Cybele

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With our new website, we’ve imported our current archives and look forward to loading our next issues onto the web for easy on the go access. We have split our…

With our new website, we’ve imported our current archives and look forward to loading our next issues onto the web for easy on the go access.

We have split our website into two parts;

  • Cybelemag.com – our main website with news, reviews, etc.
  • Issues.cybelemag.com – our subscription site for magazine articles.

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We look forward to bringing forward new content in the coming weeks and months.

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New Name, New Website, New Look!

When we started five years ago, we wanted to fill a gap in the women’s mountain bike scene. At that time, it was difficult to find articles by other women….

When we started five years ago, we wanted to fill a gap in the women’s mountain bike scene. At that time, it was difficult to find articles by other women. Along the way we discovered that our niche was adventures by bike and personal stories from other women who ride. And we discovered that there were so many more stories that weren’t being told by women who rode gravel or paved roads. To embrace the other forms of cycling we needed a name that was all-encompassing.

Starting with the first issue of 2018 the magazine will be called Cybele, named after the Phrygian Mother of the Gods who was also the goddess of mountains, nature, and wild animals. We feel that the name is a much better fit for us since she is the original Queen of the Mountain, and it embraces all forms of cycling.

We had already started to include articles on road and gravel so we’re definitely not shifting away from mountain biking. It’s business as usual, but under a banner that allows us to grow and expand beyond the mountain bike realm.

With all of the changes, we needed to delay the first publication of 2018 when we realized that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do it all! We are now starting to put together the first issue now and it’ll be on newsstands late May/early June 2018.

We welcome you to cybelemag.com!

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International Women’s Mountain Biking Day – #WomensMTBDay

Every day is a great day to ride a bike but here’s a bit of fun to get your stoke on.

Every day is a great day to ride a bike but here’s a bit of fun to get your stoke on.

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Limited Edition WTB Saddle Supports NorCal League

WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund,…

WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund, which in turn covers race entry fees for high school athletes throughout the racing season.

With over 1200 kids actively participating and racing in the NorCal League between grades 9 to 12, the league has provided an introduction to the mountain biking community for an ever-increasing amount of high school students. The NorCal League introduces riders of all skill levels to the benefits of a lifetime of mountain biking and helps support the next generation of mountain bikers.

The WTB NorCal League saddle is a Team-level Volt 142 saddle, which features titanium rails and our top-tier DNA Padding. It’s available for purchase through WTB.com for a retail price of $129.95 and a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund. We only made 100 of these California-inspired saddles, so they won’t be available for long!

NORCAL LEAGUE MISSION

The NorCal High School Cycling League was organized in 2001 to provide quality mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12. Regardless of ability level, the NorCal League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes, and helping them to create strong body, mind and character through the sport of cycling.

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2018 BC Bike Race Course Announced

The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction…

The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction of the Cowichan Valley as the new Day 1 Squamish will be the new Day 7 and the communities in between will flow in the same order along the rugged west coast of British Columbia; Cumberland, Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, and Squamish. Whistler, formerly the site of Day 7, will now be an optional Day 8 upgrade for racers where they experience all that it has to offer.

Cumberland start line

Yoga by the sea is just one of the perks of the BCBR.Participants will now start their race in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, traditionally called Quw’utsun’ by the local First Nations. Racers will tackle two of the areas favourite trail networks Mt. Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain in a 1A and 1B format, each route approx. 15 kilometres of pure singletrack heaven, joined by a neutral 8km rural tour. The participants arrive the evening before Day 1 to basecamp staged amidst a landscape of farmlands, vineyards, rivers, and handcrafted singletrack. “We are honoured to be invited by the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society to experience the incredible trails they have to offer,” shares BC Bike Race President, Dean Payne. Due to the warmer than average temperature in the valley, builders here are able to work year-round on perfecting their hand-crafted trails. “We found that each location offers something unique to our racer week, just as each of the communities we visit offer something different. It’s this diversity that paints the real picture of the true West Coast for our racers.”

Hielke Elferink racing through emerald forests

“It is important for us to always be looking for ways to enrich the event experience for our racers; we are always looking to evolve our event,” adds BCBR Marketing Director, Andreas Hestler. “BC Bike Race is dynamic. There are so many incredible communities and quality built singletrack in British Columbia, that we feel lucky to be able to continue to share them with the world.”

