How Strava Is Using GPS Map Data to Help Mountain Bikers


Last year, Strava users logged 9.6 fitness activities per second. Think about it: in the time it took you to read that sentence, 50 rides, runs, and workouts were logged by athletes around the world. If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered what Strava does with the data from those 300+ million activities, beyond the leaderboards and the kudos. Monitoring …

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Forest Service Says “No Evidence Bike Use Would Degrade Trails”

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A proposal has been put forth that mountain bikes be allowed on a historic trail in the Alleghany National Forest: Tracy Ridge, in Pennsylvania. The USFS conducted an environmental assessment about the fitness of this trail for mountain bike access and they found that “there is no evidence that bike use of the area would degrade the …

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Mountain Biking Causes Mental Illness: Find Out Now If You Are Insane


Mountainous Bicycling Dependence Disorder (MBDD) is a common but serious mental health condition in which an individual is physically and/or psychologically dependent upon riding a bicycle upon the earth’s natural surfaces. MBDD occurs exclusively in avid mountain bikers and affects all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. While it is mostly seen in adulthood, there are …

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How To Save a Busted Race with Google Earth


“We’ve just lost our venue!” “What?” I replied, hearing the edge of panic in my race director’s voice. “The owners have sold the property, where are we going to hold the event?” For the last four years I’d assisted with marketing for the Solstice Chase fat bike race in St. Croix Falls, WI, and watched …

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Over a Beer: In it for the Long Haul – Making Smart Decisions to Be a Healthier Mountain Biker

In his early 50s, Micheal Woodruff still sends bigger jumps than I'm willing to attempt.

Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of If there was one dangerous flaw I had as a mountain biker (and a downhill skier, …

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Guerrilla Gravity Launches All-New Megatrail SS, and 2017 Updates to the Megatrail

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Guerrilla Gravity (GG) has just released the 2017 updates to their popular Megatrail enduro rig, and has announced the addition of an all-new Megatrail SS model to their lineup. All-New Megatrail SS Standing for “slopestyle,” the new SS model of the Megatrail provides a shorter travel, more playful experience. According to GG, “the shorter travel …

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Feature-Length Movie: Colorado Trail Race – A Self-Powered Adventure

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Every July, a small group of bikepackers lines up for the backcountry race of a lifetime. This is a film about the Colorado Trail and the people who choose to race it non-stop and self-supported on mountain bikes. The Colorado Trail Race is a 530-mile ultra-endurance bikepacking race along the Colorado Trail, which stretches from …

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The 20 Most Tantalizing MTB Trails of 2016, According to Singletracks Readers

Monarch Crest Trail, Salida, Colorado. Photo: Scott Anderson

Featuring thousands of trails all around the world, the Singletracks trail database is your first stop for MTB trail research and trip planning. Singletracks’ millions of readers use these listings every day to plan everything from their next day trip, to their annual MTB vacation. We analyzed our 2016 data to determine exactly which trails Singletracks …

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