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Saturday, April 25, 2015

2014 Arizona Trail Race

2014 Arizona Trail Race from Aaron Johnson on Vimeo.
In April of 2014, about 17 of us lined up along the desolate Mexican border in Arizona, and headed north in a race across the deserts, mountains, forests, and canyons of Arizona, headed for Utah. This is the story of how my race unfolded.

The Arizona Trail Race is a self-supported mountain bike race along the famed Arizona Trail. Starting at the Mexico border, there are two distance options: 300 miles to the Picketpost trailhead near Phoenix, or the full traversal to Utah, more than 750 miles. There is no race organization, there is no support; you carry all your own gear, and must be completely self-sufficient. Resupply is allowed only at any commercial establishment.

Read more about the race here:

Huge thanks to Joe Polk at MTBCast for providing the call-in audio for the narration. MTBCast is a podcast that offers racers a way to call in and leave messages, sometimes the only communication that friends and family get from their racer. Check them out at

Call-in voices in order of appearance:
Mark Caminiti
Michael Ackerman
Aaron Johnson
Jill Hueckman
Jay Petervary
Brad Mattingly
Mike Prochaska

This race would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the Arizona Trail Association to create and maintain over 800 miles of singletrack trail across Arizona. They rely on donations to fund these efforts, so please support them and give what you can at

Big thanks to Tucson local Scott Morris for masterminding these crazy events. Follow him here:

Another huge thanks to Ghost Kollective for being very willing to provide and share their amazing track, "Dance of the Seven Sisters." They originally developed this song in collaboration with photographer Nicolaus Wegner for his Wyoming Wildscapes II timelapse film, an incredible project and well worth watching. Check them out at the links below:

Ghost Kollective:
Wyoming Wildscapes II:


"Fans" by Kings of Leon (
"No Way" by David Lindley (
"The 2nd Law: Isolated System" by Muse (
"Meet Me There" by Nick Mulvey (
"Dance of the Seven Sisters" by Ghost Kollective (
"Step Outside" by Ki:Theory (

Check out my written recaps and photos of the race:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

And finally - huge thanks to my girlfriend Megan for all her support and encouragement for the race and putting this video together, I couldn't have done it without her!

Friday, April 24, 2015

2013 Colorado Trail Race

2013 Colorado Trail Race from Aaron Johnson on Vimeo.
The 2013 Colorado Trail Race. Self-supported mountain bike race from Durango to Denver, 550 miles.
July 21, 2013
Race info:

Filmed and edited by Aaron Johnson.

"Around the Block" by Pretty Lights
"Holocene" by Bon Iver
"The Stable Song" by Gregory Alan Isakov

Thursday, April 23, 2015

California Sierra Trail Race

California Sierra Trail Race from Aaron Johnson on Vimeo.
From the mind of Sean Allan comes the California Sierra Trail Race, a self-supported bikepacking race in the Tahoe region of California. Beginning and ending in Auburn, CA, the route traverses historic 19th Century mining trails and roads, winding its way slowly up the foothills and dropping down into Lake Tahoe. It then follows the Tahoe Rim Trail around the lake, over 100 miles of some of California's best singletrack, before making its way back down towards Auburn. At 430 miles and 70,000 feet of elevation gain, the route is a monster, but rewards those who attempt it with incredible scenery and riding.

This film showcases the second running of this race, in July of 2014. Turnout was incredibly low, with only 4 starters, and the goal of this film is to generate awareness of this amazing course so more people can experience it.

This year's racers:
Jack Anderson
Aaron Johnson
Jeremy Noble
Greg Levitsky

Aaron's race report:

Race info:

Filmed by Aaron Johnson and Jack Anderson.
Edited and narrated by Aaron Johnson.

Big thanks to Sean Allan, both for all the work he did in creating this route, as well as taking the time to interview for this film.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Women’s SL Pro Bib Shorts with HookUp


The call of the mountain is even stronger during winter, when the snow breaks the tree-tops and the cold weather freezes
the bones. During this time, when most people put their bike to rest, an adventure between two Italian buddies began.
They aimed to search for the COLD VEIN, that vein which come back to pulsate in the winter wilderness.
This was an experience that brought Giorgio and Francesco to find more than what they were searching for.
A journey through their own limits, where what is important, is not the width of the tires but the extent of the horizons.

