Every cyclist interprets their experience on a bike in a different way. Personally, the sport has always been my escape. A shit day in the real world just isn’t worth a second thought when your mind is bent on the trail. Hard rides have a way of clearing the mind and bringing focus. While burning a lap through one of my local trails last fall, I had a realization that mountain biking had become a metaphor for my life. Crossing over the trails on which I honed my skills, once impassable obstacles were painlessly maneuvered. Thoughtless, I rode through the course fluidly and unhindered. Slowly, I was aware, that familiarity was eroding the sense of adventure once so abundant, ultimately stalling my growth as a cyclist. Life itself, at least my own, has held similar experiences. During Mountain Bike Tales’ winter break, I found the excitement of exploring my home in Austin, TX had turned to a comfort of effortless navigation. Suddenly, the sense that it was time to move on dawned on me and I started making my move. So, after a short stint in the hills of Central Texas, my adventures have led me to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. It is from my new headquarters in Kirkland, WA that I launch a new approach and shine fresh vision into my coverage of mountain bike culture.
The world of mountain biking is a boundless adventure. Every community expresses their love for the sport in different ways and I'm here to discover that diversity. Follow me as I explore the sport from my new home base in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond, as seen from the saddle.
CG says a sitcom came out this season that looks an awful lot like what he does here at MBT. Surprisingly it isn’t about just sleeping, eating and complaining.
Jason bought a drone to film the sport from above only to end up not filming the sport from above and then having to buy a second drone. Somehow he isn’t bitter.
Ryan sits down with Skibowl Bike Learning Center’s Scott Connors to rap on the future of Mt. Hood Downhill and what makes Oregon such a hot riding destination in general.