2019 Best of Mountain Biking
Making Dirt Magic by Sakeus Bankson play icon
Once one of the richest places in California, by the mid-1990s Downieville had gone from gold-boom glory to near ghost town—until a few local mountain bikers started a race that transformed it into a recreation mecca. Now Downieville’s newest dirt miners are using trails to revitalize the place they call home…and it all started with a van, a chainsaw and a few maxed-out credit cards. Read the Story
Life of Pie by Diane French play icon
In 2002, mountain bikers and entrepreneurs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to Fruita, Colorado, in search of cheap rent, world-class single track and free time to ride. Over 15 years later, the two unconventional women have helped reshape one of the state’s most conservative towns, uniting the community through advocacy, inclusivity and damn good pizza. Read the Story
What Good Neighbors Do by Sakeus Bankson
In the 1980s, a small group of mountain bikers began building and maintaining a network of trails on a chunk of private logging land outside of Bellingham, Washington. When illicit activities threatened access, they banded together with the nearby residents to protect those trails—and began a multi-decade charge that’s reshaped the city’s culture, birthed a new industry and helped bring about the preservation of a watershed. Read the Story
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