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Cycling Dirt is one of the best sites to find updated videos with all your favorite MTB elite riders after they finish hammering it out at your favorite bike race.  Cycling Dirt provides video clips at the perfect length and always seem to catch the perfect emotion of the rider after they win, loose, fall, or whatever.  Big kudos to the team at Cycling Dirt.  Here is an interview with a GREAT U23 rider Howard Grotts who lost the gold this weekend at the very rock garden at MTB Nats.  Nontheless, Howard still showing smiles!  Heal up soon Grotts!

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Watch more video of 2013 Cross Country National Championships on cyclingdirt.org

Miguel Martinez Wins @ Sea Otter Classic 2013

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Watch the finish line crossing and the post race video interview with Sea Otter Classic 2013’s winner Miguel Martinez.

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Pro MTBiker Rebecca Rusch Featured in March’s Edition of DILTO

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Roldpueblo127_600ebecca’s last name “Rusch” has always jumped out at me because we went against the grain a little and named our son “Fischer” instead of Fisher.

Rusch was featured in the March online edition of DILTO.  They provide a great photo snapshot in the day of the life of the Queen of Pain!  Check it out!

http://ditlo.com/2013/03/27/rebecca-rusch-2/#st

Rebecca Rusch’s personal homepage here.

Mountain Bike Radio Interviews Jeremiah Bishop on Bonelli Win

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A great weekend for Cannondale’s Team Sho-AirAlex Grant and Jeremiah Bishop racked up the top spot on two leader boards in two seperate races.  Here is a just released interview by Mountain Bike Radio with Jeremiah Bishop off the heels of his win at Bonelli Park.

On a tough course and warm conditions, Jeremiah was feeling strong and put the power to the pedals to win the cross country race by over a minute over Raphael Gagne. He was able to hold off attacks by the other top riders, Todd Wells and Sam Schulz, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively. He then came back on Sunday to take second at the short track!

Jeremiah is always a great guest on the show, so listen in as he shares his weekend experience, as well as shares insight into his team and much more!

Podcast the interview and see show links here.

True Grit Endurance Race- NUE Season Opener

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**Pictures from True Grit 2013 are posted here**

The 2013 NUE season opener will  kick off this coming weekend in St. George, Utah with the True Grit 100/50/23 miler.  How would you like to sign up for a race that starts with this type of description?

Our tag line is not a joke, this is a tough race. It is a mountain bikers race. The first 20 miles are over rocky and steep terrain that requires excellent bike handling skills and upper body strength. We are not telling you this to scare you. We have first time racers that do really well on this course, you will just want to train properly and if you are spending the winter on a trainer ad some upper body strength training to feel your best at this early season race.

Two aspects about True Grit really jump out to me.

1) Race supporters such as friends, family, and coaches have to keep their distance from the race course.  At first, I thought this was strange until I read more about the sensitive terrain they are racing on.

St George Utah is on the edge of 3 eco-tones and therefore is home to many rare plants and animals that may not be found in other parts of the world. The race course travels through habitat for the bear-claw poppy , desert tortoise, and lands with cryptobiotic soils.

Other important precautions are the No-Passing Zone on the poppy trail and the closed course with directional travel.

2) Live tracking of racers will be provided during the event.

This year we are going to try tracking racers live during the event. The tracking will be broadcast live at the finish line, can be viewed on any mobile phone or computer and will enable our course marshals to track where racers and assure they are staying on course.

It is hard to imagine how technologically we have gotten with racing while in the same time needing to be sensitive to the environment we are treading.

Keep up with True Grit results on their Facebook page.

Sonya Looney rides the Yak Attack Once Again

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Congrats to Sonya Looney for being the first female ever to finish the grueling Yak Attack in 2012, a 10-day stage race on Mt Everest (the highest mountain bike race in the world!), and doing it again this year!!!

By finishing the race I became the first woman to complete the full route on a mountain bike. But it wasn’t easy. There were challenges and setbacks. At first, I felt out of my element, bewildered like a deer caught in headlights, and struggled up many of the three-hour-long hike-a-bike sections, including one over Thorong La Pass, which reaches 17, 769 feet high. There were mechanicals, too. After one crippling malfunction, I had to walk 10 miles to the finish down a path that would have been a ripping 9,000-vertical-foot descent had I been able to ride. And the elevation slowly starts to kill you—there’s a reason few people live at these heights.

Read the entire post here.

I am eagerly keeping an ear out to hear how things are going for this year’s race!

(HT: The Far Ride)

Nathan Guerra’s Perspective on Pro XCT Opener

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I encourage you to keep your eyes this year on pro mountain bike racer Nathan Guerra.  Here is a snippet from this year’s season opener last weekend in Austin.

Conservative racing only lasted about 1/4 a lap.  If you know me on the bike or off, I am an “all or nothing” type of personality.  So after the first major  climb I was pretty blown up and needed to recover for a bit.  I started reeling people in the last 3 laps but a ton of damage was done in the first 2 with me going way too far into the red.  Plan was to use my strength in threshold power that I know I have right now but that plan suffered a bit, not sure it is really a practical way to race a UCI C1 mountain bike race anyways, since these mountain bike courses are full on bursty climbing followed with recovery by UCI regulation.

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(HT: NathanGuerra.com)