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.

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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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