Far Out

When you think of mountain biking, you think of – well – mountains. Mountains in famous locations with big ranges like Whistler and the Alps, where the disciples of the sport congregate in search of the holy grail of trails. In Australia, what we lack in jagged ice-crowned pointy parts we make up for with deep gorges, seemingly bottomless ravines...

Mind the Gap: Jump into a male dominated industry

As I sat down to write this article in my local hipster-ladened coffee shop in Roncesvalles Village, a twenty-something entered in a pinstriped suit carrying a folder. As he approached the counter, he politely asked to speak with the manager. He then proceeded to pull-out a resume and asked if they were hiring. In the last three and half years,...

Death and taxes… and injuries

They say in life two things are certain: death and taxes. In mountain biking, we can add a third certainty: injury. Now when I use this word I am referring to anything that keeps you off your bike, whether it be a minor sprain that has you down for a week to a major break or separation that has you...

My Tribe

You know you’re doing something right when the guy sitting across from you at the après ride asks if you have more teeth than the average human being, because you can’t quite wipe the grin off your face from such an epic day of riding. One of my best girlfriends and I created and wore our very own version of...

Pedaling to the Middle of Nowhere

Mahatta River isn’t on most people’s radars, let alone on anyone’s list of top places to see. It’s nothing more than a logging camp 55 km from Port Alice, BC. When the locals heard that Robynne Devine and I were going to ride our bikes out there, they thought we were nuts, and their reactions made us wonder if we...

Racing Advice from Vittoria’s Mountain Bike Ambassadors

We chatted with some of the mountain bike ambassadors from Vittoria Industries Inc and they told us how they got into racing, the challenges they’ve faced, and tips for anyone who wants to get into racing. GETTING STARTED The women all started on different paths. Joanna Petterson calls her story cliché, “I saw Missy Giove racing and I was like,...

Road Biking : A different world in a different city

Road biking is an awesome way to amplify your fitness should you decide to add it to your training. First and foremost, I have always been a mountain biker, with cyclocross being a close second. I much prefer dirt, dust, mud, and rocks in contrast to smooth black tar of the roads. Playing amongst the trees and bushes is a...