The race route will encompass local favorites on Mount Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain with one timed course on each mountain separated by a transition that will allow you to spin out your legs. Mount Tzouhalem will offer racers trails like the Grand Traverse; this uphill flow trail will leave riders smiling ear to ear, Field of Dreams; a classic piece of undulating singletrack, Rocky Mountain Ridge and Chicken Run; trails that will put your technical skills to the test, and Double D; fast and flowy berms and whoops that will have riders hooting and hollering the whole way down!

After a short segment through private farmland where racers will enjoy the view of Maple Bay and their next summit, they will pass under a totem pole arch onto Story Trail which was built by local Coast Salish First Nations youth. Xylem trail will take riders through the Arbutus and Garry Oak forest to the summit before dropping into Maple Syrup trail; a classic technical trail which will introduce riders to the rocky, rooty terrain that British Columbia is known for. This trail makes full use of the topography and will test everyone’s ascending and descending skills. “Maple Syrup Trail is one of my favorite climb trails in British Columbia,” says Dean. “I’ve ridden some incredible trails in our province, but this is definitely high on my list.” Solar Coaster and Loggers Lane will deliver riders to the end of the first day.

The course in Cumberland remains the same through the first half, but the back-nine has become a singletrack extravaganza. “I’m pretty excited about the changes we’ve made to the latter half of the course for this year, we’ve eliminated a challenging road climb and replaced it with a rolling singletrack climb interspersed with sections of fun descents,” says Cumberland Course Designer, Jeremy Grasby. “The first portion of the course remains the same showcasing Cumberland’s premier downhill singletrack!”All extraneous gravel roads have been removed to beat the summer heat. We are excited to introduce a new inventory of trails including, Monday’s Child, Thursday’s Child, Rapture, Two Shoes, Tunnel Canary, Crazy Ivan, Top Hat, and Iron Curtain. Racers will especially enjoy the sweet downhill to the finish! “

Not to worry, Powell River still offers the same incredible beachfront campsite and the same beautiful sunsets, however the road and gravel sections of the course have been reduced with the addition of new singletrack. The overall course length has shortened but with the addition of more technical riding, the finish times are expected to be the same.

Powell River beachside base camp

 

Sunshine Coast course designer, Rod Camposano, after eleven years with BCBR has passed the torch to Sue Duxbury and Warren Hansen. Rod’s contributions and advocacy on behalf of the BC Bike Race have been an incredible contribution towards the race’s success. The two stages, Earls Cove to Sechelt and Sechelt to Langdale, have had a significant reduction of road riding that has been replaced by singletrack.

North Vancouver, the legendary land of Gnar, was voted last year’s second favorite stage by racers. It will remain the same, but a little advice – don’t let the distance fool you, this is a tough day on the bike, rise over run is steep and finding flow through the roots and rocks will require some skill, hopefully with it being Day 6 this year, the participants will be well warmed up for it.

Consistently voted the crowd favourite over the last decade, Squamish will be the final stage for 2018! Also new for this year, racers will have one more night at basecamp with the celebratory banquet just steps from their tents.

Daily yoga to loosen those stiff muscles

Any racers who are planning to spend some extra time here post event will have the option to upgrade to a Day 8 experience in Whistler. It is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day whether it’s a spa treatment or a day in the famous Whistler Bike Park, participants are sure to enjoy this beautiful area.

Thank you to all the trail builders, bike clubs, volunteers, and community support that make the BC Bike Race experience possible.

For course maps and other race details, please visit our website: www.bcbikerace.com.

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Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team

Photos by Paris Gore Video by Connor Macleod We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with…

Photos by Paris Gore
Video by Connor Macleod

We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with Race Face Performance Products. We’re incredibly proud to form the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, and to tackle a full season of racing with passion, drive, and dedication.

Our two brands have a deep history together that began in 1993. When freeride was born Rocky Mountain and Race Face were there, under the same roof, meeting the needs of demanding North Shore riders. Now, 25 years later Race Face is making some of the best components in the world, and we’re honored to be officially reunited through our EWS team partnership.

