SpokedMountain Biking & Cycling News

My Alyeska: Explore the Alaskan resort with local Brian Burnett

Alyeska Mountain services manager Brian Burnett is no stranger to all things Alaska. He's lived there most of his life and learned to ski at Alyeska way back in 1963. Growing up alpine racing, he traveled the world as a ski tech with the U.S Ski Team for about 20 years and then returned to work at Alyeska, where he gets up to 150 days a year in both in-bounds and in the region's vast backcountry. When the snow melts, you can find him either paddling or hitting the local trails on his..

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Etnies Planet is Your Playground contest winner announced

Congratulations to Rafal Bogowolski of Nevada for winning the Etnies Planet is Your Playground photo contest!While Etnies received plenty of worthy photos from exotic places around the world, including Fiji, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Kazakhstan, Bogowolski's winning shot was from right here in the good ol' U.S. and A. in Lake Tahoe, which sits on the border of California and Nevada."Lake Tahoe is one of the few places in the world where you can do almost every activity..

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Video: Freerider Sam Pilgrim in Japan

In the following video mountain bike freerider Sam Pilgrim immerses himself in Japanese culture as he makes a pilgrimage to share his perspective on freeriding with the local Japanese mountain biking community. Click play to watch.

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Insta-Awesome: Sights and scenes Dew Tour San Francisco

For four days Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco was an action sports paradise, as over 200 athletes competed for the Dew Cup in skate, BMX, and FMX disciplines at the Dew Tour Toyota City Championships. Numerous athletes and fans shared their experiences of the event through their Instagram accounts, and this edition of Insta-Awesome is a compilation of their best shots. Click the photo above to view the gallery.

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Bike Magazine Exclusive: Timbuk2 Especial messenger bag

Messenger bags are often no-frills beasts of burden. Timbuk2's new Especial bag, however, defies convention. This thing brims with cool features that make it easier to use, more resistant to crap weather, and even safer (by making you more visible at night). We're just scraping the tip of the iceberg here. Check out the video for more.

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Daily Grind: Bike magazine reviews the Shimano MO-88 trail shoes

Everyone can use a new pair of shoes, even the folks over at Bike magazine, who get shoes sent to them without even asking for them, including the Shimano MO-88 trail shoes. "Call me an idiot. No, seriously. Albeit my expectations weren't the highest to begin with, to say I'd underestimated the MO-88s would be a massive understatement. As far as durability is concerned, I'd put the MO-88s up against any other shoe on the market. And that's not a statement I'm making lightly--these..

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Gallery: Dew Tour Toyota City Championships BMX Finals

Garrett Reynolds won the inaugural BMX Street Dew Cup at the Dew Tour Toyota City Championships in San Francisco by landing a huge 360 bar-to-bar down grind on the nine-stair feature, a nollie 180 barspin, and a rail ride to tail-whip out. Chad Kerley and Bruno Hoffmann rounded out the podium.Riders were vying for the coveted Dew Cup as they competed in BMX Street, BMX Dirt, and BMX Street Style events.San Jose native Ryan Nyquist took advantage of his hometown setting..

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My Crystal Mountain: Explore the resort with local Martin Rand

When he's not working as a professional boot fitter on the mountain in the winter, die-hard Crystal Mountain local Martin Rand is a gung-ho biker who hits the region's trails rain or shine. At 59 and single, he's lived near the Washington resort his entire life, confessing to skiing, climbing, cycling, surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and flyfishing as his favorite pastimes (let's see, leave anything out?). He's also an avid bike racer, competing in mountain biking, time trial, road, and..

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