1. Stan's Athletes Bring the Heat to the Iceman Cometh Challenge

    Stan's Athletes Bring the Heat to the Iceman Cometh Challenge

    Traverse City, Michigan is home to the Iceman Cometh Challenge, which for many athletes is the final event of their busy schedules. Racing from March until November can be demanding on both the riders and their equipment, but thankfully our Stan's athletes were ready for the challenge. Both Chloe Woodruff and Geoff Kabush took the top step and claimed the...
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  2. Behind the Scenes - The Unsung Heros of Red Bull Rampage

    Behind the Scenes - The Unsung Heros of Red Bull Rampage

    The sweat, hard work and blisters that go into building your favorite rider's line at Red Bull Rampage are too often overlooked. It's hard to imagine how 21 athletes and their dig crews can transform a raw hillside into the meticulously sculpted and manicured lines you watch on TV in just four days. The riders, with input from their crew...
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  3. Meet Sofia Gomez Villafañe

    Meet Sofia Gomez Villafañe

    Not only is Argentinian Cross Country Mountain Bike National Champion Sofia Gomez Villafañe, 24, fast on a mountain bike, but she’s also a talented elite cyclocross racer. As a dual citizen of Argentina and the U.S., Gomez Villafañe resides in Heber City, Utah and races primarily in North America for the Stan's-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis team. We caught up...
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  4. Countdown To Mountain Bike Worlds: Behind The Scenes In Lenzerheide

    Countdown To Mountain Bike Worlds: Behind The Scenes In Lenzerheide

    We went behind the scenes ahead of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to get a sense of what life is like in the lead-up to the biggest, most important race of the year. Our very own Kenny Wehn has been in Europe the past few weeks supporting Stan’s NoTubes riders selected by their countries to compete...
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  5. Getting Ready: Behind the Scenes at the Leadville 100

    Getting Ready: Behind the Scenes at the Leadville 100

    Ever wonder what it’s like to be a pro mountain biker prepping for and doing a big race like the Leadville 100? A half dozen lucky amateur racers are getting to experience exactly that at the first-ever Todd Wells Pro Experience Camp put on by three-time Leadville 100 winner Todd Wells. Our very own Kenny Wehn has spent the week...
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  6. Strait Talk: Professional Life with Mountain Bike Power Couple Kyle and Rachel

    Strait Talk: Professional Life with Mountain Bike Power Couple Kyle and Rachel

    Kyle and Rachel Strait grew up racing mountain bikes at many of the same venues. They knew each other for years, but not well. He was more of a downhiller, and she raced cross country - each doing their own thing. But that all changed when they reconnected in their 20s and started riding together and dating. We chatted with...
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  7. Behind the Scenes with Team Clif Bar MTB

    Behind the Scenes with Team Clif Bar MTB

    Not all racing teams are created equal. To a squad like Team Clif Bar MTB, having fun at great events is just as important as winning races. We spoke with Team Manager and Director Dylan Seguin about the team, his riders and their unique take on elite racing. SNT: What’s the Team Clif Bar MTB’s approach? DS: When you see...
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  8. North of Nightfall: Cam Zink takes on Axel Heiberg Island

    North of Nightfall: Cam Zink takes on Axel Heiberg Island

    Hidden among the glaciers high in the Arctic Circle are mountain bike lines too incredible to ignore. Harsh temperatures, volatile weather and nine-month-long winters mean that the area is normally devoid of human life. But each summer, this frozen landscape flourishes under endless daylight, revealing a spectacular ecosystem. Join Darren Berrecloth, Carson Storch, Cam Zink and Tom Van Steenbergen as...
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  9. Meet Jill Kintner

    Meet Jill Kintner

    A longtime favorite on the gravity mountain bike race circuit, Jill Kintner (Red Bull/Norco/Shimano) has won 19 U.S. national championship titles in a variety of disciplines including BMX, dual slalom, four cross and downhill. We caught up with the Bellingham, Washington-based pro after a successful first part of her 2018 season, which included winning an eighth Sea Otter Classic dual...
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  10. Yeti Beti Bike Bash: Mountain Bike Racing for Women

