June 2010

Will Lance Armstrong reach the podium in next month’s Tour de France?

By BRO Admin | 14 Jun 10
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Vote and tell us what you think and you’ve got a shot at winning a Gary Fisher Disc Bike from Subaru!

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Sean Ward

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 10
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Diabetic Ironman Triathlete Sean Ward Pushes His (Blood Sugar) Limits Eight years ago, while training for his first Ironman, triathlete Sean Ward was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Now, in addition to swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112, and running a marathon, the D.C.-based Ward faces even more challenges as a diabetic on the race course.…

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Down on the Bayou

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 10
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Think you know New Orleans music? Think again. While the Neville Brothers and Dr. John are true legends of the Crescent City Sound, listen up as one of the Big Easy’s own dishes on five bands that will make you feel a good kind of dirty. Most of these bands don’t travel much, so consider…

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Top Ten Flatwater Paddling Paradises

By Graham Averill | 27 May 10
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Don’t miss out on these flat water paddling Meccas this summer.

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Smith Mountain Lake, Va.

By Jedd Ferris | 27 May 10
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On the southern shore of Smith Mountain Lake, intertwined by idyllic rivers, and country roads is Franklin County, Va. The relatively secluded area boasts active paddling and cycling scenes among the bounty of Blue Ridge beauty. “We’re known here for the hook and bullet culture,” says Dave Wiseman of the Franklin County Freewheelers. “But we…

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Profile: Sam Quinn

By Dave Stallard | 27 May 10
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Chat with Sam Quinn and you’ll find that he is quite witty, armed with a self-deprecating humor that is both charming and engaging. Strap a guitar on him, though, and Quinn metamorphoses, oozing melancholy with every minor chord and quavering lyric. Quinn rose to the forefront of the indie folk scene as a member of…

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Mountains to Sea Trail Guide

By Graham Averill | 27 May 10
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North Carolina’s 962-mile footpath gets a surprise visit from the Obamas, and thru-hiker Scott Ward shares his tales from the Mountains to Sea trail.

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Kayak High School

By Graham Averill | 27 May 10
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School’s in session on raging whitewater. The New River Academy develops scholar-paddlers through world-class immersion. It’s 7:30 a.m. on the western coast of Chile, and ten American high school kids are doing pushups and situps on a grassy lawn near the banks of the Rio Achibueno. Kayaks are spread out on the grass beside the…

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Running For Their Lives

By Will Harlan | 27 May 10
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A top ultramarathoner ventures deep into Mexico’s Copper Canyons to learn the secrets of the indigenous Tarahumara—the world’s greatest runners. I strapped on a pair of handmade tire-tread sandals and began running down the dusty canyon path with Arnulfo. Immediately my feet began screaming. Blisters flared and jagged rocks pierced the thin tread. A half-mile…

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Free Your Sole

By BRO Staff | 25 May 10
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Five Favorite Summer Sandals ‘Tis the season for stream stompin’. Lose the shoes, ditch the socks, and slip your feet into one of these new sandals. Inov-8 Recolite 190 The ultralight 6.7-ounce sandal is ideal for post-race wear. After you’ve bludgeoned your feet, ease your swollen, blistered soles into these recovery sandals and hobble over…

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Paddling Parties

By Jedd Ferris | 25 May 10
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From wild whitewater races to flatwater floats, here’s a rundown of the region’s best paddling fests. Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival June 19 • Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Paddlers meet at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers for a full-day festival with live music, good eats, and plenty of water action. Comps include the Harpers…

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Walk on Water Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Gives River Junkies a New View

By Jedd Ferris | 25 May 10
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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Gives River Junkies a New View If you’ve ever had the urge to walk on water, capturing that feeling may be closer than you think. Stand-up paddle boarding is emerging worldwide as the next big water sport, and the Southeast is on the leading edge of the growing phenomenon. A hybrid between…

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Water Brigade

By Graham Averill | 25 May 10
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Team Blue Provides Safe Water, One Mile at a Time In 2007, 21 runners ran a relay across the globe. They covered 15,200 miles through 16 countries by running 24 hours a day for 95 days straight. And they delivered a simple message along the way: Water is Life. Pass it on. One billion people—one…

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Dam Nation

By Graham Averill | 25 May 10
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Hydropower or Free-Flowing Rivers? The fish in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna watershed must take elevators to migrate upstream. Sometimes they climb ladders. That’s the way it goes for fish who live in rivers blocked by a series of dams. Even with the elevators and ladders, fish migrations are severely affected, which is one of the many reasons…

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Whose Side Are You On?

By Jedd Ferris | 25 May 10
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Marathon Celebrates Historic Hatfield-McCoy Feud The legendary feud between the West Virginia Hatfields and Kentucky McCoys has thrived as an engaging tale of mountain lore and an enduring metaphor for family rivalry. It’s a story that includes plenty of cinema-worthy drama: brutal revenge murders, late-night fire raids, shady trials, and even a Romeo and Juliet-style…

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