The Pyrenees Are Massively Underrated as an MTB Destination… And IMO, Better than the Alps

Riding the Maxi Avalanche trail in the Ainsa region.

Confession time: when I was en-route to Europe for a three-week tour of as many of the best mountain bike trails as I could fit in, I considered my first week-long stop in the Pyrenees mountain range, which forms the border between France and Spain (with Andorra sandwiched in between) a preview, an appetizer to the main …

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100 Miles in the Sonoran Desert: Oracle to Picketpost on the Arizona Trail

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The 800 mile-long Arizona Trail spans the state, from Mexico north to Utah. It was conceived in the 1970s, by Dale Shewalter who, in 1985, walked it to check out the possibilities. Over the next 30 years, his concept became a reality and has gained National Scenic Trail status. The many people and entities who worked …

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The Birth of AZT Expeditions: Self-Guided Riding on the Arizona Trail

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“Remember, EVERYTHING here HURTS!” said Matt McFee, founder and director of AZT Expeditions, as our group prepared to roll out. The nine riders were poised to set out on the first of four days riding in the Sonoran Desert on a 100-mile segment of the Arizona Trail. Matt was actually riding as a participant, with …

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The Hood Report: Seeking Solitude on Cedar Creek and 15-Mile

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With the exception of a few connector trails (two of which are undergoing extension and re-route), this report on the Cedar Creek/15-Mile loop will conclude our coverage of the 44 Trails–geographically the most expansive network in the Mount Hood region. This collection of trails to the east of Mount Hood are special to the area, …

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