By Jim McIlvain
UP: American Richie Rude Jr. wins
the Junior World Championships.
UP: Yeti Bikes’ farm league. They
sure know how to spot up-and-coming
talent. First Aaron Gwin and now
Richie Rude Jr.
UP: Nino Schurter wins the Cross-Country World Championship on a
Scott equipped with 27.5-inch wheels.
UP: The Red Bull Rampage didn’t
UP: Russ Karaus. He won a sweet
Pivot Mach 429 just for filling out our
DOWN: The Eliminator is still a
World Cup event.
UP: The 2013 Cannondale Trail SL
29ER 1. It’s $1670 worth of smoking-awesome mountain bike. They sold out
UP: Our own Doug Barnett teams up
with the Sho-Air/Cannondale team’s
Alex Grant, Eric Bostrom and Chris
Moore to win the 24 Hours in the Old
Pueblo race overall.
UP: The documentary
Singletrack High totally
captures the spirit and
potential of high school
mountain bike racing.
UP: There were way
more ups for mountain
bikers in 2013 than downers.
UP: Mike Hecker, a California
race promoter who cares about his
riders, makes changes to his racecourse to improve rider safety after
reading a “Hardtales” article.
DOWN: After total dominance
of the World Cup downhills,
Aaron Gwin slips out of
contention in 2013. Saves
part of the season with
a Downhill National
UP: Midweek racing like the Over
the Hump and Quick ’n’ Dirty series.
UP: Whistler’s Crankworx Festival
turns 10 years old.
UP: Fox’s voluntary recall of 42,000
forks an “up”? Absolutely. It shows
integrity and a commitment to stand
behind their products. It was voluntary.
UP: Park City trails in the late spring
or late fall.
UP: Duluth, Minnesota’s growing
mountain bike trail network.
UP: Fat bikes. Why take the
UP: Monique “Pua” Mata comes
back from breaking her leg in the
beginning of the season to win the
Marathon National Championship,
finish second behind Lea Davison
at the Cross-Country National
Championships, and dominates Costa
Rica’s La Ruta de Los Conquistadores.
UP: Wheels! Doesn’t matter where
your allegiance lies, having three wheel
sizes to pick from is a lot less boring
than only one option.
UP: International riders help our
Facebook page explode in 2013.
UP: Gooseberry Mesa in October.
UP: Special issues for the iPad
included a compilation of our wheel
stories and shootouts. A destination
special is in the works.
UP: Dropper seatposts. They are
getting more reliable.
UP: The growing ranks of NICA
(National Interscholastic Cycling
UP: Shuttle Dave. Helping L.A.
riders get to the top.
DOWN: The tragic loss of Burry
Stander, gone way too soon. ❏
WHAT A YEAR IT WAS
What was the year’s highlight
for you? Let me know at
Forget for a second that the cover
date of this issue is February 2014.
Except for riders in far-flung corners of
the world where postal delivery takes a
bit longer, most of you will be cuddling
up with this issue right around New
Year’s Eve. It just seems like the right
time to take a look back on 2013 and
rate the year.
Scott Tedro sets up a fund to help
American riders make it to the World
Championships. Raises $24,312.
UP: SRAM’s Greg Herbold joins the
crew for a number of “Garage Files”
UP: Crewer Mike Wirth builds a
Pivot Firebird project bike (May 2013).
UP: Representing the next generation, Stephen Ettinger wins the
Elite Men’s Cross-Country National
Greg Herbold (left)
and Jimmy Mac.