December 28, 2004 |
Snow SUMMIT in Big Bear will ban downhill mountain bikes from its lifts next summer and is debating whether to restrict where cross-country mountain bikers may cycle at the resort. The action comes after a biker filed a lawsuit seeking damages in a crash last year. Officials at the resort, where bikers have wheeled for nearly two decades, say they don't make enough money on summer riders to offset the liability of downhill biking.
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September 29, 1998 |
On a summer day in 1984, Jim Hasenauer visited a bicycle store when a line of fat-tired bikes with 18 speeds caught his attention. Hasenauer, an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist when he wasn't teaching communications classes at Cal State Northridge, saw these new "mountain bikes" as a means of combining his outdoor interests.
September 23, 2000 |
Paola Pezzo of Italy won the gold medal today in women's mountain bike, surviving a collision that dropped another racer on the fourth lap to successfully defend her Olympic title from Atlanta. Barbara Blatter of Switzerland, the world's top-ranked rider, took the silver and two-time world champion Margarita Fullana of Spain, who was leading until she collided with Pezzo, won the bronze in Fairfield, Australia. Alison Dunlap of Colorado Springs, Colo., finished seventh.
September 6, 1989 |
Cars began filtering into the parking lot before dawn and the chairlift roared to life not long after. Practice runs were completed and John Tomac stood perched beneath the banner atop Snow Summit ski resort's highest mountain, ready to make one of the day's first runs. Tomac, considered the one to watch, charged through the starting gate and quickly reached speeds of up to 40 m.p.h. as he began his descent down the 1.3 miles of steep, rugged terrain.
April 3, 2011 |
Rocky and mostly barren, the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains southwest of Palm Springs offer terrain hospitable only to king snakes, lizards and tortoises. Shade is almost nonexistent, and jagged rocks and barrel cactuses welcome visitors with stinging jabs to the feet and shins. Still, this is ideal habitat for bighorn sheep and mountain bikers. In the scrubland outside Palm Springs, the sheep are endangered but the bikers are flourishing. For mountain bikers, the more rugged and treacherous the terrain, the better.