The Tour Divide I Price Point Rider Markley Anderson Finishes 11th

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The Link recently caught up with Price Point rider Markley Anderson after his 11th place finish at the Tour Divide. The grueling 2,745 mile, fixed-course, off-pavement cycling race, stretched from Banff, Alberta, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Anderson, who was projected to finish the race in about 20 days, beat expectations, finishing the race in 18 days with an overall average of 155 miles per day on his Price Point sponsored Sette Razzo bike. He held on to a top ten position for the first several days despite a pulled quad.

“I was so exhausted. I kept three of the racers off for awhile, but I just couldn’t climb with the left leg alone,” said Anderson. ”I went through a lot while I was out there. I just rode and rode until I couldn’t ride anymore.”

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During the 18 day ride he faced a number of difficulties and hardships. He was unsupported during the race and did what he could to manage the weather and exhaustion. “I ate everything I could find.  I slept in ditches and open fields. It’s a commitment to be out there. You just go until you can’t,” said Anderson.

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“I got caught in a lightning storm and had to hide out and sleep in an outhouse in New Mexico. When you are at six to seven thousand feet of elevation there is no cover. You just go where you have to go and do what you have to do.”

Anderson is currently taking a break from extreme ultra racing, but he is scheduled to ride in the “Fight for Freedom” race on July 27, 2013 in Williamsburg, VA and in a 24-hour race at Great Glen, New Hampshire in the beginning of August.

VIDEO | Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate


In this late-breaking footage from Red Bull Media House, athlete Danny MacAskill debunks previous speculation that he is a mutant. In fact, it appears that MacAskill exists in the mind of a child, nothing more than a figment of the imagination.

Knowing that he doesn’t actually exist, we should all be able to sleep better now, secure in our own “skill” on a bicycle.

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GOPRO MOUNTAIN GAMES | Mike Montgomery Places 2nd

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Price Point rider Mike Montgomery walked away from the slopestyle portion of the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO, in 2nd place on Sunday, June 9.

“Colorado was good to me,” Montgomery told The Link after returning from a 10-day stint in the state. “In those 10 days I grabbed a win at the Outlaws of Dirt event in Lyons, Colorado, and a 2nd at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado!”

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Montgomery went huge on the above transfer, throwing in a tailwhip on his final run—click here to see the Vital MTB video and skip to 3:42 to see Montgomery’s tailwhip transfer motion. The move was enough to tie him for 1st with Brayden Barret-Hay in points standing, but FMB World Tour rules don’t allow for a tie-breaker and Barret-Hay won by judges’ decision.

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

“Thanks everyone for keeping me in the right mind,” Montgomery told his sponsors. “This year is going to be a good year especially coming back from my thumb injury.”

It already has been a good year for Montgomery, riding strong with several wins under his belt despite recovering from a shattered thumb that required multiple surgeries and led to an infection in 2012.

by Don Stefanovich

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DIGITAL DOPING | Performance Enhancing Website Skewers Strava

Digital EPO Skewers Strava

Computers can’t pee in a cup.

Does Strava take itself too seriously? Do its users?

The creators of a new website seem to think so.

DigitalEPO.com allows users to “dope” their Strava times by exporting the data from a Garmin or similar device, uploading it to the website and increasing speed, lowering heart rate and increasing climbing by any desired percentage. The data is then able to be uploaded to Strava, much to the chagrin of conscientious KOMers.

While cyclists who roll their eyes at the “cyber cult” of Strava will likely find humor in the site, many riders who seem to hold Strava times sacred are already voicing outrage on Internet forums and Twitter.

The site also contains a link to a parody of Strava called Skata, which takes shots at Strava‘s code of ethics: “We watch out for one another. The community watches out for us by upgrading to our Premium Account so we can buy carbon bicycles and lattes.”

The site also seems to have an opinion on the Flint family lawsuit.

