Man oh man. Real, genuine world cup racing. While I really loved last years few weeks of fun, it just felt weird. It didn't feel like the real deal, primarily because nothing was really on the line for the racers. Of course they all wanted to win, some had contracts [...]
John Vandenberg2021-05-03T17:05:17-05:00May 3rd, 2021|News|Comments Off on Can Nino win one more?
Read a quote today that has Nino Shurter saying he wants to win at least one more World Cup to equal Absalon's record. I haven't heard him come outright and say that in the few interviews I've seen of him recently, but this would be expected for someone who is [...]
John Vandenberg2021-04-30T13:11:16-05:00April 30th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Missing the days of customization on the pro’s bikes.
I'm following with interest the development of the new Santa Cruz/FSA team featuring the ever-consistent Maxime Marotte. Having been booted from Cannondale, he's leading the charge for this seemingly new team. The brand Santa Cruz certainly hasn't made a splash on the top levels of XCO racing in years past. [...]
John Vandenberg2021-04-26T13:19:36-05:00April 26th, 2021|News|Comments Off on 1450 gram carbon wheels for $1200?
Anyone who has ever thought about buying a carbon wheelset for their XC bike has come to at least one conclusion - they don't come cheap. The main reason carbon wheels came on the scene, at least for me, is weight savings. Although, it wasn't as much as I thought [...]
John Vandenberg2021-04-20T16:39:01-05:00April 20th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Data analysts predict Olympics, no Van der Poel? Hmm.
Well, it seems a company called Gracenote has done some number crunching, and it's predictions for the 2021 Olympics, if they happen at all? XCO men's category: Nino Schurter (Switzerland) Jordan Sarrou (France) Mathias Flückiger (Switzerland) XCO women's category: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) Kate Courtney (USA) That [...]
John Vandenberg2021-04-19T11:31:55-05:00April 19th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Euro pre-World Cup races are in the books.
Well, I don't ever recall in years past racers all flocking to smaller xco races the way they have this Spring. Italy, Austria, wherever they've been. I've watched 4 or 5 of them already, and since so many of the top racers have participated, it's become no different than real [...]
Welcome to Short Travel Magazine! We're launching this channel to focus on cross-country mountain biking. There are many great websites and YouTube channels out there for mountain biking. Heck, there are great ones for road biking that I enjoy. But, my true love of cycling started when I began racing [...]
World Champs a Wrap Well, that was kind of a, dare I say, boring World Champs? I thought Jolanda and Nino would take the titles. And I predicted PFP would be the one that could steal it away from Jolanda. And well, that was what went down. Of course I [...]