Steve Tilford’s Favorite Place On Earth (Updated)

On this second anniversary of the accident that claimed Steve Tilford’s life, it is time to visit a beautiful and peaceful place to ease our collective sense of loss and to honor Steve’s memory. Steve would approve (as long as I don’t give too many details). The place is a lake located on private property outside of Cable, Wisconsin. The trail to the lake’s edge is not marked and most visitors would not even identify it as a trail. It is more of a faint path through thick, old-growth forest.…

Marin Museum Of Bicycling Auction Benefits Charlie Cunningham

On Saturday, March 23rd, Marin Museum of Bicycling raised over $5000 to help support fallen comrade Charlie Cunningham. In 2015 Cunningham crashed his bicycle and remains in treatment for severe complications suffered during his recovery. The evening got going with a silent auction of items donated by Charlie’s cohorts, creators of the sport of mountain biking. Live auctions were preceded by the closing of the week-long eBay auction of a specially built Cunningham Homage Bike, which the 14 attending Mountain Bike Hall of Fame members dutifully signed. The winning bid…

Charlie Cunningham Benefit Auction Saturday, March 23rd

On Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-7 PM, the Marin Museum of Bicycling, home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, will host a benefit to support fallen comrade Charlie Cunningham. The evening will include a silent auction, and the final call of a week-long eBay auction of a specially built Cunningham Homage Bike. Click here to see the auction listing. Proceeds from the bike sale will go to the Cunningham Relief Fund. Silent auction proceeds will be split evenly between the Cunningham Relief Fund and host Marin Museum of Bicycling,…

SixSixOne Donates 900 Bicycle Helmets to Deserving High School Students

SixSixOne, a company that offers mountain bike and cycling protection products, recently donated over 900 helmets to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing an interscholastic and community-based cycling programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States. Helmets were donated directly to NICA’s 25 leagues and teams across the country. With SixSixOne’s goal of getting more kids on bikes, the partnership with NICA is helping the company support teens who have embraced the sport of mountain biking by making sure that riders also have…

Take The National Mountain Biking Survey And Let Your Voice Be Heard

Ohio University and Appalachian State University researchers have put together one of the more interesting mountain bike surveys I have even taken. The survey is sponsored by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) with funding help from SRAM. While not a big fan of surveys (questions can be slanted and responses can be skewed), this one has some unique questionnaire features where you can drop and shuffle your answers (you’ll understand if you take the survey). Hit this link to take the survey. The survey is open to U.S. residents…

Remembering Steve Tilford One Year Later

The following is a story I wrote shortly after Steve Tilford’s death. On the one-year anniversary of Steve’s tragic accident, I post it here for the first time to honor his memory. Like every person who had the privilege of meeting Steve, not a week has gone by that a Steve memory hasn’t crossed my mind. TILFORD TALES: The fast life of a mountain biking legend Mountain biking lost a beloved friend and champion (both race champion and vocal advocate of mountain biking) on April 5th, 2017 when Steve Tilford…

Cape Epic MTB Stage Race Best Kept Secret To American Mountain Bikers

Another Cape Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race is in the history books even if few America riders crack open that book. The Cape Epic remains a relatively obscure event to America’s top endurance mountain bike racers and that fact is puzzling. Sure, the event is held in South Africa and the entry fee alone requires more than $5000 of a racer’s budget, so the travel and logistical costs may put off more than a few American challengers. That’s too bad because the Cape Epic is a challenge that any self-respecting…

Chance To Win A Steve Peat Replica Helmet From Troy Lee Designs

I met plenty of great athletes while working for Troy Lee Designs and Steve Peat will always be one of my favorites. Even years later while I was working for Mountain Bike Action, Steve was one of the few athletes who would go out of his way to show appreciation for any coverage he got (and he deserved every word and photo). No surprise this guy has a legion of dedicated fans. Troy Lee Designs, the official helmet painter of Peaty’s lids for 21 years, is replicating Steve’s favorite paint…

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…