While plenty of riders have already figured out ways to cheat Strava off road and on, DigitalEPO.com has dragged the issue out into the open, raising some interesting questions.

Strava has already come under criticism for encouraging reckless riding and eroding courtesy and camaraderie on the trails, but are there further ethical questions to be answered in regard to digital doping? Is altering data in the ethereal cloud of cycling competition really cheating? Will the ability to digitally dope invalidate the efforts of those who have earned their times?

by Don Stefanovich

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VIDEO | Fabien Barel Presents: Episode 1, On the Island

Mavic‘s Fabien Barel starts the season in Marettimo, Sicily with Jerome Clementz. They experience a full spectrum of Sicilian cycling, including a boat ride to access the best trails and a traditional fisherman’s meal of local fish. The terrain and sweeping views round out this ensemble of a unique cultural experience, complete with a donkey shuttle.

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VIDEO | Brett Tippie’s ‘NiteRider’

Brett Tippie, Geoff Gulevich, Andrew Baker and Dave McInnes prove that no sun is no excuse. These mountain bike luminaries (pun intended) showcase their home trails in North Vancouver, BC, well after the sun goes down thanks to Nite Rider lights in this edit from Connor MaCleod.

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VIDEO | Anthony Messere Rides Vancouver Island

Anthony Messere spent a few days riding Vancouver Island earlier this year. He approaches the island with his signature superhuman style in the edit from Fox Head.

Are we the only ones who think he should be riding with a cape?

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OUTLAWS OF DIRT | Mike Montgomery Wins First Stop

Mike Montgomery collects a check in Lyons, CO, at the first stop of the PSBMX.com Outlaws of Dirt series. Photo by Rich Vossler

Mike Montgomery collects a check in Lyons, CO, at the first stop of the PSBMX.com Outlaws of Dirt series. Photo by Rich Vossler

Price Point rider Mike Montgomery made a stop in Lyons, CO, to compete in the first stop of the PSBMX.com Outlaws of Dirt series.

“The jumps were small, but I tried to work my magic,” Montgomery told The Link. “It ended up working out very well, coming out with the win!”

Check out the video to see Montgomery’s point of view from his winning run.

Montgomery’s next stop will be competing in the slopestyle portion of the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO, June 6 through 9.

“Pumped to carry the momentum into GoPro Games this coming weekend!” said Montgomery.

by Don Stefanovich

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VIDEO | Opening Day Edit: Snow Summit Bike Park

Last weekend Snow Summit opened its first official bike park trail, Miracle Mile, thanks to a new deal with park builders Gravity Logic of Whistler fame. Price Point rider Aaron Hodgkin was there.

    “It was finally here: the morning I had been waiting for, for a very long time—nine years to be exact. After moving down to Murrieta, I could only dream about the day Snow Summit would once again allow gravity to run its natural course on the mountain. It was not until my good friend and multi-FMX gold-medalist, Ronnie Renner, casually mentioned the opening of Snow Summit’s bike park that I realized it was a reality. It felt like a record scratching in the background as the news made its way to my ears. I was in complete disbelief and had him repeat this beautiful bit of news. He probably thought I was crazy for getting so excited, but he also probably had no idea that Snow Summit was one of the biggest reasons for my turning pro.
    “What made this even more exciting is the fact that Snow Summit provided me with some of the greatest memories of my life. As the grand-opening day finally arrived, I had slept very little due to my anticipation. The alarm clock finally went off and I got the call from Kevin and Sean Heidorn that they were outside and ready to go. Way too excited to pay attention to the time, loading up the bikes took longer than expected, mainly because I could not stop telling stories about how Snow Summit used to be 10 years ago! These memories bring me back to when I ran through the streets of Big Bear and dove into a rose bush in front of a Denny’s restaurant, while all the late night eaters watched. Now that is one long story to tell—maybe next time! After story telling hour, we found some better entertainment watching my air freshener swing back and forth on the windy mountain road and giggling like little girls at the sound of my bald tires squealing around every corner.
    “We made it, finally! We unloaded the sleds and soon we were headed up the chairlift for our first run. Again, I crammed stories that were 10 years old into Sean and Kevin’s ears, pointing at every line that use to exist. I wondered how the new stuff would be. Would they bring back some of the original lines? Would I remember them? Man, I almost couldn’t wait for what seemed to be the longest chair ride ever!
    “The Gravity Logic guys did an outstanding job coming in and making an attempt at mocking up a Whistler style feel to Snow Summit mountain. Limited to two lift lines, things got a little backed up, but that was expected, being it was the opening weekend for what might be the best gravity-riding spot in SoCal, which had been closed for a decade. The new trail, named Miracle Mile, was pretty awesome! It tied in some sections from some of the older trails from back in the day, but they mainly created an entirely new trail with massive berms for some serious flow all the way down the mountain. Snow Summit offers an array of diversity meant to accommodate beginner riders all the way to experienced pros. It is a wonderful opportunity to go out in nature and do what you love to do. I recommend everyone get a piece of the experience and get out there and ride!” -Aaron Hodgkin
 
