races, along with the overall U23
women’s title. Blums Martins took the
U23 men’s title.
GWIN AND BRUNI SPLIT UCI
America’s Aaron Gwin put together
another stellar year in the UCI World Cup
series, racking up three World Cup race
wins in seven starts, upping his career
total to 19 wins, two shy of Greg Minnaar’s
current record. The two have the most
men’s World Cup downhill wins in history.
Gwin also picked up his fifth overall World
Cup title, tying the record set by France’s
Nicolas Vouilloz. In spite of his World Cup
success, Gwin’s winless streak in the World
Championships continued. Even though
Gwin has been the most successful rider
on the World Cup circuit for the past seven
years, he had never won a medal at the
World Championships prior to this year.
That finally changed this year in Australia.
Gwin picked up the bronze medal in Cairns.
For this month’s “Trail Starts Here,”
we would like to offer a few tips for how
to have a better night-riding experience.
Night riding is a fun and enjoyable way to
see your trails in a new light, quite literally.
Adding lights to your bike will not only make
you a better rider, but will also give you
much more time to ride, especially as the
days get shorter. Follow along with these
next few tips and you’ll be night riding like
1.) Finding the right light setup
It’s important to have a quality light when
hitting the trails at night. We recommend
Night Riding 101
TRAIL STARTS HERE
How to better enjoy the trails at night
using a light anywhere from 600 lumens
and up to over 1000. Although not all
lumen outputs are measured the same,
it’s generally a safe bet purchasing a
light above 600 lumens and a light that is
designed for nighttime trail riding instead of
a high-powered commuter light. The best
lights for off-road use are ones with the
ability to “throw” light down the trail, giving riders the chance to see trail features
2) One light vs two lights
More serious night riders who want to go
fast should look to purchase an additional
light to place on their handlebars. If you
can only afford one light, we would recom-
mend placing it on your helmet so you can
look where you want the light to go. Helmet
lights can, however, work against you if
the light is too bright, as it can illuminate
the dust in the air, making it harder to see
obstacles on the trails. The ultimate go-fast
solution is a high-powered handlebar light
paired with a modest helmet light. A more
widespread beam is ideal for your bars,
while a focused spotlight-like beam is best
for your helmet.
Eye protection is important whether
you’re riding during the day or at night.
For obvious reasons, your normal riding
sunglasses will make it more challenging
to see at night. If your shades came with
a pair of clear lenses, then go ahead and
install them before you head to the trails. If
your ride plans include a sunset climb with
a moonlight descent, then opt for a pair of
transitional lenses. These shades tend to
cost a little more, but not having to swap
lenses for a ride is a real luxury.
4) Why ride at night?
Everything will look different when riding
at night. Familiar rocks can disappear due
to shadows, and steep chutes can be hard
to see till the last minute. The best part of
night riding is the fact that it keeps you on
your toes and makes old trails feel new.
Riding with lights also forces you to focus
more on the trails, which can help you
become a better rider in the daytime. And
last, night riding is a great way to see trails
in a new light and can be a great way to
end the day. We always encourage night
riding in a group, so go out and get some
friends and some lights and go try out night
riding for yourself.
Australia’s Mick Hannah secured the silver,
and France’s Loic Bruni took the gold.
Ironically, Bruni has now won two World
Championships in the elite men’s ranks,
but he has scored only one World Cup race
win, picked up last year in Cairns.
In the women’s ranks, Myriam Nicole
won the women’s World Cup title, with
Tahnee Seagrave finishing second overall.
Miranda Miller of Canada picked up
the World Championship in the women’s