Ride 2 Recovery Blue Diamond Mountain Bike Challenge event underway

The first-ever Ride-2-Recovery Blue Diamond Mountain Bike Challenge is underway this week in Blue Diamond, a sun-drenched hamlet located in Red Rock National Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas that is also a launch pad for countless miles of desert singletrack.

The three day charitable event for wounded veterans started yesterday and will run until Feb 1.

The event is the first mountain biking event for the Ride 2 Recovery program, a national non-profit effort that uses cycling races to encourage and challenge injured soliders.

World’s strongest skateboard infused with carbon fiber, made in the U.S.A.

Could this be the last board you ever buy? Probably not, but it’s certainly the only one you’ll own that can withstand an SUV backing over it.

Colonial Brand Skateboards, located in Las Vegas, embeds its decks with carbon fiber to create what they believe is the world’s strongest skateboard, making it much more able to withstand being kick-flipped into traffic, folded on a halfpipe lip and slammed in frustration against a steel stair railing.

What’s also cool is that the board’s designers are proud of their product’s home-grown heritage, as they eschew the “Made in China” label so prevalent in today’s skate industry. Said co-founder Ross Graham in this Las Vegas Sun article,¬†“They just don’t make them like they used to … There are only five skateboard brands that still manufacture in the United States.”

The decks will be on sale this spring and so far, prices look to be right in line with the traditional, all-wood market. The company’s website will be launched soon.