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.

The Best Ride in the Blue Ridge

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Mountain bikers explore the uncharted Rocky Fork—the newest and largest land acquisition in the Southeast in decades. You can tell it’s bear scat because it looks like someone dumped a bucket of blueberries on the trail,” Ben Appleby says, leaning over his handlebars to get a peak at the black pile in the middle of…

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Pedal Power

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Long road rides have given you solid muscular endurance, but your chicken legs lack the strength to muscle up those singletrack steeps. Try these two exercises used by Collin Izzard, head trainer for Carmichael Training Solutions in Asheville, N.C. POWER INTERVALS • On a forest road or long stretch of level singletrack, crank your bike…

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Bikes for Africa

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Bike Town Africa donates bikes to health workers in African villages, enabling them to cover more ground and see more patients. The program is led by Kona, a bike manufacturing company: biketownafrica.com. In the last two years, Christine George, a former Virginia Tech student, has helped raise $18,000 for the program, and recently she traveled…

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Free Wheelin’

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Community Thrives Around Free Bike Shop Sopo Bikes is a free bike shop in East Atlanta where anyone can learn how to fix their bike and donate money or volunteer hours in exchange for parts. BRO talked with Rachael Spiewak, co-founder and director of the shop about Sopo’s humble beginnings, how bikes can save the…

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Daily Grind: The East’s First Mountain Bike Stage Race Debuts in Pisgah

By Jedd Ferris | 19 Aug 09
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Stage racing is no longer just for the fast-pack cycling of the Tour de France. In recent years, multi-day mountain bike races have gained extreme popularity out West and around the world. Race director Todd Branham decided it was time to host an epic stage ride in the Blue Ridge. On October 15 to 18,…

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Cyclists’ leg shaving and cross-training revealed

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Hunter Allen is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach and former professional cyclist. He is the co-author of  Training and Racing with a Power Meter, co-developer of CyclingPeaks Software, and is the CEO and Founder of the Peaks Coaching Group, based in Bedford, Va. Mountain bikers train on the road a lot. Do road cyclists…

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By Jedd Ferris | 20 Jul 09
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Monthly dollar amount you can collect from Uncle Sam for being a bike commuter under the Bicycle Commuter Act. The tax credit isn’t much, but it can offset annual repairs. Hopefully would-be bikers will see this as a minor incentive to purchase a new rig, as bike sales plummeted 30 percent in the first part…

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Fresh Dirt

By BRO Admin | 27 Apr 09
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A lot is happening in the trail building world. From Georgia to Virginia, trail crews are planning new paths through our forests. Here’s a quick glance at this trail renaissance. Spearhead Trails, Southwest Virginia An entire system of multi-use trails is in the works for several counties in Southwest Virginia in an attempt to attract…

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Road Rage

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Can cyclists overcome the obstacles of pedaling to work? Road rage can strike anywhere—even Portland, Oregon, continuously rated the most bike-friendly city in America. Last summer, Portland bicycle commuter Jason Rehnberg chided a reckless driver passing him. Suddenly he found himself splayed across the hood of a moving Ford Escort, holding on for dear life.…

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Bike Polo, Anyone?

By Graham Averill | 01 Dec 08
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Bikes and wooden mallets may sound like odd bedfellows, but the sport of bike polo is gaining popularity across the U.S. and beyond. There’s even an international federation for bike polo (Pakistan is a member) that’s pushing to get the hybrid sport into the 2012 Olympics—surprising, since most Americans have never even heard of the…

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Mud, Sweat, and Gears: Cyclocross Gains Traction

By Graham Averill | 01 Dec 08
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Traditionally, cyclocross is something that only the most dedicated cyclists did to entertain themselves during the cold winter months. This bizarre niche sport, which combines elements of road biking, mountain biking, and steeplechase, has enjoyed a loyal following for decades in Western Europe, while remaining a fringe sport here in the U.S. But over the…

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2008 Best of the Outdoors : Biking

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE Shenandoah Mountain 100 One of the first 100-mile endurance mountain bike races, the Shenandoah Mountain 100 attracts the best pros and hardiest amateurs in mountain biking. The course is classic Harrisonburg singletrack and fire roads. “Many bikers just want to hang out, drink beer, and ride slow—which is great, but the race…

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Do mountain bikers damage trails more than other groups?

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 08
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ONLINE RESULTS: 68% NO | 32% YES The speed and weight of mountain bikes on the trail make them far more damaging than hikers’ bootsteps—especially on the Southeast’s wet, muddy trails. <em> —Gene Nicholson, Atlanta,Ga.</em> ———- Mountain bikers do more damage to trails than other forms of trail users, primarily because of their sheer numbers…

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Olympic Gory: BMX Biking at the 2008 Olympic Games

By Graham Averill | 01 Aug 08
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Watch the 2008 Olympic Games this month and you’ll notice a new addition to the lineup: BMX racing has officially joined the Olympic roster. The high-octane sport replaced two track-cycling events in an attempt by the IOC to attract a younger TV audience. Snowboarding was added to the Winter Games in 1998 for similar reasons.…

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Easy Rider

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Apr 08
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Three Weekend Century Rides Offer the Best in Blue Ridge Backcountry Adventure

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