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Added a new video Hillbilly Huckfest Spank Whip Off 7/30/2015 10:10 AM
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​Mads Makken Haugen is at it again bringing us the 6th edition of Norway’s Hillbilly Huckfest. As one of the craziest events on the freeride calendar, Hillbilly Huckfest was the first (and inspiration for) the FEST series. This free ride jam in the hills of Aal Buskerud, is known for its rowdy crowds, massive jumps, and all the beer you can drink… A true Viking’s holiday. This year SPANK Industries teamed up with Makken and the FEST series to bring the Whip Off to Huckfest adding another wild event to the roster. Pros and amateurs alike hit the hill to send it big. At the end of the day it was Nico Vink bringing home the crown in the pro class, with Marc Mclure and 9yr old Theodor Hofstad winning the amateur and junior classes.

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Added a new video WynTV: Mont Sainte Anne 2015 Track Walk 7/30/2015 9:05 AM
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​Not only do the riders have to cope with a bunch of track changes, they also have to be on their a-game if Wyn Masters and his pesky microphone show up...

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Added a comment to alex.maden's bike check 7/30/2015 8:34 AM
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Bike of the Day July 30, 3015!

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Added a new video The Trail That Tests Rampage Riders - Claw on King Kong 7/30/2015 5:06 AM
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​Question: What kind of freeride trail compares to riding in Red Bull Rampage?

Answer: There is only one — King Kong in Virgin, Utah.

Way back in 2002, Darren Berrecloth was an up-and-coming rider with something to prove — the rookie Claw wanted to compete in Red Bull Rampage. When he approached organizers for permission, they were impressed with his skill but had to make sure the crossover BMX rider had what it takes to ride Rampage's insanely steep and exposed mountain terrain.

There was one local trail they could take him on to test his mettle: King Kong. So event organizer Todd Barber and Claw went for a little ride ... Of course, the rest is history — Claw passed the test and ended up placing third in his first ever Rampage.

Watch the video above to see Bearclaw ride King Kong again, 13 years later, to celebrate the coming of Rampage's 10th edition event on Oct. 17.

"The trail is a true rarity," Berrecloth said. "It's the only shuttle-able Rampage-style line on the planet. It was built by none other than Josh Bender, the founder of this style of big mountain riding in Utah."

The 10th edition of Red Bull Rampage is coming — watch it LIVE on redbull.tv on Oct. 17.

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Added a news story Clean More Climbs with a OneUp Components Traction Ring 7/30/2015 3:55 AM

Oval chainrings are nothing new, but OneUp are putting a new twist on the concept by optimizing the "clocking" of the power zones for mountain bike riding, as well as the chainline and the number of teeth.  Will it translate to better traction out on the trail, as...more

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Added a new video Steps to the Top - Brandon Semenuk | L2A 7/30/2015 12:19 AM
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​Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. — Charles de Gaulle

Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, France. Twenty of the world’s best slopestyle mountain bikers converged on the small ski town of Les Deux Alpes to contest round two of the Crankworx Slopestyle Triple Crown.

Despite this contest’s inherent prestige, most of the riders entered were simply looking to bang out a solid run. Hopefully, they might safely land a spot in the top 5 — or 10. After all, this second-round Crankworx course was, well, slightly less stellar in its design than the magical opening-round course in Rotorua, New Zealand, and the benchmark course that the riders will see in Whistler. There was dust. And there were competition holds for gusting winds. The setting sun made the visual approach to the final jump sketchy at best.

But as they say, it was the same course for everybody.

On paper, there were 20 dudes vying for the title. But, like Crankworx Rotorua, Brett Rheeder and Brandon Semenuk were the odds-on favorites. For Rheeder, it was the second step in the chase for $75,000 and a Triple Crown title. For Semenuk, it was a shot at redemption after a disappointing crash in New Zealand.

As favorites, Rheeder and Semenuk were the last two riders in the start order, which is both a blessing and a curse. While they’re able to see how the judges are scoring, and maybe how the wind and changing course condition are affecting other riders, nervous anticipation compounds exponentially until it’s time to ride.

For Semenuk, it’s no longer a matter of banging out a set, pre-determined run. He’s seen others struggling here in ways that seem out of character. And, as this sport has progressed well beyond where it was even just a few short years ago, it requires a fair bit of strategy. Minutes before he makes his way to the start house, his run is still not 100-percent clear in his mind.

Rheeder drops in and delivers a big, but not entirely flawless run. It’s a 93.25 and he’s solidly in the lead. Semenuk follows. Though they trick the jumps differently, watching these two riders compete against each other feels a bit like watching a game of aerial HORSE in which bikes take the place of basketballs. Nothing but net… Semenuk’s run looks good, but he misses a pedal on one of his landings and it costs him any chance at a round-one lead. The judges score it 89.25 — 4 points shy of Rheeder.

Though his first-round nerves are gone, there’s still the heavy weight of competition on Semenuk’s shoulders. Should he clean up his run, take the lead and force Rheeder’s hand? Or should he open up his secret bag of tricks and pull out something huge? Though it seems ridiculous to call anything these athlete do conservative, decides against risking it all on a Hail Mary, a high-stakes, do-or-die attempt at landing a nearly impossible trick.

But just a few jumps in, it’s clear that Brandon is not executing is second run according to plan. Even in the chaos of inverted airtime and the deafening cheers, he was surely weighing the possibility of hauling out that Hail Mary on the bottom part of the course. At this point, it would be Brandon’s only chance to better Rheeder’s score.

