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…

SUMMER’S EARLY ARRIVAL

This freaked me out today. After a week riding the lush trails of the North Umpqua and McKenzie River in Oregon, I headed out for a ride in Wildwood Park. What happened here? In little more than a month’s time, the emerald-green hills and pastures of Wildwood have already morphed into the burrito brown color we expect later in the summer. Looks like we are in for a long, dry summer.  

WORLD CUPS DRAW THE CROWDS

Morning news of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team’s Nino Schurter winning the World Cup round 2 in Albstadt, Germany wasn’t much of a surprise. The 30-year-old shows no sign of slowing down and beat tough rival Julien Absalon in a sprint to the finish line on a course that Nino admits is far from his favorite. What struck me about the event was the size of the crowd. You simply don’t see a sea of humanity like that at America’s cross-country events.