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Val Vanderpool

Val is BRAIN’s newest staff writer. She comes to the magazine with a varied background including stints as a bike shop manager, bicycle tour guide, and race and event director. She also worked as a freelance writer in the outdoor and travel industries. Most recently, she taught women’s clinics and drove a demo van, working with Giant retailers all over the west. An Idaho native who has lived all over the northwest, Val is excited about her recent relocation to sunny southern California, where she can mountain bike, trail run, and garden year round. She lives in Silverado canyon with her boyfriend Brian and their two dogs. 

All articles by Val Vanderpool

September 2, 2014

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — ­­Ridley Bikes has partnered with Belgium's LRM and Taiwan­-based Ideal Bicycle Corporation, one of the country's largest bicycle man

Posted in International
August 28, 2014
Kenda's Juggernaut Pro fat bike tire.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — At a press conference hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), several leading Taiwanese companies came together to launch new products on the second day of the Eurobike show.

Posted in International
August 28, 2014
The new S5 has a Cevelo-branded aero drop bar.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — After winning awards for the S5 VWD aero road bike, engineers at Cervélo didn't sit back and bask in the glory for long. "We took it as a challenge," said Heather Henderson, senior product manager at Cervélo. "We knew we could make it faster."

Posted in Product/Tech
August 27, 2014
The new SB6c.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) —Scarcely one month after launching the SB5c trail bike and just one week after it introduced a new cross-country race model, Yeti rolled out a third new bike on the opening day of Eurobike.

Posted in Product/Tech
August 27, 2014

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Before the Eurobike show floor opened, journalists gathered around the coffee bar in BMC's sleek and modern booth for a critical cup to fuel the day ahead.

Posted in Product/Tech
August 26, 2014

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Occasional rain showers and cool temperatures didn't stop  showgoers from getting on the trail for Eurobike's Demo Day on Tuesday. For the first time, Demo Day was held on show grounds, adjacent to the Messe where the Eurobike expo takes place in Friedrichshafen.  

Posted in International
July 14, 2014

PITLOCHRY, Scotland (BRAIN) — Under uncharacteristically clear blue skies, Giant unveiled its all new range of Defy road bikes to editors who attended the 2015 on-road media event set in the Scotland Highlands last week.

Posted in Product/Tech
June 20, 2014
Enve led a ride on the Wasatch Crest trail.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Utah's characteristic summer bluebird skies returned on Thursday, and almost the only evidence of the snow that fell earlier in the week was the hero dirt it left behind.

Posted in Product/Tech
June 19, 2014
The demo area was open for business Wednesday.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — It wasn't until late morning on day two of Summer PressCamp that the snow started melting at Deer Valley Resort, but by midafternoon Wednesday, the ski runs were green again and the sun had brought temperatures out of the high 30s.

Posted in North America
June 18, 2014

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — With cold, wet and snowy weather canceling afternoon demo rides, the editors attending Summer PressCamp could only admire but not test the plethora of products unveiled as the event kicked off this week at Deer Valley Resort.

Posted in North America

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