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ENDURO DOMES | Helmets that Combine Coverage and Cool

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As enduro racing gains momentum in North America, a landslide of products catering to the “new” breed of renaissance rider has hit the market. Helmets are no exception, and just as the racing format’s proliferation has been a catalyst of the pursuit of the elusive combination of strength and lightweight when it comes to all-mountain bikes and components, expanding coverage and protection without sacrificing weight and breathability has become the mantra of enduro domes, expanding the selection of true mountain-bike helmets. Lucky then for the majority of riders, the format closely resembles what most mortals actually do on a mountain bike. So whether you’re looking to run goggles with your half-lid for the next stop of the World Series, or you’re just a weekend warrior looking for something better than a road helmet with a visor, here are eight enduro lids to keep you cool and covered.

 

Bell Super

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Even though it is the heaviest in the group at 390 grams, the Bell Super comes packed with enough features and a dialed fit to make the weight an afterthought. It provides some of the deepest rear coverage available in a half lid, but despite covering so much cranial real estate, features enough vents—25, to be exact—to keep you cool. Somewhat unique to the Super are the four brow vents just under the visor, designed to pull air in and through the internal channeling built into the EPS. The visor also offers 30-degrees of adjustability, which is not only nice when it comes to keeping a clear field of view, but actually allows room for goggles to rest off your face and under the visor. This, along with the integrated goggle guides, make the Super the most goggle-friendly of the bunch—and also leaves no doubt as to its intended demographic. Another standout feature of the Super is the integrated—yet removable—GoPro mount. Bell‘s Speed Dial fit system does a fine job of keeping things secure and comfy.

 

Uvex XP CC

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Although not the newest in the bunch, the made-in-Germany Uvex XP CC remains a solid performer in the all-mountain category. Formerly the XP 100, it gets a new name and colors for 2014. Despite full coverage and innovative who-woulda-thunk-it features like bug netting in the front vents and a Monomatic strap system allows you to micro-adjust strap tension on the fly, the XP CC is by far the lightest in the bunch at 260 grams. Thanks to something Uvex calls the IAS 3D+ system, one size fits all. While we were admittedly skeptical of a “one size fits all” claim on something as personal as a helmet, the fit system does its job well. Fore-aft length can be adjusted as can width, but the clincher here is the crown-height adjustment, which above all, seems to really allow you to find the just-right Goldilocks setting. Sixteen large vents help keep things cool and removable, washable, anti-microbial padding makes it easy to keep it clean.

