Video: Bell Built Contestant: Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail, Knoxville, TN

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The Urban Wilderness is… well… wilderness adjacent to “urbanness.” Knoxville, TN, to be exact. Aside from being a very cheesy opening statement, it is the proximity of the 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness just minutes from a town of over 180,000 people that makes this project so unique. Granted there are other projects showcasing trail systems in-town, …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Cedar Creek DH Trail, Ruidoso, NM

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That’s right! New Mexico has two promising candidates for the 2015 Bell Built Grant, each very different and deserving in their own right. In south-central New Mexico, the Village of Ruidoso sits adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest in the shadows of the Sierra Blanca mountain range about 3 hours south of Albuquerque. Like many …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Red Rock Park MTB, Gallup, NM

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The second New Mexican contestant in this year’s Bell Built Grant program is situated halfway between Albuquerque, NM and Flagstaff, AZ, literally in the heart of Indian country, in Gallup, NM. Nearby trails are within minutes of town and include: High Desert Trail, home of the Dawn ’til Dusk race, and Zuni Mountain trails, host to 24 Hours in …

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Competitive Cyclist’s Strava Campaign Underestimated Cyclist Zeal

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You may recall that just twelve days ago we reported that Competitive Cyclist and Strava had teamed up to reward cyclists with store credit for documented hours on the bike. If you missed it, that article is here, but for the moment the program is on hold for what sounds like one simple reason: too …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Spirit Mountain Bike Park, Duluth, MN

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Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) has applied twice for the Bell Built Grant, but until this year has never made it beyond the initial selection round. Nevertheless, the Duluth-based mountain bike group has still managed to put down some of the best gravity-driven flow trail in the Upper Midwest over the last few years. …

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Advocacy Alert: Petition for Access to Wilderness Study Areas

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In 2009, Wilderness advocates brought a suit before federal court to force the United States Forest Service (USFS) to change how they were managing the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn (HPBH) Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The basis of the litigation was that the USFS wasn’t doing enough to preserve the “wilderness character” of the area. Judge …

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News: 100% Releases Speedcraft Glasses

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For those that follow motocross and downhill racing, 100% is probably a familiar brand. They make a variety of gloves and goggles in an array of colors ranging from stealthy to flashy. Their latest offering is the Speedcraft series: high performance glasses aimed at trail riding. The large lens looks to provide plenty of coverage and according …

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News: SRAM Goes 2×11 (…and 1×11 and 2×10) at an Affordable Price with GX Groupset

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SRAM has just announced their brand-new drivetrain groupset, dubbed “GX.” GX is available in 3 different configurations: 2×11 (previously only available in Shimano XTR), 1×11, and 2×10, depending on your preference. However, interestingly enough, SRAM isn’t rolling out this new drivetrain at the top-end of their lineup as is normal with… well, pretty much every …

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