Ultimately, though, he didn’t. Maybe he couldn’t make the points-bonus add up in his head. Maybe, just maybe for an upside-down instant, a second-place finish didn’t seem that bad. Maybe. But it was clear that any fleeting notion of second place being okay was gone as quickly as he rolled across the finish line.

Eighteen other Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle competitors were probably a bit envious of Brandon Semenuk’s podium place. He did, after all, finish ahead of them. But as anyone who has ever tasted both victory and defeat will recall, second place sucks — at least when you have your eyes firmly trained on winning. And especially when you have no excuses — when you know you simply came up short.

Video by Mind Spark Cinema

Photos by Adrian Marcoux and Sven Martin

Words by Joe Parkin

SRAM.com



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Added a comment about photo Above LA's city light. 7/29/2015 11:32 AM
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Daily Shot July 29, 2015!

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Added a new video ONE SHOT: The Making Of Brandon Semenuk's unReal Segment 7/29/2015 1:52 AM
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L​ast week, Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and Anthill Films released one of the most acclaimed segments from unReal, Brandon Semenuk’s “One Shot” segment. It’s the first full segment in a mountain bike film shot in a single, continuous shot. In this episode of Mind the Gap, we go behind the scenes in Cambria, California and take a closer look at this cinematic achievement in terms of the extraordinary level of planning, coordination and mastery from everyone involved.

Download unReal:

iTunes: http://radi.al/unReal

GooglePlay: http://radi.al/1OWN

MGo: http://radi.al/2qar

Amazon Instant Video: http://radi.al/3NL2

Playstation: http://radi.al/fs0

ABOUT UNREAL

Sony presents unReal with Shimano & Trek, a new film produced by Teton Gravity Research & Anthill Films starring Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Graham Agassiz, Steve Smith, Tom van Steenbergen & Thomas Vanderham, with Brook Macdonald, Finn Iles, Ian Morrison, James Doerfling & Matty Miles. Written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Art direction and additional writing by Good Fortune Collective. Additional support from Bike Magazine, Evoc, Knolly, Pinkbike, Rocky Mountain, Western Digital & Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Music:

“Something Elated” by Broke For Free (http://brokeforfree.com)

“Dreamlife” by Tony Anderson

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Added a new video Ponytail Trails - Slovenia Livin' With Linda Paluc 7/29/2015 1:27 AM
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​Linda's first adventure takes us to her homeland, Slovenia, and the trail she rode her first ever downhill bike down. Despite Slovenia's small size, the country boasts some fantastic trail areas and exceptional beauty, as this video shows. Linda's series is designed to bring people together, getting them as close to the mountain bike industry as possible, in the hope that it may inspire more people to get involved and take up the sport themselves. She proves just how fun and accessible it can be, which is what mountain biking is all about.

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Added a new video Mont-Sainte-Anne: 25 Years of MTB History 7/29/2015 1:04 AM
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In honour of the MSA World Cup's 25th Anniversary this July 31-Aug. 2, Pedal celebrated with a print and video tribute for fans worldwide. We're proud to have been a part of MSA's history from the beginning, having published the first World Cup Official Program.

Pedal's Spring 2015 edition features an article that chronicles MSA's amazing adventure as organizers, Patrice Drouin and Chantal Lachance, built a worldwide following with amazing races and outrageous parties.

This MSA 25th video documentary is based on a series of interviews with Drouin and Lachance along with superb photographs of former greats as some reflect on 25 years of World Cup XC and DH mountain-biking history through the lens of Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Special thanks to Peter Kraiker, who wrote the feature article and put together this fabulous video and Tom Moran, whose amazing photos from MSA and the entire MTB World Cup and MTB Worlds are legendary.

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Added a new video Red Bull Joyride 2015 Course Preview 7/28/2015 12:03 PM
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​In just two weeks, the most highly anticipated slopestyle mountain bike competition of the year, Red Bull Joyride, will take over Whistler on August 15th. The Red Bull Signature Series event will see 20 of the best slopestyle mountain bike athletes go head to head in the third and final stop of the Crankworx Triple Crown of Slopestyle which includes stops in France, Whistler and for the first time this year, New Zealand. For now, join none other than our favorite living legend Darren Berrecloth for a run through the course laid out for what promises to be on hell of a show.

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Added a new video Hangtime at the Huckfest - POV Edit Insanity 7/28/2015 4:41 AM
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​This is what a big session at Hillbilly Huckfest looks like from the rider's perspective! Riding it feels more like a party then a riding session. It's definitely one of the funnest FEST events of the year. Big whips, big flips, big hips and big crashes. Thanks to makken and to the huckfest crew for putting together such a rad event every year.

The highlight video is coming out next.

Stay tuned!

FB: www.facebook.com/festseries

IG: @festseries

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iceman2058 added a feature story Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by Canfield Brothers 7/28/2015 1:52 AM

The Vital MTB Photo Comp is a weekly photo competition, with prizes awarded to the picture that receives the most votes, as well as a randomly selected member who voted for the winning shot. This week the winning photographer will receive a wheelset of his/her choice (Vital...more

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Added a comment about video Must Watch: Chris Akrigg - The Water Cycle 7/28/2015 1:18 AM
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Only Akrigg can mix all those riding styles so effortlessly. The master!

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Added a new video Schlaying Schladming - Bruni and Vergier Against the World Ep. 3 7/27/2015 6:29 AM
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​It's all about the jumps and berms as Team Lapierre hit up the legendary Schladming track, and it just gets better from there with Lenzerheide World Cup action and Crankworx L2A shredding on the menu too - it's a packed episode of Against the World and you don't want to miss it!

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Added a comment to Shiny-side-up's bike check 7/27/2015 1:17 AM
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Bike of the Day July 27, 2015!

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