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Life after the 2015 Red Bull Rampage

I have remained fairly incognito regarding my recent surgery, but it was a pretty serious operation. My career has lasted 20 years since my first race without the need to repair anything from the wrists up. My shoulder has been nagging since a crash just before the 2015 Red Bull Rampage, where I tore my SC Joint, which is where the collarbone attaches to the sternum. BikeIt was dislocating every time I pulled up on the bars and kiiiiilling me, but I was able to compete in Utah for the 10th anniversary of the event.

Since then, I took some time off and the SC Joint eventually started to feel better, but compensating for the SC Joint, mixed with other prior complications (bone spurs and years of crashing), the actual shoulder joint developed some nasty tears in the labrum and bicep tendon.

With Crankworx, New Zealand coming in just a few months, I reluctantly had surgery in mid-January. When I woke up all I heard was the doctor telling me how annihilated it was in there. It's like taking your car in because it's making a funny noise and they fix a number of things. I was very very stoked on my decision to have them overhaul my Sam Bradford...

When you live your life a certain way for so long it is hard to feel normal when you aren't on your bike or doing other activities that you love so much. I just started riding again, very minimal, as I'm still hurting and far from 100%. A normal patient with a normal job would be told to take 6 months off from the same procedure. I am trying to make Crankworx, New Zealand here in just a few weeks, which will be less than 2 months post-op.

FigBarsDespite the weak-wing being sore from riding this week, I am going to try to enjoy some groomers up at Squaw, shoot some photos for my new tire sponsor, Michelin, and then ride the Woodward Tahoe foam pit. Loaded up the bikes, skis, boards, dog and my favorite Nature's Bakery Fig Bars, it's going to be an awesome day!

I love Northern Nevada, and Lake Tahoe...

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Savor the Flavor

National Nutrition Month is officially underway and I love the slogan this year! The slogan is, “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”

What does “savor the flavor” mean to you? To me it means that no matter what I am consuming I take time to enjoy it. It doesn’t mean that every bite of food eaten is uber healthy or that I must jump on the next diet bandwagon. Any food can fit and be savored.

The beauty of taking time to enjoy a meal or snack is that it...


Tips for the Traveling Cyclist

Traveling for cycling events can be tricky. There are so many additional items that need to be prepped and packed beyond the typical fresh clothes and toothbrush of regular travel. When that cycling travel is done via air, it can be even trickier. Here are some of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years to help you and your bike fly as smoothly as possible.

Bike tools:

All tools need to go in your bike box. Even more, they need to go in an easily sealable and containable bag...


Just Keep Them Active

I remember as a kid I was always playing sports and trying new things. Even though from age 8 to 12 I was dedicated to Taekwondo Karate I was still playing basketball, soccer and baseball and riding my bike and skateboarding all of which I believed help me with my coordination for excelling at Karate and allowed me to get my black belt and win tournaments. I didn't know it then but I was learning a valuable lesson of having to be somewhere at a certain time and...


The Path to the Podium

It's February and I'm back home in Åre, Sweden for the first time in almost a month. I've been travelling from Sweden, down to the Alps, Pyrenees and back! During that time I've competed in the first two stops of the Freeride World Tour. Coming off a rough season in 2015 the start of this winter was crucial for me. My goal for the season is to walk away with the overall title.

Before the start of the first stop in Andorra I was struggling with pain in my knees. To the point where I actually almost contemplated asking for...


My 2016 Preview

Mountain bike racing is a gateway to some of the best adventures the world has to offer. Especially at the professional level, the pursuit of UCI points and purse money can quite literally take you all around the world; to places you would probably never even consider visiting if there wasn't a race there. For 2016, this is more true than ever for me and my race schedule. I am thrilled to be spending another season with Nature's Bakery KTM and look forward to sharing my life's...


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