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October 25, 2018

Kate Courtney’s Path to World Cup Victory

Kate Courtney says she just has a particularly high level of grit. That may be true, but it takes more than grit to top the podium. She won the women’s UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Switzerland this fall. She ran away with the race in the last lap, only the fourth American woman to […]

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October 22, 2018

Not Too Dry, Not Too Muddy, the Trails Are Just Right

In the middle of summer in the high desert of Nevada and on the alpine slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada, the trails were so dusty I was breathing in dirt. Some sections of the trail had deteriorated so badly it felt like I was riding my bike through sand on a beach. One day, I […]

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October 18, 2018

Aspen’s 30-Year-Old Cycling Club is a Community Hub

  For many cyclists in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, Wednesday night is race night. That’s when riders of all levels—from professionals like Tour de France overall contender Tejay van Garderen to 82-year-old Jacques “Frenchie” Houot or mother-of-three Rachel Beck—take to the dirt trails and paved roads near Aspen to put their skills and endurance to […]

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October 17, 2018

10 Top Mountain Bike Rides Near Moab

Two mountain bikers enjoy the trails of Moab

Offering views of snowcapped peaks and sun-burnt canyons on flowing technical singletrack that weaves through otherworldly rock formations, Moab is a mountain biking paradise. The area is an excellent option for nearly year-round riding, with prime weather and trail conditions in the spring and fall. Even in the heat of the summer, riders can retreat […]

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September 28, 2018

How One Designer Makes Mountain Bike Clothing for Women That Actually Fits

When I zipped up my mountain bike jersey earlier this year, I felt an all-too-familiar sense of disappointment. It was tight in the shoulders and too short. When I leaned over, parts of my skin on my lower back were exposed. When I raised my hands over my head, my midriff showed. The size was […]

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September 28, 2018

How to Peep the Fall Foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Tahquamenon River with fall color in Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is truly a wild place, where wolves, moose and elk roam free in dense forests of aspen, maple and pine. Known by locals as the U.P., the region is bordered by three Great Lakes, and is perhaps best known for its harsh winters. In the fall, however, the forests of the Upper […]

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September 28, 2018

How to Peep the Fall Foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Tahquamenon River with fall color in Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is truly a wild place, where wolves, moose and elk roam free in dense forests of aspen, maple and pine. Known by locals as the U.P., the region is bordered by three Great Lakes, and is perhaps best known for its harsh winters. In the fall, however, the forests of the Upper […]

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September 26, 2018

Learning How to Mountain Bike As a 30-Something, An Illustrated Story

After a long climb, I watched my friends disappear, one by one, down the trail. My turn. I gripped the handlebar, stood up on my pedals and accelerated. My bike careened forward, awkwardly wobbling over rocks and roots. A steep rollover sent my fingers slamming against the breaks and my body nearly over the handlebars. […]

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September 19, 2018

Here’s How the Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. Earned Their Rank

A cyclist biking alongside a highway

Whether I’m running to the local co-op market to buy groceries, checking out a book from the library or meeting up with friends at the wine bar, chances are I’m going to ride my bike. That’s because I am fortunate to live in a centrally located neighborhood within a network of bike trails and bike-friendly […]

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