spectator turnout was growing larger and larger every year.
This quaint, quiet, little snow town quickly figured out a way
to get visitors to return during the summer months after the
In 1989, at the request of some coworkers, I entered my
first cross-country bike race, which also happened to be the
infamous Kamikaze downhill race. My ride for the event was
a fully rigid Nishiki Alien. Suspension for mountain bikes was
in its infancy stage during this time, so there was nothing on
the bike to help absorb the rough terrain. The following year
I raced that same bike, but it was now equipped with a shiny
new Rock Rox suspension fork. What a huge difference this
made for tackling the obstacles the Kamikaze had to offer.
A NEW TYPE OF ASSIST
Fast-forward 27 years later and now my truck is loaded
up with a trio of e-bikes to see how they would hold up to
the rugged Sierras. What better way to take the edge off
climbing the endless hills of Mammoth than with an e-bike?
At an elevation of 7,880 feet, many visitors struggle with the
thin air of the Mammoth area. This quickly becomes apparent
simply walking up a small flight of stairs. After a few days of
acclimation, the symptoms usually subside if your visit is long
Rolling into town late at night searching for our place to
stay, we couldn’t help but notice the endless stars that blan-
The Devils Postpile is well worth
the hike while visiting Mammoth.
John Everroad enjoying some
trail time in the woods.
Some e-bikes getting juiced
up at the juice bar.