Mountain

Squeezing it in

Jesse Kramer begins his Squeezing it in ride along Chamounix Drive in West Fairmount Park. Photo: Jesse Kramer I’m a business owner, I’m renovating a house, I’m a father of two and a husband of one. Oh, and I’m a mountain biker. In my head, I’m a mountain biker ahead of one or two of these definitions of myself, thus the mental and physical juggling act that ensues wh...

5 Tips for Humane Headlight Practices

This is the Golden Age of Bike Lights; never has so much wattage been available to so many for so little. But there’s a dark side: being dazzled, flashed, annoyed and too often blinded on bike paths, trails and back roads by #$%^-*ing cyclists with badly aimed, overpowering and inappropriate lighting. Let’s assume that you have a great set of lights and that you are not a mean person w...

Playing Catch Up

Back on form at the MASS Summer Sizzler. Last time I checked in I was busy preparing for the Trans-Sylvania Epic, a seven-day mountain bike stage race held in State College, PA. As one of my first target races of the year I went into the race with high expectations for myself. I was hoping to finish on the overall podium as well as win the Under 25 young rider competition. While I just missed the ...

Cole has MASSive win

I couldn’t have been happier with my performance at French Creek. The last few weeks since returning from the Whiskey Off-Road in Arizona have been absolute chaos. I’ve put in a ton of quality training hours, raced a bunch, and even stood on a couple of podiums. Off the bike, Team RDC held our first annual Million Dollar Bike Ride. It was a massive success with 550 riders raising 1.4 m...

Philly Pumptrack is Open!

This past Saturday May 10th, Philly Pumptrack at Parkside Evans Rec Center held its first Pump Jam, marking the grand opening of the track to the public. The day started off with volunteers busily completing the finishing touches as part of Love Your Park Service Day. The Service day and first ever Pump Jam were organized by Heidi Grunwald, Kenn Rymdeko, and Harlan Price, the three local residents...

The Whiskey Off-Road

Just one of the amazing views offered by the trail systems surrounding Prescott. The Whiskey Off-Road is an event I’ve been looking forward to racing for years. It is an incredibly challenging event with over 8,000 feet of vertical gain in 50 miles of racing. It is also one of the richest mountain bike races in North America with a $40,000 pro purse. As long as I could deal with the altitude...

Why We Ride

Please join team Rare Disease and myself for the Million Dollar Bike on Saturday, May 3rd. Tree meet handlebars. Shoulder meet ground. Health Insurance meet ER X-Ray bills. My Sunday morning ride in the Wissahickon ended a little abruptly this past weekend. It wasn’t the best way to finish a great week of training, also not the worst considering my collarbone wasn’t broken and my shoul...

Introducing Cole Oberman

Editor’s note: Cole Oberman, a local professional mountain bike racer, who grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives, works, and trains in Philadelphia. Over the coming weeks, Cole will give us an inside look at what it takes to be a pro bike racer. A focus of his training and his column is the Trans-Sylvanian Epic, a multi-day mountain bike race based — as its name implies — in the heart of Pen...

Chasing Summer

Bonelli Park 2014. Suffering on the steep climbs of the Bonelli US Cup course. Photo Credit: MTBMike.com. After riding through the snow and frigid temperatures of the past winter, I couldn’t wait for the first big races of the year. It’s equal parts excitement for testing my fitness after months of hard work and for escaping to somewhere warm. I love living in Philly, but after the pas...

Trails Don’t Build Themselves

The Cresheim trail is an amazing little nugget of trail I try to get to regularly. It’s one of the few bits of trail in Fairmont Park that all different levels of riders can ride and still find fun and challenging. The builders nailed the flow. Harlan Price,  professional mountain bike racer and cycling skills coach. The Cresheim Trail is a proposed 8-mile trail that starts in Philadelphia a...

The Hunger

You’d be hard pressed to find a city with a better skyline than Philly. Exhale. Getting the first chunk of early season racing out of the way has been a huge relief. The pressure to perform at the beginning of the season is always extremely high. I’m getting good at managing my nerves, but preparing for the first races of the season is always the hardest. I didn’t quite get the r...

Love your Park Day at Belmont Plateau

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