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October 1, 2007 | Bill Becher, Special to The Times
FLYING off a rocky buttress, the mountain biker soars through the air, experiencing a few seconds of adrenaline-heightened sensory awareness before coming back to earth -- or in this case a wooden ramp -- with a bike-jarring thump. The rider is Mark Hendrickson, a former pro mountain bike racer who designed the jump, one of four big drops on the new trail, Techno Rock.
April 12, 2005 | Christopher Reynolds
THE SHRINE OF THE VIRGIN MARY IS THE TIP-OFF: IT'S ALL DIABOLICAL from here. My bike and I have been skidding and sliding for an hour on this one-lane, dirt-and-rocks, switchback-ridden road, an epic abyss yawning on my right flank, then my left, then my right again. The boulder-and-cactus panorama is unmarred by guard rails or anything that might interrupt a fatal fall. But the steepest stretch comes just after the roadside shrine.
Bicycling along the Great Wall of China made Kevin Foster the big wheel he always wanted to be. But he soon realized an encore was necessary. Fame is fleeting and sponsors demand results. The Great Wall could be eclipsed only by great heights, Foster figured. So the pony-tailed, 34-year-old with the intrepid, child-like spirit of Forrest Gump spent the last year biking and hiking to the highest natural points of 49 states, an endeavor he calls "American Summits."
One is a 37-year-old Newport Beach commodities broker who wants to travel across the Pacific Ocean . . . on a bicycle. The other is a 23-year-old snow boarder-turned-sales manager for a mountain bike company. Although Perry Stone and Jeff Estes are competing as a team, they have different agendas. Thursday, they will leave Irvine on the first leg of the 16th Race Across America transcontinental bicycle competition. They will be the only ones in the race to compete on mountain bikes.
December 28, 2004 | Ashley Powers
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.
February 22, 2005 | Roy M. Wallack, Special to The Times
The Santiago Truck Trail is no longer passable by trucks -- or any four-wheel vehicle for that matter. But it's perfect for hikers and bikers looking for more adventure. Like me. I was tired of the same 90-minute mountain-bike loop every Saturday. A friend of mine, John Kennedy, a maker of sleight of hand devices for professional magicians, had a new trick up his sleeve: "We're going to Old Camp," he said, pitching me on an 18-mile thigh-burner not far from our Irvine homes.
October 12, 2004 | Scott Doggett, Times Staff Writer
Cyclists in the coming months can expect smoother and more stylish rides and a wider array of gear designed to keep them alive. Among the top head-turners at last week's Interbike trade show at Sands Expo -- the biggest bike show in the U.S.
October 12, 2004 | John Balzar
Yes, SOME FADS ARE too good to let pass. So I'm spinning down the San Gabriel River trail on a new single-speed bike, an all-purpose retro runabout, a cyclocross in biking vernacular, with oversize tires that soak up the path's roughness and 1980s moustache handlebars that keep me sitting upright where I can enjoy the passing scene. The machine offers no leverage against wind or gradient, heightening the rider's awareness of both -- which, of course, was the point.
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