 

Mavic Notch

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The French wheelmaker launched a line of technical apparel earlier this year aimed at the enduro trend that happened to include a new helmet very well suited to the discipline. Enter, the Mavic Notch. One of the lighter options in the group at 320 grams, the Notch is a ground-up trail helmet offering more coverage than Mavic’s cross-country offerings along with a unique rugged style.  Fit is dialed in courtesy of the Ergo Hold SL retention system, borrowed from the company’s road helmets to achieve maximum comfort and minimum weight. The anti-microbial liner fights funk and features a design that is continuos around the front brow with recessed channels for the straps for a seamless fit. A dozen forward-facing vents are coupled with large exhaust vents in the back for ventilation. The visor is fixed, which is fine as it doesn’t seem to obstruct field of vision, but riders looking for more room to run goggles may want to look elsewhere, although the visor is removable if doing so is more your style.

 

Giro Feature

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The Giro Feature has remained largely unchanged since its inception two years ago, but still finds a spot on this list for a reason—it is one of the lightest, offers some of the deepest coverage and is the most affordable. The In-Form fit system is among the more basic in the group, but does what’s mean to do and feels just fine. The Feature has 12 vents and internal channeling, but riders concerned with hot weather and longer rides may want to look at better ventilated options. But what the Feature lacks in ventilation, it makes with some of the most comprehensive coverage in the group and a round profile closer to a skate-style bucket than a spandex spear tip. The Feature also…um, features an adjustable visor. It all tips the scales at only 285 grams. Touché.

 

Urge Endur-O-Matic

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Even if you couldn’t see a single logo from afar, there’d be no mistaking an Urge helmet for anything else on the market—the Endur-O-Matic is no exception. The closest to being a full-on gravity lid sans chinbar in the group, the Endur-O-Matic offers the most coverage by far. There are only eight vents that give one the sudden “urge” to go bowling, but they are said to be positioned to create a Venturi Effect (air is accelerated as it moves through smaller spaces) along with the inner channels. The Gangsta Pad anti-sweat system mimics a bandana over your brow to keep the drips away, and along with the rear padding, does a fine job of wicking moisture for what looks to be such a sealed dome.

 

Troy Lee Designs A1

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Well known for its full-face offerings, Troy Lee Designs made a splash earlier this year when it returned to the half-lid game with the wildly styled and wildly popular A1. While the custom moto-inspired graphics and anodized hardware certainly make an impression, function leads form—as evidenced by three years of development and several scrapped prototypes. The goggle-friendly visor has 50 millimeters of adjustability, and a one-piece liner is as plush as we’ve ever seen in a bicycle helmet. Although Troy Lee Designs says more colors will be released throughout the year—we already saw a matte version of the Black Cyclops color at Sea Otter—the existing designs seem to be a love it or leave it affair for most riders. Regardless of how you feel about the graphics, once on, all else is forgotten. The A1 just feels right. The deep-fitting shell seems to cradle your skull just right. The retention dial will probably work for most melons, but there are also three height positions resulting in 20 millimeters of crown-height customization. The A1 weighs in at 340 grams without the visor, which, while not wispy, is quickly forgotten on long rides due to both the fit and cooling of the intake and exhaust vents and internal channeling.

 

Fox Head Flux

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One of the most popular helmets in the all-mountain/enduro category, the Fox Head Flux offers deep coverage with an aggressive look. It’s 352 grams is well ventilated thanks to 20 openings. In contrast to most “dial” fit retention systems, Fox Head‘s Detox fit system utilizes a ratcheting strap in the rear. Style and comfort lead the way as reasons this helmet continues to be a best seller.

 

SixSixOne Recon

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The SixSixOne Recon is a great option for more comprehensive protection in a sleek, lightweight package ready for all-day romps. The Recon weighs in at a tidy 300 grams and features matte graphics that stand out without being obnoxiously loud—a feat more difficult than it sounds. The straps anchor at the edge of the helmet, so they don’t rub your face or tussle with the liner over which one gets to hug your head. Eighteen vents and internal channeling provide “active” ventilation. The Recon shares the Detox ratcheting fit system with the Flux.

by Don Stefanovich

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