Cycle

July 12, 2018

One Woman’s Story on Becoming an Adaptive Athlete

It wasn’t Lindsey Runkel’s first fall. There had been the fractured hand riding singletrack around Arizona. Then there was the broken collarbone at Phoenix’s South Mountain and the excruciating 5-mile hike out, bike in tow. But this one felt different. More specifically, it felt like—nothing. After tumbling through the landing of a 15-foot drop at […]

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July 6, 2018

Vermont Plans the East Coast’s First Purpose-Built, Hut-Supported Mountain Bike Route

Just outside Matt Baatz’s house in Pittsfield, Vermont, a 25-mile network of mountain bike trails climbs about 1,000 vertical feet. Baatz is the trail manager for Green Mountain Trails (GMT), a community group that built the mix of flowy singletrack and narrow, rugged routes. And he rides them daily—unless he drives either way along Vermont's […]

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June 29, 2018

Putting the Colorado Trail on the Map

Jerry Brown was a 39-year-old Coloradan living in Texas when he read a newspaper article in 1989 about a multi-use trail that traversed 486 miles across his home state, from Denver to Durango. The Colorado Trail (CT) had just been dedicated with ceremonies at its northern and southern terminuses and immediately following its opening, 13 […]

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June 25, 2018

The Humble Beginnings of Mountain Bike Racing

I wasn’t prepared for the shaved legs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above the luxuries of smooth skin and streamlined wound care. It’s just the sea of well-defined calf muscles and correlating vasculature taunted me as we waited for the starting gun. The air was thick with humorless ambition, offset by my own self-deprecation […]

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June 21, 2018

Going Somewhere? Put These 5 Mountain Bike Trails On Your List

When you show up to a new place with your mountain bike in tow, it can be hard to figure out where to start pedaling. Between Strava and the MTB Project, Instagram and Facebook, and all the bike parks out there, the options are plentiful and, when you want to do it all, making a […]

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June 15, 2018

Trailheads: Mountain Biking

How do you begin mountain biking without breaking your face? Our two newbies are back for more first-time fun, this time on mountain bikes. You have to see this. Learn more mountain biking skills! Mountain Biking for Beginners Basic Mountain Biking Tec...
June 14, 2018

Revival in the Lost Sierra

Portola, California, is a former railroad town in a northeastern pocket of the state called the Lost Sierra. A 50-minute drive north of Reno, this area is rich with natural beauty: Beckwourth Peak lies just south of town, the Middle Fork Feather River—a national wild and scenic river—flows alongside the town flanked by a bike […]

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May 30, 2018

How Van Life Gives This National Champion an Edge Over the Competition

The USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships go down every year on a rugged course just shy of 50 miles that loops through rural Arkansas. Last year, everything came together perfectly for Payson McElveen, a 25-year-old racer, to take the win in a sprint across the finish line, beating his friend and competitor, Howard […]

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May 18, 2018

New Backcountry Trail Opens in Hickory Nut Gorge

Weed Patch Mountain Trail

Hickory Nut Gorge, which sits 45 minutes east of downtown Asheville, North Carolina is a 14-mile-long canyon known for its granite outcroppings and the placid waters of Lake Lure. A new multiuse trail near Hickory Nut Gorge will give hikers, climbers and mountain bikers access to some of the region's most dramatic backcountry. Weed Patch […]

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