A Day in the Swamp

As I rip around the berm, leaning in to my left, I see it, the epitome of my deepest fears.  Did it see me?  I know I saw it.  I shout out to Crafty behind me, “Rattlesnake!!”  His brakes squeal.  Profanities litter the air.  I hear his body slam into the dusty earth, followed by …

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Five2Ride: 5 of the Best MTB Trails in Minnesota

In billing itself as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota is actually selling itself short. It turns out this very watery north country has surveyed well over 11,000 lakes of 10 acres or more, 21,000+ if we drop the threshhold to 2.5 acres. For years, riders have also sold the state short in singletrack appreciation, …

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The Uber of Mountain Biking Is Taking Off: Sacred Rides’ Getaways Program Now Out of Beta

In June of 2016 I chatted with Mike Brcic from Sacred Rides about their upcoming guide sharing product offering, which has now been released to the general public. To review, the idea was to apply a “ride share” model to the guided mountain bike tour industry. Sacred Rides has been extremely successful with their longer duration, …

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Drop Your Ego, Carry Your Bike: Character Building in the La Sals

Once upon a time, there was a group of mountain bike riders who loved to beat themselves (and their bikes) up with the most challenging versions of rides possible. I joined them for a ride in Moab last year. This is the story about a ride in Moab that you probably haven’t heard of. A …

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Five2Ride: 5 of the Best Mountain Bike Trails in Michigan

As the largest state east of the Mississippi River, Michigan is a massive outdoor recreation destination that’s just begging to be explored by mountain bike. Despite boasting more than 3,000 miles of shoreline–second only to Alaska in the United States–Michigan also lays claim to all types of terrain and is perfect for singletrack exploration. The state’s …

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Five2Ride: 5 of the Best MTB Trails in Montana

Montana has a bit of an identity crisis. Most people know it by its unofficial nickname, “Big Sky Country.” However, its official nickname is “The Treasure State.” While different, these competing nicknames are actually complimentary, and Montana beautifully reflects both nicknames.  Montana is indeed big. Even better, our fourth largest state has our seventh smallest …

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Everything You Need to Know About Mountain Biking Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest Mountain Biking

Central Arizona lives and breathes the Wild West. Sandwiched between three other National Forests beats a sandy jewel, nourished with vessels of trail coursing through the saguaro-laden Sonoran desert.  Dirt veins dotted with scrub oak and manzanita wind up and around the granite peaks and pine-covered mountains that amplify the revered appeal of the region. …

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