Finding the Spirit of Mountain Biking in the Upper Midwest


With all the news of recent or pending losses of access to blue ribbon trails, it’s great to learn of all the grassroots efforts to provide people quality riding opportunities, especially in less populated areas where small but dedicated bands of locals work tirelessly to secure access and subsequently build and maintain quality trails.  These …

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Five2Ride: Mountain Bike Trails in Spain


Spain is an incredibly mountainous country, with ranges such as the Pyrenees, the Cordillera Cantabrica, Sistema Iberico, Sistema Central, and others dominating the landscape. The highest point in mainland Spain–and also the entire Iberian Peninsula–is Mulhacen, with an elevation of 3,478m (11,410ft). (Source) These endless mountain ranges combined with trails built over the course of …

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Five2Ride: Mountain Bike Trails in Sweden


This spring I had the opportunity of a lifetime: I got to spend a full week riding in Sweden. I had an absolutely fantastic time shredding the trails there, and would love to go back! With crystal-clear lakes, deep forests, gnarled slickrock balds, mud a-plenty, beautiful ocean coastlines, and moose and blueberries seemingly around every corner, …

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Five2Ride: Mountain Bike Trails in Switzerland


While the Alps run for 750 miles and span eight different countries, whenever I dream of going to the Alps to ride or ski, I immediately think of Switzerland. (Source) The Swiss Alps are what mountain bike dreams are made of, with 48 peaks above 4,000 meters (13,000ft) and the tallest peak, the Monte Rosa, …

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Five2Ride: Mountain Bike Trails in Victoria, Australia


Victoria is geographically the smallest state on the Austrlian mainland, yet it’s an extremely diverse location! With a climate that ranges from wet, temperate forests to semi-arid plains to snowy alpine mountains (topping out at 6,516 feet on Mount Bogong), you can access an incredible variety of mountain bike trails and ecosystems in a short …

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48 Hours and Your Mom’s Camera: A Mt. Bachelor Review


It started like the opening scene to a mountain bike movie: in the predawn hours, sleepy cyclists roll out of bed to screeching alarms and pre-packed bags, signaling the anticipation of an epic ride. The sun races to greet them at the horizon line by the time they hit Interstate 5. It’s rare that any trip …

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Del Norte, Colorado: Mountain Bike Destination on the Rise


Getting to experience a mountain bike destination during the early stages of its development is a rare treat. Such an experience is even more rare in the state of Colorado, a mountain bike mecca in every sense of the word. With world-class destinations around every corner, including household names like Crested Butte, Fruita, Breckenridge, Durango, …

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