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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...

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 ...

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...

Goodbye Cali, Hello Philly Spring

In the front of our chase group early in the race. Photo Credit: MTBMike.com Following a stellar week of riding and hanging out in sunny SoCal, I was looking forward to my second set of races for this trip. The course at Southridge Park in Fontana was a drastic change from the previous week. Though both courses have a surplus of steep climbs, the loose and open climbs of Bonelli Park were replaced...