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Aug 25 2015 - 12:59pm | by miguelramos

Well it’s already August, and September is just around the corner. I have raced very little this year…and with good reason. The races I did this year were: Scott Enduro Cup in Moab, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, and Enduro World Series in Crested Butte CO. I plan on doing one more enduro race before the Enduro season is up…probably Big Mountain Enduro race in Winter Park Colorado. I crashed hard pre-riding the EWS course in Crested Butte, fracturing my leg. Slowed me down a bit but I still did one day of racing before I pulled the plug for the weekend of racing. Just pushing too hard with...

Such is Life.
Such is Life.
Such is Life.
Such is Life.
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Biking
Aug 11 2015 - 8:39am | by bethroberts

I live and work in the desert of Utah. This means that once summer rolls around it is time to retreat to the true high country to avoid sweltering temperatures. Located less than an hour drive from Moab, UT are the La Sal mountains - where every year there is that first ride that brings me to just over 11,000ft where oxygen gets a little harder to find. This is always a sobering ride.

The most classic in Moab is the climb up to Burro Pass, which is the beginning of the famed "Whole Enchilada", a ride where once you climb just a few miles to 11,050, you then get to descend to 4,000ft...

Riding at altitude  - Caynon Creek
Riding at altitude  - Caynon Creek
Riding at altitude  - Caynon Creek
Riding at altitude  - Caynon Creek
Riding at altitude  - Caynon Creek
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Biking
Aug 6 2015 - 5:23pm | by suehaywood

I have a real appreciation for summer in West Virginia. For one thing it seems like it takes so long to get here! And when it does, it still might be cool and wet and a lot overcast. This year, while May was dry, June was mighty wet into the first two weeks of July.

No complaints here, though! The amazing thing is the lushness from all that moisture. Sometimes I just look around and it's unbelievable all the shades of green...50 shades of green turns me on! So in addition to creating a surreal jungle, the rain makes muddy riding conditions.

Luckily, no trail closures...

Summer Lifestyle...Bicycle Lifestyle
Summer Lifestyle...Bicycle Lifestyle
Summer Lifestyle...Bicycle Lifestyle
Summer Lifestyle...Bicycle Lifestyle
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Jul 28 2015 - 12:38pm | by elisabethjohnson

“Oh shit, what time is it?” I said, as I realized that we didn’t set the alarm and it was brighter out than it should have been. Luckily, we were only a 5 minute drive from where I needed to be in less than 30 minutes. I rushed to pull on my baggies, fill the hydration pack and pound some breakfast and coffee. I was so excited. It was the first day of a weekend long women’s MTB skills clinic, the Ladies AllRide Tour with Lindsey Voreis and Cog Wild. The childlike excitement of heading to summer camp was in the air. Once we arrived at Seventh Mountain resort in Bend OR, Kurt checked...

Goofing around and finishing up a 20 mile loop along the Deschutes River
Goofing around and finishing up a 20 mile loop along the Deschutes River
Hanging out in downtown Bend, OR
The instructors taking us through skill & drills, then putting it to work on the
The instructors taking us through skill & drills, then putting it to work on the
Going fast on the flowy Bend Trails
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Jul 20 2015 - 2:40pm | by alisongannett

"If you don't come back bloody, it wasn't a good ride" was my only mountain bike advice/lesson for the whole beginning of my mountain biking career. It then morphed into "just use more momentum", "just go for it", and "speed is your friend". Needless to say, while I naturally excelled at the sport, it was mostly thru sheer determination, experimentation and excess passion.

I started coaching women's mountain biking 15 years ago, determined to bring more gals into the sport as well as avoiding the painful gore. I spent years breaking down simple moves into baby step professions to...

Sheer determination, experimentation and excess passion...
Sheer determination, experimentation and excess passion...
Sheer determination, experimentation and excess passion...
Sheer determination, experimentation and excess passion...
Sheer determination, experimentation and excess passion...
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Biking
Jul 7 2015 - 10:46am | by wendyengelberg

The Enduro discipline of racing has been in the back of my head for a few years now. When I was out injured and recovering from reconstructive knee surgery a few years ago, I had lots of time to think about my future of riding and where I wanted to take it. One of the things on my list was to try Enduro. A discipline of racing that includes the endurance of cross country with transition stages that are not timed, and the technical skills of down hill riding.

Now, I have been riding for almost 10 years and have never wanted to really race because I grew up in an equestrian sport...

Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
Enduro Anyone?? Come and experience the adventure with me!
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Biking
Jun 22 2015 - 3:08pm | by skyewalker

So it’s been 4.5 months since surgery, and my left knee is at 82% strength compared to my right leg.

I’m stoked as I’m getting more mobile and active. Doing tons of PT in the gym, jogging up to a mile and half now and getting so much more flexibility out of my knee than even just 2 weeks ago. I’ve stuck to the program my physical therapist gave me and I’ve been diligent. My parents were here for a couple months and my dad was going to the gym with me and it was great to have him cheering me on when I still had a leg brace on.

I rode my bike on the road for the first time...

The end is near...
The end is near...
The end is near...
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Biking
May 28 2015 - 10:25am | by stansnotubeswom...

Happy (sloppy) spring to all of our wonderful sponsors! Here in Utah, we are ready for some sunshine… though the trails are probably thankful for the moisture.The NoTubes Elite Women have been busy since Sea Otter. Rose, Nina, Mical, Emily and Jenny all traveled straight from Sea Otter to race the Whiskey 50 . Rose had a banner day, finishing in third.

“[The Whiskey 50] gave me a taste of what I have been working for with my best finish to date in 3rd .” -Rose Grant

Mical also had a great finish in seventh. Jenny had an especially rough weekend, succumbing to food poisoning...

Here the ladies tear it up in the Fat Tire Crit. Photo credit: Dave McElwaine
Rose Grant Photo credit: Janet Grant
Here Jenny attacks the Growler course at Hartman Rocks. Photo credit: Dave Kozlo
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Events
May 19 2015 - 10:19am | by wendyengelberg

The event planning for me started Monday. The weather forecast was looking very bleak with snow predicted up to 5 inches and roads requiring chains and snow tires. As of about Thursday, after the Amgen tour was cancelled for Friday in Big Bear due to bad weather, I had lost hope and was leaning towards a plan B of riding local with friends. Then the sun came out Friday and seemed to melt everything away. I kept checking road conditions and the weather. Road conditions were good, no snow, but the chill factor was off the charts at mid 30's for Saturday and 50"s for Sunday.

Now my...

My 1st Enduro!
My 1st Enduro!
My 1st Enduro!
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Events
May 15 2015 - 10:57am | by stansnotubeswom...

ZOIC is proud to announce our sponsorship of the Stan's NoTubes Women's Elite Team for 2015, within that team is our beloved Brand Ambassador Sue Haywood! Below is a recap of the kick off to the event season, THE SEA OTTER CLASSIC! Here are some quotes and pics from our amazing ladies team...

Sarah Kaufmann: Whew...Sea Otter weekend! What a wild and fun event. We were thrilled to have all eight of our Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite Team members in the same place for this bikecentric weekend! Actually this is the first time we have managed that in the five years of the team’s...

Sea Otter Recap
Sea Otter Recap
Sea Otter Recap
Sea Otter Recap
Sea Otter Recap
Sea Otter Recap
Sea Otter Recap
Sea Otter Recap
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