on Saturday. However, racers will be at altitude, which is about seven degrees cooler according to Race Director, Mike Ripley. Low humidity also contributes to more comfortable conditions, welcoming to riders from the Midwest that are enduring a heat wave this week.

Bend is firmly ensconced at 4000ft above sea level but the race will launch riders to a high point of 6800 feet with one stretch of sixty-five miles of continuous single track that includes a scenic trip around Mt. Bachelor along trails littered with lava rock from mile 55 to mile 80. The event has a maximum cap of 350 riders and has brought in close to $20,000 for the local Trail Group, COTA. Race winners will be competing for a $3000 cash purse for top placing overall men and women with equal cash to the top three.

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2013 Transalp Stage 7

Team Bulls 1 With Second Stage Win

Rovereto, Italy, July 19, 2013 – Karl Platt (GER) and Urs Huber (SUI) of Team Bulls 1 have clinched the seventh and thus penultimate stage of the 2013 Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma (4:36:06.8) which led on this year’s longest but brand new routing over 118.52km and 3,005 metres in elevation gain from Crespano del Grappa to Rovereto. It was the second stage win for the third ranked team of the overall standings, which actually took place “by accident”.

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A misinterpretation of the stage profile pinned to their handlebars forced later on stage winners to launch their attack earlier than planned. “The profile is so small. I thought we were in the last climb but actually were in the one before. We went for it but quickly noticed that another ascent is following. So we kept on going and secured the win – which is quite a nice redemption for the bad performance a few days ago – due to our downhill skills,” explained seven-time Transalp winner Karl Platt after his most unreal stage win (#37) in 13 years of Transalp racing.

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Raffle For PA Trails

BMC Switzerland and Stan’s NoTubes Join Trans-Sylvania Epic’s Outdoor Experience Organization in the “Raffle For PA Trails.”

Support PA trail creation and enhancement and win entry to the 2014 TSEpic and a 2014 BMC!

Harrisburg, PA – BMC Switzerland is teaming with the Outdoor Experience Organization non-profit, the organization behind the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic (TSEpic) presented by Dirt Rag to raise money for Pennsylvania trail construction by offering mountain bikers a chance to win a 2014 BMC bike and entry to the 2014 TSEpic.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this effort,” says Devin Riley, Director of Marketing at BMC Switzerland. “ We’re supporting a fantastic racing and experiential event in the Trans-Sylvania Epic that is loved by everyone who does it.  That the event helps create top quality mountain biking trails ties in directly with our passion of the sport.  We know it’s equally important to have great terrain to cross and access to those trails as it is to have a nice bike to ride.”  NoTubes’ marketing director Rich O’Neil offered, “We’ve been part of the Pennsylvania mountain biking scene for a long time and are proud to partner with the Outdoor Experience Organization and TSE. Everyone who rides and everyone in the industry can benefit from this sort of effort.  Who doesn’t want more great places to ride more great bikes?”

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2013 US MTB Nationals: Day 1

Three jerseys awarded on first day of Cross-Country Mountain Bike Nationals

Macungie, Pa. (July 18, 2013) – The first three Stars-and-Stripes jerseys of the 2013 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships were awarded Thursday at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pa.

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More Hard Rocks!

The School of Hard Rocks Expands

After 5 years of trying to establish an effective educational platform for mountain bikers, Fast Forward Racing Productions has lined up a series of progressive, individual camps that add up to form the School of Hard Rocks, a complete education for today’s mountain biker. These schools are for everyday riders, weekend warriors, and anyone with a passion to ride and enjoy the most technical terrain that awaits us out on the trails. While it is not necessarily a racing oriented school, it utilizes some of the most talented racers on the east coast to instruct and illustrate the finer points of going fast on rocks, over logs, and not only up the mountain but down as well. Continue Reading →