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Giant Bike Demo Day September 2

Giant Bike’s Demo
Sunday, Sept. 2nd 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Allaire State Park
4252 County Road ,
Wall Township, New Jersey 07727
Hospital Road Parking Lot

The Giant Big Rig is coming to Allaire State Park loaded with the New 2013 Bikes. 26″ Full Suspension, 29er Hardtails, 29er Full Suspension, and the all new Trance 29er.
Also on board, Cross Bikes and Giant’s award winning Road Bikes.
This is a rain or shine event.
Helmets are mandatory.
The event is free with no registration required.
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Olympic Mountain Biking in 2012

Has Mountain biking finally evolved into a spectator friendly sport.
If the 2012 Olympics are any indicator the answer is an undeniable yes.
Through the use of slide-track and manned cameras dotting the 3 mile man-made course and helicopter shots to fill in the gaps almost all the action was captured.

For those onsite the venue was also spectator friendly. Built around an infield the course provided fans
with excellent vantage points and the ability to easily move to key areas such as Snake Hill, The Rock Garden and Deane’s Drop.

Although the course was 3 miles in length the overall area was less than a mile making it easy for spectators to move throughout the course.
My one criticism would be the commentary. Mountain Biking is not the same as the Tour de France. Today’s race was a 21 mile lay it all out for an hour and a half event on the dirt. Why the commentators would make so many references to road cycling (at one point mentioning the riders out on the road) is beyond me.
NBC should have brought in commentators who understand cross country mountain biking and can
translate the intricacies of the race into plain-speak with genuine enthusiasm.
That being said the racing was exceptional, playing out more like a short track event with lead riders staying together in tight formation. As the race progressed there were quite a few position changes and 2 of the five were eventually dropped in the final laps.
The last lap was a nail biter with Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic and Nino Schurter of Switzerland trading places on the climbs but is was Kulhavy who took the final turns in the lead and sprinted to a gold medal finish just one second ahead of Schurter Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana of Italy took bronze 25 seconds behind the leader without a seat.
Fontana seat had come loose during a rock garden section in the final mile. American Todd Wells rounded out the top ten with a finish 0:02:21 behind the lead.
Results
Woman’s Results
Men’s Results
Video – Replay
Woman’s Final
Men’s Final

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Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest ATV trails to open May 1st

Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest ATV trails to open May ..
Apr 27, 2012 12:57 PM CST
(PRESS RELEASE) — The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), motor bike, horse and mountain bike trails will be opened for use as of May1. This opening is for all Forest Service jurisdiction trails. Trails in the Bayfield County area are open as of April 27.

The new Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is also now available on line at http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf. Hard copies of the MVUM will be available for free in all offices as of mid-May. The MVUM is the map that shows users where it is legal to ride.

Please ride responsibly and do not ride in areas that are too wet. Doing so may cause long term resource damage.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf

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Mountain Creek NJ to Host stop-2 of the USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour

USA Cycling announced on Thursday the 2012 USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (US Pro GRT) for 2012. In its fourth year, the series has expanded to six races and aims to provide a consistent stage of international-caliber events for elite gravity racers to showcase their downhill skills.

The nation’s top gravity racers will be looking to dethrone 2011 champions Cody Warren (DRD X-Fusion Intense) and Jill Kintner (Transition Racing) as the downhill-only series visits five states from April to August.

The calendar will begin with a visit to Port Angeles, Washington, for the fourth consecutive year as the NW Cup will once again kick things off, this year on April 26-29.
The Mountain Creek Bike Park will play host to the calendar’s newest event, the Eastern States Cup in Mountain Creek, New Jersey, on May 20.
The series will then head just up the road to Roxbury, New York, for Plattekill Mountain’s stop on the Eastern States Cup on May 27.

Things again heat up out west on June 9-10, when the Mountain States Cup – Chile Challenge offers riders a preview of the 2013-2014 USA Cycling Gravity National Championships venue in Angel Fire, New Mexico. The nation’s top gravity riders will head back to New York the following weekend for the US Pro GRT’s fifth stop, the Whiteface Pro GRT 5K Downhill in Wilmington, New York. The only UCI category 2 event on this year’s Pro GRT schedule, the Northstar Pro GRT will wrap things up in Truckee, California on August 3-5.
Each of the six stops will offer series ranking points to top finishers, resulting in overall individual titles for professional men and women. The racers with the most points throughout the six-race series will be recognized as the best gravity athletes competing on American soil.
The highest ranked Americans in the US Pro GRT overall rankings (provided he/she are in the top three) as of July 30, 2012, will also be an automatic selection to the United States’ world championship team. In addition, Pro/Category 1 junior male athletes, racing age 17 or 18, with the fastest finishing time in each round of the USA Cycling Pro GRT Downhill series prior to July 30 will be placed into a world championship selection pool.
For more information on the series, including current standings once the series gets underway, visit www.uacycling.org/progrt.
2012 USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour (US Pro GRT)
April 26-29: NW Cup, Port Angeles, Washington (NE)
May 20: Eastern States Cup – Mountain Creek, Mountain Creek, New Jersey (NE)
May 27: Eastern States Cup – Plattekill, Roxbury, New York (NE)
June 9-10: Mountain States Cup – Chile Challenge, Angel Fire, New Mexico (NE)
June 16-17: Whiteface Pro GRT 5K Downhill, Wilmington, New York (NE)
August 3-5: Northstar Pro GRT, Truckee, California (UCI Cat. 2)

