To draw an analogy from physics and math (of which I am a layman, so bear with me), the abstract “dimension” of a bike race could be defined as the minimum number of surface and terrain types needed to make a race course. For example, a mountain bike race, covering cobbled streets, gravel roads, and singletrack, has more dimensions than a road bike time trial on a paved road. Alternatively, a course that involving downhill sections would have fewer dimensions than a course that demands a combination of climbing, false flats, and descending. Mountain bike racing is typically very multi-dimensional, which is one of the reasons it is so interesting. So at the end of May when I traveled with the Kona Team to Germany and Austria to compete in two stage races (my first mountain bike stage races ever), the Alpentour Trophy and Trans-Germany Four Peaks, I was looking forward to getting an epic fix of 8 days of mountain bike racing through the Alps. What we got was nothing short of epic and extreme, but the racing was all about one thing. Climbing. Climbing. Climbing. Bad weather, fugitive livestock, and other factors aside, we had entered the first dimension. More Here