Todd Wells Racing Memories and Future Hopes

Todd Wells recently announced his retirement from professional mountain bike racing. While I’m not going to fact check this statement, I don’t know of any professional mountain bike racer who has enjoyed a longer or more successful career than Todd except for Ned Overend and Tinker Juarez. He has been at the top of cross-country mountain bike racing in the U.S. so long that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn’t there. Mammoth mash-down I saw a Todd Wells performance at Mammoth Mountain that still brings a…

2017 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame held its 2017 inductions on September 23rd at the Hall’s Fairfax, California, location. This is the second year the inductions have been held at the Hall of Fame since moving from the Interbike Cycling Trade Show in Las Vegas. The festivities again included a Friday taco night meet-and-greet, Saturday morning guided mountain bike rides and Saturday night’s $125-a-plate induction dinner. What the night lacked due to a drop-off in celebrity attendees compared to last year’s event, was made up for in a more concise…

Cool Places: Black Mountain Cycles

When you pull into the dirt parking lot of Black Mountain Cycles (some riders carry their bikes to avoid a dusting), you don’t expect this humble little shop to be run by a totally over-qualified guy named Mike Varley. I met Mike when he was the shop manager (and a mechanic) at North County San Diego’s most respected bike shop. It didn’t surprise me when he left the shop to work for Haro Bikes and Masi as a bicycle product development manager. The guy is sharp and I believe both…

A Toast To Tilford Planned For July 4th In Cable, Wisconsin

The Rivers Eatery in Cable, Wisconsin, (probably Steve’s favorite town on earth) is hosting a Toast To Tilford on July 4th from 6-9 PM. Join Trudi (Steve’s widow) and friends for a toast to our great friend and cycling legend. As recorded on his epic blog site, Steve loved the Fourth of July in Cable. As busy as he was, he almost always cleared his calendar to come for the parade, pies in the park, dinner and drinks at The Rivers Eatery and then the fireworks. The event is aimed…

MOUNTAIN BIKING EQUALS RENOVATION WELLNESS

Great story in VoyageLZ about Renovation Wellness founder Gina Flanagan. You can read the story by clicking here. I got to ride with Gina and her husband, Greg Flanagan, a number of years ago on the Backbone Trail where it runs through the hills above Malibu. Gina had impressive riding skills for sure, but the reason I still remember the ride is because of her positive energy. Every time I’ve seen her since she always has that positive attitude that makes a regular ride into something special. I hope this…

STEVE TILFORD CELEBRATION OF LIFE

It has taken some time to get around to posting this because it is still close to impossible to believe that Steve will not be showing up on our doorstep again or that we’ll never see each other at a bike race or bike show or some special event where he was to be the main attraction. If you couldn’t make it to Steve’s celebration of life on April 23rd, what you missed was not sad event. Quite the opposite. The mood was festive and the Tilford Tales being exchanged…

STEVE TILFORD MEMORIAL SET FOR APRIL 23RD

An evening to share our memories of a life rich with love, happiness, humility and compassion. His drive to be the best brought out the best in all of us. Sunday, April 23, 2017 Cider Gallery 810 Pennsylvania Lawrence, Kansas 5:30-9:30 pm Open House Small plates, beverages and of course, pie! Please RSVP to Stacie by April 17 sgrossfeld@louisvillebones.com

GODSPEED STEVE TILFORD

Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was. The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no sorrow in your tone. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.…

CAPE EPIC PUSHES THE SPEED AND PAIN BARRIER

The South African Cape Epic mountain bike stage race is not for everybody. A rider commits to spending 8 days in a mountain bike saddle to climb about 49,000 feet while covering 430 miles, all the time working with a partner (this is a team race) to beat 1200 other like-minded masochists.  You would imagine the promoters must have problems filling all the available spots, but you’d be wrong.  The early entries sell out in a matter of minutes and the remaining $5,690-entry-fee slots are awarded via a lottery. Yes,…

2016 MOUNTAIN BIKE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame yearly inductions have been held in conjunction with the Interbike bicycle trade show in Las Vegas in recent years.  That changed in 2016.  The ceremony moved to the Marin Museum of Bicycling (that also serves as home to the Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame) in Fairfax, California.  And instead of a single event, this year’s inductions included a Friday taco night meet and greet, Saturday morning guided mountain bike rides and Saturday night’s sold-out $100-a-plate induction dinner. While the cycling industry’s support is crucial…