Best Belted Mountain Bike: Paragon Machine Works, 29er with Pinion gearbox: Judges loved the integration of several fantastic technologies on this singletrack ripper. The bike features a Pinion gearbox with 18 gears and more than a 600 percent range for burly and low-maintenance shifting. The guys at Paragon also devised a clever quick-release tensioning system that allows for rapid removal and re-installation of the rear wheel into the dropouts with a mechanism they call the Toggle Drop.
BC Bike Race, when: June 29–July 6 The BC Bike Race is a seven-day mountain bike stage race from Victoria to Whistler that includes more than 500 international participants each year. The race is beloved by participants and has become a cultural phenomenon in the cycling world. It provides a tour of BC´s West Coast trails, towns, and lifestyle. The race managers often invite celebrity guests who ride on certain stages.