The Sea Otter Classic, the most enduring harbinger of spring in southern California for the past 25 or…
The Sea Otter Classic continues to break grounds in the cycling community with a new addition to this year’s racing schedule, an eMTB race. This is the first e-bike race of it’s kind in North America, comparable only to the Rad Am Ring track race in Germany. The Sea Otter, however, does things a little differently; this year they will be taking the eMTB off the asphalt and onto dirt with plenty of climbing combined with a challenging cross country course.
The founder and moderator of the iMTBtrails.com forum, Mikie Watson, and other members of his SoCal online community were displeased with our coverage of the inaugural eMTB race at the Sea Otter Classic in Issue #132 of the SCB magazine. We discuss the response of the magazine’s editorial director and the conversations that resulted.
Racers in the inaugural eMTB race make their way around the course at the 2016 Sea Otter Classic festivel held in Monterey. The event is the first of it’s kind in the US, though the bikes are raced extensively in Europe.
Shimano joined SRAM in the trickle-down effect by unveiling XT level Di2 electronic shifting at the 2016 Sea Otter Classic. This long-awaited group will bring the technology within the grasp of many consumers. Both XT and XTR groups can be configured with a tablet or smartphone.
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Another way to change your experience is by including a different type of cycling in your routine. Are you a commuter? Maybe now is the time to start training for a weekend race. Are you dedicated to dirt? Consider giving commuting a spin. Even just for a cup of coffee.
The longest running and most successful women’s elite mountain bike and cyclo-cross team in bike racing history resume the Clif Pro Team name for 2017 and settles on a new perch: Astute Italia.
Building on a heritage of DH racing success, Zerode founder Rob Metz has combined modern geometry and cutting edge carbon manufacturing with the proven benefits of a gearbox to create a better riding experience.
The Stan’s-Kenda Women’s Elite Team has announced its roster for 2017. With five returning riders, the team heads into its seventh year and continues to focus on cross country and endurance mountain bike racing, along with coaching, mentoring and bringing new riders into the sport.
World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) racing for the Tinkoff team has won his 15th all-time Amgen Tour of California stage after a day of racing arguably the most iconic stretches of California roadway, Highway 1. The 4th day of the 8-day race began in Morro Bay and concluded with a sprint showdown on the Mazda Laguna Seca racetrack in Monterey County.
The majority of our conversation involves a statement UCI made Wednesday afternoon that they would be suspending disc brakes on bikes in professional racing. This comes after a Movistar rider, Fran Ventoso, was severely injured during a crash at Paris Roubaix when he sliced his leg on a disc brake. We share our thoughts on disc brakes and its place in road racing.
This episode covers the background details of the State Bicycle Co. 29’er steel MTB review featured in Issue #131. We talk about the bike, our review conducted out in Idyllwild and the status of the road to Crystal Lake, a favorite of the team that’s been closed to cars due to a mud slides, but definitely not bikes.
The ride experience of the XDURO RX29 is different than what I imagined it to be. The Bosch modulated pedal-assist utilized by the Haibike softens the edges of lengthy climbs and provides more control. Imagine a bike that senses exhaustion and compensates to maintain your speed.
With the grueling job of riding, reviewing and writing about road events, I have the opportunity to experience many, especially in my backyard – Western USA and Canada. Here are my top picks for 2018’s Best of The West Gran Fondos.