    Yeti Beti Bike Bash: Mountain Bike Racing for Women

    The Yeti Beti Bike Bash p/b Stan’s NoTubes will be back for its ninth running in Lakewood, Colorado, on Sunday, June 3, 2018. The popular regional event has been showcasing women’s cross country mountain bike racing since its inception. We caught up with Race Director Amy Thomas to learn more. Thomas co-owns the Yeti Beti Bike Bash along with Sarah...
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  11. Meet Geoff Kabush

    Meet Geoff Kabush

    If you’ve been following mountain bike racing during the past two decades, you’ve probably heard of Geoff Kabush. After a long and successful international cross country racing career, the 41-year-old Canadian Olympian recently switched his cycling focus to other types of events across North America. He now splits his time between Squamish, British Columbia, and East Bay and Truckee, California...
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  12. Meet The Meteor // Intelligentsia Team

    Meet The Meteor // Intelligentsia Team

    The Meteor // Intelligentsia Team has assembled a talented roster for its new-for-2018 elite women’s U.S. domestic road team. Based in New York City yet representing four countries, its riders will be competing in a variety of races across the U.S. We chatted with Team Manager and Racer BrittLee Bowman just as the season was about to get under way...
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  13. Meet the Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team

    Meet the Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team

    Building on its success, the Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis has doubled in size for 2018. Elite mountain bike pros Keegan Swenson and Sofia Gomez-Villafañe, both 24 years old, have joined returning team members Chloe Woodruff, 31, and Rose Grant, 36. Read on for our in-depth interview with Woodruff, who heads the team. Stan’s NoTubes: How and why did you...
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  14. Red Bull Rampage: Behind the Scenes with Cam Zink and Kyle Strait

    Red Bull Rampage: Behind the Scenes with Cam Zink and Kyle Strait

    Every fall, some of the most skilled free riders in the world challenge themselves and each other to conquer incredible lines at the Red Bull Rampage in Utah. We chatted with Cameron Zink and Kyle Strait, two former winners who finished second and eighth respectively this year, for a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to compete in the Rampage...
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  15. Tire Pressure: How to Find the Perfect Tire Pressure

    Tire Pressure: How to Find the Perfect Tire Pressure

    In 2006, Krista Rust left her job as an Electrical Engineer for Motorola to race her bike, and she's been traveling, riding, and helping people keep their bikes rolling ever since. Krista is an ambassador for the benefits of tubeless and has spent years helping riders make the switch from inner tubes. Originally an XC racer and now on the...
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  16. Meet Cam Zink

    Meet Cam Zink

    Professional freeride mountain biker Cam Zink, 31, has long been a favorite at events like the Red Bull Rampage, which he won in 2010, and Crankworx Whistler, where he won the slopestyle competition in 2006 and 2010. He is famous for pulling off amazing feats, like 360s and up to 100-foot backflips. Now in the later years of his career...
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  17. Meet Crankworx Whistler Winner Jesse Melamed

    Meet Crankworx Whistler Winner Jesse Melamed

    Jesse Melamed took a big step up in the elite enduro ranks this summer by winning his first career Enduro World Series (EWS) round at Crankworx in Whistler, British Columbia. The 25-year-old is in his first season racing full-time as a pro for the Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team. He lives in Whistler.   Jesse celebrating his first EWS...
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  18. Tire Pressure: Material and Shape Matter

    Tire Pressure: Material and Shape Matter

    In 2006, Krista Rust left her job as an Electrical Engineer for Motorola to race her bike, and she's been traveling, riding, and helping people keep their bikes rolling ever since. Krista is an ambassador for the benefits of tubeless and has spent years helping riders make the switch from inner tubes. Originally an XC racer and now on the...
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  19. Meet Martha Gill

    Meet Martha Gill

    Martha celebrating a 2nd place finish at a British Enduro Series round. In her first full year of racing the Enduro World Series (EWS), Martha Gill (Marin/Stan’s) is making an impression as a promising up and coming young racer. With one round remaining, the 19-year-old British rider leads the Under 21 women’s standings. Stan’s NoTubes: Tell us about your experience...
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  20. Meet Kyle Strait

    Meet Kyle Strait

    Not only has Kyle Strait won the Redbull Rampage twice (2004 and 2013), but he’s also the only rider to have contested it every year since its inception in 2001. The 30-year-old pro from Alpine, California competes in speed and style, slopestyle, dual slalom, dirt jumping and downhill events, and he’s also raced BMX. Just last month, Strait made the...
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