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The end of an Era – Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon NJ is Closing

Greetings Diablo Fans!
On this day we have some unfortunate news to share with you. As most of you know, Mountain Creek Resort was recently purchased by a local golf course developer and during this ownership change the bike park has gone through a tough transition suffering from executive pitfalls. Recently, the new owners of the resort offered Diablo Freeride Park a 5-year lease extension and unfortunately the terms of this agreement are not favorable for the future growth of the park and are clearly not representative of a resort that has a genuine interest in the sport of mountain biking.
As a result, we have declined to accept this offer to extend our existing agreement and Diablo Freeride Park is now officially closed for business. During the past 12 months, the resort has repeatedly and negligently breached existing agreements, caused unnecessary damage to the bike park and has adversely influenced the ability of the park to progress, expand or simply operate and provide a high level of service that you have come to expect. As a result, we can no longer invest time, passion and valuable resources at a resort that does not share our passion for the sport or respect for the community of riders that have called Diablo ‘home’ the past nine years.
The backstory…
While the owners of the resort were aggressive and motivated to sign an agreement that would continue the current Diablo / resort relationship, this arrangement would greatly inhibit our ability to offer our guests the high standard of quality you have come to expect over the past nine years. We devised an extensive, 5-year plan and investment commitment that would bring a plethora of new improvements to the park including several new downhill trails, tons of new terrain features and an all-new, innovative 20mile XC/FR trail network/center on the mountain top. We were motivated and committed to these projects, however, the risk of investing these significant resources without a proper & fair agreement is simply not a wise venture. Once bitten, twice shy.
Broken Promises…
In addition to various other operational issues caused by the new resort management, the 2011 season saw an immense amount of unnessecary park closures, trail damage, operating shedule ‘broken promises’ and various trail interuptions. This past September & October the bike park was completely closed for six weeks as a result of the resorts inability to properly maintain their ski trails and control erosion. After repeated requests, the resort refused to dedicate the proper resources to get the premise repaired and the park back open for business. Instead of honoring a contractual agreement to make speedy repairs, the resort focused on completing less important projects while mountain bikers were left stranded, frustrated and unable to ride their favorite park. This was simply unnacceptable. As a customer, you deserved better.
Furthermore, this past fall the resort management forged ahead and caused the demise and destruction of nearly $100,000 of developed mountain bike trails. Offering no advanced warning, explanation or plan to remediate or reimburse for the loss of these popular bike trails, the end result is an extensive amount of terrain and features that are damaged, destroyed and / or needing significant repair. These actions are not only in breach of contract, they are also not representative of a resort that has ambitions of growing the sport or a management team demonstrating respect for the mountain biking customer.
In closing, we made every effort to reach a mutually benefitting agreement with the current resort ownership, however negotiations have ceased and we have rejected their proposed 5-year lease extension.
***Perhaps as a final measure to save face for a season filled with tons of downtime and broken promises, Mountain Creek resort has at least agreed to honor all 2012 season passes that have been purchased to date.
With regards to the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, negotiations are currently underway bringing the event to the Lake Tahoe region. More info soon!
A huge thanks goes out to all of our friends and loyal fans throughout the years! Hosting tens of thousands of riders from points across the globe, it has been a great adventure filled with many accolades and good times.
We appreciate your support!
Best,
Shawn Orecchio
Founder & General Manager
Diablo Freeride Park
I am personally saddened by the closing I competed in the 1st and only US open at Diablo that had a Cross Country discipline.
Diablo was also the site of my first full on downhill experience
Rideyoubike.us has covered many of the US open events here are a few:
http://blog.rideyourbike.us/2009/06/2009-us-open-of-mountain-biking-mens.html
http://blog.rideyourbike.us/2009/05/us-open-of-mountain-biking-at-diablo.html
http://blog.rideyourbike.us/2008/10/trail-to-nowhere.html
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BP Fabric of America Fund helps JORBA


The Fabric of America Fund was created for the purpose of providing BP America employees with a way to help make a difference in communities across the United States. Employees are encouraged to select an organization or organizations and are allotted a sum per year to donate on BP’s behalf
For the past few years I have allocated my share to JORBA because of the work they have done building amazing trails and working with land owners and park systems to provide new locations to ride.
Below is a note I received from JORBA president Frank Harms

Our treasurer has informed me that we have received a very generous check from your company. On behalf of all of us at JORBA, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. Thanks to people like you, we can get our volunteers the tools they need to make our trails as good as they can be. 2012 looks to be an even better year with new parks and even more trails to enjoy. Thanks again!

sincerely,
Frank

Frank Harms
JORBA President
Allaire Trail Users Group
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Contact your U.S. Senators Today to Save Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding

Contact your U.S. Senators Today to Save Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding

Dear Readers,

Last month, we asked you to contact your U.S. Senators to oppose Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn’s plan to strip funding from the Transportation Enhancements program, which is the main source of the federal investment for bike projects of all types. Peopleforbikes.org supporters and our allies generated more than 75,000 emails to Congress in 48 hours. This rapid and powerful grassroots response succeeded: Mr. Coburn withdrew his amendment and crucial funding for bicycling was preserved.