Team Riders

Jesse Melamed

· 12th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 1st EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“I’m excited to start a new chapter of this team, with Race Face on board to strengthen the Canadian vibe. I’m really looking forward to working closely with another local brand that shares my passion and roots. The crash I had in Finale Ligure at the end of last season was a tough one to recover from, but I’ve been training hard and am confident I am going to come into the first race strong!” – Jesse Melamed

Remi Gauvin

· 8th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 5th EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“Partnering up with Race Face and their strong Canadian roots is something that is unique to the EWS and exciting for myself. I’m really looking forward to getting things kicked off in South America in a few weeks, traveling with Jesse, ALN, our new crew of mechanics and Team Manager! This off season has been really productive for me, and I feel super-strong coming into the first round.” – Remi Gauvin

ALN

· 11th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 3rd EWS Wicklow, Ireland – 2017

“I feel really happy and at home with our team for 2018. With such a good set up, it really is a bittersweet feeling to be sidelined for the two first rounds with a wrist injury. With the team supporting me, the matter at hand is to regain my maximum shred capacity to join the party ASAP. I look forward to seeing us evolve as a team this season and to enjoy not only the racing but the whole vibe.” -ALN

We would also like to extend a huge Thank you to the team sponsors, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Smith, WTB, FTI Consulting, EVOC, Stages Cycling, and OneUp Components.

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World Ride Launches to Help Grow Women’s Mountain Biking in Nepal

World Ride, a mountain bike adventure company, has launched to help support the growth of women’s mountain biking in Nepal. World Ride organizes mountain bike trips and retreats on epic…

World Ride, a mountain bike adventure company, has launched to help support the growth of women’s mountain biking in Nepal. World Ride organizes mountain bike trips and retreats on epic trails in Nepal, and all proceeds from these trips go to the Ladies Mountain League, an organization that helps to empower Nepali women through the outdoors.

World Ride developed out of a project started by Julie Cornelius, a mountain bike guide and nutrition coach out of Moab, UT to aid Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes. In March of 2017, Cornelius traveled with a team of ladies including Shonny Vanlandingham, Francesca Weikert and Lindsey Richter (Ladies Allride) to Nepal to film the documentary Moksha, produced by AndShesDopeToo. The ladies worked with a team of Nepali ladies to tell their story through the film. They also taught a skills clinic to Nepali women, many of whom had never mountain biked before. In May of 2017, two of the Nepali ladies, Usha Khanal and Roja KC, became the first female Nepali AMGA certified mountain bike guides. These two ladie are now employed by World Ride partner Himalayan Singletrack and working guiding mountain bike tours throughout Nepal.

World Ride supports the growth of mountain biking in Nepal through three avenues- recreation, careers, and racing. The Ladies Mountain League hosts weekly rides for ladies and has a small fleet of bikes the women can use for free. World Ride will help to purchase more bikes to expand the weekly recreational rides. Proceeds will also go to continue training for women guides in Nepal. Mountain bike tourism is growing in the country, and mountain bike guiding is a sustainable career path for these ladies. Some women choose to race in cross country, downhill and enduro disciplines. World Ride will help to support these ladies, with the future goal of sending a Nepali woman to the Olympic games.

World Ride trips are fully supported, guided trips through some of the highest mountains in the world. Currently, World Ride has two trips offerings- Annapurna Circuit and Jomsom Muktinath Enduro, and both trips have dates for ladies only trips and for coed trips. The Annapurna Circuit ride tests a riders stamina and srength over the course of 14 days while riding over the imposing Thorong La Pass (5416m, 17,769 ft). The Jomsom Muktinath Enduro is a less strenuous trip that takes riders through the Mustang region of Nepal. Both rides combine rugged jeep roads and truly amazing singletrack for a trip-of-a-lifetime!

Along with organizing mountain bike adventures, World Ride is collecting donations of gear and financial contributions for the Ladies Mountain League. Mountain biking is financially restrictive for women in Nepal, so the Ladies Mountain League and World Ride are working to make it possible for all women to join. New and gently used items are currently being accepted and all World Ride adventure participants are encouraged to bring over items to Nepal to donate.

Visit www.world-ride.com to find out more, book a trip, and to make a donation!

“It is difficult to summarize a Nepal experience… The warmth of the people, the amazing Himalayas- a perfect landscape- and the culture of the place. They all make traveling to Nepal an out of this world experience. I am so lucky to have had this opportunity”- Carmina, 2017 World Ride adventurer

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Tracy Moseley: Life on a Bike

Adapting to change is a skill that few can truly master, and during the last 25 years the mountain bike world has changed immensely.   Who remembers square taper cranks…

Adapting to change is a skill that few can truly master, and during the last 25 years the mountain bike world has changed immensely.

 

Who remembers square taper cranks and chain tensioners? It’s not just product that has changed either. We’ve gone from being a sport with no dedicated riding facilities to now having bike parks, trail centers and more around the world.

