Biking in the Blue Ridge

Find mountain biking and road cycling news, events, and stories from around the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. From gear reviews and trip reports to new trail routes and interviews with the pros, Blue Ridge Outdoors is your best source for adventures on two wheels.

Outdoor Updates: New indoor bike park and climbing gym opens in Mills River, NC

By Kim Dinan | 17 Jan 20
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New indoor bike park and climbing gym opens in Mills River, NC A new 40,000-square-foot indoor bike park and rock climbing gym called the Riveter will hold a free grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located just down the road from Sierra Nevada in Mills River, the facility is…

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Bike park in Buncombe County, NC to close due to landfill expansion

By Kim Dinan | 16 Jan 20
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The Alexander Mountain Bike Park in Alexander, NC will permanently close to the public on Friday, Jan. 31 and will be developed as an expansion of dirt borrow space for the Buncombe County Landfill. The park’s multi-user trail system has been around for 20 years and was managed by Recreation Services, but the land has…

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Outdoor Updates: 75 acres at “Tri-Corner” area preserved

By Kim Dinan | 15 Jan 20
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North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation begin to plan 100-mile Wilderness Gateway State Trail Trail planners at the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation are at work on a 100-mile hiking trail called the Wilderness Gateway State Trail that will connect Chimney Rock State Park with South Mountains State Park. There will also be…

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A Personal Victory: Conquering King of the James

By Shannon McGowan | 04 Dec 19
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Photo by: Jesse Peters The King of the James has become a yearly tradition for my friends and I. It’s an Adventure Triathlon that celebrates the unique access we have to the outdoors living in a city as big as Richmond, Va. Racers mountain bike around 9.5 miles of single-track trail, run 4 miles of…

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Forty-Fifth Annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion: Registration Now Open!

By BRO Admin | 20 Nov 19
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The Freewheelers Cycling Association of Spartanburg is pleased to announce the 2020 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion is set for Monday, May 18, 2020. This one-day century ride, known as the Southeast’s Premier Cycling Experience, attracts cyclists from around the world each year, with a climb of more than 10,000 vertical feet over the…

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Virginia’s Western Highlands Publishes Regional Trail Guide

By BRO Admin | 31 Oct 19
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The Virginia’s Western Highlands Travel Council made up of tourism offices from Craig, Alleghany, Bath, and Highland counties has published a guide to hiking, biking, and riding trails. The 48-page guide includes descriptions and maps of trails in all four counties, including some that span multiple counties. The booklet uses icons to indicate which trails…

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Outdoor Updates: Study finds cyclists are emotionally attached to their bikes

By Kim Dinan | 10 Oct 19
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Study finds cyclists are emotionally attached to their bikes Here’s something that avid cyclists won’t find surprising: a new study has found that people form strong emotional bonds to their bicycles. A researcher from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences interviewed cyclists to get a better understanding of how people’s…

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Women’s Wednesday: Rapha Women’s 100

By Shannon McGowan | 09 Oct 19
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Photos and Video by Shannon McGowan “What are you doing this weekend? Want to come ride 62.1 miles on the Cap Trail with me and a bunch of other rad ladies?” These were the surprisingly un-sarcastic words of my dear friend Emma Troy, a bike mechanic at Cary Town Bikes who finds any excuse to…

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Asheville’s Wheel of Fortune

By Michael Welch | 26 Sep 19
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Trey Thomas rides Bennett Gap in Pisgah National / photo by Joe Hoeper  Industry Nine’s long and winding path to success   When Clint Spiegel graduated college and returned to Asheville to work in his family’s Turnamics, Inc. machine shop, the facility was ramping up production for mountain bike suspension company RockShox. In a few…

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Back in the Saddle

By Ellen Kanzinger | 19 Sep 19
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Ellen Kanzinger rides her bike around the neighborhood. Photo by Rachel Stone A Newbie Bike Commuter Faces Her Fears It was a few days before my fifteenth birthday. I remember waking up and running downstairs, eager to soak up every minute of the summer day.  I was confused to find my grandpa in our living…

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SHOWDOWN AT SNOWSHOE: UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP FINALS

By Jess Daddio | 12 Sep 19
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The biggest event in mountain biking returned to American soil this weekend at Snowshoe Resort.  Mother Nature was uncharacteristically cooperative this weekend at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Cup finals at Snowshoe Mountain. The skies were cloudy but never stormy. The temperature was warm but breezy. And the trails were dry (dare…

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Outdoor Updates: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Snowshoe + Gauley Season is Here

By BRO Admin | 12 Sep 19
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Photo by Kurtis Schachner at Snowshoe Mountain Resort UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals at Snowshoe Snowshoe Mountain’s bike park will reopen tomorrow, 9/13 after hosting the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals on Sept. 6-8, where athletes from around the world competed for the gold. This year marks the first time the event…

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Best in Bike Gear

By Ian Dzilenski | 10 Sep 19
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Photo by Jess Daddio Andy Beckman’s must-haves for mountain biking “I grew up riding bikes up and down the street as every kid does,” racer Andy Beckman said. “It all progressed from building little ramps in the driveway and just having fun with friends.”  The enjoyment of riding continued through childhood and far beyond. In…

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Gravel Grinder: For a backpacker, there may not be a better way to see North Carolina than on a bike.

By Ryan Wichelns | 06 Sep 19
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“I hope we don’t kill the backpacker.”  Funny joke. The folks I was having dinner with—a handful of cycling gurus from bike gear manufacturer Blackburn Design—clearly knew my schtick, and it was just starting to sink in, to them and me, that this would be something different.  Personally, I hadn’t really put much thought into…

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Bikepacking the Blue Ridge

By Malee Ott | 04 Sep 19
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Photo by Jess Daddio The Big South Fork’s Untapped Bikepacking Potential  Driving along the western edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, there’s no doubt we’re in horse country. Shards of morning sunlight illuminate wildflower-freckled pastures, and the roadside is dotted with equine-friendly accommodations. There’s even a diner called The Hitching…

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