We are sorry to report today that bike infrastructure funding is under serious and immediate attack again – this time in an amendment proposed by Senator Rand Paul (KY) that would redirect all funding for Transportation Enhancements to bridge repairs. Mr. Paul’s amendment is set for a Senate vote Tuesday, Nov. 1.

While we are all for bridge repairs, gutting the Transportation Enhancements program is not the way to get the job done. We must defeat this amendment and we need your help. We need you to contact your state’s two U.S. Senators today and ask them to oppose this amendment. Here are four reasons why:

1. Everyone deserves to be safe. We agree that we must keep our bridges safe, but the lives of pedestrians and bicyclists are important too. Nearly 5,000 Americans die each year biking or walking on our nation’s roadways.

2. Reallocating bike funding won’t make a dent in the cost of bridge repairs. Even if every penny of Transportation Enhancements money is diverted to bridge repairs, Senator Paul’s plan would still take 80 years to fix the backlog of bridge repairs we have today.

3. Transportation Enhancements provide essential transportation benefits, like reducing road congestion, improving safety, getting people active, and creating more jobs per dollar than highway-only projects.

4. States don’t spend all the money they already receive for bridge repairs.

This is the third attempt in a month by a small group of Senators to target Transportation Enhancements, using a different angle each time. It is a waste of the Senate’s time and taxpayers dollars to focus on eliminating this modest, cost-effective, valuable program when we are in dire need of real and viable solutions to fix our failing transportation system.

Please contact your Senators today to ask them to vote against the Paul amendment (SA-821) to eliminate Transportation Enhancements. (You can find your Senators, review basic suggested text for your email, and send your note directly from this link.)

Thank you for your help today, and for passing this call to action along.

Tim Blumenthal
Director, Peopleforbikes.org

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Mountain Biker get taken out by a Red Hartebeest

Obstacles that riders face during a Mountain Bike Race

  • Steep Climbs – Check
  • Logs – Check
  • Rock gardens – Check
  • red hartebeest – Wait! What was that?

If you are racing in South Africa add wild animals to the list of obstacles that you may encounter. Just ask rider Evan van der Spuy who was fortunate not to have been seriously injured, or worse, when a red hartebeest sprung from the brush and head-butted him off his bike during a weekend competition at Albert Falls Dam.
You can view the footage below. We were lucky enough to have the whole event captured on video the rider behind him was wearing a GoPro Camera

Remember always wear your helmet – You never know what you might come up against.

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Alexandria Pump Track in New Jersey

Looking to get your Jumping skills together but don’t want to make you first attempt on a gnarly double with crocs below waiting to devour you if you case the jump.

Then head on down to the Alexandria Pump truck where you will find jumps that will allow you to progress as you develop your skills.

What is a Pump Track you ask
A pump track is one of the fastest-growing attractions in biking. It is a continuous dirt loop of rollers and insloped turns, reminiscent of a BMX track but smaller in scale, which can be ridden by cyclists of all ages and skill levels. It teaches riders essential riding skills while building fitness, all in a low-risk environment.

Here are a couple of Short Clips of the Jumplines

Join the Alexandria Pump Track Group on Facebook

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This is Urgent! Federal funding for bicycling and walking is in jeopardy.


Federal funding for bicycling and walking is in jeopardy. We need you to send a short email today to your members of Congress.

Today, Congressman John Mica of Florida, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, outlined his plans for the new transportation bill and called for the elimination of dedicated funding for biking and walking programs, which he suggested, “do not serve a federal purpose.”

In the Senate, James Inhofe of Oklahoma is leading a similar attack. Inhofe, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said that one of his top-three priorities for the next multi-year federal transportation bill is to eliminate “frivolous spending for bike trails.”

If Representative Mica and Senator Inhofe get their way, dedicated funding for three crucial programs — Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and Recreational Trails — will be eliminated. The cost-effective federal investment in bicycling that is making our nation better will shrink dramatically. We can’t allow this to happen.

That’s why we are asking you to reach out to the two U.S. Senators and the U.S. Representative who represent you in Congress. Ask them to support ongoing, dedicated funding for biking and walking in the next transportation bill. (You can find your representatives and send your note directly from our website. Click here to review clear, basic, suggested text for your email. Feel free to customize it and/or add a personal story.)

Your simple messages will make a difference. You can help refute Representative Mica’s and Senator Inhofe’s unreasonable, counterproductive cuts. You can help assure that progress will continue in all 50 states to make bicycling safer and better for people of all ages.

At peopleforbikes.org, our goal is to unify support for bicycling and celebrate all the great things that happen when people ride bikes. Occasionally, we need to stand strong together to keep bicycling on track. This is one of those times!

Thanks for your support and your quick response to this call to action.

Tim Blumenthal
Director, Peopleforbikes.org

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