Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 1

Wallace and Williamson take Stage One of the
GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea


Stage One of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea was a 120 kilometers loop from the Genghis Khan Statue in Tuv Province with 3,000 meters of climbing. The heat of the Mongolian sun combined with the seemingly endless short steep climbing sections challenged the pros and age-groupers alike. Continue Reading →

Grand Junction Off-Road: Day 2

Inaugural Grand Junction Off-Road Raises The bar For XC Racing


Mountain Bikers Meet the Challenging Grand Course Head On

(Grand Junction, CO) August 31, 2013 –

Saturday brought moderate morning temperatures, cheering spectators, and riders that were anxious to take to the Grand Junction Off-Road course. Escorted by the City of Grand Junction Police Department, participants in both the 30 and 40 Grand took over Main Street en route to the world class Lunch Loops trail system. Although the trail proved to be challenging, the finishing times were impressively fast. Evan Ross of Crested Butte, Colorado was the first to cross the finish in the Men’s Open category with a blistering time of 3 hours and 30 minutes while Kenny Wehn, and Vince Anderson were only minutes behind.  In the Women’s Open Amy Nolan claimed first place with a time of 4 hours and 34 minutes as Tiffany Ballew, and Bethany Elson captured second and third place.  A full day of legitimate cross country riding was brought to a close with the Scott Sports Amateur Awards Ceremony held on the concert stage located in the DT Swiss Event Hub. Energy was high and the podiums were filled with exceptional talent. Epic Rides presented customized wine bottles from Two Rivers Winery (Grand Junction, CO) to the top five finishers in all categories.

Click here for complete results in both the Men’s and Women’s amateur categories.

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Grand Junction Off-Road: Day 1

Inaugural Grand Junction Off-Road Infuses
New Energy Into Grand Junction

Camaraderie and Shenanigans Bond Mountain Bikers from Across the Country

(Grand Junction, CO) August 31, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office joined forces with Epic Rides to host a unique event that traverses the world class Lunch Loops trail system while highlighting a geologically unique environment that is home to the delicate cryptobiotic soil, a living soil that is composed of algae, lichen, and moss. This fragile and special soil is found mainly in arid environments compliments the lunarscape that makes the Grand Junction Off-Road course special.


Sunny skies and warm weather welcomed nearly 30 vendors to the Hi-Health Bike and Wellness Expo situated in the heart of downtown Grand Junction. The first day of the inaugural Grand Junction Off-Road was a sight to behold. Highly noted industry leaders like Shimano, Scott-Sports and DT Swiss lined Main Street while participants and spectators arrived from over twenty states in anticipation of a long weekend of world class riding and #GrandShenanigans. The day ended with an estimated 2,000 visitors that congregated at the DT Swiss Event Hub.

Riders of all ages opened the event with the 15 Grand, or 15 mile, Fun Ride. Although the turnout for the ride was intimate, the participants were strong and rose to the challenge without issue.  As luck would have it, the intense afternoon sun was shaded by cloudy skies and cooler temperatures just in time for the riders to take to the course.


Late afternoon brought the first ever Epic Rides’ Clunker Crit. This whimsical lead in to the Pro Fat Tire Crit had an outstanding presence with a cast of characters that merrily played to cheering and cowbell ringing crowd that could be heard throughout the downtown area.  Creating a lively audience in preparation for the Pros to take the stage, the transition between events was seamless as the pro women took to the pavement with the men following shortly thereafter. The pros were primed and the competition was stiff in both categories. In the end Chloe Woodruff (Crank Brothers) prevailed in the women’s category with Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes) and Pua Mata (Team Sho-Air) close behind; while Troy Wells (Clif Bar) battled it out for first with Ben Sonntag (American Interbank/Cannondale) and Brian Matter (RACC ProGold Lubricants) closing in on second and third. Complete results for the Pro Fat Tire Crit can be found here.


The City of Grand Junction welcomes mountain bikers from across the country with open arms. The local mountain biking community mingled with visitors of the like-minded while doing what all mountain biking communities do best, have fun and spread enthusiasm for cycling. It was an outpouring of camaraderie as the critical mass took to the streets and trails.

Photos: Devon Balet Photo


XXC Magazine would like to congratulate Derek Clark of Wolverhampton, England. Derek’s name was drawn at random* as the winner of the XXC/Bikeflights/MBR Random Prize Drawing. Derek will be getting a pair of MBR socks, a variety of XXC stickers, a Bikeflights Brauler and T Shirt.

Thanks to all the folks who entered the contest simply by picking up a copy of XXC Magazine No. 18 between the dates of July 23rd and August 23rd. Thanks to Bikeflights and Mountain Bike Radio for the goodies, I urge you to check both of these fine companies out.

If you don’t know, Ben at MBR is delivering some of the best mountain bike content out there to your ears everyday. By the way, did you also know that you can now download the MBR App right to your phone? The Androit version is live and available now through Amazon and the Apple version is coming soon, so tay tuned and keep your ears open for that.

For your folks traveling around to races or taking bike-cations to explore and ride new places check Bikeflights! They are the ultimate source for making sure you get your bike where you are going cheaply, safely and packed right.

Thanks again everyone.

Jason Mahokey
XXC Magazine

*NOTE the winner was done by matching using to pick a number at random. 47 was the number, Derek was the 47th person to pick up an issue of XXC No. 18. WINNER!