The video is dedicated to Walter Belli, a dear friend who had a bad injury during a DH session and who is still fighting every day with the wilderness alive in his heart.

Self filmed with a Canon 500D (2009), a GoPro HERO4 and a “no brand” alluminum tripod.
Aerial filming by APR Italia. Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
Music: Ark Life - "Some Unheroic Hill"

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A huge thanks for those who continues to believe in our project:
Adidas Eyewear, Alpine Threadworks, Chromag, Endura, EVOC, Ferrino, Five Ten, Formula Brakes, Genesis Bikes, GSI Outdoors, Leisure Lakes Bikes, Porcelain Rocket, Rode, Rycote, SOG Knives, Vittoria.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Introducing the Rocky Mountain Sherpa @rockymountain

Introducing the Rocky Mountain Sherpa from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo.

Meet the Controversial Cyclist Fighting for Safer Streets @bicyclingmag

At 6-foot-8, Don Ward is an imposing figure in L.A.'s bike scene. He's the creator of outlaw rides and a powerful voice in the fight for more bike lanes.

BICYCLING: You once organized a race between cyclists and a commercial jet. Seriously?
Don Ward: Los Angeles shut down a section of Interstate 405 in 2011 to remove a bridge, and the city was up in arms. People called it "Carmageddon." Jet Blue created a promotional flight between Burbank and Long Beach. A friend suggested the race. We won by 77 minutes.

What did that show about promoting cycling events?
It's the same thing I learned working for an automative ad agency: Sexy and fast captures people's attention.

[Keep reading at Bicycling]

Monday, April 20, 2015

29+ and 27.5+ Bikes – Innovation or Industry Scam?

Blueprint: 29+ and 27.5+ Bikes – Innovation or Industry Scam?

A no-bullshit video investigation into the bike industry's latest wheel sizes

Video by Dan Barham

What’s the deal with 29+ and 27.5+ bikes?

When we first caught wind of the new breed of 29+ and 27.5+ bikes, we were as suspicious as any rider. So, we started asking questions: why have these new standards emerged? Are the new wheel sizes simply a way for industry big wigs to convince consumers to buy new bikes? We flew around the country visiting the folks who are putting the new wheels to work at Rocky Mountain in Vancouver, Canada, SRAM’s Development Facility in Colorado Springs and Trek’s World Headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. 
Trek and Rocky Mountain are only two of a handful of brands announcing 29+ and 27.5+ bikes. You’re going to be seeing more of these plus-size bikes, and you can be damn sure that we’ll have more to say about them.

Rocky Mountain’s 27.5+ Sherpa

Rocky’s Sherpa is a specialized adventure tool, fine-tuned for riding on marginal terrain. It promises to be a singletrack bikepacker’s dream, and, interestingly, doesn’t utilize Boost 148 spacing. It does, however, feature a rust-proof chain, clearance for up to 3.25″ tires and a Himalayan snow lion-inspired paint job. Stay tuned for more on the Sherpa.
Rocky Mountain Sherpa

Trek’s Stache 29+

The Stache isn’t a new name in Trek’s lineup, but the redesigned bike features 29+ wheels and sliding dropouts on its extremely compact rear end. In order to pull off their honey-I-shrunk-the-chainstays design, they had to elevate the drive-side chainstay, carve away material from the bottom bracket and bend the seat tube. Trek’s approach is that 29+ wheels are simply the logical evolution for their aggressive hardtail.
Trek Stache 29+
Photo: JP Van Swae
Boost 148 is an essential technology to many of the new 27.5+ bikes. Learn more about it in this Blueprint video.

Why Cyclists Ride Two Abreast | BikeWalk NC

Cyclists riding double file on a narrow rural road. Riding double file deters unsafe same-lane passing in narrow lanes and makes the cyclists as visible as a car from the front and behind. [Mike Dayton photo]
Group rides are extremely popular among recreational and competitive cyclists. Although social interaction is a major incentive to ride in groups, so is safety. One technique cycling groups use to reduce the risk of collisions is riding double file, particularly in narrow lanes and when approaching intersections. This article discusses how riding double file can deter common crash types and what group cyclists should consider when choosing their position on the roadway.

[Keep reading at BikeWalkNC]

Red Hook Criterium: 60 MINUTES SPORTS Preview

Helinox Table One from Helinox @Big_Agnes

Helinox Table One from Helinox on Vimeo.