The riders have also evolved. Counting the number of pros who have remained relevant after such a long time barely requires two hands. Tracy Moseley is one of those riders and is always present in the changing landscape of MTB.

XC was really the only discipline in racing that had any structure when Tracy first started riding. She started out by tagging along with her brother, Ed, who was a top World Cup DH rider in the early 2000s. She soon displayed a natural flair for riding bikes—fast!

As it turned out, this young rider from the Malvern Hills was destined for a bright future. Racing, but more so bikes, were to become a key component of Tracy’s life.

DH took over the MTB scene and she raced for high profile teams through the late 90s. Tracy was winning many world cups, but in 2010 she won the World Championship at Mont St Anne. That was over 7 years ago, and Tracy had been racing DH world cups since 1998. To sustain such a career through all the changes that DH has seen in that period of time is incredible. Few riders can compare to the great achievements and career longevity that she has had and continues to have.

Already cemented as one of the greatest riders of all time, Tracy then turned her attention to Enduro where she won the EWS and became World Champion three years in a row. Being able to adapt has been one of Tracy’s defining attributes in a sport where so many riders grab 5 minutes of glory before quietly fading from the limelight.

Now Tracy’s focus is beginning to shift more into a mountain biking icon and voice for woman around the world. She pushes the rise of women in MTB by encouraging young girls and women of all ages to get on a bike, have fun, and challenge themselves. Tracy’s riding has gone full circle—from the pressures of racing EWS and chasing victories on all corners of the globe to simply enjoying riding trails she’s known for two decades. And don’t forget that she still races in select Enduros and DH events, dominating the field most of the time.

Some constants have naturally remained during this 25-year period: hard work, drive, keeping yourself protected and a sense of humor that keeps you on your toes.

Filming with Tracy in the Tweed Valley in Scotland was the perfect place to give a nod to the past as well as a glimpse into the future. Tracy has embraced the change and we have no doubt that she’ll be around for some time to come.

“Maintaining a long career, I think, is quite hard in this sport. Where often you’re pushing the limits and having crashes frequently. Having good protection and me working with G-form the last few years has been real key to making sure you always take those precautions and that you are protected when you go out and ride.”

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Introducing the All-New Norco Threshold

Port Coquitlam, BC (August 8, 2017) – Norco Bicycles is thrilled to introduce the all-new 2018 Threshold cyclocross platform. With updated geometry, a redesigned frame, and an arsenal of features to…

Port Coquitlam, BC (August 8, 2017) – Norco Bicycles is thrilled to introduce the all-new 2018 Threshold cyclocross platform. With updated geometry, a redesigned frame, and an arsenal of features to combat the muddy mayhem of cyclocross racing, the Threshold delivers on performance and durability.

A compact top tube and short chainstays make the Threshold ultra-maneuverable on tight courses. Increased fork offset helps the Threshold steer more predictably, especially in deep mud, while a slightly slacker head tube angle and lower bottom bracket increase stability when the terrain gets steep. The seat angle has been made steeper than previous generations to help riders with quick accelerations. The overall ride is quick and nimble, yet stable and confidence inspiring, so that you can make the most of every ride.

The 2018 Norco Threshold in Red/Black.

The redesigned frame on the Threshold uses the same ARC Race technology found on Norco road race bikes, reducing rider fatigue and allowing the bike to roll more predictably off-road, while the Power Chassis design’s oversized head tube junction, down tube, BB shell and chainstays deliver optimal lateral stiffness to maximize pedaling efficiency and power transfer. Size-Scaled Tubing on the Threshold means that all riders will experience the same positive ride characteristics, regardless of frame size.

Cyclocross races don’t get cancelled for inclement weather, and mud baths are inevitable. Front and rear 12mm thru axles on the Threshold deliver maximum stiffness for enhanced responsiveness and control through rough, rutted terrain, while flat mount disc brakes offer incredible modulation, stopping power and control through mud, sand, snow, grass and gravel.

To further help combat severe weather, the Threshold now has huge clearance front and rear to support the use of wider tires, and stealth mounting points so that riders can install fenders. The ingenious SASSY (Secret Attachable Seat Stay Yoke) clips on to the seat stay bridge and along with NINJA and BOiL threaded inserts allow conventional fenders to be fit to the Threshold, while remaining inconspicuous. The Threshold comes equipped with GIZMO internal cable routing and a seat clamp cover to prevent water and mud from entering the frame.

For more details on our distinctly Canadian take on the cyclocross tradition, visit norco.com.

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