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Urban downhill mountain bike race winner shows dizzying ride in video

It's a crazy race this thing called the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013 in Chile. Maybe you've heard of it. It's an urban downhill mountain bike race, so instead of trees and trails, riders navigate the streets, sidewalks, stairs, big jumps, little jumps, side walls, and alleyways of Valparaiso, all while avoiding the occasional stray dog and spectators who are sometimes only feet away. Sixty riders competed in the 11th running of the Red Bull-sponsored race Sunday. The winning rider, Marcelo..

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Deer runs into and crashes mountain biker during race in Virginia

Jeff Plassman was about 15 minutes into a 50-mile mountain bike race Sunday when out of nowhere came a swift-moving deer that, in Jeff's words, "decided to run at me full steam and jump off the front of my bike, sending me crashing to the ground," as the deer ambled off no worse for wear. Fortunately for us, Plassman caught the collision on his bike-mounted camera and posted the video on YouTube. We're not convinced the accompanying music is deer-crashed-into-me kind of music, but you can..

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Bike magazine reviews the Giant Trance X 29er 0

Photo courtesy Bike magazine; to get the full review, click here.Giant's versatile Trance X was bound to get a big-wheel makeover, and the company took pains to ensure it still competes in the trail category. To that end, there's clearance to spare around the voluminous Schwalbe tires, the chainstays remain a reasonable 17.8 inches, and the standover is even lower than on the 26er TranceX. Uninterrupted, internal cable housing is becoming de rigueur on all-condition bikes, but..

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Impressive aerial views, scenery in single-track XC video from Canada

First, we'll admit, this "Kona House of the Big Wheel 3" video is a glorified commercial. But considering the impressive aerial shots taken from a helicopter, the beautiful scenery of the Selkirk Mountains above Revelstoke, British Columbia, and the singletrack cross-country riding during "the fading days of a long Indian summer," it's definitely worth a look. And anyway, the real commercial doesn't reveal itself until around the 2:00 mark, so there is plenty to enjoy:The..

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Sinamatella Productions releases haunting film about Single Speed World Championships

Sinamatella Productions is a relatively new production company based out of South Africa that attempts to use vivid imagery to encourage people to get outside. As such, they've released their latest film project, "Kunye," which juxtaposes the 2012 Single Speed World Championships, which was held in Africa (South Africa) for the first time in history last year, with the story of South Africa itself. The film, which runs about six minutes, is inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem "Little..

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Escape the office with a 400-mile ride through British Columbia

Photo courtesy Bike magazine, Union; click on the photo to read more about Kemp's journey.Bike magazine correspondent Seb Kemp is currently on an assignment that is aptly titled "The Escape," as he's riding 400 miles through bountiful British Columbia by circumnavigating the Georgia Strait and "stopping off in Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Cumberland, Hornby Island, Parksville, Duncan, and Saturna Island," he wrote. The journey, which is being..

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BMX rider Danny Campbell conquers Australia’s Wave Rock

Photo courtesy Tom Blachford, InfinityListThere is a peculiar granite rock formation in the middle of Western Australia's Hyden Wildlife Park that looks like a multi-colored wave, frozen in time. The wave, known as "Wave Rock," apparently called to Australian BMX rider Danny Campbell, who recently released a video of him mastering it. Like most skilled BMX riders, he makes conquering the 47-foot formation look easy, but the riding was more difficult than it appears,..

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Extreme mountain unicycling video shows just how extreme it can be

Extreme mountain biking is crazy enough, but take away one wheel and what are you left with? Extreme mountain unicycling, or put another way, extreme craziness. We've seen mountain unicycling, aka muni, but not the extreme version. We wonder just how popular it could become, based on this video, particularly the part where the unicycle goes tumbling down the mountain without its rider. Watch two German unicyclists as they go extreme:The two crazies are Lutz Eichholz and Stephanie..

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The ‘Queen of Comebacks’ makes you feel like a wuss

Photo courtesy Bike magazine, Danielle Baker; click on the photo to read the Bike magazine profileThe number of injuries that former pro BMXer Tara Llanes has endured has Bike magazine calling her the "Queen of Comebacks." Broken collarbones. Fractured ribs. Partially collapsed lungs. And a spinal cord injury that left her in a wheelchair. But every setback hasn't kept her back for long, which is immediately obvious if you read Bike magazine's recent profile on her by clicking..

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