Three-Pete, Five-Pete and even an Eight-Pete are becoming familiar terms, as multiple athletes strike gold, embodying “rock star” status in the world of X Games.
On top of the heap is skateboarder Bob Burnquist, who captured his twenty-fifth X Games medal this past weekend.
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X Game athletes pleased huge crowds in and around the famed Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany. The range of events featured RallyCross, Enduro, Moto X, Mountain Bike Slope Style, BMX Slope Style, Skate, and the X Game signature Big Air events.
The Women’s Enduro X event races showed the grit of these type of events. Enduro X is a test of strength, balance and fitness, combined with the power of a motocross bike, and it was grueling. Maria Forsberg won her third career X Games gold medal.
New to the X Games this year was Mountain Bike Slope Style, and the gold was won by Canadian Brett Rheeder, who has been known to train and hang out at Highland Mountain Bike Park in New Hampshire.
It's been said many time that these athletes are pushing the limits like never before, and it continues to be true. The X Games now come back to their “home court” (Los Angeles) for the last stop on the world tour August 1 through 4.
The best mountain bike freeriders in the world are gathering this weekend for the annual "Spring Training" at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire. The pros come from all over the world to train in the one-of-a-kind indoor facility that includes both foam pits and rubber ramps, as well as outside airbags to jump into.
Highland Mountain Bike Park was the dream of Mark Hayes, who built a world-class mountain bike park at a ski area that closed in the mid 1990's.
Hayes, a mountain bike enthusiast, tells Edging the Xtreme how he built one of the best know mountain bike parks in the world from the humble beginnings of a run-down ski mountain.
It's a weekend full of mountain biking madness at the 12th annual Pat's Peak Mountain Bike Festival in New Hampshire. The list of competitions alone is covers every aspect of the sport; there are 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour competitions for all levels of endurance athletes.
Over the years, Greg Jancaitis has posted some amazing results in this race. Starting in 2009, he finished third in the men's solo 24 hour, and he was the 2010 and 2011 overall winner in the men's 24 hour solo. Then in 2012, he was the winner in the men's 6 hour solo. He also holds the course record at 29:00 in last year's race.
Here is a video interview with Jancaitis from the Shenandoah 100:
Listen to the entire interview with Greg Jancaitis on Edging the Xtreme:
Plus, learn about the entire Mountain Bike Festival at Pat's Peak, which includes the Eastern States Cup (ESC) USA Cycling Regional Championship Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series.
The Series is in its fourth year and includes nine venues with eleven series races, plus the state finals and the series finals. Check out a listing of the ESC schedule, rules and more information.
The X-Country Challenge on Sunday is part of the Northeast Root 66 XC Race Series, a series of cross-country mountain bike races held at different venues throughout New England.
And that is just the beginning of the fun: there's a single speed cycle cross event, plus camping, music and activities at the mountain all weekend.
In mountain biking it takes a rare breed to rise to the top. Last summer at the London Summer Olympics, USA's Georgia Gould had the worst start in her career. Yet when the day was done, she was standing on the podium with a Olympic Bronze Medal.
As a sponsored rider on LUNA Women's Mountain Bike Team, Gould has plenty of motivation to continue to compete on the world stage. As the 2013 World Cup Season kicks off in Germany later in the month, Gould hopes to build on her past success and capture the elusive World Cup Victory, as well as defend her National Title.
In the fall, she’ll turn her attention to racing cyclocross with the aim of defending her 2012 USGP series championship. Georgia lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband Dusty, their 28 bicycles, five chickens, a hive of bees and a garden full of vegetables.
Listen to the entire Georgia Gould interview with Dan Egan on Edging the Xtreme on RadioBDC, above.